Southern Escapade in New Orleans

New Orleans

March 16-21, 2019


Saturday, March 16
Depart for Jackson, Mississippi  and check into our hotel for one night. Dinner will be included. (D)

Sunday, March 17
In the morning we will enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then depart for Vicksburg, Mississippi. There, we will tour the USS Cairo Museum and Vicksburg National Military Park. USS Cairo was one of the first American ironclad warships built at the beginning of the U.S. Civil War. Cairo was the lead ship of the city-class gunboats and named for Cairo, Illinois. Over 1,400 monuments and memorials dot the landscape at Vicksburg, each a work of art honoring the veterans of the siege. Next we will drive to New Orleans  and check in at the Chateau Le Moyne for three nights. This boutique hotel has a wonderful location in the French Quarter. A beautiful setting combined with historic architecture and modern amenities, and offering the charm and culture of Louisiana. Spend your afternoon at your leisure. We will have dinner and a private class at New Orleans School of Cooking. Watch, listen, and enjoy eating your Southern dinner being prepared! (B, D)

Monday, March 18
This morning we will enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then visit Laura Plantation. Laura Plantation is a restored historic Louisiana Creole plantation on the west bank of the Mississippi River near Vacherie, Louisiana. This will be followed by a walking lunch tour. Food Tour lunch combines the area’s culture, history, and architecture with local food and fun. Popular New Orleans’ cocktails are available for purchase. Soak up the vibrant, bustling atmosphere of the French Quarter as you follow a route that links up a series of great gourmet destinations and local establishments to enjoy specially created dishes. The food and itinerary change daily to keep the experience fresh. Meet chefs, proprietors, brew-masters, farmers, and bakers and learn how their story enhances the story of the area. Dinner will be at your leisure. (B)

Tuesday, March 19
We will start the day by eating breakfast at the world famous Brennan’s. Brennan’s has been holding court as the paramount French Quarter institution of morning meals for over 70 years, “Breakfast at Brennan’s” coming to signify unlimited choice and day-long indulgence. Staples like the Baked Apple, Turtle Soup, and Eggs Hussarde anchor the classically Creole menu, while Chef Slade Rushing marries these with updated takes on decadent breakfast dishes. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We will then visit the National World War II Museum. This museum tells the story of the American Experience in the war that changed the world —why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today — so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired. In the afternoon we will visit the Mardi Gras World Museum. See Mardi Gras magic created right before your eyes in this maze of amazing carnival creations. Take a unique glimpse into the past and present of this incredible tradition. Witness the process of the artists and sculptors create majestic floats right before your eyes. Take home a Mardi Gras experience you’ll never forget. (B)

Wednesday, March 20
Today we will eat breakfast and check out of our hotel in New Orleans, then we will take a sightseeing tour. Relax and listen as a guide leads you through one of America’s most historic cities. View the Garden District with it’s vast mansions that line pristine boulevards, the Warehouse District, Faubourg Treme – one of the oldest African American neighborhoods in the country, dating back to the 1700s. Pass through the area formerly known as the American Sector, home of the internationally acclaimed World War II Museum, and the Contemporary Arts Center, which is one of the country’s first art institutions. The tour also makes a brief stop at the Metairie Cemetery, where you will see the city’s distinctive above-ground tombs. You’ll get a great introduction to the history, culture and architecture of this magnificent city. We will then depart for Tunica, Mississippi where we will enjoy a buffet dinner and check into a casino hotel for an overnight stay. (B)

Thursday, March 21
Today we will have breakfast at our hotel and depart for home. (B)

Trip Includes:
•  Roundtrip Motorcoach
•  Admissions & Guided Tours per Itinerary
•  5 Nights Lodging
•  8 Meals: 5 Breakfasts, 1 Plantation Lunch & 2 Dinners
•  All Baggage Handling
•  All Taxes and Gratuities on Included Items
•  Three Nights stay in New Orleans
•  One night stay in Tunica
•  One night stay in Jackson
•  Gratuities for Coach Driver and Guides


$1,599 per person / Double occupancy – $115 Insurance
$2,099 per person / Single occupancy – $145 Insurance
Deposit – $500 per person due at registration
Final balance due December 3, 2018


For more information about this trip, contact Sheri Rodebaugh at 217-258-0440, or toll free 866-661-2582.

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