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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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    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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    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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    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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    Scandalous Cocktail Hour Tour

    The bar scene in New Orleans will not disappoint you. On this tour, you will learn more about the scandalous past of the city while enjoying delicious cocktails. From stories about organized crime to absinthe addictions, you will not want to miss these historic facts. Learn about Storyville, the Tango Belt, the Axeman of New Orleans’ jazz obsession and more. Get the chance to check out and drink at historic bars like Pat O’Brien’s, the Carousel Bar and the Jean Lafitte Blacksmith Shop. You will find new drinks to add to your wish list and a few new stories to entertain your friends.
    Scandalous Cocktail Hour Tour

    Place de Henriette Delille, New Orleans

    • Enjoy a fun cocktail tour of New Orleans for adults only
    • Visit some of the best historic bars in town like Pat O’ Brien’s and the Carousel Bar
    • Enjoy delicious drinks made by experts
    • Discover your new favorite watering hole
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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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    Food History Tour in the French Quarter

    Let Doctor Gumbo be your guide through the French Quarter as you tour up to 7 locations where you’ll savor some of the best food in New Orleans. Learn all about the culinary history of the city as you sample classic fare such as Creole brisket, muffulettas, pralines, po boys and (of course) gumbo. You’ll step back in time as you hear about restaurant family dynasties and visit locations that have been serving up dishes since before the Civil War. You might even meet some of the famous chefs responsible for your delicious bites (if they’re not too busy cooking up a culinary storm). With 9 different samplings and endless food for thought, this tour is bound to leave you satisfied.
    Food History Tour in the French Quarter

    310 Chartres St, New Orleans

    • Taste the deliciously diverse cuisine of New Orleans as you stroll the French Quarter
    • Enjoy 9 dishes including gumbo, po boys, and pralines
    • Learn all about the cultures that shaped the culinary scene
    • Take your taste buds on a tour they’ll never forget
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    Saints and Sinners French Quarter History Tour

    It’s all black and white on this New Orlean’s tour. You’ll be introduced to some of the city’s best and worst, as you explore the entanglement of its Catholic influences with its notorious outcast origins. Alongside your knowledgeable and local tour guide, you’ll learn about its culture and history, touring famed holy places, while learning about pirates, prostitutes, and witchcraft. Enthrall your imagination with stories wrapped in faith and sinister intent alike, and become acquainted with some of the city’s most mythical figures, including the Voodoo Queen herself, Marie Laveau. It’s sure to be sheer madness!
    Saints and Sinners French Quarter History Tour

    718 N Rampart St, New Orleans

    • Embark on a storytelling tour of New Orleans focused on its schizophrenic past
    • Check out some of the French Quarter’s notorious haunts and beautiful holy places
    • Tour the area with a local guide who knows the city’s secrets, and excels in storytelling
    • Chill your blood and spark your imagination with sinister real life stories in this famed city
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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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