For your Private New Orleans Walking Tour your guide will meet you in front of the main exit of your hotel in New Orleans.
You will explore the streets of the Vieux Carre (the French Quarter) the oldest part of New Orleans. Laid out on a grid plan in the early 18th century, the district is now a National Historic Landmark.
Admire the fine old buildings with beautiful ironwork balconies, and see the brightly colored shops, cafes and bars. As you walk, your guide will talk about the harsh colonial times and the fascinating Creole culture.
Follow in the footsteps of history as you stroll along the Mississippi, through the French Market and Jackson Square and along streets named for rogues and heroes from the city’s past. The French Market is the oldest open-air market in the US, selling everything you could possibly imagine from fresh fruits to fine crafts. Jackson Square lies in the heart of the Vieux Carre and reflects the many cultural influences on New Orleans.
Other highlights include the Ursuline Convent, the oldest building in the Mississippi River Valley, where you can learn the fascinating story of early Louisiana colonization efforts, and the Jean Lafitte Blacksmith Shop, where you can hear dramatic tales of legendary pirate Jean Lafitte and his "Baratarians". This is New Orleans, so you may have a hard time determining what is fiction and what is fact!
End your tour with a tasty buffet lunch at world-renowned Antoine's Restaurant. This restaurant was founded in 1840 and is famous for its fabulous French-Creole cuisine.
Your guide will leave you at the restaurant. After lunch you will need to make your own arrangements for transportation back to your hotel.