Cruises & Tours
AIRBOAT of south ADVENTURES Louisiana swamplands Explore via secluded guided, areas highspeed sizes. Big airboat boat, excursions $55; small geared boat, $75. to Hotel groups pickups of all available tures.com. for 504.689.2005 an additional or fee. 888.GO.SWAMP. www.airboatadvenCANOE Pontchartrain & TRAIL the ADVENTURES way Native Americans Explore Lake did. Daily three-hour, eco-friendly canoe and kayak excursions with certified guides are offered, along with moonlight and twilight outings. Transportation available; prices vary. Call for reservations and launch locations. www.canoeandtrail.com. 504.233.0686. CELEBRATION TOURS This company provides intimate group tours of the French Quarter, Garden District and area cemeteries, along with Hurricane Katrina recovery excursions and private outings. Tours average 2.5 to three hours; rates vary. www. celebrationtoursllc.com. 504.587.7115. CITY SIGHTSEEING This fun and informative double-decker bus tour allows you to hop off—then back on again—at top attractions throughout the city. The open-top buses run a continuous loop every 30 minutes from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Unlimited hop-on, hop-off sightseeing: Adult 1-day ticket: $39; adult 3-day ticket (includes free guided walking tours of the French Quarter and Garden District): $49; children (ages 3-12), $10 any tour. www.citysightseeingneworleans.com. 700 Decatur St., 504.207.6200 ; 800.362.1811. Map 3, G5 CREOLE QUEEN PADDLEWHEELER Daily 2.5-hour Chalmette Battlefield cruises (10 am and 2 pm) and two-hour dinner jazz cruises (7 pm). Departs from Spanish Plaza (Poydras Street at the Mississippi River). www.creolequeen.com. 1 Poydras St., 504.529.4567. Map 3, D7 DRINK & LEARN Culinary historian Elizabeth Pearce leads these fun and informative tippling tours through the French Quarter. www.drinkandlearn. com. 504.578.8280. FRENCH QUARTER PHANTOMS TOURS All tours depart from The Voodoo Lounge (718 N. Rampart Street), run about two hours and cover close to one mile. Custom and private excursions are also available. Reservations required. Ghost & Vampire Tour–$ 20. Departs nightly, 6 and 8 pm. St. Louis #1 Cemetery Tour–$ 20. Departs M-Sa at 11 am and 1 pm; Su at 10 am. Tremé Tour–$ 20. Departs Sa-M at 10 am. Tales & Tastes: Your Ultimate Food and Cocktail Tour– Th-Su, 7 pm; call for reservations. www.frenchquarterphantoms.com. 718 N. Rampart St., 504.666.8300. Map 3, H4
GRAY LINE TOURS Gray Line offers a variety of city tours, all departing from the ticket booth behind Jax Brewery. Super City Tour– 2.25 hrs. Hurricane Katrina Tour– 3 hrs. Paddle & Wheel Tour– 4 hrs. Katrina/City Tour– 3.5 hrs. Double Plantation Tour– 7.25 hrs. Oak Alley Plantation– 5/7.25 hrs. Whitney Plantation– 5/7.25 hrs. French Quarter Walking Tour– 2 hrs. Ghosts & Spirits Walking Tour– 2 hrs. Cemetery & VooDoo Walking Tour– 2 hrs. Garden District Walking Tour– 2.75 hrs. Swamp & Bayou Tour– 3.75 hrs. Airboat Tour– 3.75 hrs. Original Cocktail Tour– 2.5 hrs. Plantation/ Swamp Tour– 5.5 hrs. Plantation/Brunch/Swamp
Combo– 8.75 hrs.For tickets and further information: www.graylineneworleans.com. 400 Toulouse St., 504.569.1401. Map 3, F5
HAUNTED HISTORY TOURS Meet guides 15 min. prior to tours. $25 adults, $18 seniors/students/ military, $14 children under 12, free for children under 5. Voodoo & Cemetery, French Quarter History Tour– 2 hrs. Departs daily, 10 am and 1:15 pm from Rev. Zombie’s Voodoo Shop (723 St. Peter St.). Haunted History/Ghost Tour– 2 hrs. Departs nightly (6 and 8 pm) from Rev. Zombie’s Voodoo Shop (723 St. Peter St.). Voodoo Tour– 1.5 hrs. Departs F-Su nights (7:30 pm) from Rev. Zombie’s Voodoo Shop (723 St. Peter St.). Vampire Tour– 1.5 hrs. Departs nightly (8:30 pm) from Jackson Square gates in front of St. Louis Cathedral. Garden District Tour– 2 hrs. Departs daily (11:30 am) from the Lafayette Cemetery gates (1400 block of Washington Ave.). Haunted Garden District Tour– 2 hrs. Departs daily (2:30 pm) from the Lafayette Cemetery gates (1400 block of Washington Ave.). Haunted Pub Crawl– 2 hrs. Departs nightly (5:30 and 8:15 pm) from Rev. Zombie’s Voodoo Shop (723 St. Peter St.). Ghosts, Voodoo, Vampires, Witches/Occult, Unsolved Mysteries! All-in-One Tour– 2 hrs. Departs daily (5 and 7:30 pm) from Rev. Zombie’s Voodoo Shop (723 St. Peter St.). For tickets and further information: www. hauntedhistorytours.com. 504.861.2727. NEW ORLEANS BREWS CRUISE Get a taste of the local craft-beer scene with a tour of area breweries. Learn about the brewing process while sampling three to five varieties at each stop. Great for groups or corporate outings; private and customized excursions are also available. www.neworleansbrewscruise.com. 504.517.4671. NEW ORLEANS SPIRITS AND SPELLS TOUR These guided spirited journeys through the French Quarter explore the ghosts, gris-gris and witchery associated with the world’s most magical city. Departs nightly at 7 pm from Hex: Old World Witchery. www.spiritsandspellstour.com. 1219 Decatur St., 504.667.5570. Map 3, I5 NOLA GONDOLA A romantic retreat in the heart of the city. Board the Bella Mae, an authentic Venetian gondola, for a guided glide through City Park’s Big Lake and moss-draped lagoons. Tours are 50 minutes and can accommodate up to six. $90/couple; $10 per additional passenger. Open daily, 1-8 pm. www.nolagondola.com. 56 Dreyfous Dr., City Park, 504.450.4400. Map 1, D2 SAVE OUR CEMETERIES St. Louis No. 1: departs daily at 10 am, 11:30 am and 1 pm, and Su at 10 am from Basin Street Station Visitors Center (501 Basin St.). $20; free 12 and under. Lafayette No. 1: departs daily at 10:30 am and 1 pm from Washington Avenue gate (1400 block of Washington Ave.). $15; free 12 and under. Reservations recommended. www.saveourcemeteries.org. 504.525.3377. STEAMBOAT NATCHEZ The last authentic steamboat on the Mississippi River. Daily harbor jazz cruises at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. Dinner jazz cruise, nightly at 7 pm. Sunday jazz brunch cruises, 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. Departs from Toulouse Street and the river; call for availability. www.steamboatnatchez.com. 504.569.1401. Map 3, E7 VIP CITY TOURS These two-hour excursions offer a sweeping overview of the city, from the French Quarter and the Garden District to Lake Pontchartrain and the Lower 9th Ward. Tours conducted daily at 9 am, 1 and 4 pm. www.vipcitytours.com. 2314 Iberville St., 504.329.2489. Map 1, D3
VOODOO BONE LADY HAUNTED TOURS These two-hour walking tours cover close to one mile. $25 adults, $20 seniors/students/military, $15 children under 12, free 5 and under. Reservations required. All tours depart from701 Royal St.; meet guides 15 minutes prior to tours. 5-in-1 Ultimate Haunted Tour– Departs daily at 5 and 8 pm. Infamous City of the Dead Cemetery Tour– Departs daily at 10 am and M-Sa at 1 pm. Ultimate French Quarter Insider’s Tour– Departs daily at 10 am and 1 pm. For tickets and further information: www.voodooboneladytours.com. 504.267.2040.