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New Orleans: Evening Jazz Cruise on the Steamboat Natchez

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

Journey back in time aboard the newly renovated Riverboat City of New Orleans. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the New Orleans atmosphere as the smooth jazz of the Dukes Trio fills your ears on this two-hour cruise on the mighty Mississippi, enjoying craft cocktails, and the sites. Depart from the heart of the French Quarter and experience breathtaking views of New Orleans as the city skyline slips away. Seating is available indoors and on the outdoor decks for the very best views of the Mississippi River and New Orleans. Make sure you check out all four decks as the top deck view is a sight to see.  Choose the dinner buffet option for a dinner menu including: Tossed salad, chicken and sausage gumbo, baked chicken with a mushroom ragout, Bayou seafood pasta, Creole vegetarian jambalaya, herb-garlic fingerling potatoes, pasta primavera, green beans, white chocolate bread pudding, Bananas Foster dessert, and garlic rolls. 

New Orleans: Evening Jazz Boat Cruise with Optional Dinner

2. New Orleans: Evening Jazz Boat Cruise with Optional Dinner

Step back into the glamour and romance of the riverboat era with a cruise on the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen boat. Tuck into a delicious dinner or simply sit back and relax with a cocktail in your hand, marveling at the views and enjoying the live jazz music. On this river cruise, experience the vibrant and lively jazz notes of the amazing Sullivan Dabney Jr. and the Muzik Jazz Band while enjoying a Creole-style dinner (if the option is selected). There will be some time to dance to the music after dinner in the gorgeous dining hall.  After dinner, enjoy a classic New Orleans cocktail on the promenade deck looking out over the Mississippi River as the city slips past. On the way back to dock where you began your tour, pass by Jackson Square and see the city lights under a starry sky.  SAMPLE DINNER MENU: • Cajun Caesar Salad • Chicken & Andouille Sausage Gumbo • Louisiana Creole Jambalaya • Cajun Baked Chicken • Roast Beef Debris • Garlic Mashed Potatoes • Cajun Seafood Pasta • Red Beans & Rice • Corn Mac Choux • Fresh Roasted Vegetables • Paddlewheeler White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce (best in New Orleans!) • French Bread Rolls & Cornbread (Menu items are subject to change by season and availability)

New Orleans: 'Court of Two Sisters' Jazz Brunch Buffet

3. New Orleans: 'Court of Two Sisters' Jazz Brunch Buffet

Experience a variety of music and gastronomy offerings at New Orleans' renowned 'Court of Two Sisters' restaurant. Enjoy the daily performances of the talented jazz band whilst relishing the delectable southern fare with this brunch buffet that includes a mimosa. Enjoy the city’s largest courtyard while having an incredible meal with this buffet that offers guaranteed seating. Tuck into classics from 9 am-11:30 am like scrambled eggs, hash browns, and andouille sausage and bacon. Make your morning right with dishes like glazed ham, grits and grillades, eggs benedict, biscuits, and a create your own omelets bar. Treat yourself to New Orleans favorites like chicken and sausage gumbo, red beans and rice, turtle soup au sherry, and Corn macque choux (a Cajun dish).  Pile your plate up with sides like garlic mashed potatoes, candied sweet potatoes, creamed spinach. Cool off with the salad bar that is stocked with items like cold boiled shrimp, pasta salads, potato salad, mixed greens with toppings, chicken and tuna salad, fresh fruits, and assorted cheeses. Savor lunch dishes after 11:30 like carved ribeye, pasta primavera, shrimp pasta, shrimp etouffee (stew), and duck a l'orange. Finish off with something sweet like bananas foster (ice cream and stewed bananas), bread pudding with whiskey sauce, brownies, pecan pie, assorted cakes, and ice cream.

New Orleans: 1-Hour Escape Room Adventure

4. New Orleans: 1-Hour Escape Room Adventure

Put your teamwork skills to the test and work together to find clues and solve puzzles in order to complete your mission. You'll need communication, wits, and a sense of adventure to escape from your 60-minute challenge. Choose from 4 thrilling adventures. Become a spy sent to recover a stolen painting or a falsely accused prisoner determined to break out of jail. Once you arrive, a dedicated game guide will take you to your adventure and help you as needed. After entering the room, the countdown is on. Complete the mission in 60 minutes to escape. After you and your group have emerged victorious, you’ll be conveniently located in the French Quarter, so feel free to celebrate with a bite to eat.

New Orleans: Sunday Jazz Cruise Aboard a Steamboat

5. New Orleans: Sunday Jazz Cruise Aboard a Steamboat

Journey back in time aboard the Sternwheeler Steamboat Natchez, the only surviving authentic steamboat in New Orleans. Sit back, relax and soak up the New Orleans atmosphere as smooth jazz fills your ears. Set sail from the heart of the French Quarter with seating available indoors and on deck for the very best views of the river and city. The indoor areas are climate-controlled and the outdoor space allows for tours of all levels of the boat. Experience a charming afternoon on Steamboat Natchez. Choose to simply relax and take in the sights or enhance your cruise with brunch served on board. Sunday Brunch Menu Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, made with a traditional Louisiana roux and served with rice Natchez Tossed Salad, mixed greens, tomato, cucumbers, red onions and croutons with a sugar cane vinaigrette Shrimp and Grits, shrimp sautéed with onion, bell pepper, and garlic served alongside hot butter grits Grillades and Grits "Gree-yahds", a traditional Creole dish with braised beef and homemade brown gravy, over stone-ground "corn" cooked to a smooth texture Crescent City Eggs, baked egg casserole with spinach, red onion, tomatoes, mushrooms, andouille sausage, green onions and cheese Turkey Sausage Patties Pain Perdu Thick Cut Bread, slices soaked in sweet custard mix, cinnamon swirl, and whipped cream topping, the French cousin of America's "French Toast" O' Brien Potatoes, served with peppers and onions Creole Creamed Spinach, spinach with mozzarella, parmesan, and cream cheese Mini Croissants and Biscuits, served with jellies and preserves Fruit Salad Bananas Foster, a New Orleans original! Fresh sliced bananas sautéed in butter, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and rum. Served warm atop vanilla ice cream.  White Chocolate Bread Pudding, a soufflé of local Leidenheimer French bread in rich custard with a decadent white chocolate sauce Community Coffee and Iced Tea included *Menu items are subject to change

New Orleans: Haunted Pub Crawl

6. 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: Combo Cocktail and Food History Tour

7. New Orleans: Combo Cocktail and Food History Tour

Begin your walking tour at the award-winning Red Fish Grill in the French Quarter neighborhood of New Orleans. Begin with alligator sausage and seafood gumbo, with freshly-baked French bread and homemade butter as you learn a bit about the colonial period of Louisiana’s history. Move four blocks down and enter Pepper Palace to discuss the Cajun influence and sample an unlimited variety of hot sauces, BBQ sauces, Buffalo Wings sauces, salsas, dry rubs, and more. Receive a free bottle of Louisiana-style hot sauce when shopping there.  Afterward, visit Leah’s Pralines, a 3rd generation family-owned candy store. Sample traditional pralines and their unique Bacon Pecan Brittle. Then, visit the iconic Napoleon House restaurant for two of their specialties — muffuletta sandwiches and a refreshing Pimm’s Cup cocktail. Arrive at the award-winning Dickie Brennan’s Tableau to sip your next cocktail: the French 75, a combo of fresh lemon, brandy or gin, and bubbles. After Tableau, visit the Creole Cookery for their slow-cooked red beans and rice. From there you pass through famous Jackson Square towards Café du Monde, then along the French Market area, ultimately landing at the James Beard Award-nominated Cane & Table. Sample their unique curry pork skins and a classic daiquiri.

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: Cocktails & Brunch Crawl in the French Quarter

9. 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 several iconic dishes and drinks during the tour. 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 traditional 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. While on tour try many iconic dishes such as beignets, calas, boudin, frog legs, alligator, duck jambalaya and more. 

New Orleans: Frenchmen Street VIP Live Music Pub Crawl

10. New Orleans: Frenchmen Street VIP Live Music Pub Crawl

Experience some of the best live music at Frenchmen Street's hottest clubs on this VIP pub crawl tour. Dance to live bands and enjoy signature drinks at each venue. Take photos of eclectic and unique art during a visit to the Frenchmen Art Market. Gather with your group and guide, then head to the first bar where a bartender will show you how to make a premium Louisiana cocktail, such as a Sazerac or Pimm's Cup. Try the famous Booty Shaker Shot and another specialty cocktail. Continue to experience the Frenchmen Street scene and meet new friends as you hop to more bars and see Frenchmen Street’s art market. Listen as your guide details several French Quarter ghost stories and tales of musical New Orleans from 1718 to now. Your tour guide will help you be in the right place at the right time to see Jazz, brass bands, Latin, funk, electronic, rock, blues, Americana, zydeco, EDM, hip hop, and local DJs. Inside the over 20 bars and clubs on the street, you can find just about every style of music.

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What people are saying about New Orleans

Betsey was a great guide. We learned a lot about New Orleans history. She very adroitly handled acknowledgement of slavery and the involuntary labour that contributed to the prosperity of New Orleans, while still capturing its glamourous history. New Orleans is a great biking city and this was a lovely way to see it.

Weather was foggy, so perfect for a haunted pub crawl. DJ was entertaining and very knowledgeable about the city history and stories about the famous people in the history.

Stella, our tour guide, was amazing and had great stories and anecdotes.

The food was excellent and the staff was friendly and helpful

great walk with good information and delicious food!