New Orleans Garden District and Mansion Walking Tour

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New Orleans Garden District and Mansion Walking Tour
from USD $45.10
Admire the posh homes of New Orleans' Garden District on this morning walking tour. Observe impressive examples of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture including mansions belonging to Anne Rice, Sandra Bullock and John Goodman. See where Confederate leader Jefferson Davis died, pass by the gates of an above ground cemetery, and learn about the history of the Garden District from your guide.Your tour includes roundtrip transportation from the French Quarter.
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In Brief

New Orleans, United States
United States
2 hours 45 minutes
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Garden District, St Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130-5968

Your tour begins in the French Quarter, where you'll board a comfortable, air-conditioned coach and travel to the quieter and more genteel Garden District. This elegant historical area, known for its marvelous examples of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture and lovely gardens, was once the site of a number of plantations. Learn from your guide how in the 19th century it was sold off piece by piece primarily to wealthy Americans who built the lavish mansions that still dominate this district.

See mansions belonging to local author Anne Rice, actress Sandra Bullock, actor John Goodman, and former New Orleans Saints' quarterback — and father of Peyton and Eli — Archie Manning. Stop for an exclusive tour of a stately Garden District home built around the end of the American Civil War in 1865.

Admire an unusual cast-iron fence resembling a row of cornstalks and learn the legend of how a southern colonel had it made in the mid-1800s to comfort wife, homesick for Iowa.

Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes

Stop At: Women's Guild of the New Orleans Opera, 2504 Prytania St # 70130, New Orleans, LA 70130-5902

This is the only Garden District tour to go inside an exquisite historic Garden District mansion.

Duration: 15 minutes


  • Transport to and from the Garden District by air-conditioned coach
  • Local guide
  • Light refreshments
  • Entry/Admission - Women's Guild of the New Orleans Opera


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

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Departure Point

Gray Line New Orleans, 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • In order to help protect the French Quarter from vehicular traffic, it is requested that you please walk, if possible, to the convenient tour departure point — just a short stroll from most downtown hotels
  • Wheelchair Access: If the guest needs a wheelchair lift equipped bus, then special arrangements need to be made with the supplier. This must be arranged 48 hours prior to tour date. Contact details will be on your voucher.
  • Alternate Routes: Due to uneven and narrow paths, alternate routes may be necessary for guests traveling in wheelchairs.
  • Home Tour: Due to the historic nature of the building, the New Orleans Opera Guild home is not wheelchair accessible.
  • The audio system may not be used during inclement weather
  • Child rates apply to those under the age of 6 who occupy a seat. Lap children under 6 years ride for free
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

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

We had a beautiful morning for a gentle stroll through the Garden District on New Orleans. Our guide, Bill was very informative about the houses he stopped at and the history of the area. Part of the tour is a visit to the Women's Opera Guild Home which is open for the people on this tour. We were lucky enough to see the house all dressed for Christmas. The rooms we saw were stunning.
• Submitted 13 Jan 2020
We met at the Steamboat Natchez dock in the French quarter and were shuttled to the Garden District. Our guide was very educated and he gave us detailed history every moment of the tour. You see all the mega-mansions of the rich and famous (dead and currently alive). We even got to go inside one. The Lafayette cemetery was closed for filming, but we got to peek through a bit. I chose to not get back on the bus and walked around a bunch more and checked out the funky, local restaurants on Magazine St.
• Submitted 23 Oct 2019
We learn a lot about the history of the NOLA and Garden district. Our guide was very knowledgeable. Will recommend this tour.
• Submitted 23 Sep 2019
Our guide, Midge was wonderful and knew so much history! We had an eclectic group and she took care of all of us.
• Submitted 30 Jul 2019
The Garden District is a section of New Orleans with absolutely beautiful homes, all built long ago, some even before the Civil War. It was fun to see the homes of Sandra Bullock, John Goodman, and the childhood home of Peyton and Eli Manning. The lawns were lush and beautifully landscaped. On this specific tour, we were able to go into one of these magnificent homes. The furnishings and decor were original and ornate. A bus then transported us to Lafayette Cemetery. Our guide was so interesting and knowledgeable. She answered questions you didn’t even know that you had. I’m so happy that I booked this tour as I got to see an area of New Orleans I knew nothing about and came away with a much deeper understanding of New Orleans history and culture.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Daniel was a great tour guide and we got a little extra by being able to tour one of the mansions. He was very well educated on the history of the Garden District. I would highly recommend this tour!
• Submitted 01 Apr 2019
If you book this tour be sure to ask for Sandi as your guide. Sandi is extremely knowledgeable and really made the tour a wonderful experience.
• Submitted 27 Mar 2019
I recently went to New Orleans with my mom and sister in law and we thoroughly enjoyed this tour.Midge was our guide and was full of interesting New Orleans history and explaining the architecture of the mansions.I would highly recommend this tour and would do again if i go back to NO.
• Submitted 15 Oct 2018
The tour was definitely worth every penny. Our tour guide, Daniel, was so friendly and informative. The houses were just gorgeous and the opera guild house was just beautiful inside!
• Submitted 12 Sep 2018
Our guide Midge was excellent, she was full of information about the Garden District. Saw homes we wouldn't haven seen if we hadn't gone on this tour
• Submitted 10 Sep 2018
Our guide Mary E. was an exceptionally knowledgeable guide. Due to her life long attachment to the city, she was able to offer many insights into the history Garden District. Grey Line offers the only interior home interior, an added bonus experience to the tour. O’Neill, our driver greeted us with welcomed cold water both prior and at the conclusion of the tour. He transported our group with an insiders expertise. The Garden District Tour is an excellent introduction to New Orleans and a must do!
• Submitted 08 Aug 2018
Beautiful way to enjoy New Orleans in the spring
• Submitted 15 Jul 2018
Our guide for the tour, Marcia, was excellent. She was informative, charming, and had a sense of humor. My daughter and I had a limited amount of time in New Orleans. This tour covered exactly what we wanted to see - mansions and a cemetery. Marcia gave us key details about the exterior of the homes we were viewing from the street. I especially enjoyed the interior tour of the home owned by the Opera Guild. Although a brief stop at Lafayette Cemetery, Marcia was able to give more than enough information regarding the history and reasons behind the cemeteries in New Orleans. We were able to get a feel for another area of New Orleans other than the French Quarter. I just wish we had had the time to visit the shops and restaurants in the Garden District. Be certain to wear sturdy shoes as some of the sidewalks on this tour need repair. We were also able to see some other areas of the town such as Irish Lace and the Business District from the bus.
• Submitted 13 Apr 2018
Had a really great tour guide. Got to see close up from the street the homes in the area along with the history. The Womens Opera House was a real treat to tour.
• Submitted 21 Mar 2018
The Garden District is a MUST SEE! Sandie was charming, sassy and southern.... Very knowledgeable. She loves the City of New Orleans and her love of the city was evident throughout the tour! The tour was well organized and the staff extremely efficient. The walk was delightful. Easy walk just need to watch your step as the sidewalk is rarely even...
• Submitted 19 Mar 2018
Sandy our guide had such a dry sense of humor that it made the tour so much fun. Ive taken other Garden District tours, but this one actually took a tour of one of the homes. Its a lot of walking, but thats why we picked it, to get up close and personal with this gorgeous area.
• Submitted 18 Mar 2018
A very informative tour guide takes you by bus from the French Quarter to the Garden District for a long walk thru the area including discussion on the types of homes and mansions. You will also visit the cemetary and go into a Southern townhouse mansion. A tour that should not be missed about 2 1/2 hrs...wear comfortable shoes or sneakers
• Submitted 01 Mar 2018
Great tour guide. She was very informative about history of the area as well as the unique geography of this great city. Wish we could have had a day long tour with her as her enthusiasm just made me want to see more of NOLA!
• Submitted 11 Feb 2018
Mary E was an outstanding tour guide! She was very knowledgeable and provided a multitude of interesting facts and Nola history!
• Submitted 24 Jan 2018
Our tour guide Marcia was fantastic you could tell she was very passionate about the architecture in the Garden District. She was great pointing out the differences in the styles used in each House. The tour took us into one of the mansions which was fantastic. Marcia pointed out the houses owned by different celebrities which was fun. It was a rainy day and Marcia offered everyone umbrellas and ponchos. The tour was great and the guide was fantastic. Would recommend to anyone who is visiting New Orleans. Thanks so much
• Submitted 23 Jan 2018
A must do! Daniel was a great guide. Very informative, perfect pace to the tour and a friendly fellow to top it off. A highlight of our trip.
• Submitted 20 Jan 2018
Great tour to see the Garden District. The guide was great giving lots of history and Hollywood past and present residents.
• Submitted 12 Jan 2018
We were there on Dec 21, 2017. The garden district architecture is beautiful. We weren't very interested in the cemetery part of the tour, but it is part of New Orleans. Overall the tour was great. Our tour guide Midge was excellent.
• Submitted 11 Jan 2018
The tour was an excellent opportunity to view the centuries old homes of the affluent of New Orleans along with an explanation of the personal interactions between the families that created the neighborhood. It was most enjoyable and entertaining!
• Submitted 31 Dec 2017

In Brief

New Orleans, United States
United States
2 hours 45 minutes
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

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