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HISTORICAL ACCURACY and FUN-FILLED EXPERIENCES are the cornerstones of Magic Tours. To better serve and delight guests, quality and varied offerings are continually added to the menu of tours. To comprehensively inform and entertain, special tours are customized to meet needs and desires upon request(s).

Established over 25 years ago, Magic Tours is the oldest walking tour company in New Orleans. Our guides are educated professionals who undergo extensive vetting and training before they become tour guides. They delight in sharing the marvels of our 300 year-old city. Building on knowledge derived from experience, comments from our guests, and information from research we strive to constantly improve our offerings.

Oversight over all tours and activities is conducted by the owner, Stan Gallien, Ph.d., retired professor of history; and by Dawn Grosheider, General Manager, who has years of experience in the Tour Industry in New Orleans.
New Orleans Ghosts/Haunts/Voodoo Tour

Ghosts/Haunts/Voodoo Tour

Since its founding, New Orleans has suffered more disease, disasters, destruction and death than any other American city. Spirits are taken for granted here! The influence of Voodoo has been profound and it seems that almost every building has its own haunting story. Even the sidewalks and rooftops have their resident ghosts and spirits. Join us for an historical, fun-filled, and chilling after-dark walk around the Quarter's edges in search of the living dead. Magic Tours created and nurtured this unique New Orleans haunted tour that is now imitated by so many! Some do it passably, other do it embarrassingly. We do it professionally and are proud to call it our own, since 1992. Join us to hear ghost stories, tales of vampires, and Voodoo legends.

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New Orleans French Quarter

French Quarter

Founded in 1718, the French Quarter (Vieux Carre - meaning old square) was the original settlement of this nearly 300 year old city. See the unique architecture and the lush, inviting courtyards as you stroll through the narrow streets, soaking up the charm and ambiance of America's most interesting city. Learn about French and Spanish rule and the Louisiana Purchase. See the Cabildo, the Prebytere, the Pontalba Buildings, St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, and the Old Ursuline Convent.
Stroll by former residences of William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams; see Cafe du Monde and the Old French Market; learn about Creoles and Cajuns and their unique cuisines.

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New Orleans Garden District Walking Tour

Garden District Walking Tour

Upon arrival in New Orleans after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the Americans found the Creoles living down-river from Canal Street. The two groups hated each other, so the Americans settled up-river from Canal Street in the early and mid-nineteenth century. This enclave of Americans became filthy rich and built great, ostentatious mansions in an area that came to be known as the Garden District.
On the Garden District tour, you will stroll the streets of this famous neighborhood and view the stately mansions and lush gardens; see the homes of Archie Manning, John Goodman, and the house where the Confederate President, Jefferson Davis, died. You will visit Lafayette Cemetery.

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New Orleans St. Louis Cemetery

St. Louis Cemetery

New Orleans is known for its unique cemeteries and burial customs – including above-ground graves. At Magic Tours, we offer unique St. Louis Cemetery tours in New Orleans, giving guests the full experience of being in the presence of these old and sometimes very famous graves!
The oldest cemetery is St. Louis No. 1, opened in 1789 in a relatively small space. Thousands of entombments have taken place here in the intervening centuries, accomplished through the local unusual customs of burial and re-use of tombs, meaning that multiple people can have been buried in the same tomb throughout the years. This cemetery is well over 200 years old and serves as the final resting place of some of New Orleans' most famous historic residents, including the tombs of the famous Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau; the chess master Paul Morphy; and Homer Plessy of the famed Plessy v. Ferguson court case.
Our cemetery tour guides have an immense amount of information on hand to give your experience in the cemetery depth and color. You won’t just get to see the graves of some famous persons – you will also get to learn facts about their lives, the burial ground and so much more. What secrets lurk behind the great Voodoo Queen’s tomb that you have yet to learn? What mysteries lie within and around the crumbling walls of this historic cemetery? We can answer all these questions and more on this exciting and fact-filled tour!
We take great pride in the quality and amount of information we have to offer our customers. We strive to provide the most immersive experience possible backed by thoroughly researched and vetted information. All of our details are historically accurate and factually based, meaning that you’ll leave St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 feeling more knowledgeable and excited about the information you’ve learned. If you’re a movie buff, we have a treat for you, too! In addition to the grave sites, during the cemetery tour we will also show you the former location of “Storyville,” the site of the filming of “Easy Rider.” Plan your St. Louis Cemetery tour today. Trips depart twice a day (except Sundays) from the Royal House Oyster Bar, 441 Royal St., and last for about two hours. Guests must make reservations two (2) hours in prior to tour time, and online reservations are available. Guests who “show up” without a reservation will be accommodated if there is space available on the tour.
To learn more or to book your tour, call us today at (504) 588-9693.

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New Orleans Private & Specialty Tours

Private & Specialty Tours

All regularly offered tours are available as private tours. Call 504.588.96.93 to arrange pricing, dates, times, meeting locations, etc. Tours can be customized to meet specific needs and requests. Tour content can be modified to accommodate the desires of our guests.

Specialty Tours are offered upon request, depending upon guide availability. Please call at least 48 hours in advance to allow us time to schedule our guides.

Sex Scandals, Prostitution, and Gentlemen's Clubs Tour
Since our founding, New Orleans has exhibited a “SEEDY SIDE”. Many of our original settlers were criminals, prostitutes, and soldiers of fortune. So, our gene pool was compromised at an early date. This provided the setting for scandals, prostitution and illegal activity. Let us introduce you to this side of our past. Well will show you the site of STORYVILLE and tell you about legal prostitution and how the Madams and Pimps made fortunes, under the auspices of the city government. Join us for a “WALK ON THE WILD SIDE” of old New Orleans.