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Garden District
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Address: New Orleans, LA 70115
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+1 504-899-1277
07:00 - 19:00
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Mon 07:00 - 19:00
Wed - Sat 07:00 - 19:00
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Racontours, New Orleans is a walking tour company dedicated to sharing...

Racontours, New Orleans is a walking tour company dedicated to sharing stories in an immersive Southern experience. Our tours are for story lovers and history buffs alike whose curiosity goes beyond mere linear dates and facts. While we offer 2 tours, we can only provide 1 tour a day on a first come first served basis. Reservations must be made with a minimum 24 hours advance notice. Our Garden District tour is a 6 hour experience that includes a 4 course lunch at the world renowned Commanders Palace! Our Voodoo tour is a 4-5 hour experience which takes place in the French Quarter. It is a fun and touching examination of how this often misunderstood ancient African faith evolved with the residents of the Vieux Carre, into what is now known as New Orleans Voodoo. Each walking tour concludes in an above ground cemetery. Join Racontours and discover the passions, loves, deceits and betrayals, that took place in our garden, below the sea. Thank you for your interest..and get ready to slow your roll!

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Best of the Garden District tours!

I've been on many, many walking tours. This tour is in my top five! My husband & I like our tours to be both educational & entertaining. Rancontours more than met our criteria... read more

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New York
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27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I've been on many, many walking tours. This tour is in my top five! My husband & I like our tours to be both educational & entertaining. Rancontours more than met our criteria. Tree was an amazing guide. He packed the tour with historic facts and entertaining stories. He took the time to give us a brief history lesson (using... More 

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St. Louis, MO
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56 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

This was our first tour with him and we liked him so much that we want to take another on our next visit. About once a year we like to stop in NOLA for a couple of days on our way to Houston, and we like to take a different tour each visit. So we have been on a number... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

I've visited New Orleans two different times for extended periods and took four or five different tours. This was the best by far. Tree is very knowledgeable (and incredibly entertaining!). He debunked many of the myths I'd heard and provided indepth historical context. While Tree is able to provide more touristy details of interest to some (pointing out Sandra Bullock's... More 

1 Thank Julie D
1 review
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Might be the most real tour in Orleans. All the history you want to learn about as well as the most entertaining tour I've been on. This was well worth it to the point where I want to go again!! Thanks to the realistic entertainer: Tree.

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179 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

We recently did the Garden District tour and it was fabulous. Tree is amazingly knowledgeable. We were curious about some of the details he gave and everything he said was 100% correct. We peppered him with questions and he had thoughtful answers to everything. Tree was able to customize the tour during our walk to highlight things of interest to... More 

1 Thank Alicia G
Spanish Fort, Alabama
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Our fourth tour with Tree and we continue to learn new things about New Orleans and its history and culture. No matter what the subject, Tree has an amazing depth of information and he presents it with enthusiasm and energy. His tours are the best attraction in the city. I don't normally do reviews, and this is my second for... More 

3 Thank tarinala
Carrollton, Texas
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Tree is AMAZING! I'm a teacher, my husband is a professor/MD- we LOVE learning new things and Tree definitely brought the knowledge, and then some! He is a master storyteller who will capture your attention from the moment he greets you. I've taken at least 4 Garden District tours over the years, and his was the best by far- and... More 

1 Thank Jamie L
Ocean View, Delaware
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 December 2016

If you are looking for an unusual tour experience, you can't go wrong with the Hotel History Tour. But, be prepared! Tree provides a background and detailed perspective on not only the basic history of a few hotels, but also reveals some info that would easily pass you by. He delves into details that illustrate the dark side of this... More 

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Bakersfield, California
1 review
Reviewed 12 December 2016

Had an amazing day with Tree. Amazing. He gave an in-depth tour of the Garden District that was also a detailed overview of the history of NOLA. Wonderful spirit. Great energy. A beautiful lunch at Commander's Palace with an insider's look at the restaurant. Felt like Tree tailored the tour for us. Don't go to New Orleans without taking one... More 

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morris plains
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Tree the owner provides the most fabulous day. We were with him for 3 hours of a walking tour around the garden district. Got to hear all the history of Cajun and creole and saw famous peoples houses. Tree is a wealth of knowledge and tells stories in a way that makes them come alive. He provides walking canes that... More 

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Garden District
Head to the Garden District for the full-on New Orleans experience replete with quaintly clanking streetcars, proudly grandiose antebellum mansions, picture perfect avenues lined with live oaks loaded down with Spanish moss, and a wealth of beautiful churches and many more architectural marvels. Even a brief excursion here makes plain why it’s called the Garden District. So, when you visit be sure to give yourself ample time for admiration at a languidly slow pace befitting such gentile strand of riverside living and to allow you to maximize each opportunity to stop and smell the roses – and whichever other blooms you might come across. While taking it all in, you’d do well to dine at one of the city’s most beloved destinations for regional cuisine. Gourmands from far and wide (and right round the corner) swear the age-old Commander’s Palace is the best restaurant in town – and have been doing so since it opened back in 1880.
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