Whatever your interest or taste there is no better way to explore New Orleans than to take one of the many tours offered. New Orleans tours are a way to sail through New Orleans, fly over New Orleans, bike, segway, mule-drawn carriage way or walk through New Orleans. From these tours you will discover that from the River Front to the French Quarter to the Uptown area to the arts district to the suburbs that New Orleans has more personalities than any other American city. You will also discover a city that is young at heart yet rich with history. Whatever variety of tour you choose you will see parts of New Orleans you have never seen and learn things about New Orleans that you never knew. After talking with many visitors who have been on these tours and with the tour guides who give them I can confidently recommend any of the tours listed on this page.
New Orleans is best enjoyed as you glide through its streets and along the riverfront on a segway! The historic French Quarter, Jackson Square, Mississippi Riverfront, the French Market, the Old U.S. Mint, the birthplace of Jazz, night-life on Bourbon Street there certainly is a lot to take in at once. The best way to see it all is with City Segway Tours. City Segway Tours of New Orleans is the top rated Segway Tour Company in town as ranked by TripAdvisor.com. Their commitment to excellence, world-class licensed tour guides, and attention to detail have helped them become the best Segway Tour company in town. City Segway strives to deliver an unforgettable and fun experience with every tour! City Segway Tours looks forward to welcoming you on the most unique, innovative and exciting tour in New Orleans. New Orleans City Segway Tours is located in the French Quarter at 214 Decatur Street and their phone# is (877) 734-8687
While vacationing in New Orleans you must take a French Quarter carriage tour. It is by far one of the best ways to explore the French Quarter and to learn about this historic district. These mule-drawn carriages line up in front of Jackson Square on Decatur Street everyday from around 9am until late into the evening. You will find carriages of different styles and passenger capacity. All carriage drivers are licensed tour guides and each one does their own research and custom tour. So ask questions and find one that meets your likings. They work on commission and tips SO if your carriage driver gives you a good tour don’t forget to tip them appropriately. As far as I know the three basic tours are:
French Quarter tour – about 30 minutes.
French Quarter and Cemetery tour – about 60 minutes.
French Quarter and Garden District tour– about 90 minutes.
As you explore New Orleans the carriage driver will give you plenty of time to ask questions and take pictures.
FreeWheelin' Bike Tours is the French Quarter's original bike tour company and is family owned and operated. FreeWheelin offers 2 to 3 hour bike tours on comfortable American made cruiser bikes. Join them for a lazy ride through the French Quarter and up to the Mighty Mississippi River. Then enjoy the short ride from the French Quarter to the Oak-lined Esplanade Avenue strewn with grand old manors. Next their bike tour continues across Bayou St. John where ancient Oak trees abound in the 1300 acre City Park, here you will stop for beignets and cafe au lait. Lastly you will pedal your way back down shady streets through quiet neighborhoods to Armstrong Park, Congo Square and the former red light district Storyville, turn into the Treme and then back to the French Quarter. Throughout the bike tour their tour guides will recommend to you all of the hot spots to hit in town. Whether you like jazz or rock, zydeco or ragtime... they know where to go and would love to share with you their knowledge from a lifetime of living in New Orleans. Their phone# is (866) 293-4037
One of the best ways to explore New Orleans, the French Quarter, and the Garden District is with an experienced guide on a New Orleans Walking Tour. The most common walking tours are Cemetery Walking Tours * Ghosts & Legends Walking Tours * Ghost & Vampire Walking Tours * Voodoo Walking Tours * Crescent City Nights Walking Tours * French Quarter Walking Tours * Garden District Walking Tours * Cocktail Walking Tours * Jazz Music Walking Tours. Walking tour are given day and night, seven days a week, rain or shine. Visit my New Orleans Walking Tours page for additional infomation on the many New Orleans Walking Tours available.
Paddle Wheeler Creole Queen Riverboat Tour
There is no better way to explore New Orleans than by taking a cruise down the mighty Mississippi River aboard the Paddle Wheeler Creole Queen! Choose from either the Battlefield Cruise or the Dinner Jazz Cruise. While on the Battlefield Cruise you will have an awesome photo opportunity of New Orleans and the French Quarter as you sail south to Chalmette Louisiana. Upon arriving in Chalmette you will disembark at the site of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans where American forces, commanded by General Andrew Jackson, defeated an invading British Army. After touring the battlefield you will re-board for the return cruise. The Battlefield Cruise take approximately 2 ½ hours. On the Dinner Jazz Cruise enjoy the Creole Queen’s own Jazz Band while you feast on a lavish Creole buffet. After dinner enjoy a romantic stroll on the promenade deck as you take in a twilight view of New Orleans. The Dinner Jazz Cruise takes approximately 2 hours. Their phone number is (504) 529-4567.
For information on the New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise visit my Seasonal Activities page.
Steamboat NATCHEZ Riverboat Tour * Live Jazz
Experience Southern hospitality, steamboat style! During the golden age of steamboats hundreds of stern-wheelers such as the Natchez plied the waters of the Mississippi River. Now you can savor the beauty and romance of New Orleans and take a journey back in time aboard the authentic Sternwheeler Steamboat NATCHEZ. Your two-hour cruise from the heart of the French Quarter takes you back when life was as slow and graceful as the current on the Mississippi. Let us show you New Orleans as you can only see from the river. Experience Southern hospitality, steamboat style! The Steamboat NATCHEZ Dinner Jazz and Daytime jazz cruises … run daily, year round, in the style of authentic steamboats in New Orleans for centuries! While on board enjoy Steam Engine Room visitation, calliope, live jazz and optional Creole food and local beverages. The Steamboat NATCHEZ docks at Toulouse Street and the Mississippi River. Their phone number is 504-569-1401.
New Orleans is literally surrounded by swamps, marsh, or water so which ever direction you travel you will be able to find a New Orleans swamp tour. This is a picture of my son squirrel hunting in the Honey Island Swamp. The swamps are an amazing ADVENTURE and I spend a lot of time hunting, fishing, and boating in the swamps. I have never been on a commercial swamp tour but I have seen many of their tour boats while in the swamps. There are at least a dozen swamp tours available that I know of and most of them offer transportation from and to your hotel. They are all about the same price and offer between one and two hour tours. I would imagine that anyone of them would give you an excellent tour of the Louisiana swamps. There are several Honey Island Swap Tours which are about an hour (North) from the French Quarter. There are several Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours which are about 30 minutes (South) from the French Quarter in New Orleans. There is a least one Manchac Swamp Tour which is a little over an hour (East) from New Orleans. Visit my New Orleans Swamp Tour page for additional infomation on the many New Orleans Swamp tours available.
See the Crescent City from the air! With an Acadian Helicopter tour you will have a bird’s eye view of New Orleans and the surrounding areas. During your helicopter tour you will fly over the French Quarter and see New Orleans icons such as the Natchez Steamboat on the river, Jackson Square, the Aquarium of Americas, and Spanish Plaza. As you fly over the city you will see the Crescent City Connection Bridge, the Superdome and historic New Orleans neighborhoods. Your helicopter adventure will also fly you over old forts, Louisiana Swamps, and many more historical sites. You will enjoy smooth flying and air conditioning as you soar above the Crescent City seeing sites few people get to see. Acadian’s fleet of two and four seats helicopters are the safest helicopters being made today. For more information call Acadian Helicopter Tours at (504) 415-9726
Post Katrina City Tour
Tours by Isabelle offers a 70 mile, 3 ½ hour New Orleans Post Katrina City Tour packed with facts and history. This is NOT the traditional city tour of New Orleans, 90% of this tour is about The Storm's impact. On this New Orleans City Tour you will see and learn about: The French Quarter history, geography and architecture: Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, the Pontalbaa row houses, Mississippi River Port, levees & flood walls. London Avenue Canal’s levee breaches and flood gates. UNO’s campus along Lake Pontchartrain's shores, where our levee system is explained and the longest of all bridges, the Causeway, is seen from the van. Lakeview and the 17th St. Canal breach. Stop for a refreshment & restroom break in Metairie. Gentilly and New Orleans East neighborhoods continuing to witness the huge scope of Katrina’s devastation. Cross over the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, MRGO, explaining its impact on the loss of wetlands and coastal erosion. Chalmette, St. Bernard Parish, where the size of our vehicles allows us to drive through a demolished neighborhood caused by yet another levee failure. Lower 9th Ward desolation and rebirth, see Brad Pitt's "Make it Right" rebuilding project. Then drive across the Industrial Canal to see the largest Levee Breach. See Habitat For Humanity's colorful Musicians' Village site in the Upper 9th Ward and return to New Orleans' downtown, pass the Superdome and Convention Center. For additioanl Katrina City Tour information call Tours by Isabelle at 504-398-0365 or 1-888-223-2093.
Experience the thrill of New Orleans as you fly over the French Quarter and the Superdome; Land in the beautiful bayous in the Jean Lafitte swamp. Fly to and visit one of the many historic forts located in the bayous outside the city. View firsthand the devastating loss of Louisiana’s wetlands and see the efforts currently in place to preserve their existence. Any of these New Orleans experience can be yours with a Southern Seaplane Air Tour. Their tours include a 30 minute New Orleans Bayou Air Tour, a 2 hour Fort Pike Discovery Air Tour, a 3 hour Cajun Heritage Air and boat tour, and a 1 hour Save Our Coast Tour. Southern Seaplane Inc. was established in 1954 and they are located just 20 minutes from the French Quarter. Their address is #1 Coquille Drive, Belle Chasse, LA. and their phone# is 504-394-5633.
Experience New Orleans like never before! Sit back and enjoy a unique and intimate movie experience on board our 10 passenger van. Watch video clips on the monitors while we visit the actual filming locations. Snack on complimentary popcorn and bottled water as you watch video clips from your favourite movies. This 3 hour tour may be the only city tour you will need to take in New Orleans. On the New Orleans Movie Tour® you will visit all the major neighbourhoods in the city, including the French Quarter, the Marigny, Uptown, Garden District, CBD, the Treme, and the famed St. Louis Cemetery #1. Maybe you'll get to see a New Orleans movie being filmed right before your very eyes! Sorry, cash is not accepted on this New Orleans tour, you will need to purchase tickets in advance. You can book your tickets online for the New Orleans Movie Tours® or by calling our ticketing company Zerve at (800) 979-3370.
Kayaking tours on historic Bayou St. John through New Orleans
Capture New Orleans from a different perspective with a Kayak Tour by KAYAK-ITI-YAT. Kayak on Bayou St. John as your guide takes you along our historic waterway running through the city. We’ll keep with the pace of the city—nice and easy, taking in the southern scenery, hospitality and weather. Bayou St. John flows through many thriving neighborhoods and you will find that folks do all sorts of things on the banks of the bayou—exercise, play, picnic, tag, etc. You’ll certainly get a feel for New Orleans through the local community. While kayaking, you will see some of the older city structures, like the Spanish Custom House and the Pitot House, both built in the late 1700’s. There is plenty of wildlife to observe and a variety of foliage surrounds Bayou St. John. It isn’t uncommon to spot a blue heron perched on an old piling among the cypress trees or a pelican diving into the water after a fish with majestic oaks in the background. Kayak tours are available seven days a week by reservation only. Minimum of 2 kayakers and a maximum of 10. Cash only. For more information on the Kayak Tour call (985)-778-5034.
James & James City Tour
Start with a walking tour of the French Quarter; you will see the St. Louis Cathedral, the Pontalba Apartments and the local art displays on Jackson Square, Bourbon Street, the Mississippi River, and the French Market. The tour will continue by minibus along Esplanade Avenue with its beautiful Creole homes to City Park where you will take a rest stop under the moss-covered oak trees. Then your tour will drive by Bayou St. John, on its way to Lake Pontchartrain where you will see the causeway. Next you will visit a cemetery that is not ordinary. From here you will travel along the splendid St Charles Avenue alongside our famous streetcars. Finally, this James & James City Tour returns downtown to the Warehouse district, with its many museums, art galleries, restaurants and the ninth wonder of the world The Super Dome. Your driver will drop you off at your hotel or anywhere downtown you wish. Hotel pickup is included. For more information on this City Tour call (504) 458-1494