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New Orleans Super Saver: City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise
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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

See the best of New Orleans by land and water on this combo city tour and riverboat cruise on the mighty Mississippi! The Steamboat NATCHEZ is taking some time off, but her sister vessel will be taking her place. You’ll get the same authentic riverboat experience of a leisurely, two-hour cruise on the mighty Mississippi, enjoying traditional live jazz, craft cocktails and all the beautiful New Orleans sites. On your city tour, enjoy a guided coach trip through the French Quarter, Garden District, and Jackson Square, where you’ll witness the city’s cultural history and diverse colonial heritage.
  • Enjoy a fully narrated city tour of historic New Orleans
  • See the world famous French Quarter, Jackson Square and Audubon Park
  • Cruise aboard a riverboat on the Mississippi River
  • Listen the Captain's highlights of one of the world's busiest ports

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Get different perspectives on New Orleans with this great-value combo that pairs two bestselling tours.
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2-hour narrated motorcoach tour
2-hour paddle wheeler boat cruise
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Gratuities
Lunch (approx. $13.50USD), refreshments and souvenirs are available for purchase on boat
Gray Line New Orleans , 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Tour departs from Toulouse St, New Orleans near the French Quarter. You must exchange this voucher for your ticket at the Gray Line window at the 'Lighthouse' ticket office located at Toulouse St and the Mississippi River (Steamboat Natchez Dock), just one block from Jackson Square in the French Quarter. Please note that both the New Orleans Steamboat Company and Gray Line New Orleans share the 'Lighthouse' ticket office - you must go to the 'Gray Line' window

This activity will end right where it started.
Choose the morning or afternoon for your excursion, and head to Toulouse Street in the French Quarter to board your motor coach for the first half of your tour. Relax as you wind through the historic French Quarter, passing French and Spanish‐inspired buildings, voodoo specialty shops and lush Creole courtyards. Continue on to Jackson Square, an honorary landmark to New Orleans’ war hero Andrew Jackson. See Louisiana’s Cabildo and Presbytere museums and the Pontalba Apartments, the oldest apartment buildings in the United States!

Other sights include the iconic St Charles Avenue streetcar, the exquisite mansions of the Garden District and City Park. Visit the park’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden or stop at the Morning Call Cafe for a delicious beignet (own expense) before heading back to the river for part two of your tour: a cruise on the Steamboat Nanchez!

The Steamboat NATCHEZ is taking some time off, but her sister vessel will be taking her place and you’ll get the same authentic riverboat experience. Find a seat in the cabin or on the outside deck, where you can admire unobstructed views of the ‘Crescent City’ shoreline and enjoy live jazz music. Learn some riverside history as you pass sites like the Chalmette Battlefield, where the famous pirate and privateer Jean Lafitte teamed with Andrew Jackson to defeat British invaders in the Battle of New Orleans. 

An optional lunch buffet is available for purchase. You’ll sample an array of sumptuous Louisiana fare from cornmeal‐crusted fish and red beans and rice to Natchez’s signature bread pudding and fresh fruit (full menu included below). Coffee and tea are included with your lunch, or you may purchase adult beverages. Your river cruise ends back at the departure point in New Orleans with plenty of time to sightsee!
Itinerary
Stop At:  
French Quarter
First enjoy a grand overview of New Orleans, dubbed ‘The City That Care Forgot,’ on this comprehensive sightseeing coach tour. Start in the world-famous French Quarter, a quaint, mysterious area where the sights and sounds abound.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jackson Square
Visit historic Jackson Square, home of the Cabildo and Presbytere museums, St. Louis Cathedral and learn about the Baroness Pontalba, who built the first apartment homes in America.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
St. Louis Cemetery No. 3
Walk around one of New Orleans' historic above ground cemeteries, circa 1854, and take photos of the elaborate tombs and statuary. Guests may choose to stay on the bus.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
New Orleans City Park
You will have a stop at picturesque City Park where stone footbridges cross lagoons and bayous in the shadows of centuries old oak trees. Explore the free 11 acre sculpture garden or purchase cafe au lait and beignets (cash only) at Cafe du Monde's newest location.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Audubon Park
Home to the Audubon Zoo, rated one of the top five zoos in the nation.
Pass By:  
Garden District
Following the path of the St Charles Avenue streetcar, the oldest continuously operating passenger railway system in the world, pass stately mansions, the homes of former kings and queens of Mardi Gras and the beautiful Garden District.
Stop At:  
Mississippi River
Enjoy a Steam Calliope Concert daily. Tap your feet to Live Jazz (seasonal) on every cruise. This two-hour day cruise takes you back to a time when cotton was king and life was as slow and graceful as the current on the Mississippi River. Enjoy the Captain's narration of the highlights of one of the world's busiest ports. Tour the Historic Steam Engine Room and learn how steam powers the engines to turn the Paddlewheel and provide the energy for the delightful tunes of the calliope. Cruise past the Chalmette Battlefield, where Jean Lafitte and his buccaneers joined forces with Andrew Jackson to defeat the British in the Battle of New Orleans. Enjoy a Creole lunch (additional cost-$13.50 per adult). Tour Options: • 9am City Tour & 11:30am Cruise • 12pm City Tour & 2:30pm Cruise -------------------- ITINERARY -------------------- Sample Lunch Menu Menu Subject to Change Southern Fried Fish*Zesty cornmeal crusted and fried to a golden perfection Red Beans and Rice New Orleans classic red beans with andouille sausage and served over Jazzmen® rice Roast Beef Debris and GravyServed over mashed potatoes Vegetarian Pasta Salad Chef’s Daily Selection Vegetable du Jour Cole Slaw House prepared creamy cole slaw Cornucopia of Fresh Fruit NATCHEZ Bread Pudding A New Orleans soufflé of La Louisiane French bread, eggs, cream, vanilla and cinnamon with a Callebaut® Belgian white chocolate sauce La Louisiane Fresh Sliced French Bread
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Tulane University
View Tulane University and Loyola University across from Audubon Park.
Stop At:  
Steamboat NATCHEZ
The Steamboat NATCHEZ is taking some time off, but her sister vessel will be taking her place. You’ll get the same authentic riverboat experience of a leisurely, two-hour cruise on the mighty Mississippi, enjoying traditional live jazz, craft cocktails and all the beautiful New Orleans sites, while also exploring the newly renovated riverboat.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • In order to help preserve the French Quarter from vehicular traffic, it is requested that you please walk, if possible, to the convenient tour departure point - just a short stroll from most downtown hotels
  • Tour vehicles are equipped for wheelchair storage. If wheelchairs collapse and fold, they can be placed in the storage compartment on the bus. If the wheelchair is a scooter, then special arrangements need to be made with the supplier for a handicap-accessible bus. This must be arranged 48 hours prior to tour date. Contact details will be on your voucher
  • If you wish to take both paddle and wheel tours on the same day, you must book the 9am departure
  • Tour vehicles are equipped for wheelchair storage. If wheelchairs collapse and fold, they can be placed in the storage compartment on the coach. If the wheelchair is a scooter, then special arrangements need to be made with the supplier for a handicap-accessible bus. This must be arranged 48 hours prior to tour date. Contact details will be on your voucher.
  • Our riverboats is wheelchair accessible. However, access to the top & bottom decks on the NATCHEZ are by stairs only. Please call us with any questions before finalizing your plans if you have questions on access or personal equipment.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Cruise is suitable for wheelchairs, but restrooms stalls are not wide enough to accommodate and there are no elevators on board.
  • Please Note: Should the Steamboat NATCHEZ become unavailable for her yearly Coast Guard inspections and/or general maintenance, all cruises during this time will take place on her sister vessel - the newly renovated Riverboat CITY of NEW ORLEANS.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line New Orleans
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the departure location for the City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?
A:All tours begin at the Gray Line "Lighthouse" Ticket Office in the French Quarter at Toulouse Street & the Mississippi River - at the Steamboat Natchez Dock (400 Toulouse Street.)
Jun 2021
Q:
Is there parking near the departure point for the City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?
A:There are public parking lots on Decatur Street that charge hourly rates. Some require prepayment through an automated kiosk on site. The parking lot closest to the tour departure point is Jax Lot # P401, 500 Decatur St.
Jun 2021
Q:
How many stops are there during the City Tour?
A:There are three stops: City Park/Cafe du Monde, Lake Pontchartrain, and New Orleans Cemetery.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is the City Tour handicap accessible?
A:Yes, however, advance notice is required to assure an accessible vehicle. Please notate any special accommodation requests in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout so that a vehicle equipped for wheelchair accessibility can be arranged.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are animals allowed on the City Tour?
A:Only a Service Animal as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is allowed to accompany any guests on our tours. Please note if you will be bringing a Service Animal in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I wear for the City Tour?
A:Casual attire is appropriate. Walking portions may be on uneven sidewalks and streets, so please wear comfortable shoes. During warmer months we recommend lightly colored clothing. Caps/hats, umbrellas, and sunscreen are also suggested.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I take photos/videos during the City Tour?
A:For the most part, yes. However, flash photography and/or video is not allowed at some venues you will visit. Your tour guide will be sure to inform you.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is alcohol available during the Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?
A:There are bars available on all three decks for guests 21 and over. Alcoholic beverages include beer, a wine list, and specialty drinks.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is the Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise handicap accessible?
A:Yes - the main deck is accessible, however, access to the top & bottom decks is by stairs only and restroom stalls are not wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring an animal with me on the Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?
A:Only a Service Animal as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is allowed to accompany any guests on our tours. Please note if you will be bringing a Service Animal in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the dress code for the Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?
A:All cruises are casual attire.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are restrooms available during the Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?
A:Yes - restrooms are available on board for your convenience.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I smoke during the Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?
A:The Steamboat Natchez is a non-smoking vessel, so unfortunately smoking and vaping are prohibited both indoors and on the outer decks.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during New Orleans Super Saver: City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Super Saver: City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during New Orleans Super Saver: City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Super Saver: City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during New Orleans Super Saver: City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Super Saver: City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during New Orleans Super Saver: City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Super Saver: City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise.

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  • "You should train your staff if they have higher volume of traffic and parades those should be accounted for to get us at the next trip." See review
  • "It would help if the guide announced the stops at the beginning of the tour and that we only had one bathroom stop and that we needed to take advantage of that stop." See review

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star-1
The experience didn’t...
Alyson_E
, Nov 2021
The experience didn’t happen because the boat was not in port. VERY DISAPPOINTED!!! Have requested a refund.
star-5
Great Day!
Phil_R
, Jun 2021
My husband and I really enjoyed our City Tour with Jim. He was very knowledgeable about the city, had great stories and was fun to be around. Visiting the cemetery was the best part!
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paddle steamer
Lawrence_G
, Feb 2020
excellant trip good service will recomend to our family and friends will definately come again and the same company
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New Orleans Super Saver: City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise
FarAway23156744129
, Jan 2020
I was disappointed. We started with the City Tour and was dropped off 6 blocks away from the Steamboat Cruise. We had to run to catch it as the boat crew was nearly walking up the ramp. If it wasn't for our son yelling wait for us. They turned around and we were able to get on. Plus their was another couple who nearly missed it also. First of all bus did not leave on time 15 minutes later. Second we told the speaker on the bus we have to catch the cruise, just was told this is how long the trip is. You should train your staff if they have higher volume of traffic and parades those should be accounted for to get us at the next trip.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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Anniversary trip
Getaway557924
, Oct 2019
Was a little disappointed that it didn't include Bourbon Street since New Orleans is noted for Mardi gras
star-5
Informative New Orleans City Tour Worth Every Penny
Micahel_L
, Sep 2019
Ken the driver and tour commentator was great. Alot of information was provided on architecture and history of the city. Gave an extensive list of foodie places to eat and take in the culture. Once we were done with the city tour we jumped right on the the Natchez IX for a relaxing and further informative narration of things on the Mississippi River and some Katrina history remarks. Only steam paddle boat in the area. The other is an electric paddle boat. This was a great way to see NOLA!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Very goog tour but weather was cold
Ernest_S
, Jun 2019
Tour of New Orleans by bus was very complete and interesting. Guide was knowledgeable, Natchez Harbor tour was crowded and the weather was cold and windy making that portion of the trip unpleasant.
star-5
Mike's Mic
Sherpa58711440482
, Mar 2019
A great entertaining and knowledgeable running patter. He sings too at the end of the tour. Ask for Mike
1 traveler found this review helpful
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City Tour and Natchez Harbor Cruise
Helen_L
, Mar 2019
Be sure to bring jacket. Wind is cooler on water. City tour was great! Tour Guide was very knowledgely and welcomed questions.
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Definitely not a lively bus tour
Liza_N
, Jan 2019
Not what I expected at all. Tour guide on the bus was not energetic or welcome questions. Felt as if everything was right out of a pamphlet. Stops were too short and didn’t allow time for picture taking. Expected bus tour to have a jazzy feel and less of a charter bus feel, colors were bland. Definitely disappointed in tour especially with the cost of attraction.

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