New Orleans

New Orleans City and Cemetery Sightseeing Tour

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From $54.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Experience the highlights of New Orleans on this sightseeing bus tour, including an above-ground cemetery, the bustling French Quarter, the opulent Garden District, and St. Charles Avenue. Absorb the sights and sounds of the city as you learn about its fascinating history from your friendly local guide. Upgrade to receive admission to Vue Orleans, a 360° indoor and outdoor observatory deck, after your tour.
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach from your French Quarter meeting spot
  • Explore the mysterious French Quarter, the oldest area of New Orleans
  • Pass the beautiful Garden District and Jackson Square
  • Visit St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, a historical above-ground cemetery
  • Travel through three centuries of New Orleans culture and history with your knowledgeable guide
  • Stop for beignets (own expense)
  • Upgrade option includes admission to Vue Orleans observatory deck

What's Included

  • Transportation to and from the French Quarter by air-conditioned coach
  • Tour inside one of New Orleans' above-ground cemeteries
  • Comprehensive city tour
  • Gratuities
  • Beignets and coffee/tea (available for purchase)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Gray Line New Orleans
    Gray Line Lighthouse Ticket Office, 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

    Departs from the Gray Line Lighthouse Ticket Office at Toulouse St. and the Mississippi River, just one block from Jackson Square in the French Quarter. Please arrive 15 minutes before tour departure.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Your rendezvous with the sights and spirits of New Orleans begins in the French Quarter. Hop aboard your air-conditioned coach for a comprehensive city tour.

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.

Visit a historic cemetery, where you'll hop off the coach and learn of the city's unique above-ground burial traditions from inside the gates.

See Jackson Square, an honorary landmark to New Orleans’ war hero Andrew Jackson. Pass by 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 St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, 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 Besthoff Sculpture Garden, plus a stop at Cafe du Monde for their famous beignets or other refreshments (own expense.)

Your sightseeing adventure returns you to the pickup point in the French Quarter.

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.

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

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.

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • During warmer months, we recommend that you wear lightly colored clothing. Caps/hats and umbrellas are also suggested.
  • 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.
  • Wheelchair Access: If the guest needs a wheelchair lift equipped bus, then special arrangements need to be made with the supplier. This must be arranged 48 hours prior to tour date. Contact details will be on your voucher.
  • Alternate Routes: Due to uneven and narrow paths, alternate routes may be necessary for guests traveling in wheelchairs.
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

If you go on this tour, you should request Jim as your tour guide.
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Excellent Tour
Thomas_W, Mar 2023
Excellent tour guide and extremely informative. Great length of time and comfortable transportation. I strongly recommend.
Love this tour!
Linda_P, Mar 2023
Excellent guide. He was knowledgeable and funny as well. Love the cemetary. This was my 2nd visit there and it is one of my favorite things to do in NOLA.
Such a learning experience!
Sue_B, Feb 2023
I really learned so much about the city. Enjoyed seeing so many different areas. It has encouraged me to come back and explore.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Please come back and see the many personalities of Southern Louisiana.
Margaret_S, Nov 2022
Jane the guide and Kendrell the driver were very good. Jane had a lot of knowledge but didn’t drag it out. For me the frustrating thing was I feel I sat on the wrong side of the bus as most of the sights were on the right side and I was sitting on the left. But I guess every one can’t sit on one side. But the places we saw were great!
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you for the 5 bubble review. We will mention your note to Jane and Kindrell.
Good tour at a great price
Robert_W, Oct 2022
Gail was very knowledgeable we enjoyed our tour of the city. It was nice not having to drive myself and I could look around at the sites when sitting in a comfortable air conditioned bus. Just wish we walked around the cemetery more.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Glad you enjoyed the tour with Gail. And must agree that the cemeteries are fascinating.
Cancelled tour
Julie_A, Aug 2022
Unfortunately our tour was cancelled late the night before so we didn’t get to do the tour. They offered an alternative for the day after but we were coming home that day. Very disappointed as has this booked for ages
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Although not knowing the date of your tour I am certain they had cause, and would like to have accommodated you with an alternative.
New Orleans - a must
Andrea_P, Jul 2022
Gayle and Joe were phenomenal! We learned so much about the city, the cemeteries, the local notable people throughout history that had an impact on this diverse and complex place. I highly recommend this tour!
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thank you!
Classroom experience
greg, Apr 2022
Very informative, all the info on ride back was great. Would liked to had more time exploring the cemetery
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you
No politics
Cynthia_F, Jan 2022
I don't think that the guide should be putting her political views into play, just give us the background of what we are looking at!!
Response from Host, May 2022
It is not allowed. Had we known she would have called in.
Canceled our trip due to...
Rebecca_H, Nov 2021
Canceled our trip due to a parade going on in the city without a refund. Bad experience do not recommend
Don’t recommend
Itzel_G, Jan 2021
It was boring. The guide talked a lot and we had to cut it short because he didn’t have no emotion in speaking.
Fun and informative
Gonzalez_S, Dec 2020
It was very colorful, interesting and memorable. I Wolfe definitely do it again. New Orleans has a rich history
Amazing Tour Guide
Kristyn_W, Apr 2020
Charlie was an amazing tour guide. He was so knowledgeable about everything New Orleans related. He definitely made the tour fun and interesting.
Amazing tour and tour guide!
Misty_C, Mar 2020
We loved our tour guide, Gail! She was extremely warm and welcoming. She was very knowledgeable and informative about the cemetery, the history of voodoo, and New Orleans history. We absolutely loved our tour, it gave us an even greater love and appreciation for the great city of New Orleans!
Better than expected
Amy_S, Mar 2020
Our tour guide Jim (with one m 🤣) was fantastic, knowledgeable and funny. Great tour! I wasn’t expecting much from a cemetery tour but thus honestly exceeded my expectations!
Awesome tour
Cindy_B, Mar 2020
Heather is passionate about New Orleans and Louisiana. That passion shows in her delivery of information during the tour. She was interesting, fun and thoughtful.
NOLA must see
Tammi_K, Feb 2020
Midge, our guide was very knowledgeable about the cemetery but was very dry. Wasn't until i did another tour with guide Nancy that i realized what was missing. The cemetery is a must see so everyone should have a great experience.
Cemetery tour
Jamie_H, Feb 2020
Jim (with one M) was a great tour guide. More than a tour guide, he was an educator and you can tell he was passionate about making sure visitors understood the history, the real history, of NOLA’s cemeteries. 100% recommend him!
Cemetery tour
Toni_F, Feb 2020
This was fabulous. Elizabeth was great!! She made it so much and highly knowledgeable. The history and the experience was great.
The graves that were the oldest there.
dflorian40, Feb 2020
Daniel the tour guide was awesome and made our experience a very good time! Beautiful cementary. i would recommend this tour.