Discover The Big Easy

  • 5 Days
  • 7 meals
  • City Discoveries
  • Culture
  • UNITED STATES
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Program Overview

Celebrate the wonder of New Orleans, known for a rich collection of cultures that have cultivated a vibrant music scene and culinary experience here. Discover the French Quarter, where the food, architecture and jazz music grow from eclectic cultural roots. Go on a bayou tour by airboat, exploring the lush landscape in search of alligators, egrets and more local wildlife. Step back in time on Oak Alley Plantation, beneath the arching oak trees and into the historic exhibits in the pre-Civil War buildings. Visit Mardi Gras World to see the only place on earth where the magic of Mardi Gras lasts all year long. Unlock the secrets of cocktail craftsmanship on a tasting tour at Saverac House to find out what made this signature cocktail world famous. Over at the New Orleans School of Cooking, indulge in a hands-on lesson on Cajun and Creole cuisine.

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Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Travel to New Orleans

Welcome to The Big Easy

Travel to the vibrant city of New Orleans to meet the Tour Director who provides ongoing guidance for the duration of the trip. Take an introductory sightseeing tour through this dynamic destination of living history while in transit to the hotel. During a welcome dinner, receive a tour orientation for the days ahead.

Activities
  • Introductory TD tour of New Orleans
  • Welcome dinner and tour orientation
  • Dinner

Day 2

New Orleans

Sights and Sounds of the City

Discover what makes New Orleans so incredibly unique on a guided tour of the beautiful Garden District, the eclectic Warehouse District and the iconic above-ground cemeteries and mausoleums. Discover the compelling history of Oak Alley Plantation on a tour under a green canopy of trees and within antebellum architecture to explore exhibits that preserve the past.

Activities
  • Guided sightseeing of New Orleans with a local specialist
  • Explore the grounds and exhibits at Oak Alley Plantation
  • Breakfast

Day 3

New Orleans

Culture of Craftsmanship

Experience the wonder and excitement of Mardi Gras World on a tour where the Mardi Gras parade floats and props are brought to life by expert craftspeople. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Sazerac House to learn the legacy of their libations, taste a variety of spirits and uncover the culture around this world-famous cocktail. Get involved in the culinary classics of New Orleans Creole and Cajun cuisine, participating in a lunch class at the New Orleans School of Cooking and preparing an authentic meal. Take the rest of the evening to explore the hidden gems of New Orleans, from the live jazz clubs to the lavish Garden District.

Activities
  • Magical tour of Mardi Gras World
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of Sazerac House
  • Interactive Cajun and Creole class at the New Orleans School of Cooking
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 4

New Orleans and Vacherie

Lush Landscapes

Start the day with a thrilling airboat tour through Louisiana’s swamps and bayous. Experience the lush scenery of the wetlands and get a look at the wildlife that thrives here, including alligators, herons, turtles, egrets and wild boars. exhibits that preserve the past. Spend the afternoon in the French Quarter for lunch on own at one of the local gourmet eateries in the French Market, followed by free time to explore the historic heart of the city. Wander down the famous Bourbon Street, watch street performers and view colorful buildings with artistic terraces. Rendezvous with the group to revel in the legends of New Orleans at The Court of the Two Sisters for tonight’s farewell dinner of trademark Creole and Cajun cuisine.

Activities
  • Airboat tour of Louisiana’s swamps and bayous
  • Afternoon free time to explore the French Quarter
  • Farewell dinner at The Court of Two Sisters
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 5

New Orleans to Home

Travel Day

After breakfast at the hotel, begin the return journey homewards.

  • Breakfast

Note: Six-day itinerary also available.

Services Included

Accommodations

Quality, safe hotels with twin occupancy corresponding to the destination.

Meals

Daily breakfast with a mix of lunches and dinners, as stated in the itinerary.

Ground Transportation

All transportation is provided for activities included in the trip itinerary.

Curated Experiences

Curated experiences developed by travel experts.

Tours and Activities

Scheduled activities, experiences and guided tours are all included as listed in the itinerary.

Audio Headsets

Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing.

Full-Time Tour Directors

Full-time Tour Directors are on site for the duration of the trip.

Gratuities

Tips for bus drivers, guides, Tour Directors and meals.

24/7 Support

Dedicated 24/7 staff availability, supporting travelers every step of the way.

Interactive Technology

Advanced travel software that integrates geofencing, logistics, communication and more optimized safety features.

Not Included

Porterage services, housekeeping, airport transfers on the first and last day of the trip if not traveling with a group (unless previously arranged).

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