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What could be more fun than visiting the iconic French Quarter with it’s unique architecture and fabulous restaurants? Enjoy a walking tour of this historic area, relax aboard the Steamboat Natchez as you cruise the Mississippi, and learn more about the unique foods and rich culture of New Orleans at the famous New Orleans Cooking School. Visit the Garden District featuring one of the best preserved collections of the historic southern mansions in the United States.
Travel to Biloxi to visit historic Bellingrath Gardens & Home, featuring gardens and landscapes that showcase year-round floral pageantry. A short drive north to the oldest city in Alabama, Mobile. The city features a historic downtown, centuries old homes and a rich past with multicultural legacies.
From Biloxi, enjoy a scenic drive of Gulf Islands National Seashore. Noted for white sandy beaches, nature preserves, bayous and history along the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy a Biloxi Shrimp Boat Cruise where the pride and heritage of the are comes alive. What a fun way to experience history, unique culture and to savor unique food tastes.
|PRICING DETAILS (Cost Per Person)*||PRICING|
|Deposit||$250 per person|
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|Vacation Pace||Moderately Active Pace|
*Air departure from Indianapolis included; airfare pricing estimated and subject to change. Call for pricing from other departure cities.
Payment schedule: 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 two night stay. Tonight be sure to enjoy the “The Quarter” filled with fabulous restaurants and jazz clubs.
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 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 famous New Orleans School of Cooking which since 1980 has been entertaining visitors and introducing them to the wonderful food & rich culture of New Orleans and Louisiana. – Breakfast – Dinner
Day 3: New Orleans
Today 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. Also stop to view an Above Ground Cemetery, both historic and hauntingly beautiful. Later visit Mardi Gras World for a behind-the-scenes look at New Orleans most famous event. Learn about the history & walk through the float den where artists have been working on floats for Mardi Gras since 1947. This afternoon travel to Biloxi, MS for a three night stay. Biloxi was first settled in 1699 making it one of the oldest communities in the country. This evening maybe take a scenic stroll along a nearby piece of the Gulf Coast or try your luck on the casino floor. – Breakfast
Day 4: Bellingrath Gardens
Today travel east into Alabama to visit Bellingrath Gardens & Home, the grand estate of Walter and Bessie Bellingrath is located on the Fowl River near Mobile. Walter Bellingrath was one of the first Coca-Cola bottlers in the Southeast, and with his wealth built the 65-acre complex. The beautiful estate is on the National Register of Historic Places, and features gardens & landscapes that showcase year-round floral pageantry. Later a short drive north brings you to the oldest city in Alabama, Mobile. The city features a historic downtown, centuries old homes, and a rich past with multicultural legacies. Enjoy a stop in Mobile to get a sense of its Gulf Coast & port city culture. Return to Biloxi and enjoy the evening at leisure. – Breakfast
Day 5: Biloxi Sightseeing
This morning enjoy a scenic drive of Gulf Islands National Seashore which draws visitors for white sandy beaches, walking trails, recreation opportunities, nature preserves, bayous and history along the Gulf of Mexico. More than 80 percent of the park is submerged land teeming with marine life and live oak forests home to bird populations. Later return to Biloxi to visit the Maritime & Seafood Museum, established in 1986 to preserve and interpret the maritime history and heritage of Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Next enjoy a Biloxi Shrimp Boat Cruise where the pride & heritage of the area comes alive. The unique & interesting experience shows guests the spectacular world of local fishing on a real shrimping expedition. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers at a local restaurant in the Biloxi area where seafood is sure to be a menu choice. – Breakfast – Dinner
Day 6: New Orleans / Fly Home
Today depart Biloxi and transfer to the New Orleans Airport for your flight home. – Breakfast