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New Orleans: City Highlights Tour with Transfer

1. New Orleans: City Highlights Tour with Transfer

See the best of New Orleans in comfort on one handy guided motorized tour. Hop in the minibus and let your guide lead you through the city. No New Orleans city tour would be complete without the French Quarter, the home of Jazz and Mardi Gras. Take in the lively atmosphere with music in the air and colorful, historical buildings. Travel along to Magazine Street, the Big Easy’s thoroughfare that contains plenty of eclectic shops and eateries and meanders in parallel with the Mississippi River. Head across to St Louis Cathedral to see the “Big Easy’s” oldest cemetery, complete with famous and infamous residents. Lake Pontchartrain offers incredible views and photo opportunities. See the Lower Ninth Ward, one of the places hit by Hurricane Katrina. Spot some typical steamboat houses here and remnants of Louisiana's darker history – the sugar cane plantations and colonial buildings. After your whistle-stop tour with your live guide, get dropped off at your New Orleans hotel.

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New Orleans: Combo Cocktail and Food History Tour

2. New Orleans: Combo Cocktail and Food History Tour

Begin your walking tour at the award-winning Red Fish Grill in the French Quarter neighborhood of New Orleans. Begin with alligator sausage and seafood gumbo, with freshly-baked French bread and homemade butter as you learn a bit about the colonial period of Louisiana’s history. Move four blocks down and enter Pepper Palace to discuss the Cajun influence and sample an unlimited variety of hot sauces, BBQ sauces, Buffalo Wings sauces, salsas, dry rubs, and more. Receive a free bottle of Louisiana-style hot sauce when shopping there.  Afterward, visit Leah’s Pralines, a 3rd generation family-owned candy store. Sample traditional pralines and their unique Bacon Pecan Brittle. Then, visit the iconic Napoleon House restaurant for two of their specialties — muffuletta sandwiches and a refreshing Pimm’s Cup cocktail. Arrive at the award-winning Dickie Brennan’s Tableau to sip your next cocktail: the French 75, a combo of fresh lemon, brandy or gin, and bubbles. After Tableau, visit the Creole Cookery for their slow-cooked red beans and rice. From there you pass through famous Jackson Square towards Café du Monde, then along the French Market area, ultimately landing at the James Beard Award-nominated Cane & Table. Sample their unique curry pork skins and a classic daiquiri.

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New Orleans: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions

3. New Orleans: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions

No other New Orleans sightseeing package can compare to the incredible choice, convenience, and value of the Go City pass. Your New Orleans All-Inclusive Pass includes admission to a variety of the most popular New Orleans city attractions, New Orleans French Quarter attractions, and surrounding Louisiana attractions. When you visit each location with your All-Inclusive Pass, the admission has already been taken care of. You simply follow the instructions in the guide and present your Go City pass to enter. You don’t have to wait and pay over and over again. The low price of the New Orleans All-Inclusive Pass includes savings off of the admission fees you’d pay if you purchased your New Orleans attraction tickets individually at each location. Activities, attractions, and tours included with the New Orleans All-Inclusive Pass: • Paddlewheeler Creole Queen • Adventures in New Orleans Bus Tour • The National WWII Museum • Haunted History Tours • Ultimate Swamp Adventures • Mardi Gras World • St. Louis number 1 Cemetery Tour by French Quarter Phantoms • Ghost & Vampire Combo Tour by French Quarter Phantoms • Cooking Demonstration Class/New Orleans School of Cooking • Saints and Sinners by French Quarter Phantoms • Cajun Pride Swamp Tours • Garden District Tour by French Quarter Phantoms • Treme Tour by French Quarter Phantoms • Longue Vue House and Gardens • Edgar Degas House • San Francisco Plantation • Southern Food and Beverage Museum • The New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old US Mint • 1850 House/Louisiana State Museum • Cabildo/The Louisiana State Museum• New Orleans Pharmacy Museum • Louisiana Children’s Museum • Presbytere/The Louisiana State Museum

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New Orleans: French Quarter Ghost & Legends 2 Hour Tour

4. New Orleans: French Quarter Ghost & Legends 2 Hour Tour

If you find thrills in bumps in the night and tales of ghoulish goings-on, then this 2-hour romp through haunted New Orleans in the tour for you! The New Orleans Ghost & Haunted History Evening Tour has been featured on the History Channel and recommended by Travel Channel as The Number 1 Tour in New Orleans. The Ghost Tour will take you deep into the terrible past of the French Quarter. It kicks off at Rev. Zombie’s Voodoo shop, a fitting place to begin an evening descent into the city’s grim and grisly history. You’ll visit several locations in the French Quarter that are associated with documented hauntings. This is no horror movie work of fiction – this is the real deal! Prepare to be thrilled and chilled by stories of real paranormal activity, and to walk in the shadows of ghastly spirits and ghosts. You will even visit a haunted bar along the way! Over 90 per cent of tour participants have reported capturing photos of supernatural activity! Join the tour and you’ll learn why New Orleans is known as America’s most-haunted city.

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New Orleans: Voodoo, Mystery and Paranormal Tour

5. New Orleans: Voodoo, Mystery and Paranormal Tour

Investigate why New Orleans is considered the most haunted city in America on a 1 to 2-hour tour that explores its dark side. Hear about countless unsolved mysteries and some strong paranormal activities along the way. Visit multiple locations of unsolved murders and suicides. Get the facts about real, documented reports of vampires and ghosts that roam the streets of the French Quarter. Discover the locations where vampires held their victims and fed off of them. Learn about the traditional burial practices of New Orleans, and stop at many of the attractions and National Historic Landmarks that the city has to offer. Your guide will use an EMF meter or ghost/paranormal detector during the tour. Visit over 15 different locations, including St. Louis Cathedral, St. Anthony's Garden and The Cabildo, the former seat of the colonial government. Go to The Presbytere to admire one of the best examples of colonial Spanish architecture, see the Old Ursuline Convent, Jackson Square and the Sultan's Palace, where legend has it a mass murder took place. You'll also have thee opportunity to stopalong the way and buy drink to enjoy during the tour. Discover the most haunted house in New Orleans at the Lalaurie Mansion and learn about the "Mistress of Death."

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New Orleans: Five-in-One City Walking Tour

6. New Orleans: Five-in-One City Walking Tour

This five-in-one tour combines elements of the following tours: the St. Louis Cemetery Tour, the French Quarter Ghost and Vampire Tour, the New Orleans History Tour, the History and Architecture Tour and The "Dark Side" Voodoo, Mystery and Paranormal Tour.  This walking tour starts in the heart of the French Quarter. From there, explore Louisiana's complex culture, rich history and Voodoo, and experience the magical mystery that makes the city so irresistible! Notice the beautiful architecture throughout the French Quarter that makes it so unique. This tour will visit locations where Hollywood Stars have decided to call the French Quarter home along with locations where scenes from unforgettable movies have been filmed. But wait there is more! Have you ever wondered why New Orleans is considered the most haunted city in America? Explore the "Dark Side" of New Orleans history on this tour. This tour will visit multiple locations of unsolved murders and suicides. Hear real documented reports of vampires and ghosts roaming around the streets of the French Quarter and visit locations where vampires supposedly held their victims and fed off of them! Learn about New Orleans traditional burial practices and how they are different from most. The tour guide will explain to guests why New Orleans has above ground cemetery's and why by tradition for centuries the same vaults have been, and continue to be, recycled and re-used over and over again. This tour stops at many attractions and National Historic Landmarks that this city has offer! Visit over 15 locations during this tour such as The St Louis Cathedral, Cabildo, Presbytere, Ursuline Convent, Jackson Square, The Sultans Palace, and The Lalaurie Mansion known to be the most haunted house in New Orleans!

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New Orleans: 3-Hour Interactive Scavenger Hunt

7. New Orleans: 3-Hour Interactive Scavenger Hunt

Turn New Orleans into a giant board game with the Urban Adventure Quest interactive scavenger hunt. Combine the thrill of the race with a unique sightseeing experience of the city. Beginning near the downtown waterfront, let your smart phone guide you along the Mississippi river and through some of the city's renowned marketplaces, solving riddles, finding clues, and completing challenges, all the while discovering more about the area's history. Hustle through the sights and sounds of the city, from Jackson Square along its many fabled streets, meandering through famous landmarks as well as New Orlean's many overlooked treasures. There are few tours of the city quite as exciting, and even fewer as unique! Points of Interest on Your Quest: • Spanish Plaza • Water Front • French Market • Cafe Du Monde • Jackson Square • Washington Artillery and Cabildo • Bourbon Street

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New Orleans: 1.5-Hour Vampire Tour of the French Quarter

8. New Orleans: 1.5-Hour Vampire Tour of the French Quarter

New Orleans has been the backdrop for famous writers such as Anne Rice, as well as others who have created blood-sucking fictional characters. This 1.5-hour tour takes you to the dark and mysterious world of the city’s undead and tells you chilling stories of scandalous acts pulled from city police reports, archives, diaries, and newspaper interviews. This is no vampire work of fiction; this is the real deal. As you walk through the streets you will visit various locations associated with these creatures of the night, including a trip to a noted vampire tavern. It is a thrilling and chilling, yet fun-packed, creep through the antebellum streets of the French Quarter by dusk. You can trust to your expert and theatrical guide to protect you from the bloodthirsty creatures of the night. But you might like to bring some garlic – just in case.

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2-Hour French Quarter and Cemetery Tour

9. 2-Hour French Quarter and Cemetery Tour

This is on the top of the list of things to do in New Orleans! Meeting in the French Quarter, you will learn of history from long ago, as well as the many types of architecture and how immigrants influenced history, paint colors, and the architecture! Although this is the oldest cemetery in operation in New Orleans, your guide will disclose the first burial grounds in the city and another cemetery, which was in use before St. Louis #1. You will hear of burial customs, not commonly used in the United States. Prepare yourself!  The architecture in the cemetery is amazing! There are many different types of architecture, as well as burials in this cemetery.  See the massive Society tombs (the Italian, the French, the Batalion of Artillery, the Spanish, the Portuguese and many more!), the tomb of Homer Plessy, Bernard Marigny (the richest, youngest person to live in the city of New Orleans, the also brought the game of craps to America!), and the Protestant section (in a Catholic cemetery). You will be intrigued by the history and burial practices in this City of the Dead! A 10 minute break for refreshments (not included in tour price) at the old train station, now a welcome center, will prepare you for continuing in the French Quarter in the last hour of your tour. Time permitting, your guide may take you through the center with history of the train station as well as Katrina information. You will visit Armstrong Park, formerly known as Congo Square, where Voodoo rituals took place in days gone by. Sometimes you may hear the drumming from a Voodoo practitioner! Thursdays you may participate in the Farmer's Market, by locals. You will next explore more French Quarter stories and the site of Marie Laveau's home, where she raised her children and practiced her Voodoo!  Onward to Jackson Square! You are now on the original ground where the city of New Orleans began! St. Louis Cathedral history is a must, as it is the oldest continuously operating Catholic cathedral in the United States! After finishing the tour make sure to visit for mass or the free tour of this amazingly beautiful cathedral. The history of the flanking buildings on Jackson Square carry wonderful, surprising stories of the Baronnes Pontalba and Spanish rule. These include the Cabildo, the Presbytere and the Pontalba Apartment buildings. Andrew Jackson sits boldly on his horse in the middle of Jackson Square, which was dedicated to him in 1851.

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New Orleans: French Quarter Secrets and Bourbon Street Tour

10. New Orleans: French Quarter Secrets and Bourbon Street Tour

Your tour begins on Bourbon Street where you’ll meet your local expert guide. Set off to learn how this area developed from a seedy slum into one of the preeminent pleasure districts in the United States. You will also swing into a bar to learn about (and enjoy too if you wish) one of the many cocktails created in the French Quarter, before pausing on Royal Street to see some of the best street musicians in America and learn about the creation of Jazz music. From there, your guide will take you to Jackson Square where you’ll see landmark buildings like the Pontalba apartments (the oldest continually-occupied apartments in America), the St. Louis Cathedral, and the Cabildo (where the Louisiana Purchase was signed). You will then step inside the Presbytere for a guided tour of the interior, including exhibits on Mardi Gras and Hurricane Katrina. You can’t visit New Orleans without a close encounter with the supernatural, so your next stop is one of the most haunted buildings in the city, where you will take a tour of its interior which includes the infamous seance room. Whether you’re a skeptic or a believer, this is an experience not to be missed. After swinging through the old French Market and stopping at the best spot to take pictures of Jackson Square, you'll head down to the riverfront to watch the steamboats go up and down the mighty Mississippi River.

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What people are saying about The Cabildo

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 464 reviews

We went on the 7 PM tour of the city. Our tour guide was absolutely fabulous. He was fun, entertaining, and very informative. Although we didn’t see any ghosts, it was creepy. We learned a lot of interesting history with a little folk lore mixed in. We had a great tour and would highly recommend!

Easy to plan with all attractions listed with descriptions, times, cost of what it would have been, easy booking. Tour guides are personable and knowledgeable.

Had a great time, really enjoyed the food and drinks, guide was great at keeping us moving yet giving time to enjoy the places we visited. Recommend.

It was fun with tons of facts, history, and haunted ghost stories - Joel was our guide and he was fantastic - creepy in a good way :)

Very friendly guide and very interesting information. The length of the tour was good for us.