A Comparison of Hop-on Hop-off Tours in New Orleans

by Paul Joseph  |  Published July 22, 2021

Most famous for its mardi gras, at somewhat more tranquil times New Orleans can be explored via an organised tour – including several hop-on, hop-off tours of the city.

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There’s nowhere quite like New Orleans. Anyone who has visited the Louisiana city perched on the Mississippi River will attest to the unique buzz and vibe that permeates its streets. If you’re planning a trip to this iconic destination and would like to soak up the atmosphere at your own leisure, we’ve done some research and picked out three of the best hop-on, hop-off tours available.

Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Our favourite tour on this list, and available as a 1 or 3-day ticket, you’ll be invited to take in this beautiful, vibrant city at your leisure. Stop at the Superdome, the largest fixed dome structure in the world and home to the NFL’s New Orleans Saints; visit the stunning St. Louis Cathedral, a major landmark in the French Quarter and the oldest continuously active cathedral in the US;  wander down Royal Street, one of the city’s most historic streets, for crafts, antiques, art objects, and museums; or explore the French Market and peruse stands loaded with fresh local produce, all combining to create memories that last a lifetime.

Book at GetYourGuide

New Orleans Sightseeing FLEX Pass

This hassle free pass allows you to pick how many New Orleans attractions you want to visit (up to 6) and pay one low price to visit them all at your own pace over a whole month – with hop-on, hop-off tours included in the options. Perfect for people who are short on time, have a limited budget, or have already visited the city and want a more customised experience, you’ll gain access to some of the best experiences in New Orleans, and save money in the process. Running daily, the pass also lets you plan in advance with vouchers valid for 24 months, and for 30 days once activated. Both printed or smartphone vouchers are accepted.

Book at Hop-on-Hop-off-bus.com

New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour

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Or for a unique alternative to a traditional hop-on, hop-off tour, this immersive tour allows you to peak behind the curtain to witness the inner workings of the world famous Mardi Gras, which takes over New Orleans every year. During the tour you’ll make several stop offs to see the behind-the-scenes work and amazing artistry that goes into preparing the annual celebration, with your entertaining guide on hand to capture your imagination with carnival folklore. Highlights include seeing where the amazing Mardi Gras floats are made, trying on Mardi Gras costumes, and savouring a slice of traditional King Cake. Pickups from downtown New Orleans are provided

Book at Viator