If you’re in New Orleans this weekend to catch the big game or catch some beads at a Carnival parade, maybe try a tour of the city with someone else in the driver’s seat.

Gray Line is offering Super City Tours at 9 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Feb. 3-4. Riders will experience the French Quarter, a historic cemetery, Bayou St. John, the Garden District and a trip by the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with Super Bowl trivia.

Cost is $49 per person.

The Steamboat Natchez will host a Super Sunday jazz brunch cruise on Sunday, Feb. 3. Boarding begins at 11 a.m. from the Toulouse Street Wharf behind Jax Brewery. The cruise sails from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Live music will be by the Steamboat Stompers Jazz Band.

Cost is $26 for cruise only, $65 with brunch, and children under 6 ride free.

For more information, call (504) 569-1401.



Hotel re-opens

The Maison Dupuy in New Orleans’ French Quarter re-opened last week after having been closed since September due to damage from Hurricane Isaac.

The hotel had extensive interior and exterior damage and has been undergoing renovations for four months.

Fillmore Capital recently bought the hotel, which is being managed by Fillmore Hospitality, a hotel management company based in Ohio.

Plans are for the hotel to undergo a major renovation later this year.



Mardi Gras tour

Lagniappe Tours, the travel arm of the Foundation for Historical Louisiana, is planning a bus trip to New Orleans on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

The tour will run from 6:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is $150 for FHL members and $175 for nonmembers.

For more information or reservations, call (225) 387-2464.

Carnival in Shreveport

One of the largest evening parades in the Shreveport-Bossier area will roll at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.

The Krewe of Gemini route begins at the corner of Clyde Fant Parkway and Lake Street in downtown Shreveport, goes to Shreveport-Barksdale Highway, and ends at the intersection of Preston Avenue and East Kings Highway near Duck Pond Park.

The parade theme is “Gemini Loves Television.”

The celebrating continues until Fat Tuesday on Feb. 12, when the Krewe of Aesclepius holds its Fat Tuesday Bridge Closing Ceremony at 11:30 p.m. on the Texas Street Bridge. The event features a blessing of the neon-adorned bridge led by a Catholic monsignor, and a final round of revelry before the stroke of midnight.



Trips for seniors

Senior citizens bus trips are planned for April 18-27 to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon, and May 19-24 to the Biltmore Estate and Asheville, N.C. The cost of the trips are $829 and $485, respectively. This includes transportation, lodging, most meals and all tours and attractions.

For more information, call (225) 769-5872.

Louisiana Travels is a biweekly column about travel destinations and events in Louisiana. Email items for Louisiana Travels to travel@theadvocate.com or jbergeron@theadvocate.com or mail to Judy Bergeron, News Features assistant editor, The Advocate, 7290 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810.