French Quarter Literary Walking Tour

Pirate Alley

Pirate Alley, home of William Faulkner

Pontalba Apartments

Pontalba Apartments

Cost: $ 400.  PRIVATE TOUR

2-28 people, 2 &1/2 hours

This tour is only available as a private tour for any size group. Maximum 28 people ger guide.

Literary History Walking Tour in New Orleans


New Orleans is known around the world for its signature food, its resilient spirit and, of course, its rich history, a history that has been impacted by many famous authors. Currently, the state of Louisiana boasts seven Literary Landmarks, all of which are located in New Orleans. Only two other cities in the country can boast as many Literary Landmarks: New York, New York, and Key West, Florida. To highlight our rich literary history, Tours by Isabelle now offers an exclusive Literary History French Quarter Walking Tour, which includes all seven of these historic landmarks.

Led by local historians and writers, this two and a half hour tour is available by special request only. Beginning and ending in the famous Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone, one of only three Literary Landmarks in the country that is a hotel, the tour divulges the literary history of the hotel and its famous literary patrons including Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway, among others. You will learn about the lives of Truman Capote, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, and Kate Chopin, all of whom resided in the French Quarter--but only one of whom was born in New Orleans!

The tour meanders through the French Quarter, connecting the rich literary culture of New Orleans with historic landmarks and residences. Highlights on the walking tour include Exchange Alley, the Pontalba Apartments, Madame John’s Legacy, the Old Ursuline Convent, the Beauregard-Keyes House, the Lalaurie Mansion, and the homes of William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams.

This tour is a wonderful opportunity to gain a better understanding of the French Quarter's rich history as it relates to various authors who are icons of the modern literary world.

Our professionnal Tour Guides are native Orleanians and many are long-time residents of the French Quarter.

Literary History Walking Tour in New Orleans