Touring The Big Easy In A Small Way---Post Katrina
During this fascinating tour, you'll see firsthand the effects of Hurricane Katrina.
We loved this woman. She qualifies as a true entrepreneur. She arrived in the states at the age of 21 and could not speak English. Her first job was teaching French at Colby College in Maine, where the students, in return, taught her English. She went back home, but returned and settled in New Orleans, married, and started a family. Of the many jobs she enjoyed over the years, her time with a large tour operator, in particular, felt "right" to her. Taking all she learned, she created her own excursions and she delivers them in a "small" way, that is, groups no larger than 14. We give her an A+.
This tour includes:
• Round trip transportation in a van
• An amazing way to discover New Orleans!
• French Quarter
• Bayou St. John
• City Park
• University of New Orleans
• Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge
• Southern Yacht Club and marinas
• Carrollton and Hollygrove
• Arts and Warehouse Districts
• Convention Center
If you've done your homework on New Orleans, then you're probably aware of the devastation that Hurricane Katrina caused to the city. This tour has been updated to give you an insight of what New Orleans has become.
In our small, cozy van, you'll easily hear your guide as we begin by traveling through the French Quarter, virtually untouched by Katrina. You'll learn about the architecture and history of the old Creole city, and see Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, and the Pontalba row houses. After viewing the Mississippi River Port, levees, and flood walls, we'll drive by the French Market, the Old U.S. Mint, and the Industrial Canal, where the largest levee breach destroyed the Ninth Ward.
Riding along the Bayou St. John, where homes still stand from the 1700s, your guide will explain the architectural significance of these dwellings in a city below sea level. Continuing along City Park, we'll view the complete destruction caused by the two London Avenue Canal breaches.
Our next stop is UNO's campus along Lake Pontchartrain's shores, where our levee system is explained and you'll view the longest bridge in the world, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge. As the tour continues, you'll view the Lakeshore community and the remains of the Southern Yacht Club and the marinas. This is the site of the fourth levee breach. Here, you'll see the destruction it caused the fishing port of Bucktown and the Lakeview area, and the neighborhood's inspiring comeback.
Our journey continues through Carrollton and down to the still-devastated Hollygrove area, where the lines of Katrina's flood waters and rescuers' markings on ruined homes are still visible.
Once downtown, we'll drive through the Arts and Warehouse Districts, passing by the World War II Museum and around the Superdome and Convention Center before concluding our tour.
• This tour requires a minimum of 4 people.
• Luggage cannot be accommodated on the tour vehicle.
Days offered: 7 days a week