Listen...do you hear the Louisiana Bayou and New Orleans beckoning? Answer the call this September as we venture into the swamps, find some spice at the Tabasco factory, and explore all that the New Orleans and Frech Quarter have to offer. Sink back in time with plantation tours and roam around the capital city, Baton Rouge.
Roundtrip Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
On-board Friendly Host
8 Nights Hotel Accommodations
Luggage Handling (1 piece of luggage per person)
13 Meals (8B / 5D) including:
-Dinner at Pont Breaux Restaurant in Beaux Bridge
-Dinner at Ralph & Kacoos
-Dinner at New Orleans School of Cooking
-Dinner at Tujagues in the French Quarter
Local Guides & Gratuities
Jean Laffite Acadian Center
Swamp Cruise from McGees Landing
Baton Rouge State Capitol Building Tour
Hughie "Kingfish" Long Memorial Gardens
Oak Alley Plantation
Guided Tour of New Orleans to include:
- The French Quarter
- Jackson Square
- St. Louis Cathedral
- The Cabildo
- Pontabla Buildings
- Café du Monde
- The French Quarter
- The Superdome
- An Above-Ground Cemetery
- The Garden District
Mardi Gras World
Free Time in New Orleans & The French Quarter
World War II Museum
$2575pp Double / $3300pp Single
Non-members add $50
Deposit & Final Payment:
A $250 deposit per person is required within one week of reservation. Payment is due in full by August 3, 2020.
No refunds will be issued after August 3, 2020. Travel protection is available; please call to inquire. We encourage the purchase of the travel
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Day 1: Monday, September 20, 2021
Join us this morning from the available departure location of your choice, meet your friendly on-board host, and get cozy as we depart for the Louisiana Bayou! There will be rest and refresh breaks along the way as we make our way south today, as well as a stop for lunch, on your own. Tonight, we will be overnighting just across the Missouri border in Blytheville, Arkansas! Enjoy dinner, on your own, at a nearby restaurant.
Day 2: Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Welcome to Louisiana!
After breakfast at the hotel this morning, we will continue south and arrive in Louisiana, home of Bayous, Creoles, Cajuns and Good Times! We arrive in Lafayette, the fourth-largest city in the state. Its cultural oasis on the bayou blends the contemporary sophistication of a cosmopolitan city with a unique heritage and culture that is hard to find anywhere else! Lafayette is known for the University of Louisiana Lafayette (they even have LIVE alligators on campus!), Cajun cuisine and for having the second largest Mardi Gras celebration. Check in to the hotel where we will be staying for the next two nights.
This evening, enjoy an included Welcome Dinner at a restaurant with some local flair.
Day 3: Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Lafayette Area Sightseeing
Begin your day with a visit to the town of Crowley this morning to see where both rice and crawfish are grown in the same location. Unlock the mystery of farming both rice and crawfish in this tour and enjoy quite the experience on the Cajun Prairie of Southwest Louisiana! Then it is off to learn more about the Acadians who migrated from eastern Canada in the 1750’s and their ultimate travel to Louisiana at the Jean Lafitte Acadian Center. Here you will learn who the Acadians are as well as how and why they migrated to Louisiana. Many Acadians lived in the bayou country where they hunted, fished, trapped and lived off the bounty of the Mississippi River delta and soon became known as Cajuns as they adapted to their new home and its people.
Of course, when you think of Cajun food, you immediately think about the spice that is involved, and most generally the use of some Tabasco. We make our way to the Tabasco Museum to see how this world-famous hot sauce is made on Avery Island. Here you will not only see the museum, but also the pepper greenhouses, barrel warehouse, the blending and bottling as well as the salt mine diorama and more! If you like Tabasco, you definitely do not want to miss the Tabasco Country Store where you can purchase every Tabasco item produced there from hot sauces, barbecue sauces and even Tabasco suckers! There are many items that are sold only at the country store.
Later visit the Martin Accordion Factory. These accordions are handmade in Lafayette for over 30 years by the Martin family. Professionals and beginners alike rely on their squeezeboxes night after night to provide the sweet, rich sound that Cajun and zydeco is known for. Enjoy a group tour to learn the history and amazing craftsmanship of this amazing instrument. We end the evening with dinner at the original Pont Breaux Restaurant in Beaux Bridge, known to be one of the best Cajun restaurants in the area with Cajun music and dancing!
Lafayette Area Sightseeing
This morning it’s time to visit McGee’s Landing for a tour through one of the most unique wildernesses on earth. Get ready for a tour of a lifetime through moss-draped cypress trees and where graceful egrets perch just out of the reach of lingering alligators! Here you’ll explore the diverse natural beauty and rich ecological systems of America’s largest and most mysterious swamp ecosystem, the Atchafalaya Basin Swamp. Pronounced “uh-CHA-fuh-LIE-uh,” the Atchafalaya gets its name from the Choctaw phrase for “Long River.” An unmatched American wilderness, this swamp encompasses 1.4 million acres—an area bigger than the state of Delaware—between Lafayette and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Learn from a native Cajun, from their personal experiences, what it is like to live on a houseboat or to survive off the swamp all while pointing out the abundant plants of the area and getting you up close and personal with the wildlife!
Once you’ve learned all about the swamp, alligators and lifestyles of the Cajuns, we depart for St. Francisville to visit the Myrtles Plantation. This unique antebellum home, built in 1796, is considered to be the most haunted in all of Louisiana. Surrounded by centuries-old live oak trees, the mansion features a 125-foot verandah, exquisite ornamental ironwork, hand-painted stained glass, open-pierced frieze work crown molding, Aubusson tapestry, Baccarat crystal chandelier, Carrara marble mantels, gold-leafed French furnishings and, so they say, ghosts!
We continue on to the state capital, Baton Rouge with a visit to the 34-story state capitol building, the tallest capitol in the U.S. and completed in only 14 months in 1932! See the memorial gardens dedicated to the former governor and senator Huey P. “Kingfish” Long who was assassinated in 1935 in this building that he had built. Be sure to take in the beautiful cityscape views on the 27th floor Observation Deck overlooking the city of Baton Rouge. While in Baton Rouge, we also visit the Louisiana Museum before checking in to our hotel for the night and having dinner this evening at Ralph & Kacoo’s.
Day 5: Friday, September 24, 2021
Plantation Exploration Day
Today we will travel along the famed River Road to the beautiful Laura Plantation. Here you can step into the lost world of Laura Gore and her Creole family, the Duparc-Lecoul’s, tour the Big House, walk the grounds, step inside an authentic 1840s slave cabin and explore the museum. What is Creole? It’s the non-Anglo-Saxon culture and lifestyle that flourished in Louisiana before it was sold to the United States in 1803 and then continued to dominate South Louisiana until the early decades of the 20th century. Learn more about the Creole people and their lifestyle while touring this beautiful former sugarcane plantation listed on the National Register of Historic Places due to its many complete structures. It is also said that the charming Brier Rabbit stories originated here as well.
Later, we visit another plantation, the absolutely breathtaking Oak Alley Plantation located on the west bank of the Mississippi River. Named for its distinguishing visual feature, an alley of double row southern live oak trees that were planted in the 18th century, long before the mansion was built and runs between the home and the river. Oak Alley is also known for the many productions filmed here as well.
We then continue on to New Orleans, where we check in to the Astor Crowne Plaza for the next three nights. It’s a great location right on the edge of the French Quarter and an easy walk from many attractions, restaurants, and nightlife. This evening, dinner will be at the New Orleans School of Cooking where you can sit back and enjoy watching the skilled, entertaining chefs prepare us a classic Cajun/Creole meal while learning about the vibrant history of New Orleans cuisine!
Day 6: Saturday, September 25, 2021
Sightseeing in the Big Easy
After enjoying breakfast this morning, meet our local guide for a tour of the “Big Easy.” Sights along the way include the French Quarter, Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, Pontabla buildings, the famed Café du Monde, the French Market, the Superdome, one of the many above ground cemeteries, the Garden District and more! This afternoon you will tour Mardi Gras World and learn how the magnificent floats are prepared for the annual Madi Gras parades.
The remainder of the afternoon is yours to explore on your own in this vibrant city. Go back to some of the attractions you saw on your tour, spend some time along the Riverwalk, watch the street entertainers along Jackson Square and be sure to be on the lookout for Doreen Ketchens and her magical clarinet. She is one of the first and few female bandleaders in New Orleans performing Dixieland and traditional Jazz and can often be found with her band on Royal Street in the French Quarter. Have some chicory coffee and a fresh, hot, powdered sugar dusted beignet at Café du Monde, have the best muffuletta sandwich in all of New Orleans at Central Grocery. This evening, have dinner, on your own, at one of the very many restaurants available to you and perhaps take in a little bit of the nightlife music.
Day 7: Sunday, September 26, 2021
A New Orleans Kind of Day
This morning visit the World War II Museum constructed in honor of James Higgins, the creator of the Higgins landing craft. This museum illuminates the American experience during World War 11 and is ranked the #1 attraction in New Orleans. You will also see how it brings history to life with moving personal stories and powerful interactive displays. It is definitely a place not to miss and is continually growing. While there, you will also see “Beyond All Boundaries,” an incredible 4D cinematic experience narrated by Executive Producer Tom Hanks. Its effects are very impacting and leaves a very lasting, memorable impression.
The rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you wish exploring the wonders of the French Quarter. Perhaps you might like to take a riverboat excursion out on the Steamboat Natchez, or at least watch her depart and enjoy the lilt of the calliope music she plays. The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is also located down by the riverfront off of the French Quarter immersing you in an underwater world with the colors of the Great Maya Reef in a walk-through tunnel, see the penguins, southern sea otters and many other creatures too. Their 400,000-gallon Gulf of Mexico exhibit is absolutely amazing.
After your explorations, we gather together as a group to enjoy a farewell dinner at Tujague’s, the second-oldest restaurant in the French Quarter with food that is amazing! Enjoy the rest of your last evening in New Orleans on your own.
Day 8: Monday, September 27, 2021
Bid Farewell to the Bayou.
You’ll depart New Orleans after breakfast this morning and begin your journey home. Say farewell to the good times on the bayou as your Louisiana tour concludes. We will continue on north, overnighting in Sikeston, MO at the Drury Inn and Suites. Here you can enjoy the included Kickback Reception with complimentary drinks and food. Dinner is on your own at a nearby restaurant, if you so choose.
Day 9: Tuesday, September 28, 2021
After a hot breakfast at the hotel this morning, we board the motorcoach for home. We will stop for rest & refresh breaks, as needed, along the way. Enjoy your time with the new friends you’ve made on this great tour of the Louisiana Bayou and laugh about the many new memories you have all made along the way!
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Davenport, IA CASI|| 1035 W Kimberly Road |
Center for Active Seniors
|Ft. Madison, IA|| Ft. Madison Prison Industries Parking Lot |
1st Street & Avenue E
|Mediapolis|| Mepo. Foods |
111 N. Wapello Rd.
|Muscatine, IA|| Muscatine - Wal*Mart 3003 US-61 |
|Wapello, IA|| Wapello, Jack N Jill on Hwy 61 |
503 US 61, Wapello, IA
|West Burlington|| West Burlington, IA Westland Mall |
South Lot by AmericInn
|Departure Date||Pick-up Time||Drop-off Time|