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

New Orleans Combo Tour: City Tour, Hurricane Katrina and New Canal Lighthouse Museum

Experience New Orleans’ rebirth on a 3.5‐hour tour through eclectic urban neighborhoods and some of the most impacted sites of Hurricane Katrina. You’ll witness the city’s great contrasts as you visit the extravagant Esplanade Avenue, the devastated Ninth Ward, Faubourg‐Marigny, City Park and more. Enjoy a guided drive along the shores of Lake Ponchartrain, and catch great views of the Causeway from 
the newly restored New Canal Lighthouse Museum.


  • New Orleans combo tour including top city attractions, such as the New Canal Lighthouse Museum
  • Explore New Orleans neighborhoods including the French Quarter, the Ninth Ward, Lakeview and Carrollton
  • Stop briefly at City Park and visit either the Morning Call Cafe or the Besthoff Sculpture Garden
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the New Canal Lighthouse Museum
  • Take in views of the levees on Lake Pontchartrain and the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway

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What You Can Expect

New Orleans Combo Tour: City Tour, Hurricane Katrina and New Canal Lighthouse Museum

City Tour Sights

Your New Orleans city tour begins with morning pickup in the French Quarter. Climb aboard your air‐conditioned coach and take in some foundational history from your guide as you wind through the city. Heading east from the French Quarter, you’ll pass through the hip Faubourg Marigny neighborhood en route to the Ninth Ward,  one of the neighborhoods most heavily impacted by Katrina. Experience the 
vulnerability of this place – located at the site of massive Industrial Canal breach – and its burgeoning regeneration. Though this area is closed to tour groups, you’ll glimpse several important celebrity‐driven rebuilding projects and the restored home of local legend, Fats Domino.

Then head north along Esplanade Avenue to witness the juxtaposition of stately Creole mansions and cottages along the shady boulevard. Your route leads directly through St Louis Cemetery No 3 – where you’ll have time to wander through some macabre and magnificent tombs –  and on to City Park. Admire the more than 50 sculptures in the park’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden or stop at the Morning Call Cafe for a delicious beignet (own expense) before continuing north toward Lake Pontchartrain. 

A massive estuary that covers 630 square miles, Lake Pontchartrain significantly contributed to the flooding of New Orleans in 2005. Like many building on its shoreline, the New Canal Lighthouse Museum fell victim to the flood, but has been restored and reopened in 2013. Take a guided tour of the museum and catch great views of the Pontchartrain Causeway and the some of the surrounding levees.  

The final leg of your 3.5‐hour journey passes by several distinguished universities including Tulane, Loyola and Xavier University of Louisiana – the only historically black Roman Catholic institution of higher education in the US. Then marvel at the beautiful colonial homes along St Charles Avenue and through the Garden District on your way back to your departure point in the French Quarter. 

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

John the guide was obviously very involved in the rebuilding programme after Katrina and spoke eloquently and movingly about the whole experience. He was humorous too as befits any son of the South! Great tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

It was a very good tour and a great way to see parts of New Orleans other than just the French quarter

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was a fantastic tour. I highly recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Knowledgeable and very amusing tour guide. Wonderful overview of NOLA for first-time visitors. Loved the history lesson about the area. Saw the major highlights of the city and then knew what places we wanted to return to in depth. Highly recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Libby did an outstanding job as our Tour Guide. We had no idea how much this tour would cover and we were pleasantly surprised. Libby was knowledgeable, personable and funny! We hated to see it come to an end. I would recommend to tour to anyone visiting the New Orleans area!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Gray Line tour was excellent. Comfortable coach, great tour guide and a few stops. Explained all the historic sites, the damage Katrina inflicted and spent time at the cemetery and City Park with the beautiful sculpture walkway.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Comfortable coach ride. Very knowledgeable tour guide. Well organized tour. Learned a lot about Nola and its culture.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Excellent tour. Libby our tour guide was fantastic. Very knowledgeable about New Orleans. Enjoyed the coffee break.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Wonderfully informative

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Thoroughly recommend this tour for anyone visiting New Orleans just for a few days, to get a feel for the city. Our driver Kindrell was very knowledgeable, informative and amusing. We stopped in the City Park for coffee halfway through, the tour started at 10.00 am and finished at about 13.30. Among other things it goes into the Lower Ninth Ward which was decimated by Hurricane Katrina, explains why the flooding was so bad. Humbling stuff!

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