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    NOLA Original Cocktail Walking Tour

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    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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    City Bike Tour

    Explore the history-rich neighborhoods of New Orleans on a 3.5-hour bike tour in the morning or afternoon, and see the sights with a local guide! While riding around seven of the city's most exciting districts, learn about the city's evolution from a small French colony to a fast-growing commercial center and multicultural hub. Cycle through the French Quarter and bohemian Fabourge Marigny; marvel at millionaires' mansions on Esplanade Avenue; and pass top New Orleans attractions such as St Louis Cemetery 3, City Park and more Meet your guide in New Orleans' French Quarter, listen to a quick safety briefing, put on your helmet, and then set off by your comfortable 3-speed city bike! Pedal behind your guide at a steady pace, enjoying frequent stops to learn about the sights, pose for photos and chat with your guide.

    Many say that the history of New Orleans can be traced through its neighborhoods, so your tour takes in seven of its most atmospheric boroughs to help you understand the different eras in New Orleans' development. Cycle along the banks of the Mississippi River where the city was born, wind your way through the French Quarter, and pass in to the bohemian neighborhood of Fabourge Marigny.

    Get a feel for New Orleans' 19th-century swagger as you pass along Esplanade Avenue, home to mansions built by the city's founders. After cruising around the leafy streets of the upmarket neighborhood, take a break in St Louis Cemetery 3 to see its fairgrounds as well as some impressive marble tombs.

    Wind your way around the landscapes gardens of City Park to start heading back toward the French Quarter, passing through three more exciting city neighborhoods: Bayou St John, Mid-City and Treme. After 3.5 hours of exploring the city and learning about its history, return to the start point where your bike tour finishes.
    City Bike Tour

    French Quarter, New Orleans

    • Explore the history-rich neighborhoods of New Orleans on a leisurely guided bike tour
    • See the city's highlights from an insider's perspective with an expert local guide leading the way
    • Learn about the city's evolution -- from a small French colony to a fast-growing commercial center
    • Cycle through the French Quarter, bohemian Faubourg Marigny, City Park, Esplanade Avenue, and St Louis Cemetery 3
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    Garden District Walking Tour

    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, witness the above-ground burial ground at Lafayette Cemetery, and learn about the history of the Garden District from your guide. Your tour includes roundtrip transportation from the French Quarter and refreshments at Magazine PoBoy Shop. 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 his homesick Iowan wife. You'll also see where Confederate leader Jefferson died at age 81 and stop to walk around Lafayette Cemetery, one of New Orleans' many above-ground cemeteries. Hear about how the high water table and frequent flooding in the city helped drive the creation of these 'cities of the dead' as you capture photos of the elaborate tombs and statuary. Enjoy light refreshments at Magazine PoBoy Shop before heading back to the French Quarter by coach at the end of your 2.5-hour Garden District tour.
    Garden District Walking Tour

    French Quarter, New Orleans

    • Admire the posh homes of New Orleans' Garden District on a morning walking tour
    • Observe impressive examples of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture
    • See where Confederate leader Jefferson Davis died and witness the above-ground burial place at Lafayette Cemetery
    • Enjoy round trip transportation and complimentary refreshments at the Magazine PoBoy Shop
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    St. Louis #1 Cemetery Tour

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    St. Louis #1, also known as "The City of the Dead," is just blocks away from the French Quarter, whose raucous streets are filled with life all hours of the day. Made famous worldwide in the 1969 movie Easy Rider, it is the oldest active cemetery in New Orleans -- founded in the late 18th century. The cemetery contains a labyrinth of tombs, unique to most in the U.S., which hold the remains of some of the city's important historical figures, including, as legend would have it, Voodoo Priestess Marie Laveau. You'll visit The Musicians Tomb, the iconic "Oven" Wall Vaults, the Italian Mutual Benevolent Society Tomb from Easy Rider, and see the final resting places of Homer Plessy, Mayor Dutch Morial, and the Musson Family. You will also learn about jazz funerals and the Civil Rights Movement in New Orleans. Get ready to be wowed by the resting places of New Orleans' dead and living, and uncover a unique side of Creole Culture.
    St. Louis #1 Cemetery Tour

    400 Dauphine St, New Orleans

    • Tour the beautiful grounds of New Orleans' most beautiful and famous cemetery
    • Visit the final resting places of celebrities, local legends, and cultural icons
    • Explore a labyrinth of of tombs, which holds the remains of historical figures
    • Get a unique inside look at New Orleans' history
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    Garden District & Cemetery Tour

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    Excluded from early 19th Century Creole society, newly arrived Yankees got to work creating their own city. The Garden District. "Lafayette City," as it was once known, is just a short streetcar ride from the French Quarter, but it feels like a world apart. You'll love exploring one of New Orleans's most desired neighborhoods, home to the rich, the famous, the strange -- and the dead! As you wander the cobblestone streets, you'll visit Colonel Short's Villa, Rosegate, Commander's Palace Restaurant, Manning House and Lafayette Cemetery. This walking tour is not just mansions and manicured gardens, but stories of legends, tragedy, epidemics, lost causes, movie stars, celebrity chefs, and haunted spirits.
    Garden District & Cemetery Tour

    2770 Prytania St, New Orleans

    • Tour the stunning neighborhood of The Garden District
    • Visit beautifully preserved 19th century mansions, gardens, and cemeteries
    • Learn about the Garden District's famous residents, past and present
    • Get an inside look at one of New Orleans' most desired and storied districts
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    French Quarter Food Tour

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    Find out what all the fuss is about on this half-day tour of some of the best food in New Orleans' famous French Quarter. Your knowledgeable, passionate guide will escort you to famous restaurants in the French Quarter and Riverwalk, including a few commonly mentioned in cookbooks. You may sample red beans and rice at Napolean House, chargrilled oysters at Seafood Treasure and beignets at Cafe du Monde. Learn about the rich legacy of fine food in the French Quarter and which hotspots to check out on your own later; you can even work with your guide to customize the tour to your interests. Meet your guide in the heart of the French Quarter to embark on your three-hour walking tour of world-class restaurants. Wander the lively streets of the French Quarter and get an insider's look at the kitchens often seen on food shows and featured in cookbooks. Let your guide know the restaurants you're interested in checking out or perhaps ask your guide to recommend a personal favorite.

    Indulge in six or seven food tastings and one alcoholic beverage tasting during your tour. You may have chargrilled oysters at Seafood Treasure, red beans and rice at Napolean House, and beignets and cafe au lait at Cafe du Monde. Try a popular cocktail with a distinctive New Orleans' twist at Pimms Cup. Pimms originated in England, but the Pimms Cup cocktail was dreamed up in New Orleans. Your tastings are all included in the price of your tour and easily add up to a meal's worth of food. There's a moderate amount of walking involved as you move from one exceptional restaurant to the next, so it's easy to work off the calories!

    Your 3-hour tasting adventure concludes in the French Quarter where you can keep exploring on your own or return to a favorite eatery on your own later for a sit-down meal!
    French Quarter Food Tour

    351 38th St, New Orleans

    • Discover the best food selections in New Orleans's famous French Quarter
    • Be escorted to famous restaurants by your knowledgeable and passionate guide
    • Learn about the rich legacy of fine food in the French Quarter and spend three hours wandering its lively streets
    • Indulge in six or seven food tastings and one alcoholic beverage tasting during your tour
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    New Orleans Ghost Tour

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    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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    Voodoo Tour

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    Shrouded in mystery and secrecy -- and often misrepresented by popular culture and Hollywood depictions - Voodoo has long held reign in New Orleans legends, folklore, and history. The spirituality was hidden among the slaves of the 1700s, popularized and commercialized by the famous Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau in the 19th century, and still functions as an alternative religion in the modern day city. Covering topics like colonial slavery and the Haitian Rebellions, this tour will introduce you to the Congo Square and the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum. Learn about Voodoo holidays, icons, and depictions in New Orleans and popular culture. You'll end with a stop inside one of the modern day Voodoo temples and a chance to pick up some New Orleans "gris-gris" to take home!
    Voodoo Tour

    806 N Rampart St, New Orleans

    • Tour the Voodoo hotspots of New Orleans on this mysterious tour
    • Visit iconic sites and museums, and learn about the history, development, and long term effects of Voodoo on New Orleans
    • Take home your own gris-gris talisman and stop inside one of the modern day Voodoo temples
    • Explore one of the most unique parts of New Orleans
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    French Quarter Food & History Tour

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    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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    Hurricane Katrina and NOLA Sightseeing Tour

    The tenacious city of New Orleans showcases her rebuilding efforts and her Southern charm on this combination city tour that includes both the city's old familiar sights and the realities of Hurricane Katrina. Some parts of the city - like the historic French Quarter - were left nearly untouched by the 2005 hurricanes while others were ravaged by the catastrophic failure of the levee system. This enlightening tour winds these disparate halves of the city into a contemporary overview of modern-day New Orleans. Your New Orleans city tour begins in the French Quarter and covers the history and architecture of the old Creole city. See top attractions like Jackson Square, St Louis Cathedral and the Pontalba Buildings, and enjoy a view of the Mississippi River. Next, pass the French Market and the old US Mint, drive through the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood, and head east along the Industrial Canal to view the largest Hurricane Katrina levee breach, which destroyed the 9th Ward. Witness both the desolation and budding rebirth here, including Harry Connick Jr.'s and Ellis Marsalis' project: Habitat For Humanity's colorful Musicians' Village site in the Upper 9th Ward. You'll then return to the contrasting, stately mansions along Esplanade Avenue as you make your way to the historic St Louis Cemetery #3.

    Enjoy a guided walking tour through the cemetery's large tombs before re-boarding your van for a ride along peaceful Bayou St John, where you'll see raised houses from the late 1700s and learn about their architectural significance in a city below sea level. Then visit City Park to see the antique carousel and centuries-old live oaks before stopping for a snack break (own expense). See the London Avenue Canal Breaches and the complete destruction they caused during the hurricane

    Next, head toward the University of New Orleans campus along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, where you'll see the Causeway, which is the world's longest continuous bridge over water. On the drive, your guide will tell you about the levee system and how integral it is to the city. Continue past the lake's marinas, where you'll witness the fourth levee breach at the 17th Street Canal. Discover both the destruction wrecked upon the Lakeview neighborhood and its inspiring comeback. Your journey continues through the Uptown district, past Tulane and Loyola universities, the 177-year-old streetcar line and the grand colonial mansions of St Charles Avenue. Make your way into the Garden District to see its renowned (and possibly haunted) historic homes. Heading downtown, ride through the Arts District and the Warehouse Section, passing by the World War II Museum and the Superdome before being dropped off.
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    Hurricane Katrina and NOLA Sightseeing Tour

    Downtown, New Orleans

    • Witness the rebuilding efforts and Southern charm
    • Experience the old iconic city sights and the realities of Hurricane Katrina
    • See the historic French Quarter and immerse yourself in its culture
    • Explore the parts of New Orleans's history ravaged by the catastrophic 2005 hurricane
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