As one of the oldest cities in North America, New Orleans has history seeping out of every doorway and scalloped promenade. One cannot help but get swept away in the beauty of the architecture around the city and its charming historic neighborhoods.
Because of the detailed beauty of the Crescent City, it is best experienced on foot. Walking along the sidewalks, you can see how the roots of the ancient and majestic oaks have warped and broken the concrete over time; they were here long before you and know the secrets of the city’s past.
This tour, taking place right now, stands out as something a little different and off the beaten path. Starting in the French Quarter, the tour meets within walking distance or a short streetcar ride from our quality New Orleans bed and breakfast inns.
Heart of the Gardens Tour
This tour is operated for private groups only on a mini-bus with a step-on guide. The tour is 3 hours. Price is $33.00 per person and requires a minimum of 20 people. Contact Gray Line Tours at (504) 569-1401 for more information.
The New Orleans Botanical Garden has collaborated with Gray Line Tours of New Orleans and Longue Vue House and Gardens to present the “Heart of the Gardens” tour, a motor coach tour that showcases the lush gardens of New Orleans and includes walking tours of the New Orleans Botanical Garden and Longue Vue House and Gardens.
The tour begins in the French Quarter, known for its courtyard gardens, proceeds down Esplanade Avenue, designated as one of America’s most elegant boulevards with its rows of live oaks, and continues along Bayou St. John, one of the city’s oldest routes.
The tour offers visitors views of homes reaching back to the earliest days of the area’s 17th century settlements, including stops at gardens that represent some of the most lovely and fragrant sites in the city. Narration from professional tour guides helps you truly appreciate the complex set of influences that shaped the building of our city.
This is a chance to enjoy what New Orleanians have long treasured about the warm and damp climate of southern Louisiana…its unique landscape, year round blooming gardens, and the new green lessons learned as the city rebuilds.