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New Orleans Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, August 2014

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New Orleans is a confluence of cultures. Originally settled by the French, then the Spanish, then reverting back to the French and their Haitian friends before finally being sold to the Americans, this eclectic city has more than its fair share of heritage. And to be sure, that’s its main selling point. Whether or not you’re in town for a festival, to see Mardi Gras, or go tromping around in the swamps, all visitors are impressed with the city’s myriad charms: something unique, but distinctly Southern.

Day 1: Tour the City

Most visitors to New Orleans will want to tour the  French Quarter and rightly so – it’s definitely one of the most fascinating neighborhoods of the city. Much of the music and soulful jazz New Orleans is famous for originates in these neighborhoods, and if live music is your thing, consider a late night walking tour.

Day 2: New Orleans Culture

After the Haitian Revolution in 1804, Haitians immigrated to New Orleans in droves. Mix that with Cajuns, the Arcadian French, the Spanish and the backwater fishermen, and you’ve got an area ripe with hearsay, doublespeak, religion, suspicion, and everything in-between. In short, its culture you’ll get, but why not poke about the more interesting bits like a haunted tour or satiate your curiosity with a Post-Katrina Hurricane Tour. Even just a walking tour of the Garden District will give you insight into the vast history of the city. All this walking is bound to give you an appetite, which, as any New Orleanian will happily tell you, is a good thing. New Orleans isn’t New Orleans without the food, and any restaurant worth its chops will prove this. Consider a  Jazz Brunch, or try your hand at it yourself, with a New Orleans  cooking class.

Day 3: Day Trips From New Orleans

New Orleans lies at the mouth of the Mississippi, but is also the gateway to the subtle beauty of the Louisiana waterways. A Swamp and  Bayou tour will take you to the nesting grounds of alligators and many species of snakes, and highlight the conservation efforts being undertaken, while the Cajun Bayou Tour takes you to Cajun country, the heart of French culture in Louisiana, and includes a narrated boat tour of the Bayous.

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Viator Exclusive: New Orleans Jazz Tour with Concert at Preservation Hall Jazz Club

Experience the best of the Big Easy’s musical heritage on this jazz walking tour and concert combination, with an optional dinner at one of New Orleans’ most ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: No dinner option: 4-hrs

Dinner option: 5-hrs and 15-mins

From USD $156.27

Viator VIP: Ultimate Plantation Tour from New Orleans with Overnight Stay at Oak Alley

Delve into the history of Louisiana on this tour of Laura Plantation and Oak Alley Plantation, with an overnight stay in a luxurious private cottage at Oak ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 1 day 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $499.99

Viator VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

Indulge in a luxurious evening in New Orleans on the Steamboat Natchez -- authentic steampowered paddle-wheel steamboat still operating today on the ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $138.98

Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Tour with Boat Ride from New Orleans

4.5 star rating: Recommended 193 Reviews

Nowhere is Louisiana’s wildlife more abundant than in the swamps and bayous of New Orleans . After crossing the Mississippi River, take a boat ride through ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.00

New Orleans Airboat Ride

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Take a break from the hustle-bustle of New Orleans and escape to nature on this exhilarating, family-friendly airboat ride! Spot alligators, snakes, turtles, ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 1 hr 45 mins to 2 hrs

From USD $40.00

Steamboat Natchez Jazz Brunch Cruise in New Orleans

4 star rating: Recommended 37 Reviews

Soak up the beauty of New Orleans from the decks of the Steamboat Natchez! On this Sunday brunch cruise, travel along the Mississippi River while enjoying live ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $28.50

Laura Plantation Tour

Delve into the history of Louisiana on a visit to Laura Plantation, a major sugar plantation located on the banks of the Mississippi River, just one hour from ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $20.00

Houmas House Plantation Tour with Transportation

Journey back in time at the Houmas House Plantation as you take a guided tour of the antebellum mansion, just a short drive from New Orleans, and learn about ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $59.00

Jazz Brunch Buffet at the Court of Two Sisters Restaurant

4.5 star rating: Recommended 84 Reviews

The Court of Two Sisters' Buffet Brunch boasts is a sumptuous display of hot and cold dishes. They use only the freshest ingredients so the buffet's ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: Flexible

From USD $33.33

New Orleans Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

Explore the history-rich neighborhoods of New Orleans on a 3.5-hour bike tour in the morning or afternoon, and see the sights with a local guide! While riding ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $45.00

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