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Self-Drive Louisiana & Mississippi - Jazzy Jambalaya Adventure

8 Nights Tour from £1,479 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

A fascinating fly-drive itinerary of just over a week long, touring the fascinating towns and cities around Louisiana. Begin and end in the fabulous city of New Orleans where you will enjoy the live music and delicious cuisine, then drive through the Deep South to discover magnificent plantation houses, battlefields from the Civil War and quaint towns.


Highlights

  • Enjoy the delicious Cajun cuisine of Lafayette and explore the authentically restored Cajun homes and churches of Acadian Village
  • Experience the excitement of New Orleans with live music on every corner, taking a walking tour to discover the charming French Quarter or a relax on a horse-drawn carriage tour
  • Explore the beautiful historic town of Natchez with its hundreds of majestic antebellum mansions and fascinating museums
     

Details

Day 1

Fly to New Orleans

Arrive in New Orleans and transfer independently to your hotel

Overnight: Holiday Inn New Orleans – Downtown Superdome

Day 2

New Orleans

Enjoy a full day of leisure in this great city. You can take a walking tour of the charming French Quarter, with its wonderful old buildings and beautiful courtyards. Visit Jackson Square, Royal Street, Bourbon Street and the many museums.

Overnight: Holiday Inn New Orleans – Downtown Superdome

Day 3

New Orleans – Baton Rouge (81 miles)

Leave New Orleans behind and drive through the unique landscape, sandwiched between Lake Pontchartrain and the mighty Mississippi River to the heart of the old South – Baton Rouge. Enjoy a lunch break at downtown Main Street Market and browse the shops. This afternoon you can take a free guided tour of the “New” State Capitol – the tallest state capitol building in the United States. Travel back in time at the Rural Life Museum to experience the lifestyles of the 18 and 19 centure rural Louisianans. Tonight you will stay at the South's largest antebellum mansion, Nottoway Plantation.

Overnight: Nottaway Plantation & Resort

Day 4

Baton Rouge – St Francisville - Natchez (92 miles)

Head out along Highway 61 towards Natchez, the oldest settlement in Mississippi. En route you can pause in the historic town of St Francisville and explore its quaint downtown, unique shops, historical homes and beautiful churches. There are several plantation houses on the way to Natchez that you could also visit, such as Rosedown, Greenwood and The Myrtles Plantation, one of America's most haunted homes. Continue to the charming historic town of Natchez, your home for the night.

Overnight: Guest House Natchez

Day 5

Natchez - Vicksburg (72 miles)

Natchez was founded in 1716 which makes it the oldest city on the Mississippi, and it was been beautifully preserved, boasting hundreds of antebellum mansions, some of which you can tour to enjoy a glimpse of southern life for the prosperous few. Then drive to Vicksburg National Military Park which commemorates the 1863 campaign. Drive the 16 mile tour road and discover over a thousand monuments, markers and plaques, including the largest burial site of the Civil War Union soldiers and sailors. Spend the night in Vicksburg, where you will find Southern culture and heritage blending with modern day attractions. Described by Abraham Lincoln as the “Key to the South”, this town really is the heart of the Civil War.

Overnight: Quality Inn Vicksburg

Day 6

Vicksburg - Natchitoches (170 miles)

Travel to the picturesque small town of Natchitoches, the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase Territory. Don’t miss the opportunity to taste the regional speciality of Natchitoches meat pie!

Overnight: Chateau Saint Denis Natchitoches

Day 7

Natchitoches – Alexandria - Lafayette (144 miles)

Drive back south through Alexandria, Ville Platte and Opelousas to Lafayette, the heart of Cajun Country where the Acadians settled starting in 1765 after their explusion from Acadie (present day Canadian Provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island). Today these "Cajuns" are famous for their joie de vivre, reflected in their dancing, music and spicy food. Take a walking tour of downtown to discover the landmark buildings, or drive to Acadian Village to tour authentically restored Cajun homes and churches, and learn how the early Acadian settlers lived.

Overnight: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette

Day 8

Lafayette – Cajun Country – New Orleans (135 miles)

Its just a short drive to New Iberia and Avery Island – the birthplace of Tabasco Sauce. Continue to Morgan City – “The Jumbo Shrimp Capital of the World” and Houma where you may want to take an optional boat tour deep into the swamp and bayou to see alligators and other wildlife. Continue along this scenic route until you reach New Orleans for your final night.

Overnight: Holiday Inn New Orleans – Downtown Superdome

Day 9

Depart New Orleans

Either drop your hire car at the airport to fly home or continue on to another fascinating city in America

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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