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Best New Orleans Tour Companies | Top 10 Tours Within NOLA

07:00 July 09, 2024
By: Mathilde Hebert

New Orleans, known for its vibrant culture and rich traditions, is also home to some incredibly haunted and historic places. From the French Quarter to the Garden District, every corner of the city is filled to the brim with history, as well as quite a few spirits.

These city tours offer a unique and thrilling experience for visitors, allowing them to explore the city's unique neighborhoods and learn more about this more than 300-year-old city. From spooky sights to insightful history, here are the 10 best tour companies to book with while in New Orleans.

Top 10 Best NOLA Tour Companies

1. French Quarter Phantoms

718 N. Rampart St., (504) 666-8300


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Would you like to discover some incredibly interesting and eerie facts about New Orleans while feeling a shiver down your spine? French Quarter Phantoms will take care of that for you, precisely.

Their goal is to provide the finest tours in New Orleans with well-educated and masterful storytelling tour guides. Some of French Quarter Phantoms' tours include the Ghost and Vampire Tour, the Saints and Sinners Tour, and tours of the French Quarter, Garden District, and the Tremé.

2. Haunted History Tours

723 St. Peter St., (504) 861-2727


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With its rich, mysterious history spanning hundreds of years, New Orleans is a city unlike any other. The fascinating and instructive history and paranormal excursions provided by Haunted History Tours are the best way to discover this city's haunting side.

They are familiar with every dark corner of the city and have been providing incredibly engaging paranormal history excursions since 1995. They have ghost and history tours, a cemetery tour, a haunted pub crawl, and much more.

3. Gray Line New Orleans

400 Toulouse St., (504) 569-1401


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Come explore the rich history and diversified culture of the Big Easy with Grey Line New Orleans. This company offers plenty of exhilarating experiences for visitors to enjoy, including airboat bayou tours.

Take a tour of the city's colorful past with one of Grey Line's cocktail and culinary experiences, ghost tours, plantation excursions, or city bus tours. Hop aboard their Steamboat NATCHEZ jazz excursions and take in the atmosphere of the mighty Mississippi River.

4. New Orleans Secrets

(504) 517-5397


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The purpose of New Orleans Secrets is to offer engaging and enjoyable travel services to anyone who is interested in discovering more about the remarkably distinctive city of New Orleans. Through them, visitors and residents can appreciate the city's history and enchanting atmosphere.

Some of the tours that New Orleans Secrets has on offer includes a LGBT history tour, a Magazine Street food tour, kayaking tours, and much more. Please note that only nine people are allowed for each tour, so book your reservation ahead of time.

5. Two Chicks Walking Tours

1128 Josephine St., (504) 975-4386


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Formed nine years ago, Two Chicks Walking Tours was born out of a deep love for New Orleans and a wish to spread that love to others through captivating tales. The company is driven to reveal the city's vibrant past through well-curated tours.

They set out to design the excursions that they themselves would wish to take. Choose from Two Chicks Walking Tours' French Quarter and Garden District tours or consider experiencing their brothel history tour.

6. La Vie New Orleans

(504) 957-1761


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For tourists looking for a truly immersive tour experience while in New Orleans, they should definitely choose La Vie New Orleans Private Tours. Every trip is privately led by the owner, ensuring each guest has a genuine and enjoyable time.

They provide private excursions for individuals looking for a more individualized and exclusive experience. Some of the featured tours La Vie New Orleans offers include airboat tours, NOLA tours, and plantation tours outside of New Orleans.

7. Witches Brew Tours

311 Exchange Pl., (504) 454-3939


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For 10 years, Witches Brew Tours giving their customers in New Orleans amazing historical and entertaining excursions. The company specializes in ghost tours, vampire tours, vodou tours, and historical tours of the French Quarter, as well as cemeteries.

Other tours offered by Witches Brew Tours include a haunted tour of Destrehan Plantation and even a haunted pub crawl. You will feel as though you have been taken on an amazing trip with each of their excursions, but they strongly advise experiencing a little bit of everything!

8. Unique NOLA Tours

815 Toulouse St., (504) 777-7769


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Unique NOLA Tours offers a range of unique and enjoyable tour experiences in New Orleans. Some of the on offer tours include Sinister Criminal Intensions, Lewd Spirits, and the new Pestilence, Pandemic, & Plague Tour.

Unique NOLA Tours is known for its imaginative and one-of-a-kind tours and experiences and each tour offers a unique and captivating way to explore the city. Please note that each walking tour is one mile long, so make sure to wear some comfortable shoes.

9. Beyond the Bayou Tours

3000 St. Charles Ave., (504) 708-5161


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Beyond the Bayou is a company offers 100% carbon neutral tours of New Orleans and Louisiana. They don't have any tour buses or enormous tour boats and, instead, small groups are catered to by knowledgeable local guides.

Discover the history of New Orleans through its drinks or take a small boat tour of stunning marshes to spot alligators, birds, and turtles. They also provide tours of the Tchefuncte River, Lake Pontchartrain, and even Cajun Country.

10. NOLA Tours

(504) 355-1213


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NOLA Tours offers a diverse selection of walking tours that cater to a wide range of interests and preferences. Whether you're a history buff, a culinary enthusiast, or simply looking to explore the iconic sights of New Orleans, NOLA Tours has something for everyone.

Enjoy a special tour about Jewish New Orleans, or take part in architectural tours of the Marigny, the French Quarter, and the Garden District. Whether you're visiting New Orleans for the first time or are a local, NOLA Tours should be your go-to choice for a memorable and authentic tour experience.

Tourin' NOLA

The haunted tours of New Orleans provide an opportunity for visitors to explore the city's haunted history, witness unexplained phenomena, and delve into the supernatural. On the flip side, there are plenty of tours that are just as fascinating even without the supernatural elements. New Orleans is unlike any other city in America, and there are many tours available showcasing its one-of-a-kind history. Try out any of these 10 New Orleans tour companies and experience a different side of the city for yourself.

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