New Orleans Secrets Tours was created by a small group of tour guides who continually strive to provide the best possible New Orleans experience to visitors and showcase the incredibly unique city of New Orleans…in a fun and engaging way.
We are locally-owned and operated, and we firmly believe in keeping our tour groups small while setting prices that are comparable to the larger-group tours. It’s about value: giving our tour guests a more intimate, high-quality experience without the luxury price tag.
All of our tours offer history, laughs, and authenticity! Our goal is to ensure every guest has a great time and leaves New Orleans with a new-found love and appreciation of this historically and culturally significant city.
An Award-Winning and #1-Ranked Tour Company, you can find us in Frommer’s, Vanity Fair, Business Traveller, the Travel Channel, and more. Our guides have also consulted for such TV shows as NCIS: New Orleans (CBS), Mysteries of Genius (Discovery Channel), and Animal Secrets (Animal Planet).
Mark was born and raised in New Orleans. He graduated from Jesuit High school and then got his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of New Orleans. It was there that he realized that the for-profit education industry just wasn’t for him. His passion was New Orleans history, food and cocktails. Mark spent his weekends showing people around the city wishing he could do it full time. So he did. In 2014 he got his tour guide license and in December of 2015 he decide to make the leap from Campus President to full-time New Orleans tour guide and he hasn’t looked back since.
Angela might be from the midwest originally, but she never felt truly at home until moving to New Orleans. Always ready to see performing arts and eat delicious food, this former creative director cared little about history…until New Orleans. Now she has a voracious appetite for anything that relates to the city–historical or otherwise. When not on a tour, you’re likely to find her with her fiancé, Mark, trying out the latest restaurants, discussing New Orleans history and culture over cocktails, singing along at Fritzel’s on Bourbon, watching the Disney Channel, attempting to dance, acting on a TV/movie set (ask her about filming Bad Moms or Jack Reacher 2!), or indulging in her favorite activity: traveling.
James grew up in rural Mississippi – the blues, the Mississippi River, and Southern folklore are all in his blood. At an early age, he set his sights on the big city of New Orleans. Following in the footsteps of an ancestor (a riverboat captain from the 1870s), he headed south and upon arriving in New Orleans knew immediately he had found his lifelong home. A tour guide for the better part of a decade, James now boasts degrees in English literature and French history as well as an encyclopedic knowledge of his adopted city’s history, culture, and legends. As a Voodooist and paranormal investigator, James has been featured on Travel Channel’s Haunted USA, interviewed on podcasts from the UK to Malaysia, and acted as a consultant for theatrical productions, novels, and even television shows like NCIS: New Orleans.
Alexandra is originally from the small plantation town of St. Francisville, Louisiana, just a short drive north of New Orleans. At fifteen years old her first job was giving tours of the haunted Myrtles Plantation, and since then her passion for discovering and sharing Louisiana history and culture has been unquenchable. She moved down the Mississippi to pursue degrees in Theatre Arts and Communication at Loyola University in New Orleans – a city whose eccentricities and debauchery suited her so well she has since proudly called it home. In addition to leading tours, Alexandra enjoys acting for live theatre and film. In her free time, Alexandra enjoys freelance writing, trying new restaurants and bars, making terrible jokes and playing with her dog.
Roger is a tour guide who was truly “made in the USA”! An army brat by both parents, Roger grew up in 7 states all across the United States until his family decided to plant some roots in their homeland of the South. He attended school in Mississippi, graduated with a degree in Radio/TV/Film, and ended up moving to New Orleans on a dare. He started out as a valet, but then after spending a good bit of time watching tour groups pass by, he decided to delve deeper into New Orleans history and become a tour guide himself. In addition to knowing our history, culture, and folklore, he can also tell you where to find the best place to park your car! He gives tours day & night, reads, enjoys exploring the city, and always loves hearing (and telling!) a good story.
Tylyn is a New Orleans native who has recently returned to her home city. She attended the University of New Orleans film program, obtaining her MFA in 2015. Shortly after, she moved to Chicago and found herself telling people there all about the strange and wonderful city she came from. Upon returning, she fell even deeper in love with the city. Discovering how much she loved researching New Orleans history and telling people about what she learned, she decided to become a licensed tour guide. When not working, Tylyn enjoys watching & working on movies, playing her drums, and spending time with her two dogs – all while calculating just how much coffee is safe to drink per day.