James, our carriage driver and knowledgeable guide, entertained us and educated us about the rich history of New Orleans, the French Quarter, and the many mysterious residents who still roam the streets and buildings of New Orleans. What a great evening experience!
Eileen, California, USA
We live in the New Orleans area but wanted to share a short tour of our city with visiting family. We had the pleasure of meeting Jamie, our carriage driver, and her mule, Elizabeth. Jamie shared interesting facts about the French Quarter and kept us entertained. Jamie is friendly and a great representative of our city. Elizabeth provided a safe and smooth ride through the streets of New Orleans. Wonderful tour!
New Orleans, USA
Aileen and her mule, Sandy, provided a group of Garden Club of America ladies with a superb overview of the French Quarter. She was informed and imparted her knowledge of history with fun anecdotes. We all heartily recommend her.
Bravo to Royal Carriages for employing such a fantastic tour guide with a passion for the city of New Orleans. Very enjoyable and would highly recommend Royal Carriages for the hour long tour.
Gale & Cindy R., Wisconsin, USA
Hello Royal Carriages: Now that I am back in the office after completing all of our spring tours, I can properly thank Royal Carriages for the excellent experience you provided for our guests back on May. All of the drivers were knowledgeable, fun and safe. Great way to start off our tour, whether people had been to New Orleans many times before or this was their first time. Please pass on my thanks to the drivers for helping make our New Orleans Tour a success!
Byron Cain, Managing Director of Heritage Tours in Dallas, Texas
My partner and I enjoyed a wonderful Royal Carriage hour-long tour of French Quarter and St. Louis Cemetery with Mark and Cayenne. As a historian myself, I was happy to see Mark reaching out to the tourists with subjects like real estate and housing and teaching a lot of New Orleans history, including of its many ethnic communities and its slave history, full of enthusiasm and obvious love for his native city. He's what most of my historian colleagues wish to be, someone who can reach audiences and share his knowledge and enthusiasm for his subject. Bravo, Mark and Cayenne! Perfect birthday treat for my other half.
Mark, Arizona, USA
Had a great half-hour tour of the French Quarter this afternoon. We went out about five o'clock and the weather was perfect. Our guide was Amy, and she shared a lot of great info about the history of the area. We've visited many times, but still learned a lot on the tour! Amy was down to earth, knowledgeable, and very fun to chat with. Gus the mule was a total sweetheart. Our year-old son enjoyed meeting him. This was our first carriage tour of the area, and when we do it again we'll look for Amy and the "ninja" mule Gus!
Nicole, California, USA
We had a good time on the History & Haunts Carriage Tour. It was a good way to see the nightlife, safely, without walking around. It's crazy how much history each building there has! The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and the mules were well taken care of. I liked that the tour guide mentioned the mule's schedule, for those who do care about animals.
South Dakota, USA
My husband and I went on the French Quarter and Marigny tour. We loved seeing everything at a slower pace so we could really take everything in and see it. This is a must-do while in the city.
Lori, Illinois, USA
You can tell that the mules at Royal Carriages are part of the team and treated with kindness and respect. Guests on the tour are invited to give the mule treats after the tour to let the mule know they did a good job.
Melissa, New York, USA
This is a fun tour for everyone. The adults love it because it's interesting and you get tidbits of history along the way. The kids love it because it's an adventure. They get to explore what's around every corner without having to walk at all. It's a much-needed break. The looks on the little faces were priceless. They carriage drivers know a lot about the city so if you have any questions make sure to ask them! They point out interesting places and tell interesting stories and facts along the way. And with all the walking you have been doing its an added bonus to sit down.
Bridget Ann Mattingly Malbrough of Houma, Louisiana - MiniTime.com
We thoroughly enjoyed the Royal Carriage tour of the French Quarter. Even though we had explored the area prior to our carriage tour, Emily spoke with passion and obviously enjoyed her job! The carriage was in good order and the mule, Bojo, was well looked after! Thank you Royal Carriages.
Bath, United Kingdom
As a treat for our mom's birthday, we arranged for a Private Carriage Tour for 14. Both carriages were clean, comfortable and very well lead by our tour guides. The friendly guides tailored their tour messages to our family, which included small children, adding fun ghost stories as well as historical detail for the older generation. We absolutely loved every minute - highly recommended as a fun family outing. Thank you, Royal Carriages!
Teri L, Texas, USA
I loved it because we were in the action of the French Quarter but we were able to hear and get a great perspective from our seats in the carriage. It helped that our driver was personable and full of interesting stories.
Lynn, Wisconsin, USA
Anyone coming to New Orleans NEEDS to do this tour! We did the History and Haunts Tour and even though I thought I knew a lot about NOLA, I learned so much, those details they don't print in the history books. Our tour guide Frank was SO knowledgeable and friendly, throwing in little-known tips and recommendations - you could tell he loves what he does, it really shows and it's infectious.
Jennifer J, USA
Every time we go to New Orleans, we have avoided the touristy carriage rides. My daughter begs to go on a carriage ride every time and we finally gave in during our last visit. The carriage ride takes you through the French Quarter while your carriage driver gives a little bit of history and points out architectural interests. We were all most interested in the history of the Great New Orleans Fire where the priests did not allow the church bells to be rung as fire alarms. The ride and the history lesson were both entertaining and just long enough.
Jennifer Close of Littleton, Colorado - MiniTime.com
Get out of the crowd and off your feet while taking in the French Quarter on a carriage ride. New Orleans offer many tours, but what sets the Royal Carriage tours apart is the small groups and the ability to relax while taking in the sights and history of the French Quarter. On the tour, you can cover a large area of the French Quarter, learn some of the interesting histories of the area, and get off of your feet and relax. The driver/guide is well-informed and with such a small group can answer individual questions. I especially enjoyed touring the French Quarter in a carriage by night. Lots of fun.
Joseph D, California, USA
I took my 10-year-old history-loving son to New Orleans. We took a carriage ride through this company. Amazing! Best carriage ride we have ever had in New Orleans. The driver shared so much interesting New Orleans history and my son hung on every word. He asked her a million questions throughout the tour. The tour was interesting to me as well and I learned a lot about New Orleans history, I didn't know. At one point, when we passed Pat O'Brian's, one of the waiters threw Mardi Gras beads to my son, which he thought was so cool. He had read a Magic Tree House book about John Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop and told me he wanted to see it when we when went to New Orleans. We actually stopped in front of it on our carriage ride, and the driver talked about it being a meeting place for Andrew Jackson, his pirate buddies, and other infamous characters. But through those meetings, Jackson gathered his army and later won the Battle of New Orleans. My son was beyond excited about this story! Definitely worth the money! This teacher/mom highly recommends it for families interested in seeing New Orleans by carriage and wanting to expose their children to New Orleans history.
ThatGirl1964, AL, USA
We loved this. Our driver, Thiebaud, regaled us with historic tales of Napoleon, Joan of Arc, Andrew Jackson, Tennessee Williams, Lee Harvey Oswald, and, of course, Richard Simmons. Why is it that the locals always bring up Richard Simmons? We also heard about the Great Fire, the Second Great Fire, the Big Hurricane, the Next Big Hurricane, and the flood. Seems that God has done his best to take down this city, but the locals aren't having any of that. Such a relaxing/educating/romantic way to see the French Quarter.
Chznone - TripAdvisor December 2016
We hired the carriage to drive that Father of the Bride and the Bride to the wedding venue. What an arrival! The guest were all taking photos. It was a nice way for the two of them to chill before the big event. The driver took them on a nice little tour of NOLA before the wedding. It was worth every dime. Thanks, Royal Carriages.
Tina J. of Maryland, USA
Loved the two carriage tours. For the teens the 30 minutes was perfect. A great way to learn about the city. The evening haunted tour was especially interesting and fun. The kids loved it. Even our hotel was haunted. Will definitely take another tour next time we are in town. Very knowledgeable drivers. Also reasonable rates.
Susan Z of TripAdvisor.com
Our driver Mark, and donkey, Jockamo were wonderful tour guides! Mark has a great sense of humor and is very knowledgeable about New Orleans history and culture. We opted for the French Quarter and Cemetery Tour which lasted an hour. You cannot gain access to St. Louis Cemetery Number One without a guide so it was definitely worth the extra money.
Jess B of TripAdvisor.com
KJ and Dr. John were a mighty and dynamic duo. You can't do better than this for touring the French Quarter. KJ is an incredible narrator and gives excellent advice about things to do in NOLA. This carriage ride was easily the highlight of my adult life. I am forever changed.
Michael C of TripAdvisor.com
My family & I sought out Royal Carriages based on Trip Advisor ratings, and it was a very good choice. Our tour guide Talletha took us as a walk-up reservation late on a Sunday morning in June, and we were able to get our tour after a half-hour tour she was just starting. We booked the French Quarter plus St. Louis Cemetery #1 tour to extend our time, and we thoroughly enjoyed both parts of the tour. Our mule Queenie was well-behaved and she responded well to her driver throughout the tour. Talletha was very knowledgeable of New Orleans history and current events/attractions, and she was eager to field questions & made suggestions for us to follow after our carriage tour. She was especially entertaining during our cemetery stop. Overall, this was an excellent New Orleans tour & well worth the price. We would recommend Royal Carriages for anyone wanting to learn more about the city in a comfortable & relaxing way.
JMCSTL of Saint Louis, Missouri via TripAdvisor.com
We had the pleasure of riding with Charlotte and of course Moon. Charlotte was informative, funny and capable of leading a mule and entertaining her guest. The rich history of New Orleans is fascinating, to begin with, but she added such great stories. I would definitely do it again. Thank you!
Ruby Jo of Seattle, Washington - TripAdvisor.com
Mark and Jockamo provided a fun and educational experience. Mark pointed out lots of little details in the architecture that I never even noticed before. He was also very lively and entertaining. I was grateful to learn how to correctly pronounce many words so I could sound like a local instead of a tourist. Mark also provided a lot of good tips on things to see and do around town. Thanks Mark!!
Jamie S of TripAdvisor.com
We've had carriage rides in Savannah and Charlestown but neither compares to the tour given to us by Matt and Footloose. Matt talked the entire hour providing us the history of the city, along with dining and entertainment tips.
Leon A of Millbrook, Alabama - TripAdvisor.com
This is a treat from the booking to the touring. If you would like to know more about New Orleans, then I encourage you to take a tour. We took an hour night tour and it was Fantastic!! Our tour guide was full of history! I wished the ride went on a little longer because I wanted to know and see more. This is a must when visiting!! Thank you Royal Carriages for making our 30 Wedding Anniversary memorable!
Bonnie McKeithen of TripAdvisor.com
Our guide KJ was very knowledgeable about the history of the area and made the tour fun! Our driver, Dr.John, seemed to have a pretty good handle on the area and where to go! Will definitely book Royal Carriages again for future trips. It lets you see areas of the Quarter and surrounding areas you might not venture to unless on one of these tours.
Stephanie A of TripAdvisor.com
Took our second carriage ride today and did it with Blanch. We should have taken our first with her! She was really friendly and really informative. Took the cemetery tour with her. We had a great time! Even gave us tips where to go later and when we come again. She's the best!! Thanks for everything!
Wesley B of TripAdvisor.com
A very enjoyable ride! Mules are very well trained/relaxed. We even pet ours after the ride. I was amazed at how strong these animals are. They are treated very well by the company. As for the tour, our guide was very informative and enjoyable. We took the one hour tour that goes to the graveyard. You won't want to miss this! Very good information on why and how New Orleans buried their dead above ground as well as some very cool mausoleums. If you like history at all, this is for you. Also, since 2015 you cannot visit protected burial grounds without a tour guide. There is parking you can pay for around on Decatur Street that will run you around $40 for 9-10 hours if you're staying awhile. Once you see carriages on Decatur St, you're there!
Jessica H of Alexandria, Louisiana - TripAdvisor.com
We had a private carriage ride with Jason and Professor LongHair. It was absolutely worth it. We went on a walking tour the night before, and there were obnoxious folks on it that had to be the center of attention that marred the tour. This is exactly why I booked a private carriage ride for an hour. I wanted to hear some history of the city in an environment that I could ask questions and was tailored to my interests. I'm a history buff, which is why I was being persnickety. Jason was great. He had jokes for my husband and entertained him while educating me, which was the perfect combination. He also explained how the Professor LongHair is treated in the off hours and how he (the mule) gets months long sabbaticals every year. It was a wonderful experience and I'd definitely do it again in a heartbeat.
Traveler46077 - TripAdvisor.com
This is my first Trip Advisor review. I had to make sure Peaches gets an apple! My husband, mother in law, and I stumbled upon Royal Carriages on our trip to New Orleans a couple weeks ago and Jonathan greeted us right away and answered our questions about what the ride would entail. We were sold right away and took the hour tour. Jonathan was super knowledgeable and friendly and answered all of our questions. I am still telling people about some of the historical facts we learned on our ride and walk through the cemetery. I wanted to do it all again but we were there for a short time and couldn't fit it in. I would highly recommend taking this tour and even told our uber driver (a local) about it. We will see you next time!
Mich Nuss of Brooklyn, New York - TripAdvisor.com
Frank was a great guide and his mule Patsy was awesome! He did a great job on the ghost tour, he mixed in a lot of history and told us about the legends but it didn't feel cheesy at all. Loved it. He also gave us the choice of a bar stop or no (our group chose no so we could hear more stories). Would highly recommend!
J6542NKelizabeth - TripAdvisor.com
I highly recommend this carriage ride, especially if it's your first visit to New Orleans. It gives you a little understanding of the city, how it is laid out and a little history along the way. Especially enjoyed going through the cemetery and learning about the traditions of this area, so different from the way I grew up. Our guide, Talletha, was so much fun and knowledgeable about the area and Red, who pulled us through the city, was amazing. Definitely, check this attraction out.
Sonya M - TripAdvisor.com
This was the BEST GHOST TOUR ever! Fiona is articulate, well-informed, enthusiastic and energetic! She was very charming and held your attention. The only thing more energetic than Fiona was her amazing and well-trained mule Chicory! Never have I seen a smarter mule! She knew how to navigate amongst all the people, cars and distractions that abound in the French Quarter. She followed every instruction to the letter - meaning she understood English and would without much effort on Fiona's part go exactly where she was told. We were very entertained and give this lovely lady and her beautiful mule 5 stars!
Adrienne B of Dallas, Texas - TripAdvisor.com
We took an hour-long couples tour and it was perfect. Our driver (Jayson) and Professor Longhair (mule) really made the experience fun and informative. If you haven't tried it... it's a mustI Now I can scratch this off my bucket list!!
Varlette B - TripAdvisor.com