Mar 9 - A morning departure has you heading for your first overnight's lodging. After check-in, enjoy dinner on your own in the local area. (Please pack an overnight bag.)
Mar 10 - After breakfast, check out and continue to your next overnight stop. Dinner is on your own. (Please pack an overnight bag.)
Mar 11 - After breakfast, check out and depart for the Cajun Country of New Orleans, also known as the Big Easy". Upon arrival, you will check into the Hampton Inn Convention Center. This evening you will enjoy a delicious dinner at one of New Orleans' popular restaurants.
Mar 12 - Enjoy breakfast, then depart on a guided tour of New Orleans and its historic sites. You will also enjoy a visit to the National World War II Museum which focuses on the contribution made by the US to victory by the Allies in WW II and the Battle of Normandy in particular. The museum's main section focuses on the War in the Pacific and the War against Germany. There is also a special area on the Normandy Invasion and on Higgins Industries of New Orleans that designed and built the amphibious landing craft. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the area at your own pace. Dinner will be at on of the popular restaurants in New Orleans.
Mar 13 - Following breakfast, enjoy a tour of the Houmas House Plantation & Gardens - "The Crown Jewel of Louisiana's River Road". Sugarcane was farmed here on tens of thousands of acres, and it became the largest producer of sugar in the country. The mansion and grounds have been thoroughly restored and enhanced to reflect the opulent lifestyle and grandeur of the successful sugar barons who once lived here. Guides in period dress offer an entertaining glimpse into the resplendent world of southern plantation life through Houmas House. Spend the afternoon exploring some of New Orleans' attractions on your own. Enjoy some shipping and lunch on your own in the French Quarter, New Orleans most popular neighborhood and one of the best preserved historical neighborhoods in America. The French Quarter features a strong, lasting Spanish and French influence and is home to the best-know party street in New Orleans ... Bourbon Street. This evening enjoy a cooking demonstration and dinner at the New Orleans School of Cooking.
Mar 14 - After breakfast, depart for Harrah's Casino where you can spend a few hours trying your luck at the slots and other games of chance. Afterwards, you will enjoy a spectacular luncheon cruise aboard the Natchez on the mighty Mississippi River. Dinner is on your own this evening.
March 15 - Enjoy breakfast, then check out and travel to your overnight stop for check-in. (Please pack an overnight bag.) Dinner is on your own this evening.
Mar 16 - Enjoy breakfast, then check out and depart for your last overnight lodging. Dinner is on your own in the local area. (Please pack an overnight bag.)
Mar 17 - Enjoy a continental breakfast, then check out and prepare for your departure home with lasting memories of your journey into the deep South, Cajun Country of New Orleans.
This itinerary is approximate. The exact times, days and destinations may vary due to unforeseen circumstances.