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Immerse yourself in the wonderful array of flowers in our Louisiana Guided Vacation in the Spring as you travel to destinations rich in Old South beauty, Creole culture and Cajun zest…an area where the spirit of the people is as much of an attraction as the art, food, music and nature.
From Baton Rouge, enjoy the heart of Cajun Country, a region rich in tradition and full of the energy and spirit that has made South Louisiana famous worldwide. Visit Natchez, an international destination for over 300 years. Natchez adorns the banks of the Mighty Mississippi with her magnificent antebellum homes, fascinating history, romantic atmosphere, and unlimited activities.
Travel across Lake Pontchartrain to the “City that Care Forgot,” New Orleans, where you’ll savor a fun-filled culinary class. Witness the old French, Spanish and Creole splendor preserved here. See all the best parade floats built and stored at Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World. Travel home having truly experienced the “Joie de Vivre” of the beautiful and historic southern cities.
|PRICING DETAILS (Cost Per Person)*||PRICING*|
|Deposit||$350 per person|
|Travel Insurance||Call for quote|
|Vacation Pace||Moderately Active Pace|
*Air departure from Indianapolis included; airfare pricing estimated and subject to change. Call for pricing from other departure cities.
Payment schedule: 2nd deposit of $500 due 121 days prior to departure; final payment 76 days prior to departure.
Day 1 Fly to New Orleans / Baton Rouge
Fly to New Orleans, then motor coach on to Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana. After a Get Acquainted Dinner at a local eatery, you’ll check into our hotel. Let the good times roll! 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. Return to Baton Rouge for a free evening. 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 to view the Evangeline Statue and Oak, marking the spot 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 an authentic Cajun dinner. Drury Inn, Baton Rouge (B,D)
Day 4 Baton Rouge Tour / New Orleans Tour
Morning tour of Baton Rouge with the past and present Capitol Buildings plus the new and old Governor’s Mansions. Then motor south along the Great River Road and marvel at the plantations and shipping activity along the river. Stop at Houmas House for a lunch and tour of this Civil War mansion. Then, arrive in the “Big Easy” – New Orleans – a city where the old French, Spanish and Creole splendors are still 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, a historic building near Lafayette Square. Enjoy a free evening tonight. Drury Inn New Orleans (B,L)
Day 5 Day Trip Houma / Swamp Tour / Gator Farm Tour
Today venture out of town as we motor southwest to the city of Houma, steeped in Cajun tradition and culture. The area is famous for its food, fishing, music, and hospitality. Begin with a swamp boat tour where you’ll see brilliant flora and a variety of birds & reptiles. Then after lunch at a great local restaurant, we visit a Gator Farm where you can get up close to these giant monsters and even hold a live baby alligator. Drury Inn New Orleans (B,L)
Day 6 WWII Museum / Free time in New Orleans
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. Drury Inn New Orleans (B,L,D)
Day 7 New Orleans Tour / 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)