New Orleans History Tours

New Orleans has some of the richest and most diverse history in the nation—it’s a city full of amazing food, one-of-a-kind architecture, rare wildlife, and stunning landscapes. But to truly understand New Orleans, you must learn how history has shaped the city, and how that history drives the city forward today.

With the Great Delta Tours, you’ll learn all of this and more—a truly exceptional and thorough look into New Orleans’ past and present.

About Our New Orleans History Tour

On our walking tours, you’ll experience some famous wildlife of the area, learn about the rich history of New Orleans, and become more informed on the cultural and environmental changes that have negatively affected the Great Mississippi River Delta.  Retrace the steps of the earliest founders in establishing “Nouvelle Orleans” in the Great River Delta and follow its development as one of the most unique and diverse cultures, ecologies and economies in the world. Learn how that history translates to the modern age, and how the city and its ecosystem has dealt with oil spills, coastal erosion and rising sea levels. Through our tours, you’ll get to see and understand the vast and beautiful landscape (and its fauna) that has stood the test of time.

About Your Tour Guide


Co-author of The Great Delta Tour, Peter Yaukey is a science professor who chose to move to New Orleans from Georgia 25 years ago to teach at the University of New Orleans and to experience the amazing opportunities for birding that the Mississippi River Delta offers. He brings extensive knowledge of the region’s natural environment. As a writer, and researcher, he specializes in the impact of urban development and hurricanes on wildlife. He has led private birding tours for years and is considered one of the top naturalists in the state, as well as a great storyteller.

Why Choose The Great Delta Tours?

Learning facts about New Orleans is one thing—but having historical, cultural, and environmental context for those facts will truly help you understand what the area has to offer. That’s what The Great Delta tours is passionate about. On our tours, you won’t just learn about history—you’ll learn about its connection to the landscape and the people of the area, and how the past of New Orleans shapes its culture today.

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