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NEW ORLEANS AND THE OLD SOUTH

posted Aug 14, 2015, 1:34 PM by Sheila Weber

INCLUSIONS:

Motor coach • 10 nights lodging (three in New Orleans’ French Quarter) • 19 meals • photo stop at the Arch • extended break at Graceland • narrated tour of Vicksburg Battlefield • narrated tour of Natchez with mansion tours (ante bellum – pre-civil war mansions) • Natchez Pagent • cotton plantation tour • dinner and dancing at Pont Breaux • alligator/swamp tour • Mardi Gras World • carriage tour of the French Quarter • dinner cruise aboard the paddle wheeler “Natchez” • narrated tour of New Orleans • New Orleans School of Cooking • National WWII Museum • free day in New Orleans • Bellingrath Gardens • Grand Ole Opry.  Baggage handling for one suitcase (per person) at all lodging. Note:  Taxes are included on all included features

 

Please Note:  All times and inclusions are subject to change due to weather, crowds, traffic, etc.

Price per-person:

Double: $2,090.00                 Triple $2,040.00         Quad: $1,990.00        Single: $2,770.00

 

tchez with mansion tours (ante bellum – pre-civil war mansions) • Natchez Pagent • cotton plantation tour • dinner and dancing at Pont Breaux • alligator/swamp tour • Mardi Gras World • carriage tour of the French Quarter • dinner cruise aboard the paddle wheeler “Natchez” • narrated tour of New Orleans • New Orleans School of Cooking • National WWII Museum • free day in New Orleans • Bellingrath Gardens • Grand Ole Opry.  Baggage handling for one suitcase (per person) at all lodging. Note:  Taxes are included on all included features

 

Please Note:  All times and inclusions are subject to change due to weather, crowds, traffic, etc.


 NEW ORLEANS and the OLD SOUTH

Thursday, March 10 – Sunday, March 20

 

Thursday, March 10

Put down the shovel and pack your bag…we’re off for 11 days of fun…with a bit of history thrown in!  Lunch is included along with Drury Inn’s “Kick Back” (free food and drinks) in Collinsville, IL.

 

Friday, March 11

Bags out and breakfast included!  Have your cameras ready, there’s a photo stop at the Arch in St. Louis – and a break to follow at the Golden Arches!  Lunch is on your own today and I’m making it fast food so we can pick up a bit of extra time for our afternoon break at Graceland (Elvis’ home) in Memphis…still got those cameras close by?  Lodging tonight is in Jackson, Mississippi, the capital city!

 

Saturday, March 12

Bags out and breakfast included!  Most folks don’t realize that the battle for Vicksburg and Gettysburg were at the same time.  The difference being Vicksburg was a siege.  We’re joined by Myra Logue for our narrated tour of the Vicksburg battlefield.  Lunch and a short drive have us in another historical city, Natchez.  Often called the “Athens of the South”, Vicksburg was at one-time home to more millionaires than New York City (when cotton was king).  We’ll tour several of those plantation homes before we enjoy a bit of real southern cookin’ and charm in Natchez.

 

Sunday, March 13

Bags out and breakfast included!  We’ve lined up work for all of you this morning – have you ever picked cotton?  Just kidding! But we are going to learn the ins and outs of cotton picking on our plantation tour.  We’ll do brunch on a casino riverboat before we see Natchez in our rearview mirror (the boat is not cruising).  It’s the Drury Inn in Lafayette for our overnight and it’s one of the most fun nights on any Home Spun tour at Pont Breaux’s Cajun Restaurant – wear your dancing shoes.  We’re even buying the first drink (and dinner, of course).

 

Monday, March 14

Bags out and breakfast included.  Time for more pictures…of alligators…on our included swamp cruise.  We’re into New Orleans for lunch at the Riverwalk before we enjoy a narrated tour of Blains Mardi Gras World; it’s where they make the parade floats.  Boy, are you gonna get your eyes opened.  Our lodging is in the historic French Quarter for the next 3 nights.  But hold on, we’ve got carriages picking you up for a narrated tour of the Quarter and they’ll drop you off at the pier for our included dinner cruise aboard the paddle wheeler, Natchez.  How’s that for a fun day?

 

Tuesday, March 15

Breakfast included – NO bags out!  This morning we’re joined by another Home Spun Tours’ favorite, Michael, for our narrated tour of this historic city.  There will be some walking, especially in the cemetery, yes, the cemetery!  Michael also knows his way around a kitchen – he’s the lead chef for the New Orleans School of Cooking and he’s cooking our lunch with insights that just may be the highlight of your stay in the Crescent City.  WWII history this afternoon at the D-Day Museum, can’t wait to share Tom Hanks’ introductory video presentation with you.  The balance of the day is free – dinner is on your own.

 

Wednesday, March 16

 No bags – No breakfast!  Yes, I am kidding.  I’ve got a coupon for beignets and coffee at another New Orleans tradition, the Café de Monde (use it at your leisure 24-hours a day).  Then enjoy a free day in America’s most unusual city – your tour manager will point you in your desired direction.

 

Thursday, March 17  HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

Bags out and breakfast included!  Our route follows the Gulf Coast; I’ll show you the casinos in Biloxi on our way to beautiful Bellingrath Gardens for a tour and lunch (there is some walking to see all of the gardens).  A drive through Mobile and we’re on I-65 headed to Wind Creek Resort and Casino in Atmore, Alabama.  Their unbelievable buffet dinner is included (and so is a bit of free play in the casino if you’re interested – good luck!)

 

Friday, March 18

Bags out and breakfast included.  Believe it or not, today’s drive is the prettiest of the tour.  We’re headed to Nashville, The Drury Inn and the world’s longest running radio show, The Grand Ole Opry!

 

Saturday, March 19

Bags out and breakfast included.  The big cities of Louisville and Indianapolis are just drops in the bucket to our destination – Chicago!  Tonight’s lodging is our flagship hotel, the Hyatt in the Chicago suburb of Deerfield.  Cocktails and dinner at your leisure are included.

 

Sunday, March 20

Can you remember seeing so much and having so much fun in just 11 days?  That’s why we took you along and now it’s time to take you home.  Breaks, lunch and a lot of drop offs conclude our last day on the road!

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