The Friends of the Cabildo provides special or group tours upon request. Our experienced, licensed tour guides will enlighten your group with the history of a city carved from a flood-prone, alligator and mosquito infested swamp that had a difficult time enticing settlers to come and an even harder time keeping them alive after they got here. They will also entertain you with stories of the strange mix of Indians, explorers, prisoners, slaves, immigrants, soldiers, pirates, gamblers, priests, and nuns that made New Orleans what it is today -- one of the most fascinating cities in the world.

We have guides available for tours from nine in the morning until four in the afternoon, depending on the duration of the tour and your schedule. Unless other arrangements are made, we begin our French Quarter and Jackson Square tours in front of the historic Cabildo on Jackson Square. The Garden District tours begin at The Rink on the corner of Washington and Prytania Streets, just a short streetcar ride down beautiful St. Charles Avenue from the French Quarter. For an additional charge, we can arrange for a bus to pick you up and return you to your hotel. If you have any special requests for any other type of tour or would like to make any special arrangements in connection with our normal tours, tell us and we will see what we can do for you.

Payment in full for special tours should be received no later than thirty (30) days prior to the tour date. Payment can be made by check, Master Card, or Visa. Scheduled tours will proceed rain or shine, and there are no refunds within thirty days of the tour. Proceeds from our special tours benefit the Louisiana State Museum, which operates the Cabildo, the Presbytere, the 1850 House, the Old U.S. Mint Mardi Gras and Jazz museum, and Madam John's Legacy.

The following is a breakdown of the various types of special tours offered.

French Quarter Walking Tour

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Your guide will take you on a memorable walk through one of the oldest communities in the United States, the historic Vieux Carre in New Orleans. He or she will explain the influence that the French, Spanish, and Americans had on our culture, discuss the unique architecture, and regale you with the colorful folklore of this unique American city. To make your tour more personal, we usually provide one guide for every 10 to 12 guests. Time is 2 hours. Price per person is $15.00, with a minimum of $150.00.

French Quarter Courtyard Tour

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Same as the French Quarter Walking Tour with the additional treat of visiting two private courtyards along the way. Catch a glimpse of what is behind those mysterious cast iron gates. Time is 2.5 to 3 hours. Price per person is $20, with a minimum of $200.00

Jackson Square Tour

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We discuss the history of New Orleans and some of the people that made it famous. Your guide will discuss the importance of the Mississippi River and point out the interesting structures surrounding the Square. Time is 1 hour. Price per person is $7.50, with a minimum of $75.00. (School groups of 20 or more $5.00 each, with one chaperone free for each 10 students.)

Garden District Walking Tour

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Your guide will meet you in the heart of the old "American Section" of New Orleans. You will see a confluence of French Colonial, Greek and Gothic Revival, Italianate, and Queen Anne architectural styles. Many of these magnificent homes were built before the Civil War and some have been in the same families for over 100 years. You will also hear about the people who made and lost vast fortunes from the cotton and other goods moving through the port of New Orleans. Time is 2 hours. Price per person is $15.00, with a minimum of $150.00.

Crescent City Bus Tour

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Be prepared for a trip back in time. You will pass through the historic French Quarter, stop at one of New Orleans' "Cities of the Dead," and see the "Dueling Oaks" in City Park. Then you will ride by Lake Ponchartrain and along beautiful oak-lined St. Charles Avenue by universities and the antebellum mansions of the Garden District. You will see the oldest street car line in the world, the Louisiana Superdome, and other points of interest. Time is 3 hours. Price per person is $30.00, with a minimum of $360.00

Plantation Tour

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Prepare yourself for an exciting half-day trip along the Mississippi River. Learn the history of the sugar barons who built the elegant Creole and American plantation homes in the 1800's. Visit a multi-colored Creole plantation and an American plantation. See and hear how the planters of the 1700's and 1800's lived and worked. Time is 5-6 hours. Price per person is $50.00, with a minimum of $600.00. (Lunch can be arranged for an additional $15.00 per person.)