French Quarter ● Choice of Mardi Gras World or World War II Museum ● New Orleans School of Cooking ● Jazz Revue ● Swamp Tour
From $1299 per person
5 Days ● 6 Meals: 4 Breakfasts ● 2 Dinners
★Experience a spirited jazz revue at a jazz club in the French Quarter.
★Soak in the ambiance of the old South with a drive along St. Charles Avenue.
★Journey through Louisiana's swamp country on a narrated cruise.
★Join a local guide for a walking tour of the famous French Quarter.
★Enjoy a panoramic tour of New Orleans featuring St. Louis Cemetery, opened in 1853.
★Indulge in a taste of a New Orleans favourite — beignets at Café Du Monde.
★Enjoy dinner at The Court of Two Sisters.
★Learn to cook New Orleans-style at the New Orleans School of Cooking.
Day 1: New Orleans, Louisiana - Tour Begins
Step into a cultural melting pot in the “Jazz Capital of the World:” New Orleans! Experience everything about this soulful city that abounds with rich history, mouth-watering Cajun and Creole cuisine, and of course, an incomparable soundtrack.
Day 2: French Quarter
This morning, enjoy a panoramic city tour with a local guide. Start by seeing St. Louis Cemetery #3 which opened in 1854 and holds some of the most elaborate crypts found in the city’s cemeteries. Then, relax during a drive along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain. This romantic road eventually leads to St. Charles Avenue, whisking you past gorgeous mansions and two world-famous universities, Tulane and Loyola. This afternoon, it’s your choice! Take a walk through history at the National World War II Museum where you’ll learn about the American experience in the war -OR- celebrate the festive side of New Orleans at Mardi Gras World and come to know the history of this tradition; tour a working warehouse where artisans create spectacular floats for the famous parades. Tonight, learn how to cook New Orleans-style! During a cooking demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking, your chef will indulge you in everything Louisiana cuisine has to offer. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 3: French Quarter
Introduce yourself to the city’s famous French Quarter on a walking tour that features such sights as the majestic St. Louis Cathedral, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. Continue on to the bustling French Marketplace, where you’ll explore Pirates Alley and the Pontalba. Next, head over to Café Du Monde for a taste of a true New Orleans favourite – beignets! This afternoon, explore more of New Orleans on your own, or you may choose an optional excursion to Oak Alley Plantation and explore the rich history of the Antebellum South. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 4: New Orleans
Set out on a drive along New Orleans’ historic Esplanade Avenue. Then, journey through the Louisiana swamp on a cruise* narrated by your captain. Learn about the history and ecology of this fascinating ecosystem and keep an eye out for wildlife, from bald eagles to herons, turtles, and alligators! Return to the city and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to discover more of New Orleans your way. Tonight, immerse yourself in the flavours of traditional New Orleans during dinner at The Court of Two Sisters in the French Quarter. After dinner, discover for yourself why New Orleans is the “Birthplace of Jazz” during a roaring jazz revue at a local club in the French Quarter. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 5: New Orleans - Tour Ends
Your tour of this captivating city comes to a close today. Today breakfast will be included.
Experience It! ___________________________________ The French Quarter
A captivating jewel on the shores of the legendary Mississippi River, New Orleans' French Quarter is the heartbeat of a magnificent city. A tapestry rich with history and culture is woven together with an old-world charm that’s attracted literary titans, artists, and legendary musicians since the era of Mark Twain. Every year, more than 10 million visitors descend on this vibrant city that’s ripe with art galleries, antique stores, jazz clubs, and restaurants. In the brick buildings with their walled-in courtyards and ornate cast-iron balconies, Spanish, French, Creole and American influences integrate seamlessly along cobblestone streets, while a collection of stoops and porches create an atmosphere that beckons you to some serious people-watching.
YOUR ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
Days 1 – 4 Royal Sonesta Hotel
On some dates, alternate hotels may be used.
Departure date: February 13th, 2020
Please contact us for other departure dates in 2019/2020