Meet the New Fleet

In the beginning…

Tours by Isabelle has been conducting small group tour of New Orleans and Southern Louisiana for the past 39 years! It all started when Isabelle Cossart, a young French immigrant with an entrepreneurial spirit was conducting “step-on” tours of New Orleans for big companies with big buses. She quickly realized that smaller group tours offered a far superior experience for visitors. Not only do smaller groups allow for more personalized service, but smaller vehicles can navigate the narrow streets of the French Quarter that big buses cannot. Furthermore, no one in New Orleans was offering this service! Hence, Tours by Isabelle was born.

The Golden Goose

Isabelle’s first small group tours were conducted in her personal family suburban! Next, she began renting 15 passenger vans for a bit of a more professional touring experience. Finally, in 1979, she purchased her very first 15 passenger tour van for Tours by Isabelle. She lovingly refers to her very first tour van as the “Golden Goose.” It was thanks to this first 70’s style tan vehicle, clearly marked “Tours by Isabelle” AND a lot of hard work and dedication from Isabelle herself, that Tours by Isabelle is now proud to be the oldest (and best!) family owned and operated tour company in New Orleans.

New and Improved!

Today, Tours by Isabelle operates a fleet of six 15 passenger tour vans. We have maintained a commitment to provide first class personalized service using smaller vehicles to navigate the city’s narrow streets. This month, we are happy to announce we have upgraded two of our six vans to the Ford high roof model, giving passengers a full 6’ vertical interior clearance.  Our driver/guides have provided wonderful feedback on the new vans, especially because they give our guests increased comfort and visibility. We look forward to upgrading the rest of our fleet in the near future.