New Orleans Garden District and Mansion Tour
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
- Garden District: Explore this dazzling neighborhood with its charming and quintessential New Orleans architecture. A stop for refreshments is included.
- Landmark mansions: View the home of author Anne Rice, the house where Jefferson Davis died, Toby's Corner (the area's oldest) – plus celebrity homes.
- Lafayette Cemetery: Visit one of the cities of the dead, learn about the unusual above-ground burial system, and discover tombs of the famous buried here.
About This New Orleans Tour
Welcome to the home of the rich and famous – and the dead. Shaded by gracious magnolia trees and embraced by luscious gardens, living is good in the Garden District. Its beautifully preserved Greek Revival and Italianate mansions run into the millions of dollars. If you're looking to live in NOLA's most-desired 'hood, this is it.
The grand homes were built in the mid-1800s, when a wave of new immigrants arrived from the North to make their fortunes after the Louisiana Purchase. You'll hear stories of these rising elite, called "Southern Yankees," who chose to build on the city's periphery, creating its leafy new "American" section. You'll also get the scoop on the authors, actors, and A-listers like Sandra Bullock who live here and make NOLA the "other LA."
Resting for all time in the Garden District is desirable too – and you'd have some famous forever neighbors. In historic Lafayette Cemetery, you'll see graciously aged tombs and evocative angel statuary as you hear strange tales about its celebrated residents. And if you get a certain ritual just right, a magical practitioner may even make a desire come true.
In the "wishing tomb," Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau refuses to rest. After a lifetime of holding the city spellbound, she still enchants by promising to grant wishes through a complex ritual that involves drawing "x" marks, turning around, and knocking. You'll also see still-very-much-alive Nicolas Cage's mysterious, pyramid-shaped tomb. The strange ritual here involves lipstick. We'll let your guide explain that one.
Even vampires like a good funeral
A few of Lafayette Cemetery's most famous tombs are fictional. Fans of Anne Rice's books may expect to stumble over the tombs of the vampire Lestat from Interview with the Vampire, or the Mayfair Witches from her Witching Hour series. Rice also staged her own funeral here in 1995, complete with coffin, brass band, and horse-drawn hearse. No, it wasn't a bout of depression – she was promoting a new book, Memnoch the Devil.
Please make your way to the Gray Line Lighthouse Ticket Office, on Toulouse St. and the Mississippi River.
Bring local currency or a credit card for any optional purchases. Offered daily at 9:30 am. This tour does not operate on New Years Day, Mardi Gras, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which is over paved and uneven paths, involving some steps. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Walking Tour, Scenic
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages. Children ages 5 years and younger not occupying a seat participate free of charge.
Non-refundable if canceled within 24 hours of requested services.
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