Hurricane Katrina Tour Of New Orleans

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Overview

Witness the devastation and recovery from Hurricane Katrina on a guided tour that takes you through hard-hit neighborhoods of New Orleans such as the Ninth Ward, Lakeview, Gentilly and St Bernard. See high floodwater marks and levees that failed as you hear firsthand accounts of the storm from your expert guide. Take in the storm-damaged home of musician Fats Domino, the Hurricane Katrina Memorial and rebuilding projects championed by celebrities. Learn what caused the destruction as well as the history of New Orleans from your knowledgeable local guide on this comprehensive tour.

Highlights

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  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach

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Make your way to the meeting point at a convenient location in the French Quarter. Board your comfortable air-conditioned coach and listen as your local guide shares the history of New Orleans, starting with how the site of the original French settlement of 1718 grew into the city we know today.

Travel to several neighborhoods including the Lakeview, Gentilly, St Bernard, and Ninth Ward, which were hit hard by Hurricane Katrina, considered the most destructive Atlantic tropical cyclone of 2005. Your guide takes you past one of the breached levees, such as the 17th Street Canal in Lakeview, the London Avenue Canal in Gentilly, or the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) and Industrial Canal in the Ninth Ward. See the high water marks, memorials and vacant lots in these neighborhoods.
During your tour, your guide explains the connections between disappearing coastal wetlands, oil and gas pipelines, levee protection systems and the destruction in New Orleans.

You also see several rebuilding efforts including the Make It Right houses in the Lower Ninth Ward, an innovative project founded by actor Brad Pitt. In the same area, pass by famous musician Fats Domino’s house, which was badly damaged in the floodwaters and later restored. Continue alongside a community for musicians who lost their houses in the hurricane; called Musician’s Village, the project was conceived of by Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr along with Habitat for Humanity.

Then take in the Hurricane Katrina Memorial, which memorializes the 1,100 people who died in the hurricane, one of the greatest natural and man-made disasters in US history. Also, hear about the importance of the port of New Orleans and stretch your legs when you stop at New Orleans City Park for a short break.

After three and a half hours, you are returned to your starting point where your tour ends.

Inclusions for Hurricane Katrina Tour Of New Orleans

  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Professional guide

Exclusions for Hurricane Katrina Tour Of New Orleans

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

In order to help preserve the French Quarter from vehicular traffic, it is requested that you please walk, if possible, to the convenient tour departure point, just a short stroll from most downtown hotels

Wheelchair Access: If the guest needs a wheelchair lift equipped bus, special arrangements need to be made with the supplier. This must be arranged 48 hours prior to tour date. Contact details will be on your voucher.

New Canal Light House Tour: Guests that utilize a wheelchair at the New Canal Light house will have full access to the gift shop and restrooms via ramp. The Light House Museum is accessible via a lift.

Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat

Coaches are unable to accommodate motorized scooters. If customers are able to get off the scooter, they can board bus and leave their scooter at the ticket office.

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • This tour was amazing!

  • Such a moving and informative tour by our guide who shared her personal experiences

  • Awesome tour, our tour guide was very knowledgeable of New Orleans and it's history. Highly recommend it.

  • a good informative trip

  • Bill was an excellent tour guide - very informative and interesting so he made the trip. I'd definitely recommend this tour.

  • Our guide was terrible. Kept sucking on her tongue or her mints the entire time, disgusting. The stops were ok....but we weren't educated in the way I was hoping. Boring.

  • My husband and I traveled from Californian to visit New Orleans and I was very excited to learn more about Katrina and see some of the places affected. I was VERY DISPLEASED BY THIS WHOLE EXPERIENCE! Our tour guide was Liz Reed. Upon entering the bus it was very cold, we had to ask three times before the air was turned off. We had one of the smaller buses so every seat was full, some of the plus size passengers had to sit facing the isle because the seats was not large enough, being that this was a 3 or 4 cant remember hours tour it was very uncomfortable. Liz our tour guide began the tour by telling us we were not able to speak unless it was in a whisper, which she repeated several times during the tour. Didnt know I was on a school bus The back of the bus we were predominantly African American whenever one of us would speak we were told to be quiet. When we got off the bus at the park at 2:32pm we were told If your not back at the bus at 3:00pm walk to the street and take the street car or uber because were not waiting for anyone! At this point I was confused why she felt the need to be so rude. Ive herd so much about southern hospitality and had such great experiences with other people Ive met while visiting New Orleans I asked Liz was she from New Orleans and she sated NO, Im from upstate New York :/. During the tour we received a lot of information but the bus was moving so fast we were not able to get photos of things. We were told about things while we passed them for example we passed William Frantz Elementary School now Akili Academy, in New Orleans upper 9th Ward which was one of the first all-white elementary schools in the Deep South to be integrated when Ruby Bridges became the first African-American student to attend the school in 1960 she didnt let us know what it was until we passed so I didnt get a good photo. Towards the end of the tour two people in the back were speaking to each other and Liz stated I hear you guys back there, even though I dont want too! At this point I had enough and told her she has been being rude this whole tour, she was speaking over a loud speaker so there was no way we or other passengers would be able to hear her over the speaker. She didnt respond. I also noted when other people that wasnt African American spoke she did not tell them to be quiet. Overall not a good experience and I did not enjoy the tour. I was treated like a child and the whole tour felt rushes besides seeing the levies and the memorial site everything else was a blur because we passed it so quickly.

  • Great tour. Tour guide was a college student during the Hurricane. He left city to finish his degree and returned after completion. He had a unique perspective on the events, evacuation of the city, rebuilding efforts, etc. very informative tour. Absolutely recommend.

  • Highly recommend.

  • The tour guide gave us a lot of information, knew what he was talking about being he lived through it and last his home do to the hurricane.

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