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Post Hurricane Katrina Tour
The tour begins in the French Quarter, virtually untouched by Katrina, giving the history and architecture of this old Creole city: Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, the Pontalba row houses and an overall view of the Mississippi River Port, levees and flood walls.
Drive by the French Market, the old US Mint, the stately mansions, and St. Louis Cemetery #3 along Esplanade Avenue. Then, make your way to peaceful Bayou St. John, where you will view raised houses from the late 1700's and hear about their architectural significance in a city below sea level.
Arrive at UNO's campus along Lake Pontchartrain's shores, where the levee system is explained and the longest of all bridges, the Causeway, is seen from the van; then, drive along the Lakeshore past the remains of the Southern Yacht Club and the marinas, and reach the second levee breach at the 17th Street Canal and view from the van the violent and utter destruction it caused to the Lakeview neighborhood.
Drive though the once flooded Gentilly and New Orleans East neighborhoods continuing to witness the huge scope of Katrina's devastation. Cross over the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, MRGO, and hear about its impact on the loss of wetlands and coastal erosion, before arriving in Chalmette, St. Bernard Parish, where the size of the tour vehicles allows you to drive through a demolished neighborhood caused by yet another levee failure.
Finally, drive across the Industrial Canal where you will see the largest Levee Breach which demolished the 9th Ward and then return to New Orleans downtown, pass the Superdome and the Convention Center.
Once you have booked and received your travel voucher, the contact details for the travel service operator will be on this voucher under the heading Important Information. Where applicable, you are required to call the travel service operator directly to advise of additional information such as:
- Hotel for pick up
- Weights for helicopter tours
- Choice of times for tours
- Special dietary requirements, meal choices etc.
You must call the travel service operator at least 48 hours prior, or upon arrival at your destination.
- Transport by air-conditioned 15 passenger van
- Live commentary on board
- Hotel pickup and drop off
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
- Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat
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