New Orleans City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor Jazz Cruise
374 Ratings
New Orleans
Explore New Orleans' French Quarter, uncover Voodoo mysteries, and cruise the Mississippi on Steamboat NATCHEZ. Discover the city's charm today.
Duration: 6 hours, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • French Quarter - Begin your adventure with a sweeping tour of New Orleans, famously known as ‘The City That Care Forgot.’ Kick off in the iconic French Quarter, a charming and enigmatic area teeming with sights and sounds.
  • Jackson Square - Explore historic Jackson Square, home to the Cabildo and Presbytere museums, St. Louis Cathedral, and discover the story of the Baroness Pontalba, who constructed the first apartment homes in America.
  • St. Louis Cemetery No. 3 - Stroll through one of New Orleans’ historic above-ground cemeteries, dating back to 1854, and capture photos of the intricate tombs and statues. Guests may opt to remain on the bus.
  • New Orleans City Park - Stop at the scenic City Park, where stone footbridges span lagoons and bayous under the shade of centuries-old oak trees. Wander through the free 11-acre sculpture garden or buy cafe au lait and beignets (cash only) at Cafe du Monde’s newest spot.
  • Audubon Park - Visit Audubon Park, home to the Audubon Zoo, ranked among the top five zoos in the country.
  • Garden District - Follow the route of the St Charles Avenue streetcar, the world’s oldest continuously operating passenger railway system, passing grand mansions, former Mardi Gras royalty homes, and the beautiful Garden District.
  • Mississippi River - Delight in a daily Steam Calliope Concert. Enjoy Live Jazz (seasonal) on every cruise. This two-hour daytime cruise transports you to an era when cotton was king and life moved as gently as the Mississippi River’s flow.

Relish the Captain’s narration of the highlights of one of the world’s busiest ports.

Tour the Historic Steam Engine Room and discover how steam powers the engines to turn the Paddlewheel and create the enchanting calliope tunes.

Cruise by the Chalmette Battlefield, where Jean Lafitte and his pirates teamed up with Andrew Jackson to defeat the British in the Battle of New Orleans. Savor a Creole lunch (additional cost-$13.50 per adult).

Tour Options:
• 9am City Tour & 11:30am Cruise
• 12pm City Tour & 2:30pm Cruise


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

  • Tulane University - View Tulane University and Loyola University across from Audubon Park.
  • Steamboat NATCHEZ - Official Site - The Steamboat NATCHEZ is taking a break, but her sister vessel will step in. You’ll still enjoy the same genuine riverboat experience with a leisurely, two-hour cruise on the mighty Mississippi, complete with traditional live jazz, craft cocktails, and all the stunning New Orleans sights, while also exploring the newly renovated riverboat.
What's Included
  • 3-hour narrated motorcoach tour (10AM)
  • 2-hour paddle wheeler boat cruise (2:30PM)
  • All Taxes
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch (own expense - based on availability)
  • Refreshments and souvenirs are available for purchase on boat
Additional Information

Enjoy a fully narrated city tour of historic New Orleans, where you will visit the world famous French Quarter, Jackson Square, Audubon Park and even uncover the mysteries surrounding Voodoo. Then take to the waters for a cruise on the Mississippi River with the iconic Steamboat NATCHEZ. Enjoy an authentic riverboat experience of a leisurely, two-hour cruise on the mighty Mississippi. Come and discover New Orleans today!

  • 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.
  • 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.
Gray Line New Orleans
Toulouse Street
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
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(374 Ratings)
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Feb 6, 2022
Interesting history - Jim was a knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide. Alton a good driver. The Harbor Cruise was informative and relaxing.
Review provided by Viator
Jul 17, 2021
City Tour - Great tour guide with tons of information about city of New Orleans. Comfortable and safe drive through tight streets. Impressive drtail information.
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Jun 26, 2021
Great Day! - 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!
Review provided by Viator
Mar 6, 2020
City Tour - Our guide Susan made it great! With a History degree, as well as being born and raised in NO, she was very informative, and FUNNY! Our driver, Vanessa, was also top notch. Great tour.
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Feb 2, 2020
paddle steamer - excellant trip good service will recomend to our family and friends will definately come again and the same company
Review provided by Viator
Nov 22, 2019
Awesome opportunity to see the city! - The city tour was an excellent way to get a feel for the great city that is New Orleans in just 2 hours. If you’re not used to all the walking a city offers then I highly recommend. You get several chances to get off the bus an explore a graveyard, experience the local vegetation and grab a beignet at the famous Cafe Du Monde. There is no way to see everything this tour offers if you opt to explore on your own. Our guide Liz was extremely informative and knowledgeable on the area and you couldn’t ask for a better driver then Duane. We highly recommend!
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Jan 9, 2022
With doing when in NOLA - We were so lucky with the weather in winter! Beautiful blue skies and to be in shorts! We did the afternoon 2.30pm departure and surprised how busy and how many people this boat took. The queues were long! I’d bought tickets online but you had to still show the email at the ticket office to get paper tickets which seemed pointless to me in todays digital world. We sat up on the top deck with the jazz band and still managed to get chairs on the edge so a great view all the way up the Mississippi. We were sat on the right side too as most of the cruise is going downstream so looking forward sit on the left as the commentary mainly relates to what you see on the New Orleans city side and not the Algiers side. It was a very pleasant 2hrs but lucky we had the sun!!
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Jan 7, 2020
New Orleans Super Saver: City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise - 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.
Review provided by Viator
Dec 29, 2019
Skip It, There's Other Things To Do - Booked on TA, but there was no place to order the buffet lunch on the cruise. Bought the lunch separately the day before the cruise and it cost an extra $4 (for a total of $17 per). The morning City was OK but rather hurried since three people were more than 15 minutes late and we had to wait for them. We were supposed to be back in time for the cruise at 11 but didn't get back till 11:25. By the time we boarded the vessel it was 11:30. We were then informed that we had 30 minutes to eat in the supposedly all you can eat buffet. Felt like I was back in the military trying to wolf down my food before I got booted out of the dining hall. The food was mediocre at best. The catfish was tough as shoe leather - how can you get make catfish that tough?? The only decent things were the rice and beans and the bread pudding. The vessel was extremely crowded and it was next to impossible to get a good seat on deck unless you went down to the lowest deck. Even then it was a bit crowded. The whole thing was stressful and unfulfilling. 😐
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Nov 3, 2021
The experience didn’t... - The experience didn’t happen because the boat was not in port. VERY DISAPPOINTED!!! Have requested a refund.
Review provided by Viator
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up to 9 guests
1 Adult
July 2024