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Down in New Orleans: Tour NOLA Like Tiana

Have you ever wanted to see New Orleans like Princess Tiana? Visiting all of the famous locations from the movie like the Garden District, St. Louis Cathedral, Treme, and even one of the St. Louis Cemeteries! If you’re looking to make the most of your time while visiting the Big Easy, look no further!

 

Cajun Encounters offers an array of tours in the New Orleans area including city bus tours, walking tours, swamp tours, and plantation tours. No matter what part of New Orleans culture is on your bucket list, Cajun Encounters has got you covered!


I had the chance to take a city bus tour in the morning and after all of the sights we saw around the city that day, I was ready to watch Princess and the Frog all over again! Being a Louisiana native who lives only about an hour away from the city, it was great to get a chance to learn more about this major part of our state.

We were picked up for our tour on Decatur Street, which is right in the heart of the French Quarter. I thought this was a perfect pick up location because, after being given the tip to arrive early, I was able to explore in the nearby French Market while waiting for the bus to arrive! Before beginning our tour, the bus made its rounds to the nearby hotels to pick up other tourists who booked tours as well. I found this to be a major plus for out of town guests looking for something to do in the city without  having to travel very far away from their hotel!

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As the tour began we passed through the French Quarter, learning about famous NOLA locations like Jackson Square, Cafe Du Monde, and the French Market. The tour continued down Frenchman Street, a neighborhood of New Orleans know for it’s popular live-music venues such as Snug Harbor and the Spotted Cat. You’ll pass Treme and learn about the colorful shotgun houses that line the streets similar to one that Tiana grew up in. Our tour guide was great about providing the humor, fun facts, and southern charm all along the way to our first destination!

Our first stop on the tour was the St. Louis Cemetery. We got a chance to walk around the cemetery and learn a little bit more about this unique burial arrangement that isn’t exactly possible in other parts of the country!

While I didn’t think I would enjoy this part of the tour, I surprisingly found it very fascinating! After a little exploring we hopped back on the bus and headed to to our next stop.

I was born ready for our next stop! We were headed Morning Call, a famous cafe in New Orleans! Here’s your chance to try those delicious beignets you’ve been eying up while watching the Princess and the Frog. As a part of your morning tour, an order of beignets and a drink per person is included!

Your tour guide will supply you with a token before entering the cafe and your server will know what to do from there. Morning Call is open 24 hours a day and has a constant flow of daily visitors, so if you have the opportunity to tip your server be sure to do it! The hard working staff will truly appreciate it.

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After about 30 minutes at one of my favorite spots in NOLA, you’re back on the bus to finish the rest of your tour. While on the city bus tour you’ll pass the beautiful Garden District mansions like one where Charlotte lived in the movie . You may see beads hanging from trees and power lines as the tour cruises down St. Charles Avenue as one of the many Mardi Gras parade routes in the city!

Once the tour has ended, your guide will drop you off at whichever destination you came from, but if you’re still looking to explore the city ask to be dropped off near Jackson Square! We got off the bus here and took some time to visit the St. Louis Cathedral, where Naveen and Tiana got married, and the beautiful surrounding areas of the French Quarter! Although our tour had ended, we were able to take our newfound NOLA knowledge and run with it around the city!

A city bus tour is a great way to see New Orleans in any weather condition! When you’re planning a trip in advance, you can always count on South Louisiana’s unpredictable weather. Before going on our tour, we were prepared for the Louisiana heat, but instead it ended up being a humid and rainy day. As we loaded the city bus, we were so glad that we were able to see so much of the city without worrying about the outside elements!

Booking a tour with Cajun Encounters is a must do if you’re visiting NOLA! Whether it’s a swamp tour, a plantation tour, or a city bus tour, you’re going to have a great time down in New Orleans. Scheduling your tour is easy and can be done right on their website. This is also a great place to learn more about each of their tour options!

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After taking this initial tour of the Big Easy, I’m definitely down for another NOLA day sometime soon. Next time I wouldn’t mind grabbing some great seafood while I’m down there!

Which Princess and the Frog scene in New Orleans would you like to visit someday?

 

 

  • What a fun trip! I’ve never been to NOLA but it sounds and looks beautiful!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Thank you!

  • Ruthie Ridley

    I will def be Booking a tour with Cajun Encounters when we visit NOLA!!! Looks amazing!!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Yay! You’ll have a great time!

  • I have no idea how it’s possible that I have yet to see that movie. However, New Orleans is tied for my favorite US city. I love the vibe, the people, and the FOOD! It’s everything I can dream of and I love going down for festival season.

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Oh you’ve got to see the movie! It’s really great!

  • I’ve always wanted to visit New Orleans and this definitely just convinced me even more that it belongs on my bucket list! When I eventually make it down there, I’ll be referring back to your tips for sure.
    -Emily
    http://honeybeejoyous.com

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Good to hear! Thank you!!

  • Oooh, I would love to see New Orleans soon! Your trip looked like so much fun. I’m saving this post to include in my next monday or friday link post. Hope that’s okay with you
    x, Juliet

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Yes! I would love if you would! Thank you for thinking of me!

  • I have heard such great things about this city!! It’s on my must visit list

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Yes! You’ve got to visit the Big Easy!

  • It looks like you had so much fun! The only thing I haven’t done yet is go on a cemetery tour!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      You’ve got to do the cemetery tour! Getting to walk around them and also hear more about the idea behind it is really something!

  • the sophia diaries

    Omg it’s so cute how tiana made appearances in the photos 😉 and I loved exploring new orleans!!!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Thank you! I thought she was a great touch as well!

  • I miss NOLA so much. I’m dying to visit again.

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      You’ve got to plan a trip then! haha

  • I love NOLA! It’s been years since I’ve visited, time to plan a trip back!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      I love NOLA too!

  • Carly

    It sounds like you had an amazing time! I’ve always wanted to visit NOLA!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Yes! You should visit someday!

  • The cemeteries were my favorite! I loved NOLA and can’t wait to go back.

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Yes! The cemeteries were SO COOL!

  • We were just in NOLA in April and it was amazing! Looks like you had a great trip!
    xo Jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Awe fun! It must have been pretty in April!

  • Le

    After watching Girls Trip, and reading this, visiting NOLA is really on my list to visit next year.

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      I need to see that movie, it looks hilarious!

  • Love the pictures- and that beignet *gasp*! My husband has visited, and now I really want to go! Thanks for the post, and for the follow on Twitter. I look forward to catching up on your posts!

    Arielle- littledismaid.com

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Yay! so glad you enjoyed this post! 🙂

  • Southern & Style

    My husband and I have have New Orleans on our travel bucket list, hopefully we’ll make it next summer!

    xoxo, SS
    Southern and Style

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      I hope y’all make it over here!

  • This tour sounds/looks amazing! Nola is def on my travel bucket list. It seems like a city full of history and culture…I hope to see it myself one day!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Yes! Make the time to go someday! The food is amazing!

  • UGH I want to go to New Orleans so badly! And you’ve made me start looking at flights again! haha

    Tori || Victori Media
    https://www.victorimedia.com

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Haha! That’s awesome! The sights are beautiful so that’s understandable!

  • I would love to go to NOLA! That’s definitely on my bucket list!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Yes! There’s stuff going on year round so it’s always a great time to go!

  • Thank you for this post, I’m currently planning my first trip to New Orleans and found a lot of information here xx

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Yay! I’m so glad!

  • I’ve never been to New Orleans, but I might have to check out some of these spots since I like the Princess & The Frog movie!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Yes! It’s really cool to take this tour and then watch the movie afterwards! You realize all of the research that Disney did to make the film authentic!

  • I’ve been dying to go to New Orleans and these pictures have really shown me why! Those beignets look so delicious and the scenery is so charming1 Really hoping I can make a trip in the spring!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Yes! You’ve got to go! If not for the beignets alone, so good!

  • I love the idea of a Disney Princess themed trip to NOLA! It looks like you had so much fun! xo Rach | http://www.rkcsouthern.com

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      It really was so fun! I loved learning more about a city I love!

  • Macarena Ferreira

    This is the cutest thing ever!!!! i am dying to visit NOLA!

    xo // http://www.thematerialgirl.co

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Awe thanks! You’ll have to make a trip there sometime!

  • These pictures are gorgeous! I’m dying to get to NOLA!

    Kristin
    The Blush Blonde

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Thank you! You’ll have to go sometime!