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Soul of Nola

New Orleans, LA, USA
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About Soul of Nola
Experience New Orleans from the inside! Private guided excursions, cultural outings, musical experiences, cuisine & other unique jaunts. Created to your specifications and to meet your interests. All outings are private. We also make special arrangements- meet the culture bearers, musicians & chefs, that make New Orleans so special. We create custom itineraries for independent travelers.
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Soul of NOLA will take you on a walking tour of the French Quarter/ Vieux Carré, and just inside the adjacent Treme neighborhood. These neighborhoods were originally settled by Creoles and Free People of Color, they are some of our oldest and are steeped in vibrant cultural history. We will bring this fascinating past to life by sharing the stories of the people that walked these streets & made its colorful history. We'll discuss the varied architecture, and the significance of the French Quarter’s location. In the Treme we’ll talk about music and how New Orleans became the birthplace of jazz. Wear your walking shoes! Walking is the best way to explore the French Quarter. Tailored to your tastes, as are all our excursions.

We’ll be walking up to 2 miles, breaks as needed. Let us know if we need to adjust, we’re flexible!
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from $250.00
We begin in the French Quarter, the most emblematic New Orleans neighborhood. We'll discuss geography, architecture and the folks that made our fabled city in the swamp. Next we’ll head upriver in a mini van to the Garden District. As we proceed through the oak-lined streets we will take in the grandeur of historic mansions and gardens and discuss the political landscape that gave birth to the Garden District. Lafayette Cemetery, the most beautiful of New Orleans’ above ground “cities of the dead”, is nestled right in this charming neighborhood. Provided the cemetery is open, we go will through the special atmosphere of the cemetery, we will discuss the unique burial traditions of the Crescent City. We'll have transportation, but some walking, in areas like the Jackson Square & the cemetery, is ideal. This excursion features the highlights of the French Quarter and uptown neighborhoods.
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from $450.00
Our most popular 3 hour driving tour is an overview of New Orleans, traveling in the comfort of our luxurious Honda Odyssey minivan. We'll start in the French Quarter, where the city’s colorful history began. We’ll continue to the Marigny and the Bywater, two charming downriver neighborhoods, and get a sense of their changing history through the centuries and in the 14 years since Hurricane Katrina. We’ll proceed up mansion-lined Esplanade Avenue towards Bayou St. John and to City Park, one of our nation’s oldest urban parks and home to the world’s largest stand of mature live oak trees. We will continue upriver along iconic St. Charles Avenue through the University area into the fabled Garden District. Approaching Canal Street, we’ll pass through the Warehouse Arts District, by the World War II Museum and the Central Business District. A condensed presentation, this tour is great for hot summer months, (we’re in air conditioning the whole time!) or for visitors short on time.
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from $400.00
We begin in the picturesque French Quarter. We'll discuss geography, architecture and the folks that made this fabled city in the swamp. Next we’ll head downriver to the Marigny & Bywater neighborhoods - dubbed the “hippest” parts of the city, this area is currently experiencing a cultural renaissance. We’ll proceed along Esplanade Ridge, lined with historic homes, toward Bayou St. John & City Park. Inside the park we’ll take time to stroll amongst the majestic live oaks and sample some beignets & café au lait. These are the best beignets in the city - trust us!

We'll have transportation, but some walking, in areas like the Jackson Square & City Park is ideal. This excursion, features the highlights of the French Quarter and downriver neighborhoods.
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from $450.00
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is so much more to New Orleans than Bourbon St! Cassandra was able to show me and my daughter the true culture and history of the Big Easy. I have a new appreciation and understanding of New Orleans that I never would have had,...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank BarbaraT1860
Reviewed August 5, 2019

Cassandra lead our group of work colleagues on an unforgettable culinary adventure in the historic French Quarters. She did an excellent job of accommodating our dietary needs while offering a detailed look into the culinary and local history of the area. Her tour was one...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Peter D
Reviewed July 7, 2019 via mobile

My husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary with our first trip to New Orleans. Cassandra met us at Cafe Beignet where we started our 3+ hour tour. She was very knowledgeable and started our tour with background information on the history, culture and...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank dianated
Reviewed June 8, 2019

She understands the heartbeat of New Orleans. Katrina, plantations, culinary, history. SHE LOVES MAPS. Easy conversation, extremely knowledgeable. I LOVED our time with her.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank NOLAagain
Reviewed May 10, 2019

Simply an outstanding tour! Cassandra's tour and recommendations were fantastic! If your booking a tour you need to call Soul of NOLA!!

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank richcappy
Reviewed May 9, 2019

We had two great days with Cassandra. She knows and loves this town. We discussed cultural norms. history, music, food, alligators... She is fun and easy to spend time with.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed March 27, 2019 via mobile

My husband and I travel all over the world and had never been to New Orleans before. We spent a whole day walking with Cassandra and learned so much about the city, history, Katrina, the topography, culture, music and general pulse of the area. We...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank robertjb2016
Reviewed February 13, 2019

Cassandra did a fantastic job sharing her fine city with a group of first-timers. Her restaurant recommendations were amazing. Will find her again!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Beth G
Reviewed February 9, 2019

Cassandra's grasp on history and how it all plays out on the modern stage makes the city sparkle. She pointed things out we surely would have missed and every one of her recommendations was SPOT ON! I totally agree with all the other glowing reports...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank AmyMermaid
Reviewed February 3, 2019

Our group of five seasoned travelers just spent an amazing day in New Orleans with Cassandra. She is absolutely world class! Of course she has all the basics done right: comfortable vehicle, clear, well spoken delivery and a flexible itinerary to match the needs and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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