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Hurricane Katrina Tour of New Orleans

By: Gray Line
  • 3.5-hour tour of the neighborhoods damaged by Hurricane Katrina, in New Orleans
  • See where levees breached along the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain
  • Pass by rebuilding projects including the Make It Right homes and Musician’s Village
Hurricane Katrina Tour of New Orleans
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Hurricane Katrina Tour of New Orleans
USD 51.00
Discover the resiliency of New Orleans on a 3.5‐hour bus tour of the city’s most heavily‐impacted sites of Hurricane Katrina. With a knowledgeable local guide, visit districts in various stages of regeneration from Lakeview and St. Bernard to the still decimated Ninth Ward. Along the way, see the Hurricane Katrina Memorial, pass locations of the most catastrophic levee breaches and learn about the critical levee system in post‐Katrina New Orleans.
What to Expect
Your historic tour of post‐Katrina New Orleans begins in the afternoon with pickup in the French Quarter. Climb aboard your air‐conditioned coach and take in some foundational history from your guide as you wind through the city. 

Heading east from the French Quarter, you’ll pass by the Ninth Ward, a heavily impacted district surrounded on three sides by waterways. Experience the vulnerability of this place – located at the site of massive Industrial Canal breach – and its burgeoning regeneration. Though this area is closed to tour groups, you’ll glimpse several important celebrity‐driven rebuilding projects including Make It Right houses, spurred but Brad Pitt, and Musician’s Village, hosted by Habitat for Humanity, Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr. Keep an eye out for the restored home of local legend, Fats Domino. 

Further north, you’ll pass through Lakeview, Gentilly and St Bernard, three badly hit areas in the process of regrowth. En route, see high water marks and memorials at the two other major levee breach sites – 17th Street Canal in Lakeview and the London Avenue Canal in Gentilly. Hear your guide’s eyewitness account of the days surrounding the cataclysmic storm – one of the worst in US history – and learn how, years later, the region’s natural and industrial surroundings continue to be impacted, from disappearing wetlands to oil and gas pipeline disruption.  

You will visit the New Basin Canal Lighthouse which was destroyed by Katrina but reconstructed and reopened in 2013. Your guided tour of this museum offers a bird’s eye view of the area, including the levees along the lakefront and, in the distance, the longest bridge over water in the world, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.

The final leg of your tour passes by the Hurricane Katrina Memorial en route to the beautiful New Orleans City Park. Stop and pay tribute to the 1,100 people who died in the hurricane, then take in the lush beauty of this nationally recognized park. Learn a bit of its history as the former Louis Allard plantation and the effect of the London Avenue Canal Breach on the space.

Your 3.5‐hour tour ends back at the starting point in the French Quarter.
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Very Informative

The Hurricane Katrina tour with Bruce Nolan was really good. He’s extremely knowledgeable on the subject because he lived through it as a resident and a newspaper reporter. Do the tour and you will learn so much about the city of New Orleans as well.

Thank Thomas M
Reviewed 1 week ago
day tour

Our guide was an ex news paper person that had reported on katrina while it was happening. He was excellent. The only disappointment was not being able to go to the lower 9th district that is still tore up.

Thank Paperboy1957
Reviewed 29 May 2018
The guide makes the tour which for us was bad.

I was about to do a review on our Katrina tour in New Orleans but now I am conflicted. By reading past reviews I see the tour we had was not what most people in the past have had. Now I am really disappointed we...More

Thank Saskwatches
Reviewed 8 May 2018
Time well spent

Bruce Nolan did a fantastic job of combining factual information along side his personal experiences during Katrina. His knowledge of not only that event, but the history of NOLA provide a memorable experience.

Thank Dave B
Reviewed 7 April 2018
Hurricane Katrina Tour with guide Daniel was fantastic!

Wow! This was a very informative tour given from someone who lived through it. He was able to separate fact from fiction for us and I learned so much. I was enthralled throughout the presentation and wish everyone who came to New Orleans would take...More

AdrienneGLNOSC, Public Relations Manager at Gray Line, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2018

Sharing the experience of the Hurricane is more than destruction, it is the story of rebirth of a city and a people. The tour was developed to help people understand the life in this area, why we live here, how we approach the threat of...More

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14 April 2018|
Response from tlumbra | Reviewed this property |
You do need printed
14 April 2018|
Response from Anita J |
I wouldn't think that would be a problem. You do need to go to the ticket office near the buses to exchange the voucher for a printed bus pass.
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