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New Orleans, United States
New Orleans City & Cemetery Sightseeing Tour

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Experience the highlights of New Orleans on this sightseeing bus tour, including the bustling French Quarter, the opulent Garden District, and St. Charles Avenue. You'll make three stops, allowing you to absorb the sights and sounds of the city as you learn about its fascinating history and eclectic contemporary culture from your friendly local guide.
  • New Orleans sightseeing coach tour
  • Explore the mysterious French Quarter, the oldest area of New Orleans
  • Pass the beautiful Garden District and Jackson Square
  • Visit a historical cemetery and pass homes of former kings and queens of Mardi Gras
  • Travel through three centuries of New Orleans culture and history with your knowledgeable guide
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Local guide
Gratuities
Coffee and/or Tea
Gray Line New Orleans , 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

The Gray Line 'Lighthouse' ticket office is located at Toulouse St and the Mississippi River (Steamboat Natchez Dock), just one block from Jackson Square in the French Quarter.

This activity will end right where it started.
Choose a morning or afternoon departure and meet in the historic French Quarter, where you will board your air‐conditioned coach for a comprehensive sightseeing tour of ‘The City that Care Forgot’. As you ride through the French Quarter, admire the sights, smells and sounds of the city’s cultural hub, where Spanish, French, Creole and American styles commingle in an enchanting setting.

Next, visit Jackson Square, an honorary landmark to New Orleans’ war hero Andrew Jackson. See Louisiana’s Cabildo and Presbytere museums and the Pontalba Apartments, the oldest apartment buildings in the United States! Pass by the square’s historic open‐air artist colony as you make your way to one of New Orleans’ famous ‘Cities of the Dead’ to experience the bewitching and spectacular mausoleum system. Hear of piracy and voodoo on Bayou St John, a known pirate waterway and the reputed location of voodoo rituals by the infamous Marie Laveau. Then return to town along the world‐famous St Charles Streetcar route, passing through the extravagant Garden District. Snap photos of opulent mansions that served as former residences for the kings and queens of Mardi Gras, admire the beauty of Tulane and Loyola Universities, and see the acclaimed Audubon Zoo. You'll have time for a self-guided tour of the Bestoff Sculpture Garden, plus a stop at Cafe du Monde for their famous beignets or other refreshments (own expense.)

Your sightseeing adventure returns your to the pickup point in the French Quarter.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
French Quarter
Enjoy a grand overview of New Orleans, dubbed ‘The City That Care Forgot,’ on this comprehensive sightseeing coach tour. Start in the world-famous French Quarter, a quaint, mysterious area where the sights and sounds abound.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jackson Square
Head to historic Jackson Square, home of the Cabildo and Presbytere museums, and visit a historical cemetery, one of New Orleans' ‘Cities of the Dead.’ Here, discover the unique above- ground burial system. Marvel at stories of voodoo and piracy on Bayou St John, the waterway used by Jean Lafitte and his band of pirates.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Garden District
Following the path of the St Charles Avenue streetcar, the oldest continuously operating passenger railway system in the world, pass stately mansions, the homes of former kings and queens of Mardi Gras and the beautiful Garden District.
Pass By:  
Tulane University
View Tulane University and Loyola University across from Audubon Park.
Pass By:  
Audubon Park
Home to the Audubon Zoo, rated one of the top five zoos in the nation.
Stop At:  
New Orleans City Park
One of the largest urban parks in the country, City Park has golf, tennis and horseback riding.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
St. Louis Cemetery No. 3
Guests are welcome to explore this historic above ground cemetery and take pictures or they can remain in the bus.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Saint Charles Avenue
Home of the St. Charles Streetcar Line and famous for the dozens of mansions that adorn the tree-lined boulevard for much of the uptown section of the boulevard.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • In order to help preserve the French Quarter from vehicular traffic, it is requested that you please walk, if possible, to the convenient tour departure point, just a short stroll from most downtown hotels
  • Tour vehicles are equipped for wheelchair storage. If wheelchairs collapse and fold, they can be placed in the storage compartment on the coach. If the wheelchair is a scooter, then special arrangements need to be made with the supplier for a handicap-accessible bus. This must be arranged 48 hours prior to tour date. Contact details will be on your voucher.
  • Coaches are unable to accommodate motorized scooters. If customers are able to get off the scooter, they can board bus and leave their scooter at the ticket office.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line New Orleans
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the departure location for the New Orleans City & Cemetery Sightseeing Tour?
A:All tours begin at the Gray Line "Lighthouse" Ticket Office in the French Quarter at Toulouse Street & the Mississippi River - at the Steamboat Natchez Dock (400 Toulouse Street.)
Jun 2021
Q:
Is there parking near the departure point for the New Orleans City & Cemetery Sightseeing Tour?
A:There are public parking lots on Decatur Street that charge hourly rates. Some require prepayment through an automated kiosk on site. The parking lot closest to the tour departure point is Jax Lot # P401, 500 Decatur St.
Jun 2021
Q:
How many stops are there during the New Orleans City & Cemetery Sightseeing Tour?
A:There are three stops: City Park/Cafe du Monde, Lake Pontchartrain, and New Orleans Cemetery.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is the New Orleans City & Cemetery Sightseeing Tour handicap accessible?
A:Yes, however, advance notice is required to assure an accessible vehicle. Please notate any special accommodation requests in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout so that a vehicle equipped for wheelchair accessibility can be arranged.
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I wear for the New Orleans City & Cemetery Sightseeing Tour?
A:Casual attire is appropriate. Walking portions may be on uneven sidewalks and streets, so please wear comfortable shoes. During warmer months we recommend lightly colored clothing. Caps/hats, umbrellas, and sunscreen are also suggested.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are animals allowed on the New Orleans City & Cemetery Sightseeing Tour?
A:Only a Service Animal as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is allowed to accompany any guests on our tours. Please note if you will be bringing a Service Animal in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I take photos/videos during the New Orleans City & Cemetery Sightseeing Tour?
A:For the most part, yes. However, flash photography and/or video is not allowed at some venues you will visit. Your tour guide will be sure to inform you.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during New Orleans City & Cemetery Sightseeing Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans City & Cemetery Sightseeing Tour.

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  • "If you want a quick but informative tour this is a good one!" See review

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star-3
A not so great experience
MGREMIGIO
, Apr 2022
The tour started very well. We rolled along the magnificent New Orleans streets with Kate, our guide pointing different architectural housing styles. Then to the cemetery. We were at the cemetery linger that I would have liked. There was some confusion after the cemetery as to the route and there was some lost time and because some of the Passengers had previous engagements the tour was cut short and we did not see the garden district among other things. I truly felt cheated since the garden district was my number one attraction.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for the input. I am not sure why there would be confusion on the route unless due to a festival or parade. I will check on tours being cut short due to guest requests.
star-5
City Tour
Vanessa_B
, Aug 2021
The entire excursion was very professional and the guide was very informative. Driver was just as courteous and knowledgeable.
star-5
I would definitely recommend this tour. It was just the right amount of time- not too long or short.
Jeanne_B
, Jun 2021
The tour of the city park and cemetery was amazing. Our guide Jim was awesome! Very informative and upbeat and had a good sense of humor.
star-5
Funny and informative
Candace_C
, Feb 2020
We had a great time! If you want a quick but informative tour this is a good one! Our tour guide was funny and super knowledgeable on the city of New Orleans!
star-5
Recommend for first-time visitors.
Elena_B
, Dec 2019
Very interesting tour for first-time visitors to New Orleans. The tour covers major areas of interest. The guide was very knowledgeable.
star-5
Informative
Mayra_O
, Aug 2019
Very Informative We really enjoyed this tour. The tour guide was full of knowledge. We left the tour with more than what we expected
star-5
Great way to get a feel for the ciry
Bonnie_R
, Jul 2018
Great information in an entertaining way. A stop for beignets and a chance to walk around one of the graveyards. S great start to our trip
star-5
This was an enjoyable tour with lots...
Christy K
, Mar 2018
This was an enjoyable tour with lots of fun facts about NOLA. Our guide, Ken, was great and very knowledgeable. And, in case you were wondering, there is a restroom break.
star-3
This tour was okay, but not great...
Kim W
, Jan 2018
This tour was okay, but not great. I certainly know more about New Orleans than I did before, but it was just bland. Our bus driver/guide, Jude, was a very nice man and easy to hear, and some of his stories were interesting. BUT, he spoke very quickly in one run-on sentence, making it hard to understand sometimes. The worst thing was this: During his description of a sight or building, he would say, And up here is so and so, never saying if it was on our left or on our right. He would also point out things from HIS point of view in the front of the bus. So by the time those of us in the middle or back of the bus went by the sight, we would have already forgotten his commentary. He also began repeating his lame jokes and phrases. I have taken numerous City Tours, and this is probably the worst. Maybe there's just not enough to see in this city from a bus. And maybe Jude should be given some tips on his delivery.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The tour was exciting. The bus...
Paul H
, Jan 2018
The tour was exciting. The bus driver Jude knew the city and its history which made for good storytelling. The various stops along the tour Jackson square, cemetery, city park, shotgun houses, Katrina damaged houses, etc. were great but made more interesting by Jude's detailed and in-depth historical contexts.
star-5
This tour was very entertaining. Our...
Joanna
, Nov 2017
This tour was very entertaining. Our bus driver/tour guide I believe his name was Glenn gave nonstop information about the city infused with history, jokes, and pop culture tidbits. We stopped at St. Louis No 3 Cemetary and the City Park/Sculpture Garden. This tour is a great way to see the city, including the outskirts of the French Quarter.
star-4
Excellent tour to get a sense of the...
Barbara D
, Oct 2017
Excellent tour to get a sense of the city. Best way to visit a cemetery. Excellent tour.
star-3
Our tour started out nice but then...
Carol P
, Oct 2017
Our tour started out nice but then turned blase: our bus was nice, clean and cool when we first started out on the tour which was nice for the hot and humid day however, the air conditioning system failed and it became uncomfortable. Our driver and tour guide kinda kept us informed and traded for another bus about half way through the tour. Secondly, our tour guide was a kind gentleman but we didn't really enjoy his sense of humor. Concerning Viator, we were sent an email for a 10 discount when we purchased the tickets. When the discount wasn't applied to the purchased I reached out and filed a claim for the 10 - that was over a week ago and I haven't received a credit yet.
star-3
Tour guide, Jude, spoke very fast so...
Tegan H
, Sep 2017
Tour guide, Jude, spoke very fast so it was hard to get all of the information he was sharing with us. Otherwise, it took us by some interesting places. I wish that they had taken the time we spent at city park 30 minutes and cut it down a little so we could have spent more than 10 minutes at the cemetery.
star-4
Really entertaining driver who...
Helen B
, Sep 2017
Really entertaining driver who clearly had lots of knowledge about NOLA. Saw lots of landmark buildings from the bus and stopped at a cemetery and city park. Would have liked to have got out more but in the time we had it wasn't possible. That said, we were given a running commentary throughout and were able to take pics from the bus. The windows were really clean too which meant I could take behind glass. Thanks to the driver for this glowing recommendation of revisiting city park. We went again under our own steam and weeere so glad we did. The sculpture garden was fab.
star-3
The tour was pretty good, but our...
DOC'S LADY
, May 2017
The tour was pretty good, but our driver didn't seem to know much about the history of the area. He was informed re: the cemeteries. We had the opportunity to walk throughout one cemetery interesting. If you take this tour on your first day, as we did, you will find areas that may interest you and you can return to them at your leisure. For that reason I would recommend this tour.
star-5
Very informative and enjoyable tour...
Jerry_N
, May 2017
Very informative and enjoyable tour. This tour was absolutely terrific due to the driver/guide Gerald. He gave non-stop information, while injecting humor and using a professional delivery. not monotone, like some other tours we have been on. Also he even re-capped at the end of the tour! Also gave restaurant recommendations.
star-4
A good tour of a variety of sites. A...
Nancy H
, Mar 2017
A good tour of a variety of sites. A nice excursion if you are staying down by Bourbon St. as it is a different perspective of the city.
star-4
Tour was good. Wish we had more time at...
craig1086
, Mar 2017
Tour was good. Wish we had more time at the stop at the City Park. A lot that could be explored out there. drive/tour guide had lots of relevant information.
star-5
With the typical southern...
Erich M
, Mar 2017
With the typical southern hospitality flair we were guided around the city with very useful information and experiences. Highly recommended.

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