Tours offered to Experience Local Culture, History and Cuisine

February 18, 2019

New Orleans, Louisiana is home to a distinct French/Creole cultural influence and known for its Mardi Gras celebration lasting several weeks leading up to the start of lent.

Tours of this famous city are available to SubOptic attendees during the week as well as pre and post conference. As you’re making your travel plans, consider arriving early or staying late to soak up the scenic historic French Quarter, tour the elegant Garden District and meet the colorful characters of Frenchmen Street.

You must book your tours by MARCH 8.
Reservations will not be accepted after this date as arrangements for transportation must be secured.

More about the tours…

For our history buffs we have several tours…

This tour provides a solid history of the city founded almost 300 years ago. Learn about what as originally an Indian trading post and now sits as Jackson Square in the heart of French Quarter. The tour will take you to the site of St. Louis Cathedral and other famous landmarks such as City Park and Bayou St. John; St. Louis No. 3 Cemetery, and a trip along picturesque St. Charles Avenue, lined with rows of magnificent mansions and historical oak trees.

Other great tours for history lovers include Mansions and Magnolias Tour and Houmas House Plantation Tour 

For those who love to explore the outdoors and sceneries consider these tours…

This boat tour will introduce you to the Louisiana wetlands and the rich Cajun heritage of the people who inhabit this region. Learn how Cajun folks reaped the bounty of their surroundings by trapping hunting and fishing and explore the swamplands exotic tropical plants and wildlife. The wetlands are home to majestic herons, nutria, and large turtles sunning themselves on tree stumps and the alligator.

This two-hour river cruise aboard the Steamboat Natchez brings you back to the time when cotton was king. The Natchez is the only authentic steamboat still operating from New Orleans and is the ninth riverboat to bear the name – Natchez. As the vessel departs the dock, the passengers will begin to experience a taste of an era gone by, when mighty paddle wheelers choked the river delivering all types of trade – a time when New Orleans was truly one of the worlds busiest ports, and today remains one of the world’s largest.

You might also like the Cajun Swamp Experience by Airboat

For those particularly fascinated by local culture and cuisine?

Did you know that New Orleans is the birthplace of not only jazz but also the cocktail?! This hands-on tour explores the history behind some of New Orleans most famous cocktails with a behind the scenes walking adventure in the Big Easy. First, we take you to Napoleon House, a building Napoleon Bonaparte MIGHT have called home. Next, you’ll head over to Pat O’Brien’s where “two grand pianos and tons of rum” are the ingredients of a Pat O’s party. our final stop will be at Jean Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop where guests can experience Lafitte’s special version known of the martini known as the “Obituary Cocktail.”

Additional activities/tours include: Build a Mardi Gras Float and an interactive cooking class, Cajun and Creole Cuisine.

Tours are open to all attendees, companions and families. We look forward to greeting you in New Orleans and exploring the city with you!

Book tours with your registration by March 8. After this date, we are not able to accommodate your tour request, but you will be able to register for SubOptic 2019.