Historical New Orleans City Tour
Downtown Jackson Square
Uptown Mansion, St. Charles Ave.
Historical New Orleans City Tour Cost: $90 per person
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM or 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
This tour runs any day we reach a minimum of 4 people.
We combine all of the traditional New Orleans sights with highlights of the Hurricane Katrina story!
Your day begins as one of our excellent driver-guides picks you up in our 13-passenger tour van for a small group, fully narrated, complete, Historical New Orleans City Tour.
The Historic French Quarter
Starting in the French Quarter, we bring the history and architecture of the old Creole city, Jackson Square, the St. Louis Cathedral, and the Pontalba row houses to life. You also get an overall view of the Mississippi River flowing by the Port of New Orleans.
From there, we continue on by the French Market, the old U.S. Mint and the stately mansions on Esplanade Ave.
St. Louis Cemetery #3 and City Park
Along the way to City Park, we stop for a guided walking tour of historic St. Louis Cemetery #3, showcasing another form of elaborate architecture in grand above-ground mausoleums and crypts. Here, world-famous composers, architects, and artists are buried alongside local family tombs.
Then, you’ll travel along peaceful Bayou St. John, where we view houses from the late 1700’s.
Next, we drive through City Park to see the picturesque antique carousel and centuries old Louisiana live oaks.
While in City Park, we stop for restrooms and refreshments: try the Café au lait and scrumptious beignets at Morning Call. (Refreshments cost not included).
The Katrina Memorial
After our City Park break, we contine traveling until we reach the London Avenue Canal. There, we view its two flood wall breaches and learn about the complete destruction Hurricane Katrina caused to the neighborhood of Gentilly as well as the hopeful rebuilding done with the help of private enterprise.
Then, we stop to walk through the Katrina Memorial, the Levee Exhibit Hall and the Rain Garden alongside the London Ave. Canal Breach.
When we return to the van, we’ll journey along Lake Pontchartrain’s shores to see the levee system that protects both the city of New Orleans and surrounding areas of Southeast Louisiana. You will also view the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, the world’s longest bridge over water.
Longue Vue Mansion and Gardens
Then, we stop for a guided tour of Longue Vue Mansion and Gardens, an exquisite 8 acre grand city estate. (Entrance fees included)
Next, we continue through the Uptown district, viewing Tulane and Loyola Universities, the 180 year old Streetcar line, and St. Charles Avenue’s grand colonial mansions before moving into the Garden District to see famous (maybe haunted?) historic homes.
Finally, heading Downtown, we drive through the Arts District and the Warehouse Section as well as by the World War II Museum, going by the Superdome and through the heart of the business district as we return to your hotel.