Photo Credit: Monroe Davis / New Orleans CVB
6 days/5 nights
Multiple departures available
Absorb the sights and sounds of glitzy New Orleans during this escorted land tour. New Orleans beckons with three centuries of history and culture. Dubbed affectionately by some as the northernmost Caribbean city, New Orleans revels in its giddy blend of European refinement and carefree effervescence, a place where virtue and vice are celebrated in equal measure. Surrender to the intoxicating charms of “the Crescent City” that have long fascinated artists, writers, musicians and scholars.
NOLA, as the locals call it, is rich in character with plenty of things to see, places to go, and people to meet. Any visit to New Orleans is sure to be unique, lively, and full of life.
The bustling center of New Orleans is the historic French Quarter. This charming neighborhood showcases the character of the city with iron balconies, brightly colored buildings, and overall European village feel. Come here to experience New Orleans music in lively jazz clubs. See why the New Orleans food scene is so popular by trying classic Cajun and Creole dishes at one of the many restaurants ranging from casual (Café Du Monde is famous for their signature sweet beignets) to fine dining elegance. The French Quarter also plays host to Mardi Gras, an annual celebration of epic proportions. With so many year-round parades, festivals, and events, every day of your New Orleans vacation is sure to be exciting since this is a city that loves to celebrate.
Bourbon Street, which runs through the center of the French Quarter, is a never-ending party featuring bars, music clubs, and sidewalk shows. Always buzzing with activity, Bourbon Street is the center of New Orleans nightlife. Historic Jackson Square is another hub for activity within the French Quarter of New Orleans. Sitting between St. Louis Cathedral and the Mississippi River, the infamous statue of Andrew Jackson represents the heroes of the Battle of New Orleans. There are a multitude of museums, shops, and restaurants surrounding Jackson Square where you can find plenty of things to do in New Orleans.
Other popular activities in NOLA include riding the historic street cars, venturing out on a riverboat cruise along the Mississippi River, and taking a thrilling airboat tour of the surrounding swamps. Popular New Orleans attractions include the Aquarium of the Americas, the Audubon Zoo, and the acclaimed National World War II Museum.
Highlights include guided tours of the City and Oak Alley Plantation, and a swamp cruise/bayou tour. Optional dinner at Tujagues Restaurant, a favorite for over 160 years, entertaining and satisfying the delightfully robust appetites of French Quarter patrons. Accommodations for five nights are at the Wyndam French Quarter, featuring the only indoor heated swimming pool in the French Quarter.
During a guided tour of the city, explore the world famous French Quarter and historic Jackson Square, home of the Cabildo and Presbytere Museums. Visit one of the historic cemeteries, referred to as “Cities of the Dead”, and observe the unique above ground burial system. Follow the path of the St Charles Avenue street car, the oldest continuously operating railway system in the world (until disrupted by Hurricane Katrina) to admire the architecture of the Garden District.
During a swamp cruise, explore Louisiana’s back country in the meandering bayous and swamps. Swamp creatures, seeing the boats daily, recognize them as part of their normal environment. Unafraid and responsive to their boat captain’s call, they peak out from underbrush and between moss-draped trees and shrubs, frequently coming directly to the boat. In the safety and comfort of the boat, you can actually come within a few feet of jumping alligators.
In Vacherie, explore Oak Alley Plantation. Step back in antebellum elegance and tour the Big House with a historical interpreter in period dress. Learn about the creation of this national historic landmark and about the lives of those who graced this majestic home. Outside on the plantation grounds, explore the exhibit “Slavery at Oak Alley”, the Blacksmith Shop, Confederate Commanding Officer’s Tent, Sugarcane Theater, gardens and graveyards. Try a mint julep!
In free time, enjoy The Big Easy at your leisure. Perhaps visit the Louisiana history museum in the Cabildo or the Katrina and Mardi Gras museums inside the Presbytere (both at nearby Jackson Square). Or visit the World War II Museum, Museum of Southern Art, or the Contemporary Arts Museum, the Aquarium or Imax Theatre. Peruse antiques on Royal Street or visit Pat O’Briens unique patio — have a Hurricane. Stroll the riverfront or Jackson Square; people-watch on Bourbon Street.
Accommodations – Wyndam French Quarter, Royale Street. Experience comfortable, welcoming rooms with a splash of local style. Newly renovated, smoke-free and boasting modern conveniences, it is the perfect launching pad for all of your New Orleans’ adventures.
Tour package includes:
- 5 nights deluxe accommodations
- Airport transfers to/from Wyndam French Quarter
- tours and attractions as described
- applicable hotel taxes
- local guide service
- roundtrip airfare Phoenix to New Orleans
- Transportation to Phoenix
- Insurance – optional $120