8 Days • 7 Nights • 14 Meals
Mar 4-11* SOLD OUT
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Depart/Return: New Orleans, LA
Price Per Person: Double: $1,797; Single: $2,285
Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $258/night
About the Tour
“Southern Hospitality” is just what you’ll find in this exploration of the Gulf region’s diverse cultural, culinary and natural attractions. Savor delectable meals in the Big Easy, including a lunch and cooking demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Explore historical life in towns and plantations along the Mississippi River, meet bayou country locals who earn a living from land and sea, and laissez les bons temps rouler in a thrilling excursion into the heart of Cajun country! Plus, two days in amazing New Orleans (The New York Times "52 Places to Go 2015")!
Itinerary & Info Sheet
Terms & Conditions
- Discover the colorful city of New Orleans, its famous French Quarter, stately Garden District homes, the National WWII Museum, and more
- Creole and cajun chef's cooking demonstration at New Orleans School of Cooking
- Tour Greenwood Plantation with its impressive Greek Revival-style mansion and live oaks draped with Spanish moss
- Carriage tour through historic Natchez, MS (Lonely Planet Best Places in the U.S.) and visit to Vicksburg National Military Park, one of the country’s most famous Civil War sites
- Encounter diverse music traditions along the River and bayou, from Zydeco, cajun and creole to gospel, jazz, and Delta blues
- Hear stories of life on a cotton plantation from Frogmore Plantation's Lynette Tanner
- Swamp boat ride in search of alligators, birds, flora and fauna
- Turn up the heat at the one and only TABASCO Pepper Sauce factory!
- Climb aboard a real Mardi Gras float
- Watch bayou family-run oyster, shrimp and crabbing operations
- Tour Konriko Rice Mill—the oldest operating rice mill in the United States
- Explore Avery Island Jungle Gardens and Bird Sanctuary, home to countless varieties of exotic plants and wildlife -- and watch out for gators!
high 71°/low 46° March
Time Zone: Central
Arrival Time: Schedule to arrive at our starting hotel by 5:00 p.m. on Day 1.
Departure Time: Schedule your flight home to depart after 2:00 p.m. on Day 8.
Airport-Hotel Shuttle: If you’re flying into Louis Armstrong International Airport, shuttle service is available from the airport to the hotel for $24.00 (per person, one-way) or $44.00 (per person, round-trip). For more details or to make a reservation on-line, go to www.airportshuttleneworleans.com.
Vehicle Parking: Parking Self-Parking is complimentary at the starting hotel.
Walking Distance: Moderate walking is required to fully enjoy this tour.
Currency: US Dollar
Hotel Amenities: Include Hair dryers, irons, ironing boards & coffee makers throughout tour. Exercise room and swimming pool available at most hotels.
Travel Protection Available?: Yes, see About Travel Protection.
Terms & Conditions: Tour reservations are subject to the terms and conditions outlined by Country Travel DISCOVERIES on our website at Terms & Conditions.
Groups: Have a group? We can make your group's vacation cost-effective and easy, with discounts for groups as small as five and other benefits. Learn more at Country Travel DISCOVERIES for Groups.
Additional Information: If you are taking our Post-tour option, you may schedule your departure on "Day 9" any time after 10:00 a.m.
Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further information approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing your final documents.
Updates: Updates to this document are available from our Discovery Reservations Team, and will be posted online at www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/LMS
Rediscover High and Low Country Traditions among the South’s Most Beautiful Beachfronts
Experience the best of coastal South Carolina, Georgia, and parts of Florida as you step back in time to enjoy the rich history and culture of the Colonial, Antebellum and Turn-of-the-Century South. Visit Charleston's stately plantations and magnificent formal gardens, and relish the scents and flavors of small island farms including the Charleston Tea Plantation. Over two relaxing nights at a beachfront resort on Hilton Head Island, see historic lighthouses and cruise past the lairs of dolphins, egrets, and pelicans. Learn about colorful Gullah culture and dine at the exclusive Jekyll Island Club. Discover Savannah, one of America's oldest cities, whose gorgeous squares, fountains and architecture make it also one of "America's most beautiful places to visit". You'll remember this soul-stirring mixture of high and low country living for years to come!
Images on this page (from top): French Quarter (Carl Purcell/NO CVB); Jazz and Food (New Orleans School of Cooking); Greenwood Plantation (Courtesy of Greenwood Plantation)