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Discover the resiliency of New Orleans on a 4‐hour bus tour the city’s historic landmarks and most impacted sites of Hurricane Katrina. In a small group, witness disparate sections of the city such as the preserved French Quarter, the decimated Ninth Ward, St Louis Cemetery No 3, City Park and more. Along the way, view locations of the major levee breaches and learn about the levee system in post‐Katrina New Orleans.
City sightseeing tour of New Orleans’ past and present
See the traditional sights of New Orleans, including Jackson Square, St Louis Cathedral and the French Market
Explore one of the city's famous cemeteries – the historic St Louis Cemetery #3
Witness the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
Learn about the levee system that failed and see key breaches
Drive through several city neighborhoods
Small-group tour limited to 13 people ensures a personalized experience
Your small‐group tour of New Orleans begins in the morning or afternoon (depending on your selection) with pickup from your central city or French Quarter hotel. Climb aboard the air‐conditioned coach and relax as you wind through central New Orleans, viewing lovely colonial and Creole architecture of the Vieux Carré (Old Square) on your way to Jackson Square. Pass by the square’s historic open‐air artist colony, St Louis Cathedral and the famous Cabildo, where the Louisiana Purchase transfer was signed.
Your friendly guide will commentate the drive aside the Mississippi River, where you’ll catch views of iconic paddlewheel steamboats, the US Mint and the colorful French Market. As you continue along the Industrial Canal to the site of the most catastrophic Hurricane Katrina levee breach, consider the power of the mighty Mississippi and its ever‐daunting proximity to the city.
Next, pass by the Ninth Ward, a heavily decimated quarter surrounded on three sides by waterways. Experience the vulnerability of this place that is a burgeoning site of regeneration. Then head north along Esplanade Avenue to witness the juxtaposition of stately Creole mansions and cottages along the boulevard. Your route leads directly through St Louis Cemetery No 3 – where you’ll have time to meander through some macabre and magnificent tombs – and along the lovely Bayou St John en route to City Park. As you admire the park’s lush beauty, learn a bit of its history as the former Louis Allard plantation and the site of the London Avenue Canal Breaches. Have a quick snack (own expense) before continuing north toward Lake Pontchartrain to view the enormous Lake Pontchartrain Causeway and the levee breach at the 17th Street Canal.
The final leg of your 4‐hour journey passes the distinguished Tulane and Loyola universities and the opulent colonial homes along St Charles Avenue and through the Garden District. Your guide will zip through the Arts District and the Warehouse Section of town before returning you to your hotel by afternoon or evening.