New Orleans FAQ’s

Q. How do you recommend I get from the New Orleans Airport to the hotel in the French Quarter?
A. You have several options. You can either take a taxi which will take you directly to the hotel or take a shuttle, which will likely take longer as you’ll be sharing the ride with other people. The taxi fare will cost $36 – $50 one way for up to two passengers and the shuttle will cost $24 one way. The shuttle service can be reserved in advance and there is a discount for booking a round-trip fare.

Q. Do I need travel insurance for this trip?
A. For many of our tours we do recommend at least evacuation insurance. However, because this one is in a metropolitan location, we’ll be very close to a doctor should the need arise. If you are concerned about having to cancel your trip at the last minute (perhaps due to an illness in the family) or if you are worried about your luggage, you might consider travel insurance.

We highly recommend Insure My Trip. They have a wide range of options, good customer service, an easy to navigate website and they offer numerous affordable options including travel, medical, and evacuation insurance.

Q. Will I receive a refund if I have to cancel my participation in the tour?
A. Whether or not you receive a partial refund depends on how far in advance of the tour you cancel. Our refund policy is covered in our Booking Terms and Conditions and is also outlined on the Registration form that you’ll receive within 24 hours of booking. Refunds will be sent by check within two weeks of our receiving written notification of your cancellation (email notification is fine). If Beth is traveling when you cancel, it may take longer than two weeks to get your refund check out to you. She’ll mail it as soon as she can upon returning to the U.S.!

Q. Should I rent a car?
A. There’s no need to rent a car for any time during the tour but if you plan to tour around prior to or after the actual itinerary dates, you might consider it. It is certainly not needed.

Please note that parking in the French Quarter (including through the hotel’s valet service) can be quite expensive.

Q. What time should I arrive in New Orleans?
A. The tour officially starts with a walking tour of the French Quarter at 3:30. However, if you are able to arrive earlier in the day (or in the days prior), we can provide you with some suggestion on what to do with your free time. We can also make arrangements for additional nights’ stay at the hotel should you arrive prior to the first day.

Q. If I want to arrive earlier (or stay extra days) can you make hotel arrangements for me?
A. Absolutely!

Q. Will water be readily available?
A. Yes it will. However, we strongly urge our tour participants to carry their own reusable water bottle and bring a water purifier and fill it up at the hotel so as to cut down on the number of plastic water bottles that get thrown out/recycled.

Q. What will the weather be like in May?
A. Typically May is one of the most pleasant months to be in New Orleans with temps in the 70’s. Having said that, it can reach the high 80’s or mid-50’s. Be prepared for rain with an umbrella and light raincoat but also know that it could get either quite hot or cool. Keep an eye on the forecast just prior to departure so you’ll know how to pack.

Q. Do I need to bring dressy clothes?
A. You might plan on wearing something a bit more dressy for our final evening dinner but otherwise, our dining will be relatively low-key. Think fun and festive more than dressy. Most days will be spent walking the city so be sure to have some comfortable shoes with you.

Q. What tricks do you use to fit all that stuff into a carry-on? And still have room somewhere for souvenirs?