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    NOLA Original Cocktail Walking Tour

    Let the good times roll as you discover the Big Easy’s vibrant drinking culture on the original cocktail walking tour of New Orleans. Explore the French Quarter’s famous bars and restaurants as you sip the city’s iconic libations, including the Sazerac and Pimm’s Cup. On the 2.5-hour tour, learn the classic stories behind these unique concoctions as you wander through the colonial architecture of one of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhoods, drinking in history and culture as you go. Embark on your exploration of New Orleans’ cocktail culture from the Gray Line Lighthouse Ticket Office, right on the Mississippi River in the city’s French Quarter. Your group of like-minded revelers will travel the neighborhood’s historic streets, ducking in and out of watering holes and restaurants in buildings that still stand as beautiful examples of French and Spanish Colonial Architecture. While it’s easy to get lost in the history of your surroundings, the real stars of the tour are the cocktails. Listen in as your guides reveal the stories behind each inventive libation and the characters that brought them to life. Learn the origins of Southern Comfort, a liqueur invented in New Orleans in 1874, and the even older story of the Sazerac, which dates back to 1850. Sample any of your favorites by purchasing a glass. You’ll also get an inside peek into the city’s oldest restaurant and its wine cellar and private dining rooms, where some of New Orleans' most important wheelings and dealings took place. Drink in the spirit of New Orleans by enjoying this 2.5-hour tour at the beginning of your visit to the Big Easy to pinpoint the stops you must revisit, or use it as an unexpected way to bid adieu to a city that’s as rich in stories as it is in drinks to share them over. It's history—with a twist!
    NOLA Original Cocktail Walking Tour

    400 Toulouse St, New Orleans

    • Discover the Big Easy’s vibrant drinking culture with a cocktail walking tour
    • Explore the French Quarter’s famous bars and most iconic restaurants
    • Learn the classic stories behind unique concoctions as you literally drink in the history
    • Wander through the colonial architecture of one of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhoods
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    Westbank Plantation Tour

    Once your cruise has returned to New Orleans, take a journey back in time to the Antebellum South with a tour of two separate plantations. On your ride out to Oak Alley Plantation, often referred to as the "Grande Dame of the Great River Road,” pass and hear about the Whitney, Josephine, and Evergreen plantations along the way. Once you’ve arrived at Oak Alley Plantation, enjoy time to admire this jewel of Greek Revival architecture, including a quarter-mile canopy of giant live oak trees, believed to be nearly 300 years old! Next, travel to Laura Plantation, a historic sugar plantation built in 1805 displaying a different and unique culture. The guided tour transports you with dramatic detail into the charmed yet tragic lives of four generations of Creole owners and their slaves. Come experience this fully immersive tour of New Orleans historic past! Ride out to Oak Alley Plantation, passing and hearing about the Whitney, Josephine, and Evergreen plantations along the way. Your guided tour of Oak Alley Plantation allows you time to admire this jewel of Greek Revival architecture. The quarter-mile canopy of giant live oak trees, believed to be nearly 300 years old, forms an impressive avenue leading to the classic Greek-revival style antebellum home.

    Next visit the Laura Plantation, a Creole Plantation with historic slave quarters surrounded by sugar cane fields. The guided tour transports you with dramatic detail into the charmed yet tragic lives of four generations of Creole owners and their slaves.

    You can catch the tour at two different departure times or two locations.
    Westbank Plantation Tour

    Downtown, New Orleans

    • Explore two of New Orleans’ most iconic plantations
    • Witness the beauty of Oak Alley Plantation, referred to as the “Grand Dame of the Great River Road”
    • Visit Laura Plantation, a beautiful and historic sugar plantation built in 1805
    • Enjoy fascinating commentary throughout your journey from an expert local guide
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    Ghost and Vampire Haunted Walking Tour

    What vacation is complete without a little disease and disaster? And maybe some vampires for good measure? This New Orleans tour will help you get your fill on all things mayhem, as you learn about some of the French Quarter’s many haunted tails and unsolved mysteries. You’ll be participating in a walking tour led by local who know’s all of the Quarter’s darkest secrets. Uncover the mystery of Madame LaLaurie and the check out the LaLaurie Mansion, hear urban legends about ghosts and vampires known to prowl the streets, and find out the true nature of the magic that holds this famed city in its grasp. Oh, and throw in a few unsolved murders and tragic suicides for good measure. Just because.
    Ghost and Vampire Haunted Walking Tour

    718 N Rampart St, New Orleans

    • Embark on a storytelling tour of New Orleans featuring some of its most harrowing urban legends
    • Tour the French Quarter with a knowledgeable guide who will introduce you to its expansive culture
    • Check out some of the neighborhood’s mythical haunts, including the LaLaurie Mansion
    • Enjoy the thrill of being seriously frightened as you let your imagination run wild
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    Vampire Tour

    Are there vampires prowling the night in the French Quarter of New Orleans? Venture into the realm of the city’s undead and find out! Visit the dark and mysterious world of the undead on this popular New Orleans vampire tour. Walk with your theatrical guide through the French Quarter and hear haunting legends of famous vampires – ‘real’ and fictional. Visit sites associated with these creatures of the night, where you’ll hear chilling tales and learn of scandalous acts. Stop at a notable vampire tavern as well as movie locations from ‘Interview With a Vampire’ and other blood-sucking stories. Be sure to bring garlic along – just in case!
    Are there vampires prowling the night in the French Quarter of New Orleans? Follow your offbeat, theatrical guide into the dark realm of the city’s undead and find out!

    Escape into the streets on your 2-hour vampire tour, departing from Saint Louis Cathedral. Your tour guide will provide an eerie, chilling yet fun-filled adventure as you walk to famous sites and hear about true-to-life vampire-style crimes.

    Visit the mysterious world associated with creatures of the night, including a trip to a noted vampire tavern. You’ll see onsite movie locations for Interview with a Vampire and other sites of fictional creations. As you round dark corners, keep an eye out for bloodthirsty vampires creeping through the antebellum streets of the French Quarter by dusk.

    Learn about vampire scandals and stories pulled from city police reports, archives, diaries, and newspaper interviews… only you can decide if these vampires are real or imagined!
    Vampire Tour

    615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans

    • Follow your theatrical guide through the historic French Quarter to sites associated with these creatures
    • Hear about the haunting tales and scandalous acts of famous vampires, both “real” and fictional
    • Stop at a notable vampire tavern as well as movie locations from “Interview With A Vampire"
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    New Orleans Ghost Tour

    Port cities see their share of humanity come and go, and New Orleans is no different. The spirits of the city’s past inhabitants are just “dying” to be discovered on this extraordinary tour. You’ll hear accounts of love-lured specters, tormented souls of war, vile traitors, and the sorrowful woes of the repentant dead as you visit haunted sites like Pirate Alley and Hotel Montelone, and learn the tales of those affected by Yellow Fever and true modern crimes. You’ll even visit the filming locations for American Horror Story: Coven. Learn the Creole history of the Big Easy in the creepiest and scariest manner possible!
    New Orleans Ghost Tour

    Decatur St & Ursulines Ave, New Orleans

    • Tour the haunted sites of New Orleans’ famous spirits
    • Hear the lurid tales as you visit sites like Pirate Alley and Hotel Montelone
    • Walk in the footsteps of tragic lovers, terrible traitors, victims of fate
    • Get an inside look at New Orleans’ most storied districts
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    Oak Alley Plantation Tour

    Feel the gentle breeze of southern hospitality on a tour that takes you back to a time of mint juleps, gracious living and the glory of the Old South. Oak Alley is your destination on this 4.5 hour tour, that takes you into the stunning plantation home, built over 165 years ago. Listen to fascinating and amusing stories of the home and its history, presented by your professional guide. Experience a bygone era in one of the South's most beautiful settings - Oak Alley Plantation, built in 1839. Marvel at the unbelievable quarter-mile long alley of 28 magnificent Oak trees, each over 250 years old. Perhaps the most photographed plantation ever, Oak Alley has been the setting for such motion pictures as "Interview with a Vampire", "Primary Colors" and the wedding of Bo and Hope from the daytime soap opera, "Days of our Lives". Your guided Oak Valley Plantation tour will reveal the fascinating stories of the home and its history. View the Majestic Cypress Trees in Louisiana's swamps bordering the Mississippi River. You can purchase a snack, salad or sandwich in the Cafe and Ice Cream Parlor to enjoy at the picnic tables or aboard the coach (not included in price). Feel the gentle breeze of Southern hospitality on a tour that takes you back to the glory of the Old South!
    Oak Alley Plantation Tour

    French Quarter, New Orleans

    • Feel the gentle breeze of southern hospitality on a tour that takes you back to the Old South
    • Enter Oak Alley, a stunning plantation home built over 165 years ago
    • Listen to fascinating and amusing stories of the home and its history from your professional guide.
    • Experience a bygone era in one of the South's most beautiful settings
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    Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour

    Nowhere is Louisiana’s wildlife more abundant than in the swamps and bayous of New Orleans . After crossing the Mississippi River, take a boat ride through these swamps and bayous and be on the lookout for alligators, raccoons, snakes, turtles and native birds. Hear stories from your guide about local Cajun culture and the mysteries of the swamps and bayous. After a short coach ride across the Mississippi River, embark on a fascinating 2 hour boat trip through the swamps and bayous of New Orleans! Watch the timeless beauty of Southern Louisiana unfold as you travel through the bayous and swamps in a custom built, all-weather boat.

    Your local guide will reveal the mysteries of this iconic Louisiana terrain as you observe the nesting grounds of native wildlife. Discover how the seafood from the bountiful waters provides a wide assortment of delectable local dishes! Observe the nesting grounds of alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria, and many species of snakes. Some wildlife are more numerous during the warmer months of the year.

    Along the way, learn all about Cajun culture and ingenuity — hear how Cajun people turned soup into gumbo, a famous Louisiana dish; the washboard into a musical instrument; and, of course, the swamps into a natural paradise. Your guide will also explain how these lush, untamed swamps and bayous are slowly disappearing. Learn about the efforts made to preserve and restore Louisiana's vanishing wetlands for future generations to enjoy. You'll return safely from the bayous with a return coach ride to the French Quarter in New Orleans.
    Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour

    French Quarter, New Orleans

    • Take a boat ride through the famous swamps and bayous of New Orleans
    • Be on the lookout for indigenous alligators, raccoons, snakes, turtles and native birds
    • Enjoy a coach ride through the area, then hear stories from your guide about local Cajun culture
    • See fascinating sights and listen as your guide unveils mysteries of the iconic swamps and bayous
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    French Quarter Food & History Tour

    New Orleans just wouldn’t be New Orleans without its complex and delicious food culture. From beignets to po’ boys to jambalaya, the French Quarter is home to some of the best flavors that the city has to offer. Learn about the New Orleans’ history through a culinary lens, as your guide weaves together the lore of what dishes make up the city’s food identity and why, and shares personal anecdotes about famous chefs and restaurants. You’ll wander past iconic landmarks like St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square as you make your way towards Cafe Beignet, your destination for lunch. There, you’ll be able to taste and sample the delectable dishes you discussed on your walk. You can try gumbo made from local seafood, hot sauces, muffalettas, pralines, and red beans and rice. You’re sure to understand New Orleans on a much deeper and much fuller level.
    French Quarter Food & History Tour

    Decatur St & Ursulines Ave, New Orleans

    • Explore the New Orleans’ spectrum of culinary offerings on an engaging walking tour
    • Walk past iconic sites in the French Quarter on your way to a tasting of a huge array of classic New Orleans dishes
    • Learn the difference between Creole and Cajun food
    • Get unique insight into New Orleans’ history and culture
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    Night Sightseeing Flight

    See the bright lights of New Orleans at night on a sightseeing flight over the city! While listening to commentary from the pilot, relax in a small sightseeing plane. Gaze down at illuminated city attractions such as the Port of New Orleans, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Mississippi River and more, and admire nighttime views of the French Quarter. If there is a sight that you particularly want to see, simply let the pilot know! The itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to the sights that your group wants to see. Board your four seat airplane at the Flight Academy of New Orleans, take a seat, and then soar into the air above the city. Watch the flashing lights of the runway fade as the white lights of the city dominate the nightscape stretched before you. As you soar through the skies above the Mississippi River, listen to your pilot’s tales about the city and its countless sights. Hear about different New Orleans neighborhoods as you pass above the French Quarter, and admire the streetlights casting a glow on its architecture. Peer past the lit-up skyscrapers of the Central Business District and soar around Mercedes-Benz Superdome, where New Orleans Saints American football team play. Loop around the domed stadium and have your camera ready to capture sights of the Port of New Orleans with its 2-mile (3-km) wharf. Glide a short distance from downtown New Orleans to admire aerial views of Southern Louisiana’s bayous—the slow-moving streams of water around the Mississippi River. After admiring the nighttime views of the county’s famous wetlands, loop back into the city and touch down at the start point where your experience finishes.
    Night Sightseeing Flight

    5701 Walter Beech St, New Orleans

    • Take flight over the illuminated New Orleans attractions at night with a professional pilot
    • Learn the history and cultural backgrounds of the city with live commentary
    • Enjoy a bird's eye view of the French Quarter, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and the Port of New Orleans
    • Gaze out Louisiana’s beautiful bayous around the banks of the Mississippi River from a window-side seat
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    Architectural and Sightseeing Tour

    Discover New Orleans' heritage and the beauty of its period homes during this guided tour! After pickup from your downtown or French Quarter hotel by air-conditioned van, your architectural tour begins in the French Quarter, where you'll learn about the history and design styles of the old Creole city of New Orleans. Ride along the city’s stately streets, passing jewels of architectural styles in the French Quarter, Bayou St John and Garden District, and enjoy guided walking tours of St Louis Cemetery #3 and the Longue Vue House and Gardens -- a Classical Greek Revival mansion filled with artifacts spanning the breadth of its history. This small-group tour with a maximum of 13 people ensures a more personalized experience. After pickup from your downtown or French Quarter hotel by air-conditioned van, your architecture tour begins in the French Quarter, where you'll learn about the history and design styles of the old Creole city of New Orleans. See the Pontalba Buildings of Jackson Square, admire St Louis Cathedral and enjoy a view of the Mississippi River. Along Esplanade Avenue, you'll pass by the French Market, the old US Mint and some elegant mansions.

    Next, hop off your van and stretch your legs at the historic St Louis Cemetery #3. During a guided walking tour, see some of its many societal tombs, such as the Hellenic Orthodox community and the Dante Lodge of Masons, which represent the varied backgrounds of New Orleans' former residents.

    Back on your van, travel along peaceful Bayou St John, where you’ll see houses from the late 1700s. Stop for refreshments and rest rooms after a drive through City Park, home to the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and centuries-old live oaks.

    Make your way along Lake Pontchartrain's shores, where you’ll learn about the levee system and see one of the longest causeway bridges in the world, and then arrive at your final stop – the Longue Vue House and Gardens. Peer through the window of time during a guided tour that reveals 20 rooms of antiques, specialty collections and art -- all nestled amid 8 acres (3 hectares) of regal gardens.

    On the drive back to your hotel, you’ll pass through Uptown and along St Charles Avenue, where the grand colonial mansions of the Garden District are some of the most beautiful in all the South.
    Architectural and Sightseeing Tour

    Downtown, New Orleans

    • Explore the heritage and beauty of New Orleans’ period homes during this guided tour
    • Learn about the history and design styles of the old Creole city from your local guide
    • Pass by the jewels of neighborhoods like the French Quarter, Bayou St. John, and Garden District
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