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French Quarter Walking Tours

Updated: November 30, 2023
Free Tours by Foot - New Orleans Walking ToursExcellentFree Tours by Foot - New Orleans Walking Tours4.9 Based on 1959 reviews fromSee all reviews review us onSarah K.Sarah K. ★★★★★ Lisa is a great storyteller! My family (including teen boys) had a fantastic time hearing the ghost stories around the French Quarter! We highly recommend the tour!Daniel J. H.Daniel J. H. ★★★★★ Looking for fun, information-packed walking tours of New Orleans? Sign up to hang out with Andrew F. on one of his Free Tours by Foot. I Iearned a great deal about the history of the French Quarter, the evolution of jazz, how local visual artists rose to prominence and the stories behind some literary greats' connections to New Orleans on Andrew's Music, Arts and More tour. Next time I'm in the Crescent City, I'll be doing another of Andrew's tours.Anastasia S.Anastasia S. ★★★★★ We loved our tour of the French Quarter with Sandy! Very funny and informative. Would highly recommend!Julia R.Julia R. ★★★★★ We did the French Quarter tour a few days ago with Shaun (hope that's the way his name is spelled :D) and it was very informative. Shaun told a lot of interesting stories and shared many funny tidbits with us too. His recommendations were good as well. Even though he had problems with his voice, he went through with the tour and we had no problems understanding him or anything. I hope he's fine again. Can totally recommend! 🙂Melanie L.Melanie L. ★★★★★ Andrew was the best tour guide! He was extremely informative, funny and offered lots of great trivia as well as tips on other great places to see in New Orleans outside the French Quarter. I would highly recommend this tour!Renee CRenee C ★★★★★ It was our first time in NOLA. If you plan to visit the French quarter, we highly recommend Free Tours by Foot.We did 3 tours in total. French Quarter tour and Voodoo tour were both by Sandy, Ghost tour was by Andrew. Some things you can learn online, but it's way better and more fun when you have guides like Sandy and Andrew to interact with and be educated by. It really felt like they were your friends who took the time to tour you around their town.We're happy we did these tours. Had we stayed longer, we probably would have done the other NOLA tours they offered. 😉Julie W.Julie W. ★★★★★ Can’t say enough about this company. Fantastic communication, friendly guides and lots of great information for us first-time visitors. We took the French Quarter tour, Garden District tour, and the Voodoo tour. Kayla, Daniel and Sandy were all terrific. So glad we chose these tours.js_loader

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This post provides details for our daily, guided walking tour of the French Quarter.

We also include information on our self-guided GPS-enabled audio tour and our other tours in the Quarter.


Famous for its beads and beers on Bourbon Street, the reality of the Vieux Carre far surpasses its Mardi Gras reputation.

In a city that dazzles the visitor with its remarkable architecture, the French Quarter is certainly a standout, with Spanish, Caribbean, French, and American influences.

French Quarter Tour

It's also a district full of characters: from musicians to magicians to voodoo practitioners.

Join Free Tours by Foot on our French Quarter Tour, as we wander the historic streets and alleys of the Old District, passing by the street theater, peeking into historic churches, and discovering hidden courtyards, all while entertaining you with stories of authors, and artists, priests, and pirates.

Join us as we uncover the real French Quarter.

Sights we cover on this walking tour of the French Quarter:

Check out our self-guided tour of the French Quarter to learn more about what you will see.

Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve.  Groups of 10 or more persons should visit our group inquiry page

French quarter tour meeting point

Where: Meet at the Andrew Jackson Statue in Jackson Square (map). Look for your guide with the Free Tours by Foot logo.

Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Approximately 1 mile in length.


Cost:  name-your-own-price tourGroups of 6-9 must prepay $10/person. Groups of 10 or more must organize a private tour and can read about our options for groups.

Save more money in New Orleans with a tourist discount pass and consider a swamp tour and a plantation tour.

Take Walks

In addition to our tours, this company also offers two great tours of the French Quarter that you might want to consider.

The first tour covers some of the secrets of this neighborhood, including details about Bourbon Street, Hurricane Katrina, and a potentially haunted mansion.

The second outing is their New Orleans in a Day trip, which includes various subjects and locations such as the Garden District, the French Quarter, and more.

Secrets of the French Quarter

  • $39/Adults, Students | $29/Children
  • Availability: Tues, Thur - Sat at 2 pm
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Includes tickets to the Presbytere.
  • Includes free Beignet from Cafe du Monde.
  • It Covers French Quarter, Bourbon Street, The Tango Belt, Pirate Alley, Jackson Square, the Cabildo and more.

New Orleans in a Day

  • $99/Adults, Students | $89/Children
  • Availability: Tue, Thur - Sat at 9 am
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Includes tickets to the Presbytere.
  • Includes tickets to the Elms Mansion.
  • Includes tickets to the Streetcar.
  • Includes free Beignet from Cafe du Monde.
  • Includes complimentary Praline.
  • Covers the French Quarter, Bourbon Street, The Tango Belt, Pirate Alley, Jackson Square, the French Market, St. Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo, a Praline Factory, Elms Mansion, and more!


We also offer a self-guided, audio tour for you to use anytime you wish.

The audio tour is GPS-enabled, so you can also follow on your phone. Downloads cost just $1.99.

Here is an audio sample.

We also offer audio tours of the Garden District, Lafayette Cemetery #1, and an audio tour of our Arts, Music, and More Tour.

Here is how it works:

  1. Purchase an audio tour.
  2. Get a confirmation email with .mp3, .pdf, and embeddable Google Map
  3. Enjoy the tour(s).

Even if you don't download any tours, you will still have access to valuable information on sightseeing, eating, and playing in New Orleans.

Save more money in New Orleans with a tourist discount pass and consider a swamp tour and a plantation tour.

About The Author

Sarah Hester

Sarah first moved to New Orleans in 2001 to work for the American Red Cross of Southeast Louisiana. While working in the communities of New Orleans she fell in love with the unique culture of the Big Easy; it's food, music, architecture, wildlife, and most of all history. Read More... Sarah began her career with FTBF, first as a guide, then as an owner/operator. She believes every day is a good day if she gets to impart her love of her beloved New Orleans with Free Tours By Foot guests. She especially likes to convert new Who Dat Saints Fans!
Updated: November 30th, 2023
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