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    Plane Ride with Champagne and Chocolate

    Board your sightseeing plane at the Flight Academy of New Orleans, sit in your window-side seat, and then take to the skies over the city's sights. Gaze out of your window and watch the runway slip from your view as New Orleans' urban sights take center stage. A maximum of three passengers are permitted per flight, making this a great way to spend quality time with a loved one or close friends. Gaze down at the French Quarter at the distinct architecture, and listen to your guide's stories about the city and its sights. Peer past the skyscrapers of the Central Business District to see Mercedes-Benz Superdome where New Orleans Saints American football team play. Loop around the iconic stadium, and have your camera ready to capture bird's-eye sights of the Port of New Orleans and its tailing 2-mile (3-km) wharf. Glide a short distance from downtown New Orleans to the bayous of Louisiana, the slow-moving streams of water that form around the Mississippi River. After admiring sunset views of the county's famous wetlands, head back over the city and touch down at the start point where your VIP experience finishes. Once high in the air above the Mississippi River, it's time to pop the Champagne and eat your chocolates! One full bottle of Champagne and chocolates (type and amount varies) is included per couple, so sit back, sip on the bubbles and enjoy your sweets as you cruise above New Orleans.
    Plane Ride with Champagne and Chocolate

    5701 Walter Beech St, New Orleans

    • Combine aerial views of New Orleans with cheese and a bottle of wine on this sightseeing flight
    • Glide above the French Quarter and Central Business District with commentary from your pilot
    • See top New Orleans attractions such as Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the Mississippi River
    • Customize the route with your pilot according to personal preferences
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    Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

    Board the historic Steamboat Natchez to the delightful tunes of the Steam Calliope. Experience the sights and sounds of river life that enchanted characters of history and literature - like Mark Twain's Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer - and see the bustling activity of America's second largest port!

    View the ever-changing skyline of 'The Crescent City' from the sunny decks or climate-controlled comfort of the majestic Steamer Natchez. Cruise past the Chalmette Battlefield, where the legendary Jean Lafitte and his buccaneers joined forces with Andrew Jackson to defend the city against the British in the Battle of New Orleans.

    You also have the option to add on a delicious buffet lunch.

    Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

    400 Toulouse St, New Orleans

    • Explore America's second largest port from the sunny decks or climate-controlled sections of a steamboat
    • Experience the river that enchanted characters of history and literature like Mark Twain's Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer
    • Board the historic Steamboat Natchez to the delightful tunes of the Steam Calliope
    • View the skyline of 'The Crescent City' and take in the sights and sounds of the harbor
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    Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise

    Indulge in a luxurious evening in New Orleans on the Steamboat Natchez -- authentic steampowered paddle-wheel steamboat still operating today on the Mississippi River -- with this Viator Exclusive. After being welcomed aboard with a Champagne cocktail, go on a private boat and engine room tour led by the first mate. Then settle into your reserved seat in the dining room and listen to live jazz as you savor a buffet dinner full of local favorites. If your looking for a little more, upgrade your your cruise to include an open bar option for the entire duration. Don't miss this opportunity to cruise through New Orleans in style on an exclusive Viator tour that can't be booked anywhere else! Your decadent night out in New Orleans begins with boarding the Steamboat Natchez in the French Quarter. The authentic paddle-wheel steamboat is the only one still operating on the mighty Mississippi River today. Pose for a photo as you board -- you'll receive a print as a souvenir of this exclusive experience that can only be booked through Viator!

    Uniformed ship staff will greet you with a Champagne cocktail served in a glass etched with an image of the Steamboat Natchez that's yours to keep. Then, follow your officer of the vessel guide on an exclusive private tour of the boat and its impressive, museum-quality engine room. Feel free to ask questions and take photos as you tour the magnificent steamboat.

    Afterward, take your reserved seat and listen to the live jazz band, Dukes of Dixeland. As you listen to the Grammy-nominated group play, enjoy a shrimp cocktail and glass of house wine. Then load up on scrumptious Louisiana favorites including Filé Gumbo and Louisiana style fish at the dinner buffet. Sit back, relax and delight in captivating night views of New Orleans as you cruise along the Mississippi for two hours.

    Before your luxurious dinner cruise concludes in the French Quarter, you'll also receive a commemorative Steamboat Natchez pin and Dukes of Dixieland CD as souvenirs of your memorable night on the Mississippi.
    Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise

    French Quarter, New Orleans

    • Indulge in a luxurious evening in New Orleans on an authentic paddle-wheel steamboat
    • Be welcomed aboard the steamboat Natchez with a Champagne cocktail and beautiful views
    • Enjoy a private boat and engine room tour led by the first mate along the Mississippi River
    • Savor a buffet dinner full of local favorites as you listen to live jazz music
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    Swamp Boat Ride and Plantation Tour

    See a variety of wildlife on a swamp boat ride and explore an authentic southern plantation on this tour from New Orleans. See alligators, egrets, raccoons and snakes during your ride around a private Louisiana swamp after taking a tour of Destrehan Plantation, the oldest documented French Colonial style house in the Lower Mississippi Valley. Your tour will begin with a tour with a 1.5-hour visit to Destrehan Plantation, where you will learn the history of the Destrehan family sugar dynasty, see a Slave Revolt Museum that dates back to 1811, and admire the architecture of a French Colonial style plantation. After your plantation tour, take a comfortable coach in central New Orleans and ride across the Mississippi River to Manchac Swamp, where you'll board your custom-built, covered boat. This Louisiana swamp is privately owned so you'll be able to take in your fascinating surroundings with fewer distractions. In addition to sharing some local history, your guide will explain why wetlands like this one are disappearing and what's being done to save them. Feel free to walk around your boat to capture photos of the swamp's abundant wildlife, including alligators, egrets, raccoons, snakes, and nutria -- a giant rodent. Your 4.5-hour tour of Louisiana's colorful scenery and history concludes at its starting point in New Orleans.
    Swamp Boat Ride and Plantation Tour

    French Quarter, New Orleans

    • Take a swamp boat ride to explore an authentic southern plantation
    • See alligators, egrets, and snakes during your ride around a private Louisiana swamp
    • Take a tour of Destrehan Plantation, the oldest French Colonial house in the Lower Mississippi Valley
    • Hear commentary about the wetlands and the plantation from your expert guide
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    Oak Alley Plantation + Swamp Tour (Airboat)

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    You're not gonna get to know the swamps of N'Awleans any better than this locally-owned family-run business that's been doing their thing since '89! Your first stop will be the Oak Alley Plantation -- which looks just like the movie, "Gone With the Wind." There you'll enter the harrowing history of slavery, viewing the quarters where humans were once entrapped into labor, and hearing stories of all aspects of the plantation life. You'll also hear other facts about the previous owners of The Plantation and the restoration the place has endured. The very last owners were Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Stewart, and though Mr. Stewart died years before his wife, Mrs. Stewart created a non-profit organization to keep their gift open to the public for years to come. But you're not getting away from this one without a trip through the Bayou! Next up is the swamp -- Take this tour to get to know the lay of the land. Your guide will be a local captain who has lived the Cajun Life, living in harmony with the ecosystem on a daily basis, so you're in good hands!
    Oak Alley Plantation + Swamp Tour (Airboat)

    9706 Barataria Blvd, Marrero

    • Explore New Orleans and the surrounding swamps via tour boat with a local guide
    • Visit the Oak Alley Plantation, one of the most magnificent plantation tours due to its 28 huge Oak Trees leading from the front steps to the River Road
    • Catch some crocodiles as you gaze over the bayou from the safety of the airboat
    • Get to know the swamps like a local with a local captain from a locally-owned family business that started in '89!
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    Fly a Plane in New Orleans!

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    Learn how to fly a plane in New Orleans on an exhilarating 50-minute flying lesson that includes sights of the mighty Mississippi River, the historical French Quarter and Mercedes-Benz Superdome! The must-do experience includes 20 minutes of on-ground tuition, followed by 30 minutes in the air under the watchful eye of the pilot -- an instructor certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Help control the plane during takeoff and landing, and enjoy your airborne time to take control and maneuver the plane through the skies! No license or prior experience is necessary. Meet your pilot at the Flight Academy of New Orleans, and spend the first 20 minutes of your experience learning about the pre-flight procedure that all pilots do before flying. Study the instrument panel to work out the different controls, learn about the engine start sequence, and chat through the basics of flying such as taxiing the aircraft and preparing for takeoff.

    Then, head out to the ramp to step aboard your small sightseeing plane and take your seat in the cockpit. Under the watchful eye of the pilot sat at your side, launch the aircraft into the sky, and then enjoy roughly 30 minutes of free flying through the air.

    Learn how to maneuver the plane up and down, to the right and to the left as you soar through the skies around New Orleans, above the plantations and swampland that typify the city's outskirts, and then above New Orleans itself. Gaze down at Mercedes-Benz Superdome--home stadium of New Orleans Saints American football team--and the bright lights of the city laid in front of you. Weave through the skies above the French Quarter, and see the mighty Mississippi River snaking through town.

    When it's time to return to ground, listen to your pilots instructions for touchdown, and then help guide the plane back to the runway. After touching down, your pilot will sign your logbook that officially records your flight over New Orleans.

    Note: There are a max of two observers allowed ($115 per observer must be paid on location). Please provide the names of your observers in the Special Requests field, they are not guaranteed unless they have been confirmed.
    Fly a Plane in New Orleans!

    5701 Walter Beech St, New Orleans

    • Learn how to fly a plane with an exhilarating 50-minute flying experience
    • Get a bird's eye view of the Mississippi River, the French Quarter and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome
    • Participate in a 20 minute on-ground lesson, followed by 30 minutes in the air under the watchful eye of a professional pilot
    • Embark on an aerial journey that requires no license or prior experience
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    Airboat Tour Hotel Pick-Up, Small (6 passengers)

    Join the guides of the New Orleans Tour Company as they help you learn more about the cypress swamps of Louisiana! Try not to strain your neck too much as you turn to see a large variety of wildlife, including alligators, owls, eagles, hawks, herons and turtles. You will have to watch out for the snakes, but you will always be safe with your guide. This a true adventure that will show you amazing moss-covered areas of the swamps you will never see again. Here is your chance to learn more about the wildlife and plant life that make the swamps special.
    Airboat Tour Hotel Pick-Up, Small (6 passengers)

    2014 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans

    • Enjoy a fun airboat ride and tour for 16 passengers
    • Discover the mysteries of the cypress swamp
    • Learn more about the ecosystem from your knowledgeable guides
    • Discover wildlife and nature from a new perspective in the swamp
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    New Orleans Airboat Tour

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    You're not gonna get to know the swamps of N'Awleans any better than this locally-owned family-run business that's been doing their thing since '89! Take this tour to get to know the lay of the land, and along the way you'll discover the creatures and characters that call the place their home. Your guide will be a local captain who has lived the Cajun Life, living in harmony with the ecosystem on a daily basis, so you're in good hands! Don't forget your camera, because along the way you'll have several chances to encounter the region's wildlife. You just might run into Brown Pelicans, Osprey, Bald Eagles, Swamp Raccoons, Owls, Gulls, Herons, and -- gasp -- Gators! Fingers crossed! All tour boats are fully-narrated and protected from the sun and rain. Meaning: Rain or shine, you've got no excuse to miss this tour!
    New Orleans Airboat Tour

    9706 Barataria Blvd, Marrero

    • Explore New Orleans and the surrounding swamps with 6 passengers total and an expert local guide
    • Learn about life on the bayou and enjoy the thrill of cruising through the swamps
    • Catch a few crocodiles as you gaze over the waters from the safety of the airboat
    • Get to know the swamps like a local with a local captain from a locally-owned family business that started in '89!
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    Swamp Tour Boat Adventure

    Don't just watch Swamp People on the History channel... BE a Swamp Person! Take a New Orleans Swamp Tour and Wetlands Adventure! See the Cajuns of the Bayou living and surviving in harmony with the swamps. From the relaxed comfort of their covered New Orleans Swamp Tour boats, you will drift slowly past a 2000 year old Indian burial mound, a Cajun cemetery, and fishing village. You may see the wildlife that made the Barataria Swamps the "Crown Jewel" of the Louisiana Purchase. The slow drift of the tour boats through moss draped trees and small waterways will provide ample opportunity for viewing and photography. Birds, snakes, turtles, fur animals, and Gators (the Kings of the swamp) are easily spotted in spring, summer, and fall. Get out there and explore, you bad bushwacker you.
    Swamp Tour Boat Adventure

    Barataria Blvd, Marrero

    • Explore the amazing flora and fauna of the New Orleans' swamps
    • Pass an old Indian burial mound, Cajun cemetery, and fishing village
    • Drift under moss draped trees and stop for photos and alligator sightings
    • Enjoy the narration of a local, professional tour guide
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    NOLA City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

    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 on the Natchez Riverboat for a 2 hour cruise on the Mississippi River. Come and discover New Orleans today! After your exciting Super City Tour of New Orleans by motorcoach, board the historic Steamboat Natchez, one of Six Authentic Steamboats left on the Mississippi River.

    Enjoy a Steam Calliope Concert daily. Tap your feet to Live Jazz (seasonal) on every cruise. This two-hour day cruise takes you back to a time when cotton was king and life was as slow and graceful as the current on the Mississippi River.

    Enjoy the Captain's narration of the highlights of one of the world's busiest ports.

    Tour the Historic Steam Engine Room and learn how steam powers the engines to turn the Paddlewheel and provide the energy for the delightful tunes of the calliope.

    Cruise past the Chalmette Battlefield, where Jean Lafitte and his buccaneers joined forces with Andrew Jackson to defeat the British in the Battle of New Orleans.
    NOLA City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

    Toulouse St, New Orleans

    • Explore numerous New Orleans highlights on this fully narrated city and cruise tour
    • Visit the world famous French Quarter and uncover the mysteries surrounding Voodoo
    • Board the Natchez Riverboat for a 2 hour cruise on the Mississippi River
    • Enjoy a Steam Calliope Concert along with the Captain's entertaining narration
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