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Sightseeing Tours

9/19/2012
City Sightseeing New Orleans Debuts

Double-Decker Sightseeing Bus Tours

Show Visitors Around New Orleans 

City Sightseeing New Orleans kicked off service with an inaugural tour for tourism and hospitality leaders in downtown New Orleans in September.  

Iconic, red, double-decker buses will offer visitors a new convenient, entertaining, and informative way to experience the Big Easy.

“In addition to being an exciting and educational experience, our open-top buses offer visitors and locals the only moving birds-eye view of the city,” said Emily Valentino, general manager of City Sightseeing New Orleans, the local company that owns and operates the New Orleans tour franchise.

Hop On, Hop Off

“The hop-on-hop-off model allows visitors to easily reach all of their most desired destinations and enjoy them at their own pace," said Valentino

Sightseers will enjoy informative and entertaining tours of the city narrated live in English by certified tour hosts.

The tour will be unmistakably New Orleans - each bus will be hosted by a local driver and guide, operating as a team, offering their own personalities and knowledge and skills all along the route.

Starting Nov. 1, this will be the only tour option offered in seven languages -- Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Italian, Japanese and Chinese, as well as two dialects of English -- Cajun and New Orleans. There is also a Kids Channel for youngsters.

The hop-on-hop-off buses operate on a continuous transportation loop, stopping at strategic locations along the way. Visitors can spend as much time as they like at any destination, and “hop” back on the bus to complete the guided tour where they left off.

The double-decker buses will drop and pick up guests at: 

  • Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
  • Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
  • Basin St. Station
  • New Orleans Museum of Art
  • National World War II Museum
  • paddlewheeler Creole Queen
  • Magazine St. Merchants
  • Audubon Zoological Garden
  • New Orleans Cruise Ship Terminal
  • French Market Corporation
  • Harrah’s Casino
  • Mardi Gras World
  • Mercedes-Benz Superdome
  • National World War II Museum

City Sightseeing New Orleans will offer dozens of package options with discounted admission rates at destinations such as the National World War II Museum, Audubon Zoo, New Orleans Museum of Art, Aquarium of the Americas and the paddlewheeler Creole Queen.

As an added benefit, City Sightseeing New Orleans will maintain the public restrooms located at Washington Artillery Park; restroom hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and additionally for special events in and around Jackson Square.

Ticket Information

Tickets may be purchased online at www.citysightseeingneworleans.com, at ticket offices in Jackson Square (700 Decatur Street) and in Basin St. Station (501 Basin Street), on any bus at any point along the route, and by phone at 800-362-1811.

A “cloud” ticketing system allows tickets to be purchased simultaneously online, at retail locations, on mobile phones, and on the tour route.

Ultimately the goal is to link all of City Sightseeing New Orleans affiliate locations, allowing the attractions to cross-market and cross-sell each other’s admission tickets seamlessly.

City Sightseeing New Orleans operates from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Central Standard Time). Tickets are valid for one, two, and three days at the following prices:

Adults:  $40 for one day, $50 for two days, $60 for three days.

Children: $30 for one day, $40 for two days, $50 for three days.

Family (two adults and two children): $125 for one day, $155 for two days, $185 for three days. 

Ten percent discounts are offered for seniors (66 and older) and military personnel.

Groups of 25 people or more should contact the executive sales and reservations office at 800-362-1811 for group rates.

City Sightseeing New Orleans is expected to add the equivalent of 36 full-time jobs and more than $8 million of new revenue to the area’s economies, including major attractions and hospitality related businesses.

“We are thrilled to welcome City Sightseeing New Orleans to our ever growing tourism and hospitality industry,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

For more information, visit www.citysightseeingneworleans.com.


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