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

New Orleans City Sightseeing and Hurricane Katrina Small-Group Tour

The tenacious city of New Orleans showcases her rebuilding efforts and her Southern charm on this combination city tour that includes both the city’s old familiar sights and the realities of Hurricane Katrina. Some parts of the city – like the historic French Quarter – were left nearly untouched by the 2005 hurricanes while others were ravaged by the catastrophic failure of the levee system. This enlightening tour winds these disparate halves of the city into a contemporary overview of modern-day New Orleans.


  • 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

After hotel pickup by comfortable van, your New Orleans city tour begins in the French Quarter and covers the history and architecture of the old Creole city. See top attractions like Jackson Square, St Louis Cathedral and the Pontalba Buildings, and enjoy a view of the Mississippi River.

Next, pass the French Market and the old US Mint, drive through the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood, and head east along the Industrial Canal to view the largest Hurricane Katrina levee breach, which destroyed the 9th Ward. Witness both the desolation and budding rebirth here, including Harry Connick Jr.'s and Ellis Marsalis' project: Habitat For Humanity's colorful Musicians' Village site in the Upper 9th Ward. You’ll then return to the contrasting, stately mansions along Esplanade Avenue as you make your way to the historic St Louis Cemetery #3.

Enjoy a guided walking tour through the cemetery’s large tombs before re-boarding your van for a ride along peaceful Bayou St John, where you’ll see raised houses from the late 1700s and learn about their architectural significance in a city below sea level. Then visit City Park to see the antique carousel and centuries-old live oaks before stopping for a snack break (own expense). See the London Avenue Canal Breaches and the complete destruction they caused during the hurricane

Next, head toward the University of New Orleans campus along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, where you’ll see the Causeway, which is the world’s longest continuous bridge over water. On the drive, your guide will tell you about the levee system and how integral it is to the city.

Continue past the lake’s marinas, where you’ll witness the fourth levee breach at the 17th Street Canal. Discover both the destruction wrecked upon the Lakeview neighborhood and its inspiring comeback.

Your journey continues through the Uptown district, past Tulane and Loyola universities, the 177-year-old streetcar line and the grand colonial mansions of St Charles Avenue. Make your way into the Garden District to see its renowned (and possibly haunted) historic homes.

Heading downtown, ride through the Arts District and the Warehouse Section, passing by the World War II Museum and the Superdome before being dropped off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Excellent tour and wonderful driver. Saw much more of NOLA than expected and was glad to see it. A bit long of a tour though. Three to three and a half would have been better.

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