Finally a Comfortable French Quarter Tour!

Easy Breezy French Quarter Tour Map and Destinations

When you take both the Upper and Lower French Quarter tours described below you are going to cover more than 40 blocks in the Vieux Carre!

As you take in French Quarter sites, you will see many images on your personal hi-def monitor. While interesting stories and facts about New Orleans will surely captivate and entertain you, the images will make New Orleans history come to life before your eyes!

French Quarter Tour Map

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Easy Breezy Upper French Quarter Tour Destinations:

The Orleans Ballroom at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel 

Your adventure begins when you meet your private tour guide inside the lobby of the Bourbon Orleans Hotel located at 717 Orleans Street between Bourbon and Royal. If it is not in use, you will enter the Orleans Ballroom, a significant historic site and a prime example of the importance of the French Period in New Orleans and Louisiana. Then, you’ll board your “Time Machine” to begin your motorized journey.

The Gardette Le Pretre Mansion

Your first stop will be to view the Gardette Le Petre Mansion for an engaging introduction to New Orleans folklore.

J.B. Debois House

On the next block, you will see the balcony of the J.B. Debois House. It is one of the finest examples of hand forged wrought iron craftsmanship in the French Quarter. This building dates back more than 200 years.

The Courtyard at The Historic New Orleans Collection

No visit to New Orleans is complete without an in-person visit to an authentic French Quarter courtyard. The Historic New Orleans Collection is home to one of the best in the city. You will walk approximately one hundred feet on Royal St. to access the Collection’s courtyard. The Collection itself will surely become one of your favorite destinations in all New Orleans!

Bienville Place

Following the stop at The Historic New Orleans Collection, you will sojourn to Bienville Place. On your way, you’ll hear the fascinating stories of French explorers and colonists who transformed the mud hole they found into today’s beautiful “Crescent City.” 

The Mississippi River

Next, you’ll journey to the Mississippi River. There, you will exit the vehicle and take a 100-foot stroll to see the “Mighty Mississip'” up close. It is so important to New Orleans and Louisiana life and history, and some real surprises about it will be revealed to you!

Jackson Square

Your tour will end at Jackson Square, one of the most important and exciting historical travel destinations in the United States. After exiting your vehicle, your private tour guide will take you into your choice of The Cabildo or The Presbytere, both properties of the Louisiana State Museum. 

Easy Breezy Lower French Quarter Tour Destinations:

Madame John’s Legacy

Your adventure begins when you board your “Time Machine” that is waiting for you in front of Madame John’s Legacy located at 632 Dumaine St. between Royal and Chartres. Madame John’s is a prime example of eighteenth-century Louisiana French Creole architecture. However, it is equally important because it is directly tied to the history of the Spanish and American periods. You’ll learn why, and its stories will not disappoint you!

Lafitte’s Blacksmith Bar

Next, you’ll journey to this famous building that dates between 1773 and 1781.There are many legends about where the Pirates Laffite spent their time in New Orleans. This bar is home to one of them. Were Pierre and Jean Lafitte owners of a smithy? Most historians think not, and the spelling of their last name offers a clue as to why! Nonetheless, this is a perfect setting for you to learn more about the Laffites and the Battle of New Orleans.

Old Ursuline Convent 

Following your stop at Lafitte’s Black Smith Bar, you will continue on your tour to The Old Ursuline Convent. It is the oldest French Colonial building in the Mississippi Valley. It became home to the Ursuline Nuns who arrived in New Orleans in 1727. They have a very long and rich history in New Orleans, and you will be fascinated by their story. Their good works included educating the local people, (both wealthy and poor) and caring for the sick and needy. Especially trying times occurred during the terrible outbreaks of Yellow Fever that plagued the city until after the Civil War. The Ursuline Nuns even played a “divine” role at the Battle of New Orleans,” and you’ll learn why and how!

Beauregard-Keyes House

Across the street from the Ursuline Convent is the Beauregard-Keyes House. It was built in 1826 and became home to many prominent New Orleanians. Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard was a Confederate general most famous for firing the first shot at Fort Sumter. Frances Parkinson Keyes was a famous, prolific author who wrote over 50 books, many of them while living in the home. World chess master, Paul Morphy, was also born in the house. Paul Morphy’s grandfather was Don Diego Morphy. Don Diego Morphy’s story is one of intrigue; he was the Spanish Consul during the Battle of New Orleans. You will learn about him and other American spies who reported directly to and were paid by Luis de Onis, the Spanish Ambassador.

The Old US Mint

Next, you will stop at the Old US Mint, built by President Andrew Jackson in 1838. It is one of the sturdiest buildings in New Orleans. It’s site, Fort St. Charles, is also where two events occurred that changed New Orleans forever, and both involved executions. The first occurred at the beginning of the Spanish Domination and the second when Union forces captured New Orleans in 1862. You will discover what happened and why.

The LaLaurie Mansion

After stopping at the Old US Mint, you will continue your tour to the LaLaurie Mansion. Here you will learn about the power of storytelling in New Orleans. Madame LaLaurie built the home in 1832. She lived there with her physician husband, their children, and slaves. One night in 1834 a fire broke out in the kitchen, and when people responded, they found unspeakable horrors. You will learn about how newspapers, books, television shows, and movies have built upon and sensationalized their stories. As a result, it has become almost impossible to separate fact from fiction and reality from fantasy, and retellings of the events by local ghost tour experts grow ever more exaggerated and grotesque.

Gallier House

James Gallier, and after his retirement in 1849, his son James, were two of the most prominent architects in New Orleans from 1834 until 1868. They designed and constructed dozens of homes and buildings throughout the city including the St. Charles Hotel, the Merchants Exchange, Gallier Hall, the Pontalba Buildings, the French Opera House, and Gallier House. Both architects met untimely deaths. You will learn about what happened to them and you will surely wonder about how much more James Jr. might have accomplished had he not died so prematurely.

Andrew Jackson Hotel, the site of the first US District Court in the Louisiana Territory

Next, you will journey to the site of the first US District Court in the Louisiana Territory, the Andrew Jackson Hotel. Judge Dominic Augustin Hall presided, and his courtroom was the scene of an event that remains significant to this day. You will learn about the prologue and aftermath of General Andrew Jackson being fined $1000 for contempt of court shortly after The Battle of New Orleans!

Cornstalk Hotel 

Next door to the Andrew Jackson Hotel, you will see the Cornstalk Hotel. It features one of two identical whimsical cast iron fences in New Orleans. Made by Wood & Perot in Philadelphia in 1858, they delight guests and visitors from around the world. You can see the other one at the former home of Colonel Robert Henry Short in the Garden District. While Colonel Short purportedly claimed to have “commissioned” it for his wife who pined for the cornfields of Iowa, both examples apparently came from a catalog.

Jackson Square

Your tour will end at Jackson Square, one of the most important and exciting historical travel destinations in the United States. After exiting your vehicle, your private tour guide will take you into your choice of The Cabildo or The Presbytere, both properties of the Louisiana State Museum.