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New Orleans French Quarter Tour

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. Jackson Square, originally known as Place d’Armes, served as a gathering place for military parades, public executions, and community celebrations. Today, it remains a bustling hub of activity, surrounded by historic buildings, street performers, and artists capturing the essence of the city.

But there’s also plenty of evidence of our Spanish heritage: after a fire destroyed many of the French buildings in the late 1700s, the Spanish rebuilt many parts of the city in a new architectural style, evident in the Cabildo (Town Hall) and the Presbytere (priests’ residence). The Spanish influence can also be seen in the ironwork balconies and courtyards that characterize the French Quarter. These elements add a unique charm and a sense of history to the area, making it a favorite among visitors and locals alike.

New Orleans French Quarter Walking Tour

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. 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
  • 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.

Book Now, All tours are approximately 2 hours.
Tour times:
10:00AM & 1:00PM 
Adults: $29.99
Children under 12: $18.99

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


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. The influx of different cultures created a vibrant tapestry that is evident in the city’s music, food, and festivals. The city’s Creole cuisine, a blend of French, Spanish, African, and Native American influences, is renowned worldwide, with dishes like gumbo, jambalaya, and beignets delighting the taste buds of residents and visitors alike.

New Orleans’ many cultural influences will come to light as you hear our story told by a local expert. From the soulful sounds of jazz echoing through the streets to the colorful parades of Mardi Gras, the city’s traditions are deeply rooted in its diverse heritage. Jazz, born in the early 20th century in New Orleans, has become synonymous with the city’s identity. Legendary musicians like Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton have left an indelible mark on the music scene, and their legacies continue to inspire new generations of artists.

The architecture of the French Quarter, with its blend of French, Spanish, and Creole styles, tells the story of a city that has been shaped by many hands. Walking through its streets, one can see the layers of history in the buildings, each with its own story to tell. The intricate ironwork, colorful facades, and hidden courtyards invite exploration and offer a glimpse into the past.

New Orleans French Quarter Tour
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