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Join Our State as we immerse ourselves in the distinctive charisma and colorful cultures of the French Quarter and nearby Cajun Country February 20-26, 2022.

Package Includes:

  • •Round-trip airfare — Raleigh/Durham or Charlotte Douglas International Airport
  • •11 meals: six breakfasts, five dinners
  • •Wine and beer reception
  • •Professional tour director
  • Our State host
  • •Motor coach transportation
  • •Hotel transfers
  • •All admissions per itinerary
  • •All sightseeing per itinerary
  • •Baggage handling at hotels

Itinerary Highlights:

  • •Three nights in French Quarter
  • •French Quarter tour
  • •Steamboat Natchez cruise
  • •Café du Monde
  • •Dinner at The Court of Two Sisters
  • •New Orleans School of Cooking
  • •New Orleans city tour
  • •Longue Vue House and Gardens
  • •Garden district
  • •Baton Rouge
  • •Natchez area tour
  • •Dinner at antebellum mansion
  • •Two antebellum mansions
  • •Bayou cruise
  • •Martin Accordions
  • •Acadian Cultural Center, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
  • •Avery Island, home of TABASCO® Sauce
  • •Pont Breaux’s dinner

Itinerary:

DAY 1: ARRIVE NEW ORLEANS

Arrive in New Orleans for a three night stay in the exciting French Quarter. Tonight, enjoy a wine & beer reception followed by a welcome dinner with your fellow Our State travelers at The Court of Two Sisters, one of the French Quarter’s most famous restaurants. (D) Overnight: New Orleans

DAY 2: NEW ORLEANS — FRENCH QUARTER

This morning, enjoy a French Quarter walking tour featuring the St. Louis Cathedral with adjoining Cabildo and rectory, Bourbon Street, Pirates Alley, and the French Marketplace. Next, visit the famous Café du Monde to enjoy café au lait and beignets. Later, board the Steamboat Natchez for a relaxing Mississippi River Cruise. This evening, enjoy dinner with your fellow Our State travelers at the famous New Orleans School of Cooking. After dinner, catch an included jazz performance at a jazz club like Preservation Hall or similar in the French Quarter. (B,D) Overnight: New Orleans

DAY 3: NEW ORLEANS CITY TOUR

Today, enjoy a New Orleans City Tour. Visit the Garden District, which features one of the best preserved collections of historic southern mansions in the United States. Visit the Longue Vue House & Gardens, a National Historic Landmark. The ever-changing gardens provide an inspiring destination year-round to learn about native plants and flowers. Also, stop to view an above-ground cemetery, which are both historic & hauntingly beautiful. This afternoon, travel outside of New Orleans to visit the Oak Alley Plantation, one of the state’s most visited antebellum homes. During your visit, enjoy a Mint Julep, a traditional Southern cocktail. Later, enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers at a New Orleans area restaurant. (B,D) Overnight: New Orleans

DAY 4: NEW ORLEANS — BATON ROUGE — NATCHEZ

Travel to the capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge. Stop at the new state capitol building to view the Art Deco architecture and hear stories about the state’s most famous politician, Huey Long. Then visit the Louisiana State Museum featuring thematic exhibits on the diverse aspects of Louisiana history, industry, and culture. Later, motor coach into Mississippi and arrive in Natchez, a beautiful town that captures the charm and elegance of the historic south with its antebellum mansions. Tonight, enjoy a Southern experience with an antebellum mansion dinner & tour in the Natchez area. (B,D) Overnight: Natchez

DAY 5: NATCHEZ — LAFAYETTE, LOUISIANA

This morning, enjoy a Natchez area tour to learn about the area’s amazing pre-Civil War history. Then visit another beautiful Natchez antebellum mansion. Later, cross into Louisiana to explore fascinating Cajun Country, founded in the 18th century by French-speaking exiles from Canada. Today, the region features a unique blend of French, Creole, and Caribbean influences. This afternoon, enjoy an eerie Bayou Cruise, a true Louisiana experience. (B) Overnight: Lafayette

DAY 6: CAJUN COUNTRY TOURING

Discover Cajun Country. First, visit the Acadian Cultural Center at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve to learn about the life of this famous pirate and unlikely patriot. You’ll also hear about the area’s Acadian heritage and the natural resources of Louisiana’s Mississippi Delta region. Later, visit Martin Accordions, the famous shop that has been building hand-made accordions for Cajun & Zydeco musicians from around the world for more than 30 years. Enjoy a shop tour and demonstration to learn more about Cajun culture & music. Then travel to Avery Island for a Tabasco factory tour, home to the world-famous Louisiana hot sauce. Tonight, enjoy a fun-filled farewell dinner at Pont Breaux’s, famous for its Cajun cuisine & sounds. (B,D) Overnight: Lafayette

DAY 7: LAFAYETTE — NEW ORLEANS — HOME

Today, depart Lafayette and transfer to the New Orleans Airport for your flight home.

Accommodations:

6 Nights of Hotel Stays

  • 3 Nights – Maison Dupuy, Bienville House, or Wyndham French Quarter, New Orleans
  • 1 Night – Hotel Vue or Natchez Grand Hotel Natchez, Mississippi
  • 2 Nights – DoubleTree Lafayette, Lafayette

Register

$2,799 per person with a booking discount. (Double occupancy)
$2,999 per person regular rate. (Double occupancy)
$725 single supplement

For reservations and more information:
Premiere World Discovery
Melissa Grant
(877) 953-8687, ext. 238 (Pacific Time)
mgrant@premierworlddiscovery.com

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What to expect on an Our State trip:  Traveling with a group of Our State readers is an enriching, enjoyable, and safe way to experience new cultures, people, and places. In addition to the informative narration from the tour director and local guides, an Our State host will be available to assist in making your trip successful. We usually fly to our destination, then travel by a comfortable motor coach with anywhere from 35 to 50 people who appreciate learning about new regions. Your entire trip will be guided, planned, and arranged for your upmost enjoyment. Many activities are things you can only do because you are traveling with Our State. There is some free time built in for you to explore on your own. You can also choose not to attend an activity if you prefer something different. Please let your tour director know if you are not coming on a scheduled day. Many meals are included. Where you have meals on your own, suggestions will be provided. Most of the motor coaches have restrooms but every effort will be made to make regular rest stops. One of the best parts of traveling with Our State is that you will meet new people, many of whom you will already have much in common with since most travelers read the magazine. Many guests often develop friendships that go on long after the tour is finished. Our State trips are generally filled with dynamic and friendly people. Physical requirements: Our tours are physically active but not meant to be strenuous. Please be aware you will be on your feet, walking and standing for much of the day, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions and terrains. There will also be extended time on the motor coach when we travel from place to place. If there are any mobility issues you will need to have an able-bodied traveling companion to accompany and assist you. We regret that we’re unable to provide individual assistance to guests with walking difficulties or other personal needs. The responsibility of the Trip Director who accompanies your trip is to ensure that the larger group enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing individual assistance to any one guest. Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it. If you have additional questions, please call Our State’s Travel Director Amy Wood Pasquini at 336-286-0600, or email apasquini@ourstate.com.