Tours

Wednesday Afternoon Tours

ICS 2016 TOURS

Your ICS Organizing Team has put together a wonderful array of tours for you to sample the fascinating city of New Orleans and surrounding areas. Enjoy a swamp tour, a city tour, a plantation tour! Scroll down to see the details of individual tours.

You can download the ICS Tours Registration Form by clicking this link!

Sunday – July 17, 2016

GRAY LINE SUPER CITY TOUR

Time: 12:00 pm – 2:20 pm

Cost: $38.75

Monday – July 18, 2016

FRENCH QUARTER WALKING TOUR & COOKING CLASS WITH LUNCH

Time: 8:00 am – 12:30 pm

Cost: Included in guest package (must sign up); all others $60.00

Wednesday Tours – July 20, 2016

In keeping with longstanding tradition of ICS meetings, Wednesday afternoon is free for delegates to explore. The local organizing team presents a wonderful selection of tours for your Wednesday afternoon and evening.

General Information for the Wednesday afternoon tours (July 20):

Scientific sessions will end around 12:30-12:40 pm on Wednesday afternoon. Buses will leave for tours between 1:30 - 2:30 pm, as specified in your tour instructions. Night tours will leave at later times. For tours with guides, please meet your guide in the lobby of the hotel 15 minutes before departure time. Buses will leave from the Canal Street entrance. If your tour includes a box lunch, you may pick it up in the lobby. Please also indicate your choice of Ham Classic, Turkey Bacon Ranch or Chicken Salad for your lunch.

Since it is July in New Orleans, it is guaranteed to be quite warm. For your comfort, we recommend that you wear a hat, light clothing and sunblock. If you are taking the Domino Refinery tour, please check the dress requirements in your tour description.

This selection of tours has been chosen to give you an idea of the historic city of New Orleans and it surrounding areas. It is our hope that you will have a wonderful time during your visit to ICS 2016 in New Orleans.

Here is the list of Wednesday tours. Please scroll down to see the details of each tour. You can download the ICS Tours Registration Form by clicking this link!

#1 ISLE OF ORLEANS

(NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

Time: 1:30-5:00 pm

Cost: $61.00

Includes a box lunch (please indicate your choice)

#2 STEAMBOAT NATCHEZ AFTERNOON JAZZ CRUISE

Boards 2:00 pm; sails 2:30 pm; returns 4:30 pm

Cost: $26.50

#3 STEAMBOAT NATCHEZ DINNER JAZZ CRUISE

Boards 6:00; sails 7:00 pm; returns 9:00 pm

Cost: $71.25

#4 HAUNTED NEW ORLEANS

Depart/Return: 7:30-9:30 pm

Cost: $30.00

#5 DOMINO SUGAR REFINERY

(NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

Depart/Return: 2:00 pm - 7:00pm

Cost: $30.00

Tour is limited to 50

#6 HOUMAS HOUSE & GARDENS

(NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

Depart/Return: 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Cost: $55.00

#7 LAURA: A CREOLE PLANTATION

(NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

Depart/Return: 2:15 pm – 6:45 pm

Cost: $55.00

#8 GRAY LINE AIRBOAT ADVENTURE

Depart/Return: 2:40 pm – 7:00 pm

Cost: $70.00

#9 TURTLE COVE WETLANDS RESEARCH CENTER

(NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

Depart/Return: 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Cost: $50.00

Tour is limited to 25

Includes a box lunch (please indicate your choice)

#10 HONEY ISLAND SWAMP CRUISE

Depart/Return: 1:30-6:00 pm

Cost: $73.00

Includes a box lunch (please indicate your choice)

#11 HONEY ISLAND NIGHTTIME SWAMP CRUISE

Depart/Return: 6:30-10:30 pm

Cost: $50.00

#12 NEW ORLEANS AT NIGHT

(NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

Depart/Return: 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Cost: $60.00

General Information for the Wednesday afternoon tours (July 20)

Scientific sessions will end around 12:30-12:40 pm on Wednesday afternoon. Buses will leave for tours between 1:30 - 2:30 pm, as specified in your tour instructions. Night tours will leave at later times. For tours with guides, please meet your guide in the lobby of the hotel 15 minutes before departure time. Buses will leave from the Canal Street entrance. If your tour includes a box lunch, you may pick it up in the lobby. Please also indicate your choice of Ham Classic, Turkey Bacon Ranch or Chicken Salad for your lunch.

Since it is July in New Orleans, it is guaranteed to be quite warm. For your comfort, we recommend that you wear a hat, light clothing and sunblock. If you are taking the Domino Refinery tour, please check the dress requirements in your tour description.

This selection of tours has been chosen to give you an idea of the historic city of New Orleans and it surrounding areas. It is our hope that you will have a wonderful time during your visit to ICS 2016 in New Orleans.


SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2016

GRAY LINE SUPER CITY TOUR

TIME: 12:00 PM – 2:20 PM

COST: $38.75

This tour departs from the Gray Line Lighthouse Ticket Office (Toulouse St. at the Mississippi River in the French Quarter). Please arrive 15 minutes early. The Gray Line Ticket Office is a brief walk from the Marriott Hotel. See map.

This is a narrated motor coach tour.

Travel Through Three Centuries of history, legends and romance as you encounter "The City That Care Forgot!"

Absorb the sights & sounds of the world famous French Quarter and historic Jackson Square, home of the Cabildo and Presbytere Museums.

Visit one of our historic cemeteries, referred to as "Cities of the Dead," and learn about this unique above ground burial system.

Marvel at stories of voodoo and piracy on Bayou St. John, the waterway used by Jean Lafitte and his band of pirates, as we make our way to City Park, one of the ten largest urban parks in America. Here you may visit either the Morning Call Cafe or the Besthoff Sculpture Garden.

Follow the path of the St. Charles Avenue streetcar, the oldest continuously operating passenger railway system in the world (except for a brief service disruption caused by Hurricane Katrina). The St. Charles streetcar line was designated a National Park Service Historic Landmark in 2014.

See the homes of former Kings & Queens of Mardi Gras, stately mansions and the world-famous, exclusive Garden District.

View Tulane and Loyola Universities across from Audubon Park, home to one of the top five zoos in the nation, The Audubon Zoo.

Getting to the Gray Line New Orleans Toulouse Lighthouse Ticket Office and Steamboat Natchez

The Toulouse Street Wharf and Gray Line Lighthouse Ticket Office

MONDAY, JULY 18, 2016

FRENCH QUARTER WALKING TOUR & COOKING CLASS WITH LUNCH

TIME: 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM

COST: Included in guest package; all others $60.00

Your tour guide will meet you in the lobby of the Marriott Hotel. This is a two hour walking tour of the French Quarter which ends with lunch at a cooking school.

New Orleans has enjoyed eras of prosperity and celebration few can imagine. The city has also risen above fires, epidemics, hurricanes, floods, wars, slavery and social conflict. And that was just the first 100 years!

For centuries this port city has been a cultural haven where creativity has flourished in art, architecture, music, literature, cuisine and politics. This tour presents New Orleans' oldest neighborhood during a pivotal point in a long and colorful history.

The French population doubled. Sugar empires rose. Baroness Pontalba transformed Jackson Square. Steamboats connected New Orleans with the Western "frontier." And European and American ideals clashed in a place where Free People of Color were among the social elite.

From the Ursuline nuns who educated the colonists to the pirate Jean Lafitte who supplied luxury items to the wealthiest corridor on earth, learn how the saints and sinners of our Creole past shaped the heart and soul of today's New Orleans.

Your tour ends at the New Orleans School of Cooking for some fun, food and folklore in the comfortable atmosphere of a Louisiana home-style kitchen to learn the secrets of authentic Creole cooking. The "City That Care Forgot" never forgets about its food, and you will never forget this three course lunch.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2016

TOUR #1

ISLE DE ORLEANS

(NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

DEPART HOTEL: 1:30 PM

RETURN: 5:00 PM

COST: $61.00 (includes a box lunch)

Your guide will meet you in the lobby of the Marriott Hotel. Be sure to pick up your box lunch.

Depicted in some early maps as the Isle of Orleans, New Orleans was founded between the fertile banks of The Mighty Mississippi and one of the largest estuaries in the world. Since its establishment in 1718, New Orleans has existed because of and in spite of the water surrounding it. The very name "Crescent City" refers to the way the original city wrapped around the river bend.

The presence of water has shaped nearly every aspect of life in this port city—the history, architecture, culture, ecology, economy and cuisine. This tour highlights the city's delicate balance with nature throughout the centuries as you travel through its historic neighborhoods – from the Ninth Ward, still recovering from Hurricane Katrina, to the districts along Esplanade and St. Charles, the oak lined avenues of elegance.

You will see one of the gigantic pumping stations that helps keep water out of this below-sea level city during hurricanes. The tour includes stops at St. Louis #3 Cemetery, one of the City's famous above-ground cemeteries and New Orleans City Park where you may visit the City Park Sculpture Garden and for a late snack, savor delicious beignets at the City Park Morning Call.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2016

TOUR #2

STEAMBOAT NATCHEZ AFTERNOON JAZZ CRUISE

BOARDS: 2:00 PM; SAILS 2:30 PM

RETURN: 4:30 PM

COST: $26.50

An afternoon ride on the Mississippi River on the Steamboat Natchez, the last remaining steam powered paddle wheeler left from the Steamboat Era. Food and beverage not included in the cost of this tour, but may be purchased on board.

Walking to the Steamboat Natchez from the Hotel: The Steamboat landing is approximately 6 blocks (0.5 miles/800 m) from the hotel, at the Toulouse Street wharf. (See map for Saturday Gray Line City Tour.)

At the height of the Steamboat Era there were 4,000 steamboats navigating the waterways of America. Today there is only one steam powered paddle-wheeler left on the Mississippi River—the Steamboat Natchez. Experience the magic of days gone by as a live jazz band sets the tone. Enjoy a Creole buffet prepared fresh daily and served from the galley. As its iconic red paddle churns the Mighty Mississippi, the Natchez glides past the French Quarter and through one of the world's most active ports. For all its history and romance, the excitement of riding a steamboat is as rich and genuine today as it was a century ago. Don't forget to tour the engine room!

The steam calliope on the Natchez is a 32-note pipe organ, powered by the same boilers as the paddle wheel.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2016

TOUR #3

STEAMBOAT NATCHEZ DINNER JAZZ CRUISE

BOARDS: 6:00 PM; SAILS 7:00 PM

RETURN: 9:00 PM

COST: $71.25

Walking to the Steamboat Natchez from the Hotel: The Steamboat landing is approximately 6 blocks (0.5 miles/800 m) from the hotel, at the Toulouse Street wharf. (See map for Saturday Gray Line City Tour.)

Today there is only one steam powered paddle-wheeler left on the Mississippi River—the Steamboat Natchez. Experience the magic of days gone by as the Dukes of Dixieland jazz band sets the tone while you enjoy a Creole buffet prepared fresh daily and served from the galley.

As its iconic red paddle churns the Mighty Mississippi River, the Natchez glides past the French Quarter and through one of the world's most active ports. For all its history and romance, the excitement of riding a steamboat is as rich and genuine today as it was a century ago. Don't forget to tour the engine room!


WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2016

TOUR #4

HAUNTED NEW ORLEANS

TIME: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

COST: $30.00

Your guide will meet you in the lobby of the Marriott Hotel.

This nighttime ghost and spirits experience is a 2-hour French Quarter walking tour. New Orleans is considered the most haunted city in the United States, and you may just get to see a ghost!

Learn the real history of the colorful characters that lived, died and have chosen to remain in this 300 year old European neighborhood. As we follow the shadows of their legends down cobbled alleys and through streets aglow with gas lamps, we share the eerie stories and dark secrets that have lent this city her mystical presence. Perhaps you will catch a glimpse of her past tonight…at a former yellow fever hospital, where bones lay under the bricks of a quiet courtyard or inside a haunted hotel. See age old tools of the trade used by mystics long departed. Don't forget your camera – you never know who wants to get your attention.

The haunted Bizot House

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2016

TOUR #5

DOMINO SUGAR REFINERY

(NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

DEPART FROM HOTEL: 2:00 PM

RETURN: 7:00 PM

COST: $30.00

Go directly to your bus. There is no guide on this tour.

Here is your opportunity to see how refined sugar is made. Travel to St. Bernard Parish to visit the American Sugar Refining-Group's Chalmette Refinery (locally also known as the Domino Refinery), located on the Mississippi River, established in 1909, the largest cane sugar refinery in the Western Hemisphere. Its yearly production is 2 billion pounds of sugar per year (almost one million tonnes), with a daily production of 7.3 million pounds of sugar (3,311 tonnes). The refinery operates 24 hours 280 days a year and produces over 200 cane sugar products. Domino processes 70% of Louisiana's raw sugar production, with the rest of the raw sugar coming from Florida and Texas. After an introductory presentation of the sugar refining process, guests will visit the raw sugar sheds; may see offloading if a barge or truck is unloading; discharge at the wash house, packaging and warehousing operations.

The refinery requires the following: Wear closed toe shoes; no open toe shoes or sandals, no shorts, no tank tops and no photos within the operations

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2016

TOUR #6

HOUMAS HOUSE & GARDENS

(NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

DEPART FROM HOTEL: 2:00 PM

RETURN: 6:30 PM

COST: $55.00

Your guide will meet you in the lobby of the Marriott Hotel.

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, considered "the crown jewel of Louisiana's River Road" has 38 acres of exquisite tropical gardens to stroll through.

Your licensed guide will take you back in time to the antebellum era, a time of glory for Southern plantations. Stroll through 38 acres of lush Louisiana plant life, ancient oak trees, and beautiful ponds, waterfalls, brooks and fountains. With its year-round growing season, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens is always alive with new plantings, new growth and new blooms, even in the dead of winter. Many sitting areas have been provided around the property to invite guests to sit and experience the year-round grandeur of the ancient oak alley, the fragrance of blooms and the sights and sounds of bird life, wildlife and plantation life of long ago. Building began in 1803 as the United States was acquiring the Louisiana Purchase and the home was completed in 1828. Houmas House continued to increase its land holdings, which ultimately grew to 300,000 acres, becoming the largest sugar producer in the country, actively working the crop on 98,000 acres and earning the name "The Sugar Palace."

Step into 16 rooms filled with period antiques and Louisiana artwork.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2016

TOUR #7

LAURA: A CREOLE PLANTATION

(NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

DEPART FROM HOTEL: 2:15 PM

RETURN: 6:45 PM

COST: $55.00

Your guide will meet you in the lobby of the Marriott Hotel.

Laura Plantation, on the Great River Road, is a classic Creole plantation that has been extensively researched and restored. The wealth that built the French Quarter was created a bit farther upriver on the Great River Road, where each plantation served as the corporate headquarters for an agricultural empire.

The guided tour is adapted from Laura's personal memoir spanning four generations of female owners and supported by 5,000 pages of legal documents. It's the story of a Creole dynasty and how it responded to the encroaching Anglo world. Rich in detail, the tour is intimate and honest in its portrayal of all who lived here. One of the largest plantation complexes, all 12 buildings are on the National Register, many built by the skilled craftsmanship of enslaved Africans. See original artifacts, family heirlooms and furnishings and authentic slave cabins where the West African folk tale of Br'er Rabbit was recorded.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2016

TOUR #8

AIRBOAT ADVENTURE

DEPART FROM HOTEL: 2:40 PM

RETURN: 7:00 PM

COST: $70.00

Meet your bus at the Canal Street side of the Marriott Hotel.

Your bus will take you deep into the wetlands of Louisiana to the small fishing village of Lafitte. You will board an airboat and take a wild ride through a 20,000 acre tidewater cypress swamp. It's fast and noisy and fun, with quiet stops along the way to learn the history and biology of this beautiful place. (Ear protection is provided for your comfort.) You will find this tour exhilarating and educational.

The tour is approximately 2 hours.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2016

TOUR #9

(NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

TURTLE COVE WETLANDS RESEARCH CENTER

DEPART FROM HOTEL: 1:30 PM

RETURN: 6:00 PM

COST: $50.00 (A box lunch in included)

This tour is limited to 25 participants

Pick up your box lunch in the hotel lobby and then meet your bus at the Canal Street entrance of the Marriott Hotel. For your comfort, please wear a hat and sunscreen on this tour. Each participant will be required to sign a waiver, which will be provided on the bus.

This is an educational wetlands tour with a master naturalist. You will learn about the history, science, and human culture of the wetlands in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. The bus will park at the Galva Canal and you will board a pontoon boat to the Turtle Cove Classroom Facility and Research Station in Manchac, LA.

Turtle Cove itself is a historic structure located in the wetlands on Pass Manchac, a natural pass that connects Lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas in southeastern Louisiana. The building was constructed in 1908 and is home to a variety of ecological and environmental research and educational programs. It is accessible only by water.

The mission of the Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station is to facilitate and support a better understanding of Southeast Louisiana's coastal wetland environments through research, education, and public outreach activities and programs. It is a program of Southeastern Louisiana University.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2016

TOUR #10

HONEY ISLAND SWAMP

DEPART FROM HOTEL: 1:30 PM

RETURN: 6:00 PM

COST: $73.00 (includes a box lunch)

Your guide will meet you in the lobby of the Marriott Hotel. Be sure to pick up your box lunch.

Your boat will take you deep into the heart of a hauntingly beautiful cypress swamp as well as river scenes and marshes. You will see cypress trees, whose flared trunks grow in the water, their branches festooned with mysterious Spanish moss. You will see a variety of wildlife, including stately giant white egrets, great blue herons and alligators in their native habitat. This is a professionally narrated boat tour with a friendly, knowledgeable guide native to South Louisiana. The tour is about 2 hours long.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2016

TOUR #11

HONEY ISLAND NIGHT TIME SWAMP CRUISE

DEPART FROM HOTEL: 6:30 PM

RETURN: 10:30 PM

COST: $50.00

Meet your bus at the Canal Street side of the Marriott Hotel

See the famous Honey Island Swamp at Night!

Are you ready for adifferent type of adventure? With the Cajun Encounters Honey Island Swamp Night tour, you will be able to take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the Honey Island nature conservancy like never before.

Take in the sunset on one of the custom created, flat bottomed boats. See the swamp come alive with creatures of the night as it grows dark outside, and the boat lights come on to help you get a better view. Hear old folk tales from an expert tour guide. Be daring, and ask about the Honey Island Swamp Monster!


WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2016

TOUR #12

NEW ORLEANS AT NIGHT

(NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

DEPART FROM HOTEL: 6:00 PM

RETURN: 9:30 PM

COST: $60.00

Your guide will meet you in the lobby of the Marriott Hotel.

This guided tour with commentary will give you a taste of night life in New Orleans. You will visit local hot spots on both sides of the Mississippi River. Among the things you will see:

The best view of the New Orleans skyline

Algiers Point Historic District, established 1719

Algiers Old Point Bar, a neighborhood "dive bar" filmed in more than 40 movies

Live music

Lively Magazine Street shopping and entertainment corridor

NOLA Brewery Taproom and McClure's BBQ

Music scene on Frenchman Street

Drinks at locations are not included, and can be purchased individually.