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Hurricane Katrina Tour of New Orleans

New Orleans, United States
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3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


Discover the resiliency of New Orleans on a 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 including the 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.
  • Bus 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 during a 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, 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, glimpse several important celebrity‐driven rebuilding projects including Make It Right houses, spurred by 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, pass through Lakeview, Gentilly and St Bernard, three badly hit areas in the process of regrowth. En route, see high watermarks 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.  

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 tour ends back at the starting point in the French Quarter.
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the typical group size?
Group sizes for this tour are capped at a maximum of 9 travelers.
How long is the tour?
Approximately 3 hours 30 minutes long.
What languages is this tour offered in?
This tour is offered in English.

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Reviews by Viator travelers
, Sep 2019
Tour and tour guide were excellent, left us feeling very humble and extremely sorry for the victims of Katrina. Unbelievable when we stood beside the water level which was way above our heads. Harrowing, but the tour brought it home to us and make us realise we are lucky to live where we do (UK).
Too long
edward w
, Jul 2019
For us but we are from holland it takes too long time, too much details. But if you like that interesting trip
One to Remember
, Jul 2019
It is well worth the tour! Damita and the tour guide was amazing! The 9th Ward needs attention. To see the city slowly recovering is a miracle
Good Tour
, Jun 2019
I was very excited to go on this tour and was a little disappointed. Thought I would see more given that the tour was 3 hours long. I didn't see the need to spend an entire half hour at the sculpture garden (it has nothing to do with Katrina). The mic system was not clear and we missed at least 50 percent of what he was saying. (this was annoying). He also talked a lot about the city, thought for a minute I was back on my city tour. I chose this tour because I believed it was going to be all things Katrina..
Tour deserves a 5 star rating but the clerks at Gray Line earn a 0.
, May 2019
Our tour guide was a former newspaper journalist who was working and living in the city during Hurricane Katrina. He was incredibly knowledgeable and gave first hand accounts of the damage and destruction - and the rebuilding of the city. I rate the tour itself a 5. It was great and I learned so much! Getting onto the bus, however, is a different story. Our party of three - two middle aged sisters and our 83 year old mother (who uses a cane) encountered a deluge of rain during the afternoon of our tour. We spent the morning in the WWII museum (which is amazing!) and left plenty of time to get ourselves over to the Gray Line kiosk. Our cab had to detour more than once due to traffic and rain. Because there was so much rain and so many puddles, it took us a little time to get across the parking lot to the kiosk. We arrived at the kiosk one minute after the tour was to begin. We had already purchased our tickets so we knew we had seats on the bus. The clerk explained that the tour had already left. We asked her to double check as it was just 1:01 at that time. I asked if there was any way we could meet the tour bus or if there was another tour we could take in its place. I found the clerk to be smug, curt, and rude. She was unsympathetic to the difficulty the weather caused and the reasons for our delay.She didn't bother to check on a computer screen or make a phone call on our behalf. Out of desperation, I circled back to the parking lot behind the kiosk and found signs and parking lots designated for each tour. When I found the sign for the Hurricane Katrina tour, I saw that the bus had not NOT left and was just pulling out of the parking spot. The clerk never told us where the bus was parked nor did she suggest that we go see if the bus was still there. I flagged the bus down and encountered a kind bus driver who was more than happy to let us on the bus. We took the tour as wet, but content, participants. After the tour ended, I went back to the kiosk and asked to speak to a manager. Amber, the manager was even less accommodating than the original clerk. After I explained the scenario, her response was, "So what you're saying is you were late. But you got on the bus." Kudos for the tour. At the very least Gray Line may want to develop some Customer Service training for their very unprofessional staff.
Informative tour of effects from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans area
, Dec 2018
If you’re in New Orleans and are interested in the story of Katrina its effects on the area, this is the tour for you. Mr. Bill gave great details and insight from his experience directly on the ground before and after the storm.
I took about 10 different tours when...
, 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.
Maybe it once was good
, Jul 2018
I’m sure this was once a great tour prior to the rebuild of NOLA but now you have to use a lot of your imagination. Kind of expensive for basically a tour of NOLA. I would take another tour and pas on this one. Good info but not worth the 3.5 hours. Also the restaurant in the City Park is terrible. Old and run down and terrible food.
Was quite an interesting tour. Parts...
Michael Z
, 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.
This was the best tour that we did...
, 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.

Product code: 3780KATRINA

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