Since 2012, owner and tour operator Ashton P. Rogers takes first-time visitors and guests throughout the French Quarters in a cultural and historic tour of New Orleans.
Rogers’ love for the city grew when he moved to the area as a law student. As a native of Alabama, his passion evolved into sharing his perspective about New Orleans, particularly the French Quarters.
“New Orleans has a wonderful mix of culture and cosmopolitan,” said Rogers, who is turning 29 this month.
Rogers, who enjoys history, wants his visitors and guests to walk away from the tour to know and understand the cultural richness of New Orleans, as an attempt to fight the misconceptions of this vibrant city. “To most, some people think New Orleans is the ‘Vegas of the South’ because of the party definition in this city.,” he said.
As a one-person operation, Rogers keeps a top-quality tour by providing a flair of personal service. He also shares he enjoys hanging out with a happy crew of visitors because they are on vacation. “The tours set the mood for a great vacation,” he said. “A tour book doesn’t sink in as much as a tour.”
Duration of time:
A tour lasts about two hours.
- Intimate small groups to provide one-to-one service (nothing larger than 12)
- One-person operation
- Recommendations to local restaurants and bars
- Stories behind every building and landmark
- Offers a simplistic way of understanding the culture by walking through the city
1. French Quarter: This tour covers St. Louis Cathedral, Old Ursuline Convent, Jackson Square, Lalaurie House, Madame John’s Legacy.
2. Craft Cocktail: With this tour, visitors can learn the makings and ingredients of New Orleans cocktails. This is not an impromptu tour so schedule ahead of time with Rogers. Several bars are part of the rotation in a three-stop tour. The bars include:
- Hermes Bar,
- Sazerac Bar,
- Carousel Bar,
- French 75 and
- Muriel’s Bar.
“It’s a great way to see all the secret spots and have access to balconies,” Rogers said. “It’s also a fun off-beaten path type of tour.”
Featured cocktails include:
- Vieux Carre
- Ramos gin Fizz
- Pimm’s Cup
3. Pub Crawl: Only done on the weekends, be prepare to stop at the famous Pat O’Brien’s for the infamous Hurricane drinks and LaFitte’s Blacksmith Shop. The two hour tour incorporates history, architecture and culture from the premier French Quarter Tour.
4. Custom: Don’t want to mix with the general public, secure a private tour with the tour company. It is an ideal way to spend a personalized tour about New Orleans by not worrying about the other people.
For those on the fence about investing into a tour, come and do it. “Come down and visit my favorite place,” said Rogers.
La Vie Orleans Tours
P.O. Box 30466
New Orleans, LA 70190
Tip #1: Check the website for discount coupons or specials.
Tip #2: Rogers admits not answering all calls coming through his cell phone, so leave a message and he promises to return voice mails and emails.
Tip #3: Review the blog on his website. It contains a rich flavor of New Orleans’ history and culture.
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