This fantastic tour combines sightseeing by land and water to show you the very best of New Orleans.
From the beautiful ironwork balconies and antique shops of the French Quarter to the stately mansions of the Garden District, this tour of New Orleans encompasses the main sights of the city.
Plus you will cruise on board an authentic steamboat which is a great way to experience the sights and sounds of the Mississippi River. The delightful tunes of the calliope fill the air, giving it an almost festive spirit.
With a cruise on the Mississippi River and a historical tour of New Orleans, this is a great way to see some of the best the ‘Big Easy’ has to offer.
The tour departs from the Gray Line “Lighthouse” Ticket Office located at Toulouse Street and the Mississippi River (at the Steamboat Natchez Dock), only 1 block from Jackson Square in the French Quarter.
From here you will board an air-conditioned coach and take a sightseeing city tour of New Orleans in the southern state of Louisiana. Your city tour will be followed by a river cruise.
Your narrated coach tour includes a visit to:
• The French Quarter: A National Historic District, it was first settled by the French in the early 1700’s.
• Jackson Square: It reflects a blend of Spanish and French colonial architecture, and has fascinating museums like the Cabildo and Presbytere .
• Cemetery: Visit one of the historic cemeteries of the city, which are often referred to as ‘Cities of the Dead’, and learn about the unique above ground burial system.
• Bayou St. John: This was a waterway used by Jean Lafitte and his band of pirates.
• Lake Pontchartrain: See the longest bridge over water in the world, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.
• St. Charles Avenue Streetcar: The oldest continuously operating passenger railway system in the world.
• Garden District: See the homes of former kings and queens of the Mardi Gras and stately mansions surrounded by lush lawns
View Tulane and Loyola Universities across from Audubon Park, home to one of the top five zoos in the nation, The Audubon Zoo.
After your New Orleans city tour, board the historic Steamboat Natchez, one of the six authentic steamboats left on the Mississippi River, for an exciting river cruise. This two-hour day cruise takes you back to a time when cotton was king and life was as slow and graceful as the current on the Mississippi River. The Captain will point out the highlights of New Orleans on this cruise in one of the world's busiest ports. Enjoy a Steam Calliope Concert (a musical instrument that produces sound by sending steam through whistles), and tap your feet to live jazz (seasonal).
Take a tour of the historic Steam Engine Room and learn how steam powers the engines to turn the paddlewheel and provide the energy for the delightful tunes of the calliope. Cruise past the Chalmette Battlefield, where Jean Lafitte and his buccaneers joined forces with Andrew Jackson to defeat the British in the Battle of New Orleans.
Refreshments and souvenirs are available on boat (payable direct). The tour ends at the starting point.
Loved the Steamboat Cruise. Bus tour of the city was very imformational...Ronald L Phillips
City Tour at 9:00am:
01 Nov - 28 Feb: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
01 Mar - 31 Oct: Daily
City Tour at 2:00pm:
Daily, all year
Cruises Daily all year
Note: Tour is not operating until 05 February 2016
4 hours (2 hours city tour, 2 hour cruise)
Tour and cruise elements start at the following times
City Tour: 9:00am & 2:00pm
Cruise: 11:30am & 2:30pm
Duration: 4 hours (2 hours city tour, 2 hour cruise)
The tour departs from the Gray Line “Lighthouse” Ticket Office located at Toulouse Street and the Mississippi River (at the Steamboat Natchez Dock), only 1 block from Jackson Square in the French Quarter
Please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time.
The tour returns to the starting point
Children under 6 (not occupying a seat) are free of charge but charged for food on cruises.
Schedule and availability are subject to change. Please call the local operator on arrival in New Orleans to confirm schedule.
At the end of the city sightseeing tour you will be given a voucher for the Mississippi Cruise, you may either take the cruise straight away or at another time during your vacation.
You can choose either daytime cruise and City Tour time. You do not need to be taken in the same day.
This tour is not operating until 05 February 2016
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