7 Day New Orleans & Cajun Country

$1209
Land Only
$1599*
Air & Land
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7 Day New Orleans & Cajun Country
Hotel Provincial New Orleans, LA
Hilton Baton Rouge Baton Rouge, LA
DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette Lafayette, LA
Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown/French Quarter New Orleans, LA

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2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
$1949* $1529
  $1209 $1629*
$1939* $1529
  $1209 $1619*
2018 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
$1909* $1579
  $1269 $1599*
$2179* $1579
  $1269 $1869*
$2179* $1579
  $1269 $1869*
$2179* $1579
  $1269 $1869*
$2179* $1579
  $1269 $1869*
$2239* $1639
  $1319 $1919*
$2179* $1579
  $1269 $1869*

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

It is recommended that passengers select flights that arrive no later than 5 pm on Day 1.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, and you will encounter some uneven or wet surfaces.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Monday - Arrive in New Orleans
Arrive in New Orleans, birthplace of jazz and home of the first Mardi Gras parade, lovingly referred to as the "Big Easy"; transfer to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Drink with your fellow travelers, followed by a briefing with your Tour Manager on the wonderful adventure that awaits you. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7PM on the day of arrival. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5PM on Day 1 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible
Overnight: New Orleans

DAY 2, Tuesday - French Quarter Tour
Enjoy the sights and sounds of New Orleans on your walking tour of the iconic French Quarter, the oldest neighborhood in the city. Stop at historic Jackson Square, to see the city's lovingly preserved historic buildings, including St. Louis Cathedral. Visit the unique Presbytere, with a colorful past of its own, built on the residence of Capuchin monks. Enter the museum with its exquisite collection of Mardi Gras artifacts and memorabilia; the story of New Orleans Mardi Gras tradition is dynamically told by a high-tech interactive exhibit. The rest of the day is yours to continue exploring this vibrant city. Or, join the optional afternoon tour to the Laura Creole Plantation, a fascinating glimpse into the daily life of an 18th century plantation, with a dramatic and in-depth look at one Creole family. Tonight's Welcome Dinner toasts your arrival in New Orleans
Optional: Half Day Laura Creole Plantation (PM)
Overnight: New Orleans
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - City Tour of New Orleans, Highlights of Baton Rouge
Today, continue through New Orleans, you will drive through several distinctive neighborhoods before heading out of town towards Baton Rouge, the jewel of Louisiana and its capital city. Built on the hunting grounds of Native Americans and ultimately settled by French explorers, it's a city of extraordinary history and contrasting cultures. Upon arrival, visit the new Louisiana State Capitol Building; its main entrance displays symbols of all of the States in order of their admission to the U.S. From the 27th floor Observation Deck, see the panorama of the city and the storied Mississippi River. After lunch on your own, continue to the Capitol Park Museum to see the unique thematic multimedia presentation that presents Louisiana's diverse history. Tonight, perhaps try one of the restaurants in the city center for dinner, with cuisines ranging from French to Creole and Cajun. Or, a truly unique experience awaits you on the optional tour to the Nottoway Plantation that includes dinner in a turn-of-the-century dining room with splendid views. This grand "White Castle" survived the Civil War to become the largest remaining antebellum mansion in the South, now restored to her days of glory
Optional: Nottoway Plantation with Dinner
Overnight: Baton Rouge
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Thursday - Boat Tour in the Atchafalaya Basin, Lafayette in Cajun Country
Your day begins with an exciting Swamp Boat Ride through moss-draped trees in the magical Atchafalaya Basin, the largest wetland in the U.S., with countless different species of birds and native wildlife. While you coast along this tributary of the Mississippi, perhaps you'll spot some of the local alligators that call this home. Afterwards, on to the living history museum and folk life park of Vermilionville on the banks of the Bayou. Here, the culture of the Acadian, Native American, and Creole cultures from 1765 to 1890 are preserved. A delicious Creole lunch is served before you tour the many attractions and restored homes. Stop to watch demonstrations by local artisans of essential crafts practiced by early settlers. Then, on to the famed Martin Accordions Company where the family displays their distinctive accordions along with a lively musical performance. Continue to Lafayette in the heart of Louisiana's Cajun Country. Evening is at leisure to explore on your own or join the optional Cajun Dinner with Entertainment at a popular restaurant that raises its own crawfish and grows fresh herbs
Optional: Cajun Dinner with Entertainment
Overnight: Lafayette
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Friday - Avery Island, New Orleans
Today drive to Avery Island, source of the world-famous Tabasco sauce. At the Visitor's Center, taste this peppery sauce, learn how it's made and packaged, and leave with recipes to take home. Stop in Thibodaux for a tour of a local distillery. Your guide will explain the steps taken during the distilling process. Conclude the visit with tastings of some of the products. Depart for New Orleans, where you will have lunch on your own upon arrival. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure exploring New Orleans. See the open-air French Market, reminiscent of lively European markets. From food and music to arts and crafts, this market is a shopping experience that is uniquely New Orleans. Tonight is at leisure. It's a perfect opportunity to listen to jazz at Preservation Hall, see the nightlife on Bourbon Street, shop for souvenirs, or indulge in a superb dinner at a trendy restaurant
Overnight: New Orleans
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Saturday - Full Day New Orleans
On your last day in New Orleans, leisure time to soak up the magic of this city independently, or join a fantastic optional full day tour that surely will enhance your Louisiana experience. This morning, partake in a unique behind-the-scenes look at New Orleans Mardi Gras; see the hard work and planning that goes into this grand event. Visit the massive studio that houses the astonishing parade floats and learn more about the history of this festive tradition. Mardi Gras in New Orleans is one of the greatest parades on earth! You will have plenty of opportunities for photos with props or in a costume, so bring your camera! Enjoy lunch at local New Orleans restaurant. Afterwards, an authentic paddle-wheel steamboat cruise ends your day on the colorful Mississippi. You'll be whisked away to a bygone era! Enjoy live jazz music while viewing the amazing panorama of New Orleans' skyline! Tonight, a very special evening starts with a cooking demonstration that will reveal the secrets of preparing classic New Orleans specialties. After, take part in a Farewell Dinner and share wonderful memories together with your newfound friends
Optional: Full Day Mardi Gras Experience with Jazz Cruise*
Overnight: New Orleans
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday - Return Home
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*The optional Full Day Mardi Gras Experience with Jazz Cruise will not be available on all departures.

Virgin Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

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Optional Tours

The Laura Plantation delivers a unique and involved view of daily life on an 18th and 19th century plantation; A complete cultural history of Louisiana's Creole population, and a dramatic, in-depth look at one Creole family. Your tour will begin at Maison Principale, built in 1805, into its raised basement and galleries, and into men's and women's chambers & offices, service rooms and common rooms. This portion of the tour spotlights the charmed but tragic lives of the plantation's inhabitants, viewing the heirlooms and personal effects of the family. You will be introduced to numerous Creole traditions and examine the skilled craftsmanship of enslaved artisans. The visit continues to the main grounds of the plantation, surrounded by sugarcane fields and main buildings, including the Jardin Français, the kitchen garden, and Laura's new BananaLand. This places visitors at the exact locations where stories recalling the sobering events of human slavery happened. You will continue on to see a series of 1840s slave cabins where sugarcane workers lived until 1977 and where the ancient west-African folktales of Compair Lapin, better known as the legendary rascal Br'er Rabbit, were recorded.

Included are round-trip transfers from your hotel to Laura Plantation. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #2 01 Oct 2017 - 30 Apr 2018 $59.00
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This evening, depart Baton Rouge for Nottoway Plantation. Built in 1859 for John Hampden Randolph, one of Louisiana's most successful sugar cane planters, visit one of the South's largest remaining antebellum homes. During your visit to Nottoway, enjoy a tour of the mansion's interior and history, lead by a friendly and knowledgeable guide dressed in antebellum attire. Complete your visit by experiencing fine dining on the property. Nottoway Plantation is sure to be a memory that you will treasure for a lifetime!

Included are round-trip transfers from your hotel. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #3 01 May 2017 - 30 Apr 2018 $75.00
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Tonight, enjoy a dinner out on the town. Tonight's experience will present you with an opportunity to go out and embrace the Cajun culture. Enjoy fantastic food, unique ambiance, and mesmerizing music of Acadian's finest. Sit back and enjoy the local food, or kick up your heels and join in the fun. Surrender yourself to a simpler lifestyle, and the Cajun "joie de vivre" will steal your heart.

Included are round-trip transfers from your hotel. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #4 01 Oct 2017 - 30 Apr 2018 $45.00
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Partake in a unique behind-the-scenes look at New Orleans Mardi Gras; see the hard work and planning that goes into this grand event. Visit the massive studio that houses the astonishing parade floats and learn more about the history of this festive tradition. Mardi Gras in New Orleans is one of the greatest parades on earth! You will have plenty of opportunities for photos with props or in a costume, so bring your camera! Enjoy lunch at local New Orleans restaurant. Afterwards, an authentic paddle-wheel Steamboat Cruise ends your day on the colorful Mississippi. You’ll be whisked away to a bygone era! Enjoy live jazz music while viewing the amazing panorama of New Orleans' skyline! Return to your hotel.

Included are round-trip transfers from your hotel. Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #6 01 Oct 2017 - 30 Apr 2018 $90.00
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