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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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    Plane Ride with Wine and Cheese

    Combine aerial views of New Orleans with Champagne and chocolates, or wine and cheese on this romantic VIP sightseeing flight! The 45-minute flight includes one full bottle of Champagne with chocolates, or a full bottle of wine and artisan cheese. Glide above the French Quarter and Central Business District, and see top New Orleans attractions such as Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the bayous around Mississippi River. If there’s something that you would like to see instead, simply let the pilot know; the route is flexible and can be tailored to your preference. With a maximum of three passengers permitted, this is a great outing for couples or good friends. Board your sightseeing plane at the Flight Academy of New Orleans, sit in your window-side seat, and then take to the skies over the city’s sights. Gaze out of your window and watch the runway slip from your view as New Orleans’ urban sights take center stage. A maximum of three passengers are permitted per flight, making this a great way to spend quality time with a loved one or close friends. Gaze down at the French Quarter at the distinct architecture, and listen to your guide’s stories about the city and its sights. Peer past the skyscrapers of the Central Business District to see Mercedes-Benz Superdome where New Orleans Saints American football team play. Loop around the iconic stadium, and have your camera ready to capture bird’s-eye sights of the Port of New Orleans and its tailing 2-mile (3-km) wharf. Glide a short distance from downtown New Orleans to the bayous of Louisiana, the slow-moving streams of water that form around the Mississippi River. After admiring sunset views of the county’s famous wetlands, head back over the city and touch down at the start point where your VIP experience finishes. Looking for something more savory on your flight? Choose this option for a bottle of wine and cheese! One bottle of red or white wine (your choice), a block of artisan cheese, crostini, and one other snack is served per couple, so sit back, sip on the wine and nibble on the cheese as you cruise above New Orleans.
    Plane Ride with Wine and Cheese

    5701 Walter Beech St, New Orleans

    • Combine aerial views of New Orleans with chocolates and a bottle of champagne on this sightseeing flight
    • Glide above the French Quarter and Central Business District with commentary from your pilot
    • See top New Orleans attractions such as the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the Mississippi River
    • Customize the route with your pilot according to personal preferences
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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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    Plane Ride with Champagne and Chocolate

    Board your sightseeing plane at the Flight Academy of New Orleans, sit in your window-side seat, and then take to the skies over the city’s sights. Gaze out of your window and watch the runway slip from your view as New Orleans’ urban sights take center stage. A maximum of three passengers are permitted per flight, making this a great way to spend quality time with a loved one or close friends. Gaze down at the French Quarter at the distinct architecture, and listen to your guide’s stories about the city and its sights. Peer past the skyscrapers of the Central Business District to see Mercedes-Benz Superdome where New Orleans Saints American football team play. Loop around the iconic stadium, and have your camera ready to capture bird’s-eye sights of the Port of New Orleans and its tailing 2-mile (3-km) wharf. Glide a short distance from downtown New Orleans to the bayous of Louisiana, the slow-moving streams of water that form around the Mississippi River. After admiring sunset views of the county’s famous wetlands, head back over the city and touch down at the start point where your VIP experience finishes. Once high in the air above the Mississippi River, it’s time to pop the Champagne and eat your chocolates! One full bottle of Champagne and chocolates (type and amount varies) is included per couple, so sit back, sip on the bubbles and enjoy your sweets as you cruise above New Orleans.
    Plane Ride with Champagne and Chocolate

    5701 Walter Beech St, New Orleans

    • Combine aerial views of New Orleans with cheese and a bottle of wine on this sightseeing flight
    • Glide above the French Quarter and Central Business District with commentary from your pilot
    • See top New Orleans attractions such as Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the Mississippi River
    • Customize the route with your pilot according to personal preferences
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    New Orleans Specialties Cooking Class (Afternoon)

    Take an entertaining and informative cooking class at the New Orleans School of Cooking! Located in a renovated molasses warehouse built in the early 1800s, this cooking class brings you to the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Learn the basics of Louisiana cooking from professional chefs and learn how to make classic New Orleans specialties such as gumbo, jambalaya, and pralines. Enjoy samplings of these delectable dishes accompanied by complimentary beer, iced tea and coffee, and take the recipes home with you! Food is considered one of the defining elements of Louisiana’s culture, and there's no better way to experience New Orleans than to taste it! During your New Orleans cooking demonstration class, embark on a sensory journey in the kitchen to discover Louisiana's rich tapestry of culinary influences -- French, Spanish, Native American, African and Indian -- as they blend into modern- day Cajun and Creole cuisine.

    Your cooking experts will demonstrate how to prepare classic New Orleans specialties such as gumbo, jambalaya and pralines, and will season them with history, trivia and tall tales. Learn the basics of Louisiana cooking and discover the array of spices used in this unique cuisine.

    Enjoy generous samplings of the demonstrated items, as well as complimentary coffee, iced tea and beer. At the end of the class, take home the recipes to show off your new skills to your friends and family!
    New Orleans Specialties Cooking Class (Afternoon)

    524 St Louis St, New Orleans

    • Take an entertaining and informative cooking class on the basics of Louisiana style cooking
    • Learn to prepare classic New Orleans specialties such as gumbo, jambalaya, etouffee, banana foster, and pralines
    • Hear fascinating history, trivia and tall tales from your chefs as they instruct you with their famous cooking techniques
    • Discover the array of spices used in this cultural cuisine and gain the tools to make these delightful dishes yourself
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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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