A FIVE DAY ITINERARY
Arrival & Transfer
Laughter, color, costumes and great music – and that’s just from your balcony! The possibilities are endless in New Orleans – A parade down Bourbon Street, carriage rides on St. Charles, a jazz serenade on the Mississippi River or a crawfish boil party – The spirit of the New Orleans people is unbreakable. A few days and you will leave in a Big Easy state of mind.
Upon arrival at the airport, the group will be met by the guide who will escort the group to their hotel by private motor coach.
French Quarter Pub Crawl
Did you know that the term “cocktail” was coined in New Orleans? That’s right! Take a tour through some of the old and established
drinking holes in the French Quarter and sample some of the adult beverages that helped make New Orleans famous.
History and Mystery Tour
This morning will be one of history and mystery in New Orleans as you learn the ins and outs of the most European city in the United States as well as learn about the devastation caused by hurricane Katrina. As you walk down the quaint streets named for the saints and sinners of the city’s European past you will see the legacy of the different cultures and architectural styles that blend to create this very unique neighborhood.
During the tour the guests will visit Café du Monde – the former site where slaves were bought and sold – but now is a café where you can experience famous beignets and café au lait.
You then continue to an area and narration specific to Hurricane Katrina. The tour travels to the Ninth Ward, one of many New Orleans neighborhoods devastated by the flooding caused by multiple levee breaks.
Brunch at Court of Two Sisters
This tour continues with the famous Brunch at Court of Two Sisters including live music. It is world renowned for its daily Jazz Brunch
which features a buffet with over 60 items in a casual, warm atmosphere either inside or outside in one of most famous and beautiful
courtyards in the French Quarter.
After brunch enjoy the Captain's narration of the highlights of one of the world’s busiest ports while enjoying jazz music. See
the site of the Battle of New Orleans where Jean Lafitte and his team joined forces with Andrew Jackson to defeat the British in The Battle of New Orleans.
Evening Jazz Dinner at Palm Court Jazz Restaurant.
Garden District Tour
Explore one of the world's most dazzling residential neighborhoods. Settled in the 1850’s by successful entrepreneurs — the “nouveau riche” of that time. Experience the architectural splendor of the live oak-tree lined "American" sector of town and examine the antebellum era "Creole vs. American" conflict.
Lunch included at the famous Commanders Palace Restaurant -Since 1880, Commander's Palace has been a New Orleans landmark known for the award winning quality of its food and many commodious dining rooms.
In the afternoon the group can enjoy a unique New Orleans experience, a hands on cooking class.These cooking classes are custom designed to meet the food preference of the group. The guests actually cut, cook and prepare a complete dinner with one of our expert chefs, and afterwards they are able to sit down and enjoy the meal they have just created. These classes include preparation of 4 menu items, the recipes, a New Orleans School of Cooking Apron, as well as, House Red and White wines, Abita Beer, iced tea, water and coffee.
(This is a private class)
Dinner at Muriel’s Jackson Square Restaurant
Come on a journey, down to the heart of Jackson Square, where you will discover a dining experience unlike any other, celebrating the fine Creole cuisine. While Dining at Muriel's Jackson Square you will uncover the rich history and the past while
celebrating the life of today.
Dinner at GW Fins
Experience the cuisine that earned GW Fins’ Esquire magazine’s esteemed “Top 20 Best New Restaurants in America” award and a 4 bean rating in the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Located in the heart of the historic French Quarter, GW Fins ensures the highest quality seafood at their seasonal peak.
The Way it Was- Life on
A trip along River Road captures the nostalgic charm of plantation living by providing you a
glimpse of two different types of plantation life – Southern- styled and Creole-spiced. Your first stop will be at Houmas House Plantation which is so much more than just a tour of a
grand antebellum estate. Embrace the Crown Jewel of Louisiana's River Road. Experience the southern splendor of "The Sugar Palace" when you step into 16 rooms filled with period antiques and Louisiana artwork.
A few miles up River Road you will find Oak Alley Plantation. This private estate provides a
breathtaking view with its Greek Revival style mansion reigning grandly at the end of a quarter mile “Oak Alley”- an alley of 28
oak trees more than 250 years old stretching from the front entrance to the Mississippi River. Lunch will be served at The Cabin Restaurant – having a meal in this restaurant is very unique. It is approximately 150 years old. It began as one of the ten original slave dwellings of the Monroe Plantation serving a small history of Louisiana.
Air Boat Swamp Tour
You will be whisked away to the tranquility of the marsh and swamp. Your guides share
childhood memories and stories of their logging and trapping days. They show you the secret haunts of the American alligator, the many species of waterfowl & birds of prey, and acres of rare “floton marsh,” where plant life creates a platform strong enough to support the weight of a fullgrown man.
For lunch you will enjoy an authentic Louisiana craw fish boil.
Dinner with Cajun Music at Mulate’s Restaurant
Mulate’s is known as the original Cajun restaurant, famous for preserving and celebrating the food, music and culture found in the small towns and along the bayous of south Louisiana.
You have a chance to participate in a French Quarter Scavenger Hunt. This is an exciting and educational Team-Building activity. The group is divided into teams of merrymakers. Each team member is given a specialty Mardi Gras bead for identification. Teams are encouraged to be creative in their strategizing. The guides will act as a source of historical information to any questions. Through this educational yet fun quest, the group will learn about each other and discover various historical points of interest special only to New Orleans to remember for years to come.
Dinner at Galatoire’s
Unlike most modern restaurants, Galatoire’s cuisine is not the creation of a singular superstar chef but rather of a family that has carefully safeguarded its traditions of impeccable cuisine, service and ambiance.