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New Orleans: Garden District Tour with Elms Mansion Access

1. New Orleans: Garden District Tour with Elms Mansion Access

Immerse yourself in the opulence of the Old South in this tour of New Orleans’ prettiest neighborhood with an expert local guide. Your historic Garden District tour begins on a sweet note with a behind-the-scenes visit to an old praline-makers shop. Here you will learn how New Orleans’ most famous confection was brought to the city from Europe, and will even be able to taste one hot out of the copper pots. Next, you’ll hop onto a street car with all-inclusive tickets and zip down St. Charles Avenue, en-route to the Garden District. This area of grand mansions and wide, tree-lined streets is home to some of the best-preserved, pre-Civil-War mansions in America, as well as a slew of celebrity homes. Your guide will introduce you to the history of the area, as you see the grand mansions built by wealthy plantation-owners and now owned by famous people such as Beyonce and Sandra Bullock. Along the way, you’ll stop off at one of America’s most unique graveyards, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. You’ll also learn about the practical difficulties of running a cemetery below sea level. For the highlight of the tour, you will step inside the Elms Mansion, a 150-year-old Italianate home that is one of the most impressive in the city. As you tour the opulent rooms, you will learn about the businessmen and plantation owners who built these stately residences, and the wealthy world that they created in New Orleans before the Civil War. Your tour ends in the mansion’s beautiful garden, with an ice cold glass of lemonade or sweet tea in the shade of the largest magnolia tree in the south.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 57 reviews

Our family had an excellent time with our tour guide, Jet Rehberg. Jet was professional, knowledgeable, interesting, and sensitive to our needs. We had a great time learning about the beautiful architecture, history of the homes and buildings, and enjoyed the leisurely walk. The highlight of the activity was the tour of the Elms Mansion. What a treat to be able to see the incredible detail of one of New Orleans’ most beautiful homes! The staff was so generous to allow us to take photos both inside and out. BONUS, we got to meet the #mansiondogs!

Awesome tour- very informative and entertaining. Loved we got to make a stop at the cemetery. Also, it’s nice that they touch on Katrina hurricane and what preventative measures they have in place. There is something about a group tour- you feel like you belong to something for 2 hours. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with all the people and things to see. I highly recommend this tour.

Jim our guide was very good and explained things in a simple way with some amusing comments. Saw lots of New Orleans we wouldn’t have ventured to

Really excellent guided tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the homes and the area! Thank you for a wonderful time!

Walking the Garden District and learning the history and architecture was a treat.