Founded in 1992 by Richard Rochester, Magic Tours is the oldest walking tour company in New Orleans. Dr. Stan Gallien purchased the company in 2004 after having managed the business for two years. Dr. Gallien is a retired university professor of history and has written the basic outline of each of the company tours; which include:
- St. Louis Cemetery Tour
- Garden District Tour
- French Quarter Tour
- Ghost/Haunts/Voodoo Tour
- as well as several Private Tours
In addition, customized private tours are offered upon request. The General Manager is Dawn Grosheider, a licensed tour guide with years of experience in the hospitality industry.
Magic Tours is “The Alternative Tour for Intelligent Travelers”. The company takes pride in offering historically accurate tours. Among our guides are professors, historians, and journalists. All guides are licensed and trained by our experienced guides prior to joining the staff. Our guide, Randy Bibb was recognized as the number four (4) tour guide in the world and the number one (1) tour guide in the Continental United States by the Tour Guide Awards program. He was chosen from among 26,000 eligible guides from 208 countries.
Magic Tours offers a limited schedule on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day; we are closed on Mardi Gras Day each year.
Magic Tours was named “New Orleans’ Best Tour” by the Toronto Star; comments by our guests include “Best Tour We Have Taken” on Yelp and “the Tour Guide was Exceptional’’ on Trip Advisor. Join us for a fun-filled informative experience. Let us guide you through our fascinating 300-year-old city and experience its mystique, charm and ghostly side. Stroll through the French Quarter and learn about our diverse culture and our beautiful architecture. Visit our oldest cemetery and see the above the ground tombs, the tomb of Marie Laveau, the famous Voodoo Queen. See the tomb featured in Easy Rider and the burial sites of many famous New Orleanians. View the beautiful Garden District Mansions and visit the Lafayette Cemetery. Let us guide you on a chilling walk through the lower French Quarter and learn about the Ghostly, seedy side of New Orleans.
While in New Orleans, let Magic Tours share our knowledge of New Orleans’ unique culture, architecture, and world-renown cuisine. We will provide you with a fascinating insight into the MAGIC of our wonderful city.