Join Our State as we immerse ourselves in the distinctive charisma and colorful cultures of the French Quarter and nearby Cajun Country March 11-17, 2018.
- Round-trip airfare — Raleigh/Durham International Airport Three nights in the French Quarter
- Two nights in Lafayette, Louisiana
- One night in Natchez, Mississippi
- 10 meals: six breakfasts, four dinners
- All admissions per itinerary
- All sightseeing per itinerary
- Professional tour director
- Our State host
- Motor coach transportation
- Baggage handling
- French Quarter walking tour
- Café du Monde
- Dinner at The Court of Two Sisters
- New Orleans School of Cooking
- Jazz performance
- New Orleans city tour
- Longue Vue House and Gardens
- Oak Alley Plantation tour, famous mint julep included
- Cruise on the Steamboat Natchez
- Natchez area tour
- Dinner at a Natchez antebellum mansion
- Bayou cruise
- Acadian Cultural Center, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
- Avery Island, home of TABASCO® Sauce
Day 1: Arrive New Orleans
Today, arrive in New Orleans for a three-night stay in the exciting French Quarter. Tonight, enjoy a Wine & Beer Reception followed by a Welcome Dinner with your fellow Our State magazine travelers at the Court of Two Sisters, one of the French Quarter’s most famous restaurants.
Overnight: New Orleans
Day 2: New Orleans – French Quarter
This morning, enjoy a French Quarter Walking Tour featuring the St. Louis Cathedral with adjoining Cabildo and rectory, Bourbon Street, Pirates Alley, and the French Marketplace. Next, visit the famous Café du Monde to enjoy café au lait and beignets. Later, board the Steamboat Natchez for a relaxing cruise on the Mississippi River. Tonight, at your own pace enjoy the “The Quarter” filled with fabulous restaurants and jazz clubs.
Overnight: New Orleans
Day 3: New Orleans
Today, enjoy a New Orleans City Tour. Visit the Garden District, which features one of the best preserved collections of historic Southern mansions in the United States. Visit the Longue Vue Gardens & House, a National Historic Landmark. The ever-changing gardens provide an inspiring destination year-round to learn about native plants and flowers. Also learn about some of the aftermath from Hurricane Katrina. This afternoon, travel outside of New Orleans to visit the Oak Alley Plantation, one of the state’s most visited antebellum homes. During your visit, enjoy a Mint Julep, a traditional Southern cocktail. This evening, enjoy dinner with your fellow Our State magazine travelers at the famous New Orleans School of Cooking. After dinner, catch an included Jazz Performance at a jazz club like Preservation Hall or similar in the French Quarter.
Overnight: New Orleans
Day 4: New Orleans – Baton Rouge – Natchez
This morning, travel to the capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge. Stop at the New State Capitol Building to view the Art Deco architecture and hear stories about the state’s most famous politician Huey Long. Then, visit the Louisiana State Museum featuring thematic exhibits on the diverse aspects of Louisiana history, industry, and culture. Later motorcoach into Mississippi and arrive in Natchez, a beautiful town that captures the charm and elegance of the historic South with its Antebellum Mansions. Tonight, enjoy a Southern experience with an Antebellum Mansion Dinner and Tour in the Natchez area.
Day 5: Natchez – Lafayette, Louisiana
This morning, enjoy a Natchez Area Tour to learn about the area’s amazing pre-Civil War history. Then, visit another beautiful Natchez Antebellum Mansion in the Natchez On-Top-of-the Hill Historic District. Later, cross into Louisiana to explore fascinating Cajun Country, founded in the 18th century by French-speaking exiles from Canada. Today, the region features a unique blend of French, Creole, and Caribbean influences. This afternoon, enjoy an eerie Bayou Cruise, a true Louisiana experience.
Day 6: Lafayette – Vermillionville – Avery Island
Today, discover Cajun Country. First, visit the Jean Lafitte Cultural Center to learn about the life of the famous pirate and unlikely patriot. Later, visit Vermillionville, an entire bayou town which has been restored to depict the authentic vision of Cajun & Creole Society in South Louisiana during the 18th & 19th centuries. Buildings include homes, blacksmith shop, general store, and a chapel surrounded by 10 acres of gardens and woodlands. Then, travel to Avery Island for a Tabasco Factory Tour, home of the world-famous Louisiana hot sauce. Tonight enjoy a fun-filled evening for your Farewell Dinner, hosted at Pont Breaux’s, famous for its Cajun cuisine and sounds.
Day 7: Lafayette – New Orleans – Home
Today depart Lafayette and head to New Orleans for your flight home filled with wonderful memories of your visit to New Orleans & Cajun Country.
- 3 Nights – Maison Dupuy or Wyndham French Quarter, New Orleans
- 1 Night – Hotel Vue or Natchez Grand Hotel Natchez, Mississippi
- 2 Nights – DoubleTree Lafayette, Lafayette