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  • Lafayette

    Known for its Cajun and Creole heritages, Lafayette is only 35 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico.

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    Known for its Cajun and Creole heritages, Lafayette is only 35 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico.

    Lafayette has long been known for its great food, music and festivals. Lafayette is also a place with a multitude of historic attractions, majestic plantation homes, vibrant gardens, leisurely swamp tours, and exciting museums.

    Championship golf courses, hiking and biking trails, bird watching, and canoe trips through the swamps and bayous are just some of the many outdoor adventures that await you.

    From large malls to souvenir and antique shops, Lafayette and its surrounding area collectively known as Acadiana, have something for everyone.

    Cajun dancing and all the fried catfish you can eat. Mellow jazz and smooth martinis is just the beginning of Lafayette after dark.

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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.

    • 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
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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

    138Mi/222Km

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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

    103Mi/166Km

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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

    127Mi/204Km

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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

    176Mi/283Km

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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

    93Mi/150Km

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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

    94Mi/151Km

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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

    69Mi/111Km

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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.

    Prices

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

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  • 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
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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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    Day
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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.

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