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

New Orleans City Sightseeing and Hurricane Katrina Small-Group Tour

Discover the resiliency of New Orleans on a 4‐hour bus tour the city’s historic landmarks and most impacted sites of Hurricane Katrina. In a small group, witness disparate sections of the city such as the preserved French Quarter, the decimated Ninth Ward, St Louis Cemetery No 3, City Park and more. Along the way, view locations of the major levee breaches and learn about the levee system in post‐Katrina New 


  • City sightseeing tour of New Orleans’ past and present
  • See the traditional sights of New Orleans, including Jackson Square, St Louis Cathedral and the French Market
  • Explore one of the city's famous cemeteries – the historic St Louis Cemetery #3
  • Witness the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
  • Learn about the levee system that failed and see key breaches
  • Drive through several city neighborhoods
  • Small-group tour limited to 13 people ensures a personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

New Orleans City Sightseeing and Hurricane Katrina Small-Group Tour

Tomb in St Louis Cemetery

Your small‐group tour of New Orleans begins in the morning or afternoon (depending on your selection) with pickup from your central city or French Quarter hotel. Climb aboard the air‐conditioned coach and relax as you wind through central New Orleans, viewing lovely colonial and Creole architecture of the Vieux Carré (Old Square) on your way to Jackson Square. Pass by the square’s historic open‐air artist colony, St Louis Cathedral and the famous Cabildo, where the Louisiana Purchase transfer was signed.

Your friendly guide will commentate the drive aside the Mississippi River, where you’ll catch views of iconic paddlewheel steamboats, the US Mint and the colorful French Market. As you continue along the Industrial Canal to the site of the most catastrophic Hurricane Katrina levee breach, consider the power of the mighty Mississippi and its ever‐daunting proximity to the city. 

Next, pass by the Ninth Ward, a heavily decimated quarter surrounded on three sides by waterways. Experience the vulnerability of this place that is a burgeoning site of regeneration. Then head north along Esplanade Avenue to witness the juxtaposition of stately Creole mansions and cottages along the boulevard. Your route leads directly through St Louis Cemetery No 3 – where you’ll have time to meander through some macabre and magnificent tombs – and along the lovely Bayou St John en route to City Park. As you admire the park’s lush beauty, learn a bit of its history as the former Louis Allard plantation and the site of the London Avenue Canal Breaches. Have a quick snack (own expense) before continuing north toward Lake Pontchartrain to view the enormous Lake Pontchartrain Causeway and the levee breach at the 17th Street Canal.  

The final leg of your 4‐hour journey passes the distinguished Tulane and Loyola universities and the opulent colonial homes along St Charles Avenue and through the Garden District. Your guide will zip through the Arts District and the Warehouse Section of town before returning you to your hotel by afternoon or evening.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour ! We saw what Katrina did and what has been done since then to rebuild. We also saw the highlights of the city garden district, French quarter, museum and university areas and the rich / celebrity areas . Our guide Joseph was very knowledgable and answered all the questions. Don't miss this tour !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very informative, love the small group.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Joseph, a native of Nawlins and survivor of Hurricane Katrina, provided us with a fascinating, informative overview of the city, the devastation of Katrina, the come back over the past decade all the while pointing out historical, architectural, and cultural highlights of New Orleans. He was prompt in picking us up in a very comfortable van, and his narrative could be heard clearly by all 10 of us. This was the BEST tour we took in our four-day stay if you have time for just one, let it be THIS one!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Great tour. Billy is an outstanding tour operator. He gave us great local insight into the area and was very sensitive to our time frames.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This tour was quite comprehensive and showed us the different faces of NOLA. Our guide, Diane, was excellent and I really admired the way both spoke while driving through some very crowded streets. I also enjoyed the opportunity to view and hear about some of the damage due to Hurricane Katrina. The cemetery tour was enlightening as was the visit to the lighthouse on Lake Ponchartrain. I was happy for the opportunity to do this tour on my short visit to NOLA.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This tour was excellent! With a small group we were able to not only see the sights, but have conversations with the guide. We have been to New Orleans twice, but never really knew all the history outside the french quarter. We found it very interesting and now have a better understanding of how the architecture came about with the different style homes. We also found the tour of some of the levy system very informational. The tour guide was wonderful and very knowledgeable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Libby was an excellent guide; funny, quite knowledgeable and personable. The food was good, as expected, but the depth of the knowledge and history imparted to us by Libby was more than we expected, and well worth the time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Great experience! Our tour guide Ellen, was one of the best we have ever experienced. Knowledgeable, relatable, informative, fun and genuine. Highly recommend this your to learn about the New Orleans area. Thanks got making our trip a wonderful memory.

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