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Rebirth of New Orleans Tour: Life After Katrina Private Driving Tour

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  • Get eyewitness accounts of the devastating events surrounding Hurricane Katrina
  • Drive past an actual levee that breached during the historic storm 
  • Hear about the rebirth of New Orleans and its music and culture scenes
  • Understand the history of NOLA and how it has coped with natural disasters
  • Visit vibrant neighborhoods like Tremé and hear stories about famous residents

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, donation to Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

Exclusions: Food and drink, souvenirs, tips and gratuities for the guide.


If you want a complete look at New Orleans and its enduring spirit that has helped rebuild from disaster and overcome the odds, you won’t find a better Katrina tour experience. Aboard our private tour vehicle, you’ll pass by areas affected by one of America’s worst disasters and get a fuller picture of how this city first came to be, its connection to the nation’s disappearing coastal wetlands, and how extreme weather events are handled today.  

The effects of Hurricane Katrina are still being felt today in New Orleans. Starting in the French Quarter, the oldest neighborhood in the city and home to the infamous Bourbon Street, we’ll first explore the decision behind the city’s settlement in such a precarious location along the Mississippi River.

Popularized by the HBO series of the same name, the Tremé neighborhood received heavy damage during the 2005 storm. On our private tour, you’ll learn about its recovery efforts and its history as a haven for music prior to Katrina, among its more famous local venues being the site of Ernie K-Doe’s Mother-in-Law Lounge.

We’ll drive past an actual levee that “breached” as a result of Hurricane Katrina and see the resulting devastation that displaced hundreds of thousands of U.S. residents. 

And, of course, we can’t speak of Katrina without touring the Lower 9th Ward, where you’ll not only demystify the true events leading up to and after the catastrophic surge here but also the stories of the ward’s resilient residents. You also might be surprised to hear this neighborhood has been home to such celebrities as Fats Domino, Magic Johnson, and several others.

After a day exploring our beautiful city and hearing a local tour guide’s perspective on its past, present, and future, you’ll have a profound appreciation for New Orleans and its persevering people. We’re proud to mention that this guided New Orleans tour donates a portion of your ticket purchase to Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, whose mission is to unite people in action to achieve a thriving, sustainable Louisiana for all.