The Historic French Quarter: The Oldest Neighborhood in New Orleans

 

Nestled in a bend of the Mississippi River, the first New Orleans settlers chose to establish their community in what is now the French Quarter, thanks to its relatively high elevation compared to the surrounding area. Their instincts proved correct, as hundreds of years later, the French Quarter was largely unaffected when Hurricane Katrina devastated the neighboring lower elevation areas.

New Orleans’ French heritage shines through in the military-style grid design, the central green space known as Jackson Square, and in the street names that still reflect the city’s French settlers, including Bienville and Iberville.

But there’s also plenty of evidence of our Spanish heritage:after a fire destroyed many of the French buildings in the late 1700’s, the Spanish rebuilt many parts of the city in a new architectural style, evident in the Cabildo (Town Hall) and the Presbytere (priests’ residence).

As a port city, many immigrants found their way to New Orleans, including refugees from the Haitian and French revolutions, as well as Irish, German, African, and American immigrants looking for a better life. This led to the unique mix of culture, cuisine, language, and religion that to this day sets New Orleans apart from any other city. New Orleans’ many cultural influences will come to light as you hear our story told by a local expert.

CITY OF THE DEAD

Walk the historic streets of the French Quarter, one of the most unique and historic cultural epicenters of the country. In the company of our expert guides, you’ll make your way to St. Louis Cemetery #1, site of the infamous Marie Laveau’s tomb. We’ll take you back in time through 300 years of history, and bring to life the most surprising and fascinating stories that led to the present-day New Orleans we know and love.

  • Breathtaking views of the Mississippi.
  • Walk down the most beautiful, historic streets of the French Quarter
  • Enjoy a 30-minute guided tour through St. Louis Cemetery #1, site of the infamous Marie Laveau’s tomb. (The cemetery is only accessible when accompanied by a certified tour guide – now is your chance!)
  • Learn the rich history that led to present-day Jackson Square.
  • See examples of the many architectural styles and features of iconic New Orleans homes.
  • Discover the place where jazz was born and learn why music is so important in New Orleans culture

All tours are approximately 2 hours.
Tour times: 10:00AM & 1:00PM Monday through Saturday, 10:00AM only on Sunday
Adults: $27
Children under 12: $16

Convenient meeting location in the French Quarter at 941 Decatur Street (adjacent to the French Market and Cafe du Monde)