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Ride through New Orleans and take our Big Easy Bike Tour with an amazing array of activities.

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 the 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.

Tour Highlights
Nottaway Plantation
Houmas House
Jean Lafitte National Park & Preserve
Lafayette Square
Plaquemine Lock
Hampton Inn French Quarter
Oak Alley Plantation
French Quarter
National Hansen’s Disease Museum


Fly in and out of Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport- Shuttle pick up time 2 PM, Drop off time 2 PM


All lodging is included

Special Note

Meeting point, if driving, is the Hampton Inn (226 Cardondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130)

Orientation: 5:00PM held on the night before we ride.


Day 1

Historic Tour of New Orleans

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.

30.6 miles

Day 2

New Orleans; Jean Lafitte National Park; Airboat Tour; Shuttle back to New Orleans

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

15.8 or 31.8 miles

Day 3

New Orleans; Darrow; Houmas House Plantation; Cycle Along the Levee and Mississippi River Trail

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.

73 miles

Day 4

Darrow; Plaquemine Lock; White Castle; Nottoway Plantation

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.

50.1 miles

Day 5

Donaldson; Napoleonville; Oak Alley Plantation

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.

41.5 miles

Day 6

Mississippi River Trail South Shore; Shuttle to Lake Ponchartrain Trail; City Park; French Quarter; 2pm Airport Shuttle

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.

17.6 to 45.4 miles


  • 2 Guides
  • Van Support (snacks and beverages)
  • 1 Airboat Tour
  • 1 Guided City Tour

Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Meals on days off
  • Souvenirs
  • 12% gratuity for guides, mechanics, volunteers and tour staff is not included, but greatly appreciated

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