Step into a cultural melting pot in the “Jazz Capital of the World:” New Orleans! Experience this soulful city abound with rich history, mouth-watering Cajun and Creole cuisine, and of course, an incomparable soundtrack. Discover great music and incredible food on this special departure featuring tickets to the internationally renowned Jazz Fest!
This morning, enjoy a panoramic city tour with a local guide. Start by seeing St. Louis Cemetery #3; opened in 1854, it holds some of the most elaborate crypts found in the city’s cemeteries. Relax during a drive along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain. This road eventually leads to St. Charles Avenue, whisking you past gorgeous mansions and two world-famous universities, Tulane and Loyola. This afternoon, it’s your choice! Take a walk through history at the National World War II Museum and learn about the American experience in the war -OR- celebrate the festive side of New Orleans at Mardi Gras World. Come to know the history of this tradition while touring a working warehouse where artisans create spectacular floats for the famous parades. Tonight, immerse yourself in the flavors of traditional New Orleans during dinner at The Court of Two Sisters in the French Quarter.
It’s your choice! Introduce yourself to the city’s famous French Quarter on a walking tour that features such sights as the majestic St. Louis Cathedral and the bustling French Marketplace, where you’ll explore Pirates Alley and view the Pontalba -OR- explore the exhibitions and galleries at the Historic New Orleans Collection followed by a visit to the Bevolo Gaslight Museum and Workshop. Then, head to Café Du Monde for a taste of a true New Orleans favorite – beignets! This afternoon, experience a music lover’s dream with your included tickets to the famous New Orleans Jazz Fest, a celebration of the world’s greatest music. Spend the remainder of the day celebrating the rhythms and discovering this great city your way.
Set out on a drive along New Orleans’ historic Esplanade Avenue. Then, journey through the Louisiana swamp on a cruise* narrated by your captain. Learn about the ecosystem’s history and ecology while keeping an eye out for wildlife, from bald eagles to herons, turtles, and alligators. This afternoon, take in the sights and sounds of New Orleans’ famous Jazz Fest with another included ticket. Tonight, learn how to cook New Orleans-style! During a cooking demonstration at the New Orleans School of Coooking, your chef will indulge you in everything Louisiana cuisine has to offer. After dinner, discover for yourself why New Orleans is the “Birthplace of Jazz” during a roaring jazz revue at a local club in the French Quarter.
Your tour of this captivating city comes to a close today.