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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. Cruise along the Mississippi River, enjoying an optional delicious lunch, a brunch, or simply listening to the incredible live jazz band onboard. 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, before docking back where you started the tour. 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 availability.

New Orleans: Evening Jazz Cruise on the Steamboat Natchez

2. New Orleans: Evening Jazz Cruise on the Steamboat Natchez

Journey back in time aboard the Sternwheeler Steamboat Natchez – the only surviving authentic steamboat in New Orleans. Sit back, relax and enjoy the New Orleans atmosphere as the smooth jazz of the Dukes Trio fills your ears. This 2-hour cruise from the heart of the French Quarter will take you along the graceful Mississippi River. Seating is available indoors and on deck for the very best views of the river and the City of New Orleans. The indoor areas are climate-controlled and the outdoor space allows for tours of all levels of the boat. There is nothing more charming than an evening on the Steamboat Natchez. Ending back where you started, leave your cruise feeling invigorated by the Mississippi's fresh air. Sample Dinner Menu Natchez Tossed Salad: Mixed greens, tomato, cucumber, red onions and croutons with a sugar cane vinaigrette and served family style Chicken and Sausage Gumbo: Made with a traditional Louisiana roux and served with rice Baked Chicken: Served with a mushroom ragout Bayou Seafood Pasta: Crawfish tails and shrimp tossed in a white wine and garlic Parmesan cream sauce with penne Herb-Garlic Fingerling Potatoes: Fingerling potatoes roasted with fresh rosemary, thyme, garlic and ground pepper Pasta Primavera: Fusilli pasta, zucchini, squash, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, in a zesty basil pesto Green Beans Almondine: Southern style green beans topped with toasted almond slivers White Chocolate Bread Pudding: A soufflé of local Leidenheimer French bread in a rich custard with a decadent white chocolate sauce Bananas Foster: A New Orleans original. Fresh sliced bananas sautéed in butter, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and rum. Served warm atop vanilla ice cream Garlic Rolls Community Coffee and Iced Tea included Menu items are subject to change by season and availability.

New Orleans: Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour

3. New Orleans: Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Discover Mardi Gras magic on a self-guided tour of Mardi Gras World, where artists and craftsmen have designed and built the oldest and biggest parade floats and attractions for each Mardi Gras season in New Orleans since 1947. Begin your tour by receiving your ticket in form of a bead necklace and watch a film which gives an overview of the history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans and the role Mardi Gras World plays in it to this day. Then, enjoy a slice of the traditional Mardi Gras cake, King Cake, before your self-guided tour leads you through the float den. Explore where Mardi Gras World artists work year-round to build spectacular, one-of-a-kind floats and props, with over 500 floats built and decorated each year. See how the various themed elements are created from scratch or are adapted from elements created for previous themes — from sculpting the elements, to finishing and painting them. There is even an electronic robot that can carve 3-D sculptures. Take photos with some of the finished pieces from various themes over the years, then tour the floats themselves. Get up closer to the floats than is possible during Mardi Gras parades, and find out how these amazing pieces come to life each year. See floats in various stages of completion as they prepare for the upcoming Mardi Gras as much as a whole year before. At the end of the tour, stay and take more pictures with any of the floats if you like. For your convenience, a complimentary shuttle service is provided from stops in Downtown; just call the number provided on your voucher for your nearest stop and to arrange pickup.

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. Join a cruise narrated by a local guide and embark on a journey into the past as you head 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, and the historical landmarks that line the banks of the Mississippi River. As you cruise, treat yourself to a traditional lunch on board. (If relevant option selected.) Stop at the battlefield and hear about the legacy of the area on a 1-hour guided tour along the shore with a talk by National Park Rangers. After, return to the starting point where your tour will end. 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 items are subject to change by season and availability)

New Orleans: Cocktails & Brunch Crawl in the French Quarter

5. New Orleans: Cocktails & Brunch Crawl in the French Quarter

Let your guide share their passion for food with you on this walking tour of the French Quarter in New Orleans. Enjoy dishes or drinks at each establishment you stop at. Take a stroll by the Mississippi River Levee and Jackson Square. Admire the balconies in the French Quarter. Meet your guide at Bon's New Orleans Street Food and take your taste buds on an adventure. Experience the depth and complexity of local spices as you try a creole and Cajun brunch sampler. Start your day off right with a fruity hurricane cocktail in hand.  Snap pictures of Instagram-worthy dishes that will leave your friends drooling. Soak in the vibe of the French Quarter as you walk past jazz clubs and vividly painted buildings with intricate cast-iron balconies.  View the natural beauty of the grand Mississippi river. See the stately Spanish Colonial style of Saint Louis Cathedral from Jackson Square. Finish your tour full of good food and with a little buzz at Bon's New Orleans Street Food. 

New Orleans Lunch & Lesson: Cajun & Creole Cooking Class

6. New Orleans Lunch & Lesson: Cajun & Creole Cooking Class

Learn the basics of Louisiana Cooking with cajun and creole chefs teaching New Orleans specialties such as Gumbo, Jambalaya and Pralines, seasoning them with history, trivia and tall tales. The chef will share the fascinating history of New Orleans, and how culture and cuisine are interwoven. Follow along and learn how to make mouth-watering creole and cajun dishes and dig in after the class. At the end of the class, you will receive a coupon to use in the general store and are encouraged to go home and try to make the dishes yourselves.  The general store, as well as the classroom, are both located in a renovated molasses warehouse built in the early 1800s in the heart of the French Quarter. The store has a thoughtful collection of the best locally sourced products and is the home of the famous Joe's Stuff Creole Seasoning, used and loved by local chefs and visitors alike. Program of Menus: 10 AM Class · Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday: Gumbo, Jambalaya, Bread Pudding and Pralines · Monday: Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice, Pecan Pie and Pralines · Tuesday: Gumbo, Jambalaya, Bananas Foster and Pralines · Thursday: Corn & Crab Bisque, Shrimp Creole, Bananas Foster & Pralines · Friday: Crawfish Etouffee, Shrimp and Artichoke Soup, Bread Pudding, Pralines 2 PM Class · Saturday: Crawfish Etouffee, Shrimp and Artichoke Soup and Pralines · Sunday, Tuesday: Corn & Crab Bisque, Chicken Etouffee and Pralines · Monday, Thursday, Friday: Gumbo, Jambalaya and Pralines · Wednewday: Gumbo, Chicken Creole, Pralines

New Orleans: Haunted Pub Crawl

7. New Orleans: Haunted Pub Crawl

Make your way to the Jax Brewery building to meet your local licensed guide who will be waiting for you at the entrance to Bon's New Orleans Street Food to check you in with your confirmation email. This tour visits the most fascinating and haunted places throughout the city, including the infamous Lalaurie Mansion (as seen on "American Horror Story: Coven"), and many other sites such as the Sultan's Palace or Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop. This is a 2-hour leisurely stroll just under a mile long with frequent bar stops and restroom breaks. Enjoy an alcohol-friendly tour, with opportunities to purchase cocktails at the start of trip.

New Orleans: Afternoon Food History Walking Tour

8. New Orleans: Afternoon Food History Walking Tour

Explore the French Quarter on a guided food tour with up to 9 food tastings – and about 1.5 miles of walking to burn it off. Experience the flavors of New Orleans and learn about the local culture along the way. Meet your guide in the French Quarter and cross the lively Vieux Carré (Old Square) to your first stop: SoBou, part of the acclaimed Commander’s Palace enterprise. Relish in their rustic, Cajun-style gumbo served with warm potato salad. Head to a popular hot sauce bar to sample dozens of hot sauce varieties. Continue to Leah’s Pralines and sample a Creole classic or the new bacon pecan brittle. Visit NOLA Poboys and hear about seafood harvesting in Louisiana before biting into a freshly fried catfish po-boy. Then, experience another New Orleans original, the meaty Muffuletta sandwich, and savory boudin balls. Next stop: the Creole Cookery. Here, tuck into some red beans and rice before finishing your tour with a dessert of bananas foster bread pudding.

New Orleans: French Quarter Food Walking Tour with a Local

9. New Orleans: French Quarter Food Walking Tour with a Local

Discover the rich culinary heritage and history of New Orleans on a guided walking tour of the famous French Quarter. Sample local specialties as you learn about the various cultural influences which have shaped Cajun country. Meet your guide on the banks of the Mississippi River, and start your culinary journey with the most important meal of the day, a tasty breakfast. Try the beignet, a deep-fried sweet dough treat.  Head next to the oldest public market in the United States, the French Market. A destination popular with visitors for over two centuries, here you will try a local dish from one of the stalls and meet some colorful local characters. Begin exploring the streets of the French Quarter, which is often called the Crown Jewel of New Orleans. Follow your guide to some of their favorite palette-pleasing spots to try some cuisine you won’t find outside of Cajun country. Next, try some traditional gumbo, perhaps the most famous dish of New Orleans. Learn why its recipe sparks much controversy amongst chefs and discover how hundreds of years of history have helped shaped this dish, and how it varies from restaurant to restaurant throughout the area.  Finish the tour with something sweet, some rich local praline made from the region’s generous array of pecans and locally grown sugarcane.

New Orleans: Drunken History Walking Tour

10. New Orleans: Drunken History Walking Tour

Take a shot or two with a chaser of New Orleans history. Some libations and citations, if you will. This drunken history walking tour is a one-of-a-kind excursion. New Orleans and booze go together like red beans and rice. The city has been the party capital of the American South since before it was American or South. The locals have figured out that just about anything can be enhanced with alcohol. That’s why your guides decided it was about time their visitors had the opportunity to stroll through the French Quarter, learning the history whilst simultaneously indulging in an age old New Orleans tradition by drinking like a local. This 21-and-older experience isn’t your ordinary walking tour. For one, the tour guide can, and will, drink with you the whole time. Being a full walking tour of the French Quarter, you’ll hear riveting stories and important knowledge necessary for a full understanding of this unique city. Thanks to the inclusion of alcohol and the characteristic lack of children, don’t expect the guide to leave out any of the gruesome or sexy details.

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What people are saying about New Orleans

This is a very informative tour, lots of history and not a lot of emphasis on the cocktails. We were able to buy several drinks along the way if you wanted, I was disappointed in most of the drinks, even if they were supposed to be "famous", they were over priced for what they were. But our guide, Dionne, was a great source of information and it was easy to tell that she was having a good time informing the group about all the history of New Orleans and the French Quarter. She made the tour a great experience! Definitely one of the highlights of our trip!

It was a great trip and floating on the river very enjoyable. However I wish there had been more places to sit out of the sun. I would highly recommend taking a broad brimmed hat and sunscreen. There was also some confusion (for me anyway) as it was mentioned that there were snack and drinks available, and there was drinks but nothing to buy to eat during the trip - except for the pre-ordered lunch.

The boat ride was a unique experience. The only thing was it was so many people I couldn’t hear the announcer. Maybe the volume was low but the ride was smooth.

Great way to spend our Anniversary! The scenery, food, music and ride was everything!

It was a great day on the river. We really had a good time. :)