3 hour – City of New Orleans & Katrina Tour
Spend an unforgettable 3 hours on our comfortable air conditioned Mini-bus and get an overview of New Orleans. Experience the history and culture of the Creoles with your licensed tour guide. No trip to New Orleans would be complete without seeing the highlights of our city and the some of the areas affected by Katrina’s flood waters.
You will see: Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo and the French Market. You tour guide will give you an overview of the “French Quarter”. He will point out areas of interest, so that you can explore them later, at your own pace.
Your driver is a Licensed “City Tour Guide” that will narrate along the way, during the course of the tour. This tour is an overview of New Orleans and the areas affected by Katrina. You will stop at a local cemetery for a short tour. We will have a 20 minute restroom/snack break in the middle of the tour. Tour times may run longer due to parades, traffic or road restrictions. The tour is conducted on a minibus and the guest(s) may stay aboard the vehicle for the duration of the tour. The only stops will be (1) the rest stop (2) the cemetery.
You will travel slowly toward City Park and view 100 year old homes along Esplanade Avenue, on the way to the “Dueling Oaks” of New Orleans’ City Park. Visit an above ground cemetery, where you will go inside on a short guided tour. Your tour guide will explain how the people of New Orleans bury their dead above ground in re-useable tombs. This tradition was by necessity, not by choice.
Drive slowly down St. Charles Avenue, the American side of New Orleans. See some of the homes of the Garden District. You will pass Ann Rice’s home, Governor Claiborne’s Daughters home, circa 1840, the Elms Mansion, and much more. See the diverse Architecture of the American side of New Orleans.
As part of this tour, we will go to the Lower 9th ward, view where the Hurricane Katrina broke the levee and swept the residents and their homes away. This was the area of the greatest devastation in New Orleans. You will see how the lower 9th ward residents are putting their lives back together with the help of volunteers and Brad Pitt’s project, “Make It Right”.
The tour will be educational & enlightening, so that you can revisit and explore New Orleans’ attractions and points of interest. This is a must for anyone coming to the City. You can also combine a city tour with one or more of our other great tour options.
Katrina was a challenge for our tour business in August 2005, because after the storm and flooding, there were no tourist. We had to start over. For eight months after Katrina, my two sons and I, did roof & fence repair. We then decided to restart the business. We kicked off a City/ Katrina tour that included the good & bad. We tried to highlight the attractions, as they were restarted, and showed the 9th ward as the bad. It was slow going, but over the years since Katrina, tourism has slowly rebounded. We invite you to come to the Big Easy – New Orleans. We have so much to offer and Bourbon Street is still a 24 hour party. The family & staff of Louisiana Tour Company stands ready to service your tour needs.
Merci Beau Coup, Milton Walker Jr.