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  • New Orleans: French Quarter, Voodoo & Cemetery History Tour

    1. New Orleans: French Quarter, Voodoo & Cemetery History Tour

    Immerse yourself in New Orleans’ mysterious history on a guided city walking tour. Wander through the historical neighborhood of Tremé / Lafitte — the home of jazz — as you hear about local culture, burial rites, and voodoo practices.

    Meet your guide and start your tour with a stroll through the lively French Quarter. Learn about the neighborhood’s history and local African American culture as you make your way to Louis Armstrong Park. 

    Follows the paths through the park to the area formerly known as Congo Square. Discover the history of this place, where enslaved people would meet to socialize and dance on their days off.

    Continue onto the famous St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 — the oldest of the city’s cemeteries. Learn why the dead are buried above ground, and how the vaults are built.

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    Taylor was awesome......knowledgeable, friendly & entertaining. Highly recommend!

  • New Orleans: Voodoo & Cemetery Walking Tour

    2. New Orleans: Voodoo & Cemetery Walking Tour

    Take a guided walking tour to explore the historic French Quarter and St. Louis Cemetery No. 2. Learn about African American history, the local NOLA culture, and hear stories of voodoo practitioners first-hand from your licensed guide. 

    Meet your guide at Louis Armstrong Park and set off on your voodoo experience. Walk through the Tremé / Lafitte neighborhood — the home of jazz — as your guide explains all about New Orleans’ voodoo culture.

    Learn about Marie Laveau, her final resting place in St. Louis Cemetry No. 1 — the oldest in the city — and her cultural importance to New Orleans as a dedicated voodoo leader, mid-wife, and herbalist. 

    Make your way to St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 to see where many famous 19th- and 20th-century locals are buried, such as Claude Treme and Earl King. 

    DJ was very knowledgeable and shared so much of that knowledge with the whole group and was very good about taking time to talk to all in the group personally.

  • New Orleans: 3-Hour City Bike Tour

    3. New Orleans: 3-Hour City Bike Tour

    Explore New Orleans in a fun and eco-friendly way on a small-group bike tour that winds through the Big Easy’s oldest and most distinctive neighborhoods. Cycle along a flat and leisurely route from the famous French Quarter to less-visited neighborhoods like Esplanade Ridge, City Park, and Bayou St. John, learning about the city’s rich history and modern culture along the way. After getting fitted on a bike in the French Quarter, ride through this storied neighborhood. Then go beyond the touristy boundaries to explore more of the city, following leafy Esplanade Avenue to the green expanse of City Park, visiting St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, and other interesting locations along the way. After visiting St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, cruise past swampy vistas in City Park. You'll traverse through Bayou St. John, a historic waterway that was used by Native Americans and French settlers alike, and ...

    Jeremy was a fantastic guide! He was incredibly knowledgeable about New Orleans history and local hot spots. We also loved how he added a personal touch of the history of jazz because he himself is a musician. Would definitely recommend this tour if you're visiting New Orleans. It was a great way to get to know the city!

  • New Orleans: Electric Bike Creole Tour

    4. New Orleans: Electric Bike Creole Tour

    Explore New Orleans on custom-built, ultra-comfortable electric bikes. Peddle as much or as little as you like as you get an intimate up-close look at New Orleans, visiting areas off the beaten track as well as the most famous landmarks. Ride through the French Quarter and learn about the rich history and incredible people that influenced the culture of the city. Cruise through historic Marigny, Treme, Bywater, and Bayou St. John neighborhoods, which are loaded with New Orleans art and charm and are home to artists, musicians, and history makers. Visit a fascinating above-ground cemetery and explore the City Park, the home of the largest mature live oak trees in the world. Make a brief stop at Cafe Du Monde in the park to enjoy some world-famous beignets. Ride down historic Esplanade Avenue, a picturesque boulevard lined with beautiful oak trees and magnificent homes of the Creole elit...

  • New Orleans: 2-Hour French Quarter History and Voodoo Tour

    5. New Orleans: 2-Hour French Quarter History and Voodoo Tour

    Follow your licensed guide, a master storyteller, through New Orleans' French Quarter. Learn about the neighborhood's interesting past and travel through its adventurous history as you discover what makes the French Quarter one of the most unique and friendliest places in the United States. Meet your guide and begin touring at Congo Square where you'll learn about the history of voodoo, the slave trade, and the indigenous peoples of New Orleans. Hear the story of the infamous Voodoo priestess, Marie Laveau, and visit the site of her former home. Afterward, stop at the historic Supreme Court building for tales about Louisiana politicians and court cases such as Huey P. Long, Edwin Edwards, and Plessy vs. Fergusson. During your tour learn about the city's music, food, architecture, culture, literary history, and Bourbon Street. Your tour ends at Jackson Square where you can admire even ...

  • New Orleans: Rhythms & Roots Music Walking Tour

    6. New Orleans: Rhythms & Roots Music Walking Tour

    Stroll from Back-O’-Town into the French Quarter. Talk about and listen to the essential music and influences of New Orleans going back over two and a half centuries. On the tour, you’ll experience more than 10 tour stops, learn about over 20 musicians, and hear something like 12-15 audio clips if not more. Start your tour with a visit to Congo Square, famous for its African dances and drumming traditions. Continue your journey through America's musical heritage with stops at many legendary locations. See Perseverance Hall, J&M Records, the Funky Butt, and Preservation Hall, the present-day locus of traditional jazz in the world. Learn who was the first musician to ever play jazz, and hear the story behind the first jazz and rock 'n' roll records. Hear fascinating stories about the musicians and recordings which forever changed American popular music.

    Dave was an engaging, personable, knowledgeable guide. His life and experiences made him an expert on NOLA music history. It was a treat to learn from someone who knows so much. He kept a good pace, involved everyone, and was considerate in finding shade from the July sun. We would take this tour again.

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What people are saying about Congo Square

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based on 827 reviews

Dave was an engaging, personable, knowledgeable guide. His life and experiences made him an expert on NOLA music history. It was a treat to learn from someone who knows so much. He kept a good pace, involved everyone, and was considerate in finding shade from the July sun. We would take this tour again.

James was both entertaining and knowledgeable. He had a great sense of humor coupled with an empathetic love of all things New Orleans—past or present. I highly recommend this tour!

William was a great guide. We learned a lot on the tour and saw some really cool places.

Taylor was awesome......knowledgeable, friendly & entertaining. Highly recommend!

Very nice tour guide named Taylor. Interesting stuff!