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Discover the resiliency of New Orleans on a 3‐hour bus tour of the city’s most heavily‐impacted sites of Hurricane Katrina. With a knowledgable 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-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.  

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

Customer Reviews

Daria

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I will always remember our tour guide, she was incredible...to give such a detailed account of the events that took place in 2005 and adding her own story. Very informative and educating..for all those who are not just interested in 'having fun' in Nola.

Charles S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was one of the best tours we have ever taken. The guide was born and grew up in New Orleans. He was a reporter for 40 years and covered Hurricane Katrina and its recovery. We stopped a couple of times - once for a restroom break. The bus was air-conditioned. Great value. We highly recommend.

Laurel I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The guide was great and told us so much about the areas that were hit extremely hard. It was a I have a fondness for New Orleans, so when Katrina hit I was glued to the TV watching and learning about it. The guide actually gave us so much more information of events during the hurricane and after. Highly recommend it.

Alexandra T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour, very informative. The best and most interesting thing we did while in New Orleans!

ahamm1001

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Deborah S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Very informative trip led by a knowlegeable guide who was passionate about the city and who shared his lived experiences generously.

NYKathy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This tour was informative and educational. We learned about the reasons for the floods initiated by Hurricane Katrina. It was sad driving through all the affected neighborhoods and remembering what we watched on TV. Now we were there.
Our guide was John. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. Although the tour was introspective, John was able to interject humor at appropriate times. Those moments were appreciated.
Our driver was cautious and professional.
Midway through the tour we stopped for a break. Some passengers opted to tour the sculpture garden, others chose the very fast coffee shop and bathroom.
This tour offers so much more than a typical city tour. It shows you history.

Suzanne T S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Bruce Nolan, former newspaper reporter, did an excellent job of telling us what that experience was like and showing us what measures are being taken to avoid another such disaster. This was well worth the time and money.

gary w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Excellent tour and guide. Great information and understanding of the plight New Orleans went through. Encouraging to note it was a learning experience and they're much more prepared now. Don't miss this tour folks

Ellen I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. It helped me learn why this disaster happened and the experiences of the guide and driver added to this tour.

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