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New Orleans & the Deep South
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Tour Dates February 25th - March 4th, 2018 (8 days)
Included meals 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Tour Host(s) Rostad Tours or Tour Host
Pricing from $3,219 CAD
Join us and our partner Collette on a guided journey to experience the colourful southern hospitality of the United States. This guaranteed tour, brings us up close with Cajun cuisine, antebellum mansions, the bayou and the magic of the French Quarter. Visit the world famous Café du Monde, and at Martin Accordions learn about the craft and take in a private Cajun music performance. Settle in for a dinner party at Twin Oaks, the privately owned home of a locally acclaimed chef. Cruise through Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin Swamp. Learn the art of Cajun cooking from the experts at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Discover the magic of the charming French Quarter during a walking tour. This February, take a winter break in America's Deep South, and discover the "Big Easy"!
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Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart to New Orleans

Sunday, February 25th, 2018

JacksonSquareWelcome to America’s most inviting cultural region. Experience the city known as the “Jazz Capital of the World”, New Orleans!

Day 2 - New Orleans Sightseeing

Monday, February 26th, 2018

St.CharlesStreetThis morning, enjoy a panoramic tour of New Orleans with a local guide. Along historic Esplanade Avenue we see St. Louis Cemetery #3 which opened in 1854 and holds some of the most elaborate crypts found in the city’s cemeteries. Then, we drive along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain which eventually leads to St. Charles Avenue lined with gorgeous mansions and two world famous universities, Tulane and Loyola. This afternoon we may choose our excursion. Perhaps a walk through history at the National World War II Museum or, celebrate the festive side of New Orleans at the Mardi Gras World. Hear about its history and tour a working warehouse where artisans create the spectacular floats for the famous parades.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 - French Quarter

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

FrenchQuarterToday we enjoy a walking tour of the famous French Quarter. Stroll past the majestic St. Louis Cathedral, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. Continue to the bustling French Marketplace and explore Pirates Alley, the Cabildo, the Presbytere and the Pontalba. We finish with a stop to taste a true New Orleans favourite – beignets at Café Du Monde. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to discover the “Big Easy”. This evening is a spectacular dinner and a lesson in Cajun cuisine at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Sit back and enjoy the show as the chef teaches us the secrets behind some of the delicious regional dishes.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 - Baton Rouge

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

RiverboatThis morning we travel to Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana. Enjoy a guided tour of the Louisiana State Capitol Building and learn about the state’s most influential political figure, Governor Huey Long. Hear the stories and legends from the time of his governorship and witness the location of his untimely assassination at the State House. Later, we continue to Natchez. This small city, resting on a bluff high above the Mississippi River, personifies the grace and elegance of the South with its preserved antebellum mansions. This evening we are invited to an exclusive dinner at Twin Oaks, the privately-owned home of locally acclaimed chef Regina Charboneau.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Natchez

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

LongwoodHouseWe learn about the rich history of Natchez today with a local guide on a captivating tour of this pre-Civil War town. We visit Longwood, an impressive octagonal mansion that today remains unfinished. Construction began shortly before the Civil War and the interior was never completed. Marvel at the beautiful design and imagine another way of life. Experience a taste of the southern lifestyle as we spend the balance of the afternoon at leisure in Natchez.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Lafayette

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

AccordionWe depart for Lafayette, the heart of Cajun Country. Along the way we visit Martin Accordions, a family-owned accordion shop. Here we learn about this intricate craft and listen as the Martin family band entertains us with music and stories.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Cajun Country

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

SwampToday, we are immersed in the Cajun culture. Begin at the Acadian Cultural Center at Jean Lafitte National Park for an introduction to the history and culture of Cajun Country. Next, visit Vermilionville, a 23-acre living history museum and folk life park showcasing the Cajun and Creole heritages. Later, cruise along the eerie bayous and through the Atchafalaya Basin – no trip to Cajun Country would be complete without seeing the swamp! This evening, we enjoy delicious regional dishes at our farewell dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Return Home

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

Today we are taken to the New Orleans airport to return to our respective homes with a new appreciation of the United States deep South!

Meals: Breakfast

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Special Inclusions

  • Cooking Demonstration
  • Cruise the Atchafalaya Basin swamp
  • Walking tour of French Quarter
  • Tour Longwood Mansion

Prices per person (CAD)

Calgary$3,219
Single supplement$800

Included

  • Return economy class airfare from Calgary
  • Current airline taxes, fuel surcharges and airport fees
  • Superior Tourist class and First class hotels
  • First class motorcoach
  • Meals as shown (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • Sightseeing as listed
  • Luggage handling at hotels
  • Expert local guides
  • Attraction entrance fees

Not included

  • Meals not shown
  • Beverages
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any airline luggage fees
  • Increases to surcharges, taxes or fees
  • Insurance
  • Tipping for Guides & Drivers
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