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  • Louisiana

    Alexandria Baton Rouge Lafayette New Orleans Shreveport

    Louisiana has one of the most colourful histories of any state in the USA and is a rare and exotic mix of nations and cultures. For over 200 years this diverse collage of cultures has collided with the rest of the world to create a sensory overload. Louisiana has kept the best from its history and now offers a holiday experience that is so rich in its colourful way of life that the memory will remain with you for years to come.

    • Shrimp Boats on the Gulf Coast

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    • French Quarter, New Orleans

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    • Cajun Seafood

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    • Mardi Gras

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    • Oak Alley Plantation

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    • Kayaking in Lafayette

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    From the world class music to the spirited fairs and festivals, Louisiana has something for everyone. The fabulous cuisine is an exquisite fusion of tastes from a diverse list of cultures. Louisianans cook from the heart - and create with their soul. This is obvious whether you are eating a sandwich in a café or a 5 course meal in a world-renowned restaurant. The very first cocktail was created in New Orleans, which is reflective of the carefree, party attitude. Sample a “Hurricane” cocktail at one of the many 24-hour bars!

    Music is the lifeblood and heartbeat of Louisiana, and it can be heard throughout the cities and towns, in cafés, bars, clubs and restaurants. Louisiana was the birthplace of Jazz, as well as many other distinct musical styles, including Cajun and Gospel. The legacy of native Louisianans includes world famous entertainers such as Louis Armstrong, Harry Connick, Jr., Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Britney Spears, and Wynton Marsalis. Your ears will be pleasantly surprised by the diversity of music on offer within the state.

    With more than 600 fairs and festivals, the cultural calendar is packed with exciting celebrations and there is sure to be something going on, whenever you choose to visit. For those that enjoy the great outdoors, Louisiana offers coastal marshes, bayous and rolling hills and lakes in the north and south. It’s an ideal destination for activity holidays including fishing, cycling, golf, hiking and kayaking. Take a trip into the swampy mysterious bayous draped with Spanish moss and see if you can spot an alligator or two!

    Louisiana brings history alive through its extensive collection of majestic antebellum homes dating back to a bygone era. Many of these magnificent homes are located on the River Road between New Orleans and Natchez, but there are also wonderful examples throughout the rest of Louisiana. Each home tells its own story of the families and slaves that once lived and worked on these grand old estates.

    Louisiana’s very colourful city of New Orleans is overflowing with history, culture and an energy that reverberates throughout the city. There is a wealth of experience for all the family in New Orleans - paddlewheel steamers, the Aquarium, Audubon Zoo, the Voodoo Museum, Mardi Gras World, air boat swamp tours, street car rides, French Quarter people-watching, Bourbon Street night life and the National D-Day Museum, for starters.

    Beyond New Orleans, discover the charms of rapidly-changing north Louisiana with its vibrant Shreveport-Bossier area, home gardens of the American Rose Society, and the 17th century town of Natchitoches, where Steel Magnolias was filmed. Visit Louisiana’s Art Deco State Capitol in Baton Rouge and explore some of the fabulous historical plantation homes nearby. In French Louisiana, dance the two-step in Lafayette, or explore the wilds of the Creole Nature Trail near Lake Charles.

    Its time to visit Louisiana where we say “Let the good times roll!” Here the enjoyment of life is a full time occupation.

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    • Top Tip 1

      Ride a streetcar on the St Charles Lines to experience a journey on the oldest continually operating streetcar in the world. Its mahogany seats, brass fittings and exposed light fittings epitomise the charm and romance of New Orleans.

    • Top Tip 2

      Whilst in new Orleans, enjoy hot chocolate and beignets at Café Du Monde in the French Market, just off Jackson Square. Supposedly the best in New Orleans, it gets extremely busy with locals and tourists alike, so visit early morning or mid-afternoon to avoid the queues.

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      Everyone wants to stay in the French Quarter when they visit New Orleans, but it makes sense to stay in one of the hotels at the other side of Canal Street. They still allows easy access to the area but your sleep isn't disturbed by the noise from the late night bars.

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      When visiting New Orleans, don't miss a trip down the Mississippi on a paddle wheeler. You can participate in a lunch or dinner cruise, or just enjoy a sightseeing voyage - all provide great views of the city and surrounding towns.

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      For a unique look into the parades for which New Orleans is renowned, head to Mardi Gras World where the floats are created and there is a museum dedicated to the history of the tradition.

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  • Louisiana Sampler

    Begins in and ends in New Orleans, Louisiana

    11 Days / 10 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Mississippi River

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    • Louisiana Plantation House

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    • Louisiana Architecture

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    • Vicksburg

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    • Kayaking in Lafayette

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    • French Quarter, New Orleans

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    • Anchucha Historic Mansion, Vicksburg

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    • Downtown Shreveport

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    • Lake Ponchatrain

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    Arrive New Orleans

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to New Orleans. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to the W New Orleans.

    Hotel: Le Meridien New Orleans

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    New Orleans

    New Orleans, affectionately known as ‘The Big Easy’, is a wonderful city with plenty to keep you entertained. Stroll along the narrow streets, enjoy a typical Creole meal or perhaps a spot of jazz in the renowned French Quarter.

    Hotel: Le Meridien New Orleans

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    Lafayette

    Your journey commences southwest into Cajun Country. Visits to Southdown Plantation House and The Terrebonne Museum will give you an insight into the areas unique plantation history and Bayou Terrebonne Wildlife Museum brings to life the importance of the state's waterways. Next, why not relive the golden age of aviation at Louisiana State Museum in Patterson or perhaps take a visit to Avery Island, where you can tour the Tabasco factory? Lafayette is home to The Acadian Cultural Center, the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Lafayette Natural History Museum and Acadian Village.

    Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette

    138Mi/222Km

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    Alexandria

    Travelling north towards Eunice, the Cajun Hall of Fame and Savoy Music Center are definitely great stops. Alexandria will be your final stop for the day; a charming and supposedly haunted town in the heart of Louisiana.

    Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott, Alexandria

    103Mi/166Km

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    Natchitoches & Shreveport

    It's a short but scenic drive today as your route runs adjacent to Kisatchie National Forest. Natchitoches, Louisiana's oldest town is a great stop where you can tour the French colonial Fort St Jean Baptiste. Next, continue north towards Shreveport. Sample delicious Cajun cuisine, head to a local jazz club or try your luck in one of the casinos.

    Hotel: Hilton Shreveport

    127Mi/204Km

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    Vicksburg

    Spanning Louisiana, today's journey takes you from the far west to the far east of the state, and crosses the state border into Mississippi. En route, visit the Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum in Gibsland, which sits in the location where the outlaws ate their very last meal before meeting their fate just a few miles away. Vicksburg, Mississippi, is a great town where fascinating historic sites, archietecture and antebellum mansions await you.

    Hotel: Anchuca Historic Mansion

    176Mi/283Km

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    Natchez

    Get your cameras ready as today you travel the famous Natchez Trace Parkway. Historic sites en route include the Grand Gulf Military Park, Port Gibson, the Windsor Ruins, Mount Locust Inn, Church Hill and Emerald Mound. Tonight you'll stay in an antebellum home in the pretty city of Natchez.

    Hotel: Monmouth Historic Inn

    93Mi/150Km

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    Baton Rouge

    Leaving Mississippi, you cross back into Louisiana en route to Baton Rouge your base for the last two nights. The state capital, Baton Rouge has a diverse range of arts, culture and cuisine. A bustling metropolis, there's a choice of two great malls, and the evening music scence of jazz, blues and rock is exceptional. Be sure to visit the USS Kidd and Old State Capitol.

    Hotel: Radisson Hotel, Baton Rouge

    94Mi/151Km

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    Journey Home

    Heading east brings you back into the heart of Plantation Country. Your route takes you between Lake Maurepas and Lake Pontchartrain before returning to New Orleans Airport where you return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    69Mi/111Km

    Prices

    From £2080 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.  

    Simply Southern Music & Golf

    Begins in New Orleans, Louisiana and ends in Memphis, Tennessee

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Alabama Golf Trail

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    • Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville

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    • Live Music Venues Across The Deep South

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    Arrive New Orleans

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to New Orleans. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Le Meridien New Orleans

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    New Orleans

    Welcome to the ‘Big Easy’. Today, you have a full day to explore the city. Visit the French Quarter, stroll along the narrow streets, visit the jazz clubs and experience Creole and Cajun cooking at its best. Ride the famed ‘Streetcar named Desire’, walk through the historic garden district or take a paddlewheeler on the Mississippi River.

    Hotel: Le Meridien New Orleans

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    Point Clear

    This morning’s short drive along the coastline brings you into Alabama and the impressive Grand Hotel Marriott Resort Golf Club & Spa. Spend two nights enjoying the resort's two fabulous golf courses, relaxing in the European-style spa and swimming in one of the resort's two outdoor pools. If you can pull yourself away from the resort there are many attractions close by.

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Marriott Resort Golf Club & Spa

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    Destin

    Your journey today takes you along historic Route 10, into the western Florida Panhandle. Skirting along the coast, you may choose to stop in Pensacola before arriving at your beach resort in Destin. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach or explore more of Florida’s breathtaking coastline and small towns.

    Hotel: Hilton Sandestin Beach & Golf Resort

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    Montgomery

    Journeying northwest, today you venture back into Alabama. We suggest a stop at Monroeville, home of Harper Lee, author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, before arriving in Montgomery. Whilst in the state capital, perhaps visit the Rosa Parks Museum and learn more about the Civil Rights Movement and tour the King Memorial Baptist Church where Martin Luther King Jr. preached his message of hope and brotherhood.

    Hotel: Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa

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    Hoover & Birmingham

    Just a short journey today through the central region of Alabama to the rolling hills and beautiful scenery of Birmingham’s countryside. Sitting in the quaint town of Hoover, Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort boasts the third longest golf course in the world. This Robert Trent Jones Course is surrounded by sweeping hills and offers challenging holes. Away from the courses, stimulate your senses at the spa or relax by the signature pool. A visit to the state's largest city, Birmingham, offers attractions including The Civil Rights Institute, Barber Vintage Motorsport’s Museum and Kelly Ingram Park.

    Hotel: Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa

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    Florence

    Today it’s on to the northern tip of Alabama and the last of its superb resorts. Set in the Tennessee River Valley, Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa has retained the area's beauty in the design of the resort. Just minutes from the hotel are two Robert Trent Jones Trail courses which attract players of all levels and skill. Take a trip to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, WC Handy’s Birthplace and Museum and the Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House.

    Hotel: Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa

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    Nashville

    Cross the border into Tennessee, and head toward the home of Country Music. During your stay in Nashville visit the Grand Ole Opry, the Wildhorse Saloon and the Ryman Auditorium. A paddlewheeler cruise down the Cumberland River offers the sights of the waterway's historic heritage and is great fun. If you have time for shopping drop by Opry Mills, combining outlet and boutique shopping opportunities.

    Hotel: Gaylord Opryland Resort

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    Memphis

    Switching from country music to the home of the blues, today brings you to Memphis. Visit Mud Island, a unique 52 acre park showcasing America’s greatest river, the Mississippi. No one should ever visit Memphis without going to Graceland where the Lisa Marie airplane can also be viewed, or Sun Studios, where Elvis recorded some of his earliest music.

    Hotel: The Peabody

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    Journey Home

    Time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before making your way to Memphis Airport, to return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2775 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

    A one way drop off fee of $150 on the car hire is not included and is payable locally.

    Mississippi Extravaganza

    Begins in Memphis, Tennessee and ends in New Orleans, Louisiana

    12 Days / 11 Nights

    Departures: February to October

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation as stated
    • Standard twin share cabin aboard American Queen 
    • Fall colours

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    • American Queen

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    • French Quarter, New Orleans

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    • Welcome onboard

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    • American Queen Lounge

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    • Beale Street, Memphis

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    • Graceland, Memphis

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    • Relaxing on deck

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    • An American bugone era

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    Arrive Memphis

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Memphis. Upon arrival, proceed to the Sheraton Memphis, your home for the next two nights, conveniently located in the heart of downtown.

    Hotel: Sheraton Memphis

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    Memphis

    We have allowed a full day for you to explore the delights of Memphis - and there are many for you to enjoy! A visit to Memphis would not be complete without visiting Graceland, the infamous home of Elvis Presley - King of Rock 'n Roll. If music is of interest, you should also include Sun Studio's where many greats recorded and the Rock 'n Soul Museum and don't forget The STAX Museum of American Soul Music which celebrates great Memphis Soul music made famous by the likes of Otis Redding. The National Civil Rights Museum is located at the historic Lorraine Motel where Dr Martin Luther King Junior was assassinated in 1968. The museum trails the long history of the Civil Rights movement from slavery to modern times. Dining options are aplenty, but we'd suggest some Deep South soul food and a drink on Beale Street.

    Hotel: Sheraton Memphis

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    Aboard the American Queen steamboat

    Today see's the start of the highlight of your journey! You'll enjoy a unique cruising experience, aboard a paddlewheel steamboat, along the mighty Mississippi River. Fully refreshed, whilst remaining sympathetic to the ship’s heritage, American Queen’s modern amenities complement the opulence and décor you would expect from the American Victorian era. As one of the largest and most elegant steamboats ever built, stepping aboard is like walking into the warm and inviting ambience of an antebellum mansion, featuring glistening woodwork, fresh flowers and antique furnishings. Your seven night sailing takes you along the Lower Mississippi River, sailing to Vicksburg, Natchez, Baton Rouge, St. Francisville and Nottoway before arriving into New Orleans.

    Hotel: American Queen

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    New Orleans

    On arrival into New Orleans, disembark the paddlewheeler and make your way downtown, to the contemporary Le Meridien New Orleans - your base for the next two nights. Everyone adores New Orleans! This colourful city is overflowing with history, vibrant characters, warmth and charm. Hop on board a Street Car and view the city from a new perspective, wander the French market where hot chocolate and crepes draw visitors from far and wide or tour the French Quarter - with its Jekyll and Hyde characters by day and night. Canal Street is the traditional starting point for any tour of New Orleans. Head off in any direction from this downtown hub and you are bound to see or find something of scenic or historic interest. The Warehouse District which was once a 19th century storage district for coffee and grain is known today as the New Orleans Arts District filled with amazing art galleries, fine restaurants, and world-class museums.

    Hotel: Le Meridien New Orleans

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    Journey home

    Enjoy your final morning in New Orleans, perhaps shopping or picking up some souvenirs, before you make your way to the airport and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £3269 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms / cabin in low season. Other prices available on request. 

  • New Orleans & Mississippi River Plantation Country

    Begins and ends in New Orleans, Louisiana

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: March, April, May, September and October

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
    • Street Art in New Orleans

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    • Kayaking in Lafayette

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    • New Orleans

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    • Alligator

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    • Houmas House Gardens

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    Arrive New Orleans

    Depart the UK on your chosen flight to New Orleans. Upon arrival, take the complimentary transfer to your hotel, which is located in the heart of the French Quarter. This evening, meet your fellow travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner.

    Hotel: Hotel Monteleone (Dinner included)

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    New Orleans

    As your hotel boasts a wonderful location, today you set out on foot for a walking tour from picturesque Jackson Square to bustling Bourbon Street. En route, discover the cool sounds of jazz as you meander through Canal Street, the waterfront and the Warehouse District. Discover the French Quarter from venerable Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo and Bourbon Street on a guided walking tour. Savour local culinary delights including beignets and etouffee, whilst enjoying a private demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Later, you’ll be introduced to the magical world of Mardi Gras, with an insider's view of how this festivity is planned and created. This evening, enjoy a private jazz experience at the legendary Preservation Hall. 

    Hotel: Hotel Monteleone (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    New Orleans Nature & Music

    Begin the day with a flightseeing tour of New Orleans for views of the French Quarter, Mississippi River, canals, and wetlands, with commentary by your pilot. Sitting below sea level, New Orleans has experienced the destructive force of mother nature, which you'll learn more about at a private lecture by Nellie Watson, an expert on the interplay of humans, architecture and the environment. In the city that many consider the birthplace of jazz and the hometown of prominent jazz greats from Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and Sidney Bechet to Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr., you'll check out the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint in the French Quarter, where the focus is on jazz as an art form. For dinner tonight, get a true taste of New Orleans' famous cuisine at a restaurant of your choosing.

    Hotel: Hotel Monteleone (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Vermilionville & Lafayette

    Leaving New Orleans, you'll head out into the countryside for an alligator bayou tour in an excursion boat with a local guide, then begin your discovery of Louisiana's "River Road" plantations with a visit to Houmas House Plantation and Gardens along the "big bend" of the Mississippi River. Enjoy a private Houmans House tour,  have lunch at the plantation and stroll at your leisure through some of its 38 acres of exquisite gardens. Continue on to Nottoway Plantation & Resort, home to the largest existing antebellum mansion in the South, where's you'll spend the next two nights. Your stay begins in style in the Mansion House with a guided tour and a private mint julep reception, followed by an elegant private dinner accompanied by a string quartet in the White Parlor.

    Hotel: Nottoway Plantation & Resort (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Baton Rouge

    Travel to Baton Rouge today and step back in time at the LSU Rural Life Museum, a living-history museum re-creating the lifestyles and folkways of rural Louisianans in the 18th and 19th centuries. Continue on to downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana's capital city, and learn about the life and legacy of Huey P. Long, Louisiana's controversial populist Governor of the 1930s, in a guided visit to the Old State Capitol. After lunch at a local restaurant, head back to Nottoway Plantation for an afternoon and evening spent as you please.

    Hotel: Nottoway Plantation & Resort (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Atchafalaya Basin

    Return to New Orleans this morning for another two-night stay in the Crescent City, which begins with a guided visit and time on your own at the National World War II Museum. Your visit begins with a viewing of the award-winning “4-D” multi-media experience Beyond All Boundaries, produced and narrated by Tom Hanks and featuring the voice talents Brad Pitt, Viola Davis, and more. Enjoy brunch accompanied by an entertaining USO-style musical show at the museum’s BB’s Stage Door Canteen, featuring cuisine by The American Sector restaurant. Take time to explore the museum’s many state-of-the-art exhibits at your own pace. Late this afternoon, check into your stylish accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, on Canal Street in the French Quarter, then spend an evening as you please in this unique American city.

    Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    New Orleans

    Visit more iconic destinations as you continue to tour New Orleans today. Begin with sightseeing in the Garden District, then hop aboard an authentic New Orleans streetcar for a private tour along Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue, accompanied by a New Orleans resident. Return late morning to your hotel, and spend the rest of the day exploring more of New Orleans at your leisure. Tonight, experience the best of the Cresent City as you head to celebrated Arnaud's Restaurant to enjoy a private farewell jazz reception, followed by dinner at this French Quarter institution.

    Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Journey Home

    There’s time for some last minute souvenir shopping before taking your transfer back to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

    Prices

    From £3459 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Deep South and Delta Blues

    Begins and ends in Atlanta, Georgia

    12 Days / 11 Nights

    Departures: Year round

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodations as specified
    • 11 breakfasts and 1 dinners 
    • All transportation by private vehicle
    • Services of a Grand American Adventure tour leader
    • Classic tour
    • Jazz band, New Orleans

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    • Reverend Fred Shuttleworth Statue, Birmingham

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    • Houmas House Plantation, Natchez

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    • Hopson Plantation, Clarksdale

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    • Beale Street, Memphis

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    • Stax Museum of American Soul, Memphis

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    • Johnny Cash Cowboy Boots

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    • Deep South and Delta Blues

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    • Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville

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    • Downtown Atlanta, Georgia

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    Arrive Atlanta

    Depart the UK on your chosen flight to Atlanta, Georgia. Upon arrival, take the complimentary transfer to your hotel, which is located just a short ride away from the airport. The rest of the day is free for you to explore before an evening welcome meeting at your hotel. A self-guided walking tour of downtown Atlanta is highly recommended and if you fancy a bite of Southern cuisine, stop by Empire State South.

    Hotel: Country Inn and Suites Atlanta Airport South

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    Birmingham

    Today you will head west into Alabama and to the state's largest city - Birmingham. This city was the primary site of the Civil Rights Movement and where Dr Martin Luther King Jr. began his campaign of civil disobedience. Make a visit to the Civil Rights Institute for an excellent introduction to the region's volatile history before setting off on your journey through the South

    Hotel: Drury Inn and Suites Birmingham Grandview (Breakfast included)

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    New Orleans

    Welcome to the cultural melting pot of the Deep South, New Orleans. Otherwise known as the 'Big Easy', the eclectic mix of European, Creole and Cajun culture manifests in every aspect of the architecture, cuisine and musical scene. Take in the sights and sounds of Bourbon Street, relax in the Garden District and absorb the ambiance of the French Quarter. Founded by French traders in 1718, there are many layers of history in this city, and all its many attractions combined make it one of the most visited cities in the USA. Step back in time to when life was gracefully slow and enjoy an included Mississippi riverboat dinner cruise, dining on a delicious local cuisine buffet that is directly influenced by the myriad of cultures that together make up Louisiana. Enjoy a visit to Jean Lafitte Nature Preserve for a guided walk around the swamp boardwalks. Your evenings in New Orleans will be easily spent as there is much to do, not least of all enjoying some of the many live music performances that take place nightly in this vibrant city. This includes the famous Preservation Hall, where top-drawer jazz musicians play every evening to a small audience in an intimate space - but be prepared to queue!

    Hotel: The Whitney Hotel (breakfast included and one dinner)

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    Natchez

    This morning you visit Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. This antebellum estate was completed in 1828 and with 38 lush acres of gardens, ponds and a majestic live oak alley, Houmas House makes for a wonderful stop. Next, you follow the river road north to the very first established settlement on the Mississippi River. The original capital of the Mississippi Territory, Natchez, was at the heart of the slave trade and is the birthplace of the Mississippi riverboat. Why not go on a self-guided walking tour through the streets of Natchez' historic district with over 50 antebellum homes and historic churches. Worthy of a visit is the 'Under the Hill' area made famous by Mark Twain, or explore one of the most interesting cemeteries in the South.

    Hotel: The Guest House Natchez (Breakfast included)

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    07

    Clarksdale

    Next you will head to Clarksdale and the Hopson Plantation, which is the former home of legendary blues pianist Pinetop Perkins. It is also where they tested the International Harvester automated cotton picker. Your leader will give you some history including the system of sharecropping and the evolution of the cotton industry. Clarksdale is also home to the infamous 'Crossroads', where legend has it that blues musician Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil. Within the town itself you'll find the Delta Blues Museum, a literal blues shrine of artefacts and memorabilia, as well as actor Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero Blues Club. Red's is definitely worth a visit for live music - an authentic 'juke joint' where you'll be transported to the real heart of the South!

    Hotel: Hampton Inn Clarksdale (Breakfast included)

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    Memphis

    Today you and your group will cross into Tennessee. Located near the Mississippi River, Memphis has a long and colourful past. Legendary forefathers such as Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters and the late B.B. King helped to put Beale Street on the musical map. A highlight of your stay in Memphis is an included excursion to Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, who influenced country, blues and rock 'n' roll music. You also have the chance to visit Sun Studio which opened in 1950 and is a place where many great names have passed through, from Howlin' Wolf to Johnny Cash; or the Gibson guitar factory to completely immerse yourself in the fascinating musical heritage of this city. Outside of music, the National Civil Rights Museum located in the former Lorraine Hotel, at the site where Martin Luther King was assassinated, is well worth a visit.

    Hotel: Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown (breakfast included )

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    Nashville

    Leaving Memphis behind, today you will make your way to Nashville - the undisputed capital of country music. Home to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the famous Wildhorse Saloon, Nashville offers the perfect opportunity to try some line dancing (select nights only). Broadway is lined with honky-tonks and intimate live music venues playing not only country, but all genres of music. As well as its indelible country music links, Nashville is also the capital of Tennessee and the state's second largest city after Memphis. Situated on the banks of the Cumberland River it was established as a major river port by settlers in 1779. Your time in Nashville is free for you to indulge in your choice of the many music and entertainment options available (entrance fees apply). The Grand Ole Opry is the world's longest running radio show and a recommended highlight. You can enjoy performances at the famous Grand Ole Opry House located 24 km east of the city. Book before you arrive to avoid missing out as these shows are popular!

    Hotel: The Capitol Hotel Downtown Nashville (breakfast included)

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    Journey Home

    Your Deep South USA tour ends where it all began in the modern-day metropolis of Atlanta. There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before you transfer to the airport for your flight home.

    Prices

    From £3175 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    The Sumptuous Soul of America

    Begins in Chicago, Illinois and ends in New Orleans, Louisiana

    14 Days / 13 Nights

    Departures: May, June, September and October

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 13 nights as specified
    • 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 8 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Travel Concierge
    • Classic tour
    • The Sumptuous Soul of America

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    • Arrive into Chicago, Illinois

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    • Fox Theatre, St. Louis

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    • Visit the top of the famed St. Louis Arch

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    • Bourbon Distillery, Louisville

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    • Churchill Downs, Louisville

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    • Honky Tonk Highway

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    • Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville

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    • Grand Ole Opry, Nashville

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    • Graceland, Memphis

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    • Sun Studios, Memphis

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    • Houmas House Plantation, Natchez

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    • Jackson Square, New Orleans

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    • Farewell Dinner at Arnauds

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    Arrive Chicago

    Enjoy a toe-tapping trip of rock, jazz and country music, as you delve into the sumptuous soul of America. Depart the UK on your chosen flight to Chicago. Upon arrival, you will be met and taken to your exclusive retreat The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Chicago. In the evening, join your Travelling Concierge for a scrumptious welcome dinner.

    Hotel: The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel (Dinner included)

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    02

    Chicago

    You'll begin the day with a 90-minute architectural river cruise and discover how the Great Fire of 1871 paved the way for the birth of the skyscraper. Continue your discovery with one of the Windy City's greatest highs - the 360 Chicago Observation Deck. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner with wine at Gibson's Bar and Steakhouse, a classic Chicago-style chophouse. You'll be served with a fixed steak menu that comes with roasted corn, potatoes and seasonal veggies.

    Hotel: The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chicago (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    03

    St. Louis, Missouri

    Today you will make the journey to St. Louis where you'll take an exclusive guided tour of the Fabulous Fox Theatre which opened in 1929. This vibrant city played host to the World's Fair and Olympics of 1904, with both being held at St. Louis' prestigious Washington University.

    Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel, St. Louis (Breakfast included)

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    04

    St. Louis Arch to Louisville

    Get a bird's-eye view of the city with a visit to the top of the famed St. Louis Gateway Arch standing 630 feet (190 metres) tall. Next, head east through the Hoosier National Forest to Louisville, before enjoying a dinner with wine at The English Grill in the evening. This elegant venue is situated at your hotel and offers a refined menu of contemporary American cuisine with a Kentucky twist.

    Hotel: The Brown Hotel, Louisville (Breakfast and dinner with wine included) (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    05

    Louisville, Kentucky

    Continue your immersion into Louisville culture with an up-close look at some of Kentucky's celebrated four-legged residents during a visit to a retired horse farm. Enjoy a guided tour of the grounds where you will learn about some of the horses before taking time for lunch (at your own expense). Later, visit a bourbon distillery, where you will discover the secrets and meticulous details involved in the making of the South's signature spirit, before indulging in a sampling. The evening is yours to enjoy at your own leisure.

    Hotel: The Brown Hotel, Louisville (Breakfast included)

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    06

    The Honky-Tonk Highway

    The fun continues with a guided historic walking tour of Churchill Downs to learn about the history of the Kentucky Derby, followed by a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum. Once here you'll gain an insider's perspective during a private visit with retired jockey, Charles Woods Jr. Next, discover the history behind one of America's favourite sports cars at the National Corvette Museum, where you'll grab lunch. The museum features over 80 Corvettes in periodic settings, including mint classics, one-of-a-kind prototypes and modern-day wonders of engineering and design.

    Hotel: Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    07

    Nashville, Tennesse

    After breakfast you will be taken for a tour of the historic Studio B including 30 minutes with a professional sound engineer for a choir-style recording session. You'll be able to take home a copy of the recording as a one-of-a-kind souvenir. Head on to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, full of memorabilia from stars such as Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks. Once there, you'll join your Local Expert, a songwriter and singer, who will tell you the stories behind the biggest hits sung by well-known country music stars (subject to departure date). End your day with a trip to the Grand Ole Opry, for a live performance.

    Hotel: Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown (Breakfast included)

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    08

    Memphis

    Today you will be taken from the home of country music to the birthplace of blues and Rock 'n' Roll. The evening is devoted to a private, after-hours, and docent-led tour of Graceland - as much an object of pilgrimage as a museum dedicated to the late, great, Elvis Presley. From the flowers and painted signs outside the gates, to the tear-streaked cheeks of fans inside, see the effect that Elvis and his music had on popular American culture. Enjoy a memorable dinner with wine at the Graceland mansion itself.

    Hotel: The Westin Memphis Beale Street (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    09

    Memphis

    Experience Memphis your way by visiting Sun Studios or the Memphis Rock n' Soul Museum. Later, visit the National Civil Rights Museum and trace the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the 17th century to the present. Offering over 260 artifacts and more than 40 new films, you'll be guided through five centuries of American history.

    Hotel: The Westin Memphis Beale Street (Breakfast included)

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    10

    Natchez

    Leaving Memphis behind, today you will depart for Natchez, founded by the French in 1716 when it became home to a flowering colonial culture. There you will experience a private, owner-led tour of Sunnyside, a restored antebellum cottage. At your charming luxury country mansion inn, wet your palate during a mixology class and learn the 'science' behind the signature drink of the South, the Mint Julep. Then enjoy a delectable three-course Highlight Dinner with wine, in the stunning main house.

    Hotel: Monmouth Historic Inn and Gardens, Natchez (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    11

    Frogmore, Houmas House and New Orleans

    Today you will stop at Frogmore Plantation and journey back to a time when cotton was king. With your costumed hosts, you will tour a reconstructed 19th century plantation. Next, get a glimpse into the sweet side of the South with a visit to Houmas House plantation, once the largest producer of sugar in the country. In the evening, you'll visit the New Orleans School of Cooking to learn about Creole cuisine during a lively cooking demonstration. Enjoy these culinary creations over a special highlight dinner with wine.

    Hotel: Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    12

    New Orleans

    A local expert will join you for a tour of the city as you learn about its rich history steeped in the myriad of cultures that have found a new home here. See Jackson Square and the Treme neighbourhood before exploring City Park. Take in this picturesque scene and admire the oak trees with a warm coffee in hand. Next, visit one of the city's famous above ground cemeteries and learn about their uniquely joyful perspective on life and death.

    Hotel: Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans (Breakfast included)

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    13

    New Orleans, Louisiana

    Start the day with a bayou expert on the rural side of the Crescent City, as you board a boat to meet the resident alligators and other fauna and flora. Enjoy some free time before gathering with your new friends and toasting to lifelong memories during a farewell celebration dinner with wine at the famous New Orleans restaurant, Arnaud's, with toe-tapping live jazz as your backdrop.

    Hotel: Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    14

    Journey Home

    Bid 'au revoir' to the Big Easy in the morning. A transfer is included from the hotel to New Orleans International Airport, where you check in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £5630 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

  • New Orleans Original Cocktail Walking Tour

    New Orleans

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    • New Orleans Cocktail Walking Tour

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    Discover New Orleans ‘spirited’ side on a fun and informative cocktail tour! You’ll rub shoulders with local imbibers at historic bars and restaurants and have the option to sip on classic concoctions like the Sazerac and Pimm’s Cup. Immerse yourself in 2.5 hours of storytelling from your guide and savvy mixologists, and learn the famous – and sometimes scandalous – histories of drink and drinking culture in New Orleans.

    • Walking tour of New Orleans original cocktails
    • Discover the history of renowned libations, including the Sazerac and Pimm’s Cup
    • Visit the oldest restaurant in New Orleans, and its wine cellar and private dining area
    • Enjoy a view of New Orleans through its history of fine dining and drinking.

    Duration: 2 hours

     

    Prices

    From £31 per person.

    New Orleans Steamboat Dinner Jazz Cruise

    New Orleans

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    • Natchez Steamboat

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    • Live Jazz onboard

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    • BBQ Shrimp Salad

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    Savor the beauty and romance of New Orleans skyline aboard the 7:00 pm Dinner Jazz Cruise on the authentic Steamboat NATCHEZ.  The Steamboat NATCHEZ decks, engine room and bars will be open for your enjoyment either before or after dinner depending upon your seating time. Included in the Dinner Jazz ticket price is the Steamboat cruise, buffet dinner, and Jazz Band entertainment, and applicable taxes. Gratuities and Alcoholic Beverages are not included in the price of the Ticket.

    Cruise Highlights:

    • Breathtaking view of the city
    • Enjoy casual buffet-style dining
    • Meals prepared fresh on board
    • Indoor and Outdoor seating
    • Featuring live jazz by the Grammy nominated Dukes of Dixieland
    • Museum quality Engine Room
    • Departs from the Toulouse Street Wharf behind Jax Brewery

    Duration: 2 Hours

    Prices

    From £84 per adult and £39 per child.

    City Sightseeing New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

    New Orleans

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    • Jackson Square, New Orleans

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    • French Quarter, New Orleans

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    • City Sightseeing New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off

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    • Enjoy live commentary on board

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    Discover historic New Orleans in an open‐top double‐decker bus on this hop‐on hop‐off sightseeing tour. With your full‐day ticket, design a personal itinerary with 18 possible stops, including the French Market, Jackson Square, St. Louis Cemetery and the Garden District. Enjoy unobstructed views and fun onboard commentary as you soak up ‘The Big Easy’.

    • City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour of New Orleans
    • Explore New Orleans at your own pace
    • Hop off at any of the 18 stops including Jackson Square and the French Market
    • Enjoy live commentary on board
    • Discover the French Quarter and the Garden District on guided walking tours (with purchase of 3 day ticket)
    • Choose either a 1-day pass or a 3-day pass

     

    Prices

    1 Day Pass

    From £39 per adult and £10 per person.

    3 Day Pass

    From £49 per adult and £10 per person.