Explore the world-famous French Quarter on foot, taking in the French and Spanish influences in the original architecture, including the iconic ornamental ironwork. Your French Quarter promenade includes famous landmarks such as the red-brick Pontalba Buildings, one of America's first apartment dwellings. Look for the letters “AP” in the intricate ironwork, the initials of Baroness Micaela Almonester Pontalba, who designed and supervised construction of the buildings in the 1840s. Also walk by the 18th-century Saint Louis Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in the United States. On one side stands the Cabildo, the former seat of the colonial government in Louisiana, where the Louisiana Purchase was signed in 1803. Built in 1795, notice the Spanish arches and French, mansard roof, remnants of the region’s rich colonial past. On the other side of the cathedral is the Cabildo’s twin, the Presbytere, built in 1813. All of these grand buildings surround historic Jackson Square, where flag-raising ceremonies took place in 1803, symbolizing the transfers from Spain to France and then from France to the United States. Today, the square is a vibrant art colony with painters, musicians and street performers. After exploring Jackson Square, take a step back in time as you stroll down Rue Royal while your guide tells fascinating tales of pirates, priests, haunted houses and voodoo queens.
• Great overview: Stroll the word-famous French Quarter for some of the earliest and best examples of American architecture in the region.
• Major Landmarks: See the Pontalba Buildings with their iconic ironwork; walk by the Cabildo, former seat of the colonial Louisiana, plus stand amid historic Jackson Square.
What To Bring:
• SeaPass card and photo identification
• Sun protection
• Cash/credit cards
What To Wear:
• Walking shoes
• Hat and sunglasses
• Layered clothing
• Guests in wheelchairs and others with limited mobility should not select this tour.
• Tour itinerary and sequence may vary, depending on traffic.
• Guests must negotiate the steps on and off the coach.
• Guests must be able to walk approximately 2.5 hours on flat, paved and uneven surfaces, some steps and extended periods of standing.