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Vickie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Great way to see all of the city. Very informative and had several stops so you were not on a bus the whole time!!

Sheree U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

Great tour, it really gave us a new appreciation for the history and architecture of New Orleans. Joann, our tour guide, was most informative and very pleasant. She really made it a five star tour!

Gegso

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.

Kristy W

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

Nichele A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

This was a fantastic tour. I highly recommend it.

John J

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!

Marialena M

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!!

Delana C

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.

Traveler H

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.

Lisa Kaye W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

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

Lillian W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

Wonderfully informative

F A L

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!

Ian D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

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

verena H

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.

William M USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

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.

Connie L

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2016

Tour guide seems to know everything about the city. Great way to see the various districts in the city.

eloisepr

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2016

It was wonderful, little bit of everynthing. The new canal light house was amazing tour. Ryan our tour guy the best. Love it all.

darlene joan c

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2015

informative

Robyn B

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2015

Too much time at the New Canal Lighthouse Museum

Angie5h

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2014

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.

Chelsea G

3 star rating: Worth doing
May 2016

Our tour guide was Ryan and he was very exuberant and friendly. Had a big love for Mardi Gras and the various festivals/celebrations in New Orleans so it was fun to see and hear about that. We chose this tour because it had the Katrina part but wasn't just 3 hours of Hurrican Katrina. I think that was the most interesting part for us though. We thought it was very interesting to hear/see how high the water got and see the crosses still on some of the houses. We couldn't even imagine, so it was definitely amazing to see it first hand and how much progress has been made in the 10 years since. The cemetery stop was very interesting. We were not big fans of the half hour stop at City Park. Definitely not our thing and although it's a beautiful spot, there's only so much to do in half hour so we wandered a bit and sat. Not fun. Lake Pontchartrain and the lighthouse there was really fun, definitely a highlight of the tour. We toured through the rich neighbourhoods after the lake and it's always interesting to see how the other side lives. I think overall, it was just too long for us. I think a shorter tour would have been much more interesting and cover just as much.

laurie621

3 star rating: Worth doing
May 2015

The tour guide that we had was much older and was not entertaining. I loved seeing the Brad Pitt inspired homes and the Light house

David H

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
November 2014

If your trying to kill some time this might be worth doing but if you time is limited there are much better tours to enjoy than this one.

Sharon Q

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
February 2016

The name of this tour is completely misleading. I wanted to see the after effects of Katrina 10 years later and this only thing Katrina related was driving by a levee and I really do not understand wth I was looking at. I wanted to see lower 9th ward and hear from people who survived. I wanted to hear about FEMA trailers, etc and we got none of that as our guide did not even live there at the time. What's more he talked too dang fast and literally was look left, now look right, look left, right, right left...I felt like I needed a neck massage when it was over.

Also, do not book more than one tour in advance because you can get a coupon for 5 off your next tour at the end of each one.

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