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

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See the famous French Quarter, areas in the Ninth Ward devastated by Hurricane Katrina and the New Canal Lighthouse Museum on this half-day tour of New Orleans. Learn about the city's past and present from your knowledgeable guide as you explore New Orleans neighborhoods including Faubourg, Marigny and Carrollton. See the St Charles Avenue streetcars, visit an above-ground cemetery and stop in City Park. On the shores of Lake Ponchartrain, visit the New Canal Lighthouse Museum, which offers superb views of the levees and the Lake Ponchartrain Causeway.


  • 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

Board your comfortable coach in the French Quarter, and soak up the vibrance of New Orleans' best-known area as your guide shares facts and anecdotes about New Orleans' history and culture. Travel to the Ninth Ward, one of the neighborhoods hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina. Here you will see the house of music legend Fats Domino and learn about his harrowing experiences during the hurricane, when levees broke and caused massive flooding.

Your tour continues past the grand oaks on Esplanade Avenue, a shady stretch where carriages once traveled for respite from the summer heat. Visit an aboveground cemetery and stop at City Park, where you'll visit either Morning Call Cafe -- known for its coffee and beignets, a popular New Orleans pastry -- or Besthoff Sculpture Garden, which features more than 50 world-class sculptures in a lush, 5-acre setting.

Next, journey to the shores of Lake Ponchartrain, the massive wetland that flooded much of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Here you'll visit the New Canal Lighthouse Museum, which is located in a lighthouse that was decimated by the storm but reconstructed and reopened in spring 2013. On your guided tour of the museum, take in excellent views of the levees on the lakefront and the Lake Ponchartrain Causeway, the longest bridge over water in the world.

In the course of your half-day tour, you'll visit well-known New Orleans neighborhoods including Faubourg Marigny, Faubourg St John, Lakeview, Uptown and Carrollton. Along the way, see Xavier University of Louisiana in Carrollton. Established in 1925, the institution is the only historically black, Catholic university in the United States. You'll also follow the route of the St Charles streetcars past two more well-respected private universities -- Loyola and Tulane -- before returning to the French Quarter, where your 3.5-hour tour of New Orleans concludes.

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Customer Reviews

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Really good tour the guide was great very informative and wzs a fun day out

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

We took the New Orleans combined tour and we highly recommend it. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. He provided so much history and after researching tours, this is the only tour that takes you through the ninth ward. An area that the other tours seem to want to avoid.

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