Treme Walking Tour
Treme', The Cultural Heartbeat of New Orleans.
Awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence 2011 & 2012
Treme' (pronounced Tre-May) sits adjacent to the French Quarter and is the oldest African-American neighborhood in the United States. Treme' is a vibrant area steeped in music and culture. Come explore this iconic gem and revel in New Orleans Jazz history with its roots in Congo square and Storyville, the birthplace of such Jazz greats as Alphonse Picou and Trombone shorty.
Treme' was originally settled by Free People of Color; often referred to as Creoles, whose unique experience helped shape the civil rights movement. It is the hallmark of African-American history not to be missed. Today, Treme' is home to artists, musicians, and craftsmen and is a living, breathing, joyful piece of New Orleans history.
Walking Tour of Treme' with Emily
Our walking tour begins at the most important laundromat in Rock and Roll history before venturing off the beaten path to see film locations from the HBO Treme' series. Our sightseeing tour extraodinarre includes architecture, music history, Mardi Gras Indian history, and a trip to the Tomb of the Unknown Slave to discuss the history of slavery in New Orleans.
Mardi Gras in the Treme'
Hear the history of Mardi Gras Indian and Skull & Bone Gang traditions in the Treme'.
This is the ORIGINAL walking tour of the Treme' neighborhood!
Internet Special - Only $18.00!
When: May 1st through October 31st – 10:00 AM
November 1st through April 30th – 1:00PM
Tour Length: 2 hours
Where: Tour begins from Grand Pre's, 834 N. Rampart Street
(top of the French Quarter, near Dumaine & North Rampart Streets).)
Walking Distance: One mile
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Map / Directions
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Tour Treme Testimonials
“We went on the Tremé Tour with Sandy. The history is rich! She told us about the musical history and how Jazz music was born in the Tremé! I would definitely suggest you take this tour, as well - walking on foot around the Tremé opened my eyes to a way of life that I otherwise would not be able to fathom.”
Melissa M. Oxford, AL
“By far the best tour we’ve taken in New Orleans. We come to New Orleans every spring to visit our daughter and try to see something different each time. We have taken two walking tours of the French Quarter, a bus tour of the city, a couple of swamp tours, and a riverboat cruise. The tour of the Tremé neighborhood is by far the best of those experiences. In fact, I think this is the most interesting tour I have ever taken. To be honest, the interest of the tour is not so much the physical neighborhood, which has suffered over the years from neglect and Urban Renewal. The real fascination lies in the stories about that neighborhood and, in this, we were fortunate to have Sandy as our tour guide. She tells a terrific story! We learn about the experiences of slaves under both French and American rule, about free blacks negotiating within a slave society, about the origins of the civil rights movement, and—of course—about the musical roots of ragtime, jazz and rock and roll. Anyone wanting to learn about New Orleans history should take this tour.”
awill50 La Conner, WA
This tour was so interesting and full of history about New Orleans. Luke our tour guide was very funny and informative. You could tell he has a love for the city and that love was infectious. The tomb of the unknown slave was truly moving. - Lindsay C.
If you're looking for an authentic, historical and sociological tour of the Treme area (which does by no means rhyme with boring), you MUST choose this tour (and ask for Luke as a guide!). And if you are a music addict, then you have found the right person to listen and talk to, for besides being an entertaining guide, Luke has also degrees in musicology, and knows how to speak of NOLA as the birthplace of jazz... and rock'n'roll too! isabelle d. , port louis, guadeloupe
“Treme Tour Treme...ndous”
Sandy, our guide, knew her stuff. I was very happy with the tour and would strongly recommend it to anyone interested in the history of this great neighborhood. I can't say enough about Sandy. She was great.”
“Great tour, well worth the price. Tour guide was professional, knowledgeable and engaging...Very important to know this tour focuses on the Historical and Musical significance of the area to not only New Orleans, but also America as a whole. Some time is devoted to the currently popular television show, but isn't reality more interesting?...I have already recommended this tour to friends and will continue to do so.”
Bryan L. Morgan City, LA
"My family and I come to New Orleans for vacation almost every other year. We were so happy to see a walking tour of the Tremé area in response to the Tremé show on HBO! We absolutely loved it. I must be honest we were expecting to see lots of bar stops and second lines, however what we weren't expecting was finding neighborhood gems like the Backstreet Cultural Museum with examples of Mardi Gras Indian Costumes. Our tour guide was Sandy. She was very knowledgeable of the history and was welcomed by the passers by in the neighborhood. This is definitely a tour not to sleep on…If you’re checking out New Orleans take a break from Bourbon and see the real Tremé!”
“My family (2 adults and 2 teens) took the Tremé Tour with Sandy and it was one of the best things we did on our Xmas holiday. I thought that the kids would be bored but Sandy presented the history in such an entertaining and intriguing way that the kids came away wanting another tour with her. Recommended - you will feel time was well spent.”
Steve and Theresa Austin, TX
“Historically accurate, fun, spooky stories & the best guides in the French Quarter – what more could you ask for?”
~Beth Brownwell, New Orleans local for 23 years
“Your tour was the highlight of our New Orleans trip! Thank you, and we’ll be back!”
~Jacqueline King, Albany, New York
“I feel I can really rely on this company to provide our guests with charm, professionalism , knowledge & FUN! I highly recommend their tours.”
~Russell Murphy, Head Concierge, The Royal Sonesta Hotel