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Day 1 | February 15 | Flight to New Orleans, LA

Welcome to New Orleans, Louisiana, America’s jazz capital. Tonight’s welcome dinner and cooking demonstration is at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Located in a renovated molasses warehouse in the heart of the French Quarter, you will learn the basics of Louisiana cooking from well-known local chefs. Creole/Cajun experts teach New Orleans specialties such as Gumbo, Jambalaya and Pralines, and season them with history, trivia and tall tales. It’s a “ga-ron-teed” good time for all. After dinner, feel free to enjoy the French Quarter on your own. Evening Accommodations at Wyndham French Quarter * Dinner Included

Day 2 | February 16 | New Orleans, LA

You will begin with a narrated tour of New Orleans today. See the sights you’ve heard about for years such as the historic French Quarter, the beautiful Garden District, the colorful River Walk along the Mississippi and famous Bourbon Street. See New Orleans as the city prepares for the biggest celebration of the year, Mardi Gras, with its colorful costumes, parades and parties. In the afternoon pay a visit to the National WWII Museum. This remarkable attraction illuminates the American experience during the WWII era. 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.  Evening Accommodations at Wyndham French Quarter * Breakfast Included

Day 3 | February 17 | New Orleans, LA

This morning we learn what goes into the making of the Mardi Gras parade floats. Since 1947, the artists of Blaine Kern Studios have been bringing Mardi Gras to life, creating many of the parade floats, from concept through completion. The colors, the lights, the music, the “joie de vivre” is all in one magical place, Mardi Gras World. You’ll get a behind the scenes look at the world’s largest fleet of carnival floats…everything that goes into making Mardi Gras such an international phenomenon. Later, we will see a Mardi Gras parade from reserved bleacher seats and cheer on the “Krewes” who sponsor the floats. Delight in their ornate costumes and royal courts and try to catch some of the gold, purple and green beads thrown at you from the floats. Be sure to sample Kings Cakes, a traditional Mardi Gras
treat! Evening Accommodations at Wyndham French Quarter * Breakfast Included

Day 4 | February 18 | New Orleans, LA to Biloxi, MS

Resting proudly along the gulf coast sits Beauvoir Mansion, the last home of President Jefferson Davis. Built by a wealthy plantation owner the mansion was completed in 1852 and Davis purchased it a number of years later to pen his Civil War memoirs. Today, the home houses Davis’ Presidential Library as well as the Beauvoir Confederate Cemetery which contains 771 graves of Confederate veterans and their wives. Later, you’ll arrive at the fabulous Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, a waterfront resort which means “beautiful shore” in  French. Enjoy two glorious nights at this luxurious retreat where you can shop in the Promenade, dine in the many restaurants providing a variety of local and international cuisine, enjoy entertainment or intimate nightclub gigs. You can also put Lady Luck on your side in the casino with table games, video poker and 2,100 slot machines. Evening Accommodations at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino * Breakfast Included

Day 5 | February 19 | Biloxi, MS

Today you will visit Bellingrath Gardens, one of the South’s most beautiful gardens. See why this delightful garden was named the 2004 Top Public Rose Garden by the All-America Rose Selections. Experience the Bayou Boardwalk, marvel at Mirror Lake and the Asian-American Gardens. Tour the Bellingrath Home, with its original furnishings and decorative arts. Built in 1935, the 10,500 square foot home was designed by prominent architect, George B. Rogers in a style he called “English Renaissance.” Later, you’ll return to The Beau Rivage for a sumptuous farewell dinner. Evening Accommodations at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino * Breakfast & Dinner Included

Day 6 | February 20 | Flight Home

Following breakfast, you’ll travel to New Orleans for your flight home. Breakfast Included


Mode of Travel  

Pricing Per Person Check or Credit Card

  • $1,885 – Double
  • $2,595 – Single
  • Tour Price Includes: Roundtrip Transfers by Southwest Tour and Travel from Guaranteed Departure Points, Roundtrip Airport
    Transfers in New Orleans, Hotel Accommodations, Tours and Meals as Noted
  • Items Not Included in Tour Price:
    Airfare, Travel Insurance, Baggage Fees and Gratuities

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Tour Highlights

  • French Quarter
  • Guided Tour of New Orleans
  • National WWII Museum
  • Mardi Gras World
  • New Orleans School of Cooking
  • Pre-Mardi Gras Parade
  • Beauvoir Estate
  • Bellingrath Gardens & Home
  • 5 Breakfasts / 3 Dinners
Hosted by Southwest Tour and Travel Tour Director 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.