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New Orleans Guided Tours

A tour of New Orleans is a great way to get some perspective on this complex city's rich culture and many diverse attractions. The most revealing tours show the devastation of Hurricane Katrina on the city's neighbourhoods, while a cruise on the Mississippi River takes passengers past the Chalmette Battlefield from the British invasion in the Battle of New Orleans. A tour of the Antebellum South's Oak Alley Plantation features a quarter-mile canopy of ancient oak trees, and a boat trip in the Louisiana swamps and bayous offers alligator, raccoon and snakes sightings, as well as demonstrating the culture and history of the local Cajun people.


Here is a selection of hand-picked tours and excursions, bookable through tour partner Viator:


New Orleans Power Pass™

See more, save more with New Orleans Power Pass"! For one low price, visitors receive free entry to all the most exciting attractions in town... a combined value of over $500 in admission fees. See more, save more with New Orleans Power Pass"! For one low price, visitors receive free entry to all the most exciting attractions in town... a combined value of over $500 in admission fees. A New Orleans Power Pass" also includes "Fast Tracking", allowing customers to skip the line at many attractions. Every New Orleans Power Pass" provides additional discounts and special offers for fine retail shops, restaurants, and other activities. A colorful guide with maps, travel instructions, attraction descriptions and operating hours is also included.How It WorksYou can purchase a New Orleans Power Pass" good for 1, 2, 3 or 5 days. Multi-day New Orleans Power Pass" are valid on consecutive days only. A New Orleans Power Pass" is presented at the ticket window of each attraction and is activated at the first participating location visited. Each participating location can be visited once per day. (The list of participating locations is subject to change)Please see list below for participating attractions.Special Offer - Book and travel by August 31, 2009 and the price displayed will include a discount of 5% off the recommended retail price of a 3-day pass - BOOK NOW! Click here to find out more about this deal!


Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise

Savor the beauty and romance of New Orleans from the decks of the Steamboat Natchez. The Steamboat Natchez is the only 'authentic' Steamboat in New Orleans and one of six still operating on the Mississippi River.The Evening Jazz Cruise features nightly entertainment by the Grammy nominated 'Dukes of Dixieland'.Cruise Highlights:Breathtaking views of the cityCasual buffet-style diningMeals prepared fresh on boardIndoor and Outdoor seatingMuseum quality Engine Room Click here to find out more about this deal!


New Orleans Cooking Class

Welcome to the Fun, Food and Folklore of The New Orleans School of Cooking! These entertaining classes are located in a renovated molasses warehouse built in the early 1800's in the heart of the French Quarter. You will be taught the basics of Louisiana Cooking in a way you'll never forget.Fun is a primary ingredient in the kitchen! The Creole/Cajun experts teach you New Orleans specialties such as Gumbo, Jambalaya and Pralines, and season them with history, trivia and tall tales. It's a "ga-ron-teed" good time for all!All classes include recipes and generous samplings of the demonstrated items, coffee, iced tea and beer.Please Note: Bookings can only be made up to 3 months in advance Click here to find out more about this deal!


Post Hurricane Katrina Tour

New Orleans is slowly being restored to its former beauty after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Come and experience the southern splendor with a strong French influence, stately homes and avenues. The tour will also show you some of the hurricane's devastation by the Lakefront.The tour begins in the French Quarter, virtually untouched by Katrina, giving the history and architecture of this old Creole city: Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, the Pontalba row houses and an overall view of the Mississippi River Port, levees and flood walls. Drive by the French Market, the old US Mint, the stately mansions, and St. Louis Cemetery #3 along Esplanade Avenue. Then, make your way to peaceful Bayou St. John, where you will view raised houses from the late 1700's and hear about their architectural significance in a city below sea level. Arrive at UNO's campus along Lake Pontchartrain's shores, where the levee system is explained and the longest of all bridges, the Causeway, is seen from the van; then, drive along the Lakeshore past the remains of the Southern Yacht Club and the marinas, and reach the second levee breach at the 17th Street Canal and view from the van the violent and utter destruction it caused to the Lakeview neighborhood. Drive though the once flooded Gentilly and New Orleans East neighborhoods continuing to witness the huge scope of Katrina's devastation. Cross over the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, MRGO, and hear about its impact on the loss of wetlands and coastal erosion, before arriving in Chalmette, St. Bernard Parish, where the size of the tour vehicles allows you to drive through a demolished neighborhood caused by yet another levee failure. Finally, drive across the Industrial Canal where you will see the largest Levee Breach which demolished the 9th Ward and then return to New Orleans downtown, pass the Superdome and the Convention Center. Click here to find out more about this deal!


Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

Board the historic Steamboat Natchez to the delightful tunes of the Steam Calliope. Experience the sights and sounds of river life that enchanted characters of history and literature - like Mark Twain's Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer - and see the bustling activity of America's second largest port!View the ever-changing skyline of 'The Crescent City' from the sunny decks or climate-controlled comfort of the majestic Steamer Natchez. Cruise past the Chalmette Battlefield, where the legendary Jean Lafitte and his buccaneers joined forces with Andrew Jackson to defend the city against the British in the Battle of New Orleans.On the 11:30am departure, you also have the option to add on a delicious lunch. Click here to find out more about this deal!


Jazz Brunch Buffet at the Court of Two Sisters Restaurant

The Court of Two Sisters' Buffet Brunch boasts is a sumptuous display of hot and cold dishes. They use only the freshest ingredients so the buffet's selections change according to season and time of day. In the morning, a typical selection of hot dishes includes made-to-order omelets, Eggs Benedict, sausage and bacon, grits and grillades, and shrimp and veggie pastas with a creamy Alfredo sauce. The afternoon's sampling includes Creole jambalaya, turtle soup, oysters Bienville, Duck a l'Orange, and Shrimp Etouffee.The cold buffet is a creative sampling of boiled shrimp (and crawfish when in season) with your choice of traditional cocktail or Creole remoulade sauces, seafood and pasta salads, ceviche, pates, cheeses and a variety of fresh fruit. Also included are delicious desserts: pecan pie, homemade vanilla ice cream, Bananas Foster and our famous bread pudding with whiskey sauce. While enjoying brunch, relax and sing along with our Jazz Trio, which plays daily. Click here to find out more about this deal!


Westbank Plantation Tour

Journey back in time to the Antebellum South with a tour of two separate plantations. First, visit Oak Alley Plantation, which has been called the "Grande Dame of the Great River Road". Next, tour Laura Plantation, a historic sugar plantation built in 1805 displaying a different and unique culture.On your ride out to Oak Alley Plantation, you will see and hear all about Whitney, Josephine, and Evergreen Plantations. Your guided tour of Oak Alley Plantation will allow you time to admire this jewel of Greek Revival architecture. The quarter-mile canopy of giant live oak trees, believed to be nearly 300 years old, forms an impressive avenue leading to the classic Greek-revival style antebellum home. Next visit Laura, a Creole Plantation and her historic slave quarters surrounded by sugar cane fields. The guided tour transports you with dramatic detail into the charmed yet tragic lives of four generations of Creole owners and their slaves. Click here to find out more about this deal!


Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Tour

New Orleans has abundant wildlife, and nowhere is it more apparent than in the swamps and bayous of Louisiana. Take a boat ride through these swamps and you may see alligators, raccoons, snakes and native birds. You'll hear stories of the local Cajuns and how they created gumbo, now a New Orleans tradition.After a short motorcoach ride across the Mississippi River, take a fascinating boat trip into the Louisiana Swamps and Bayous.Experience the timeless beauty of Southern Louisiana in a custom built, all weather swamp boat.Native guides will reveal the mysteries of the swamps and bayous and the Cajun "joie de vivre".Hear how the Cajuns turned soup into gumbo, the washboard into a musical instrument, and the swamps of Louisiana into a paradise.Observe the nesting grounds of alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria, and many species of snakes. Some wildlife are more numerous during the warmer months of the year.You will be treated to a Bayou Nature Wildlife Show by a local naturalist. Snakes, alligator snapping turtles, raccoons and nutria will be among the animal guests.Learn about the efforts made to preserve and restore Louisiana's vanishing wetlands.Bring your camera to capture the "bon temps" (good times) on the bayou. Click here to find out more about this deal!


New Orleans' Cajun Bayou Tour

Welcome to Cajun Country, the heart of French culture in Louisiana. Discover the history of the Cajun people, then board a boat for a 1 1/2 hour tour of the Bayou. Here, you can see alligators, herons and other native animals. For a unique tour with a little dash of Cajun spice - look no further!Welcome to Cajun Country, the heart of French culture in Louisiana. Discover the history of the Cajun people, then board a boat for a 1 1/2 hour tour of the Bayou. Here, you can see alligators, herons and other native animals. For a unique tour with a little dash of Cajun spice - look no further! Driving out to Cajun Country, you will travel through wild cypress swamps, over the Mississippi River on an impressive suspended bridge, and along vast sugarcane fields, as your guide tells a unique story of the odyssey of the Cajun people. Enjoy a narrated boat tour (about 1 1/2 hours duration) on winding bayous in remote cypress swamps. Your Cajun guide, also an alligator hunter and fur trapper, shares his knowledge of the swamp including reptile habits, healing plants and exotic birds. After this peaceful ride, explore his picturesque swamp zoo on Bayou Boeuf. Tours are operated in top of the line 14 passenger vans ensuring the greatest of comfort and personalized service. Click here to find out more about this deal!


New Orleans MealTicket™

The New Orleans MealTicket" offers visitors the best value on dining in town. For one low price, visitors receive breakfast, lunch, and dinner at six New Orleans restaurants. Every MealTicket" comes with a colorful guide with maps, travel instructions, restaurant descriptions, menu options and operating hours.How It Works:Consumers can purchase a New Orleans MealTicket" good for 1, 2, 3 or 5 days. Multi-day MealTicket" are valid on consecutive days only. A MealTicket" card is presented to servers or hosts at each restaurant prior to ordering and is activated at the first participating restaurant visited. Each MealTicket" is limited to one breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner per day. Some restaurants may offer restricted menus; appetizers, dessert, alcohol, off menu items are extra.Important: MealTicket" recommends providing a gratuity to your server. Please see list below for participating restaurants.Special Offer - Book and travel by August 31, 2009 and the price displayed will include a discount of 5% off the recommended retail price - BOOK NOW! Click here to find out more about this deal!