Free New Orleans Self-Guided Walking Tours with maps
Free Walking Tours
Free St Louis Cemetery Walking Tour
Free St Louis Cemetery Walking Tour

We think our free “Pay what you feel” walking tours offer a great way to learn about New Orleans unique history for a price everyone can afford. But we understand that not everyone can join us for our excellent free “pay what you feel like” walking tours. With this in mind, we have created the following self guided versions of our tours that you can take at your own pace anytime you’d like. Scroll down and read about each of these tours, if you see one you’d like to do click on the button and you’ll be taken to the page. These guides will give you a great way to see some of New Orleans most important neighborhoods, which include the French Quarter, the Garden District and our cemeteries. These New Orleans self-guided walking tours can also serve as companion to our free guided walking tours. Each one includes written directions and a custom Google Map which you can use to follow along.

What is The Garden District Known For?
What is The Garden District Known For?

Free Self Guided French Quarter Tour

Immerse yourself in 300 years of history in the heart of New Orleans. The French Quarter is a place of constant change, settled by the French, ruled by the Spanish, occupied by the Americans, and the second-largest port of entry for Italian immigrants in the 19th century. In the 20th century, it became a haven for artists, musicians, and bohemians. Then one of the hottest tourist destinations in the world. Often looking down on for being so “touristy” The French Quarter might be the oldest neighborhood in the United States. It has been continually occupied since the cities founding in 1718 and it features countless surviving examples of intact 19th century architecture. After your self-guided walking tour of the New Orleans French Quarter, it will become apparent why New Orleans is Americas’ Most Interesting City.

Free French Quarter Tour Royal Street

Buskers play on Royal Street in the French Quarter.

What is The Garden District Known For?
What is The Garden District Known For?

Free Self-Guided Garden District Walking Tour with Map

The Garden District is where wealthy Americans settled in the mid-19th century. It has a large collection of surviving well preserved 19th century antebellum mansions. Today it is home to celebrities and wealthy globetrotters. This unique part of the city is made easily accessible from the French Quarter by use of the famous St. Charles Street Car as well as an array of other services. A stroll through The Garden District is a must for everyone and anyone who visits New Orleans. Explore the Garden District at your own pace with a New Orleans walking tour map from Nola Tour Guy.

Free Garden District Tour
What is The Garden District Known For?
What is The Garden District Known For?

Free Self Guided Cemetery Tour with Map

Mark Twain famously referred to New Orleans cemeteries as “cities of the dead” and they are a must see for anyone visiting New Orleans. By exploring a “city of the dead”, we can actually learn a lot about how people in the past lived, and perhaps even gain clues on how we should live today. New Orleanians are traditionally buried above ground in unique tombs that draw on all sorts of influences. Use our walking map of New Orleans to discover the cemeteries that are currently open to the public; then, you can explore them on foot and at your own pace.

Guide to Bayou St John
Guide to Bayou St John
What is The Garden District Known For?
What is The Garden District Known For?

Self Guided Driving Tour/Day Trips/Swamp Tours with Maps

Southern Louisiana has much more to offer then just New Orleans: Swamps and Bayous, Plantation tours, sleepy towns and awesome scenery. Do yourself a favor and spend at-least a day getting out of town and exploring. Pro tip: Renting a car for a day costs around $30 a day while most swamp tours cost $60 a person. So, rent a car and take our self-guided driving tour with you!

Best Walks New Orleans

Barataria Preserve in Marrero, LA.

Free French Quarter Walking Tours

Our guide to Planning your Trip to New Orleans

Let us help you plan your trip to New Orleans. We are experts of all things New Orleans and we’ve been putting our knowledge together into a guide. This guide is a collection of articles that can act as a free trip planning guide giving you an idea of some of the best things to do, tours that are worth your time and money, places to see and where to eat. So check out our free trip planning guide.

What we are about:

Nola Tour Guy is a collective of passionate guides, both men and women, who are experts in the history of New Orleans. Our goals are to give tours that are intellectually stimulating, historically accurate and FUN. We only offer walking tours because we believe that walking is the best way to see a city and learn about it and at a price everyone can afford. Nola Tour Guy offers no novelty tours only the real history brought to life by our passionate guides. Join us during a group tour or on a New Orleans self-guided walking tour. You won’t be disappointed.

What is the Garden District Know For?
Eric took us on a walk around the French Quarter and discussed more than the usual main sights. He gave us an insider’s feel for what it’s like to live in Nola, plus environmental insights. He never talked down to the crowd but instead elevated the usual tour guide info. I would have given this five stars, but he was so efficient our tour lasted only a little over an hour.
Shelly Cox
Shelly Cox
2022-11-27
Carlos Martinez Toro
Carlos Martinez Toro
2022-11-24
Very interesting tour
Lucy Guilfoyle
Lucy Guilfoyle
2022-11-22
I highly recommend taking this tour. Eric was great! Knowledgable, friendly and genuine, which is something I appreciated a lot, telling you things as they are. Not a commercial tour but a truly local one. And being part of a small group of 7 people is really enjoyable too. The tour took about 1h30 and it was full of insights. I took it towards the end of my trip so it helped me to fill the rest of my days with interesting activities, I wouldn't have known of otherwise.
Aline Noizet
Aline Noizet
2022-11-22
So thorough, excellent, educational, and, at appropriate times, quite humorous.
Fred Marks
Fred Marks
2022-11-19
Very informative.
Claire Saint Cyr
Claire Saint Cyr
2022-11-16
We went on an excellent tour of the Garden District with David. David was knowledgeable, passionate, and very engaging. Loved learning about the interesting history of the district, architecture of the buildings, the veritable cast of rich eccentrics and how this all ties to New Orleans’ own unique history. I was hoping for a tour that was as entertaining as it was educational and this absolutely hit the mark! Would 100% recommend!
Anusha Chatterjee
Anusha Chatterjee
2022-11-13
Great tour! Very interesting and knowledgeable1
Ann Kastelen
Ann Kastelen
2022-11-10
We had a super time with David. Very knowledgeable and nice! He has an academic background in history and I liked how he told us the history, but also helped you think about different aspects of the same facts from diverse points of view. He also shared good tips for food and other places to visit. I would really recommend him for the French Quarter tour and also other ones.
Anna Bordon
Anna Bordon
2022-11-06
David was great! Very enthusiastic about New Orleans history and full of interesting facts. He also answered all of our questions and gave great recommendations on where to eat and other places to explore. Also love that you can pay him at the end based on how much you liked the tour. Highly recommend! New Orleans has so much interesting history.
Minna Wang
Minna Wang
2022-11-05