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New Orleans

New Orleans Garden District Small Group Walking and Storytelling Tour

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Get a local perspective on New Orleans’ posh, 19th-century Garden District on this small-group walking tour. Stroll down quiet, leafy avenues to admire elegant mansions while a guide shares the history of one of the most charming areas in the city. Also visit legendary Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 to check out above-ground tombs featured in films such as Interview with the Vampire.
  • Explore New Orleans’ Garden District with a guide and small group
  • Learn the rich history behind this elegant neighborhood
  • See ornate tombs in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, a popular filming location
  • Small-group tour offers a more personalized experience
What to Expect
Meet your guide and small group at Gracious Bakery along the historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar line. Set off by foot to explore this neighborhood known for its stately southern mansions and wide avenues framed by lush greenery. See different architectural styles and learn about the history of New Orleans, from the Louisiana Purchase through the Civil War and Great Depression. Visit some of the Garden District’s departed residents at the Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, one of the oldest and most famous graveyards in New Orleans. Learn why the city buries its dead above ground, and see the tombs of illustrious Louisiana families. You may recognize the cemetery from films and TV shows including Interview with a Vampire, American Horror Story: Coven, Double Jeopardy, and NCIS: New Orleans.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Gracious Bakery, 2854 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
Return Details
2727 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
  • Local guide
  • Small-group walking tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Due to uneven surfaces, comfortable walking shoes and sturdy wheelchairs are advised
  • Wheelchair accessible but be advised that the sidewalks are very uneven
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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We were fortunate to have Josh as our tour leader for this tour in th Garden District. We found him to be professional and a wealth of information. On top of these two important things, he also had a great sense of humor! It was such an enjoyable experience, we signed up for
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We enjoyed our second tour (the first was of the French Quarter) with Josh as our guide. He is very knowledgeable about history and had great stories to tell about the beautiful homes and the cemetery. Would definitely recommend!
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Response from luckybean2016, Manager at New Orleans Garden District Small Group Walking and Storytelling Tour
Responded 1 week ago
Josh is developing a fan club! He really is so pleasant and enjoyable to walk with, plus he knows SO MUCH! But, as you noted, all the history is just a backdrop to the fabulous stories of New Orleans. Thank you for taking a second tour with Josh, and thank you so much for leaving a review. Please come walk with Josh again! Libby
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My husband is a “tour skeptic,” but he came away saying how much he liked this tour. “That guy knew how to tell stories,” he said. (I think seeing the Mannings' family estate put it over the top for my Giants-football fan husband.) New Orleans has such an interesting history
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Response from luckybean2016, Manager at New Orleans Garden District Small Group Walking and Storytelling Tour
Responded 2 weeks ago
James is so proud of this review! We agree that although anyone can walk through the Garden District and admire the stunning architecture and natural beauty, you can't beat a good walking tour with a great storyteller for really getting at the true spirit of this jewel. I am so happy that you gave us a few hours of your vacation and that James did not disappoint. We are looking forward to walking and talking with you next time you are here. Libby
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we weren't sure what to expect during our first visit to NOLA, but some friends had recommended that we take a Garden District tour. We lucked out and picked "Lucky Beans" as our tour company - and got James as our guide. Very interesting and engaging - knowledgable and
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Response from luckybean2016, Manager at New Orleans Garden District Small Group Walking and Storytelling Tour
Responded 1 week ago
Thanks for the review of your tour with James when you were here. The Garden District is so lovely and an absolute must-see when visiting New Orleans. So many people say that they do not know what to expect from this mysterious and weird city - Bourbon Street rowdiness, hoopskirts and magnolias, smoky jazz clubs? It's actually all that but so so much more. Please come again for more surprises! Libby
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Despite the terrible weather, James was a fantastic tour guide. I did not expect to be the only person on this tour but James made the experience extra special but moving at my pace and providing comedy along the way. Locations include Sandra Bullock and John Good Masions.
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Response from luckybean2016, Manager at New Orleans Garden District Small Group Walking and Storytelling Tour
Responded 1 week ago
James is SO funny! We are always prepared to tour in any weather, but those bad-weather days can be challenging. James is good at making any situation fun, because he can find humor in almost anything. We are also sad that the Lafayette Cemetery is closed but actually quite happy that we can still peek in the gate. Come again next time - we will remember to order better weather! Libby
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About the operator
By: Lucky Bean Tours
789 reviews
Certificate of Excellence
Great walking-tour!!!
We really enjoyed the tour with Josh. He knows a lot about the citys history, architecture, local food, jazz, etc.
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Excellent tour guide
Josh, who was our tour guide, was knowledgable and entertaining. We enjoyed learning about the history and
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Gloria B
Best Walking Tour
I’ve traveled to 37 countries and taken many walking tours. Our guide Lilly was one of the best I’ve ever had.
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Elizabeth T
Historic walking tour
Eliot was a great guide. He was very knowledgeable about the history and did a good job of weaving the story
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Rockford, Michigan
Fantastic tour of the French Quarter
We enjoyed a very interesting tour with Josh as our tour guide. The group size was nice and small (only 6 of us).
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New Orleans, Louisiana
Josh knows everything
We were very impressed with Josh. He’s lived in New Orleans for 8 years, but he loves the city and has a lifetime
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Great tour guide
We were fortunate to have Josh as our tour leader for this tour in th Garden District. We found him to be
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Joel H
Great Tour
Our tour guide Renet was very knowledgeable and passionate about the area. Tour was nice and informative. Would
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Birthday/girls weekend
Wonderful house in a quiet neighborhood. Plenty of room for all 9 of us. My daughter enjoyed her morning yoga
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Atlanta, Georgia
Lucky Bean Tours - great!
Our tour was led by Eliot Eidleman and it was fantastic... packed with fascinating history of this colorful city.
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Huntington Beach, California
New Orleans at dusk
Josh was a wonderful tour guide. We have found Segway/bike/walking tours through TripAdvisor in European and
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Spring, Texas
French Quarter History
Stephen did a great job and was very interesting! He is very passionate about the history of New Orleans and does
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Warsaw, Poland
Fantastic walk in NOLA
We had a pleasure of doing a French Quarter tour with Josh. It was very enjoyable experience: Josh asked us first
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We did a tour with Libby who was excellent. Only 4 in our group. Her knowledge of New Orleans was outstanding, she
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Awesome French Quarter walking tour
Libby led our small group tour and shared a wealth of information in fun way A tenth generation New Orleans
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