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WHERE TO STAY
Bourbon Street is rowdy. Groups and individuals with children and teens should stay in the CBD or near the Convention Center. These hotels provide daytime access to historic sections with minimal exposure to eye-popping evening antics. Groups generally choose a larger French Quarter hotel with access to entertainment, cuisine and walking tours. As a full-service DMC, we have relationships will the best hotels and can negotiate rates that fits within your budget.
Custom Conventions + Tailored Tours, DMC, is a full-service transportation provider for groups & individuals, providing sedans, vans, buses & motor coaches, some eco-friendly & handicap accessible. Touring with us? The French Quarter is eminently walkable. If you are visiting between June and October, it's hot. Sizzling, humid, sultry Tennessee Williams "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" hot. Consider adding frequent beverage stops.
WHAT TO DO
History buffs must tour the French Quarter and St. Louis Cemetery first. The Marigny/Bywater District is the oldest "new" cool arts district in town. Uptown is an idyllic neighborhood of stately homes. The mansions of the Garden District are now home to movie stars and celebrities. There is still Katrina damage in the Ninth Ward, but group tours with big buses full of gawking tourists have been banned.
Yes, our Garden District Tour will show you lots of amazing houses where wealthy people have lived for over a century. But we'll talk about what made these people wealthy and the secret Carnival "societies" that controlled City Hall during Jim Crow and segregation. We'll also show you the houses of local characters, famous authors and Hollywood celebrities.
Not as old as the Quarter or the Garden District, Uptown is often overlooked by tourists. However, it is equally beautiful and charming. The campuses of Tulane and Loyola Universities cover a large swath of this section, as does Audubon Park. Ask about our special tour for families who are visiting local universities. We combine a campus tour with a city tour.
One of the largest inland brackish lakes is home to a wide variety of fish and birds. Alligator hunters scour the fringes during season and families flock to the Bucktown restaurants year-round to enjoy local, fresh seafood.
In the past, it was the main resort community for the city. A train brought guests to a Beer Hall near Old Spanish Fort. Oscar Wilde spoke there and Mark Twain wrote about weekends on the lake. Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen, had a home near Lake Pontchartrain.
Get out of New Orleans to understand the influences that make the city unique. The sugar plantations made the city rich, but condemned tens of thousands of Africans to slavery. The high life lived by Southern slave-holders made them some of the wealthiest people on Earth.
We generally tour Destrehan and Laura Plantation for their authentic interpretations. We drive the "Old River Road" to see the other plantations and for photo opportunities. The movie DJANGO UNCHAINED was filmed in the area.