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Itinerary

Day 1 | October 20 | New Orleans, LA

Welcome to the beautiful South. Tonight get to know your traveling companions and learn the basics of Louisiana cooking from well-known local chefs while enjoying dinner at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Wyndham French Quarter * Dinner Included

Day 2 | October 21 | New Orleans, LA

You will begin with a narrated tour of New Orleans which includes the beautiful Garden District, colorful River Walk and historic French Quarter with famous Bourbon Street. Then, climb aboard the iconic Steamboat Natchez for a “real New Orleans” experience, a Jazz Brunch Cruise. This two-hour cruise along the Mississippi River features traditional live jazz music by the talented Steamboat Stompers combined with a delicious and causal New Orleans Brunch. Tonight, enjoy free time on your own in the “Quarter” for dinner or maybe some beignets and coffee at Café du Monde. Wyndham French Quarter * Breakfast & Lunch Included

Day 3 | October 22 | New Orleans, LA

You begin the day at the National WWII Museum. Celebrate the American Spirit as you experience moving personal stories, historic artifacts and powerful interactive displays. From the Normandy invasion to the sands of Pacific Islands, the Museum salutes the optimism, courage and sacrifice of those who won the war and changed the world. Later, go behind the scenes at Mardi Gras World to see how these amazing floats are made. In the evening we are treated to dinner at the historic Court of Two Sisters. Located in the French Quarter, this restaurant has been a New Orleans standard for years. Wyndham French Quarter * Breakfast & Dinner Included

Day 4 | October 23 | White Castle, LA

We travel south of New Orleans today and embark on a narrated journey through the Louisiana swamp to see the vast wetlands, exotic wildlife, brilliant flora and the king of the swamp, the alligator. Then, we venture north into “plantation country.” We stop at the majestic Oak Alley Plantation, the impressive mansion whose twenty five acres of history and romance is dominated by the “alley” of 300-year-old live oak trees. Next is Nottoway Plantation Resort where a plantation dinner and overnight stay await. Nottoway Plantation Resort * Breakfast & Dinner Included

Day 5 | October 24 | Natchez, MS

After breakfast at the plantation, take a tour of this 1859 Greek Revival and Italianate-style mansion, which is the largest antebellum plantation house in the South. Later we stop at Rosemont Plantation, the family and boyhood home of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America 1861-1865. Tonight, dinner is a delicious buffet served at the Magnolia Bluffs Casino. Hampton Inn * Breakfast & Dinner Included

Day 6 | October 25 | Natchez, MS

Today our Southern experience begins at the Natchez Visitor Center to learn about Natchez, its history and the many antebellum and Greek Revival homes found here. Then, we set off to visit the impressive Longwood. The nation’s largest octagonal house, Longwood’s construction began in 1860 but was halted by rising tensions over the Civil War. While the exterior of this octagonal edifice is largely complete, only the home’s lowest level was finished. After your included lunch head over to your next museum home, the sprawling Stanton Hall. This palatial Greek Revival antebellum residence is elegantly furnished with period antiques and original Stanton family pieces. From its delicate arched millwork in the hall and parlors to the outstanding marble mantles and large pier mirrors, the home has infinite appeal. Hampton Inn * Breakfast & Lunch Included

Day 7 | October 26 | Baton Rouge, MS

You’ll make your way back to Louisiana and stop at the Delta Music Museum. Here, the focus is on the local Mississippi River Delta country rock and roll and blues musicians. Then you’ll continue to the river town of Baton Rouge for a visit to the Old Governor’s Mansion. Built by then governor Huey Long, the mansion shares many architectural similarities to the White House. Tonight, your Tour Manager hosts a farewell dinner. Drury Inn & Suites * Breakfast & Dinner Included

Day 8 | October 27 | Home

Bid a fond farewell to America’s Deep South with a group transfer to the airport in Baton Rouge. Breakfast Included

Mode of Travel

Pricing Per Person

  • $ 2,670 – Double
  • $ 3,525 – Single
  • Tour Price Includes: Round trip Transfers by Southwest Tour and Travel from Guaranteed Departure Points, Round trip Airport Transfers and Items Noted in Itinerary
  • Items Not Included in Tour Price: Round trip Airfare, Travel Protection, Airport Baggage Fees and Gratuities

Itinerary, Pricing and Availability are subject to change without notice. Tours are subject to energy surcharges and other factors beyond our control.

Departure Date

10/20/2019

Return Date

10/27/2019

Government Issued Photo ID Required for Air Travel

Tour Highlights

  • New Orleans School of Cooking (Class & Dinner) New Orleans Guided Tour
  • Natchez Visitors Center
  • Jazz Brunch Cruise
  • National WWII Museum
  • Mardi Gras World
  • Guided Swamp Tour
  • Oak Alley Plantation
  • Nottoway Plantation Resort
  • Jefferson Davis’ Boyhood Home
  • Longwood Plantation
  • Stanton Hall
  • Delta Music Museum
  • Old Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge
  • 7 Breakfasts / 2 Lunches / 5 Dinners

Hosted By: Mayflower Tours

Activity Level:

Moderate
Guests should be prepared to walk slightly longer distances, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing, for example on city walks, sightseeing, or ship excursions. The daily pace and timing can fluctuate significantly between longer and shorter travel days, with additional activities possibly occurring in the early morning or evening.