Cassandra's beautiful van for travelling around made a comfortable journey and allowed us to cover a lot in a short time. We had assumed that there was little to worry about beyond fine dining and the French Quarter and trying to avoid too much insanity on Bourbon Street. Been there for so many organized gatherings and conventions. Cassandra changed all that. Now we get it! The history, the lovely Garden District, all sorts of interesting sights and activities around the city and area. She is extremely well informed and very pleasant to spend time with. Could not give a higher recommendation - regardless of whether it is your first trip or your 16th to NOLA, Cassandra will enrich the journey.
Mrs. Johnson Los Angeles
Usually when I visit a new place, I do a TON of research and spend weeks planning out a detailed itinerary. But when I was finally able to realize a lifelong dream to visit New Orleans, I felt paralyzed by indecision about what to see and do to make it the perfect trip. I decided to splurge on a series of private tours with Cassandra. First we did an hour-long phone consultation, where she took all my vague and half-formed notions of what I wanted to do in New Orleans ("find a hidden, moss-draped courtyard with a burbling fountain") and turned them into a detailed itinerary for every day of my trip, complete with multiple options and restaurant suggestions. Because she was actually out of town for most of the time my husband and I were going to be in New Orleans, Cassandra referred me to two other excellent tour guides, one of whom took us on a fascinating tour of the French Quarter and Cemetery No.1, and the other who drove us out to a plantation and a bayou tour. Toward the end of our trip, we met Cassandra for a fantastic 3-hour "everything you haven't seen yet" tour around New Orleans that included the oak alley at City Park, celebrity home drive-bys in the Garden District, a spin through Faubourg-Marigny, and lunch at local hipster hangout St. Roch Market. Cassandra also made herself available every day leading up to our trip and every day of our trip to answer questions and make recommendations (we never would have known you don't have to stand in line at Cafe Du Monde!). She helped me wade through dozens of my friends' restaurant recommendations and steered us toward the best use of our limited time in New Orleans. She also tailored the tour to our interests in a way that you just can't get on a group tour. It was truly the trip of a lifetime, thanks to Cassandra, and I would not hesitate to tour with Soul of NOLA again!
So Cassandra was our tour guide. We are a family of four (kids are working adults). Different ages and different interests. Cassandra picked up on all the nuances of the family dynamic and worked it. She hears every single thing you say and reacts at some point during the day.
We all met in our hotel lobby. Cassandra is warm and efficient and she exudes enthusiasm for her New Orleans.
We started with a multi-hour walk around the French Quarter. She had something to offer for all of us. We all loved the tour!
Then, we drove New Orleans and hit all of the great areas: Garden District, Bayou, Cemeteries, Marigny, Bywater, Treme and soon much more. She is full of restaurant and snack suggestions, free concerts/festivals in the area, music venues and so much more. Cassandra is a pleasure. She is sensitive, enjoyable, knowledgeable and great company. We all now share just a little bit of her love of New Orleans. Kudos to her!!!
Cassandra was excellent - well informed and prepared. Our focus was on history and architecture, and she covered them very well. Very friendly and pleasant but focused on accuracy. Didn't make up answers when she didn't know them, which was almost never. Highly recommend her and her company.
Cassandra is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to NOLA's past and present, culture and food! Without her guidance we wouldn't have discovered what NOLA has to offer - we are definitely coming back!
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