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$31 Walking & Biking Tours

New Orleans French Quarter 2.5-Hour Cocktail Walking Tour

Embark on your exploration of New Orleans’ cocktail culture from the Gray Line Lighthouse Ticket Office, right on the Mississippi River in the city’s French Quarter. Your group of like-minded 21-and-up revelers will travel the neighborhood’s historic streets, ducking in and out of watering holes and restaurants in buildings that still stand as beautiful examples of French and Spanish Colonial Architecture. While it’s easy to get lost in the history of your surroundings, the real stars of the tour are the cocktails. Listen in as your guides reveal the stories behind each inventive libation and the characters that brought them to life. Learn the origins of Southern Comfort, a liqueur invented in New Orleans in 1874, and the even older story of the Sazerac, which dates back to 1850. Sample any of your favorites by purchasing a glass. You’ll also get an inside peek into the city’s oldest restaurant and its wine cellar and private dining rooms, where some of New Orleans' most important wheelings and dealings took place. Drink in the spirit of New Orleans by enjoying this 2.5-hour tour at the beginning of your visit to the Big Easy to pinpoint the stops you must revisit, or use it as an unexpected way to bid adieu to a city that’s as rich in stories as it is in drinks to share them over. It's history—with a twist!

$115 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Small-Group Bayou Airboat Ride with Transport from New Orleans

After pickup from your downtown New Orleans or French Quarter hotel, you’ll drive to a remote swamp in Cajun Country, located less than an hour away, for an exciting high-speed airboat tour. On the way, your friendly driver will provide entertaining stories and interesting facts about the region. Board a small airboat and relax as your professional driver takes you comfortably through marshes and deep into secluded bayous. On your 1.5-hour (roughly) airboat ride, hold on tight as the airboat reaches speeds of up to 45 mph (72 kph)! See abundant cypress trees, Louisiana’s state tree, and watch for native wildlife. After your airboat tour, you’ll return to your hotel.

$51 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Swamp and Bayou Tour with Boat Ride from New Orleans

After a short coach ride across the Mississippi River, embark on a fascinating 2-hour boat trip through the swamps and bayous of New Orleans. Watch the beauty of Southern Louisiana unfold as you travel through the bayous and swamps in a custom built, all-weather boat. Your guide will reveal the mysteries of this iconic Louisiana terrain as you observe the nesting grounds of native wildlife. Discover how the seafood from the bountiful waters provides a wide assortment of delectable local dishes. Observe the nesting grounds of alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria, and many species of snakes. Some wildlife are more numerous during the warmer months of the year. Along the way, learn all about Cajun culture and ingenuity — hear how Cajun people turned soup into gumbo, a famous Louisiana dish; the washboard into a musical instrument; and, of course, the swamps into a natural paradise. Your guide will also explain how these lush, untamed swamps and bayous are slowly disappearing. Learn about the efforts made to preserve and restore Louisiana's vanishing wetlands for future generations to enjoy. You'll return from the bayous for a coach ride to the French Quarter in New Orleans.

$54.99 Walking & Biking Tours

New Orleans French Quarter Food Half-Day Tour with Tastings

Meet your guide in the heart of the French Quarter to embark on your three-hour walking tour of world-class restaurants and foodie venues. Wander the lively streets of the French Quarter and get an insider's look at the kitchens often seen on food shows and featured in cookbooks. Let your guide know the restaurants you're interested in checking out or perhaps ask your guide to recommend a personal favorite.Indulge in food tastings during your tour. You may have a classic gumbo as a seafood treasure, boudin beignets and other authentic nibbles. Popular New Orleans' cocktails are available for purchase like the distinctive Pimms Cup with a ' twist. Pimms originated in England, but the Pimms Cup cocktail was dreamed up in New Orleans. Your tastings are all included in the price of your tour and many feel these tastings add up to a meal's worth of food. There's a moderate amount of walking involved as you move from one exceptional restaurant to the next, so it's easy to work off the calories!Your 3-hour tasting adventure concludes in the French Quarter where you can keep exploring on your own or return to a favorite eatery on your own later for a sit-down meal!

$64.99 Tours & Sightseeing

New Orleans French Quarter Segway Tour

Meet your group and guide on Decatur Street for a 30-minute orientation session and safety instruction. Once you feel comfortable on your Segway, it’s time to hit the road!Follow your guide through the French Quarter, New Orleans’ cultural hub and the oldest part of the city. Admire the French and Spanish colonial architecture and see buildings dating all the way back to the 1700s. Cruise along the Mississippi River waterfront and learn why the French chose to colonize New Orleans. Enjoy sweeping views of the West Bank and catch a glimpse of a steamship paddling by. Head to Louis Armstrong Park, the birthplace of jazz. Explore the beautifully manicured park, a lesser-known spot among tourists, and enjoy the green landscape dotted with fountains. Visit Jackson Square, the center of the city when the French first settled here. Surrounding the square are some of the oldest buildings in the US including St Louis Cathedral, the oldest operating Catholic Church in the US, and the Cabildo, where the Louisiana Purchase was signed in 1803.On bustling Bourbon Street, see the favorite hangout spot of the infamous French pirate Jean Lafitte. Then, stop by the Old US Mint, a historic landmark that now houses part of the Louisiana State Museum.Choose the 6pm evening departure for a New Orleans sunset treat.Extended 3-Hour Tour:If you choose the 3-hour tour, you’ll also visit Tremé, made popular by the post-Hurricane Katrina HBO series. This neighborhood was home to Caucasians, Haitians, Creoles and ‘free people of color’ in the late 18th century, and helped give rise to jazz culture. You’ll also stop by Congo Square, a section of Armstrong Park that was once a vibrant market place where slaves and free people of color could trade, exchange news and play music on Sundays.Return to Decatur Street to conclude your tour.

$39 Walking & Biking Tours

New Orleans Garden District Tour with Lafayette Cemetery

Your tour begins in the French Quarter, where you'll board a comfortable, air-conditioned coach and travel to the quieter and more genteel Garden District. This elegant historical area, known for its marvelous examples of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture and lovely gardens, was once the site of a number of plantations. Learn from your guide how in the 19th century it was sold off piece by piece primarily to wealthy Americans who built the lavish mansions that still dominate this district. See mansions belonging to local author Anne Rice, actress Sandra Bullock, actor John Goodman, and former New Orleans Saints' quarterback — and father of Peyton and Eli — Archie Manning. Stop for an exclusive tour of a stately Garden District home built around the end of the American Civil War in 1865. Admire an unusual cast-iron fence resembling a row of cornstalks and learn the legend of how a southern colonel had it made in the mid-1800s to comfort his homesick Iowan wife. You'll also see where Confederate leader Jefferson died at age 81 and stop to walk around Lafayette Cemetery, one of New Orleans' many above-ground cemeteries. Hear about how the high water table and frequent flooding in the city helped drive the creation of these 'cities of the dead' as you capture photos of the elaborate tombs and statuary. Enjoy light refreshments at Magazine PoBoy Shop before heading back to the French Quarter by coach at the end of your 2.5-hour Garden District tour.