Hurricane Katrina Tour
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
- The Ninth Ward: Tour the most devastated neighborhood in New Orleans, and hear the harrowing tales of survival when the levees broke. The lower ninth ward was the hardest hit and many residents were displaced permanently.
- Mississippi River: Check out Lake Pontchartrain and the levees that are tasked with keeping the water at bay; learn why they famously failed on that fateful day back in 2005.
- Authentic Narration: If you want authenticity you got it; hear the terrifying events told by someone who was actually there.
About this New Orleans, Louisiana tour
Labeled as America's greatest natural catastrophe, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on August 25th 2005 in Florida. It brushed across Florida and gathered strength as it passed over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. By the time it made landfall in Southeast Louisiana it had weakened significantly, and all had thought New Orleans had been spared. But this wasn’t the case. Failure of the levees sent water cascading into New Orleans, covering most of the city, and washing away everything in its path.
This tour will lead you through the events that led up to Hurricane Katrina, as well as how the government failed to understand the true threat that Lake Pontchartrain posed on this vibrant city. You'll be led through the events of Hurricane Katrina as you are guided along the Mississippi River and the French Quarter. Eyewitness accounts and visual evidence of the destruction bring this tour to life.
Not only will you gain a better understanding of the disaster that was Hurricane Katrina, but you'll truly understand the power of Mother Nature and her fury. While this tour touches on one of the most tragic moments in New Orleans history, it isn't all a sad tale. New Orleans has risen again, born out of the love the locals have for the city. You'll see the resilience and soul of the people of New Orleans on this eye-opening experience.
When the levees broke, and New Orleans filled with water, the hardest hit neighborhoods sat under over 10 feet of water. Major flooding was not caused by the hurricane itself, but rather by breeches in the levee system that kept New Orleans dry. The city had nearly 20 levee breaches, but four major breeches are blamed for much of the widespread flooding.
Please make your way to Gray Line Lighthouse Ticket Office located at Toulouse St. and the Mississippi River in the French Quarter.
Gray Line Tours will donate $3.00 to a non-profit organization of your choice (1 of 5) that has been directly affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Choice of charities: America's Wetlands, Habitat for Humanity, Louisiana SPCA, Tipitina's Jazz Foundation or New Orleans City Park. Closed New Year’s Day, Mardi Gras, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Although minimal walking, you will need to be able to climb on and off your minibus.
Bus Tour, Cultural
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages. Travelers under age of 6 must sit on the lap of an adult or pay for a full seat.
Tour operated by mini buses. Travelers will be unable to exit bus during tour of areas visited.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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