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Your tour guide grew up on the back deck of her father's shrimp boat in Cajun Louisiana, has taught history for 29 years, and is a resident of the French Quarter. She brings a wealth of historical background and a passion for her city to this information-packed tour. So put on your walking shoes and get ready to learn about what makes the French Quarter the most unique neighborhood in the country!

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December 28, 2021
Melanie is very knowledgeable about New Orleans history and shared her passion with our family. The tour was a perfect combination of walking and sightseeing.
November 12, 2021
Melanie is the best tour guide!!! She walked us around all the highlights of the French quarter and told us amazing facts, stories, and anecdotes. Two hours went by so quickly, we were fascinated the whole time! What a great tour!!!
October 25, 2021
"Y'all ain't seen NOLA 'less you've seen it with Melanie!" Melanie Boulet's tour was truly the highlight of our visit to New Orleans. A history teacher for nearly three decades, not to mention a Louisiana native of Cajun roots, Melanie lives and breathes the story of her state's rich past. As she walked us around the French Quarter, the historic brick and mortar came to life with stories of the French, British, and American ... from farmers to shrimpers, statesmen to pirates, Acadian (Cajun) refugees to sea captains ... every glorious stripe of humanity that came together in this beautiful bayou melting-pot state to make it the Jewel of the South. We learned why the Mississippi flows "backwards" along the shore of the Crescent City, where to snag the best beignets, why Andrew Jackson (the statue in Jackson Square) is tipping his hat to a mysterious window above him, why our Nation owes its very existence to a French pirate, why every street in the French Quarter is labeled with a name that no one uses (or even remembers) ... and on and on ... The tour ended WAY TOO SOON! After two hours enraptured by Melanie's living history lesson, delivered with the passion of a bubbling stream in spring, it felt like just a few minutes had elapsed. Our gracious and courteous guide then proceeded to vanish into a side street, with a smile and quick apology for running a couple of minutes overtime with the tour, leaving us standing in front of two of the best lunch spots in town from which to choose. But we weren't even thinking about food, what with our minds still caught up in the whirlwind of time and tide that make up this amazing old city. Whatever else you do during your time in New Orleans, these are THE. BEST. TWO. HOURS. you will ever spend. Do NOT miss it!
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About This Deal

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Stop At: Mississippi River, LA

Learn about the Native American history of the city and the role of the river in the city's history.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Jackson Square, 615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116-3234

Learn about the colonial roots of the city and the historical buildings around the square!

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Old Ursuline Convent Museum, 1100 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116-2505

Learn about the formative role played by the Ursuline nuns in the city's history!

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar, 941 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116-3120

Learn about the role of piracy in the city's history!

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Congo Square, 701 N Rampart St Entrance at the Corner of N. Rampart and Saint Peter Streets, New Orleans, LA 70116-3085

Learn about the role slaves played in the city's economic and cultural history and about Treme - a historic, African-American neighborhood in the city.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130-2179

Learn about this incredible historical archive and the history it tells!

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Napoleon House, 500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

For two centuries - this Italian grocery store turned governor's home turned intended abode of Napoleon Bonaparte were he ever to make it to New Orleans - has been a favorite drinking and eating hole of locals and visitors alike!

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • This is a WALKING tour - just be in good enough shape to walk 1 1/2 mile in 2 hours
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • A 2-hour walking history and culture tour of the French Quarter by a local

  • Entry/Admission - Old Ursuline Convent Museum

2 hours

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

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