Azaleas, Plantations & Cajuns

March 9, 2017 - March 15, 2017

Enjoy spring flowers in Cajun Country, including Baton Rouge, Natchez, New Orleans.

$1,729 double occupancy | $2,249 single occupancy

Tour highlights:

  • Cajun dinner w/ music
  • 2 Mansion lunches
  • special nostalgic lunch at WWII Museum
  • New Orleans Cooking School dinner
  • City Tours: Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Natchez, and New Orleans
  • Cajun Country with Evangeline Park Statue & Oak Tree, & Accordion Factory
  • Natchez: two Antebellum Homes
  • Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
  • Gator Farm Tour and Swamp Tour
  • National WWII Museum in New Orleans

Tour Itinerary:

Day # 1 - Arrivals

Fly to New Orleans, and then motorcoach on to Baton Rouge, capital of Louisiana. After a Get Acquainted Dinner at a local eatery, check into our hotel. Let the good times roll! Overnight: Drury Inn, Baton Rouge. (D)

Day # 2 - Day Trip to Natchez

Today, travel north to Natchez, Mississippi, one of the most charming towns in the Deep South. The broad, tree-lined boulevards are graced with more than 40 antebellum mansions. Learn about a bygone era pre-Civil War, when cotton was king and Natchez was a great seaport. Enjoy a city tour and visit two restored historic mansions. Relax over lunch with fine southern cooking at the Carriage House Restaurant in Stanton Hall. Overnight: Drury Inn, Baton Rouge. (B, L)

Day # 3 - Cajun Country Tour

Drive west to Lafayette and St. Martinsville in the heart of Cajun Country. See the Martin de Tours Church and the Evangeline Statue and Oak, marking where the legendary heroine waited for her lover, Gabriel. See an Acadian house at the Longfellow-Evangeline State Park. Later, visit the Martin Accordion Factory prior to dinner. Overnight: Drury Inn, Baton Rouge. (B, D)

Day # 4 - Baton Rouge to New Orleans

Morning tour of Baton Rouge with the past and present Capitol Buildings, plus the new and old Governor’s Mansions. Then, motor south along Great River Road. Marvel at the plantations and shipping activity along the river. Stop at Houmas House for a lunch and a tour of this Civil War mansion. Then, arrive in the “Big Easy” – New Orleans – where the old French, Spanish, and Creole splendors are preserved. See the marketplaces, wharves, dueling places, millionaire homes, and dramatic gardens of this historic city. Visit Jackson Square, the Garden District, & Saint Louis Cemetery. Check into your hotel, an historic building near Lafayette Square. Enjoy a free evening tonight. Overnight: Drury Inn, New Orleans. (B, L)

Day # 5 - Day Trip Houma / Swamp Tour / Gator Farm

Today, venture southwest to the city of Houma, steeped in Cajun tradition and culture. The area is famous for food, fishing, music, and hospitality. Begin with a swamp boat tour. See brilliant flora and a variety of birds & reptiles. Then, after lunch at a great local restaurant, visit a Gator Farm. Get up close to these giant monsters and even hold a live baby alligator. Overnight: Drury Inn, New Orleans. (B,L)

Day # 6 - WWII Museum / Free Time

This morning, visit the National WWII Museum, which highlights amphibious D-Day invasions from the war. See several great movies, plus the new exhibit “The Road to Berlin.” Enjoy an included lunch at the Stage Door Canteen with special musical guests. Then, free time back in the French Quarter to explore or shop on your own. Return to your hotel prior to your Farewell Dinner at a famous culinary school. Overnight: Drury Inn, New Orleans. (B, L, D)

Day # 6 - Mardi Gras World / Fly Home

Tour impressive Mardi Gras World, where the best parade floats are built. Next, stop at the French Market for shopping & lunch, before arriving at the airport for your return flight home. (B)

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