French Quarter, Garden District, St. Charles Ave. & Historic Bayou St. John
In five hours we'll tour of the highlights of New Orleans. It's the best combination. We'll walk in areas like the French Quarter where walking is best, and driving in a luxury van to tour other neighborhoods. We'll start off in heart of the old city, the French Quarter. Then we'll explore the Garden District and the beautiful Lafayette Cemetery nestled in the neighborhood. We'll continue to ride along historic St. Charles Avenue, and take in the beautiful mansions. We will stop for some lunch, we can discuss what kind of place you would like. I love to talk culinary history! Next, we'll go to City Park to see the majestic Live Oak trees. Best kept secret in City Park, the delicious beignets & cafe ole. It will be a five hour excursion featuring the highlights of the Crescent City. If you are short on time this is the tour for you. If you are on a cruise I can meet you where your cruise ship disembarks.
Meet you at your hotel or predesignated location. If you are on a cruise, we can meet where your ship disembarks. We'll start in the oldest area settled, the French Quarter. I'll share information about the French and Spanish architecture and the beginnings of the colony. We will proceed and take a drive up historic St. Charles Avenue. We will stroll (or if you prefer, drive) through the beautiful Garden District mansions. If it's open we'll pop in Lafayette Cemetery #1, the most picturesque of the famed New Orleans cemeteries. Stop for lunch, we can discuss what kind of place you would like. Next we'll make our way to one of the City Parks, and see the majestic live oaks. Throughout the tour I will weave in not only the history of the city but of the people that made the history. We can discuss where the best place for you to get dropped off, either back by your ship or perhaps by your hotel if you are lucky enough to be spending more time in the Crescent City.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your hotel or if it is not centrally located a coffee shop in the French Quarter. If you are on a cruise, where your cruise ship disembarks.
End location: We can negotiate this. If you are staying the night at a hotel, I can drop you off there or if you are going back to the ship I can leave you at the port.
Duration: 5 hours
Honda Odyssey van with air conditioning.
Comfortably fits five, six if you want to squeeze in one more!
The van is affectionately called "Homer".
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 Dollars US - For a stop for lunch.
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Cassandra's "Highlights" tour is a perfect combination of walking and driving that took us all over the city, and gave us a great understanding of its early and recent history. She's very knowledegable, an easy person to spend the day with, and it's hard to imagine it being any better than it was. We'd definitely recommend her, and if you're in New Orleans for multiple days, do this on the first day.