Guided tour

New Orleans: 2-Hour City Sightseeing Bus Tour

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Activity provider: Gray Line New Orleans
Guided tour

New Orleans: 2-Hour City Sightseeing Bus Tour

Activity provider: Gray Line New Orleans
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From US$ 54 per person

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Encounter the sights and sounds of the world famous French Quarter and historic Jackson Square, home to the Cabildo and Presbytere Museums. This tour is a great way to learn about the history and romance of this magnificent city led by an expert guide.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Experience the unique atmosphere of the French Quarter
  • Visit a historic cemetry referred to as "Cities of the Dead"
  • Find your "Instagrammable Moment" at City Park - home of 800+ year old Oak trees
  • Follow the path of the famous St. Charles Streetcar and Mardi Gras parades
  • Stroll through most well-preserved living neighborhood in the United States
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Experience the beauty and history of New Orleans at a walking pace with this 3-hour city sightseeing tour covering 25 square miles of iconic neighborhoods through three centuries. Board your bus at the Mississippi River in the French Quarter then follow the history of New Orleans’ expansion up Esplanade Avenue. Learn about the tradition of above-ground burial before you hop off to explore St. Louis Cemetery #3. C

ross Bayou St. John into City Park, where you can purchase beignets at Café du Monde or set out to find your own “Instagrammable moment”. The park’s museums, attractions, and sculpture gardens are nestled among picturesque lagoons, bayous, and groves of ancient live oaks, some more than 800 years old.

Hop on the bus to travel along the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain, past a post-Katrina pumping station, seafood restaurants, marina, and a historic lighthouse with the 24-mile-long Causeway Bridge in the distance. Although called a lake, Lake Pontchartrain is actually one of the largest brackish estuaries in North America at 630 square miles (1600 km2) fed by freshwater rivers and connected to the Gulf of Mexico.

Continue on to St. Charles Avenue, home to Audubon Park and lined with elegant mansions, churches, and schools, including Loyola and Tulane Universities. Follow the route of streetcars and Mardi Gras parades to the Garden District, one of the most well-preserved living neighborhoods in the United States.

Come see why New Orleans is #MoreThanBourbonStreet. The tour departs daily at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to tour time.

  • 3-hour guided Motorcoach tour with 3 stops
  • Guided tour inside a New Orleans Cemetery
  • Time to explore City Park and grab some beignets and a caf‌é au lait at Café du Monde (additional fee on site)
  • Stroll through the historic Garden District
  • Experienced guide
  • Taxes
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks

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Meeting point

Please arrive at the Gray Line Lighthouse at 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA (behind Jax Brewery), at least 15 minutes prior to tour departure to exchange your voucher for a boarding ticket.

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  • The parking lot fee is approximately USDOLL 11-13 for up to 4 or more hours unless it is a special event
  • Please allow extra time for driving through the French Quarter which is congested with heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic at all times
  • Tours will not be conducted on Mardi Gras Day and Thanksgiving Day
  • The supplier provides handicap access for wheelchairs but not scooters or walkers. Vehicle lifts meet all ADA requirements and are equipped for wheelchair storage (based on availability). If wheelchairs can collapse and fold, staff will assist in putting the chair in a secure place on the vehicle. Handicap reservations must be made 48hrs in advance to secure availability. Contact information will be provided on your voucher
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4.7 /5

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This tour is a must for first time visitors, the route takes you through many districts and if you are lucky enough to have Trenise is your driver expertly driven around, you will have an even bigger treat if Jim (with one M - inside joke) is your guide, he was the best, very knowledgeable, funny and captivating, I found myself repeating some of the information he gave during the tour the next day to my husband as we walked or drove around the city. Thank you for a great experience!

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March 26, 2023

I really enjoyed the tour. Jim, our tour guide was absolutely wonderful and engaging the entire time. I mean if you can keep my 10 year old daughter’s attention then you have to be amazing. We learned so much about the history of New Orleans. I recommend this activity to anyone visiting “the Big Easy”! Oh and Dwayne, the bus driver did an excellent job!! Definitely 5 stars!

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March 26, 2023

Just recently traveled to New Orleans for the first time. We had limited time but wanted to see as much as we could so we took the city tour. Our experience was amazing. Our tour guide, Kate was exceptional. Great personality, very informative and genuinely warm and kind. Just the right person for the job. I should mention her driver for this tour was George who was also very nice as well.

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March 26, 2023

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