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New Orleans | Big Easy Bike Tour

Ride Details

Dates: April 11-17, 2020

Distance: Up to 240 miles

Cost: $2680

Rider Level: Recreational-Intermediate

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There is a crazy, yet relaxing atmosphere to “The Big Easy” every Spring. New Orleans buzzes with a variety of activities and excitement ranging from Mardi Gras, Jazz and Zydeco Festivals, Cajun Food Fests, wonderful warm weather and a unique cycling tour offered only by Cycle of Life Adventures.

After being cooped up all winter, this Big Easy tour is just that. This tour takes on flat roads and trails with mileage ranging from 22 to 79 miles per day, giving you an easy transition to your cycling season.

This tour starts and completes in the exciting and historic French Quarter district, the oldest neighborhood of New Orleans. On your first day of cycling, you will ride routes of the Mardi Gras Parade, respectfully tour old cemeteries, explore neighborhoods of 300 year old lavish mansions and pedal the Live Oak draped streets of the Garden Districts.

Each day of the tour brings new and interesting areas of exploration. Historic plantations will be part of our daily and nightly itinerary for lodging. The well designed Mississippi River Trail and the levee trails in and around the city will be part of our route. Rides into small and historic towns of Point A La Hache, White Castle, Darrow and Napoleonville where we take in nature and history are flat rural and urban roads.

Your first trip to New Orleans should always include an air boat adventure of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Our airboat tour will explore Louisiana's back country along its meandering bayous, abundant with wildlife and exotic plant life. Trained navigators escort you through the murky waters of Louisiana swamps where you will come face to face with the beauty and beasts of nature.

Come to New Orleans early for this tour and take advantage of the local jazz clubs. Stay afterwards and shuttle to Natchez, Mississippi to start another week cycling the Natchez Trace National Parkway. 

Links to tour highlights: Nottaway Plantation   • Hampton Inn French Quarter   • Houmas House  •   Oak Alley Plantation  •   Jean Lafitte National Park and Preserve    •  MRT   •    Lafayette Square   •  French Quarter  • Plaquemine Lock • National Hansen's Disease Museum

Tour Details: Price- $2680  Dates- April 11-17, 2020 (Sat- Fri)  Single Room: $525  Rental Bikes: $175 roadbikes, $375 e-bikes

Travel: Fly in and out Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport- Shuttle pick up time 2 PM, April 11, Drop off time 2 PM April 17

Included: all meals, 6 nights accommodations, 2 guides, van support-snacks beverages, 1 airboat tour, 1 guided city tour

Special Note* Meeting point if driving is the Hampton Inn -226 Cardondelet St New Orleans 70130    Please request shuttle service to Natchez for the Link tour: Natchez Trace April 19-26,2020

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Orientation-5PM April 11

Day 1- Historic Tour of New Orleans (30.6 miles)

With the guidance of Flambeaux Tour company, we spend 3 hours today on bike and on foot touring the Garden District, Lafayette Cemetery, French Quarter and City Park

Day 2- New Orleans - Jean Lafitte Naptional Park- Airboat tour - shuttle back to New Orleans (15.8 or 31.8 miles)

Jean Lafitte Swamp tour will host us on a large airboat for a narrated tour in the Jean Lafitte National Park

Day 3- New Orleans - Darrow -  Houmas House Plantation - cycle along the levee and Mississippi River Trail (73 miles)

We are on our own today, cycling a flat 70 miles to our destination hotel, The Houmas House Plantation- There you can do a self guided tour of the grounds and gardens.

Day 4- Darrow- Plaquemine Lock - White Castle - Nottoway Plantation  (50.1 miles)

Before we cross the river today, we will take a short ride out to The National Hansen’s Disease Museum-honoring patients with Leprosy, once quarantined on the site. We cross the river to the western banks and cycle to the Plaquemine Lock Historical Site for a guided tour of the lock system before we end our day at the lovely Nottoway Plantation

Day 5-  Donaldson - Napoleonville - Oak Alley Plantation  (41.5 miles)

This short, easy day allows for some morning walks among the gardens and grounds before we head down river to Oak Alley Plantation. Oak Alley, probably one of the most photographed plantations in the US, is the site of numerous movies and thousands of weddings

Day 6-  Mississippi River Trail south shore- shuttle to Lake Ponchartrain Trail- City Park- French Quarter - 2 pm airport shuttle (17.6 to 45.4 miles)

This day can be a short or long route, if you choose. We do have to take a van shuttle across the busy bridges back into New Orleans proper. We cycle the well maintained trail along Lake Pontchartrain and beautiful parks within the city. We say our good-byes this afternoon, that is unless you would like to head up river and start another tour on the Natchez Trace National Parkway.