About this Experience
Our Private City Tours can include any of the below locations in New Orleans. If you'd prefer a customized private tour that focuses on something like Jazz History, African American History, Architectural History, or Culinary History, we would be happy to curate a tour to match your own historical tastes and interests.
French Quarter: As the city’s oldest neighborhood, the French Quarter offers an important primer to any tour of New Orleans. View Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, and the crescent of the Mississippi River from which our Crescent City gets its name. Hear about the resilience of New Orleans, a city that has endured great fires, catastrophic hurricanes, and devastating outbreaks of disease. And in the midst of 300 years of history, get an overview of such shopping destinations as the French Market and Royal Street. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1: Visit our most historic above-ground cemetery located just outside of the French Quarter. Walk through the cemetery’s maze of wall-vaults, family tombs, and society tombs while learning about the traditions and geography that make New Orleans cemeteries so unique in the American south. View the tombs of important figures in New Orleans’ history, including Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, Homer Plessy, Dutch Morial, and Etienne de Bore. Loved by celebrities old and new, the cemetery provided the backdrop for the cult-classic film Easy Rider’s classic finale, as well as offering the still-living Nicholas Cage his eventual resting place. The old American Sector: Known today as the “Warehouse/ Arts District,” this up-and-coming neighborhood is quickly becoming the destination for young New Orleans professionals. Learn about the 21st century developments that will are helping to modernize New Orleans’ downtown. View the celebrated art galleries that host our city’s annual art-walks. The Garden District: Drive alongside the city’s oldest streetcar line, down the luxurious and renowned St. Charles Avenue. The same street that leads Mardi Gras floats across town for our annual celebration of Carnival, St. Charles Avenue is also lined with gorgeous oak trees, antebellum mansions, exquisite gardens, and world-class universities. Your personal guide will point out famous homes belonging to international celebrities of the past and present. Stop at Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, arguably America’s most infamous graveyard. The above ground crypts of this “city of the dead” have appeared in numerous blockbuster films including “Double Jeopardy,” and “Interview with the Vampire.” This is also the cemetery featured in the vampire novels of Ann Rice, a New Orleans native. Learn the rich history surrounding this ancient historic treasure. City Park: Visit the largest and oldest live oak grove in the world, with some trees as old as 800 years. Take in the splendor of one of America’s largest and most-visited public parks while enjoying delicious café au lait and beignets. Drive past the city’s largest art museum, and stroll through the eclectic, five-acre Besthoff Sculpture Garden, which holds more than 60 sculptures. Lower 9th Ward: A neighborhood whose destruction was engrained into the nation’s memory in 2005, the Lower Ninth Ward continues a slow rebuilding process with the generous compassion of many celebrities labor of thousands of volunteers. Drive past the contemporary and green-friendly Brad Pitt Homes as well as Harry Connick’s inspired “Musicians’ Village.” Stop at the site of the Industrial Canal breach that inundated the neighborhood with floodwater on that fateful day. This significant working-class neighborhood was also the center of the American Souths’ shocking resistance to public school desegregation and the bravery of four six-year old African-American girls that withstood vitriolic outcries from some of New Orleans’ unyielding residents during what is now known as the New Orleans School Crisis of 1960.