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Discover the Wonders and Wilderness of the Last Frontier

Mighty Mississippi & Cajun Country

Experience the Sights, Sounds and Flavors of the Gulf Coast — from Bay to Bayou to the Mississippi Delta

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Mar 11 - Mar 18, 2018 | Oct 07 - Oct 14, 2018
8 days | 7 nights • 14 meals
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$1797

“Southern Hospitality” is just what you’ll find in this exploration of the Gulf region’s diverse cultural, culinary and natural attractions. Savor delectable meals in the Big Easy, including a lunch and cooking demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Explore historical life in towns and plantations along the Mississippi River, meet bayou country locals who earn a living from land and sea, and laissez les bons temps rouler in a thrilling excursion into the heart of Cajun country! Plus, two days in amazing New Orleans (The New York Times "52 Places to Go 2015")!

  • Discover the colorful city of New Orleans, its famous French Quarter, stately Garden District homes, the National WWII Museum, and more
  • Creole and cajun chef's cooking demonstration at New Orleans School of Cooking
  • Tour Rosedown Plantation with its impressive Greek Revival-style mansion and live oaks draped with Spanish moss
  • Carriage tour through historic Natchez, MS (Lonely Planet Best Places in the U.S.) and visit to Vicksburg National Military Park, one of the country’s most famous Civil War sites
  • Encounter diverse music traditions along the River and bayou, from Zydeco, cajun and creole to gospel, jazz, and Delta blues
  • Hear stories of life on a cotton plantation from Frogmore Plantation's Lynette Tanner
  • Visit a working alligator farm, and discover swamp birds, flora and fauna
  • Turn up the heat at the one and only TABASCO Pepper Sauce factory!
  • Climb aboard a real Mardi Gras float
  • Watch bayou family-run oyster, shrimp and crabbing operations
  • Tour Konriko Rice Mill—the oldest operating rice mill in the United States
  • Explore Avery Island Jungle Gardens and Bird Sanctuary, home to countless varieties of exotic plants and wildlife -- and watch out for gators!

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DAY 1–NEW ORLEANS FRENCH QUARTER

Welcome to The Big Easy! Get acquainted with your fellow travelers and meet your Discovery Director at tonight’s welcome reception. Relax and enjoy the first of two nights at our hotel, perfectly situated in the heart of the French Quarter.

DAY 2–VIEUX CARRÉ/CREOLE CUISINE/WWII MUSEUM

Enjoy a day in fabulous, multicultural New Orleans. Visit the famous French Quarter, see the stately homes of the Garden District and view some of New Orleans’ well-known cemeteries, with elaborate sculptures and decorative artwork. Next, explore the lives of American men and women who took part in WWII through letters, recruitment posters, weapons, models and film at the National WWII Museum. Enjoy a delectable dinner and cooking demonstration at the world-famous New Orleans School of Cooking. B, D

DAY 3–PLAQUEMINE LOCK/ROSEDOWN PLANTATION

Start the day learning about the historic lock at Bayou Plaquemine, an important artery into the heartland of Louisiana until 1952. After lunch, visit Rosedown Plantation, a Federal-Greek revival style great house set among live oaks draped with Spanish moss. Settle in for two nights at our hotel just steps from the Mighty Mississippi. B, L

Option: Glenfield Plantation

 Mrs. Marjorie welcomes us into her home for an evening of southern hospitality. D. Price Per Person: $45

DAY 4–NATCHEZ CARRIAGE TOUR/VICKSBURG CIVIL WAR LEGACY

An unforgettable experience awaits you after breakfast today at Vicksburg, MS, known as the “Red Carpet of the South.” Explore the city’s fascinating history and tour Vicksburg National Military Park— one of the most renowned Civil War sites in the country! After lunch, tour Natchez and experience “life along the Mississippi” with a horse-drawn carriage ride through the oldest city on the river. B, L

DAY 5–PLANTATION LIFE/ GOSPEL & CAJUN MUSIC/ LAFAYETTE

Find your seat in the original pews of an 1800s plantation church for an unforgettable musical adventure! Our Delta Music Tour of Frogmore Plantation features outstanding vocalists and historical narration that will give you a glimpse of plantation life. Next, we’re off to Cajun country to visit Martin Accordions. The Martin family demonstrates the fine art of crafting accordions, and some rousing creole, Cajun and zydeco music too! B, L

DAY 6–AVERY ISLAND/HOT STUFF/CONRAD RICE

Start today at Conrad Rice Mill—the oldest operating rice mill in the U.S.—and learn about its importance in Cajun cooking. Then, things “heat up” at the one-and-only TABASCO® Pepper Sauce factory. Hospitality Chef Lionel Robin shares secrets for recreating TABASCO®-inspired Southern cuisine, with four-course lunch included. After lunch, explore Avery Island Jungle Gardens and Bird Sanctuary, home to countless varieties of exotic plants and wildlife. Gorgeous herons and egrets nest here...you may also catch a glimpse of alligators! Unpack for two nights in Houma, gateway to bayou country. B, L

DAY 7–MARDI GRAS CREW/CAJUN LIFE

Today starts with a visit to the Hercules Krewe; you’ll learn about Mardi Gras and even be able to climb aboard a float. Next, a local guide shares the culture of Cajun country. We’ll hear about life aboard a shrimping boat and local sugar cane farming. This evening, enjoy a wonderful farewell dinner with your traveling companions. B, L, D

DAY 8–SWAMP TOUR/HOME

Before heading back toward New Orleans and home, visit a working alligator farm and venture into swamps filled with Spanish moss, Cypress trees and many wildlife species. B

Mar 11-18 | Oct 7-14

Price Per Person

Double: $1,797; Single: $2,285

Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $268/$228 night


DAY 3 Option - Glenfield Plantation

Mrs. Marjorie welcomes us into her home for an evening of southern hospitality. D. Price Per Person: $45

Average Temp

high 71°/low 46° March

high 82°/low 65° October

Time Zone

Central

Arrival Time

Schedule to arrive at our starting hotel by 5:00 p.m. on Day 1.

Departure Time

Schedule your flight home to depart after 2:00 p.m. on Day 8.

Airport-Hotel Shuttle

If you’re flying into Louis Armstrong International Airport, shuttle service is available from the airport to the hotel for $24.00 (per person, one-way) or $44.00 (per person, round-trip). At the conclusion of the tour on Day 8, the motorcoach will make a stop at the airport for those guests flying out and also make a stop at the starting hotel to drop guests if you drove or are staying post tour.  Should you stay post-tour, shuttle service return to the airport is on your own.  You will want to purchase a roundtrip shuttle transfer.  For more details or to make a reservation on-line, go to www.airportshuttleneworleans.com.

Vehicle Parking 

Self-Parking is complimentary at the starting hotel.

Walking Distance 

Moderate walking is required to fully enjoy this tour.

Currency 

US Dollar

Hotel Amenities 

Hair dryers, irons, ironing boards & coffee makers throughout tour. Exercise room and swimming pool available at most hotels.

Additional Information

Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further information approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing your final documents.

Updates

Updates to this document are available from our Discovery Reservations Team, and will be posted online at CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/LMS.

Travel Protection Available?

Yes, see CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/TravelProtectionPlan.

Terms & Conditions

Tour reservations are subject to the terms and conditions on our website at CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/terms.

Groups

Have a group? We can make your group's vacation cost-effective and easy, with discounts for groups as small as five and other benefits. Learn more at CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/groups.

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