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New Orleans: French Quarter Walking Tour

1. New Orleans: French Quarter Walking Tour

This 2-hour long walk through the historic French Quarter starts outside 529 St. Ann Street, former site of the Louisiana Welcome Center in the lower Pontalba Rowhouse adjacent to Jackson Square (left of square as you face river). Historically used as a parade ground, Jackson Square is now full of musicians, tarot card readers, and street performers. You will walk downriver along the old French Market to the Ursuline Convent. This is the oldest building in the Mississippi Delta from Colonial times and housed some very adventurous and courageous nuns who came here in the early 1700s. You will pass the house of famous jazz player, Danny Barker who is legendary among the city's jazz musicians. You will then come to one of the many former macaroni factories of the lower French Quarter, proof of the major role that Sicilian immigrants played in the city's history. You will come across the house of Vincente Nunez, a Spaniard, whose carelessness caused a fire that destroyed 80% of the city in 1788. You will then see several of the city's former slave markets and learn about Jean Francois Merieult, an influential and powerful Creole businessman and slave trader. After a stop at Preservation Hall, the city's holy grail of traditional jazz, the tour ends in Jackson Square with a story about the famous Madame de Pontalba, a French baroness and businesswoman with an eye for beautiful architecture.

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What people are saying about Omni Royal Orleans Hotel

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 14 reviews

Regine made our experience special. She clearly loves sharing her knowledge and passion for the French Quarter with visitors. She covered a lot of ground - both in physical distance and in the great stories that she shared - plus the restaurant she recommended for lunch was excellent!

Very qualified and experienced guide in New Orleans

The guide was a very affectionate journalist who had been trusted in New Orleans for a long time, who was able to explain a lot and answer all questions extensively.

Very well selected sightseeing points, not overloaded. Nice that the tour was offered in German with a native, very competent guide.

We were there on low-season so it was out wonderful guide and my husband. Great experience and very personal.

Randy was a very knowledgeable and interesting guide