3-Hour The New Orleans Garden District Tour: Private Mansion, Lafayette Cemetery Tour & Local Praline Maker - Escorted Day Tour
$45 per person
Your historic Garden District tour begins on a sweet note with a behind-the-scenes visit to an old praline-makers shop. As you and your group of no more than 20 people see how this iconic Southern candy is made, your expert local guide will explain how it was brought to the New Orleans from Europe then give you one to taste hot out of the copper pots.
Next, you’ll hop onto a historic street car with all-inclusive tickets and zip down St. Charles Ave. to the Garden District. This area of grand mansions and wide, shady streets is home to some of the most striking pre-Civil-War architecture in America as well as a slew of celebrity homes. Your guide will introduce you to the neighborhood with a full Garden District tour as you see the grand mansions built by wealthy plantation-owners and industrialists, now owned by famous people like Beyonce and Sandra Bullock.
Along the way, you’ll swing through one of America’s most unique graveyards, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, to see famous family-plots and spooky old mausoleums. Your Lafayette Cemetery tour will also include some interesting information on the practical difficulties of running a cemetery below sea level.
The highlight of your Garden District Tour is a visit to the Elms Mansion, one of the best-preserved old Southern mansion in America. As you explore the opulent rooms, your guide will tell you about the families who built these stately residences and the decadent world they created in New Orleans before the Civil War. Your Garden District tour ends in the Mansion’s beautiful garden with a long-standing Southern tradition: an ice cold glass of lemonade or sweet tea.
New Orleans is a happy, high-spirited city with the pulsing beat of Dixieland jazz. It delights visitors with its riverboats, Creole cuisine, quaint antique shops and narrow streets of the French Quarter. While here, be sure to take a ride on one of the picturesque trolley cars. Eccentric, elegant New Orleans is strongly connected to both the Mississippi River and the South, but its identity remains aloof from any regional or even national affiliation. It reminds some visitors of European cities, in part because French and Spanish colonial architecture adds an Old World backdrop to some streets. But the feeling of foreignness goes deeper: The celebrated New Orleans atmosphere, cuisine, music, traditions and lifestyle are rooted in an embrace of the decadent and assimilation of the unconventional. New Orleans welcomes all, but is familiar to none, and the result is a city which attracts the romantic, the spiritual, the wild and the inquisitive—all while successfully promoting itself as corporate America’s playground. No matter what is expected from a visit to New Orleans, no one goes home disappointed.
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