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New Orleans: Drunk History Tour

1. New Orleans: Drunk History Tour

Visit historic and cultural landmarks and walk the streets of the Vieux Carre on this 2-hour tour. See the exact place where the Louisiana Purchase was signed in 1803, the famous St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square, and many other sites that played a vital role in New Orleans's history. A New Orleans tour would be incomplete without stories of voodoo, ghosts, and vampires. Find out where the most predictable ghosts and vampires lurk. You’ll also visit the most haunted house in the city. Your guide will tell you how the practice of voodoo came to New Orleans. Learn about Marie Laveau, the voodoo queen, and visit the property given to her as payment for her magic. You’ll also see locations where voodoo ceremonies were held. Check out some of the French Quarter’s friendliest and most historic bars. This tour passes dozens of bars at every turn. Feel free to stop in and refill your cup.  Boozers, history buffs, and paranormal enthusiasts alike are sure to have a blast on the Drunk History of New Orleans walking tour. Rewrite history by putting your own spin on some of New Orleans’ most talked about historical events and haunted locations. This tour is for all ages (although some locations do not allow children inside). If this is the case, the tour guide will wait outside by the door while the adults go inside to get refills on drinks.

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New Orleans: Combo Cocktail and Food History Tour

2. New Orleans: Combo Cocktail and Food History Tour

Begin your walking tour at the award-winning Red Fish Grill in the French Quarter neighborhood of New Orleans. Begin with alligator sausage and seafood gumbo, with freshly-baked French bread and homemade butter as you learn a bit about the colonial period of Louisiana’s history. Move four blocks down and enter Pepper Palace to discuss the Cajun influence and sample an unlimited variety of hot sauces, BBQ sauces, Buffalo Wings sauces, salsas, dry rubs, and more. Receive a free bottle of Louisiana-style hot sauce when shopping there.  Afterward, visit Leah’s Pralines, a 3rd generation family-owned candy store. Sample traditional pralines and their unique Bacon Pecan Brittle. Then, visit the iconic Napoleon House restaurant for two of their specialties — muffuletta sandwiches and a refreshing Pimm’s Cup cocktail. Arrive at the award-winning Dickie Brennan’s Tableau to sip your next cocktail: the French 75, a combo of fresh lemon, brandy or gin, and bubbles. After Tableau, visit the Creole Cookery for their slow-cooked red beans and rice. From there you pass through famous Jackson Square towards Café du Monde, then along the French Market area, ultimately landing at the James Beard Award-nominated Cane & Table. Sample their unique curry pork skins and a classic daiquiri.

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New Orleans: Cocktails & Brunch Crawl in the French Quarter

3. New Orleans: Cocktails & Brunch Crawl in the French Quarter

Let your guide share their passion for food with you on this walking tour of the French Quarter in New Orleans. Enjoy dishes or drinks at each establishment you stop at. Take a stroll by the Mississippi River Levee and Jackson Square. Admire the balconies in the French Quarter. Meet your guide at Bon's New Orleans Street Food and take your taste buds on an adventure. Experience the depth and complexity of local spices as you try a creole and Cajun brunch sampler. Start your day off right with a fruity hurricane cocktail in hand.  Snap pictures of Instagram-worthy dishes that will leave your friends drooling. Soak in the vibe of the French Quarter as you walk past jazz clubs and vividly painted buildings with intricate cast-iron balconies.  View the natural beauty of the grand Mississippi river. See the stately Spanish Colonial style of Saint Louis Cathedral from Jackson Square. Finish your tour full of good food and with a little buzz at Bon's New Orleans Street Food. 

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New Orleans: Creole Queen Sunday Morning Jazz Cruise

4. New Orleans: Creole Queen Sunday Morning Jazz Cruise

Step back into the glamour and romance of the riverboat era with a cruise on the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen boat. On this river cruise, you will experience the vibrant and lively jazz notes of the amazing Sullivan Dabney Jr. There will be some time to dance to the music in the gorgeous dining hall.  Add the optional Creole-style brunch to complement the experience. After brunch, you can enjoy a classic New Orleans cocktail on the promenade deck looking out over the Mississippi River as the city slips past. On the way back to the city you will pass by Jackson Square and see the beautiful sights New Orleans has to offer. Weekend Brunch Menu Basket of seasonal fresh fruit Homemade Biscuits - Jellies & butter Caesar Salad - crisp romaine lettuce, fresh grated parmesan cheese, garlic croutons and creamy Caesar dressing Chicken & Andouille Gumbo with long grain Louisiana rice Eggs Benedict - English muffin topped with Canadian bacon, a poached egg and hollandaise sauce Belgium Waffles - fresh berries, syrup, and powdered sugar New Orleans Barbecued Shrimp & Creamy Cheddar Grits topped with fresh chives Stone Ground Creamy Cheddar Grits Home-Style Potatoes - Creole seasoned baby new potatoes with grilled peppers and onions Spinach Madeline - Fresh spinach folded with sauteed onions, milk, cream cheese, spices; topped with pepper jack cheese and baked Breakfast Sausage & Crispy Bacon Paddlewheeler Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce & Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Coffee & Iced Tea

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New Orleans: French Quarter Secrets and Bourbon Street Tour

5. New Orleans: French Quarter Secrets and Bourbon Street Tour

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.

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New Orleans: Total Food, Cocktail and Jazz Tour

6. New Orleans: Total Food, Cocktail and Jazz Tour

Your New Orleans Total Day Tour starts where it all began, on the banks of the Mississippi River. From here, you’ll witness the lifeblood of this region which brought new cultures, new influences and new ingredients to the USA through its ports. Sample the beignet,a breakfast treat, wander through the French Market and try classic and uniquely New Orleans' dishes, as well as the controversial delicacy of gumbo. Before diving into the world of New Orleans cocktail culture, you'll have he chance for a coffee break or to browse souvenirs. Head to Jackson Square to begin this section of the tour which goes beyond Bourbon Street and the tourist trail into the truly unique and historic bars of the city. Visit several historic bars and sample characteristic drinks, such as the Sazerac and the Ramos Gin Fizz and discover why New Orleans has been called "the cradle of civilized drinking". For the beginning of the jazz stretch of this tour, head to the Louis Armstrong park to hear about the jazz legend. From here, make your way to the popular Marigny neighborhood, a hip nightlife area that's home to the famous Frenchmen Street where you'll find the largest concentration of live music venues in the city. Guided by a local, you'll be shown the best night for that day of the week, and you'll even get a free beer at one of the venues. Be on the look out for impromptu street performances. And if the timing and mood is right, you might get to go behind the scenes with one of the live bands. Your total day tour ends at the nightly art market, another lively spot where the city’s artists show off their best work, from handmade sculptures to local photography. If you're craving more at the end of this tour, then simply ask your guide and they will be happy to make further suggestions.

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Lonely Planet Experiences: New Orleans Cocktail Tour

7. Lonely Planet Experiences: New Orleans Cocktail Tour

Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience. Sample a selection of tasty cocktails at different venues in the French Quarter of New Orleans, starting on Jackson Square from where the best historic bars are just a stone's throw away. Venture beyond the usual Bourbon Street bars to discover lesser-known sites, more popular with locals, where a vast range of dessert-like drinks are available to try. Savor the unique flavor of a Sazerac (one of the first cocktails ever invented), named for the brand of cognac that was its original main ingredient. Discover some of the oldest bars and restaurants in the French Quarter, and get a behind-the-scenes peek into a courtyard oasis with a stunning hidden feature. Try a delicious Ramos Gin Fizz and experience first-hand what makes it original and exclusive to New Orleans.

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New Orleans: A French Quarter Tour for Matures

8. New Orleans: A French Quarter Tour for Matures

Don’t want to be marched through the city at a frantic pace by a 20-something? Strain to hear the guide? Boil in the afternoon heat? Then take this casual 2-hour stroll through the French Quarter during the coolest and least-crowded part of the day, a tour organized by matures, for matures. Join a small group for a more personalized touring experience with scheduled air-conditioned rest breaks, café au lait, and the perfect French croissants. Walk through the French Quarter with a savvy native and hear the story of New Orleans’ founding. Discover what makes this city unlike any other city in the world and take home a little French Quarter architectural and culinary vocabulary. You’ll visit the most historically-significant spots in the Quarter, strolling through the French Market and up Royal Street with its wonderful photo ops. Hear the legends of Pirates Alley, and keep your eyes peeled for Elvis. Back in Johnson Square, you’ll hear the story of the fabulous Michaela Almonester Pontalba and relive the Battle of New Orleans at the Andrew Jackson Statue. After the tour, your guide will be glad to answer questions and offer suggestions and recommendations. With this tour, your visit to New Orleans is sure to be entertaining and memorable, instead of exhausting and hot.

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What people are saying about Jackson Square

Had a great time, really enjoyed the food and drinks, guide was great at keeping us moving yet giving time to enjoy the places we visited. Recommend.

Charming Crew was delightful Food was fantastic Drinks were intoxicating Fabulous way to spend an early afternoon

Our guide, Cody, was very down to earth and knowledgeable. We had a blast!

Our guide Cody was great- crowd pleaser stories … very knowledgeable

Very informative and fun! Guide Coty was awesome!!!!