Excursions New Orleans, USA by Musement

Steamboat Natchez evening jazz cruise with dinner

Experience the beauty of New Orleans at night on board this romantic dinner and jazz cruise. Enjoy casual buffet style dining on your two-hour cruise on New Orleans’ only authentic steamboat. This cruise takes you back to a time when cotton was king and life was as slow and graceful as the current of the Mississippi.Take in incredible views of the city skyline, and admire one of the world’s most active ports. The Steamboat Natchez decks, engine room, and bars will be open for your enjoyment.

Steamboat Natchez evening jazz cruise with dinner

Total New Orleans tour: food, cocktails and jazz

  • Discover the origins of jazz as you take a scenic stroll around beautiful Louis Armstrong park
  • Taste New Orleans’ rich multicultural history through its mouthwatering cuisine
  • Go beyond Bourbon Street and visit historic bars once frequented by pirates, military generals and famous writers
  • Enjoy a beer on us while enjoying the talents of some of the city’s best musicians
  • Understand how folklore and cocktails collide as you sample some of the city’s most infamous drinks

Total New Orleans tour: food, cocktails and jazz

New Orleans cocktail tour

  • Go beyond Bourbon Street and visit historic bars once frequented by pirates, military generals and famous writers
  • Understand how folklore and cocktails collide as you try one of the city’s most famous drinks: the Ramos Gin Fizz
  • Sample the Sazerac cocktail, a classic concoction invented here almost 200 years ago
  • Drink like a local and wander through the picturesque French Quarter with a drink in hand
  • New Orleans cocktail tour

Steamboat Natchez harbor cruise

Admire the Port of New Orleans and enjoy live jazz music on board a beautiful steamboat. Choose a morning or afternoon departure and start your cruise from the heart of the French Quarter. A Calliope concert before each cruise is included.Let this two-hour cruise take you back in time. Learn about the history of the Port of New Orleans, one of the world’s most active ports. Experience an unforgettable cruise aboard New Orleans’ only authentic steamboat.

Steamboat Natchez harbor cruise

New Orleans Pass: free admission to sights and attractions

  • Entry to more than 25 of New Orleans’s most popular attractions and tours
  • Take a bus tour for an orientation to the city
  • Skip-the-line entry to museums and more
  • see link for list of attractions

New Orleans Pass: free admission to sights and attractions

Guided swamp and bayou boat tour

Experience the timeless beauty of South Louisiana in a custom built swamp boat. Native guides will reveal the mysteries of the swamps and bayous and the Cajun joie de vivre. After a short motorcoach ride across the Mississippi river, you will:

  • take a fascinating boat trip into the Louisiana swamps and bayous
  • discover how the seafood from Louisiana provides a wide assortment of delectable local dishes
  • observe the nesting grounds of alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria, and many species of snakes.
  • see how some wildlife are more numerous during the warmer months of the year
  • learn why the wetlands are disappearing due to coastal erosion and man’s efforts to correct the damage it has done and restore this vital habitat
  • see some typical sights so bring your camera to capture the “bon temps” (good times) on the bayou

Guided swamp and bayou boat tour

Swamp tour and Destrehan Plantation tour

Enjoy a 5-hour tour combining a visit to a River Road plantation and a cruise through the swamps of south Louisiana with professional guides.

  • Destrehan Plantation tour lead by costumed guides
  • Oldest plantation home in the lower Mississippi Valley (1787)
  • Learn more about the site of the 1811 slave revolt
  • Swamp boat tour in the wetlands of Louisiana with alligator sightings

Swamp tour and Destrehan Plantation tour

French Quarter carriage tour in New Orleans

An authentic carriage tour in New Orleans is the perfect way to get acquainted with and experience the real heart of the city. Guided by a local and licensed professional, the carriage tour will introduce you to the interesting history, culture and architecture of the French Quarter at a leisurely pace. Certain tours offered in the early morning and afternoon even include an additional visit to Saint Louis Cemetery. You’ll visit the tomb of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, the Italian Benevolent Society Tomb, pyramid owned by Nicolas Cage and more!

If you book a tour at either 5.00pm or 6.00pm, you’ll get the chance to explore a Creole neighborhood known as the Faubourg Marigny. This historic, offbeat district is home to many Creole museums, colorful cottages, shotgun homes and the famous, jazz-filled Frenchmen Street.

French Quarter carriage tour in New Orleans

New Orleans original cocktail walking tour

Take a walk through the French Quarter’s famous bars and restaurants and discover the famous “spirits” of New Orleans. Take this tour on your first day in New Orleans to find out the places you must visit.Experience a different New Orleans through its history of fine dining and drinking. Visit the Sazerac, Pimm’s Cup, the Hurricane and Hand Grenade, and enjoy the entertainment. You’ll be shaken (not stirred) by the recipes of the city’s most infamous cocktails along the way. Drinks are available for purchase along the tour route.

New Orleans original cocktail walking tour

From cocktails to jazz tour

You’ll experience the best that ‘The Big Easy’ has to offer on this super-fun afternoon tour. Enjoy some classy cocktails in the famous French Quarter, including the historic Sazerac and hear all about the origins of jazz before visiting a few of our favorite local jazz clubs, beer in hand. By the end of the day, you’ll be hooked on gin and jazz and a bona fide expert on the nightlife of North America’s Mardi Gras city!You’ll travel back to the 1700s and visit a bar that used to entertain some of New Orleans most eccentric characters before visiting one of your guide’s favorite bars, sampling the first cocktail ever invented and have some to rest or grab a bite to eat before moving on to the jazz portion of the tour.You’ll learn about the historical origins of jazz and discuss one of the jazz greats, Armstrong himself, look out for impromptu jazz performances and end the afternoon at the nightly art market, another lively spot where the city’s artists show off their best work, from handmade sculptures to local photography.By the end of the day, you’ll be hooked on gin and jazz and a bona fide expert on the nightlife of North America’s Mardi Gras city!

From cocktails to jazz tour

Louisiana plantation tour: Oak Alley and Laura

Take an eye-opening look into American history and visit 2 out of 3 prominent plantation homes along the Mississippi riverfront. Take a drive along the Great River Road, which winds along the Mississippi River, where you will visit the Laura, and Oak Alley plantations.

At Laura Plantation, enter the fascinating world of Creoles who lived at this sugar plantation, apart from the American mainstream, for over 200 years. The tour is designed based on information taken from 4 generations of family documents that reveal the real-life accounts of the slaves, owners, women, and children who lived there.

Oak Alley is Louisiana’s most photographed plantation, showcasing beautiful Greek revival architecture. The site is famous for having once played host to a Civil War encampment. Stroll a magnificent alley of 300-year-old live oak trees leading to the Mississippi River. After this fascinating journey, enjoy a hassle-free ride back to New Orleans.

Louisiana plantation tour: Oak Alley and Laura

Louisiana double plantation tour: Whitney and Laura

Louisiana plantation tour: Oak Alley and Whitney

Super city tour of New Orleans by bus

Travel through three centuries of history, legends and romance with a professional guide.

  • Comfortable bus ride around New Orleans’ landmarks & historic districts
  • See the French Quarter and the Garden District up close
  • Sights include Bayou St John, Tulane & Saint Louis Cathedral
  • Ninth Ward, Fats Domino’s home & stories of voodoo & piracy

Super city tour of New Orleans by bus

Cemetery and Voodoo walking tour

Walk through St. Louis Cemetery on this tour of a “City of the Dead”. Visit the tomb of the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans and learn about the evolution of Voodoo, which is still practiced today.Let your licensed guide tell you the background of the famous and infamous people who are buried there. See the tombs of various “societies”, and learn about the unique above-ground burial customs.Find out what “Gris-Gris” means and discover the mysterious ingredients in your souvenir “Gris-Gris” bag.

Cemetery and Voodoo walking tour

New Orleans Jazz Tour

On this exciting music tour you’ll discover the New Orleans’ nightlife that is rivalled by few thanks to its thrilling music scene. From authentic dixieland to big brass and every other jazz style in between, live music options are endless in the city that gave birth to the coolest genre in music.You’ll hear about the origins and culture of jazz before making your way to the 19th-century neighborhood that boasts the best music and bars in town. You’ll visit a few favorite local clubs, enjoy a beer and discover the talents of some of the city’s best local musicians. There’s nothing quite like a night out in ‘The Big Easy.

New Orleans Jazz Tour

Spooky kid-friendly family ghost tour

Taking the whole family on vacation to New Orleans? Our charming city isn’t just for adults! We offer a kid-friendly and just-scary-enough Ghost Tour of NOLA that the whole family can enjoy.All ages of chill-seekers will love this guided tour of the French Quarter, a neighborhood brimming with eerie secrets and supernatural activity. As you walk to some of the most haunted locations in the city, experience spooky stories and unexplained events—all made appropriate for adults and kids alike.We’ll take you and the little ones on a storytelling adventure through the beautiful- and haunted- French Quarter that your kids will talk about the whole way home!

Stops include:
LaLaurie Mansion
Andrew Jackson Hotel
Muriel’s Restaurant
And more!

Spooky kid-friendly family ghost tour

Ghosts and spirits walking tour

New Orleans has been referred to as “the most haunted city in America.” On this nighttime walking tour of the French Quarter you’ll find out why. It is not guaranteed that you will see a ghost, but this tour will take you to the places where you’re most likely to meet one. You’ll visit several “haunted” sites and hear about the stories featured on The History Channel and The Discovery Channel.Visit the famous Bourbon Orleans Hotel that was formerly a theater, ballroom, orphanage and convent, and where staff and guests often report seeing uninvited guests. Learn about New Orleans’ colorful history and find out why so many homes and taverns in the city have been searched by paranormal investigators.

Ghosts and spirits walking tour

History and haunts carriage tour in New Orleans

Travel back in time to the 19th century and revisit New Orlean’s dark and rich past, where carriages were the principal mode of transportation and the streets were filled with death and devastation. This intimate, nighttime carriage tour will take you through the French Quarter as you listen to licensed guides share plenty of interesting history, spooky ghost stories and some terrifying tales of murder. Although the tour is only one hour, you’ll have the chance to see all the major landmarks in the French Quarter, also known as one of the most haunted places in the country!

History and haunts carriage tour in New Orleans

Lewd Spirits Tour

We took the most raunchy ghost stories, combined them with seedy haunted bars, and put them in a two-hour tour. Our first story starts at a location where spirits and spirits meet. Carry your drink along the streets to your next location while listening to one raunchy story after another.By then you might be thirsty for more – between every haunted location is a place to grab another drink.Along the way you will be haunted with stories of adulterers, prostitutes, womanizers, and the plain evil! Their treacherous stories haven’t been forgotten and have left a mark on the locations you’ll visit. You will learn the history behind the stories, and the haunting that still plagues the scenes.

Lewd Spirits Tour

Sinister Criminal Intentions

Maybe ghost stories don’t quite pique your interest, but you have that curiosity about the dark side of humanity. Some of the most terrifying things are what people do to each other, and perhaps you want to glimpse into this corrupt corner of existence.We’ll bring you on a tour of the sordid details behind New Orleans’ dark, bloody murders. You’ll visit locations in the French Quarter where the echoes of gruesome crimes of murder still cry out.This city, while soulful and charming, has always had a seedy side from its beginnings. From being settled by the dregs of France—people offered to be released from poorhouses and prisons if they boarded ship for Louisiana—to the delinquency and depravity of today, where the unspeakable still happens. On this tour you’ll see where it all happened, and understand the history behind it.

Sinister Criminal Intentions

City of New Orleans jazz sightseeing cruise

The City of New Orleans Riverboat will carry you in style down the Mississippi past the site of the Battle of New Orleans and back again to the landing in the. It’s a cruise through time, touched by a timeless magic. On the riverboat you’ll savour the age-old power and majesty of the river in a new spirit of adventure. It’s an experience you’ll find nowhere else in the world.Meet at the Lighthouse Ticket Office on the Toulouse Street Wharf in the historic French Quarter, before boarding the newly remodeled Riverboat CITY OF NEW ORLEANS. Receive your complimentary Mardi Gras bead upon boarding.Enjoy the Captain’s narration, or make your way out to the deck for picturesque views of the shoreline scenery. End your Mardi Gras experience with a celebratory second line parade lead by the house band before guests who purchased the optional Mardi Gras World tour disembark.With this upgrade, guests will get up close to the artists as they build the floats that will eventually make their way down St. Charles Avenue. Jazz Cruise guests will return to the departure point at the Bienville Street wharf in the French Quarter with plenty of time left to explore the Big Easy!

City of New Orleans jazz sightseeing cruise

Jazz and brunch cruise on the Mississippi

Let the good times roll year round with a Mardi Gras themed jazz brunch cruise down the mighty Mississippi. Explore the decks and let the sights and sounds of the French Quarter entice your senses aboard the “City of New Orleans,” riverboat. Choose an optional upgrade tour to enter Mardi Gras World with a guide and see the floats from the parade.Receive your complimentary Mardi Gras bead upon boarding as you are seated at your table in the main dining room. Indulge in a selection of quintessential brunch options as the sounds of jazz fill the majestic riverboat. Enjoy the captain’s narration from the comfort of your table, or make your way out to the deck for picturesque views of the shoreline scenery.End your Mardi Gras experience with a celebratory second line parade lead by the house band before guests who purchased the optional Mardi Gras World tour disembark. With this upgrade, guests will get up close to the artists as they build the floats that will eventually make their way down St. Charles Avenue.Jazz brunch cruise guests will return to the departure point at the Bienville Street wharf in the French Quarter with plenty of time left to explore the Big Easy!

Jazz and brunch cruise on the Mississippi

St. Louis Cemetery #1 Traditions Tour

New Orleans’ Cemeteries offer more than beautifully ornate tombs – they are steeped in history. Created in 1789, St. Louis Cemetery #1 has stood for more than two hundred years, and within its maze lies the monuments of stories of New Orleans most famous- and infamous- residents.At St. Louis Cemetery #1 you will see the tombs of New Orleans notables Marie Laveau, Homer Plessy, and even the empty tomb of Nick Cage. No one should leave New Orleans without visiting one of our “cities of the dead.”But it’s more than just the dead- on this tour you will learn the about the burial customs, traditions, and people that made New Orleans what it is today. Take a walk with us through New Orleans history seen through the eyes of those that have left us. NOTE: You can not enter St Louis number one without a guided tour. The cemetery is closed to the public.

St. Louis Cemetery #1 Traditions Tour

New Orleans Garden District Tour: Private Mansion, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 & Local Praline Maker

Immerse yourself in the opulence of the Old South of this tour of New Orleans’ prettiest neighborhood with an expert local guide and a small group of no more than 20 people. Your historic Garden District tour begins on a sweet note with a behind-the-scenes visit to an old praline-makers shop. You’ll learn how New Orleans’ most famous confection was brought to the city from Europe and taste one hot out of the copper pots. Next, you’ll hop onto a street car with all-inclusive tickets and zip down St. Charles Ave. en route to the Garden District. This area of grand mansions and wide, tree-lined streets is home to some of the best-preserved, pre-Civil-War mansions in America as well as a slew of celebrity homes. Your guide will introduce you to the history of the area as you see the grand mansions built by wealthy plantation-owners and now owned by famous people like Beyonce and Sandra Bullock. Along the way, you’ll stop off at one of America’s most unique graveyards, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, to see famous family-plots and spooky old mausoleums. You’ll also learn about the practical difficulties of running a cemetery below sea level. For the highlight of the tour, you’ll step inside the Elms Mansion, a 150-year old Italianate home that is one of the most impressive in the City. As you tour the opulent rooms, you’ll learn about the businessmen and plantation owners who built these stately residences and the wealthy world that they created in New Orleans before the Civil War. Your tour ends in the Mansion’s beautiful garden with an ice cold glass of lemonade or sweet tea in the shade of the largest magnolia tree in the South

New Orleans Garden District Tour

New Orleans in a Day Tour including French Quarter, Haunted House, Private Mansion, and Beignet Tasting

Your day begins in front of a historic praline-maker where you’ll meet your local expert guide and a small group of no more than 20 people. Inside you’ll go behind the scenes to learn how New Orleans’ most famous sweets are made then taste one fresh out of the pot. Next, you’ll hop on a historic streetcar, zipping down St. Charles Ave and into the famous Garden District. Once populated by the city’s wealthiest families, this beautiful neighborhood is still filled with some of the grandest old mansion in America. The only difference is that they are now home to celebrities like Anne Rice and Sandra Bullock. Exploring the neighborhood, you’ll see all the most famous houses, visit the wonderfully atmospheric Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, and then step inside the Elms Mansion for a full tour of the inside. After lunch at a local favorite restaurant for Creole cuisine (included), you’ll reconvene on Bourbon Street for a full tour of the French Quarter. Your guide will take you to its most important streets and landmarks in order to immerse you in the story of French, Spanish, and African people coming together to form the Creole culture that has made the city famous. Next, you’ll step into Jackson Square to see landmark buildings like the St. Louis Cathedral and the Cabildo (where the Louisiana Purchase was signed) then step inside the Presbytere building for a full tour of the museum including exhibits on Mardi Gras and Hurricane Katrina. It wouldn’t be a NOLA tour without a ghost or two, so your guide is also taking you inside one of New Orleans’ most haunted buildings. You’ll learn the building’s history and visit the seance room, which is where the ghost is said to appear most often. Even if you don’t see him, it’s an unforgettable experience. After a quick trip to the French Market to learn about the culinary influences that have made the city one of the foodie capitals of America, you’ll swing by the world-famous Cafe du Monde and pick up complimentary beignets, a type of French donut, then take them down to the riverfront to eat them as you watch the riverboats pass by.

New Orleans in a Day Tour

Mardi Gras Unmasked: Interactive Parade Experience & Mardi Gras World

You’ll meet your small group of no more than 20 people and expert local guide (a veteran of many Mardi Gras) in front of the Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture then head inside for a full tour. Here you’ll learn about the “krewes” or associations that run the parades and balls associated with Mardi Gras and even try on some of their elaborate costumes. Your next stop is the oldest family-run restaurant in America, where each room is set up like museum to the krewe that regularly meets there. You’ll get a classic New Orleans cocktail from the bar and then head up to the balcony – one of the best spots for parade watching – for views over the French Quarter and a thorough debunking of a few Mardi Gras myths. Back at street level, your guide will teach you how to form your very own Second Line parade, aka “the quintessential New Orleans art form” and you’ll learn where to go if you want to experience Mardi Gras like a local. After making your way through the French Quarter, you’ll hop on a shuttle to Mardi Gras World where you’ll get a behind the scenes look at how the floats are made for the parades and finish your tour with a slice of authentic king cake.

Mardi Gras Unmasked

Hop-on hop-off bus tour of New Orleans

Explore New Orleans on a fantastic hop-on hop-off bus tour, with a 1 or 3-day pass. The unlimited nature of this double-decker tour means you can hop on and off as much as you want, discovering the city at your own pace. Along the way, you’ll see all the key landmarks, including Jackson Square, the French Quarter, Canal Street, the Garden District, The National WWII Museum, the Louisiana Superdome and much more.

Enjoy stunning panoramic views from the open-top deck, taking in the sights of the historical architecture and beautiful greenery. There’s also an onboard audio tour commentary provided in English, adding an extra informative layer to the experience. This sightseeing tour gives you access to 19 stops across New Orleans, so be sure to hop off for a closer look at everything this wonderful city is famous for, including its food and music.

This pass includes a free guided walking tour of Lafayette Cemetery, an enchanting and mysterious location. If you opt for the 3-day pass you will also have access to guided walking tours of the French Quarter and the Garden District, on which you will experience a more intricate and personal taste of the local culture.

Hop-on hop-off bus tour of New Orleans

French Quarter food tour

On this indulgent food tour you’ll dig into the rich and varied flavors that make New Orleans one of the USA’s top foodie destinations.

  • Taste New Orleans’ rich multicultural history through its mouth-watering cuisine
  • Experience the flavors of America’s oldest public market
  • Appreciate New Orleans’ clash of cultures with a cup of gumbo, the city’s most controversial dish
  • Discover why the local’s favorite French doughnut is also the messiest
  • Sample traditional delicacies, only available in Cajun country

French Quarter food tour

Plantation brunch and swamp combo tour

On the grounds of Oak Alley, enjoy a sumptuous Plantation Country Brunch featuring Crawfish Etouffee, Chicken & Smoked Sausage Gumbo, Oeuf du Jour (egg dish of the day), Cajun Smoked Sausage Links, fresh fruit and yogurt, and other offerings. Optional for purchase: Mint Juleps, Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s.

  • Enjoy a delicious Plantation country brunch
  • Tour the Big House and walk the grounds of Oak Alley
  • Visit Laura Plantation for the best history tour in the U.S.
  • Cruise the Manchac Swamp through a privately-owned wildlife refuge

Plantation brunch and swamp combo tour

Hurricane Katrina bus tour

  • Guided tour of Katrina-impacted neighborhoods in New Orleans
  • Hurricane Katrina Memorial, dedicated to the 1,800 lives lost in the storm
  • Devasted neighborhoods like Lakeview, Gentilly and St. Bernard
  • Stories of rebuilding efforts—some championed by celebrities

Hurricane Katrina bus tour

New Orleans food and cocktail history tour

Satisfy both your appetite and intellect with a four-hour New Orleans food and cocktail history tour! This fascinating walking tour includes stops at eight various venues, ranging from award-winning seafood restaurants to craft cocktail lounges, and funky gastropubs to artisanal candy stores.

Learn all about and sample staple New Orleans dishes such as gumbo and alligator boudin, as well as modern spins on the classics, like crawfish beignets and curried pork skins. Don’t forget to wash it all down with four specialty cocktails while your guide shares all about the city’s phenomenal culinary history and influences.

New Orleans food and cocktail history tour

Riverboat jazz and dinner cruise on the Mississippi

Experience a spirit of adventure on the Riverboat “City of New Orleans,” as it takes you on a journey down the mighty Mississippi. See captivating views of the French Quarter fade into the distance as the soulful tune of New Orleans jazz carries you to the pulse of the river.Make your way past fern filled cast iron balconies, on your way to the Toulouse Street wharf, as the sounds of her calliope steam whistle echo through the historic French Quarter, drawing you to her as it did 100 years ago.Listen to the Captain’s tales of those who have sailed the Mississippi before you, as you wind the infamous curve that gave the Crescent City its nickname. From the decks, view sites such as the battlegrounds of the historic Battle of New Orleans while navigating down the fourth largest river in the world..Order a Mardi Gras themed cocktail to get you into the spirit of a festive evening. Indulge your taste buds on Louisiana classics, such as traditional New Orleans gumbo, from the buffet.Dine on a selection of quintessential New Orleans dishes while the libations flow.

Riverboat jazz and dinner cruise on the Mississippi

Garden District and mansion walking tour

Visit the “American section” of New Orleans on the only tour that takes you inside one of the beautiful mansions of the Garden District. The neighbourhood is known for its marvelous examples of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture. It was once part of the plantation owned by Bienville, the founder of New Orleans. See the homes of the premier family of football – the Mannings, the former residence of celebrated author Anne Rice, as well as the house where Jefferson Davis died in 1889. Tour the interior of the Opera Guild Home, built in 1865. Visit Lafayette Cemetery, and learn about the unusual above-ground burial system. The walk includes a short stop for refreshments.

Garden District and mansion walking tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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