7 Day New Orleans & Cajun Country

4 New Orleans, 1 Baton Rouge & 1 Lafayette (Escorted Tours)
Round trip airfare, 6 nights accommodation, all transfers, most meals and sightseeing
Price Includes
  • Round trip flights Newark-New Orleans, New Orleans-Newark
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 6 nights accommodations
    • 4 nights New Orleans
    • 1 night Baton Rouge
    • 1 night Lafayette
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • 9 meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
 

Special Features

  • Walking tour of the iconic French Quarter, the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans
  • Visit the unique Presbytere with its exquisite collection of Mardi Gras memorabilia
  • Tour of Baton Rouge, the jewel of Louisiana, a city of contrasting cultures
  • Swamp boat ride in the magical Atchafalaya Basin, the largest wetland in the U.S.
  • Visit Vermilionville, a folklife park and living history museum on the banks of the Bayou
  • Tour the Visitor Center and pepper sauce factory of the world famous "hot" Tabasco sauce on Avery Island
Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1, Monday - Arrive in New Orleans
Arrive in New Orleans, birthplace of jazz and home of the largest Mardi Gras celebration in the country, lovingly referred to as the "Big Easy". Tonight, meet you Tour Manager at approximately 7 PM for an orientation meeting on the wonderful journey that awaits you and enjoy a Welcome Drink with your fellow travelers. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5 PM on Day 1 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible
Overnight: New Orleans

DAY 2, Tuesday - French Quarter Tour
Enjoy the sights and sounds of New Orleans on your walking tour of the iconic French Quarter, the oldest neighborhood in the city. Stop at historic Jackson Square to view the city's lovingly preserved historic buildings, including St. Louis Cathedral. Visit the unique Presbytere, with a colorful past of its own, built on the residence of Capuchin monks. Enter the museum with its exquisite collection of Mardi Gras artifacts and memorabilia as well as a Hurricane Katrina exhibit. The rest of the day is yours to continue exploring this vibrant city, perhaps view the open-air French Market, reminiscent of lively European markets. From food and music to arts and crafts, this market is a shopping experience that is uniquely New Orleans. Or, join the optional Mardi Gras Experience with lunch. Head to a local New Orleans restaurant and savor lunch of Cajun dishes. Afterwards, visit Mardi Gras World to get a unique behind-the-scenes look at New Orleans Mardi Gras; view the hard work and planning that goes into this grand event. Tour the massive studio that houses the astonishing parade floats and learn more about the history of this festive tradition. Later, return to the hotel. Tonight, a very special evening starts with a cooking demonstration that will reveal the secrets of preparing classic New Orleans specialties, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Optional: Mardi Gras Experience with lunch
Overnight: New Orleans
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Highlights of Baton Rouge
This morning, travel towards Baton Rouge, the jewel of Louisiana and its capital city. Built on the hunting grounds of Native Americans and ultimately settled by French explorers, it's a city of extraordinary history and contrasting cultures. Upon arrival, visit the new Louisiana State Capitol Building. From the 27th-floor observation deck, view the panorama of the city and the storied Mississippi River. Continue to the Capitol Park Museum to view the unique thematic multimedia presentation that presents Louisiana's diverse history. Tonight, perhaps try one of the restaurants in the city center for dinner, with cuisine ranging from French to Creole and Cajun
Overnight: Baton Rouge
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Thursday - Boat Tour in the Atchafalaya Basin, Lafayette in Cajun Country
Your day begins with an exciting swamp boat ride through the magical Atchafalaya Basin, the largest river wetland in the U.S., with countless different species of birds and native wildlife. While you coast along this distributary of the Mississippi, perhaps you'll spot some of the local alligators that call this home. Afterwards, on to the living history museum and folklife park of Vermilionville on the banks of the Vermilion Bayou. Here, the culture of the Acadian, Native American, and Creole people from 1765 to 1890 is preserved. A delicious Cajun lunch is served before you tour the many attractions and restored homes. Stop to watch demonstrations by local artisans of essential crafts practiced by early settlers. Then, on to the famed Martin Accordions where the family displays their distinctive accordions along with a lively musical performance. Continue to Lafayette in the heart of Louisiana's Cajun Country. Evening is at leisure to explore on your own or, join the optional Cajun Dinner with Entertainment at a popular restaurant that raises its own crawfish and crabs
Optional: Cajun Dinner with Entertainment
Overnight: Lafayette
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Friday - Avery Island, Return to New Orleans
Today drive to Avery Island, home of the world-famous Tabasco sauce. At the Visitor Center, taste this peppery sauce and learn how it's made, packaged and shipped around the world. Observe the growing process of the pepper plants, how they are mashed and aged for three years. Afterward, return to New Orleans where the remainder of your day is at leisure. Tonight, is the perfect opportunity to listen to jazz at Preservation Hall, view the nightlife on Bourbon Street, shop for souvenirs, or indulge in a superb dinner at a trendy restaurant
Overnight: New Orleans
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Saturday - Full Day New Orleans
On your last day in New Orleans, spend time at leisure to soak up the magic of this city independently, or join a fantastic optional tour that surely will enhance your Louisiana experience. This morning, visit the Laura Creole Plantation, a fascinating glimpse into the daily life of an 18th century plantation, with a dramatic and in-depth look at one Creole family. Tonight, take part in a Farewell Dinner at a popular restaurant and share wonderful memories together with your newfound friends
Optional: Half Day Laura Creole Plantation (AM)
Overnight: New Orleans
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday - Return Home
Depart New Orleans to return home
Meals: Breakfast

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Notes :
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers
  • It is recommended that passengers select flights that arrive no later than 5 pm on Day 1.
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