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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.

    • 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

    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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    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

    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 05

    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 06

    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 07

    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 08

    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

    Day 11

    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 £2150 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.  

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  • 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
    • Classic tour
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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.

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