New Orleans Experience


Enjoy 3 nights at the Hampton Inn Downtown/French Quarter Area in New Orleans.

The Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Friday
  • Day 2 - Saturday
  • Day 3 - Sunday
  • Day 4 - Monday

City Sightseeing New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

JACKSON SQUARE - 700 Decatur St.Jackson Square & St. Louis CathedralBeignets & Café Au LaitFrench Quarter Walking Tour (Guided Tour, FREE with 3-Day Ticket)City Sightseeing Shop & Ticket Office

FRENCH MARKET - N. Peters St. & Ursulines Ave.French Market CollonadeFrench Market & Flea Market

ESPLANADE - N. Peters St. & Barracks St.Farmers Market & Flea MarketOld U.S. Mint - A Louisiana State MuseumFrenchmen Street Music Clubs

TREME - Rampart & Ursulines Ave.St. Augustine Church & Tomb of the Unknown SlaveBackstreet Cultural Museum

BASIN ST. STATION Visitor Information Center - 501 Basin St.St. Louis Cemetery #1 - Access RestrictedArmstrong Park & Congo SquareJean Lafitte Swamp Tours

CANAL STREET - 500 Canal St.Bourbon StreetJW MarriottSheraton Hotel

RIVERFRONT at HARRAH'S CASINO - Convention Center Blvd. & PoydrasPaddlewheeler Creole QueenSpanish PlazaAudubon Aquarium of the AmericasAudubon Butterfly Garden and InsectariumCanal Place Shopping Center

CBD - Poydras & Carondolet (Central Business District)Lafayette SquareGallier Hall LOUISIANA SUPERDOME - HYATT REGENCY - 601 Loyola Ave.

THE NATIONAL WWII MUSEUM - 945 Magazine St.Ogden Museum of Southern ArtContemporary Arts CenterConfederate Civil War Museum

MAGAZINE STREET - Magazine St. & Jackson Ave.Magazine Street Shops and Restaurants

GARDEN DISTRICT on MAGAZINE STREET - Magazine St. & Washington Ave.Magazine Street Shops and RestaurantsGarden District Walking Tour (Guided Tour, FREE with 3-Day Ticket)Lafayette Cemetery #1– Cemetery Closed Temporarily

MAGAZINE STREET - Magazine St. & Ninth St.Magazine Street Shops and Restaurants

ST. CHARLES AVENUE - Louisiana Ave. & St. Charles Ave.Saint Charles Avenue Streetcar

ST. CHARLES AVENUE - 2020 St. Charles Ave.St. Charles Avenue StreetcarNew Orleans CVB and Visitor Center

MARDI GRAS WORLD - 1380 Port of New Orleans Blvd.Cruise Ship Terminals

ARTS DISTRICT - Julie St. & S. Peters St.The Outlet Collection at RiverwalkJulia Street Shops and Galleries

HARRAH'S CASINO on S. PETERS ST. - S. Peters St. & Poydras

CANAL PLACE - Canal StreetNew Orleans' Premier Shopping DestinationSaks Fifth AvenueLululemonTiffany & CoAnthropologieVineyard Vines and many more

Check in at Hampton Inn Downtown / French Quarter Area

Hampton Inn Downtown / French Quarter Area
226 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA, US, 70130
(504) 529-9990

City Sightseeing New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Continue on enjoying sites in New Orleans

Creole Queen Jazz Cruise
Step back into the glamour and romance of the riverboat era with a cruise aboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen! Experience the lively sounds of traditional New Orleans music while enjoying a lavish Creole Buffet in our elegantly appointed dining room. After dinner, and maybe a little dancing, enjoy a classic New Orleans cocktail and sweet Mississippi River breezes on our promenade deck as the city skyline slips by under a canopy of stars. This nighttime cruise is pure New Orleans.

Tour Details

1. Availability: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (see calendar for availability)
2. Inclusions: River Cruise, Jazz Entertainment, Optional Creole Buffet, Cash Bar, Taxes
3. Duration: 2.5 Hours

Cruise Times:

1. 6:30pm - 7:00pm Boarding
2. 7:00pm - 9:00pm Sails


  • 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

Discounted parking is available at the World Trade Center (WTC) Parking Lot on the corner of Poydras Street and Convention Center Boulevard (100 Poydras Street). Your printed parking ticket must be presented to the Creole Queen ticket booth prior to the cruise departure in order to receive the Creole Queen discount on up to 5 hours of parking.

Mardi Gras World Tour
The rich history of Kern Studios dates back to 1932, when the first mule-drawn float was built on the back of a garbage wagon.

The Early Days
The early days of what has grown into Kern Studios started with Roy Kern, a local artist-turned-sign-painter who worked his way through the Depression by painting names and signs on the bows of freighters and barges. Roy and his son Blaine built their first Mardi Gras float together on the back on a mule-drawn wagon in 1932. Unable to pay his mother’s medical bills, Blaine offered to paint a mural in the hospital, which caught the eye of a surgeon who was also the captain of a Mardi Gras Krewe. This captain invited Blaine to design and build floats for his Krewe, and Kern Studios was officially founded in its current form in 1947. One float led to another, and before long Blaine became the city’s leading parade designer and builder, working with Rex, Zulu and other legendary krewes.

Mr. Mardi Gras
Blaine Kern traveled throughout Europe to apprentice under the world’s leading float and costume makers. During several trips to Italy, France, and Spain, Blaine became inspired by the extravagant concepts and animation that marked the European style of float building. He brought these ideas to New Orleans and developed the monumental scale and lavish ornamentation of today’s spectacular Mardi Gras floats. Blaine Kern was instrumental in the formative years of some of New Orleans’ biggest parades and “Super Krewes” and is still known as “Mr. Mardi Gras.”

After many requests for private tours of Kern Studios from people wanting a sneak-peak of Mardi Gras, the Kerns decided to open up the working studio to the public. In 1984, Mardi Gras World was created as a tourist attraction to provide visitors a behind-the-scenes look of our work. Widely successful, the attraction draws hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world each year.

City Sightseeing New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Check out at Hampton Inn Downtown / French Quarter Area