Guided tour

New Orleans: French Quarter Secrets and Bourbon Street Tour

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New Orleans: French Quarter Secrets and Bourbon Street Tour

From US$ 39 per person

This half-day tour immerses you in the unique Creole culture of New Orleans French Quarter. Learn how Spanish, French, African, and American cultures mingled here, as you explore narrow streets and alleys that produced jazz, voodoo, Mardi Gras, and more.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Take a guided tour of the French Quarter and learn how Creole culture became the heart and soul of New Orleans
  • Enter a traditional gas lamp factory and see how this icon of the city is still being built to specifications developed over 100 years ago
  • Explore Jackson Square and step inside the Presbytere to see exhibits on Mardi Gras and Hurricane Katrina
  • Visit the most haunted building in New Orleans and step inside its infamous seance room
  • Taste a New Orleans beignet (a deep-fried pastry) at the famous Cafe du Monde
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Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

Your tour begins on Bourbon Street where you’ll meet your local expert guide. Set off to learn how this area developed from a seedy slum into one of the preeminent pleasure districts in the United States. You will also swing into a bar to learn about (and enjoy too if you wish) one of the many cocktails created in the French Quarter, before pausing on Royal Street to see some of the best street musicians in America and learn about the creation of Jazz music. From there, your guide will take you to Jackson Square where you’ll 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). You will then step inside the Presbytere for a guided tour of the interior, including exhibits on Mardi Gras and Hurricane Katrina. You can’t visit New Orleans without a close encounter with the supernatural, so your next stop is one of the most haunted buildings in the city, where you will take a tour of its interior which includes the infamous seance room. Whether you’re a skeptic or a believer, this is an experience not to be missed. After swinging through the old French Market and stopping at the best spot to take pictures of Jackson Square, you'll head down to the riverfront to watch the steamboats go up and down the mighty Mississippi River.
  • Tickets to the Presbytere
  • Local expert guide
  • Beignet tasting
  • Cocktail tasting
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (appreciated but never obligatory)
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

This tour will meet outside the Hard Rock Cafe on Bourbon Street - Iberville Street entrance. From Bourbon Street on the Hard Rock side, turn left on Iberville. The meeting point will be under the Hard Rock sign on Iberville Street.

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Please inform of any dietary restrictions upon booking
  • Due to the uneven sidewalks, this tour is not wheelchair and stroller accessible
  • As of Aug 16, 2021, masks as well as proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test are required for all indoor gatherings. For more information, please visit the New Orleans government website
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4.6 /5

based on 18 reviews

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Highly Recommended

Meeting spot was perfect! Our group was small & our guide, Rene, was awesome! Loves New Orleans & wants everyone he meets to love it too! Cafe du Monde was crazy busy at the end of our tour but quick thinking took us down the street to Cafe Beignet, which was just as enjoyable & allowed our group to sit & enjoy treats together.

October 14, 2019

Nice little tour to see a lot of the "off the beaten path" areas. A lot of the guide's regular spots were closed because of COVID-19 but he did a great job in making up for things.

August 9, 2021

No headphones in French, for my wife and my friends

March 7, 2020

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