See New Orleans through the Eyes of Locals!!
Get a better view of the Crescent City with Cajun Encounters. Traveling by bus, you will have several opportunities to get out and take a closer look at things like historic cemeteries, cultural centers and more. Pickup and drop-off service is included directly from your downtown hotel, and with tours departing several times a day, what could be easier?
New Orleans city tours begin at the birthplace of New Orleans – the French Quarter! As we ride through the Quarter telling you
the history of the city, our tour guides point out many locally known and loved highlights along the way including Jackson Square, the Saint Louis Cathedral and our famous French Quarter balconies.
Leaving the French Quarter, we’ll take you down creole Esplanade Avenue to the City of the Dead. See the graves of St. Louis Cemetery up close as we walk you through the well-known and highly visited New Orleans landmark.
City Park and its dueling oaks are our next stop. Along the way we will also show some of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the rebuilding efforts that have taken place since this time.
From there we head to the “American Sector”, the New Orleans Garden District. Alive and well with its live-oak tree lined St. Charles Avenue, you will get a great sense of the luxury and extravagance of old New Orleans. This is a true step back into the antebellum era, with highlights including the former homes of author Anne Rice.
The New Orleans Warehouse & Arts District is the final leg of your New Orleans overview which includes the D-Day Museum, now known as the National World War II Museum, the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center and sites from the movie “JFK” and other box office hits.
We at Cajun Encounters hope to provide you an overview of the life, architecture and history of one of America’s greatest and most beautiful cities – New Orleans. We’re pretty sure you will agree that we have “just the thing.”
Tours can be performed privately in French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, as well as many other languages. Contact us directly to get details!
Standard Tour: City & Cemetery
Adults – $49 | Children (under 12) – $32.50
Pickup Time: 9:00-9:30 AM, Return Time: 12:15 PM
Pickup Time: 11:00-11:30 AM, Return Time: 2:15 PM
Pickup Time: 2:00-2:30 PM, Return Time: 5:15 PM
Pickup Time: 3:30-4:00 PM, Return Time: 6:45 PM
Combination Tour: City & Cemetery & Oak Alley / Laura Plantation Tour
Adults – $130 | Children (under 12) – $89.50
Tours may be taken on the same day or different days
More on the French Quarter in the New Orleans City Tour
The French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. It was settled by the French Naval Officer, Jean Baptiste Bienville, in 1718. It is nestled near the Mississippi River, now protected by levies along the river. Initially this area was chosen because of its relatively higher elevation compared to the surrounding areas, thus was less prone to flooding. This was evident during the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina. The levies which broke were a good distance from the French Quarter, but also due to its elevation, the French Quarter was barely touched by this hurricane.
Its French heritage is evident in the military style grid design and in the central square, known today as Jackson Square. The street names still bear the names of its French settlers Bienville and Iberville, as well as of other French influences, such as Bourbon and Royal. The food and the culture also reflect this French heritage, from the abundance of creole cuisine to the Mardi Gras celebrations.
However due to several fires in the late 1700s, many of the French buildings were destroyed. During the time of the fires, the Spanish were in control of this territory, therefore the buildings that were rebuilt reflect a Spanish architecture. Some famous buildings that emerged from this rebuild include the Cabildo (town hall) and the Presbytere (priests’ residence).
After the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, which transferred ownership of this territory to the newly formed United States, the French Quarter and New Orleans went through a period of great prosperity. As a port city, many immigrants found their way to New Orleans including refugees from the Haitian and French revolutions, as well as Irish, German, African, and American immigrants looking for a better way of life. This led to a very heterogeneous mix of culture, cuisine, language, religion and more. All of these influences can be found in today’s French Quarter.