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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.

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dinner at New Orleans School of Cooking
  • French Quarter Walking Tour
  • Café du Monde beignets
  • River Cruise on the Steamboat Natchez
  • New Orleans City Tour & Garden District
  • Visits Mardi Gras World
  • Bellingrath Gardens & Home
  • Stop in Mobile, Alabama
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore
  • Biloxi with maritime & Seafood Museum
  • Biloxi Shrimp Boat Cruise
  • PRICING DETAILS (Cost Per Person)* PRICING
    Double from $2,199
    Single from $2,649
    Deposit $350 per person
    Travel Insurance Call for quote
    Vacation Pace Moderately Active Pace
    SAVE $100 Book by Dec. 1st (Feb) / July 1 (Nov)
    *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.
    Cancellation policy: if travel insurance is not purchased, cancellation charges are: 121 days and earlier: full refund. 120 – 76 days prior to final payment $350 plus the cost of any non-refundable air tickets; 75 and less days prior to departure: no refund.
    • Round trip commercial airfare from Indianapolis
    • Airport transfers
    • Deluxe Motorcoach with Restroom
    • 5 nights accommodations
    • Hotel Transfers & Baggage at Hotels
    • 7 meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 Dinners
    • Admissions to attractions highlighted in itinerary
    • All taxes and gratuities except tour manager and driver
    • Professional Tour Manager, Deb Howard (Feb.)
    • Operated by an Interlude Travel Partner
  • 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

Call Interlude Tours today to book your Mississippi Gulf Coast Guided Vacation! (317) 913-0387