Admire our history, landmark and culture on a city tour with a back drop of the Hurricane Katrina story. Explore New Orleans from the comfort of a 13-passenger mini bus. This 2-hours tour through the Crescent City, narrating on points of interest including the CBD, French Quarter, Marigny Neighborhood, Tremé, Garden District, Warehouse District, City Park, Lake Pontchartrain, Local Cemetery and more.
Stop At: New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana United States
The tour will start with a pick-up (please allow 30 minutes for pick-up) from a driver/tour guide in front of your hotel or air BnB. Step on board a 13 - passenger bus, but with only 13 guests on board making this tour as comfortable and personal as possible. Sit back and relax and take in the view of the French Quarter, Treme Neighborhood, Garden District, New Orleans Historic Cemeteries: City of the Dead Street, City Park, 9th ward, Lake Pontchartrain and more.
Duration: 30 minutes
Pass By: French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana United States
Of course, we dish some of the dirt on New Orleans’ crowning jewel, the French Quarter. People from all over the globe flock to the streets of the Quarter to take in its rarefied air every single day. There is just something about the neighborhood that sits at the crest of the river that draws people in.
For hundreds of years, people have found a sense of allure about the Quarter, and we understand why you’re here.
From the comfort of your air-conditioned seat, you take a drive down Decatur Street, one of the most scenic in the area. You pass through the famous French Market to Esplanade Avenue as you hear the history of this 300-year-old neighborhood.
Our guides are experts at recommending the best places in the Quarter to get a drink or a meal, so if you’re looking for the perfect place after your tour, don’t hesitate to ask. If there’s one thing a New Orleanian likes to do is talk about their food. But this is only the beginning of what you experience on this New Orleans Bus Tour.
Pass By: Treme, New Orleans, Louisiana United States
The Tremé (pronounced “Treh-MAY”; historically Faubourg Tremé) is the birthplace of jazz. The Tremé is the spiritual home of our city. Congo Square in Armstrong Park anchors this historic neighborhood where the streets have more history than some books.
The Tremé has been a legendary influence on New Orleans culture. So many significant events have taken places on these back streets of Tremé.
Stop At: St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, 3421 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119 United States
No tour in New Orleans would be complete without seeing one of our famed cemeteries. While the dead are six feet under in your town, they rise above in ours.
Our guides tell the stories that haunt the Crescent City. We show you where some the places our most fabled residents call their eternal home.
The tour group gets out and takes a walk so you can see up close that New Orleans has a wholly different relationship with our dead than anywhere else in the country. Cemetery No. 3 offers you a moment to soak the ambiance in a quiet setting. Established in 1854, each and every tomb paints its own picture of New Orleans’ rich history. Cemetery No. 3 tells the story of immigration patterns, devastating floods, and health scares of generations past. Every piece of marble in the cemetery is a work of art. We care for our deceased down here, and our guides tells you the tales of what life in New Orleans through the generations is like, one grave at a time.
Duration: 15 minutes
Pass By: Garden District, St Charles Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 United States
Probably the second-most famous neighborhood in New Orleans, the Garden District is home to some of the city’s most opulent homes and is a must-see when visiting the Crescent City.
It’s here where stunning Greek architecture is on display and crowds of people walk the streets snapping photos and taking in the air that’s scented with jasmine that blooms when the weather is just right. Many celebrities live in the Garden District, so you never know just who you’ll see out in their yards or walking their dogs. America’s sweetheart Sandra Bullock has a house blocks off St. Charles Avenue. A New Orleans native, The Big Lebowski actor John Goodman calls this historic neighborhood home, as well as our very own New Orleans Saint, Drew Brees. Nicolas Cage is seen around as well. We see the homes featured in the novels of Anne Rice and countless films. We take you to see the more famous, or infamous, places the residents of the Garden District call home.
Stop At: City Park, New Orleans, Louisiana United States
City Park is one of New Orleans’ best attractions. A huge, luscious space, City Park is a stunning expanse of sights. One and half times larger than New York’s Central Park, City Park hosts the New Orleans Museum of Art, a carousel, and duck ponds, as well as some of New Orleans’ best wildlife.
Located in the heart of Mid City, City Park is also where the Voodoo Music Festival is held annually.
We take a ride through the winding streets where mossy oaks line the streets while birds sit on the branches contemplating the day. The 1,300-acre outdoor oasis has enchanted New Orleanians since 1854, and millions annually stroll under the picturesque moss canopies.
Duration: 20 minutes
Pass By: Ninth Ward, New Orleans, Louisiana United States
Being New Orleans natives, this part of the tour really hits home for us. When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, it devastated our city. We’ve spent over a decade working hard to rebuild and show the world we’re better than ever.
VIP New Orleans Bus Tours shows you how far we’ve come back and what we are doing to make sure this never happens again. Our guides take you to see Musician’s Village to see some of the success stories that continue to define the strength of our residents.
Too far to walk from the French Quarter, we take you on a ride that only the locals know about. You get a chance to really experience what life in New Orleans can be like.
Pass By: Lake Pontchartrain, New Orleans, Louisiana United States
We take you to see one of the biggest lakes in the country, our very own Lake Pontchartrain. Our lake is a body of water so big, the bridge to cross it is bigger than most municipal areas and is even in the Guinness Book of World Records!
Here’s a dirty little secret: It’s really not even a lake; it’s a giant estuary that happens to feed into the Gulf of Mexico and just so happens to be an easy swim of 630 miles.
Lake Pontchartrain is one of the most popular destinations for Louisiana residents in the summer. Boats are out for miles, and countless fishermen troll the waters looking for the catch of the day.
You see where the flood wall broke during Hurricane Katrina and where the levee system breached.
Much like our tour of the 9th Ward, seeing Lake Pontchartrain is important to us as natives, and it’s important to protect a natural landmark that is a huge part of what New Orleans is all about.
Stop At: New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana United States
Tour will end with hotel drop-off (please allow 15 to 30 minutes for drop-off)
Duration: 15 minutes
- Reservations are REQUIRED for all bookings
- Book Your Package On-Line and Receive Your Confirmation
- Departure point: Detailed check-in instructions - including the address and parking information if applicable - will be included in your final confirmation email.
- Duration: 2 hours (Approx.)
- Local Licensed Driver/Tour Guide
- Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off
- 3-Hours Tour
- Air BnB Pick-up and Drop-off
- Gratuities (Optional)
- Food and Drinks
- Gratuities (optional)
What To Bring
- Confirmation Voucher (printed or mobile)
- Any required or suggested items listed on your confirmation email.
- A Smile!
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
- Suitable for all physical fitness levels
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
- For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
- If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
- Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
- Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
- This tour requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
- This tour requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
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