New Orleans - The ‘Big Easy’

New Orleans - The ‘Big Easy’

Save $25 Per Person if you book by 1/17/2020 on this awesome getaway to New Orleans - The 'Big Easy'

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Save $25 Per Person if you book by 1/17/2020 on this awesome getaway to New Orleans - The 'Big Easy'

SAVE $25 PER PERSON IF YOU BOOK BY 1/17/2020!

 

Explore the ‘Big Easy’ - New Orleans, LA

New Orleans, a city in Louisiana, on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico and is known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene, awesome cuisine, and rich history.  We will take a guided tour of New Orleans which will include the Garden District where you will pass by elegant mansions exemplifying styles, including Greek Revival, Italianate and Queen Anne Victorians.  Travel down stately St. Charles Avenue along the streetcar line where two of the most prestigious colleges in New Orleans are located; Tulane University and Loyola University.  Pass by Audubon Park, which is a 400-acre park located in uptown New Orleans and built on the site of the 1884 World's Fair.  City Park is another area you will enjoy. At 1,300 acres, it is one of the second largest urban parks in the country. The first parcel of land was acquired in 1854, making it one of the country's oldest parks. You will enjoy a history of New Orleans including the first settlers, religion, culture, and of course, Mardi Gras. Make a stop at St. Louis Cemetery Number 1, also known as the “City of the Dead.”  Free time to shop and have lunch on your own at the Historic French Market. The French Market District encompasses six blocks on the riverside of the Lower French Quarter. The district includes more than 20 unique retail shops, performance venues, restaurants, cafes, a flea market and a farmer’s market.  The French Market, “America’s Oldest Public Market”, has existed on the same site since 1791.  

 

Mardi Gras & Museums

A “must see” when in New Orleans is the National WWII Museum, dedicated in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as the country's official World War II Museum. This remarkable attraction illuminates the American experience during the WWII era with moving personal stories, historic artifacts and powerful interactive displays. From the Normandy invasion to the sands of the Pacific Islands and the Home Front, the Museum brings to life the teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifice of the men and women who won the war and changed the world. Beyond All Boundaries, a film created exclusively for The National World War II Museum, is a unique and powerful 4-D cinematic experience available nowhere else in the world. Created and crafted with 21st-century technology and utilizing a 120-feet wide immersive screen, the production plunges viewers into the 20th-century’s most titanic struggle. It tells the tale of the Greatest Generation’s journey from Pearl Harbor into the fire of epic battles to America’s final victory in the War That Changed the World in the words of the veterans themselves. The Museum is honored to have Tom Hanks as Executive Producer and the voices of some of Hollywood’s top stars bringing to life the words of actual World War II participants and war correspondents.  We’re going to Experience Mardi Gras!  Since 1947, Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World artists and craftsmen have designed and built the oldest and biggest parade floats and attractions for each Mardi Gras season, with over 500 floats built and decorated each year.  During our tour, you’ll get an overview of the history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans!  You can even dress like a Mardi Gras float rider for a memorable photo opportunity.

 

New Orleans Plantation Country & Swamp

We’ll stop by the Houma Visitor’s Center for coffee and donuts. The donuts are a special treat, and will be served hot, directly from the local donut shop, Mr. Ronnie’s. Then, we invite you to join us for a unique Swamp Tour.  Journey back to the early days of Louisiana bayou and swamp explorations. Swamp creatures, seeing the boats daily, recognize them as part of their normal environment. Unafraid and responsive to their boat captain's call, they peek out from underbrush and between moss-draped trees and shrubs, frequently coming directly to the boat. In the safety and comfort of the boat, you can actually come within a few feet of jumping gators. Lunch is at the Greenwood Gator Farm and will feature items which were served in most homes on Monday’s which was laundry day, including Peach Cobbler! You will also tour this real live full-time working alligator farm.  See gators of all sizes, from new hatchlings to full grown monsters!  Tour the Ardoyne Plantation. This unique home was built in 1894 and is considered by the National Register of Historic Places to possibly be the largest and most elaborate remaining example of rural Victorian Gothic architecture in the state of Louisiana. This is one historical treasure one must see to believe, as it is filled with original family furniture and antiques. Direct descendants of the original owner still reside in the home today and are there to share the stories passed down through six generations of this historical Sugarcane Plantation.

 

The Fantastic Food!

Enjoy dinner at Mulate’s Cajun Restaurant which is recognized throughout the world as the King of Cajun Dine and Dance Halls.  Mulate's features live Cajun music and dancing along with great authentic Cajun food.  Mulate's is a place where Cajuns come to celebrate their heritage and the world comes to join them in their celebration. We’ll visit the Original Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand, established in 1862 to enjoy their famous Beignets and, of course wash them down with a delicious cup of their Café Au Lait. The Court of Two Sisters is known for its large, picturesque dining courtyard and Creole dinners.  Experience the ambiance of the largest outdoor dining courtyard in the French Quarter with flowering plants and fountains. Our final dinner will be served on the Steamboat Natchez. Enjoy dinner and entertainment on the Mississippi River. When the New Orleans Steamboat Company launched the Natchez in 1975, they revived more than a famous name. They created one of only two true steam powered sternwheelers plying the Mississippi today.

Day 1

- Depart for Hayti, MO
- Overnight at the Drury Inn & Suites in Hayti and enjoy the 530 Kickback featuring 3 drinks and food

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Day 2

- Depart for Louisiana
- Arrive at the Drury Inn Suites New Orleans
- Welcome Dinner at Mulate’s Cajun Restaurant

B, D

Day 3

- Narrated Sightseeing Tour of New Orleans will include the Garden District , St. Charles Avenue, Tulane University and Loyola University, pass by Audubon Park, City Park, and learn the history of New Orleans including the first settlers, religion, culture, and of course, Mardi Gras.
- Stop at St. Louis Cemetery Number 1, known as the "City of the Dead"
- Free Time at the Historic French Market
- Beignets and Cafe Au Lait at Cafe Du Monde
- Dinner at the Court of Two Sister Restaurant

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Day 4

- Admission to the WWII Museum where you can explore at your own pace
- See Beyond All Boundaries, a 4D journey through the war that changed the world at the WWII Museum
- Guided Tour of Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World
- Evening free to explore and enjoy dinner at one of the many amazing restaurants in New Orleans

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Day 5

- Stop at the Houma Visitor’s Center where a special treat of hot donuts from Mr. Ronnie’s local donut shop will be waiting
- Narrated Swamp Tour
- Lunch at Greenwood Gator Farms plus get up close and personal with live alligators during a tour at this full-time working alligator farm
- Dinner Cruise aboard the Steamboat Natchez

B, L, D

Day 6

- Depart for Hayti, MO
- Overnight at the Drury Inn & Suites in Hayti and enjoy the 530 Kickback featuring 3 drinks and food

B, D

Day 7

- Return Home with marvelous memories of New Orleans

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Hotel Accommodations

Day One -  Drury Inn & Suites, Hayti, MO

Day Two - Five -  DruryInn & Suites, New Orleans, LA

Day Six -  Drury Inn & Suites, Hayti, MO

 

PER PERSON RATES: Double Occupancy  $1799, Single Occupancy $2155, Triple Occupancy $1765

 

OPTIONAL TOUR CANCELLATION PROTECTION PLAN PER PERSON:  Double or Triple Occupancy $144 OR Single Occupancy $176

 

Final Payment Due:  2/16/2020

 

Driver and Tour Director gratuities are not included and are at the passengers discretion.

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