7 Days / 6 Nights
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$50 Per Person Deposit due upon Signing – deadline February 25, 2018
Waterloo, Marshalltown, Grinnell, and Coralville
Price Per Person:
$1,160 Double / Occupancy
$1,580 Single / Occupancy
$1,140 Triple / Occupancy
$1,120 Quad / Occupancy
INCREDIBLE SPECIAL PRICE for our 2018 New Orleans & Mansions Tour includes:
- Motorcoach Transportation – NEW
- 6 nights lodging with 4 consecutive nights in New Orleans French Quarters – Hotels: Drury Inn-Sikeston (1 nights, Four Points by Sheraton-FRENCH Quarters, New Orleans, (4 nights), Drury Inn-Jackson(1 night)
- Luggage Handling at Four Points by Sheraton
- 9 meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 Lunch and 2 dinners
- Guided Tour of New Orleans
- Tour National World War II Museum
- Tour of Mardi Gras World
- New Orleans School of Cooking Demonstration w/Private Chef
- Tour Myrtles Plantation, known as antebellum splendor, and “one of America’s Most Haunted Homes”
- Free time on own to explore New Orleans Vieux Carre Historic District, otherwise known as the French Quarter
- Tour the Laura Plantation, restored historic Louisiana Creole plantation
- Louisiana Swamp Boat Tour
- Optional: Ghost Tour – $25
- Gratuity for New Orleans Step-on Guide
- On-Board Tour Director
Day 1: Saturday, March 24 – Welcome Aboard! We’ll depart our pick up locations for a nice ride across the states to our first enroute hotel (Drury Inn) in Sikeston, MO. Lunch enroute. Free Dinner at Drury Inn Evening Kickback or on own at Ruby Tuesday nearby.
Day 2: Sunday, March 25 – Enjoy a nice Hot Quikstart Breakfast at our hotel before traveling onto our hotel in New Orleans for four nights at Four Points by Sheraton in the FRENCH QUARTERS. Lunch en route on own. The French Quarter, also known as Vieux Carre – or the “Quarter” to locals, sits on a crescent in the Mississippi River on some of the highest ground in New Orleans. Not only I this the city’s cultural hub, but it is a community where residents take time to reminisce with neighbors about times gone by and to welcome visitors in the streets. Intimate and unique, New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood has exerted a spell over writers and artists since Mark Twain, Lafcadio Hern and John James Audubon. We will then have a free evening to enjoy the French Quarter with Dinner on own.
Day 3: Monday, March 26 – Enjoy a Continental breakfast at hotel before departing for a comprehensive city tour of New Orleans. After, we’ll tour the National World War II Museum. Formerly known as the D-Day Museum, tells the story of the American Experience in the war that changed the world – why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today. Lunch on own, then enjoy a guided tour of Mardi Gras World. A 300,000 square foot working warehouse where floats are made for Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans. This is an insider’s view of how Mardi Gras is made, including a video on the history of Mardi Gras and background on the real traditions of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Then we will travel to the New Orleans School of Cooking where a Chef will prepare 4 Louisiana dishes for a Dinner (Pre-Paid) served to us at the end of class! At the end, we will return to our hotel to relax or enjoy the New Orleans atmosphere. OR join us on an OPTIONAL Ghost Tour of New Orleans! For an additional $25 per person, we will go to real, haunted locations. Learn about the rich, haunted history of New Orleans and the ghost legends, witches, Voodoo and vampires!
Day 4: Tuesday, March 27 – We will have a Continental breakfast at our hotel before departing for a Guided Tour of Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, LA. Surrounded by centuries-old live oak trees, the mansion features a 125-foot verandah, exquisite ornamental ironwork, hand-painted stained glass, open-pierced frieze work crown molding, Aubusson tapestry, Baccarat crystal chandelier, Carrara marble mantels, gold-leafed French furnishings and GHOSTS. At first glimpse, the home and its environment envelopes one with a complete sense of peace and tranquility. Then we’ll enjoy some Free time and Lunch on own in St. Francisville, filled with numerous shops and restaurants. After, we’ll return to New Orleans, time to relax and freshen up before departing for our (Pre-Paid) Dinner.
Day 5: Wednesday, March 28 – Enjoy a Continental breakfast at hotel. Then we will depart for Laura Plantation. We are invited to enjoy a cultural tour experience unlike anywhere else in the United States. Here, on the banks of the Mississippi River, in the middle of New Orleans Plantation Country, at one historic farm, surrounded by fields of sugarcane, you will find the difference that exemplifies Creole Louisiana. We’ll take a guided tour of the newly restored Big House, its raised basement and galleries, men’s and women’s parlor’s, service rooms, and common rooms; a guided tour of the 200-year-old sugar plantation homestead with a visit into the 3 gardens: Jardin Francais, the kitchen potager, and BananaLand Grove; and a guided tour of one of their slave cabins, built in 1840, where the ancient west-African tales of Compare Lapin, better known in English as “Br’er Rabbit”, were recorded. Lunch (Pre-Paid) at B & C Seafood Riverside Market & Cajun Restaurant. After lunch, we will depart for our Louisiana Swamp Boat Tour. See the Cajuns of the Bayou living and surviving in harmony with the swamps. Here, the waterways are their highways. From the relaxed comfort of our covered Swamp Boat Tour, we will drift slowly past a 2000 year old Indian Burial Mound, a Cajun cemetery and Fishing Village! We may see the wildlife that made the Barataria Swamps the Crown Jewel of the Louisiana Purchase. Here, birds, snakes, turtles, fur animals, and Gators are the king of the swamp and easily spotted in Spring, Summer, and Fall. Then, we’ll return to the hotel to freshen up and have Dinner on own and a free evening.
Day 6: Thursday, March 29 – Enjoy Breakfast at the Hotel before departing for Jackson, MO. Lunch enroute and then arrive at our hotel for evening, Drury Inn Jackson. There will be time to enjoy the “Evening Kickback” featuring free hot food and beverages. Or you may enjoy Dinner on own at Dairy Queen or Pizza Inn adjacent to our hotel.
Day 7: Friday, March 30 – Enjoy our last Breakfast together prior to departing for home with many pictures, memories and new great friends! Welcome home!