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The Sights, Tastes & Sounds of New Orleans

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Step into “The Big Easy,” a soulful city abound with rich history, mouth-watering cuisine, and an incomparable soundtrack.

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DURATION
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4 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
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About this holiday

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The majestic St. Louis Cathedral ad Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter

Take in a spirited jazz revue at a French Quarter jazz club. Enjoy a single-hotel stay in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter amidst jazz, streetcars, and an unmistakable joie de vivre.

Discover the region's unique flavours during a cooking class featuring the popular dishes of the city as well as dinner at The Court of Two Sisters. Spend time at either the poignant National World War II Museum or the festive Mardi Gras World. Learn the secrets of the city’s famous French Quarter on a walking tour featuring St. Louis Cathedral and the French Marketplace or explore the Historic New Orleans Collection and the Bevolo Gaslight Museum and Workshop. Head out to the swamp for a cruise tour of the bayous and learn about the history and ecology of this fascinating ecosystem. 

Inclusions

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Your tour includes:

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 6 Meals - 4 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners
  • An expert Tour Manager
  • Inclusions/Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Highlights include:

  • Explore the National WWII Museum and learn about the American experience in the war - OR - experience Mardi Gras World and come to know the history of this tradition whilst touring a working warehouse where artisans create spectacular floats for the famous parades
  • Join a local guide for a walking tour of the famous French Quarter - OR - visit the Historic New Orleans Collection and the Bevolo Gaslight Museum and Workshop
  • Journey through Louisiana's swamp county on a narrated cruise
  • Enjoy a panoramic tour of New Orleans featuring St. Louis Cemetery, opened in 1853
  • Indulge in a taste of a New Orleans favourite beignets at Cafe Du Monde
  • Enjoy dinner at The Court of Two Sisters
  • Learn to cook New Orleans-style at the New Orleans School of Cooking
  • Experience a spirited jazz revue at a jazz club in the French Quarter
  • Soak in the ambiance of the old South with a drive along St. Charles Avenue

Accommodation

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Royal Sonesta New Orleans, your home for the tour

Enjoy 4 nights accommodation at the Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans.

In the heart of the French Quarter on Bourbon Street, experience New Orleans the way it was meant to when you stay at the The Royal Sonesta Hotel. The hotel effortlessly combines timeless elegance and southern refinement, setting itself apart from other French Quarter hotels. The hotel is walking distance to the Mississippi Riverfront, the Central Business District and other famous attractions. Sonesta’s Art Collection fills the hotel and guest rooms, creating an exciting atmosphere.

Travel dates

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Please note that prices are subject to availability at time of booking and may change without notice.

  • from $2,499 per person twin share - land only
  • from $3,049 per person Single Traveller - land only

Pricing is based on travelling 24 April 2023.

Multiple departure dates are available in 2022 and 2023

Our experienced Travel Advisors can also happily help with flights, pre/post-tour accommodation and travel insurance. Call 1300 414 198 to learn more and request a quote.

Itinerary

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Day 1 New Orleans

Step into a cultural melting pot in the “Jazz Capital of the World,” New Orleans! Experience this soulful city abound with rich history, mouth-watering Cajun and Creole cuisine, and of course, an incomparable soundtrack.

  • Stay: Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans (4 nights)

Day 2 French Quarter

This morning, enjoy a panoramic city tour with a local guide. Start by seeing St. Louis Cemetery #3; opened in 1854, it holds some of the most elaborate crypts found in the city’s cemeteries. Relax during a drive along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain. This road eventually leads to St. Charles Avenue, whisking you past gorgeous mansions and two world-famous universities, Tulane and Loyola. This afternoon, it’s your choice! Take a walk through history at the National World War II Museum and learn about the American experience in the war -OR- celebrate the festive side of New Orleans at Mardi Gras World. Come to know the history of this tradition while touring a working warehouse where artisans create spectacular floats for the famous parades. Tonight, learn how to cook New Orleans-style! During a cooking demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking, your chef will indulge you in everything Louisiana cuisine has to offer.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3 French Quarter

It’s your choice! Introduce yourself to the city’s famous French Quarter on a walking tour that features such sights as the majestic St. Louis Cathedral and the bustling French Marketplace, where you’ll explore Pirates Alley and view the Pontalba -OR- explore the exhibitions and galleries at the Historic New Orleans Collection followed by a visit to the Bevolo Gaslight Museum and Workshop. Then, head to Café Du Monde for a taste of a true New Orleans favourite – beignets! This afternoon, explore more of New Orleans on your own, or you may choose an optional excursion to Oak Alley Plantation to explore the rich history of the Antebellum South.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 New Orleans

Set out on a drive along New Orleans’ historic Esplanade Avenue. Then, journey through the Louisiana swamp on a cruise* narrated by your captain. Learn about the ecosystem’s history and ecology while keeping an eye out for wildlife, from bald eagles to herons, turtles and alligators. Return to the city and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to discover more of New Orleans your way. You may opt to take a riverboat cruise on the mighty Mississippi. Tonight, immerse yourself in the flavours of traditional New Orleans during dinner at The Court of Two Sisters in the French Quarter. After dinner, discover for yourself why New Orleans is the “Birthplace of Jazz” during a roaring jazz revue at a local club in the French Quarter.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5 New Orleans

Your tour of this captivating city comes to a close today.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.

Questions

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Tour Fitness Level Recommendation - Level 2: This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground and cobblestoned streets.

Masks - Guests are required to bring their own personal protective equipment they are comfortable with using, as wearing a mask may be required during some parts of your tour experience.

Motor Coach - All surfaces will be sanitised often, including regular cleaning of high-touch areas with disinfecting wipes. Hand sanitiser will be available at all times and drivers will wear protective gear.

Will I need a passport? Passports are needed when travelling outside of your home country. Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip.

Will I need a visa? You are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your guided holiday. Depending on your nationality, you may need visas to enter certain countries included on your trip. Please note that obtaining visas can take up to six weeks prior to your departure. It is strongly advised that you consult your Travel Agent and the local Consulate or Embassy of the country you are visiting well in advance to determine which visas they require and how to obtain them.

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Fine print

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Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply

Ask about the tour operators cancel for any reason waiver. Cancellation Waiver financially protects you in the event you need to cancel or move your trip to a different date.

As of April 2021 all guests Travelling with Collette, regardless of destination or point of origin, must provide proof of one of the following to verify information you will be providing to Collette when filling out our Wellness Declaration upon arrival on tour:

  • Proof of Negative Covid-19 Test would include a verifiable negative FDA- approved diagnostic COVID test (electronic or paper) showing date and time of test, taken within 72 hours of the start date of your tour.
  • Proof of recovery from COVID-19 would include both a copy of a positive test result dated within 3 months prior to the end of your tour and also written documentation from your health care provider that you have been cleared to end quarantine. This written documentation must include your name and the date your positive test was performed.
  • Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is your official vaccination certificate (electronic or paper) and must identify your name and date of vaccination with final dose given at least 14-days before the start date of your tour.

You can rest assured that Collette has been operating tours in select regions where local government regulations permit travel and where proper health measures are in place to mitigate risk, protect our guests’ well-being, and ensure an enjoyable experience. We will notify you of necessary requirements for your destination prior to departure.