Private New Orleans Scandals and Legends Walking Tour

  • 2-4 Hours
  • Walking Tour
  • Max Guests: 12
  • Private Tour
  • Daily

New Orleans Tour Details

Historic tales and ghost tours cast New Orleans as a sinister and mysterious city, and while not entirely untrue, miss the true intrigue and context behind accounts of voodoo, murder, and the macabre. Come discover that the truth is often stranger and more fascinating with a local guide who will bring New Orleans legends to life on this private walking tour of the French Quarter!

Your private New Orleans walking tour takes place entirely in this district, also known as the Vieux Carre. Your guide will provide some background on the rich heritage of the city, including Spanish influence during a time when pirates prowled the Quarter’s cobblestone alleyways.


We’ll walk down the narrow passage known today as Pirate’s Alley and explore stories behind notable buildings including the Cabildo, formerly a prison site, and surrounding structures that will give us a glimpse into the slave trade.


The days of slavery and Victorian decadence are highlighted in many of the other famous balcony-wrapped buildings here, some mansions more notorious than others. Learn about the ghastly history of these sites and the complicated and controversial issues leading up to and during the Civil War.


While we’re exploring the complex characters throughout New Orleans’ history, we may get to pass by the resting place of Marie Laveau. Here, you’ll get a closer look at the practitioners of voodoo and get to know how this West African religion came to the Crescent City. And of course you’ll want all the dirt on New Orleans’ famous above-ground cemeteries and how they came to be.


As we uncover the mysteries, the myths, and the magic of the city of New Orleans, your tour guide can take you past St. Louis Cathedral, one of the oldest cathedrals still in use in the whole of America, and Jackson Square, both overlooking the Mississippi River. With this private New Orleans tour, you’ll really get a feel for the culture and vibe of this legendary part of New Orleans!

Price Includes

Price Excludes

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Local donation
  • Souvenirs
  • Guide gratuity
  • Additional food & drink
  • Museum entry


Jackson Square

Your private tour starts in Jackson Square, fringed by some of the most famous and recognizable landmarks of New Orleans, including St. Louis Cathedral, The Cabildo, The Presbytere, and Washington Artillery Park. Your New Orleans tour guide will fill you in on the rich history of the city and how each site holds the history of its notorious past.


Formerly home to the Spanish municipal government before the Louisiana Purchase, this neighbor to St. Louis Cathedral can be seen from the tour’s starting point in Jackson Square. Your New Orleans tour guide will tell you the history of this site, formerly a prison during Spanish rule.

St. Louis Cathedral

One of the most iconic sights in New Orleans, this beautiful cathedral has stood here solemnly since 1794 and holds the history of crusading Catholics, past popes interred within, and one infamous bombing.

The Presbytere

A neighbor to the iconic St. Louis Cathedral, this is one of the nation’s best examples of formal colonial Spanish architecture. We’ll see this beautiful building from the tour’s starting point in Jackson Square, before heading into the French Quarter to visit more top New Orleans attractions!

The French Quarter

Historically a place of diversity with products and people from all walks of life, New Orleans’ French Quarter has been home to many colorful personalities, some more notorious than others…

Community Impact

This tour dives into the history of New Orleans’ diverse peoples, highlighting the contributions of often-overlooked groups including Creole, Cajun, and African American.

Our small-group tours minimize negative impacts on the local community, reducing pressure on small businesses we frequent, allowing locals more room to maneuver around our tours and reducing noise pollution without the need of microphones.

We mindfully design our tours to explore areas on foot, thus doing our part to lessen our environmental impact.

Included in your tour ticket price is a donation to CrescentCare, an organization dedicated to the New Orleans community without barriers to care, where all people have the power to be healthy and whole.

Pickup Information

Pick-up Time Information

  • Start times: 6pm
  • Meeting Location: 615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116 ( In front of St. Louis Cathedral)



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