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Overview

Discover the resiliency of New Orleans on a 3.5‐hour bus tour of the city’s most heavily‐impacted sites of Hurricane Katrina. With a knowledgeable local guide, visit districts in various stages of regeneration from Lakeview and St. Bernard to the still decimated Ninth Ward. Along the way, see the Hurricane Katrina Memorial, pass locations of the most catastrophic levee breaches and learn about the critical levee system in post‐Katrina New Orleans.
  • 3.5-hour tour of the neighborhoods damaged by Hurricane Katrina, in New Orleans
  • See where levees breached along the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain
  • Pass by rebuilding projects including the Make It Right homes and Musician’s Village
  • Take in the Ninth Ward home of legendary musician Fats Domino
  • Stroll around New Orleans City Park on a 25-minute stretch break
  • Visit the Hurricane Katrina Memorial, located in the Old Charity Hospital Cemetery
Your historic tour of post‐Katrina New Orleans begins in the afternoon with 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 by the Ninth Ward, a heavily impacted district surrounded on three sides by waterways. 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 including Make It Right houses, spurred but Brad Pitt, and Musician’s Village, hosted by Habitat for Humanity, Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr. Keep an eye out for the restored home of local legend, Fats Domino. 

Further north, you’ll pass through Lakeview, Gentilly and St Bernard, three badly hit areas in the process of regrowth. En route, see high water marks and memorials at the two other major levee breach sites – 17th Street Canal in Lakeview and the London Avenue Canal in Gentilly. Hear your guide’s eyewitness account of the days surrounding the cataclysmic storm – one of the worst in US history – and learn how, years later, the region’s natural and industrial surroundings continue to be impacted, from disappearing wetlands to oil and gas pipeline disruption.  

You will visit the New Basin Canal Lighthouse which was destroyed by Katrina but reconstructed and reopened in 2013. Your guided tour of this museum offers a bird’s eye view of the area, including the levees along the lakefront and, in the distance, the longest bridge over water in the world, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.

The final leg of your tour passes by the Hurricane Katrina Memorial en route to the beautiful New Orleans City Park. Stop and pay tribute to the 1,100 people who died in the hurricane, then take in the lush beauty of this nationally recognized park. Learn a bit of its history as the former Louis Allard plantation and the effect of the London Avenue Canal Breach on the space.

Your 3.5‐hour tour ends back at the starting point in the French Quarter.

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J
, Jul 2018

I took about 10 different tours when I visited NOLA for the first time -- and this was one of them. And this tour is my TOP choice for all tourists to take. I was in college during Hurricane Katrina and I saw the devastation in-between classes on the TV. But this tour gives you an inside look about the true cause of Katrina's devastation and you hear about all of it from a local.

Before this tour, I never knew what a hatchet under the bed meant. Those in NOLA believe that Katrina was a man made disaster -- which I always agreed with -- but you will see with your own eyes how our government failed the amazing people of New Orleans and repeatedly ignored problems that could have saved lives and prevented a disaster of this magnitude. You will visit the spot where the levee broke and see a lighthouse that was crumbled in the storm. You'll hear firsthand account of the storm and how many New Orleans residents ended up leaving for good -- while many volunteers ended up staying for good.

This tour gives a sad yet fascinating story and truth of Katrina. Do not miss it.

M
, Jun 2018

Was quite an interesting tour. Parts of the 9th Ward are still being rebuilt and its crazy to see the water level of how high the storm surge reached. Was quite a reflective tour, and on a hot day the AC in the bus was quite refreshing. The tour guide provided a folio of photographs from the devastation as well as what happened to her house, all quite sobering. Definitely a must-see tour if you are interested on the effects of Katrina.

r
, May 2018

This was the best tour that we did in New Orleans. It was so informative and we learned so much about Katrina and New Orleans that we didn't know. Our Guide gave us first hand stories about Katrina, as he was part of it. He was informative, unbiased and so knowledgeable . If i was to go to New Orleans again I would do this tour a second time.

C
, Apr 2018

Our guide was lovely and really knowledgeable, she actually lived through Hurricane Katrina which gives a real personal touch to the tour.

J
, Mar 2018

Our guide was very knowledgeable, having been a reporter that covered Katrina. Guide was personable, answered questions, and painted vivid images as we went through the tour. The tour was excellent, worth the money, and I highly recommend it. Darren the bus driver was great as well!!

G
, Mar 2018

Bruce Nolan, a retired journalist, was our tour guide. He was GREAT. Very articulate, knowledgeable and professional. One of the highlights was going to City Park and walking through the sculpture garden. This is a very good way to understand the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and how New Orleans survived. If we could have spent 20-30 more minutes at City Park during the 3.5 hour tour, it would have been perfect for me.

l
, Mar 2018

Excellent tour! Bill Capo, our guide, was the best. He loves New Orleans and knows hurricane Katrina extensively having lived through it.
He shared himself. The only little, itty bitty negative was he never came up for air. He needs to take a little breather from talking...
I would recommend this tour in a heartbeat and if you get Bill. Thats even better.

C
, Mar 2018

What an eye opener this tour was! Mr. Bill was the perfect guide a former newsman who actually worked on TV during this whole catastrophe. He gave us insights, feelings, behind-the-scenes tidbits that we found fascinating. I would do this tour again it was so good and I can't imagine a more informed, compassionate guide than Mr. Bill!

A
, Feb 2018

Excellent tour and Mr. Bill was very friendly and a great guide. One of the best tours I have been on.

g
, Feb 2018

This tour was amazing!


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