When you come to a city as steeped in history as New Orleans, there is absolutely no excuse for not indulging in its rich and vibrant history; unfortunately, like many a city of this size and background, you can find a lot of very tourist-y tours. You know the kind. This is absolutely the anathema to that. You will not find any sloppily-researched BS here; instead, the guide we had for our tours, George "Loki" Williams, was not only an absolute, upbeat delight of pure high energy, he is also a veritable encyclopedia of the city, hailing from one of the oldest families in town. The perspective of someone whose family history is this entwined with the city, alongside a complex and detailed knowledge that spans the particular and global made the tours actually fun AND enlightening.
Whether it's the history of rock and roll and everything associated, or a look at the darker aspects of the city's history, its spirits and ghosts, you will not be disappointed by a frankly amazing cornucopia of knowledge. I am a skeptical history buff who appreciates legends and occult lore and our guide expertly provided both, cleanly distinguishing the myth NOLA and the amazing lore of the fantastic that suffuses every inch of the city from the rich and vibrant history of the place.
Oh, have I mentioned that we also had a total blast during our tours?
Cerebral and fun at the same time, entertaining and enlightening, this tour was the best I've ever had. I sincerely wished tourguides in other cities I visited had at least half the knowledge, panache and Charisma.
Seriously, I can't picture a better tour.