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- 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
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.
This was a great tour of the City and the areas most affected by Hurricane Katrina. We had a great tour guide. He was very knowledgeable. This is a must do if your going to New Orleans.
We walked from our hotel to the Gray Lines tour gazebo and began our Isle of Orleans tour. Our guide, Katrell, was from New Orleans and very knowledgeable about the history of the city. He began by pointing out historical sights and explaining who owned them and their importance. He also pointed out points of interest, places to eat and legends. We also visited the 9th ward and areas affected by Katrina. He explained the use of the outer city walls and levys and how they were used to defend the city in case of another hurricane or other water disaster. We also toured a cemetery briefly, which is beautiful and eerie! We had a quick stop for beignets and coffee at City Park, which was amazing and lovely for a family outing on it's own.
Our last stop was The Canal lighthouse. Although beautiful and newly restored, I felt that it wasn't as interesting as the rest of the tour. Some of the information given during the lighthouse tour was informative and good about the history of the area and the need to conserve the lake and surrounding water. But I was more interested in the city and the different cultures and societies brought up in New Orleans than about the lighthouse.
Overall I think it's a great tour, you get to see the different sides of this eclectic city, the European French, Spanish, Creole, American and everything in between. I highly recommend it to anyone that doesn't know the history of this rich city and wants to tour it with a great guide.