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Itinerary

Day 1 | Saturday, March 7| Marshall, MN to Kansas City, MO

Today is a travel day as you make your way to the Big Easy. You’ll arrive this evening in Kansas City in time for the fantastic 5:30 Kickback at the Drury, which provides complimentary cold beverages and hot food. Drury Inn & Suites

Day 2 | Sunday, March 8 | Kansas City, MO to Horn Lake, MS

Aboard your luxury motor coach you can relax and watch the scenery change as you approach the southern states. You’ll arrive in Mississippi tonight for an overnight stay. Drury Inn & Suites Memphis South * Breakfast Included

Day 3 | Monday, March 9 | Horn Lake, MS to Hattiesburg, MS

Your day begins at Graceland, Elvis Presley’s Home. Your self-guided audio tour features Elvis’ two custom airplanes, car museum, the Entertainer Career Showcase Museum, and full access to the Visitor Entertainment Complex. Comfort Suites * Breakfast & Lunch Included

Day 4 | Tuesday, March 10 | Hattiesburg, MS to Biloxi, MS

In Mobile, Alabama, explore at your leisure the USS Alabama Battleship and the submarine USS Drum. The USS Alabama earned nine battle stars while part of a strike force in the Pacific and the USS Drum earned 12 battle stars undertaking 13 missions in the Pacific Theater. There is also a touching tribute to those Alabamians that served in the armed forces in battles from WWII to Afghanistan. Arriving at Bellingrath Gardens & Home enjoy a delicious lunch at the Magnolia Cafe. After lunch explore the 65 acres of cultivated & landscaped gardens that surround the 1935 mansion and then visit the stunning 15 room, 10,500 square foot, furnished mansion. Beau Rivage Resort & Casino * Breakfast & Lunch Included

Day 5 | Wednesday, March 11 | Biloxi, MS to Bay St. Louis, MS

Before departing Biloxi, a step-on guide will join us for a Golf Coast Culinary Tour. You’ll begin with a tour of the city of Biloxi, followed by a Living Marine Adventure Cruise. This unique and historical cruise will take you along the protected waters of the Gulf’s shoreline and show you all the creatures that inhabit the coastal waters. Lunch will be a culinary demonstration with Julian Brunt at the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum. Your southern cuisine includes favorites such as Seafood Gumbo, Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya, and more. The tour concludes with a visit to the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum. The museum features exhibits on shrimping, oystering, wooden boat building, net making, and more to give you an authentic maritime experience. Silver Slipper Casino Hotel * Lunch Included

Day 6 | Thursday, March 12 | Bay St. Louis, MS to New Orleans, LA

You’ll arrive in New Orleans this morning for a New Orleans City Tour. Your step-on guide will take you through areas such as the French Quarter, Jackson Square, the French Market, and more. During the tour, your guide will share historical facts and amazing stories of New Orleans. There will be free time to have lunch and explore the French Quarter followed by a Swamp Tour. Your tour is conducted in the Manchac Swamp, on the safety and comfort of the covered boat, where you will see first hand alligators and other swamp inhabitants. Drury Inn & Suites

Day 7 | Friday, March 13 | New Orleans, LA

This morning at Mardi Gras World, tour the largest float designing and building facility in the world. More than 80 percent of the floats that journey down New Orleans’ streets during Carnival season are designed and built here. You’ll hear about the traditions surrounding Mardi Gras as well as the intricacies of designing and building floats. At the National WWII Museum this afternoon, explore on your own the exhibits that cover the epic and global scale of the war that changed the world. The museum is unique in the fact that it allows you to experience the war through the eyes of the men and women who lived it. Drury Inn & Suites * Breakfast Included

Day 8 | Saturday, March 14 | New Orleans, LA to Alexandria, LA

Arriving in Roanoke, Louisiana this afternoon you’ll stop at the Tietje Crawfish Pond for a visit to learn about crawfish habitat and how the harvesting process is done. Following is a stop at the Crawfish Co-op where a demonstration of cleaning, grading, and distribution is provided. Your last tour of the day is at Gator Chateau, home to rescued baby alligators. These gators are fostered here until they can be released back into their natural habitat. Yes, you will even get to hold one and have your picture taken! Hampton Inn & Suites * Breakfast Included

Day 9 | Sunday, March 15 | Alexandria, LA to Fort Smith, AR

Before leaving Louisiana, enjoy a guided tour of the Melrose Plantation. This is an Antebellum historic house museum in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana that is over two-hundred-years old. Learn about the families that lived here, the impact of the American Civil War, and the heritage and culture that has carried forward through the centuries. Hampton Inn * Breakfast & Lunch Included

Day 10 | Monday, March 16 | Fort Smith, AR to Omaha, NE

Today is a travel day as you leave the deep south, arriving in Omaha for the evening. Holiday Inn Omaha Southwest * Breakfast & Lunch Included

Day 11 | Tuesday, March 17 |  Omaha, NE to Marshall, MN

Your morning features a guided tour of Omaha. Your professional guide will present an overview of Omaha’s top points of interest including highlights such as the historic Old Market Entertainment District, Lewis & Clark Landing, Gold Coast District with St. Cecilia’s Spanish Cathedral, the theatre where actor Henry Fonda started his acting career, and much, much more. The tour concludes today as you arrive home late this afternoon. Breakfast & Lunch Included

 

Mode of Travel

Pricing Per Person Cash Or Check

  • $ 2,015 – Dble
  • $ 1,800 – Triple
  • $ 1,695 – Quad
  •  $2,695 – Single

 

Pricing Per Person Credit Card

  • $ 2,095 – Dble
  • $ 1,875 – Triple
  • $ 1,760 – Quad
  • $ 2,800 – Single

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Departure Date

03/07/2020

Return Date

03/17/2020

Tour Highlights

  • Graceland
  • USS Alabama Battleship
  • Bellingrath Gardens & Home
  • Biloxi Shrimping Trip
  • Biloxi City Tour
  • Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum
  • New Orleans City Tour
  • Swamp Tour
  • Mardi Gras World
  • Guided Tour & Mask Making
  • National WWII Museum
  • Crawfish Tour
  • Gator Chateau Tour
  • Melrose Plantation Guided Tour
  • Guided Tour of Omaha
  • 8 Breakfasts / 6 Lunches
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.