New Orleans | Feb 23 - Mar 1, 2025

New Orleans and the Cajun Country

Immerse yourself in the distinctive charisma and colorful cultures of the French Quarter and nearby Cajun Country.

Join Our State as we immerse ourselves in the distinctive charisma and colorful cultures of the French Quarter and nearby Cajun Country.

February 23 – March 1, 2025
 

Package Includes:

  • Round-trip airfare — Raleigh/Durham or Charlotte Douglas International Airport
  • 10 meals: six breakfasts, four dinners
  • Wine and beer reception
  • Professional tour director
  • Our State host
  • Motor coach transportation
  • Hotel transfers
  • All admissions per itinerary
  • All sightseeing per itinerary
  • Baggage handling at hotels

 

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Three nights in French Quarter
  • French Quarter tour
  • Paddlewheeler Steamboat Cruise
  • Café du Monde
  • Dinner at The Court of Two Sisters
  • New Orleans School of Cooking
  • New Orleans city tour
  • Longue Vue House and Gardens
  • Garden district
  • Baton Rouge
  • Natchez area tour
  • Dinner at antebellum mansion
  • Bayou cruise
  • Acadian Cultural Center, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
  • Avery Island, home of TABASCO® Sauce
  • Local Cajun dinner

 

Itinerary:

DAY 1: ARRIVE NEW ORLEANS

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 travelers at The Court of Two Sisters, one of the French Quarter’s most famous restaurants.

Meals: D
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 a Paddlewheeler Steamboat Cruise for a relaxing Mississippi River Cruise. This evening, enjoy dinner with your fellow Our State 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.

Meals: B, D
Overnight: New Orleans

 

DAY 3: NEW ORLEANS CITY TOUR


 
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 stop to view an Above Ground Cemetery which are both historic & hauntingly beautiful. This afternoon visit the Mardi Gras World. This fun and informative museum brings together a dazzling collection of floats and costumes from the event. This evening enjoy dinner on your own in “The Quarter” filled with fabulous restaurants and jazz clubs.

Meals: B
Overnight: New Orleans

 

DAY 4: NEW ORLEANS — BATON ROUGE — NATCHEZ

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, motor coach 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 & tour in the Natchez area.

Meals: B, D
Overnight: Natchez

 

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. 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.

Meals: B
Overnight: Lafayette

 

DAY 6: CAJUN COUNTRY TOURING


 
Today discover Cajun Country. First visit the Jean Lafitte Cultural Center to learn about the life of the famous pirate & unlikely patriot, and about the area’s Acadian heritage and the natural resources of Louisiana’s Mississippi Delta region. Later visit Acadian Village, a recreation of a 19th century Acadia community with many authentic homes of the era. Stroll the grounds and step back in time to experience Acadian heritage and music. Then travel to Avery Island for a Tabasco Factory Tour, home the world- famous Louisiana hot sauce. Tonight enjoy a fun-filled Farewell Dinner with Cajun cuisine & sounds.

Meals: B, D
Overnight: Lafayette

 

DAY 7: LAFAYETTE — NEW ORLEANS — HOME

Today, depart Lafayette and transfer to the New Orleans Airport for your flight home.
 

Accommodations:

6 Nights of Hotel Stays

  • 3 Nights – Maison Dupuy, Bienville House, or Wyndham French Quarter, New Orleans
  • 1 Night – Hotel Vue or Natchez Grand Hotel Natchez, Mississippi
  • 2 Nights – DoubleTree Lafayette, Lafayette

 

Expenses:

Booking Discount*: $3,575 per person based on double occupancy
Regular Rate: $3,675 per person based on double occupancy
Single supplement: $825

*Make your final payment by check prior to the final payment due date, and receive a $200 per couple or $100 per single booking discount.
 

For reservations and more information:

Premier World Discovery
Melissa Grant
(877) 953-8687, ext. 238 (Pacific Time)
mgrant@premierworlddiscovery.com
 

Additional Information:

What to expect on an Our State trip:

Traveling with a group of Our State readers is an enriching, enjoyable, and safe way to experience new cultures, people, and places. In addition to the informative narration from the tour director and local guides, an Our State host will be available to assist in making your trip successful.

We usually fly to our destination, then travel by a comfortable motor coach with anywhere from 35 to 50 people who appreciate learning about new regions. Your entire trip will be guided, planned, and arranged for your upmost enjoyment. Many activities are things you can only do because you are traveling with Our State. There is some free time built in for you to explore on your own.

You can also choose not to attend an activity if you prefer something different. Please let your tour director know if you are not coming on a scheduled day.

Many meals are included. Where you have meals on your own, suggestions will be provided.

Most of the motor coaches have restrooms but every effort will be made to make regular rest stops.

One of the best parts of traveling with Our State is that you will meet new people, many of whom you will already have much in common with since most travelers read the magazine. Many guests often develop friendships that go on long after the tour is finished. Our State trips are generally filled with dynamic and friendly people.
 

Physical requirements:

Our tours are physically active but not meant to be strenuous.

Please be aware you will be on your feet, walking and standing for much of the day, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions and terrains. There will also be extended time on the motor coach when we travel from place to place. If there are any mobility issues you will need to have an able-bodied traveling companion to accompany and assist you.

Most days are moderately paced with approximately two to three total miles of walking, possibly including some hills and stairs.

We regret that we’re unable to provide individual assistance to guests with walking difficulties or other personal needs. The responsibility of the Trip Director who accompanies your trip is to ensure that the larger group enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing individual assistance to any one guest. Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it.

If you have additional questions, please call Our State’s Travel Director Amy Wood Pasquini at 336-286-0600, or email apasquini@ourstate.com.