Natchez, New Orleans and Cajun Country

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Enjoy the beautiful springtime in Natchez and New Orleans and travel to the land of the Louisiana swamp Cajuns. We will see coffee-colored bayous shaded by an endless canopy of moss-draped cypress trees, and find a rich blend of nature, Cajun history and heritage infused in Cajun cuisine and music.

Dates:

March 18-25, 2018

8 Days

Prices:
Double: $2,230/person
Single: $2,875/person

Highlights:

  • 16 Meals
  • Natchez Pilgrimage Tour
  • Magnolia Hall Dinner
  • Southern Exposure
  • Oak Alley Plantation
  • Laura: A Creole Plantation
  • New Orleans
  • Mardi Gras World
  • Court of Two Sisters
  • French Quarter
  • Steamboat Natchez
  • Wedell-Williams Aviation/Cypress Sawmill Museum
  • Avery Island
  • Tabasco Factory
  • Jungle Gardens
  • Greenwood Gator Farm
  • Twelve Oak Plantation
  • Swamp Tour
  • Jean Lafitte National Historic Park
  • E. D. White Historic Site
  • Laurel Valley Village Sugar Plantation
  • Donner-Peltier Distillery
  • Moderate Physical Activity

Itinerary

Day 1
America’s Cajun country, deep in the heart of Louisiana’s bayous, is a magical place where life is slower and where the people of ancient ancestry enjoy living! We will overnight in the south side of Memphis.

Day 2
This morning’s travel takes us to the South’s best kept secret – Natchez, Mississippi. After we check into our hotel, our step-on guide will take us back in time to the Civil War Era to recount the history of the homes as well as the occupants during this time, and what stories they can tell! Our tour ends at the Magnolia Mansion. This evening we’ll experience the distinctive flavor of Natchez cooking in the grand Magnolia Hall. The night wouldn’t be complete without Southern Exposure entertainment.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3
After breakfast we continue south to Oak Alley Plantation, built in 1839 and famous for its alley of 28 evenly spaced oak trees, which form a pathway from the Mississippi River to the front door of the “Big House.” You will enjoy a delicious lunch featuring a variety of both Creole and Cajun dishes. Following lunch we will take a guided tour of the “Big House.” This afternoon we will visit Laura: A Creole Plantation. Enter the fascinating world of the Creoles who, as this historic site shows, lived apart from the American mainstream for over 200 years. We will check in our hotel home for the next 4 nights in Thibodaux, Louisiana. You will have time to freshen up and enjoy a traditional Cajun meal.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4
We depart this morning for New Orleans for the day. We begin our day by seeing where Mardi Gras is made. We will tour Mardi Gras World. No need to wait until Carnival Season. Our lunch will be at the Court of Two Sisters – world famous, largest historical dining courtyard in the French Quarter. After lunch enjoy a narrated driving tour through New Orleans. Your local guide will escort you on a history tour of the city of New Orleans. After your city tour you will have free time to explore Jackson Square and the French Market. We will board the Steamboat Natchez for a live Dinner Jazz Cruise down the mighty Mississippi River.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5
Today we visit the Wedell-Williams Aviation and Cypress Sawmill Museum. Then to Avery Island, home of the world famous Tabasco Pepper Sauce. Here you will tour the Visitors Center and pepper sauce factory. Next experience the natural beauty and tranquility of Jungle Gardens, a 170- acre semi-tropical garden and bird sanctuary. We will visit the Greenwood Gator Farm and learn all about how alligator eggs are harvested. Dinner this evening will be at Twelve Oak Plantation.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6
Today all aboard for a fascinating Swamp Tour! Sit back, relax and enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery of all the Louisiana swamps and bottom lands. Enjoy lunch at Trudy’s Restaurant, a local favorite and famous for its southern fried chicken and homemade desserts. This afternoon we will visit the Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center. As we travel up the bayou we will visit the E.D. White Historic Site. We will travel back in time to Laurel Valley Village Sugar Plantation, the largest surviving 19th and 20th century sugar plantation complex in the US. A stop will be made at the Donner-Peltier Distillery, where they make rum, vodka and whiskey from all-Louisiana products. Enjoy dinner tonight at Grady’s V Bistro.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7
Today we enjoy the scenic drive north into the “Natural State,” as we head to Little Rock, the state’s capital. After we check into our hotel, we will go to dinner at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, a unique facility that combines a great buffet dinner with professional theatre.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8
Today we make our way home. What a time we had in the Bayou Country!
Included Meal: Breakfast

Departing From: Decatur, Springfield, Litchfield, Pontoon Beach, South County, Festus, Perryville, Cape Girardeau