New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour

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New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour
from AUD $42.22
Delve into the history of the French Quarter on a 2-hour walking tour with a knowledgeable guide who shares the legends and landmarks of this fascinating city. At a relaxed pace, take in the Mississippi River, French Market, St Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo, the Presbytere, Jackson Square and more. Visit historic buildings and secluded courtyards, see famous literary and silver screen locations, and learn about Creole culture. Your entertaining guide provides a deep understanding of the forces that shaped the Big Easy.
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In Brief

New Orleans, United States
United States
2 hours 30 minutes
Important InfoInfo
Make your own way to Musical Legends Park to meet your guide for your walking tour. After introductions, stroll a short distance to the banks of the Mississippi River where you learn how levee construction transformed the swamp into fertile farmland, making New Orleans an important hub in the region.

Continue by walking through the French Market, the oldest open-air market in the US. Then stand outside the Mississippi River valley’s oldest building, the Ursuline Convent, whose history provides a window onto early colonization efforts in Louisiana.

Head to Jackson Square, the heart of the French Quarter, to see important sites including the Cabildo, the Presbytere and the Pontalba buildings. Your guide takes you inside St Louis Cathedral and shows you where the Great New Orleans Fire of 1788 started, explaining how rebuilding post-fire resulted in what is now considered the classic architectural style of the French Quarter.

Next, step into a lush Creole courtyard and learn about the complexities of Creole society and slavery in South Louisiana. Walk to the balcony of the former Quadroon Ballroom while your guide explains the former lives of Creole mistresses and the system known as 'placage.'

During your tour, your guide points out film sites and literary haunts such as the building where Tennessee Williams wrote ‘A Streetcar Named Desire.’ You'll enter William Faulkner’s home before you stop at Pirate's Alley, where your guide recounts local legends about prison escapes and dueling. Also, enjoy the tunes of talented street musicians as you stroll.

Choose from a morning or evening tour and expect to walk about 2 miles (3.2 km) at a leisurely pace before wrapping up near the Mississippi River levee.


  • Local guide


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks

Departure Point

Cafe Beignet, 311 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

My guide was Frank and he was a fountain of information. Really wonderful tour. Highly recommend it.
• Submitted 10 Dec 2018
Such a fantastic way to learn about the French Quarter, see its amazing architecture and be immersed into their culture!
• Submitted 19 Jun 2018
Very informative tour. Great tour guide.
• Submitted 10 Apr 2018
Great tour - interesting facts!
• Submitted 26 Feb 2018
Really enjoy the trip. Very fun and a good history of the French Quarter.
• Submitted 25 Oct 2017
We really enjoyed this informative tour and our guide, Randy Bibb, was excellent. We learned a great deal about new Orleans from him.
• Submitted 13 Oct 2017
Nice walking tour
• Submitted 29 Sep 2017
So much History, highly recommend
• Submitted 13 Sep 2017
Great experience!!
• Submitted 26 Aug 2017
The guide was personable and knowledgeable, and we learned a great deal about New Orleans. It was an excellent experience.
• Submitted 05 Aug 2017
Wonderful tour of the French quarter
• Submitted 12 Jun 2017
The tour was very informative and interesting. I especially enjoyed the discussion about the differences between the French, Spanish and American residents. Our guide, Dave, was packed full of great information. This a great way to meet New Orleans!
• Submitted 27 May 2017
Lovely walking tour of French Quarter with our fabulous guide Claudine. This tour is otally dependant on the guide and Claudine was second to none. Enthusiastic, friendly and deeply knowledgeable.
• Submitted 14 May 2017
Knowledgeable your guide. Seemed to have lots of knowledge on hand to tell the French Quarter story. Nice walk looking at and listening to history. Worthwhile tour
• Submitted 19 Mar 2017
Short but very informative and interesting
• Submitted 16 Mar 2017
Really good. Our guide was well-informed about the history of New Orleans.
• Submitted 06 Mar 2017
Excellent tour! I leaned so much from my guide, Leonce. I highly recommend taking this tour to learn about this great city
• Submitted 05 Mar 2017
Very informative walking tour of the French Quarter. Loved it and would highly recommend to anyone else looking for a good history of the area!
• Submitted 13 Feb 2017
There were only 4 of us so the guide was able to share more than just the history on this tour. She was a wealth of knowledge and her passion was contagious.
• Submitted 22 Jan 2017
The guide was a real history buff and knew interesting details about historical and current events.
• Submitted 12 Dec 2016
Claudine provided a wealth of informative history as we walked through the French Quarter. My husband and I had arrived a few days early in order to explore New Orleans she took us to areas of the Quarter we had not seen or known about. Great tour, comfortable pace, need good walking shoes! Enjoyed this very much.
• Submitted 17 Nov 2016
The French Quarter History tour was fantastic. We had a personalised tour with Tony who has a wonderful knowledge of the history of this remarkable place. I would highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 12 Sep 2016
Our tour guide was awesome and gave us some great restaurant recommendations!
• Submitted 12 Jul 2016
David our tour guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. Great stories to tell Also good at finding shady spots to stop and talk. Great walk but be sure you are healthy enough to walk a good flat distance. If not take the mule and buggy tour of the quarter. Take a bottle of water along! Do not miss the WWII Museum!! Best museum I have been to in the world! Tom Hanks movie at the museum will blow you away! 5 extra and can be booked online with museum entrance!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2016

In Brief

New Orleans, United States
United States
2 hours 30 minutes

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