New Orleans and Cajun Country

New England Fall Adventure

  • 10 Days | 18 Meals
  • Multiple Dates
  • $2,499

Discover New England hospitality and scenic highlights on one of Sunrise Tours’ all time most popular excursions

New Orleans and Cajun Country

Louisiana’s enchanting small-town culture combined with upbeat, playful and downright delicious New Orleans!

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Mar 11 - Mar 17, 2023
8 days | 7 nights

Experience the unique heritage and warm hospitality of New Orleans and Cajun Country! Travel to the spectacular Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, the crown jewel of Louisiana’s River Road. Visit Cajun Prairie Country and get ready for stories of local folklore, the history of crawfish farming and an authentic crawfish boil at Kelly’s Landing.

On the way to New Orleans, make a stop at Greenwood Gator Farm for a boat cruise into the Bayou cypress swamp and a demonstration of the fascinating industry of Alligator Farming. Start the following day with a magical tour of Mardi Gras World to see where the colorful and world-renowned Mardi Gras floats are constructed. Experience the Old-World ambiance of New Orleans as our local guide highlights the distinctive history, customs and architecture of this romantic city. Travel home with a new appreciation for the people, rich culture and traditions of the southern states of Louisiana and Mississippi.

    • Enjoy the Memphis melting pot of Delta blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, R&B and gospel
    • Stroll the formal gardens of a grand Houmas House Estate
    • Experience the unique French dialect “Cajun French” of the Acadian region
    • See the French Quarter, the world-renowned historic heart of New Orleans
    • Try a beignet, enjoyed best fresh and hot!

DAY 1: MEMPHIS

Leave winter behind as we head south to the “Home of the Blues”. Enjoy dinner on Beale Street and overnight in Memphis. D

DAY 2: HOUMAS HOUSE PLANTATION

Travel to the spectacular Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, the crown jewel of Louisiana’s River Road. A costumed hostess will be your guide through the 16-room antebellum estate filled with period antiques and Louisiana art. Walk outside amongst the majestic ancient oak trees, lush gardens filled with vibrant flowers, fountains, ponds and sculpture as well as the charming garconniere. Enjoy dinner at The Carriage House on the property and overnight in Lafayette. B, D

DAY 3: LAFAYETTE CAJUN COUNTRY

Our History Alive! walking tour guide will take you back in time with entertaining stories of Crowley’s founding fathers and how it evolved into the community they love today! Enjoy an optional local Jambalaya lunch before visiting Supreme Rice and the German Heritage Museum. You will complete your Cajun experience in the heart of Cajun Prairie Country at Kelly’s Landing. Get ready for stories of local folklore, the history of crawfish farming and an authentic crawfish boil and gumbo meal personally prepared by Kelly. B, D

DAY 4: ACADIA CULTURE

Visit the Acadia Cultural Center and then on to costumed interpreters at Vermilionville, a heritage and folk-life museum. The Village boasts original buildings and artifacts which reflect early Acadian life. Greenwood Gator Farm will take you on a boat cruise into the Bayou cypress swamp and demonstrate the fascinating industry of Alligator Farming. Are you brave enough to hold a gator? Continue to New Orleans for a three-night stay at the Drury Plaza with enough time for exploring in the Big Easy. B, Hot Apps

DAY 5: NEW ORLEANS DOWNTOWN

Start the day with a magical tour at Mardi Gras World to see where the colorful Mardi Gras floats are constructed then get an up-close look at how Cajun cuisine is made with a demonstration class and lunch at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Prepare to dive into the French Quarter of the 1800s and learn how to build drinks from the famous Mr. Boston guide as you explore on-your-own the newest gem of New Orleans, The Sazerac House. Take an optional Cocktail Walking Tour (additional expense) through the most iconic part of New Orleans, the French Quarter or enjoy free time to relax. B, L, Hot Apps

DAY 6: NEW ORLEANS AND MORE

Experience the Old-World ambiance of New Orleans as our local step-on guide highlights the distinctive history, customs, and architecture of this romantic city. Visit a local cemetery to learn of their unusual burial practice. See the elegant homes in the Garden District with their columned porches and mighty oaks. Visit the #1 attraction in New Orleans: The National World War II Museum. Explore various Galleries at your own pace and experience the popular Beyond All Boundaries 4-D Movie. Cap the evening with dinner at Tujaque’s on Decatur Street, the Grande dame of New Orleans. B, D

DAY 7: JACKSON TO MEMPHIS

Of course, no visit to New Orleans is complete without a chance to purchase beignets and coffee at the iconic Morning Call Coffee Stand (additional expense). Enjoy the sweetness and memories of New Orleans as we depart the Crescent City. Experience the power of the Movement, see engaging artifacts and hear stories from people who fought for civil rights at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Enjoy the gentle rolling hills of Northern Mississippi before beginning our journey home with an overnight in Memphis. B, Hot Apps

DAY 8: RETURN HOME

Travel home with a new appreciation for the people, unique culture and traditions of the southern states of Louisiana and Mississippi. Return to St. louis/Kansas City, MO. B

Dates:

  • Departure: March 11, 2023
  • Return: March 17, 2023

Pricing:

  • Double: $2,199
  • Triple/Quad: $1,879
  • Single: $2,719

*Travel prices per person

Luggage:

Pack your comfortable walking shoes! On Day 3, we take the subway to Battery Park and explore Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty with the rest of the day free to explore the Big Apple .

Orange luggage tags are provided and are to be placed on your “checked luggage” (large bag). You do not need a tag for your carry-on bag, for which you will be responsible for taking on and off the coach. There is limited space in the cabin of the coach, so unless you require your carry-on bag while traveling, we will stow it in the luggage compartment.

Important Information:

New reservations will require a $250 per person deposit unless otherwise noted. As always, your deposit is still fully refundable for any reason until final payment. We are happy to accept cash, check (preferred) or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover) for your deposit.

Throughout 2021 we limited capacity on all our tours. This policy was so overwhelmingly popular by Sunrise travelers, we have made it permanent. In 2022 and beyond, we will limit the capacity on our motorcoaches to 80%. Most Sunrise Tours travel on 50-seat coaches with extra legroom, which means guests will enjoy extra legroom AND at least 6-8 empty seats. In the rare cases when we charter a 55-seat coach, there will be at least 10 open seats on the bus.

Our popular on-board refreshment service on travel days will feature a variety of soda, beer, wine spritzers, juices and sparkling water choices served in recyclable aluminum cans. This is a safe and eco-conscious way for us to deliver the ever-popular Sunrise Tours “happy hour” on tour. We do not typically serve bottled water and ask that while on tour you be responsible for your own hydration and consider the Sunrise Tours drink service a welcome refreshment.

Terms and Conditions:

Please refer to our policies HERE for more information on our terms and conditions.

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