New Orleans by Boat, Bus & Boot: City & Swamp Combo Tour
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
- Guided bus tour: Who better to guide you than generations-long New Orleanians? Listen to insightful commentary about the city’s history and take advantage of hop-on, hop-off perks to take a closer look at historic sites such as Jackson Square, the Saint Louis Cathedral, as well as the rebuilding efforts that have taken place since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
- French Quarter: Explore the most famously-visited neighborhood in New Orleans! Dating as far back to the 18th century, it is home to an array of restaurants, hotels, and world-renowned “Bourbon Street,” which boasts 13 blocks of historic venues and iconic buildings.
- St. Louis Cemetery #1: Known as “The City of the Dead,” this is the oldest active cemetery in New Orleans–dating back to the 18th century. If it looks familiar, this is because it has been featured in movies such as “The Cincinnati Kid”.
- New Orleans Garden & Warehouse Districts: Stroll through one of the country's loveliest neighborhoods! The Garden District boasts antebellum mansions, lush gardens, shops, cafes, and charming southern splendor. Then, head to the New Orleans Warehouse District-situated in the heart of downtown New Orleans, this historic neighborhood is filled with art galleries, restaurants, and world-class museums!
- Guided Honey Island Swamp boat tour: Hop aboard an eco-friendly, 22-passenger water craft and cruise down the murky Louisiana Bayou! Considered to be one of the most pristine swampland habitats remaining in the United States, this marshland’s 70,000 acres house an array of protected wildlife such as wild boars, water snakes, eagles, owls, and bears.
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off included: You needn’t worry about getting lost! We pick you up from your hotel, and take you where you need to go.
- Bring the little ones: Tour is suitable for children of all ages, and children 3 and under are free and don't require a reservation.
About This New Orleans Tour
There are many exciting and historic sides of New Orleans, but none exemplifies the blended character of the city like the French Quarter.
Founded in 1718 by the French explorer Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, for much of the 18th century, the Quarter was synonymous with the city itself. Unfortunately, many of the original pre-1800 buildings were destroyed by a fire in 1788 – most of the structures you see today are from the early part of the 19th century.
During that period, which followed the Louisiana Purchase by the United States and saw arrival of thousands of slaves and refugees from Africa and the Caribbean, the Quarter enjoyed influence from many different cultures. The elegant columns and iron-fenced terraces are inspired by classical Greek & Roman buildings, while the colorful shotgun rowhouses are a product of the city’s Creole population. Buildings in this era sprung up quickly, on the back of New Orleans’ booming sugar and cotton trades.
Today, the French Quarter is the heart and soul of the Crescent City, and hands-down its most famous neighborhood. Just across the street from the Mississippi, Jackson Square is New Orleans’ most important plaza. It stands in front of the towering, Disneyesque St. Louis Cathedral, built in 1720 as a monument to the French King Louis IX.
Other parts of New Orleans certainly have their draws – the lavish antebellum mansions in the Garden District, the impressive landscaping and jazz monuments of Louis Armstrong Park in Treme – but if you’re looking for one neighborhood that encapsulates the persona, progression, and diversity of the Big Easy, look no further than the French Quarter.
The city of New Orleans experienced its most significant period of growth in the early 19th century, when the region’s sugar and cotton industries skyrocketed, as did its number of inhabitants. In the decade between 1830 and 1840, the Big Easy’s population more than doubled thanks to immigration from the Caribbean and Europe, making it the third-largest city in the young United States. Because of the city’s industrial success and easy access to labor, by 1840 it was also the wealthiest in the country.
Please meet in the lobby/reception area of your hotel. Be sure to indicate the name of your hotel at check-out so we know where to meet you. Your guide will be holding a sign with GoBe or your name on it.
Tours may be taken on the same day or different days. As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind.
Prepare for approx. 2 miles of walking with an easy pace. Expect uneven surfaces, steps and inclines. All venues may not be fully accessible. Bring assistance if your mobility is limited or you use a wheelchair. Must enter/exit boat without assistance.
Boat Tour, Cultural, Scenic, Family Friendly, Wilderness/Wildlife
Coach and 22-pax Swamp boat.
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
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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