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New Orleans: City Highlights Tour with Transfer

1. New Orleans: City Highlights Tour with Transfer

See the best of New Orleans in comfort on one handy guided motorized tour. Hop in the minibus and let your guide lead you through the city. No New Orleans city tour would be complete without the French Quarter, the home of Jazz and Mardi Gras. Take in the lively atmosphere with music in the air and colorful, historical buildings. Travel along to Magazine Street, the Big Easy’s thoroughfare that contains plenty of eclectic shops and eateries and meanders in parallel with the Mississippi River. Head across to St Louis Cathedral to see the “Big Easy’s” oldest cemetery, complete with famous and infamous residents. Lake Pontchartrain offers incredible views and photo opportunities. See the Lower Ninth Ward, one of the places hit by Hurricane Katrina. Spot some typical steamboat houses here and remnants of Louisiana's darker history – the sugar cane plantations and colonial buildings. After your whistle-stop tour with your live guide, get dropped off at your New Orleans hotel.

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New Orleans Garden District: Walking Tour

2. New Orleans Garden District: Walking Tour

Check out New Orleans’ leafy Garden District on a guided walking tour of the neighborhood. Explore what they call the American Sector, which contrasts with the French Quarter with its 19th-century mansions and oak-lined streets. Enjoy seeing some of the district’s spooky highlights, including the city’s oldest cemetery — Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. Explore the filming location of famous productions such as “Interview with the Vampire” and “The Vampire Diaries”. And don’t miss another must-see — the location of the home of gothic fiction writer Anne Rice, author of “The Vampire Chronicles”. Experience the writer’s local New Orleans neighborhood, with grand Victorian Southern mansions and some of the most picturesque gardens in the city.

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New Orleans: 2-Hour City Sightseeing Bus Tour

3. New Orleans: 2-Hour City Sightseeing Bus Tour

Journey through 3 centuries of history, legend, and romance as you experience New Orleans, “the city that care forgot.” This is an exclusive 2.25-hour guided tour led by a professional guide. Marvel at stories of voodoo and piracy on Bayou St. John. These are waters that were used by Jean Lafitte and his notorious band of pirates. Travel through historic neighborhoods such as Treme and Faubourg Marigny. Visit one of New Orleans' historic cemeteries and learn about the unique above-ground burial system. Afterward, follow the path of the St. Charles Avenue streetcar, the oldest continuously operating passenger railway system in the world (until the service was disrupted by Hurricane Katrina). Travel to the world-famous Garden District, where you will see the homes of former Kings and Queens of Mardi Gras. View Tulane and Loyola Universities across from Audubon Park, home to one of the top 5 zoos in the nation, The Audubon Zoo. Stop in New Orleans City Park for a relaxing stroll and the opportunity to visit the Besthoff Sculpture Garden.

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New Orleans: Private City Lights Helicopter Night Tour

4. New Orleans: Private City Lights Helicopter Night Tour

Marvel at the sparkling lights and unparalleled views of New Orleans by night as you soar overhead on a private helicopter tour. Experience the tranquility of the night as you fly over the city that never sleeps.  This helicopter night tour takes off from New Orleans Lakefront Airport, only 15 minutes from the French Quarter. Choose between two different flight lengths. The first is a 15-mile route and soars over the busy French Quarter. Experience the lights of Canal Street as well as the colorful Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The second flight length is a 30-mile route where you can enjoy more time flying over the city with time spent over Uptown and the Garden District to see sights like Tulane University, Loyola University, and Saint Charles Avenue.

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New Orleans: Garden District and French Quarter Bike Tour

5. New Orleans: Garden District and French Quarter Bike Tour

Explore the French Quarter and the Garden District by bike on this bike tour of New Orleans. Start your bike tour at the Mississippi River overlooking Jackson Square and ride through the historic heart of New Orleans. Cycle through the French Quarter, stop outside historic landmarks, and learn about the history of New Orleans. Next up is the Garden District. Hear about New Orleans pre-and post-Civil War history and gain insights into Southern life throughout these eras. Pass by opulent mansions built in the 1800s and filming locations throughout the Garden District. Visit one of New Orleans's above-ground cemeteries and learn about how the lives of loved ones are commemorated in New Orleans culture and traditions.

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New Orleans Luxury Bus Tour

6. New Orleans Luxury Bus Tour

Get an introduction to the sites of New Orleans on a 2.5-hour guided bus tour. Benefit from pickup at your hotel in the French Quarter and visit the Garden District, the 9th Ward, and more. Travel through the beautiful French Quarter, and make your way down lively Frenchmen Street, where live music pours from every venue. Arrive at the alternative Marigny district as you make your way towards the 9th Ward. Enter the Musicians' Village and continue to Tremé. Travel down Esplanade Avenue to City Park and Lake Pontchartrain, and then learn about Creole culture at Saint Roch Cemetery #1 and St. Louis Cemetery #3. See the oldest streetcar in the world on St. Charles Avenue as you move on to Tulane and Loyola universities. Enter the Garden District to look at some of the celebrity homes. Continue along Magazine Street to arrive at the Warehouse District and Arts District before getting dropped off at your hotel.

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New Orleans: Garden District Tour with Elms Mansion Access

7. 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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New Orleans: 2-Hour Garden District & Cemetery Walking Tour

8. New Orleans: 2-Hour Garden District & Cemetery Walking Tour

No trip to New Orleans is complete without a walk round the elegant and historic Garden District. Known as the "American" section of town, it was built in the 1800's to rival the architectural splendor of the French Quarter. This 2-hour walking tour gets to the heart of the neighborhood, with a start at the gates of the fascinating Lafayette Cemetery. Occupying the entire 1400 block of Washington Avenue, the cemetery is one of the oldest in the city and has been a favorite location for many a New Orleans movie. Your tour includes visits to several famous homes in the lavish antebellum neighborhood, along with a walk past the home of the vampire chronicler Anne Rice. Throughout you will get a compelling narration by friendly guides, all licensed by city authorities for their depth of knowledge and high standard of service. Recommended by Travel Channel as a must-do attraction in New Orleans, this tour will uncover some of the city’s most remarkable treasures and give you a unique perspective on this city’s fascinating history.

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New Orleans: Garden District Tour

9. New Orleans: Garden District Tour

Set off to admire houses and mansions of various styles, from the Italianate to the Gothic, Romanesque and Greek Revival. Marvel at the sweeping front porches, turrets, cast-iron balconies, colonnades, 30-foot columns and double-pitched roofs. Follow in the footsteps of the authors, poets, movie stars, artists and sports legends who have made the Garden District their home. Be mesmerized by the towering Southern live oak trees, magnificent Crepe Myrtles and stunning magnolias that can make walking through the neighborhood feel like walking through a fairytale. Learn the rich history of the area and how it fits into the overall story of New Orleans. Hear about the jealousy and mistrust that led to the "new money" of the "garish" Americans trying to show up the splendor and glory of the "old money" Europeans on the other side of town. Visit the city's oldest municipal cemetery at Lafayette #1 (outside only), and discover where so many famous movies and TV shows have been shot. Hear about the above ground burial practices of New Orleans, and join in some gossip about the dead.

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What people are saying about Garden District, New Orleans

This was an amazing tour! We learned so much about the history of NOLA and the impact that Hurricane Katrina had on the area in 2005. We saw many different parts of NOLA and learned about the cultures that influenced it in so many different ways (food, architecture, music, etc.) We stopped in City Park on our break and were able to grab some beignets from the Café du Monde on site there. Our tour guide, Shaun, was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Our bus driver, Keisha, was also knowledgeable and a fantastic driver. They are both locals who have personal connections to the city and the history.

Matt was an excellent guide and extremely knowledgeable about the history of his city. I highly recommend this excursion for an overall view of New Orleans. Comfy bus, too!

I enjoyed how much the tour guide knew about New Orleans. Thanks again for the experience and tour.

This tour was highly informative. The tour guide was very entertaining and knowledgeable.

We were very please with the professional and informative information provided by Andrew.