ARRIVE TO NEW ORLEANS
Airport transfers to the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel for the next four nights. The Astor Crowne Plaza is an excellent, grand 4-star hotel ideally located in the French Quarter on Canal Street!(Light Dinner)
PLANTATION TOUR & GALA NEW YEAR’S EVE
Depart New Orleans for Oak Alley Plantation. A powerful testimony to the rich history of the antebellum south, Oak Alley invites visitors to explore all facets of her plantation past. The Slavery at Oak Alley exhibit, Civil War exhibit, Sugarcane Theater and Big House offer an experience as compelling as the plantation’s 25 historic acres and 300 year old alley of oaks.
Enjoy a South-ern Cajun/Creole buffet lunch in the plantations 19th century cottage. Experience a wonderful selection of traditional Cajun and Creole dishes.
Not to worry ~ you’ll be back in plenty of time to relax and dress up for your New Year’s Eve Gala! A cocktail reception gets the evening rolling, followed by a scrumptious holiday dinner and an evening of music and dancing! You will be carried joyously into the New Year! (Breakfast, Lunch, Cocktail Reception & Gala New Year’s Eve Dinner)
NEW YEAR’S DAY
Start the year off with a leisurely New Year’s Day Brunch served until 11:00 AM! Today is yours to explore ‘the big easy’! There’s so much to do on your own: the French Quarter is a wonderful walk, take in Jackson Square and the street artists, the Historic French Market, walk down Bourbon Street, along the way don’t forget to look into the beautiful court yards like Pat O’Brian’s famous for their Hurricane cocktail! If you prefer, perhaps take an optional Hop-On-Hop-Off tour and choose any of 18 stops to visit for as long as you like!
Dining is a passionate art form in New Orleans. Its restaurants and chefs are world-renowned and award-winning, so this evening dinner is on your own, your choice from fine dining to casual. New Orleans is also known as the birthplace of jazz, and it’s around every corner so explore, dine and enjoy!
(New Year’s Day Brunch)
CHOICE OF TWO TOURS
Option 1: National WWII Museum & Pontoon Bayou Swamp Tour
Telling 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 under-stand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learned plus the Final Mission: USS Tang Submarine Experience places visitors aboard the most successful submarine in World War II for its fifth and final war patrol on October 25, 1944. Guests relive the last epic battle of the USS Tang and feel a deeper appreciation for the bravery and sacrifice of those who served in the intense, confined world of underwater warfare.
Following the museum is a Pontoon Bayou Swamp tour ~ seeing ancient cypress trees, birds, snakes, racoons and alligators!
Option 2: New Orleans School of Cooking chef’s demonstration with lunch, plus a tour of Mardi Gras World!
New Orleans group tours
Mardi Gras World
Watch, learn & eat! Sit back and enjoy watching New Orleans skilled, entertain-ing chefs as they prepare you a classic Cajun / Cre-ole meal, while learning about the vibrant history of New Orleans cuisine!
Following lunch you’re off to visit to Mardi Gras World. Learn the history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, see the ‘float den’, where artists work year-round to build spectacular floats and props. You never get this close to the floats while they’re rolling in Mardi Gras parades, and this is certainly the only place to see how these amazing pieces come to life each year.
Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner at one of New Orleans finest restaurants ~ Arnaud’s! (Breakfast & Dinner)
NEW ORLEANS TO HOME
Following breakfast you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast)