On this epic NCIS New Orleans fan tour we pack in more than 15 filming locations where countless scenes from the TV series have been shot. Not only that, but we’ll check off many of New Orleans’ iconic landmarks along the way too to give you extra bang for buck. Read on to find out more.
- Tour runs at 5pm every day except Sunday (bookings essential and please arrive 15 minutes early)
- Tour time: 2 hours Approximate distance covered: 2 miles (3 kilometers)
- Starting point: Behind Louisiana Supreme Court, across the road from K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen on Chartres Street (look for your guide in a New Orleans Film Tour t-shirt)
- End point: Esplanade Ave in the French Market
- Typical group size: 8–15 people (We go ahead regardless of how many people are booked in. If it turns out you’re a lone ranger, it just means you get a personalized tour!)
We walk rain, hail or shine*, so what are you waiting for? Book now and we look forward to seeing you on tour!
Ok, so if we get some seriously crazy weather we might need to cancel. In this rare case, we’ll do everything we can to get in touch with you beforehand and will happily offer a full refund if you’ve booked directly through us. Unfortunately, we can’t process refunds from third party booking sites.
Here’s a rundown of what you can expect to see on our NCIS New Orleans tour
Our walking tour starts at the place we locally refer to as Founder’s Park, which not only houses a statue of the city’s founder, but is also a popular accident scene (of the fictitious kind). We’ll talk you through the carnage, NCIS-style.
After skirting the Court of Appeal, we’ll then head to a popular filming location at the city’s most haunted hotel (guests who’ve braved the ghosts here include Louis Armstrong and The Rolling Stones). We can’t guarantee a ghost sighting, but encourage you to keep your eyes peeled – because you never know, right?
We then make our way to a 200-year-old landmark. Fans will recognize this iconic building straight away, given at least half a dozen NCIS television shows have been filmed here, including the episode with the red dress run. We’ve been lucky enough to see filming first hand here, so can let you in on all the action that takes place. The next part of our tour will take you along the lovely Mississippi Riverfront – one of the most vibrant areas of New Orleans that borders one of the most important waterways in the world. Soak in the views as we point out the filming locations of key scenes from NCIS, including the historic paddlewheeler, the Creole Queen, which you may recognize from a scene filmed with Tom Arnold. We’ll talk about plenty of other scenes filmed in this iconic locale and will recommend our favorite riverfront neighborhoods for you to come back and visit once the tour finishes.
We’ll then wander over to the park the pilot episode was filmed in. This well-known site is on our national register of historic landmarks in Louisiana, so is definitely worth a visit (even if just to recreate the scenes between Gibbs and Pride for a pic).
As we carry on, you’ll see the apartment Percy and Tammy lived in for a full season of the show (you might not easily identify this one as it’s a bit cryptic), and nearby is the café that was featured a number of times in the show and essentially became a crime stopping engine room. With a bit of imagination, you might just see Christopher LaSalle perched at one of the tables.
The bustling square you’ll visit next is an NCIS New Orleans favorite, with the producers using the location at least once in every season. Walk past our city’s famous Pontalba buildings, the St Louis Cathedral and Pirates Alley as we divulge interesting info about some of the shoots in this area. You won’t be surprised to find out one of the NCIS Halloween episodes was filmed in the notoriously haunted alley.
As we head along historic Bourbon Street, unsuspecting bars will suddenly take on new life as we show you where numerous scenes were shot along what is arguably one of New Orleans’ best-known streets. The sights, sounds and smells of this strip are something you can’t miss.
We like to keep the next location a secret, because we’re sure it’s going to surprise you. Rest assured you’ll know this one, as it features in every single episode – it’s just near impossible to figure out without the sneaky insider knowledge of your guide!
Wander on to the buzzing open-air French Market to get an appreciation of New Orleans’ European trading roots, while also finding out about the NCIS scenes that played out in the area.
Then you’ll have the chance to appreciate something else New Orleans is famous for – jazz. We finish at the Old US Mint, which also serves as the New Orleans Jazz Museum. We’ll talk you through the scenes filmed near here, then you’ll conveniently be at the entrance of two key tourist attractions should you wish to continue leaning about our wonderful city. Otherwise, we’ll happily point you to our favorite bars in the famed music neighborhood just down the street.
Please note this is an unofficial tour and we don’t go inside any buildings. But don’t let that put you off – we’re professional guides that double as hardcore film and TV buffs and we know this city inside out. Our tours share bucketloads of insider info as we cram in as many filming locations as we can to give you a totally unique overview of New Orleans. If you find a spot you want to go back to, you can always retrace your steps after the tour (and of course we can help you find it again!). We’ve also got plenty of recommendations of other things to see and do in the city, so feel free to ask away.