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Baton Rouge

  • Baton Rouge

    Baton Rouge, Louisiana's capital city, located on the Mississippi river is truly the center of Louisiana's cultural excitement.

    • Downtown Baton Rouge


    • Houmas House, Baton Rouge


    • Old State Capitol Building


    • Louisiana State University Marching Band


    Baton Rouge, Louisiana's capital city, located on the Mississippi river is truly the center of Louisiana's cultural excitement. As home to the main campus of Louisiana State University and several smaller colleges, the city buzzes with the energy of youth while holding fast to its traditions in Southern lifestyle and historic sites.

    Visit the city’s deep and colourful history with its beautiful antebellum mansions and experience what life was like in the cotton, sugar cane and rice plantations. Capitol Park Museum retraces the history of the state and well worth the visit.

    Discover the Capital City’s rich musical heritage. Baton Rouge hosts a wide variety of musical events and performances featuring both local and world-renowned entertainers to keep you dancing year round.

    Attractions range from a riverfront casino to the USS Kidd floating museum to the ultra-contemporary Shaw Center for the Arts, which clusters an art museum, gallery spaces, theaters and restaurants in the heart of downtown. Dont miss the Old State Capitol, the Louisiana State Capitol and the old postoffice.

    Tantalise your taste buds with the authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine from chargrilled alligator and crawfish pie to local catfish and Cajun boudin balls.

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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.

    • Top Tip 3

      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.

    • Top Tip 4

      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.

    • Top Tip 5

      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


    • Louisiana Plantation House


    • Louisiana Architecture


    • Vicksburg


    • Kayaking in Lafayette


    • French Quarter, New Orleans


    • Anchucha Historic Mansion, Vicksburg


    • Downtown Shreveport


    • Lake Ponchatrain



    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


    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




    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




    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



    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




    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




    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



    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



    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.


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

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