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New Orleans is a hotbed of great food, cool jazz and fantastic history. Join us as we travel to the land of café au lait, beignets, etouffee and bourbon! Cathedrals and above ground cemeteries, the French Quarter and a riverboat cruise are just as sampling of what’s in store. Historic and hauntingly beautiful reminders of the old south await as we visit gardens and plantations. Featured is a specially prepared dinner at the famous New Orleans School of Cooking!
We also venture into Mississippi to enjoy the charm and elegance of Natchez and experience an antebellum mansion dinner and tour. Natchez is a poignant reminder of the old south. Once back in Louisiana, we ‘ll explore the fascinating region known as Cajun Country! This unique blend of French, Creole and Caribbean influence help to create the eerie Bayou Cruise – an exceptional Louisiana adventure like you’ve never known.
Plan to savor the happy music of Cajun and Zydeco musicians as you enjoy a shop tour and demonstration at a local shop. This fun-filled Interlude concludes with a dinner at a restaurant famous for its Cajun cuisine and authentic sounds. Time to relax, enjoy and Laissez les bons temps rouler. (Let the good times roll.)
|PRICING DETAILS (Cost Per Person)*||PRICING|
|Deposit||$350 per person|
|Travel Insurance||Call for quote|
|Vacation Pace||Moderately Active Pace|
|SAVE $100||Book by December 1 (Spring) June 1 (Fall)|
*Air departure from Indianapolis included; airfare pricing estimated and subject to change. Call for pricing from other departure cities.
Payment schedule: 2nd deposit of $500 due 121 days prior to departure; final payment 76 days prior to departure.
Day 1 Fly to New Orleans
Arrive in New Orleans, meet your Tour Manager, and head to the French Quarter for a three night stay. Tonight be sure to enjoy the “The Quarter” filled with fabulous restaurants and jazz clubs. Maison Dupuy, French Quarter
Day 2 French Quarter / Cruise
This morning enjoy a French Quarter walking tour featuring the St. Louis Cathedral with adjoining Cabildo and rectory, Bourbon Street, Pirates Alley, and the French Marketplace. Next visit famous Café du Monde to enjoy café au lait and beignets. Later board the Steamboat Natchez for a relaxing Mississippi River Cruise. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Dinner at the Court of Two Sisters, one of the French Quarter’s most famous restaurants. Maison Dupuy, French Quarter or similar (B,D)
Day 3 New Orleans
Enjoy a New Orleans city tour. Visit the Garden District featuring one of the best preserved collections of historic southern mansions in the United States. Visit Longue Vue Gardens & House, a National Historic Landmark. The ever-changing gardens provide an inspiring destination year-round to learn about native plants and flowers. Also stop to view an Above Ground Cemetery, both historic & hauntingly beautiful. This afternoon an optional excursion is available to Oak Alley Plantation, one of the state’s most visited antebellum homes. This evening enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers at the famous New Orleans School of Cooking. Maison Dupuy, French Quarter or similar (B,D)
Day 4 Baton Rouge / Natchez
Travel to the capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge. Stop at the new State Capitol Building to view the Art Deco architecture and hear stories about the state’s most famous politician Huey Long. Then visit the Louisiana State Museum featuring thematic exhibits on the diverse aspects of Louisiana history, industry, and culture. Later motorcoach into Mississippi and arrive in Natchez, a beautiful town that captures the charm and elegance of the historic south. Tonight enjoy a southern experience with an antebellum mansion dinner and tour in the Natchez area. Hotel Vue, Natches, MS or similar (B,D)
Day 5 Cajun Country
This morning enjoy a Natchez area tour to learn about the area’s pre-Civil War history. Then visit another beautiful Natchez antebellum mansion. Later cross into Louisiana to explore fascinating Cajun Country, founded in the 18th century by French-speaking exiles from Canada. Today, the region features a unique blend of French, Creole, and Caribbean influences. This afternoon enjoy an eerie Bayou Cruise, a true Louisiana experience. Doubletree, Lafayette, LA or similar (B)
Day 6 Cajun Country
Today discover Cajun Country. First visit the Jean Lafitte Cultural Center to learn about the life of the famous pirate and unlikely patriot, and about the area’s Acadian heritage and the natural resources of Louisiana’s Mississippi Delta region. Later visit Martin Accordions, the famous shop that has been building hand-made accordions for Cajun & Zydeco musicians from around the world for over 30 years. Enjoy a shop tour and demonstration to learn more about Cajun culture & music. Then travel to Avery Island for a Tabasco Factory tour, home the world-famous Louisiana hot sauce. Tonight enjoy a fun-filled Farewell Dinner at Pont Breaux’s, famous for its Cajun cuisine & sounds. Doubletree, Lafayette, LA or similar (B,D)
Day 7 Return Home
Today depart Lafayette and transfer to the New Orleans Airport for your flight home. (B)