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  • Natchez

    Natchez is the oldest settlement on the Mississippi River, with its laid back charming Southern hospitality and rich history.

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    Natchez, the oldest settlement on the Mississippi River, with its laid back charming Southern hospitality and rich history.

    Take an in-depth look at the past and present Southern lifestyle. Walk in the footsteps of Southern belles, cotton barons, Civil War soldiers, and Civil Rights pioneers. Natchez has more antebellum houses than any other place in the United States. Many of these historic homes are open for tours.

    The Natchez Trails are a combination of city streets and walkways dotted with interpretive panels depicting the history of the area in which you are walking. The trails run throughout the downtown area and along the bluff overlooking the river. Visit Bluff Park especially at sunset and see the greatest natural attraction of Natchez – the Mississippi River. The Grand Village of the natchez Indians is worth a visit just on the outskirts of the town.

    Active visitors will enjoy great golf, tennis, hiking, biking, fishing and boating on the many beautiful lakes and waterways in the region.

    Follow the Blues Trail as The Mississippi Delta is undeniably the birthplace of the Blues. More blues artists have come from the Delta than all other areas combined including: Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, and B. B. King.

    For gamblers, the riverboat gaming experience is a fun and fascinating change from ordinary casinos.

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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

    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.  

  • 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.