Tremé Walking Tour
Tremé, The Cultural Heartbeat of New Orleans
French Quarter Phantoms, Tour Treme was Awarded National Geographic's GeoTourism Award for our support in sustaining and enhancing the unique geographic character of the region through our commitment to aesthetics, culture, environment, heritage, and the wellbeing of the regions’ residents.
Tour Treme' also Awarded Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence
Tremé (pronounced Tre-May) sits adjacent to the French Quarter and is the oldest African-American neighborhood in the United States. Tremé is a vibrant area steeped in music and culture. Come explore this iconic gem and revel in New Orleans Creole and Black history with its roots in Congo square and Storyville, the birthplace of such Jazz greats as Alphonse Picou and Trombone Shorty.
Tremé 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, Tremé is home to artists, musicians, and craftsmen and is a living, breathing, joyful piece of New Orleans history.
Walking Tour of Tremé
Our walking tour begins from The Voodoo Lounge, 718 N Rampart Street, then crosses over to Congo Square at Armstrong Park before venturing off the beaten path to see film locations from the HBO Tremé 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 Tremé
Hear the history of Mardi Gras Indian and Skull & Bone Gang traditions in the Tremé.
This is the ORIGINAL walking tour of the Tremé neighborhood!
Internet Special - Only $22.00!
Receive our two-for-one Hurricane Drink Special at the bar with your ticket!
“This tour is a must see to understand the significant history of New Orleans. As fairly frequent visitors to the city, this tour gave us a deeper understanding of the back story of Armstrong Park and the social and political forces that have impacted the neighborhood and the city. The walk through the park and neighborhood was well planned and our guide, Erin, a native and long-time NOLA resident, was extremely well prepared through her research, educational background, and her life experience. Erin was very attentive to her group's questions and needs, positioned herself and the group well at each stop, and spoke clearly and distinctly so that every word was heard and every question was addressed, all while keeping everyone's comfort and safety in mind. Erin further enriched the experience with photos, audio recordings, and links to additional information for those who wish to get deeper into the topics presented. We would highly recommend this tour and this guide. Because of this excellent experience, we signed on for the Garden District walking tour with Erin the next day, which was equally well done.”
-Mark B, posted on Tripadviser
We went on a Treme Tour guided by Phil and it was excellent! Learned so much about the rich history of the Treme. Phil is engaging, entertaining and respectful of the cultures he teaches about, all around a great experience! 100% recommend!”
-Jane Rubunya, posted on Facebook
My two friends and I signed up for the Treme walking tour with tour guide Erin, and we really enjoyed it and learned a lot of history. Erin's knowledge (& ability to remember all that information) was very impressive! The hurricanes were tasty, too! It was a hot day that turned stormy as we got near the Tomb of the Unknown Slave. Our guide directed us to stand under a house's awning to try to stay dry while she continued talking. Fortunately, I'd packed some rain ponchos, but the other people in our tour group didn't and got wet as we moved on. It would've been wonderful if the tour guide had been given rain ponchos to distribute in case of rain. This was a very informative and moving tour. I recommend it to anyone interested in the history of Treme and NOLA in general.”
-Alex H, posted on Tripadviser
Who knew ! This was a great tour ! Not only learn about the Tremé neighborhood, but also the history of New Orleans, of Jazz, the birth of Rock N Roll, and the Civil Rights movement. For anyone interested in history, and any of these topics, this is a must take tour. Our tour guide Robin is not only a native of NOLA, but also the Tremé neighborhood. She was an excellent guide - funny, insightful, and educational. Highly recommend.
- Alan H - Texas
Our guide was tremendous. Smart, well-informed, funny, moved at a great pace and was happy to answer all of our questions (which were many!) I was hesitant to use French Quarter Phantoms as I would never do a tour based on ghosts, phantoms or vampires. I assumed that French Quarter Phantoms was a hokey, tourist-oriented company. But they offered a Treme tour so I called and spoke to them and became convinced that they offered a very high quality tour. Which they did.
I highly recommend touring with this company. The tour covered the birth of jazz and rock and roll, the history of Storyville (that was once located in the Treme district), the placage system, differences in the slave system in New Orleans from the rest of the US, urban renewal and it's effects on Treme and many other topics. This was a highly informative tour by someone who was entertaining but very grounded in historical knowledge. The two hour private tour cost for our party of 4 was $150 (plus tip) and was absolutely worth it.
I did the Tremé walking tour 2 days ago. There were about 10 people in our group, and Sam was our tour guide, The tour was truly one of the highlights of my trip to NOLA. Sam is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the Tremé neighborhood. He is very articulate and educated on the issues that face residents of the area, both presently and historically. He didn't shy away from speaking frankly about NOLA's history of slavery, but he always found a way to balance the negative facts with some positivity. If you want to learn some fascinating historical facts, and challenge any preconceived ideas you may have about NOLA's African American community, I highly, highly recommend this tour.
- Andy S - Toronto, Canada
Our tour guide was Justin. He was amazingly knowledgeable about so much of Tremé's history. Our tour took about 2 hours in which we learned about New Orleans Jazz, Tremé's history through current and touched on some knowledge about the city of New Orleans. All in all it was an amazing experience that I definitely recommend. We took the tour at 10am on Saturday and it was top notch!
- Liana - Glendale Arizona
Excellent guide, Nola, from the company French Quarter Phantoms Ghost Tours took us round the Tremé area in New Orleans and told us about the history of the town, music history, colonial history, slave history, and the disaster Katrina. The walk took about two hours and worth every penny:)
- AnJorg - Sweden
Tour Tremé is offered by French Quarter Phantoms Tours at the Voodoo Lounge on Rampart Street. It is a must for history buffs. Our tour guide "Miss Blaise" was a very knowledgeable and articulate young lady. The two-hour walking tour offers a perspective on new Orleans history that most visitors never imagined. I recommend asking for Blaise if you book the tour. Sunday morning at 10:00 AM tour is a good time as there are fewer individuals on the tour.
- Dennis - Tavares, Florida
My husband took this Treme Walking Tour with (French Quarter Phantoms Tours - Rampart Street) whilst we were in New O as he had loved watching Treme the TV Series so he really wanted to see the area and he was really impressed. Justin was his tour guide and his knowledge of the whole area was second to none. He took the early morning 10am tour so the heat wasn’t too harsh to start off with. Justin gave so much information about the Jazz in New Orleans and other places not to miss whilst we were visiting this great city. He would have no hesitation in recommending them.