3-Hour Secrets of the French Quarter Tour: Bourbon Street, Haunted Mansion, Beignet Tasting & Hurricane Katrina Exhibit - Escorted Day Tour
$39 per person
Your French Quarter tour starts on the world-famous Bourbon Street where you’ll meet your local expert guide and small group of no more than 20 people. Surrounded by the 24-hour party, you’ll set off to learn how this area went from being a dockside slum to one of the preeminent pleasure districts in the United States. As your guide immerses you in the story, you’ll pass old red-light districts and hotbeds of vice like the Tango Belt, Storyville, Pirate Alley, and Exchange Place. You’ll also see the old brothels, bars and flophouses that incubated the culture we now call have come “Creole”. You can’t take a French Quarter walking tour without stopping in a bar: your guide will take you to one of their favorites to teach you about some of many cocktails created in the French Quarter - it’s not included in the price, but we don’t mind if you want to sample one. Finally, you’ll pause on Royal Street to see some of the best street musicians in America and learn about the birth of Jazz music.
There’s more to this French Quarter tour than cocktails, Mardi Gras, and Jazz: your next stop is Jackson Square to see landmark buildings like the Pontalba apartments (the oldest continually-occupied apartments in America), the St. Louis Cathedral and the Cabildo (where the Louisiana Purchase was signed). Then step inside the Presbytere for a guided tour of the interior, including exhibits on Mardi Gras and Hurricane Katrina.
Next up, a close encounter with the supernatural at one of the most haunted buildings in New Orleans. Your guide will show you around the interior and relate is creepy back-story, then take you into the famous ‘seance room’. We have yet to see any ghosts, but we never fail to get goosebumps.
To round out your French Quarter walking tour you’ll swing through the old French Market and stop at the best spot to take pictures of Jackson Square. Then its time to end with something sweet: a visit to Cafe du Monde, for New Orlean’s most revered beignet. You’ll eat yours on the waterfront as you watch the riverboats go up and down the Mississippi River.
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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