Join us on this 7-day tour of The Big Easy and the Cajun Country where we will soak in the southern culture of New Orleans as well as the unique blend of French, Creole and Caribbean influences. Our stay begins and ends in New Orleans with visits in-between to Louisiana's capital of Baton Rouge; Natchez, Miss.; Lafayette, Vermillionville and Tabasco sauce's factory on Avery Island. Highlights include a tour of New Orleans' exciting and historic French Quarter, a Steamboat Natchez Cruise along the Mississippi River, a Baton Rouge & Natchez area tour, a bayou cruise and more!
Sunday, October 20: Arrive in New Orleans
Today arrive in New Orleans for a three night stay in the exciting French Quarter. Tonight be sure to enjoy the “The Quarter” filled with fabulous restaurants and jazz clubs.
Monday, October 21: New Orleans—French Quarter
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 the famous Café du Monde to enjoy café au lait and beignets. Later board the Steamboat Natchez for a relaxing cruise on the Mississippi River. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Dinner at the Court of Two Sisters, one of the French Quarter’s most famous restaurants. (B,D)
Tuesday, October 22: New Orleans
Today enjoy a New Orleans City Tour. Visit the Garden District which features one of the best preserved collections of historic southern mansions in the United States. Visit the 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 learn about some of the aftermath from Hurricane Katrina. This afternoon an optional excursion will be available to the 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. (B,D)
Wednesday, October 23: New Orleans—Baton Rouge—Natchez
This morning 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 with its Antebellum Mansions. Tonight enjoy a southern experience with an Antebellum Mansion Dinner and Tour the Natchez area. (B,D)
Thursday, October 24: Natchez—Lafayette , Louisiana
This morning enjoy a Natchez Area Tour to learn about the area’s amazing 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. (B)
Friday, October 25: Lafayette—Vermillionville—Avery Island
Today discover Cajun country. First visit the Jean Lafitte Cultural Center to learn about the life of the famous pirate and unlikely patriot. Later visit Vermillionville, an entire bayou town which has been restored to depict the authentic vision of Cajun & Creole Society in South Louisiana during the 18th & 19th centuries. Buildings include homes, blacksmith shop, general store and a chapel surrounded by 10 acres of gardens and woodlands. Then travel to Avery Island for a Tabasco Factory Tour, home the world-famous Louisiana hot sauce. Tonight enjoy a fun-filled evening for your Farewell Dinner, hosted at Pont Breaux’s, famous for its Cajun cuisine and sounds. (B,D)
Saturday, October 26: Lafayette—New Orleans—Home
Today depart Lafayette and head to New Orleans for your flight home filled with wonderful memories of your Gardens & Mansions tour. (B)
Price: $2289 per person, based on double occupancy. Single occupancy is $2989 per person.
Deposit: $500 per person is required to confirm your reservation.
Final Payment: Due on or before July 3, 2019.
Cancellation Policy: Deposit is non-refundable.
After July 3, 2019, trip cost is non-refundable.
Optional not included in price:
- Group Airfare is available for $635 per person for roundtrip airfare from Cedar Rapids including hotel transfers.
Travelers on this tour should be in reasonably good health. Certain components of this trip may not be able to accommodate those with special needs. We regret that we cannot provide individual assistance to guests with walking, dining or other personal needs.
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