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New Orleans: Garden District Tour with Elms Mansion Access

Product ID: 221343
This half-day tour immerses you in the history and culture of New Orleans’ most distinguished neighborhood, the Garden District. You’ll go behind the scenes at a praline shop, ride a streetcar, visit spooky mausoleums, and stroll past antebellum mansions.
About this activity
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

Experience

Highlights
  • Take a behind-the-scenes tour of a working praline-makers shop, and taste a freshly-made praline
  • Hop on a New Orleans streetcar for a ride down the historic St. Charles Avenue
  • Stroll through the historic Garden District, home to some of the finest old mansions in the United States and multiple celebrities' homes
  • Visit the atmospheric Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, and learn what makes New Orleans Cemeteries among the most unique in the United States
  • Step inside the Elms Mansion for a look at one of the best-preserved antebellum houses
  • Enjoy a complimentary glass of lemonade or sweet tea
Full description
Immerse yourself in the opulence of the Old South in this tour of New Orleans’ prettiest neighborhood. Partnered with an expert local guide, you will travel in a small group of no more than 20 people. Your historic Garden District tour begins on a sweet note with a behind-the-scenes visit to an old praline-makers shop. Here you will learn how New Orleans’ most famous confection was brought to the city from Europe, and will even be able to taste one hot out of the copper pots.

Next, you’ll hop onto a street car with all-inclusive tickets and zip down St. Charles Avenue, en-route to the Garden District. This area of grand mansions and wide, tree-lined streets is home to some of the best-preserved, pre-Civil-War mansions in America, as well as a slew of celebrity homes. Your guide will introduce you to the history of the area, as you see the grand mansions built by wealthy plantation-owners and now owned by famous people such as Beyonce and Sandra Bullock.

Along the way, you’ll stop off at one of America’s most unique graveyards, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, to see famous family-plots and spooky old mausoleums. You’ll also learn about the practical difficulties of running a cemetery below sea level.

For the highlight of the tour, you will step inside the Elms Mansion, a 150-year-old Italianate home that is one of the most impressive in the city. As you tour the opulent rooms, you will learn about the businessmen and plantation owners who built these stately residences, and the wealthy world that they created in New Orleans before the Civil War. Your tour ends in the mansion’s beautiful garden, with an ice cold glass of lemonade or sweet tea in the shade of the largest magnolia tree in the south.
Includes
  • Tickets to the Elms Mansion with a complimentary drink
  • Tickets to the Praline Factory
  • Complimentary praline
  • Streetcar tickets
  • Expert local guide
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and drink purchases
  • Hotel Pickup and drop off
  • Gratuities (appreciated but never obligatory)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Rain gear
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Due to the uneven sidewalks, exposed tree roots, and aged cemeteries, this tour is not wheelchair and stroller accessible
• The walking portion of the tour is outdoors rain or shine, so please dress appropriately (ponchos are recommended for rain while umbrellas are recommended for shade)
• The Garden District neighborhood experiences light flooding during summer season, therefore rain boots are also recommended
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Currently it is not possible to book this product due to its limited availability.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 9 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4 / 5
  • Organization
    4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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We felt the guide was very knowledgeable and professional. A thunder and lightening storm with a total down pour interrupted our tour. The guide took us to a cafe until it let up but it never did. She gave us our street car passes after visiting a mansion and we went back to our condo and dried out our shoes, socks and clothes. It was all ok.

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May 18, 2019

Timothy was a great guide! We were a little disappointed that the Cemetery was closed, but he gave us a great tour of the District!

January 10, 2020

This was a great walking tour by knowledgeable guide Timothy. Each person received a day pass for the street car which we could use for the rest of the day after our tour.

January 9, 2020

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Product ID: 221343