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  • New Orleans: Day Jazz Cruise on the Steamboat Natchez

    1. New Orleans: Day Jazz Cruise on the Steamboat Natchez

    Savor the beauty and romance of New Orleans and take a journey back in time aboard the Sternwheeler Steamboat Natchez, the only authentic steamboat in New Orleans. Your two-hour cruise from the heart of the French Quarter takes you back to a time when life was as slow and graceful as the current on the Mississippi. The tour will take guests to see New Orleans from the river, one of the world's most active ports. Visit our museum quality Engine Room to learn how steam powers this magnificent boat through the “Mighty Mississippi.” Add an optional Creole lunch, prepared fresh on board, and savor the tastes of New Orleans as you relax on your 2-hour cruise. Sample Menu Lunch Monday - Saturday on 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM cruises Southern Fried Fish Red Beans and Rice Jambalaya Salad Du Jour Community Coffee and Iced Tea included Menu items are subject to change by season and ...

    We were very disappointed in the lunch provided. It was billed as being fried chicken. What was served was very thin and dry fried fish fillets. The rest of the meal was all carbohydrates: macaroni salad, jambalaya, red beans and rice, and bread pudding for dessert. Not anything was very palatable and not good for a diabetic. I’ll never do the meal cruise again.

  • New Orleans: French Quarter, Voodoo & Cemetery History Tour

    2. New Orleans: French Quarter, Voodoo & Cemetery History Tour

    Immerse yourself in New Orleans’ mysterious history on a guided city walking tour. Wander through the historical neighborhood of Tremé / Lafitte — the home of jazz — as you hear about local culture, burial rites, and voodoo practices.

    Meet your guide and start your tour with a stroll through the lively French Quarter. Learn about the neighborhood’s history and local African American culture as you make your way to Louis Armstrong Park. 

    Follows the paths through the park to the area formerly known as Congo Square. Discover the history of this place, where enslaved people would meet to socialize and dance on their days off.

    Continue onto the famous St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 — the oldest of the city’s cemeteries. Learn why the dead are buried above ground, and how the vaults are built.

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    Taylor was awesome......knowledgeable, friendly & entertaining. Highly recommend!

  • French Quarter Walking and Storytelling Tour

    3. French Quarter Walking and Storytelling Tour

    The night before the tour, your guide will send an email with their photo, contact information, and directions to the meeting spot. The tour begins at the jazz fountain at the intersection of Decatur and Dumaine Streets in the historic French Market district. These are small-group tours, making for a more comfortable, customized experience.  After a brief overview of New Orleans history, your guide will lead you around the oldest neighborhood in the city, and point out the locations that have made New Orleans famous: St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, and the Mississippi River - and lesser-known treasures such as the French Market, an almost 300 year old convent, and courtyards hidden behind the 18th and 19th century buildings.

    Your guide will also be an enthusiastic storyteller, and the stories about this neighborhood are like no other. Established as a French colon...

    Our tour guide really knew the history of the French Quarter. It was a great experience.

  • New Orleans: Creole Queen History Cruise with Optional Lunch

    4. New Orleans: Creole Queen History Cruise with Optional Lunch

    Sit back and enjoy the views or a drink at the bar while journeying down the Mississippi river. Learn about New Orleans' complex, but interesting story, focusing on the critical Battle of New Orleans. This cruise is narrated by an expert, local guide who takes guests on a journey of the imagination downriver to the Chalmette Battlefield at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. As you travel to the battlefield, learn about the settlement of New Orleans, its river lores, and historical landmarks that lay along the banks of the Mississippi River. Then stop at the battlefield and reflect for a 1-hour shore excursion featuring a guided tour and talk by National Park Rangers.   SAMPLE MENU LUNCH: • New Orleans Style Shrimp Pasta • 10” Roast Beef Po-Boy • Creole Jambalaya • Crawfish Bread • Caesar Salad • Red Beans & Rice • Fresh Baked Cookies • Zapps Potato Chips (Menu it...

    Enjoyed the history and battlefield. The food was plentiful but average tasting. Drinks was good. The staff was friendly.

  • New Orleans: French Quarter Walking Tour

    5. New Orleans: French Quarter Walking Tour

    This 2 hour long walk through the historic French Quarter starts at the Louisiana Welcome Center in the lower Pontalba Rowhouse in Jackson Square. Historically used as a parade ground, it is now full of musicians, tarot card readers, and street performers. You will then see the mighty Mississippi where steamboats dock and gigantic container and cruise ships pass. You will then walk downriver along the old French Market to the Ursuline Convent. This is the oldest building in the Mississippi Delta from Colonial times and housed some very adventurous and courageous nuns who came here in the early 1700s. You will pass the house of famous jazz player, Danny Barker who is legendary among the city's jazz musicians. You will then come to one of the many former macaroni factories of the lower French Quarter, proof of the major role that Sicilian immigrants played in the city's history. You will...

    Regine made our experience special. She clearly loves sharing her knowledge and passion for the French Quarter with visitors. She covered a lot of ground - both in physical distance and in the great stories that she shared - plus the restaurant she recommended for lunch was excellent!

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What people are saying about Mississippi River

Our tour guide Charles was awesome. His knowledge and humor set the tone of the tour. Highly recommend him.

I love everything, so relaxing the food and drink good. People who works there so nice thank you

Our tour guide really knew the history of the French Quarter. It was a great experience.

Taylor was awesome......knowledgeable, friendly & entertaining. Highly recommend!

Very nice tour guide named Taylor. Interesting stuff!