Get to know the 'birthplace of jazz' all dressed up for the holidays during your extended stay in the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans. Discover its unique flavors during a holiday cooking class featuring the popular dishes of the city. Visit the 19th-century Hermann-Grima house to learn about Creole holiday traditions. Learn the secrets of the city's famous French Quarter on a walking tour featuring St. Louis Cathedral and the French Marketplace. See trees draped in glistening lights on a train ride that takes you through the lit bridges, lagoons and gardens of Celebration in the Oaks. Enjoy lunch and a holiday-themed musical revue by the Victory Belles at the National World War II Museum. Head out to the swamp to enjoy a cruise tour of the bayous to learn about the history and ecology of this fascinating ecosystem. Celebrate the season like a local and toast your travel companions at a traditional Reveillon dinner at the Court of Two Sisters in the French Quarter. You will be taken on a delightful discovery through the sights, sounds and tastes of the eclectic city of New Orleans Holiday style!
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- 5 Days
|Day 1||New Orleans||New Orleans, Louisiana - Tour Begins: Step into a cultural melting pot in the 'Jazz Capital of the World' - New Orleans! This soulful city abounds with rich history, mouth-watering Cajun and Creole cuisine, and an incomparable soundtrack. And in December, the city sparkles with the season's pageantry and rolls out the red (and green) carpet!|
|Day 2||French Quarter||French Quarter: This morning, we'll visit the Hermann-Grima house for an old-fashioned Christmas. See the home as it appeared in the 19th century and learn about Creole holiday traditions. Afterwards, come to know the famous French Quarter during a walking tour featuring the majestic St. Louis Cathedral, one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. Perhaps you'll hear some carolers in Jackson Square as we make our way past the Pontalba, the oldest apartment building in the French Quarter. These historic structures will be dressed in holiday finery. Next, stop to taste a true New Orleans favorite - beignets at Cafe Du Monde. Then, explore Pirate's Alley and the bustling French Marketplace where you can find unique Christmas gifts and see a 30-foot tree topped by a Fleur de Lis! Spend the afternoon strolling around the French Quarter checking out the dazzling hotel lobbies and the antique shops on Royal Street. Tonight, roll up your sleeves and prepare to discover how to cook for the holidays New Orleans-style! During a demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking, your chef reveals everything that Louisiana cuisine offers. After dinner, the magic continues at Celebration in the Oaks, a New Orleans tradition, with a train ride that takes you through lit bridges, lagoons and gardens.|
|Day 3||New Orleans||New Orleans: This morning, set out on a locally guided panoramic tour. See the St. Louis Cemetery #3 which opened in 1854 and holds some of the most elaborate crypts found in the city's cemeteries. Then, relax during a drive along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain. This romantic road eventually leads to St. Charles Avenue, whisking you past gorgeous mansions as well as Tulane and Loyola, two world-famous universities. Then, enjoy lunch and a holiday-themed musical revue by the Victory Belles at the National World War II Museum. Afterwards, take a walk through history to learn about the American wartime experience.|
|Day 4||New Orleans||New Orleans: Today we take a drive along New Orleans' historic Esplanade Avenue. Then, journey through the Louisiana swamp on a cruise* narrated by your colorful captain. Learn about the history and ecology of this fascinating ecosystem while keeping an eye out for wildlife, including bald eagles, herons, turtles and alligators. Return to New Orleans and spend the remainder of the day at leisure to discover this great city your way. Tonight, celebrate the season like a local and toast your travel companions at a traditional reveillon dinner at The Court of Two Sisters in the French Quarter.|
|Day 5||New Orleans||New Orleans - Tour Ends: Your holiday tour of this captivating city comes to a close today.|
- Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans New Orleans, United States
- * NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.