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Free Tours by Foot

New Orleans, LA, USA
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About Free Tours by Foot
We are OPEN and running Covid-19 Compliant In-Person Tours. Free Tours by Foot is pleased to present the only name-your-own-price New Orleans tours. Learn much more than just Bourbon Street on our French Quarter Tour, about the well-heeled and their mansions on our Garden District Tour. Learn about New Orleans peculiar burial grounds on our St. Louis Cemetery #1 Tour. Foodies will love our food tours and everyone will get spooked on our New Orleans ghost tours. We now also offer bike tours and soon photography and bus tours. You decide what a tour was worth after the tour is finished. Pay-what-you-like tours are great tours for every budget.
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Basspohl wrote a review Sep 10
Lansing, Michigan46 contributions39 helpful votes
This is the #1 deal of our NOLA trip. Free Tours have a nominal booking fee, then pay as you like. I always pay comparable to any other tour and the guides are usually outstanding. On this trip, the Voodoo tour by Robi was absolutely outstanding. He is a vodun high priest and his knowledge was super interesting and we were joined by his re,active and were treated to an actual ritual. The Ghost tour was also very good, historical events. The Free Tours website is outstanding and offers some videos which are a great marketing tool as they convinced me to do more than one tour.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Linda M wrote a review Aug 2021
Jersey City, New Jersey18 contributions4 helpful votes
I live locally and have been on many of these Free Tour by Foot tours. The tours run rain or shine, which is fine by me. We did one in the pouring rain, and it was fun! Also, they have a 24 hour cancellation window. Yesterday my husband and I were signed up to go on the Greenwich Village tour. We knew it was going to rain, and that's okay with us. However, the updated forecast on the morning of the tour included thunderstorms. I looked up the danger of being outside for a duration during a thunderstorm, and learned that the CDC strongly advises against it, as lightning is more dangerous than people think. Therefore the cancellation window was now shorter than the FTBF policies dictate. I emailed the tour guide to cancel, and explained to her that I did not want to risk going out when there could be lightning. Then last night I received an email from FTBF reservations, asking why I wasn't there. This was a little off-putting, but, giving them the benefit of the doubt, I explained it again, and suggested maybe the tour guide didn't see my email. Then this morning I received yet another email from FTBF reservations showing that I had done a "late cancel" along with a reminder of their 24 cancellation window. This is a little demoralizing. I have now emailed them again, and here is an excerpt of what I said: "I really hope you're not suggesting that my husband and I should have travelled when the CDC advises against it. "Please clarify your policies for me. I need to know, moving forward, whether safety is a reason for cancellation in a shorter than a 24 hour window. If not, then I might hesitate to sign up for another FTBF. Thanks." These tours are really fantastic, and we always tip the tour guides well because they're so good. I would just like to be treated better than I have been treated concerning yesterday's tour. At this point, I felt ready to write this review. Depending upon their response, I am prepared to possibly update it with a more positive review.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Ana J wrote a review Aug 2021
Canton, Michigan17 contributions11 helpful votes
I was so impressed with this company I ended up booking 3 tours with them. I participated in the Garden District tour, St Louis 3 cemetery tour, and their ghost tour. All the tours had high quality guides and I felt like they really knew their stuff. I like the pricing model and felt like I got my money’s worth. I had a negative experience with a different company and was so glad to find Free Tours by Foot. The staff communicates well with you ahead of the tour. All 3 guides were passionate about the information they presented and made the tour enjoyable! The tours were very authentic. Avoid the rest of the tourist traps in town! I’ll definitely be looking for Free Tours by Foot in other cities I visit.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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zipty22 wrote a review Aug 2021
Maryland596 contributions136 helpful votes
Sandy was sweet, funny, considerate in that she kept us, about 20 people in the shade for the majority of the tour. She also managed to engage our 6 year old without losing the adults. You can tell she has a genuine love for the city.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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amosct wrote a review Aug 2021
Plano, Texas4 contributions1 helpful vote
We did multiple tours with this company during our trip, and they are fantastic! Our Garden District tour with Andrew Farrier was sublime! He and all the other guides are so knowledgeable and entertaining! Sandy Hester guided us on the French Quarter and Voodoo tours, and she was wonderful, too, especially on the voodoo tour. She displayed a marvelous knowledge of African history and culture that was so interesting! Watch the company’s YouTube videos like we did before our trip to get a feel for the guides’ historical knowledge and skill. Note that this company allows you to set your own price for the tour, and we paid each guide $30-$35 per person (so $60-$70) total, which they more than earned.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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