See the best of New Orleans by land and water on this combo city tour and steamboat cruise on the mighty Mississippi! Enjoy a 2‐hour guided coach trip through the French Quarter, Louis Armstrong Park and Jackson Square, where you’ll witness the city’s cultural history and diverse colonial heritage. Then board the famous Steamboat Natchez for a 2‐hour iconic New Orleans river cruise.
Enjoy a fully narrated city tour of historic New Orleans
See the world famous French Quarter, Jackson Square and Audubon Park
2-hour cruise aboard the Natchez Riverboat on the Mississippi River
Listen the Captain's steamboat of the highlights of one of the world's busiest ports
Choose the morning or afternoon for your excursion, and head to Toulouse Street in the French Quarter to board your motor coach for the first half of your tour. Relax as you wind through the historic French Quarter, passing French and Spanish‐inspired buildings, voodoo specialty shops and lush Creole courtyards. Continue on to Jackson Square, an honorary landmark to New Orleans’ war hero Andrew Jackson. See Louisiana’s Cabildo and Presbytere museums and the Pontalba Apartments, the oldest apartment buildings in the United States!
Other sights include the iconic St Charles Avenue streetcar, the exquisite mansions of the Garden District and City Park. Visit the park’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden or stop at the Morning Call Cafe for a delicious beignet (own expense) before heading back to the river for part two of your tour: a cruise on the Steamboat Nanchez!
This paddlewheel ship is one of the last of its kind in New Orleans. Find find a seat in the cabin or on the outside deck, where you can admire unobstructed views of the ‘Crescent City’ shoreline and enjoy live jazz music. Learn some riverside history as you pass sites like the Chalmette Battlefield, where the famous pirate and privateer Jean Lafitte teamed with Andrew Jackson to defeat British invaders in the Battle of New Orleans.
An optional lunch buffet is available for purchase. You’ll sample an array of sumptuous Louisiana fare from cornmeal‐crusted fish and red beans and rice to Natchez’s signature bread pudding and fresh fruit (full menu included below). Coffee and tea are included with your lunch, or you may purchase adult beverages. Your river cruise ends back at the departure point in New Orleans with plenty of time to sightsee!
Sample Lunch Menu Menu Subject to Change
Southern Fried Fish*Zesty cornmeal crusted and fried to a golden perfection Red Beans and Rice New Orleans classic red beans with andouille sausage and served over Jazzmen® rice Roast Beef Debris and GravyServed over mashed potatoes Vegetarian Pasta Salad Chef’s Daily Selection Vegetable du Jour Cole Slaw House prepared creamy cole slaw Cornucopia of Fresh Fruit NATCHEZ Bread Pudding A New Orleans soufflé of La Louisiane French bread, eggs, cream, vanilla and cinnamon with a Callebaut® Belgian white chocolate sauce La Louisiane Fresh Sliced French Bread
Viator Traveler's Reviews
, Sep 2018
The bus part of the tour was somewhat bland. The tour guide was good (Ryan) but there is only so much you can do with this route. Also, for the graveyard stop - that was too long and the Beignet stop was too short. It would help if the guide announced the stops at the beginning of the tour and that we only had one bathroom stop and that we needed to take advantage of that stop. We had a little girl that did not and her parents insisted they let them off because she had to go to the bathroom,. even though we had just had a bathroom stop. So if the bathroom stop which was the beignet stop could be longer that would help. Also, make sure everyone is on same time,. We had stragglers that delayed us and I think they were from a different time zone and did not understand.
The city tour was a great way to get around New Orleans and get a good introduction / orientation to the city by bus for our time there. As we were there in mid-summer, it was hot, so the Steamboat cruise was a good way to get out of the sun, eat lunch and watch the world go by, while listening to the jazz band play 'It's a Wonderful World'!
Really great tour combination. Tour guide on the bus was full of information, she was a history teacher. Answered questions about the city and sights and this was really enjoyable. Traveled and saw many sights of the city that we may not have been able to see by foot or trolley. The boat was nice, we had great weather, it was a narrated tour going one way, and a sit back relaxing ride back. Recommend to all.
This was an awesome tour! First, we did the bus tour with one of the best tour guides ever, Mike Marino. He was very knowledgeable and funny. Then we went back to the dock go aboard the steamboat Natchez. There was a buffet which I didn't partake of and great jazz music. It was a very relaxing experience
The city tour was amazing,very interesting ,and the tour guide who was born in New Orleans ,made the tour extra good .He explained every thing possible about the place as well as being funny .Unfortunately our trip on the steamboat was cancelled due to being serviced and cleaned .so cant comment.