09/28/2018 | By Aaron Lirette
French Quarter Phantoms is New Orleans’ premier walking tour company. Offering a variety of unique, entertaining, and historical tour options year round; making French Quarter Phantoms the perfect choice for any traveler.
French Quarter Phantoms’ Master Storytellers have been described as, “the strangest bunch of real historians you’ll ever have the pleasure of spending time with!” What is important to you is important to us: quality content and reliable, fun, education. This guides us with a passion for making sure our guests have a great experience. Our tours are highly recommended by members of the New Orleans Concierge Association; our Ghost and Vampire tour was voted New Orleans’ #1 Haunted Tour 2009 – 2017 and honored to be ranked with TripAdvisor as one of the Top Ten Ghost Tours in the World! https://www.tripadvisor.com/TripNews-a_ctr.ghosttoursEN
French Quarter Phantoms’ Ghost & Vampire Tour is our signature tour. Haunted by phantoms and the looming mysteries of past tragedies, the French Quarter is a place where the spirits of the dead find that death is only the beginning. Master Storytellers guide groups through darkened streets for a tour filled with the horror and frights that only history could provide. This tour is filled with blood drinking vampires and the specters of the past like Delphine LaLaurie. We’ll thrill guests with hearty laughs and a chill up their spine, without a pinch like at a haunted house. Appropriate for all ages, this is our most popular tour.
St. Louis Cemetery #1, eerily majestic even during the daytime, is the oldest active cemetery in the New Orleans. Continued to be used today, it is the final resting places of historical figures like Homer Plessey and will be the resting place of actors like Nicholas Cage. Guests will enjoy tales of Voodoo as we visit the final resting place of the infamous Queen of Voodoo, Marie Laveau; and will be spell-bound by the unique funeral traditions, from the process of interring the body to our unique jazz funerals. This above ground cemetery also provides excellent photo opportunities!
Tour Trem© takes you into the heart and soul of a real New Orleans neighborhood. Our third oldest neighborhood, Trem© is the first location of a permanent neighborhood of African Americans in the United States. Rich in African-American history and Mardi Gras Indian traditions, many great Jazz musicians have called Trem© home. Considered one of the birthplaces of the Civil Rights Movement, it was a meeting place for important figures like Mahalia Jackson and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Faubourg Trem© is no joke and our Master Storytellers will lead guests through tribulations like slavery, civil rights, and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The Music of New Orleans Tour is for those that just can’t help, but get let foot loose! Come join us as we stroll through the birthplace of jazz, Congo Square and Faubourg Trem©. Here guests will listen and learn to the songs and figures that makes New Orleans the “birthplace of American music”. It’s almost like the spirts of Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, and Ernie K. Doe speak for themselves through their songs. And, with our Master Storytellers guests will learn about these curious figures and their roots in the Big Easy.
Our Garden District tour is like walking through a time capsule. Beautiful southern mansions, ranging from Greek Revival to Queen Anne, dominate this old historic neighborhood. Hear the fascinating history of the “American Sector” and the divide between the Catholic Creoles their new Protestant American neighbors. Celebrities homes such as Sandra Bullock, John Goodman, Archie Manning, and Anne Rice are just some of the homes you will see on this tour. This tour includes a walk into Lafayette Cemetery featured in the Anne Rice books and the Originals television series.
Finally, for ADULTS ONLY, there is the Saints and Sinners tour. Guests will be splitting their sides as our Master Storytellers lambast them with the seedier stories of French Quarter debacles. Whether it’s talking drinks like the Sazerac or Hurricane, the red lights of Storyville, or the true Saint-To-Be Henriette DeLille; the Saints and Sinners tour is for those who like to live on the wild side.