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Hurricane Katrina Tour - America's Greatest Catastrophe

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Address: New Orleans, LA 70130
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08:45 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 08:45 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Gray Line New Orleans opened in 1924. It is a locally owned and operated...

Gray Line New Orleans opened in 1924. It is a locally owned and operated business with highly trained and licensed guides providing 13 different tours a day.

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Bruce Nolan was extremely articulate and well prepared

Having a local professional journalist narrate this tour was a real bonus. He provided great insight into the complexities and subtle nuances of this horrible disaster. His... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2015
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Reviewed 30 October 2015

Having a local professional journalist narrate this tour was a real bonus. He provided great insight into the complexities and subtle nuances of this horrible disaster. His descriptions were well balanced and sensitive to those most impacted while bringing out details not mentioned in the news coverage. We felt much closer to the actual event and came away with even... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 27 October 2015

Bruce was a career reporter for the major New Orleans newspaper and covered Katrina. He personally knows folks who experienced Katrina and its aftermath in very different ways. Both his information and presentation, and the sights and stops on the tour gave a vivid, clear, up close and personal, and extraordinarily informative understanding of Katrina within the broader context of... More 

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Winona, Minnesota
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Reviewed 25 October 2015 via mobile

A very well done tour. Easy to get to. A couple of breaks to walk around. Learned a lot about New Orleans and the events leading up to Katrina, the actual hurricane and the recovery. Great guide.

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Western NY
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Reviewed 21 October 2015

Gray Line New Orleans does a fabulous job in presenting a tour in a manner that really shows what New Orleans went through. The guide was a local who lived through it. She was concerned that over the years as everything gets rebuilt and back to normal that it is harder to show us the actual physical remnants of the... More 

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Reviewed 11 October 2015

It was a solid tour and we did learn many details we did not know - I was very interested to hear about the environmental failures of this event, and the focus on the small put pressing issues like the not full insurance replacement on city bus lines and hoe mortgage companies were paid off before residents had the chance... More 

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Thank you for the indepth review. We appreciate all your insight. Stops in the Lower Ninth Ward, including Musicians Village and Make it Right community are off limits for tours at this time. Both are home neighborhoods and the city has asked that it be respected. More 

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Reviewed 3 October 2015 via mobile

Our guide Bruce, a former journalist with the Times Picayune, and driver Donald who worked on the Natchez paddlesteamer when Katrina struck provided us with an unforgettable journey through the experience of hurricane Katrina. With accompanying visual display , Bruce outlined geographic and engineering factors which led to the massive flooding. He provided many stories of how individual people were... More 

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Reviewed 1 October 2015 via mobile

Our guide was full of facts and anecdotes that evocatively created a sense of Katrina and its effects on New Orleans. Air con and bus very clean. Easy access via streetcar to Lighthouse. Bus bays next to lighthouse. Highly recommend in order to appreciate what New Orleans is today.

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Reviewed 28 September 2015

The tour guide knew the history of the hurricane and its effects on New Orleans. We visited sites that were affected and he showed us how things have changed, almost always for the better, in the intervening ten years.

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Reviewed 16 September 2015

This guided bus tour is one of the most amazing experience you can have in New Orleans. The tour is shocking and an eye-opener to say the least. It is educational and informative. It is highly recommended. I also recommend you to get the City Pass if you are planning to explore more things in New Orleans other than crazy... More 

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Reviewed 14 September 2015

Had taken this tour on a previous visit to the city but with the tenth anniversary wanted to redo the trip. Very glad that I had. Our guide, Mary Lynne and Greg were quite informative and unlike the tour in 2013 which was all about the devestation and problems the bulk of this tour showed us the changes and rebuilding... More 

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