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Heart of the South
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April 13, 2014, $1499
A journey through New Orleans, Natchez and Lafayette
8 days • 11 meals
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Day 1: New Orleans, Louisiana - Tour Begins
Welcome to America’s most inviting cultural region. Take some time to acquaint yourself with the city that has given us great music and incredible food: the “Jazz Capital of the World,” New Orleans.View Accommodation
Day 2: New Orleans
This morning, enjoy a panoramic tour of New Orleans with a local guide. Begin along historic Esplanade Avenue. See St. Louis Cemetery #3 which opened in 1854 and holds some of the most elaborate crypts found in the city’s cemeteries. Then, relax during a drive along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain. This romantic road eventually leads to St. Charles Avenue, whisking you past gorgeous mansions as well as Tulane and Loyola, two world-famous universities. Return to the French Quarter this afternoon. Tonight, enjoy an elegant dinner at the Court of Two Sisters, one of New Orleans’ most famous restaurants.View Accommodation Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 3: French Quarter
Enjoy a walking tour of the famous French Quarter. Stroll past the majestic St. Louis Cathedral, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. Continue on to the bustling French Marketplace and explore Pirates Alley, the Cabildo, the Presbytere and the Pontalba. Complete your tour with a stop to taste a true New Orleans favorite - beignets at Café Du Monde. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to discover the “Big Easy” your way.View Accommodation Today breakfast will be included.
Day 4: New Orleans - Baton Rouge - Natchez, Mississippi
This morning you travel to Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana. Enjoy a guided tour of the Louisiana State Capitol Building and learn about the state’s most influential political figure, Governor Huey Long. Hear the stories and legends from the time of his governorship and witness the location of his untimely assassination at the State House. Later, continue to Natchez. This small city, resting on a bluff high above the Mississippi River, personifies the grace and elegance of the South with its preserved antebellum mansions. Tour Stanton Hall, former home of planter and cotton broker Frederick Stanton. This evening you are invited to dinner at Lansdowne House, a privately-owned antebellum plantation home.View Accommodation Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 5: Natchez
Learn about the rich history of Natchez as a local guide takes you on a captivating tour of this pre-Civil War town. Tour Longwood, an impressive octagonal mansion that today remains unfinished. Construction began shortly before the Civil War and the interior was never completed. Marvel at the beautiful design and imagine the grandeur of what could have been. Experience a taste of the southern lifestyle as you spend the balance of the day at leisure in Natchez.View Accommodation Today breakfast will be included.
Day 6: Natchez - Avery Island, Louisiana - Lafayette
Journey to Avery Island, home of the McIlhenny Company’s Tabasco Pepper Sauce Factory. Enjoy a guided tour of the factory* and see where this famous sauce is produced and packaged. Later, continue on to Lafayette, the heart of Cajun Country. Visit Martin Accordions, a family-owned accordion shop. Learn about this intricate craft and listen as the Martin family band entertains you with music and stories. This evening, enjoy dinner at Pont Breaux’s Cajun Restaurant, featuring that famous Cajun cooking and live entertainment.View Accommodation Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 7: Cajun Country
Today, immerse yourself in the Cajun culture. Begin at the Acadian Cultural Center at Jean Lafitte National Park for an introduction to the history and culture of Cajun Country. Next, visit Vermilionville, a 23-acre living history museum and folklife park showcasing the Cajun and Creole heritages. Later, cruise along the eerie bayous and through the Atchafalaya Basin – no trip to Cajun Country would be complete without seeing the swamp! This evening, join your fellow travelers for a spectacular farewell dinner and a lesson in Cajun cuisine at the Accidental Chef Cooking School. Sit back and enjoy the show as the chefs share stories about local life while teaching you the secrets behind some of the delicious regional dishes.View Accommodation Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 8: Lafayette - New Orleans - Tour Ends
Return to the New Orleans airport and head home with a new appreciation of the South.Today breakfast will be included.
- PLEASE NOTE: To complete your vacation, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing Collette airfare with your tour. If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times.
- *Tabasco Pepper Sauce bottling takes place Monday-Thursday only. Although the factory will not be bottling sauce during our visit, guided tours of the factory will still take place.