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DISCOVERING THE DARK SIDE OF NEW ORLEANS

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DISCOVERING THE DARK SIDE OF NEW ORLEANS

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JONATHAN WEISS TOURS

People often ask “How did you get into being a tour guide?”  A reasonable question, and one simply answered with the words “I was a very spooky child…”  It’s not that I meant to be, but I certainly was the little boy who would skip Sunday school to hang out behind the church in the old cemetery.  There were graves from the earliest days of the area’s colonisation – women from the 1830’s who were buried with their children with whom they’d died trying to give birth.  Cowboys who’d spent their lives trying to make a fortune out of the land.  Soldiers who’d fought for the losing side of a horrific war.  They were my ancestors.  And I always wanted to speak for them, and tell their stories.  That’s why I do what I do.  And the stories I tell are of real people, and real events, and they’re the things that made New Orleans what it is.

Welcome to the old city. Welcome to my home.

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JONATHAN WEISS TOURS

NEW ORLEANS TOURS

People often ask “How did you get into being a tour guide?”  A reasonable question, and one simply answered with the words “I was a very spooky child…”  It’s not that I meant to be, but I certainly was the little boy who would skip Sunday school to hang out behind the church in the old cemetery.  There were graves from the earliest days of the area’s colonisation – women from the 1830’s who were buried with their children with whom they’d died trying to give birth.  Cowboys who’d spent their lives trying to make a fortune out of the land.  Soldiers who’d fought for the losing side of a horrific war.  They were my ancestors.  And I always wanted to speak for them, and tell their stories.  That’s why I do what I do.  And the stories I tell are of real people, and real events, and they’re the things that made New Orleans what it is.

Welcome to the old city. Welcome to my home.

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Skulls

DARK HISTORY TOUR

This is our most popular tour - a walk through the streets of the Old French Quarter, hearing the history of our city through the stories of its restless dead, it's old legends, it's great disasters, and unsolved murders. The stories are those that define our city and it's people and most unsettling, it all Really happened!

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New Orleans

GHOST TOUR

New Orleans is infamous for it's ghostly legends, but the reality is often much more intense than people suspect. From the unquiet dead who haunt it's alleys, to the restless reminders of unrequited love, the stories you hear aren't just "stories" - they're the history of this city and it's people, and most disturbing of all, they were once like you...

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Vampire Tour

VAMPIRE TOUR

This tour explores in depth the legends of Vampires in the city's streets. These stories, often told word of mouth by the oldest families predate the novels written in and of the city. Indeed, they could even predate the founding of the city. No sparkling vampires here, instead stories of vampire blood-killings, mysterious sightings, strange disappearances, and the old legends of the vampires, a fear that may be one of the oldest held by mankind. For good reason? You decide...

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Bat in front of the Moon

VAMPIRE VIP TOUR

Now available to Adults 21+ on Saturdays, the VIP tour begins at 9:15pm with the very best Vampire Tour in the Quarter, and is followed by VIP admittance to a secret speakeasy. Hear stories not told on the Vampire tour, secrets known by no other guide, strange encouters, and the distillation of decades of research. It includes cover charge, and one drink - Vampire wine, perhaps? - an extra hour of post-tour discussion with your guide, Plus the password to obtain re-admittance for the rest of the night! The most Unique experience in the Quarter! Order while you can!(includes Vampire Tour)21 and up, only.

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COCKTALES TOUR

Cocktales! Come join us for an evening of potent potables and hair-raising tales as we indulge our way through the capital of civilized drinking. Our lively local tour guides will walk you through best of the city that care forgot, all the way sharing with you the cocktails and concoctions that make New Orleans the most memorable place you may not remember. Hear the stories of governors and gangsters as you sit in the same stools they once occupied, and learn the truth behind the big easy’s love affair with booze. Sample classics like the Sazarac, Ramos Gin Fizz, and view New Orleans the way it is seen best – through the bottom of your freshly emptied glass! Must be 21 or older.

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WOMEN OF NOLA TOUR

Not all the great folks from our past were old white guys! In the stunningly diverse Crescent City we have quite of roll call of women that influenced us. New Orleans has a remarkable gallery of women that shone in every walk of life – from religious to social to the arts to political, and of course, there are even some naughty girls in there as well! We meet the grande dames of New Orleans past in a moving and inspiring way that few other historians and tours mention.

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CEMETERY TOUR

Our city is famous for our cemeteries, commonly called “cities of the dead.” Join us on a fascinating tour of the oldest of our cemeteries, St.Louis #1, led by one of our city’s longest licensed guides. Let us explain all the facets of our burial practices, see the tombs of the famous and infamous, learn their stories, and secrets, and why we celebrate death in the City That Care Forgot!

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FRENCH QUARTER HISTORY TOUR

Our French Quarter History Tour doesn’t talk AT you, we walk you through the amazing kaleidoscope of the Crescent City’s past and present. With wit and insight our tour appeals to those that want to look at the saints and sinners, triumphs and demons of our city with an historically critical eye, and at the same time, have some fun. Bring your questions and your stories as well, we have over a half century of experience among our guides to give you the highest quality experience.

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Wrought Iron Fence

PRIVATE TOUR

For an unparalleled adventure through New Orleans’ Historic French Quarter, book a private tour for parties of 10 or more. Jonathan will lead your group on a private walking tour of your choice. Most of our customers prefer a Ghost Tour or Vampire Tour, but those can be customised to include a little of each, French Quarter History Tours, Cocktail Tours, and more. Breaks can be added at the discretion of the customer, and all along the way the stories of our mysterious and often malevolent past! Over the course of 2 hours he will tell stories that are sure to shock, all deeply rooted in New Orleans’ dark past.

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