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Royal Street (½ hr - ½ day)
Besides art galleries there are many other artistic shops selling furniture, decoration and other weird relics. During daytime you can see the artists at work in their studios. And, as in all other streets in the Quarter, you might bump into a nice life music performance.
Cathedral de St Louis (½ hr)
The entrance is free, but you could make a donation of course. Every morning at 7:30 am there’s a mass and on Sunday at 9 am. The cathedral closes every day around 4 pm.
Steamboat Natchez (2 hrs)
And don’t forget to go downstairs to the engine room during your tour, as it’s great to see, how this huge powerful machine gets its thrust.
The boat departs daily from the Toulouse Street Wharf. They have Harbour cruises during daytime and dinner/jazz cruises at night. The schedule may vary during the season. Check the latest update at their website, or go to the wharf directly.
Streetcar (1 hr - 1 day)
But if you need a reason, with this trolley you can go to the beautiful Garden district for example.
A single ride costs us$ 1,25, but you can also buy a day pass for only us$ 3. You can go to many touristic highlights with the streetcar, go to the Garden district for example. More information about the streetcars can be found at their website.
Garden district (2 hr)
It’s a great place to go to. Stroll the shady streets of the Garden District and see the stately mansions. It’s very easy to go there by streetcar. From Canal Street, take a streetcar in the direction of S. Claiborne. Leave the streetcar at any stop between Washington and Louisiana.
St Louis Cemetery #1 (½ hr)
At this cemetery you will also find the tomb of voodoo queen Marie Laveau. Voodoo is a cultural form of the Afro-American religions, which developed within the African American population. The cemetery is located at St Louis Street (corner of Basin) and it is open daily from 9 am to 3 pm and on Sunday’s and holidays from 9 am to 12 noon.
Swamp tour (2½ hrs + driving time)
There are several operators, and we suggest Cajun Pride Swamp tours. The captains are home grown in the Bayous of South Louisiana. With a lot of humour they share their knowledge about the swamp and the alligators.
It is a 40 minutes drive outside New Orleans. From New Orleans you have to take the I-10 West (towards Baton Rouge) to LaPlace Exit 209. There you turn right at the bottom of the ramp and drive for ½ mile to Cajun Pride Swamp tours.
This tour could be a good combination with a visit to a Plantation if you you’re your own transportation. If you don’t have a car yourself, they can pick you up at your hotel in New Orleans. Reservations can be made at their website.
Oak Alley Plantation (2 hrs + 2 hrs drive)
There’s a guided tour through the mansion for 35 minutes and after that you are allowed to stroll around the plantation yourself. The admission is us$ 18. During the year they are open from 9:30 am to 4:30 or 5 pm. The only days they are closed are: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and mardi gras.
You definitely need a car to do this tour and it is a one-hour drive from New Orleans. A map with directions can be seen here. It could be a good combination with a Cajun Pride Swamp tour, as it is in the same direction.
Voodoo tour (2 hrs)
Magic Tours is an operator that guarantees: No phony vampires, no rubber snakes, no drunken spooks in costumes, no quack para-psychologists and no wannabe voodoo priestesses. Just listen to Ghost stories, hear tales about vampires and learn about voodoo in New Orleans.
Tour departs nightly at 8:00 p.m. from 720 St. Louis Street (In front of K-Joe's Restaurant, between Royal and Bourbon Streets). The tour costs us$ 20 but it costs only us$ 15 when reserved online. Online reservations must be made 24 hours in advance of the tour.
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