Secrets of the French Quarter Tour: Bourbon Street, Haunted Mansion, Beignet Tasting & Hurricane Katrina Exhibit

This half day tour immerses you in the unique Creole culture of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Learn how Spanish, French, African and American cultures mingled here as you explore the narrow streets and alleys that produced jazz, voodoo, Mardi Gras, and much more. From the Tango Belt and the Halls of the Presbytere, to a very haunted house and the Cafe du Monde for world-famous beignets, you’ll gain a deep appreciation for what makes New Orleans one of the most unique cities in America. Your tour starts near Bourbon Street where you’ll meet your local expert guide and small group of no more than 20 people. Surrounded by the 24-hour party, you’ll set off to learn how this area developed from a seedy slum into one of the preeminent pleasure districts in the United States. Along the way, you’ll pass through hotbeds of vice like the Tango Belt, Storyville, Pirate Alley, and Exchange Place and see the bars and flophouses that hosted the unique mingling of cultures that we have come to call “Creole”. You’ll also swing into a bar to learn about (and enjoy if you wish) one of the many cocktails created in the French Quarter and pause 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’ll 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 for a tour of the 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 end on a high note with a visit to Cafe du Monde, home to the city’s most beloved donuts or beignets. Your guide will buy you one then take you down to the riverfront to watch the steamboats go up and down the mighty Mississippi River. Languages English Redeem informationVoucher type: PrintedPrinted Voucher. Print and bring the voucher to enjoy the activity.LocationStart point: 125 Bourbon St - New Orleans - USEnd point: Washington Artillery Park.ScheduleOpening datesTuesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday, 14:00 - 17:00Duration: 3 HoursGuide optionsGuide type: GuideTips type: OptionalGroup type: Shared

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