From eye-catching architecture to palate-pleasing local foods, this half-day tour packs a serious punch when it comes to getting to know New Orleans. Join a local guide for a deep dive into the city’s culinary scene (trying everything from beignets to gumbo) in the French Quarter, then spend some time exploring the historic Garden District, before finishing your epic day with a refreshing local beer.
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Stop At: Washington Artillery Park, Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Your culinary tour of New Orleans starts where it all began — 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.
Duration: 10 minutes
Stop At: French Market, 1008 N Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70116-3406
Next we will head to The French Market, the site of America’s oldest public market. Historically a place of diversity with products and people from all walks of life, today The French Market is a modern yet unique culinary space. We’ll be sure to stop for a local bite and get to know some of the colorful personalities who call this city home.
Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: French Quarter, French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana
From the French Market, you’ll embark on the picturesque streets of the French Quarter where your guide will take you to some of their favorite palate-pleasing spots. You’ll sample both a classic New Orleans dish, as well as a delicacy that you’ve probably never seen outside Cajun country. With an abundance of seafood, a fertile eco-system within the bayou and a history of spice trading, you’ll begin to realize why everything here tastes so good. Do you have an affinity for the spicier side? Then adopt the ‘when-in-Rome’ attitude and unleash some of Louisiana's hottest and tastiest sauces on your taste buds. This is the birthplace of Tabasco, after all. On this tour, you’ll have the chance to try a dish that sparks more controversy amongst chefs than any other in New Orleans: gumbo. Learn how hundreds of years of history has shaped this recipe and how it can vary from restaurant to restaurant. Finally, we will finish off with a sweet treat made from locally grown sugarcane and the region’s abundant pecans. No room for more? Don’t worry, they don’t call it the Big Easy for nothing. You can take your praline to-go and indulge when your sweet tooth kicks in.
RTA - Streetcars: Your guide will then walk with you to the streetcar line and take you to the starting point for the second half of your tour, in the picturesque Garden District. You’ll have some time to rest your feet as you ride along on this iconic New Orleans trolley, before you continue on the rest of your tour.
Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes
Stop At: Lafayette Cemetery No.1, Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
We quickly arrive to the home to one of New Orleans’ oldest cemeteries - Lafayette Cemetery. Continually popular with travelers, New Orleans cemeteries have a unique approach to burials: namely, the above-ground, multiple-burial techniques. Explore the grounds with your local guide, hear why these types of burials are iconic to New Orleans and learn about some of the families buried in this particular square.
Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: Commander's Palace, 1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
We then continue on for a view of one of the most striking buildings in all of New Orleans: Commander’s Palace. Host to myriad wedding receptions and dinners throughout the year, this eye-catching, turreted Victorian building is one of the most well-respected upscale restaurants in the entire country. We’ll admire from the outside, unless you want to treat your guide to a meal of a lifetime
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA
To reflect the full story of The Garden District, your guide will highlight the real history and the people and the true backbone of this historic neighborhood. Across Magazine Street, we’ll find the working class area known as the Irish Channel. Predominantly settled by Irish immigrants, this neighborhood developed in the early 1800’s when the city’s shipping, alcohol, and brewing industries drew workers from all over the world, especially from Ireland. In contrast to the palatial homes we saw earlier, your guide will take you past some of the iconic shotgun-style homes of New Orleans.
Duration: 20 minutes
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Near public transportation
- Infants must sit on laps
- Most travelers can participate
- You will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
- Please dress comfortably and casually in weather-appropriate attire - it can get very hot and humid in the summer months. Wear comfortable shoes for walking.
- Food options and portion sizes will vary depending on the season and where we stop that day, but the total amount of food included will be equal to a full meal.
- This tour runs year-round and will proceed rain or shine unless such weather constitutes a dangerous situation.
- In the event of road or attraction closures, your guide will do their best to work around the obstacles or take your tour to alternate locations.
- This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6.
- We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests.
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
- Local, English-speaking guide
- Food samples
- Streetcar fare
- 1 beer, 1 po-boy sandwich (split)
- Additional food and drinks
768 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Garden District, New Orleans, LA, USA
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