Guided tour

New Orleans: Garden District Tour with Elms Mansion Access

4.7 / 5

15 reviews

New Orleans: Garden District Tour with Elms Mansion Access

From US$ 45 per person

This half-day tour immerses you in the history and culture of New Orleans’ most distinguished neighborhood, the Garden District. You’ll go behind the scenes at a praline shop, ride a streetcar, visit spooky mausoleums, and stroll past antebellum mansions.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Take a behind-the-scenes tour of a working praline-makers shop, and taste a freshly-made praline
  • Hop on a New Orleans streetcar for a ride down the historic St. Charles Avenue
  • Stroll through the historic Garden District, home to some of the finest old mansions in the United States and multiple celebrities' homes
  • Visit the atmospheric Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, and learn what makes New Orleans Cemeteries among the most unique in the United States
  • Step inside the Elms Mansion for a look at one of the best-preserved antebellum houses
  • Enjoy a complimentary glass of lemonade or sweet tea
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Immerse yourself in the opulence of the Old South in this tour of New Orleans’ prettiest neighborhood with an expert local guide. Your historic Garden District tour begins on a sweet note with a behind-the-scenes visit to an old praline-makers shop. Here you will learn how New Orleans’ most famous confection was brought to the city from Europe, and will even be able to taste one hot out of the copper pots. Next, you’ll hop onto a street car with all-inclusive tickets and zip down St. Charles Avenue, en-route to the Garden District. This area of grand mansions and wide, tree-lined streets is home to some of the best-preserved, pre-Civil-War mansions in America, as well as a slew of celebrity homes. Your guide will introduce you to the history of the area, as you see the grand mansions built by wealthy plantation-owners and now owned by famous people such as Beyonce and Sandra Bullock. Along the way, you’ll stop off at one of America’s most unique graveyards, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. You’ll also learn about the practical difficulties of running a cemetery below sea level. For the highlight of the tour, you will step inside the Elms Mansion, a 150-year-old Italianate home that is one of the most impressive in the city. As you tour the opulent rooms, you will learn about the businessmen and plantation owners who built these stately residences, and the wealthy world that they created in New Orleans before the Civil War. Your tour ends in the mansion’s beautiful garden, with an ice cold glass of lemonade or sweet tea in the shade of the largest magnolia tree in the south.
Includes
  • Expert local guide
  • Elms Mansion entrance
  • Praline tasting
  • Tea
  • Street car ride (1-day Jazzy transport pass)
  • Hotel Pickup and drop off
  • Gratuities (appreciated but never obligatory)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Outside the Auction House Market, 801 Magazine Street, New Orleans. This is in the Warehouse District. You can walk from the French Quarter. Walk straight down St Charles Ave from Canal, take a left on Julia, and the Auction House Market will be on your right. The approximate walking time is 11 minutes. You can take the St. Charles Ave streetcar from Canal toward S Carrollton (green cars). Exit at Julia Street and take a left towards Magazine Street.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Rain gear

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Due to the uneven sidewalks, exposed tree roots, and aged cemeteries, this tour is not wheelchair and stroller accessible
  • The walking portion of the tour is outdoors rain or shine, so please dress appropriately (ponchos are recommended for rain while umbrellas are recommended for shade)
  • The Garden District neighborhood experiences light flooding during summer season, therefore rain boots are also recommended
  •  As of Aug 16, 2020, masks and proof of vaccine or a negative PCR test are required for all indoor gatherings. For more information, please visit the New Orleans Government website.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 15 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5

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Our family had an excellent time with our tour guide, Jet Rehberg. Jet was professional, knowledgeable, interesting, and sensitive to our needs. We had a great time learning about the beautiful architecture, history of the homes and buildings, and enjoyed the leisurely walk. The highlight of the activity was the tour of the Elms Mansion. What a treat to be able to see the incredible detail of one of New Orleans’ most beautiful homes! The staff was so generous to allow us to take photos both inside and out. BONUS, we got to meet the #mansiondogs!

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July 24, 2021

We felt the guide was very knowledgeable and professional. A thunder and lightening storm with a total down pour interrupted our tour. The guide took us to a cafe until it let up but it never did. She gave us our street car passes after visiting a mansion and we went back to our condo and dried out our shoes, socks and clothes. It was all ok.

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May 18, 2019

Really excellent guided tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the homes and the area! Thank you for a wonderful time!

June 20, 2021

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