Garden District Tour with Private Mansion Visit & Lafayette Cemetery in New Orleans, LA

Walks LLC801 Magazine StreetNew Orleans, LA 70130
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Experience the most celebrated tour across New Orleans’ hauntingly beautiful Garden District! This enjoyable tour takes you around the area, sampling local food, seeing fascinating locations & beautiful homes, and listening in as the tour guide opens the city’s beloved secrets. Book a ticket for a guided walk to experience the city like never before!

up to 3 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New Orleans Travel Experts
  • The Garden District is one of the most celebrated Historic National Landmark districts in the United States.
  • Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 is undergoing repairs and will only be seen outside the gates.
  • This tour is approximately 3 hours long.
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour.
  • Guaranteed exclusive access and complimentary drinks at the Elms Mansion, food tasting at Praline, and a one-day Jazzy Pass (Transportation Pass) is included.
  • Arrive early to be assured of nearby parking.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothes.
  • Bring sunscreen, hats, or umbrellas on this trip.
  • Bring your camera.


from New Orleans Garden District Tour with Private Mansion Visit & Lafayette Cemetery
Start your day on the sweetest of notes at a historic praline-makers shop, sample the confectionary treat as it comes straight out of the copper pot - a charming introduction to southern culture.

Stroll over to a nearby streetcar - a beloved icon of New Orleans life and roll your way down famed St. Charles Avenue as more and more stately mansions appear until you are right in the midst of the Garden District. During the late 19th century, as New Orleans enjoyed its prosperity, wide-lot homes of opulent nature began to arise where once plantations sprawled. Wander through the streets as harmless insects buzz about, ferns sway on porches, and these southern belles lounge about. Stop by famed homes, as your guide not only shares the stories of their former and renowned owners - but points out the particular articles of interest within their architecture, especially the varied balconies, a testament to the long, warm summers in the South.

Peek into one of America’s most historic graveyards - Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, with its famous family plots and gray stone mausoleums. Here your guide will share some intriguing stories on the practical difficulties of building and maintaining a cemetery below sea level. As you return to the wide avenue of St. Charles, wander a bit more to end your tour in front of the Elms Mansion, one of the best-preserved old Southern mansions in America. As your time with your guide draws to a close, reflect on the beautiful, often troubled history of New Orleans and celebrate the preservation to keep this special corner of the world for all to enjoy.

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Frequently Asked Questions about New Orleans Garden District Tour with Private Mansion Visit & Lafayette Cemetery

Where is the meeting point?

As confirmed in your confirmation email, the departure point for this Garden District Tour, New Orleans, is at 801 Magazine Street (Auction House Market). The tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the tour start time. The tour guides will be holding a sign with the Walks logo and “MEET HERE” on it.

How long is this tour?

The New Orleans Garden District walking tour is approximately 3 hours.

What if I'm late?

If you are running late, it's best to contact the tour operator at the phone number on your e-ticket so they can reach out to your guide. This is not always possible for all tours - their guides are with other clients and are already into the tour (they ask them not to use their phones during their tour). But in some cases, a few-minute delay can be remedied. Most times, guides leave the meeting point within 5 minutes of the tour start time.

What is included in this tour?

You will be guaranteed exclusive access and drinks at the Elms Mansion, food tasting at Praline, a one-day Jazzy Pass (Transportation Pass), a local English-speaking guide, and an expertly guided walking tour. Their tours are all given in English. They don’t offer multi-language tours. A Jazz Pass includes unlimited trips on RTA buses, streetcars & ferries. Non-Transferrable. It starts with first use and expires 1 day after first use.

What landmarks will we be visiting?

This is a Garden District walking tour of mansions and Lafayette Cemetery. You will see Aunt Sally's Praline Shop, ride the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar, visit the Garden District, other various historical mansions and famed beautiful homes (exterior), the Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, and the Van Benthuysen - Elms Mansion (interior).

Is transportation included?

Transportation is not included in this tour.

Is parking provided?

There is limited street parking as well as several nearby paid parking lots.

Are there any age/physical/health/etc. restrictions for this tour?

Guests should be able to walk at a moderate pace without difficulty.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?


Can I bring my camera?

Yes! There are a lot of photo opportunities on this tour.

What should I bring?

You may bring water, a hat, sunglasses, parasol, and/or sunscreen, water coverings, a coat, umbrella, or outer layers for the cooler months, and a photo ID for some of the stop-over sights.

What should I wear?

Wear clothing appropriate for the day's weather forecast, and comfortable walking shoes so it's easy to navigate along uneven surfaces.

What is the protocol for when it rains?

The tours run rain or shine, and the guides are great at navigating various weather conditions to ensure you're as comfortable as possible. On rare occasions, if the weather is particularly dramatic, some sites may close. If time allows and they have a prior warning, they will contact you as soon as they find out.

Should I bring the confirmation email?

A physical or digital copy of this confirmation email is not required to join this New Orleans Garden District walking tour. Your guide (or tour coordinator) will have your name in their database, so as long as you know the name on the booking, you're set!