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  • Louisiana

    Alexandria Baton Rouge Lafayette New Orleans Shreveport

    Louisiana has one of the most colourful histories of any state in the USA and is a rare and exotic mix of nations and cultures. For over 200 years this diverse collage of cultures has collided with the rest of the world to create a sensory overload. Louisiana has kept the best from its history and now offers a holiday experience that is so rich in its colourful way of life that the memory will remain with you for years to come.

    • Shrimp Boats on the Gulf Coast

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    • French Quarter, New Orleans

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    • Cajun Seafood

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    • Mardi Gras

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    • Oak Alley Plantation

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    • Kayaking in Lafayette

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    From the world class music to the spirited fairs and festivals, Louisiana has something for everyone. The fabulous cuisine is an exquisite fusion of tastes from a diverse list of cultures. Louisianans cook from the heart - and create with their soul. This is obvious whether you are eating a sandwich in a café or a 5 course meal in a world-renowned restaurant. The very first cocktail was created in New Orleans, which is reflective of the carefree, party attitude. Sample a “Hurricane” cocktail at one of the many 24-hour bars!

    Music is the lifeblood and heartbeat of Louisiana, and it can be heard throughout the cities and towns, in cafés, bars, clubs and restaurants. Louisiana was the birthplace of Jazz, as well as many other distinct musical styles, including Cajun and Gospel. The legacy of native Louisianans includes world famous entertainers such as Louis Armstrong, Harry Connick, Jr., Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Britney Spears, and Wynton Marsalis. Your ears will be pleasantly surprised by the diversity of music on offer within the state.

    With more than 600 fairs and festivals, the cultural calendar is packed with exciting celebrations and there is sure to be something going on, whenever you choose to visit. For those that enjoy the great outdoors, Louisiana offers coastal marshes, bayous and rolling hills and lakes in the north and south. It’s an ideal destination for activity holidays including fishing, cycling, golf, hiking and kayaking. Take a trip into the swampy mysterious bayous draped with Spanish moss and see if you can spot an alligator or two!

    Louisiana brings history alive through its extensive collection of majestic antebellum homes dating back to a bygone era. Many of these magnificent homes are located on the River Road between New Orleans and Natchez, but there are also wonderful examples throughout the rest of Louisiana. Each home tells its own story of the families and slaves that once lived and worked on these grand old estates.

    Louisiana’s very colourful city of New Orleans is overflowing with history, culture and an energy that reverberates throughout the city. There is a wealth of experience for all the family in New Orleans - paddlewheel steamers, the Aquarium, Audubon Zoo, the Voodoo Museum, Mardi Gras World, air boat swamp tours, street car rides, French Quarter people-watching, Bourbon Street night life and the National D-Day Museum, for starters.

    Beyond New Orleans, discover the charms of rapidly-changing north Louisiana with its vibrant Shreveport-Bossier area, home gardens of the American Rose Society, and the 17th century town of Natchitoches, where Steel Magnolias was filmed. Visit Louisiana’s Art Deco State Capitol in Baton Rouge and explore some of the fabulous historical plantation homes nearby. In French Louisiana, dance the two-step in Lafayette, or explore the wilds of the Creole Nature Trail near Lake Charles.

    Its time to visit Louisiana where we say “Let the good times roll!” Here the enjoyment of life is a full time occupation.

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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

    12 Days / 11 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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    Day 01

    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

    Day 02 Day 03

    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

    Day 06

    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

    Day 07

    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

    Day 08

    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

    Day 09

    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

    Day 10 Day 11

    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

    Day 12

    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 £1599 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.  

    Simply Southern Music & Golf

    Begins in New Orleans, Louisiana and ends in Memphis, Tennessee

    15 Days / 14 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
    • Alabama Golf Trail

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    • Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville

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    • Live Music Venues Across The Deep South

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    Day 01

    Arrive New Orleans

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to New Orleans. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Le Meridien New Orleans

    Day 02

    New Orleans

    Welcome to the ‘Big Easy’. Today, you have a full day to explore the city. Visit the French Quarter, stroll along the narrow streets, visit the jazz clubs and experience Creole and Cajun cooking at its best. Ride the famed ‘Streetcar named Desire’, walk through the historic garden district or take a paddlewheeler on the Mississippi River.

    Hotel: Le Meridien New Orleans

    166Mi/267Km

    Day 03 Day 04

    Point Clear

    This morning’s short drive along the coastline brings you into Alabama and the impressive Grand Hotel Marriott Resort Golf Club & Spa. Spend two nights enjoying the resort's two fabulous golf courses, relaxing in the European-style spa and swimming in one of the resort's two outdoor pools. If you can pull yourself away from the resort there are many attractions close by.

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Marriott Resort Golf Club & Spa

    112Mi/180Km

    Day 05

    Destin

    Your journey today takes you along historic Route 10, into the western Florida Panhandle. Skirting along the coast, you may choose to stop in Pensacola before arriving at your beach resort in Destin. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach or explore more of Florida’s breathtaking coastline and small towns.

    Hotel: Hilton Sandestin Beach & Golf Resort

    186Mi/299Km

    Day 06

    Montgomery

    Journeying northwest, today you venture back into Alabama. We suggest a stop at Monroeville, home of Harper Lee, author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, before arriving in Montgomery. Whilst in the state capital, perhaps visit the Rosa Parks Museum and learn more about the Civil Rights Movement and tour the King Memorial Baptist Church where Martin Luther King Jr. preached his message of hope and brotherhood.

    Hotel: Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa

    84Mi/135Km

    Day 07 Day 08

    Hoover & Birmingham

    Just a short journey today through the central region of Alabama to the rolling hills and beautiful scenery of Birmingham’s countryside. Sitting in the quaint town of Hoover, Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort boasts the third longest golf course in the world. This Robert Trent Jones Course is surrounded by sweeping hills and offers challenging holes. Away from the courses, stimulate your senses at the spa or relax by the signature pool. A visit to the state's largest city, Birmingham, offers attractions including The Civil Rights Institute, Barber Vintage Motorsport’s Museum and Kelly Ingram Park.

    Hotel: Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa

    126Mi/202Km

    Day 09 Day 10

    Florence

    Today it’s on to the northern tip of Alabama and the last of its superb resorts. Set in the Tennessee River Valley, Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa has retained the area's beauty in the design of the resort. Just minutes from the hotel are two Robert Trent Jones Trail courses which attract players of all levels and skill. Take a trip to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, WC Handy’s Birthplace and Museum and the Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House.

    Hotel: Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa

    122Mi/196Km

    Day 11 Day 12

    Nashville

    Cross the border into Tennessee, and head toward the home of Country Music. During your stay in Nashville visit the Grand Ole Opry, the Wildhorse Saloon and the Ryman Auditorium. A paddlewheeler cruise down the Cumberland River offers the sights of the waterway's historic heritage and is great fun. If you have time for shopping drop by Opry Mills, combining outlet and boutique shopping opportunities.

    Hotel: Gaylord Opryland Resort

    215Mi/346Km

    Day 13 Day 14

    Memphis

    Switching from country music to the home of the blues, today brings you to Memphis. Visit Mud Island, a unique 52 acre park showcasing America’s greatest river, the Mississippi. No one should ever visit Memphis without going to Graceland where the Lisa Marie airplane can also be viewed, or Sun Studios, where Elvis recorded some of his earliest music.

    Hotel: The Peabody

    Day 15

    Journey Home

    Time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before making your way to Memphis Airport, to return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2699 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

    A one way drop off fee on the car hire is not included and is payable locally.

  • New Orleans: Bayous & The Big Easy

    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
    • New Orleans

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    • Kayaking in Lafayette

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    • Alligator

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    Day 01

    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)

    Day 02

    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. Savour local culinary delights including beignets and etouffees, 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)

    Day 03

    New Orleans Nature & Music

    Sitting below sea level, New Orleans has experienced the destructive force of mother nature. Today you’ll witness some of the damage and hear from an environmental expert about the city's defences for the future. Later, you'll visit the New Orleans' Jazz National Historical Park and enjoy dinner in one of the French Quarter's legendary restaurants.

    Hotel: Hotel Monteleone (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 04

    Vermilionville & Lafayette

    Leaving New Orleans, you'll head out along the Mississippi River into the heart of 'Cajun Country'. Enjoy a private Bal de Maison (house party) with a home-style lunch, Arcadian music and storytelling. A stop at Vermilionville, a living history park recreating Arcadian village life, immerses you into the French-speaking culture of the Arcadians. Interpreters share details of life here in the early days and local dancers introduce the Cajun two-step.

    Hotel: Hilton Lafayette (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 05

    Jefferson Island

    Continue your discovery of the Cajun culture today with a visit to the Jean Lafitte Acadian Cultural Centre, followed by a visit to Shadows-on-the-Teche: a pre-Civil War home on Bayou Teche in New Iberia preserved by the National Trust. Following lunch, you’ll set out to visit Jefferson Island. Dinner this evening comes Cajun style in the town of Breaux Bridge, the 'Crawfish Capital of the World', and includes food, music and dancing.

    Hotel: Hilton Lafayette (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 06

    Atchafalaya Basin

    Filled with bayous, marshes and cypresses, the Atchafalaya Basin is the largest swamp in the USA, and today you’ll venture into these wetlands to observe their abundant wildlife on a guided boat tour. Your route back to the ‘Big Easy’ takes you along scenic Highway 90.

    Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans (Breakfast and lunch included)

    Day 07

    New Orleans

    Following breakfast, you may choose to meander through Magazine Street and New Orlean’s Garden District before boarding a private streetcar for a tour along St Charles Avenue to the National World War II Museum. Spend the afternoon at leisure before enjoying a horse-drawn carriage ride through the French Quarter to your farewell jazz reception and dinner at Arnaud’s Restaurant.

    Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 08

    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 £2,919 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.