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New Orleans: Garden District Food and History Tour

1. New Orleans: Garden District Food and History Tour

Visit three food stops that highlight Cajun and Creole flavors and history on this guided walking tour of New Orleans. Delight your senses with a full meal of Cajun and Creole specialties that is spread out over 3 local eateries. Sip on a beverage with your food.  Start at the Lafayette cemetery, and listen as your guide tells you the unique funeral customs and traditions of New Orleans. Explore the architecture of the Garden District, home to historic mansions, colorful shotgun houses, and beautiful oak trees.  Check out local shops on Magazine Street before arriving at your first food stop which include an indulgent taste of Creole fusion and the multicultural influences that shaped the 300-year-old city. Learn about Cajun people and Find out what influence they had on the culinary culture of Louisiana. The first two food stops include either a choice from a menu of craft beers from local breweries, a cocktail, house sangria, a mimosa, or a non-alcoholic beverage.  Along the way, visit locally-owned shops and an art gallery before finishing on a sweet note at the dessert stop for specialty, filled beignets, and a cafe au lait. Finish with plenty of recommendations for local fun and flavors. 

New Orleans: Garden District Tour with Elms Mansion Access

2. 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.

New Orleans: Garden District Walking Tour

3. New Orleans: Garden District Walking Tour

Enjoy a totally unique walking tour through New Orleans' Garden District and marvel at the opulent 19th-century mansions that are so common in this area. With your experienced guide, you will learn about the history behind these magnificent homes, the former owners, visitors and about the city of New Orleans in general.  Get to witness mansions that so often tell the story of wealth found and sometimes lost, during the second half of the 19th century. Marvel at the homes, designed with a love of Greek Revival and Italianate building styles, with some of them reminiscent of grand plantation mansions.  Your leisurely walk starts by visiting two iconic mansions, the Bosworth-Haus and, the Burnside Mansion. The former owners, one a successful ice-magnate, the other a plantation owner lived in decadent homes with stunning architectural features, all of which you will get to admire during this tour.  After a stop at the oldest municipal cemetery where you will learn about the city's above-ground burial traditions, you will get to visit Commander's Palace, one of New Orleans' most famous restaurants. Culinary stars such as Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse trained here under the watchful eyes of other master chefs and its owner, Ella Brennan. The tour's next stop is the Eustis-Haus, which was built for the daughter of a cotton factor and is now the home of Hollywood movie actress Sandra Bullock, who purchased it for $2.25 million. Nearby you will get the chance to see the Lonsdale house on Prytania Street. His house is the oldest in the Garden District and today belongs to a wealthy local tea and coffee importer. The walk ends at the Rink, a former skating rink that today houses a local coffee shop, an independent bookstore, and small boutiques.

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What people are saying about Lafayette Cemetery No. 1

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 705 reviews

Tour was great, mostly because of the experience of the tour operator, the DELICIOUS food, and our guide’s love of her neighborhood! We heard bits and pieces of history, mixed in with information about the area and local shops. We left stuffed, and even took some food back to our hotel. You get to choose your own food, which is unlike any tour we’ve ever been on before, and everything was so yummy (not an exaggeration)! This tour was some of the best money spent during our time in New Orleans!

This was a great tour! Lots of great information Michelle was a great guide for the virgin traveler in NO!! Great tips and history! We loved her so much we passed her card on. Other people we bumped into were very jealous of our experience!! We wanted to share it with everyone!

It was actually a tour of where the locals ate and the food was delicious. Michelle (our tour guide) was informative and knew the history of the garden district. Would highly recommend.

My wife and I had a great time. We saw lots of beautiful houses and learned a lot of interesting things.

Randy was an excellent tour guide. He lives in the Garden district and knows his history.