Trip Type : Small Group Tour
New Orleans & Mississippi River Plantation Country 2019 tour

New Orleans & Mississippi River Plantation Country 2019

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
8 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Exclusive filmed on-tour Stories by Ken Burns vignettes
  • culinary experience at New Orleans School of Cooking
  • jazz reception and dinner at Arnaud's
  • exclusive streetcar tour
  • flightseeing
  • private jazz experience at Preservation Hall
  • visit to National WWII Museum with brunch & USO-style show
  • visits to pre-Civil War Mississippi River plantations
  • private presentation by environmental expert Nellie Watson
  • dinner at legendary Antoine's
  • private mint julep reception & mansion house dinner at Nottoway Plantation
  • alligator bayou boat tour
  • visits to LSU's Rural Life Museum
  • the New Orleans Jazz Museum and Baton Rouge's Old State Capitol

Short Description

Stories by Ken Burns - Tauck's 8-day New Orleans & Mississippi Plantation Country journey invites you to tour New Orleans and environs as an insider with Tauck Exclusives like Stories by Ken Burns, private demo at the New Orleans School of Cooking, an exclusive streetcar tour, flightseeing tour, a private jazz experience at Preservation Hall, a private farewell jazz reception and dinner at Arnaud's, an alligator bayou boat tour, five nights at historic French Quarter hotels and much more.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City New Orleans
End City New Orleans, LA

Travel Theme

Cultural 50 plus

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Trip Includes

  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - Filmed narratives by filmmaker Ken Burns tell the American story
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - A private culinary demonstration & lunch at the New Orleans School of Cooking
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - A private mint julep reception and mansion house dinner at Nottoway Plantation & Resort
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - Private streetcar tour with New Orleans resident along Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - Private presentation by expert Nellie Watson who shares insights on the unique environment of the New Orleans' basin
  • A private jazz experience at Preservation Hall, dedicated to the preservation of traditional New Orleans jazz
  • Flightseeing tour of New Orleans for views of the French Quarter, Mississippi River, canals, and wetlands, with commentary by your pilot
  • A step back in time during a stay at Nottoway Plantation & Resort, and lunch and a visit to Houmas House Plantation - key examples of restored pre-Civil War Mississippi River sugar plantations
  • Welcome dinner at legendary restaurant Antoine's in the heart of the French Quarter
  • Private farewell jazz reception and dinner at nearly century-old restaurant, Arnaud's
  • Visit to Mardi Gras World with a Carnival insider
  • Visit to the National World War II Museum, with brunch & USO-style show at BB's Stage Door Canteen
  • Discovery of the legacy of Huey P. Long at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge
  • Visit to the New Orleans Jazz Museum in the old US Mint
  • Living history experience at LSU's Rural Life Museum, re-creating Louisiana country life in the 18th & 19th centuries
  • Guided alligator bayou tour in an excursion boat
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 16 meals (7 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 5 dinners), service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive New Orleans

Tour begins: 5:15 PM at Hotel Monteleone. A transfer is included from Louis Armstrong International Airport to the Hotel Monteleone. Please join us for this evening's welcome cocktail reception at your historic hotel at the foot of Royal Street in the heart of the French Quarter, followed by dinner at Antoine's, a classic French Quarter restaurant a short walk away.

MEALS : D

LODGING : Hotel Monteleone

PORTOFCALL : New Orleans, LA

Day 2 Cooking School & Mardi Gras Insider

From the flavor of étouffée to the strains of jazz, tour New Orleans as an insider today with Tauck! Explore iconic Canal Street, the historic homes, boutiques and cafés of the Warehouse District, and the Mississippi River waterfront. Discover the French Quarter from venerable Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral and the Cabildo to the swirl of daily - and nightly - life along fabled Bourbon Street on a guided walking tour. Learn a few secrets of Cajun and Creole cuisine from the chefs of the New Orleans School of Cooking with a private cooking demonstration followed by a lunch you won't soon forget. Attend an exclusive-to-Tauck, private jazz experience at Bourbon Street's world-famous Preservation Hall... before a Mardi Gras insider takes you for a behind-the-scenes look at the city's traditional annual celebrations at Mardi Gras World. Then strike out to explore on your own this evening in the Big Easy!

MEALS : B, L

LODGING : Hotel Monteleone

PORTOFCALL : New Orleans, LA

Day 3 Flightseeing, a little jazz & more

Begin the day with a flightseeing tour of New Orleans for views of the French Quarter, Mississippi River, canals, and wetlands, with commentary by your pilot. Learn about the unique geological environment of New Orleans, America's only city situated below sea level, and its vulnerability to natural and manmade disasters at a private lecture by Nellie Watson, an expert on the interplay of humans, architecture and the environment. In the city that many consider the birthplace of jazz and the hometown of prominent jazz greats from Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and Sidney Bechet to Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr., you'll check out this uniquely American music's key role in New Orleans' cultural mix - and vice versa - on a visit to the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint in the French Quarter, where the focus is on jazz as an art form. And for dinner tonight, get a true taste of New Orleans' famous cuisine at a restaurant of your choosing.

MEALS : B, D

LODGING : Hotel Monteleone

PORTOFCALL : New Orleans, LA

Day 4 The bayou & Mississippi River plantations

Depart New Orleans this morning and head out into the countryside for an alligator bayou tour in an excursion boat with a local guide, then begin your discovery of Louisiana's "River Road" plantations with a visit to Houmas House Plantation and Gardens along the "big bend" of the Mississippi River. Named for the local Houmas Indians who owned the land until its purchase by planters in the mid-18th century, Houmas House was the heart of a working sugar plantation whose holdings once grew as large as 300,000 acres, and at its height in the late 1800s produced some 20 million pounds of sugar annually. A docent provides insider information on a guided historic house tour; have lunch at the plantation and stroll at your leisure through some of its 38 acres of exquisite gardens. Continue on to Nottoway Plantation & Resort - an 1850's sugarcane estate on the Mississippi's west bank that's home to the largest existing antebellum mansion in the South - where's you'll spend the next two nights. Your stay begins in style in the Mansion House with a guided tour and a private mint julep reception for Tauck guests only, followed by an elegant private dinner with accompanied by a string quartet in the White Parlor.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Nottoway Plantation & Resort

PORTOFCALL : White Castle, LA

Day 5 From rural life to Huey Long in Baton Rouge

Travel to Baton Rouge today and step back in time at the LSU Rural Life Museum, a living-history museum re-creating the lifestyles and folkways of rural Louisianans in the 18th and 19th centuries, featuring more than 30 historic buildings spread across 25 acres. Continue on to downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana's capital city, and learn about the life and legacy of Huey P. Long, Louisiana's controversial populist Governor of the 1930s, in a guided visit to the Old State Capitol. After lunch at a local restaurant, head back to Nottoway Plantation for an afternoon and evening spent as you please.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Nottoway Plantation & Resort

PORTOFCALL : White Castle

Day 6 Travel through Atchafalaya Basin and back to the Big Easy

From Nottoway Plantation, return to New Orleans this morning for another two-night stay in the Crescent City, which begins with a guided visit and time on your own at the National World War II Museum. This acclaimed institution, honoring the efforts of millions of everyday American men and women who contributed to the nation's war effort in World War II on both the battlefront and the homefront, is situated in the neighborhood of the New Orleans factory that produced the ubiquitous Higgins boats, which played a key role in Allied amphibious assaults throughout the war. Your visit begins with a viewing of the award-winning "4-D" multi-media experience Beyond All Boundaries, produced and narrated by Tom Hanks and featuring the voice talents of a Who's Who of Hollywood actors including Brad Pitt, Viola Davis, and more; brunch accompanied by an entertaining USO-style musical show at the museum's BB's Stage Door Canteen, featuring cuisine by The American Sector restaurant; and time to explore the museum's many state-of-the-art exhibits at your own pace. Late this afternoon, check into your stylish accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, on Canal Street in the French Quarter, then spend an evening as you please in this unique American city.

MEALS : B, L

LODGING : The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans

PORTOFCALL : New Orleans, LA

Day 7 Gardens, a private streetcar & more jazz

Visit more iconic destinations as you continue to tour New Orleans with Tauck today. Begin with sightseeing in the Garden District, whose National Historic Landmark district preserves historic mansions dating from the 1830s to about 1900, reflecting the prosperity of their wealthy builders prior to and following the Civil War, as well as the city's antiques district. Then hop aboard an authentic New Orleans streetcar for another Tauck Exclusive - a private streetcar tour along Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue, accompanied by a New Orleans resident. Return late morning to your hotel, and spend the rest of the day exploring more of New Orleans at your leisure. Tonight, experience more of the best of the Cresent City as you head to celebrated Arnaud's Restaurant to bid adieu to "Nawlins" with a Tauck Exclusive, private farewell jazz reception, followed by dinner at this French Quarter institution.

MEALS : B, D

LODGING : The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans

PORTOFCALL : New Orleans, LA

Day 8 Journey Home

Tour ends: New Orleans. Fly home anytime. A transfer to Louis Armstrong International Airport is included from The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans. Allow at least 2 hours for flight check-in. Meals B

MEALS : B

PORTOFCALL : New Orleans, LA

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