Family Days Out were lucky enough to take a tour with Island of Algiers Tours in New Orleans, and we couldn't recommend them enough!
Island of Algiers Tours specialise in showing you the best of New Orleans, and really give you an insight into the history and culture of this amazing city.
Currently they offer four different tours, but they are always looking to add more.
The most popular tour is the one we personally did, which is a combination of the Historic Voodoo Museum, and a tour of the very famous (and beautiful!) St Louis Cemetery No 1. It's worth noting that the cemetery is only accessible now via a reputable tour company, so this is a great option if you want to wander around this iconic landmark.
Our tour guide, Nate, was by far one of the most colorful characters we have ever met! He was charming, witty, knowledgable, and charismatic, and really made the tour special.
You begin in the Voodoo Museum, where you can learn about the history of voodoo, including it's relationship with West Africa. You can see artifacts including the kneeling bench of Marie Laveau herself, as well as a number of other voodoo related items, from shrines to voodoo dolls. It's worth noting that there are some items within the museum that small children might not like, such as human skulls and alligator heads.
However, it's a fascinating museum and with a tour guide you get a deeper sense of the rich history and culture within the city.
The tour then takes you to the cemetery on foot, taking you past locations such as the site of Marie Laveau's former home. The cemetery itself is everything you would expect. It's beautiful, and impressive, and your guide will take you around some notable grave sites, including Marie Laveau herself. Kids, if you don't know who Marie Laveau is just yet, you certainly will after you have left!
Also offered by Island of Algiers Tours is the History of Algiers tour, where you can learn all of New Orlean's best kept secrets, as well as the Gumbo tour, taking you around to "taste" the city, either for 3 hours or 5 hours, depending on what your schedule is like!
Then you have the African History Tour, taking you through Treme - the oldest African American neighbourhood in the USA. An invaluable insight into this amazing part of the nations culture and history.
So what are you waiting for? Take a tour with Island of Algiers Tours and see New Orleans like you have never seen it before!
AhHighly recommended tour company from Family Days Out.