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New Orleans - 5 Days


March 23, 2020 - March 27, 2020 $1,297
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Get to know the “birthplace of jazz” during your stay in the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans. Explore the many sights, sounds, and tastes of the city with local transportation and guides.

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Highlights Include:

  • Round trip airfare from Detroit
  • 4 Nights Hotel inside the French Quarter
  • New Orleans School of Cooking
  • WWII Museum
  • Mardi Gras World
  • Sunset Food Tour
  • Guided Cemetery Walk
  • Swamp Boat Ride
  • Oak Alley Plantation
  • New Orleans Cathedral
  • 6 included meals
  • Professional Tour Manager
Please note:

Since we are staying right downtown in the French Quarter District, this tour will not have a motor coach for transportation. Included in your tour package is a 3 day hop on-hop off bus pass (Tuesday-Thursday) that we will use to get around the city.  Any included tours, attractions, and meals will all include local transportation to and from the hotel area at no additional cost to you. The bus pickup for the hop-on-hop-off is just over a block away from our hotel.

Only one room in our room block at the hotel is ADA accessible and has grab bars in the shower; please keep this in mind when registering. If you have mobility issues and would like to request this room, please call our office before submitting your registration form to make sure it is still available.

Day 1
March 23, 2020

Depart from Detroit Metro Airport and Arrive in New Orleans. This afternoon, learn how to cook New Orleans-style! During a cooking demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking, your chef will indulge you in everything Louisiana cuisine has to offer.

Four Night Stay at the Royal Crescent (soon to be Magnolia Hotel) in the French Quarter. Rooms will be newly renovated and will have a modern/industrial feel.

Day 2
March 24, 2020

Enjoy an included hot breakfast at your hotel. Take a walk through history at the National World War II Museum where you’ll learn about the American experience in the war. Head over to the beautiful Garden District for a relaxing lunch on your own and some free time to browse the gardens and shops. This afternoon, celebrate the festive side of New Orleans at Mardi Gras World and come to know the history of this tradition; tour a working warehouse where artisans create spectacular floats for the famous parades. At sunset, take an unforgettable stroll through the streets of the French Quarter and immerse your taste buds in NOLA’s best while your guide shares the stories behind the iconic cuisine & French Quarter history! Stop at these culinary classics: Tujague’s, Court of Two Sisters, Nola Po-Boy, Cornet Restaurant, and Laura’s Pralines and Candies. (B, D)

Day 3
March 25, 2020

After breakfast at the hotel, get a local perspective on New Orleans’ famous Lafayette Cemetery. Few other places on earth can claim a cemetery as both an interesting tourist destination and a cultural icon. New Orleans’ elevation is technically a negative number, so the early settlers to the area had trouble with the bodies of their recently interned washing away come the summer rains. The settlers quickly learned that the only way to properly keep their dead in place was to build raised cemeteries, and thus the tradition of New Orleans’ raised cemeteries took hold. Lafayette Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in New Orleans, and this nearly 200 year-old attraction has a history that goes beyond the raised cement graves.

Lunch is included at Mother’s Restaurant, a local favorite with classic New Orleans home cooking. This afternoon is free to spend on your own. Included in your tour package is a 3 day hop-on-hop off pass that has many sights and attractions. Make sure you take some time to visit St. Charles Avenue filled with gorgeous mansions. Rumbling down the ''neutral

ground'' or middle of St. Charles and Carrollton avenues for more than 150 years, the St. Charles Streetcar has become a symbol of the charm and romance of New Orleans. Or perhaps you might like to visit the Audubon Aquarium or Butterfly House. The possibilities are endless, and there are so many things to do and see within walking distance from our hotel. (B,L)

Day 4
March 26, 2020

Breakfast included this morning at the hotel. Discover the mystique of the swamps and bayous on a sightseeing boat tour. Travel deep into the secluded bayous across the Mississippi River to witness Cajun life and spot native wildlife. Your guide will provide commentary on Cajun culture and the myth‐laden swamps while you snap photos of alligators, raccoons, snakes, turtles, and native birds.

Enjoy some free time for lunch and shopping at Jackson Square. Known as one of New Orleans’ most recognizable landmarks, Jackson Square is a National Historic Landmark nestled in the center of the French Quarter. It is also the location of an open-air artist colony, where artists display their work on the outside of the iron fence.

After lunch visit the St. Louis Cathedral. Facing Jackson Square and flanked by the historic Cabildo on one side and the equally historic Presbytere on the other, St. Louis Cathedral is among the tallest and most imposing structures in the French Quarter. And one of the

most recognizable. It has been seen in hundreds of movies, TV shows and other visual presentations and it is a local and international architectural icon.

No trip to New Orleans is complete without a stop at Café Du Monde for Beignets! Tonight you are free to enjoy the nightlife in New Orleans on your own. Take a walk down Bourbon Street or get a drink at one of the popular Jazz Cafes in the French Quarter. Your guide will be on hand to help you with many suggestions as well. (B)

Day 5
March 27, 2020

After breakfast at the hotel, take a trip to Oak Alley Plantation and stroll around the 300-year old oak trees that cover the plantation grounds with a 40-minute guided tour. See the ‘Big House,’ slave quarters, and beautiful architecture and gardens. You will have some free time for lunch on your own in the French Quarter before departing for an evening flight back to Detroit. (B)

Trip Facts

  • March 23-27, 2020
  • $1297
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