New Orleans is the city every vampire fan should visit, especially if you’re a fan of the FX television series The Originals, which is a spin-off of the famous Vampire Diaries series. New Orleans’ French Quarter is the city the original vampires, Niklaus (Klaus), Elijah and Rebekah Mikaelson called their true home. Thanks to Anne Rice’s vampire chronicles and Mayfair Witches series, New Orleans has always been famous for its vampire and witches drama.
The Travel Channel rated New Orleans as the #2 Best Vampire Destination in the World. As a matter of fact the French Quarter has a history of all things paranormal, whether it’s vampires, witches, werewolves or voodoo. No wonder the Mikaelsson clan moved back to their French Quarter home.
- Tour runs at 8pm 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 our solo guest, 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.
If you’re a fan of The Originals, New Orleans is your city. Many scenes from The Vampire Diaries spin-off were shot in some of our city’s most iconic locations, and with the help of our guides, you’ll find out exactly what took place where. Better still, most of the filming conveniently took place around the French Quarter, so we can help you piece together your favorite parts of the series in a captivating two-hour walking tour, sharing plenty of juicy details about the show along the way.
You probably know that The Originals’ plot-line is heavy on vampires, werewolves and witchery, but did you know that New Orleans has its own history of witchcraft? As an added bonus, this tour will also cover the fascinating underbelly of New Orleans that many visitors aren’t privy to. If you’re into The Originals, we know you’ll love our unique narration of the city’s past.
This tour checks off around 15 filming locations from the show. Some you’ll recognize easily and some you won’t, but having a guide draw your attention to details you’d otherwise miss is half the fun. Here’s an idea of what you can see on the tour.
After setting off from our meeting point at the Court of Appeal we’ll pass what was once called the St Louis Hotel in the 1800s and was known for trading slaves and housing ghosts. In fact, the ghosts are still there – this remains New Orleans’ most famously haunted hotel. It’s also where Hayley stood on the gallery with Antoine’s restaurant in the background.
We’ll then take you past a historical 200-year-old landmark and onward to an iconic New Orleans restaurant dating back to 1920. The restaurant was a key meeting point for a number of characters in the show, including Hayley, Jane-Anne and Sophie Deveraux, and Elijah and Kami, and also became a popular hangout during filming.
Our tour goes to the Mississippi Riverfront after this. The Mississippi is one of the most significant waterways in the world, so you can’t miss it on your trip. We’ll point out the city’s second oldest neighborhood, which also happens to be the place Marcel went to live when Elijah forced him out of the French Quarter.
The river is also where we’ll see New Orleans’ only steamboat (she’s a beauty), and this is where Marcel and Rebekah met about their concern of retribution from Klaus. An important confession was also made here … can you remember?
We’ll carry on to a viewpoint that’s not only a key New Orleans landmark, but is also where Klaus came to look for Kami. From this vantage point you’ll be able to see half a dozen film locations from The Originals. Your guide will talk you through them, plus share insider details about how certain scenes were shot.
Our itinerary then takes you past several of New Orleans’ most historic buildings (so not only do you get The Originals tour, you get an awesome city tour too!). This neighborhood was the witchcraft heartland on the show, not to mention the place Elijah and Klaus took each other’s life, so Originals fans will see this bustling area in a completely different light to the average tourist. It’ll be our little secret that the others will never know.
Next up is Pirate Alley – another haunted lair of New Orleans and the location of an iconic fight scene in The Originals. We then head down Bourbon Street (a must-visit destination) to see where Marcel did karaoke. After that we cross the street where Marcel killed witch Jane-Anne as punishment for practicing magic in the French Quarter.
Mikaelson Mansion is up next, followed by the vet office and the hotel where one of Marcel’s party scenes was filmed. You won’t look at the hotel fountain the same way again as we remind you of a scene where it was shown overflowing with blood.
We eventually end up back in the buzzing French Quarter, so you can carry on exploring our wonderful city while feeling a little smug knowing some of the city’s best secrets!
Please note this is an unofficial tour and we don’t go inside any buildings. But don’t let that put you off – our professional guides double as hardcore film and TV buffs and 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.