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Full Auto Machine Guns, Airboat Swamp Tours and Micro Breweries: New Orleans’ Newest Tours

September 10, 2016 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

After a successful first year in business, Premium Tours and Transportation ( has recently developed a pair of new, daily tour packages visitors will find nowhere else. Owned and operated by local experts, the company specializes in machine guns, airboats and microbreweries. The new tour packages – Gators and Guns and Ginger Pat’s Brewery Tour – reveal sides of the city that are easy to miss when relying on a travel book or large tour agency.

“Showcasing this great American city and everything it has to offer is our motivation,” explains Patrick Healey, who founded Premium Tours and Transportation together with industry expert Peter Van Dusen. “We want our guests to have experiences they will never forget, and to recommend us to friends and colleagues. To that end, we’re focusing on providing the best possible customer service.”

The Gators and Guns tour combines a shooting range experience with an airboat swamp tour. Guests start the tour at Jefferson Indoor Shooting Range, where they can choose from upwards of 15 different guns to shoot. Available models range from the tried-and-true AK-47 to the MP5 9mm submachine gun. Every guest is accompanied by a certified shooting instructor to ensure a safe experience. Before leaving the range, guests will have the opportunity to take pictures.

Part two of Gators and Guns takes guests to Jean Lafitte Swamp for a 2-hour airboat ride conducted by Airboat Adventures. Full-grown alligators will be visible in the water or sunning themselves on islands. Guests can even enjoy a hands-on experience by holding (and taking pictures with) a baby alligator.

For the craft beer enthusiasts, Ginger Pat’s Brewery Tour includes behind-the-scenes access to three local microbreweries in the city’s Lower Garden District – Courtyard Brewery, Urban South Brewery and NOLA Brewery –and a tour of the history of brewing in New Orleans beginning in 1726. Guests receive a minimum of two six-ounce samples at each stop for a total of 40 to 48 ounces of beer. Meanwhile, brewery staff discuss their craft and illuminate the differences between beer styles. Ginger Pat’s Brewery Tour runs daily from 4 to 7 pm, and groups are limited to 13.

Guests looking for a truly custom experience can rely on Premium Tours and Transportation to create packages combining elements of the above tours. The company offers convenient group transportation to and from all the city’s hottest venues, where guests enjoy VIP access. In addition, Premium Tours and Transportation offers professional event planning to ensure stress-free vacations and celebrations.

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