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

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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.

Highlights

  • 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

What You Can Expect

Hurricane Katrina Tour of New Orleans

Even after so many years, remnants of the great disaster are still visible.

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.

Customer Reviews

Alleeta Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

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

gary w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This tour was amazing!

ltjamison

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Enjoyed this tour a lot. The guide was so knowledgeable, that she had written a book about the city. Would highly recommend.

Nohemie P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This tour was amazing!

James M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Such a moving and informative tour by our guide who shared her personal experiences

Wilfredo M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Awesome tour, our tour guide was very knowledgeable of New Orleans and it's history. Highly recommend it.

Vicky W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Bill was an excellent tour guide - very informative and interesting so he made the trip. I'd definitely recommend this tour.

Frances S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Great tour. Tour guide was a college student during the Hurricane. He left city to finish his degree and returned after completion. He had a unique perspective on the events, evacuation of the city, rebuilding efforts, etc. very informative tour. Absolutely recommend.

Jim L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Exceeded my expectations. I would recommend to everyone I know.
I learned the reality of the destruction caused by Katrina and the amazing rebuild.

Kim S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour is a must for anyone wanting to understand the effect of Hurricane Katrina on the City of New Orleans and also to understand how the Army Corp of Engineers blundered in their estimate of the levee's. Our guide was Daniel and he lived through it and was most passionate about Katrina and his City. The stop at the Katrina Memorial is sad but a wonderful way to remember the ones that lost their lives and for 3 years could not be identified.

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