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New Orleans

EATING
DRINKING
MUSIC
HANGING OUT

 
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New Orleans Highlight Tour & French Quarter Music Festival

Spring 2016

April 9 - 12th 2016 - New Orleans French Quarter Festival


Highlight Tour Itinerary

The Ultimate Comback City
NEW ORLEANS IS SERIOURSLY HIP & COOL

Surely, you want to experience the excitement of the city and you can in a trip that combines all of the elements that makes up New Orlean’s DNA: 
…Easy Living…the music,the food , more diversity than any other US city
…The architecture with its distinctive ironwork
…The history… with all its struggles and drama
…Katrina…the hurricane that destroyed much of the city but not forever

Day l

New Orleans arrival. Transfer on your own to our hotel. Afteroon activities depend on your arrival time. We start with history and French Quarter Walking Tour.

Evening: Visit to Mayfield Jazz Club with small plates for dinner perhaps sliders and chocolate cake before jazz.

JACKSON SQUARE

Day 2

GARDEN DISTRICT WALKING TOUR WITH A DIFFERENCE
The engaging tour operator offers more…everyone gets to use their own folding seat.  He also offers bottles of water, a wrap if you are cold, umbrellas if it rains.  His command of the history of the area is impressive filled with anecdotes and debunking myths.

Lunch at Commander’s Palace with printed menus, place cards and flowers on the table sets the ambiance for the 3 hour plus feast. There are 25 cent martinis and a sample size sazerac, New Orleans favorite cocktail. Delicious food and impeccable service, of course.

Afternoon… Visit the Sydney and Walda Benthoof Sculpture Garden, the 5 acre garden In City Park, an area of calm and serenity, far removed from the craziness of Bourbon Street. Pines, magnolias and live oaks interspersed with 60 sculptures from notables such as Henry Moore, Robert Indiana and Louise Bourgeois.

Late afternoon: you might want to visit Tom Hank’s  inspired World War 11 Museum on your own or shopping at upscale Canal Street mall.

Day 3

Breakfast at Café du Monde with its famed beignets and café au lait
Cooking demo and lunch if scheduled (not every day)

Afternoon Tasting Tour: amazing gumbo at Antoine’s ; shrimp remoulade at Arnaud’s plus a visit to their small Mardi Gras Museum and other tastes plus best gelato.

Dinner at Revolution, top restaurant in the Sonesta Plaza hotel, fabulous food.

Day 4
Half day visit to 2 historic plantations:  Oak Alley & Laura with its fascinating history of Creole family. Lunch at one of plantations.

Evening … See the city sparkle  at night from the vantage point of a steamboat that cruises the Mississippi (optional)


Steamboat Natchez two hour nightime cruise of harbor

Day 5
Leave for home

Plantation visit: Oak Alley

Costs: $2800 4 night hotel room single private room, no single supplement at Royal Sonesta Hotel, nice size rooms, great location on Bourbon Street. All activities designated in itinerary. Lunch at Commander’s Palace is memorable and multi-hours. Gourmet dinner at the acclaimed Revolution restaurant in our hotel.

Not included: airfare to and from your home city, transfers to and from airport, breakfasts (there is a good coffee shop in hotel, lunches, wine and alcoholic beverages, coffee stops