Cajun Country in the Springtime

March 18 – 24, 2019

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Special Features

  • Guided Tour of Cajun Country
  • Tour Acadian Village and Vermilionville
  • Swamp tour with lunch
  • Tour of Cajun Lafayette
  • Tour Avery Island and Tabasco factory
  • Jean Lafitte Center
  • Kon Rico Rice Mill
  • Shadows on the Teche Mansion
  • Lunch on Steamboat Natchez
  • Guided tour of New Orleans
  • New Orleans Cooking School with lunch
  • Mardi Gras World Museum experience

From beautiful landscape to treacherous swamps, Louisiana is a mystical place; and the people of Louisiana are just as magical. Here you will experience different cultures, new music and fabulous food all while learning the history of both the Cajuns of Lafayette, and the Creoles of New Orleans, and learning why they possess such a “joie de vivre”!


Prices

Double: $1,495/pp
Single: $2095/pp
Triple: $1,195/pp

Deposit – $50 pp at the time of booking

Final Payment:  Due February 1, 2019

Trip Protection:  Ranges from $139.50 to $217.50 pp

 

 


Day 1, Monday, March 18

Today we set out on our adventure toward Pineville, Louisiana.  We will enjoy a relaxing, get acquainted dinner this evening. (D)

Day 2, Tuesday, March 19

Bienvenue! Our Cajun experience begins as we meet our local guide and learn the story of Evangeline and arrival of these amazing and resilient people.  We will experience a Swamp Tour with guaranteed alligator sightings!  We will also visit Vermilionville, a restored village of what Lafayette looked like 200 years ago, with restored homes, workshops,  a church, etc.   Dinner and dancing this evening at an authentic Cajun restaurant.  Bring your dancing shoes!  (B,L,D)

Day 3, Wednesday, March 20

Today, learn about French Pirate Jean Lafitte while touring the Laffite Cultural Museum.  We will tour Avery Island Jungle Gardens, a bird and wildlife sanctuary.  We will also tour the Tabasco factory, both located on top of a salt mine.  Experience the Kon Rico Rice Mill and the beautifully preserved antebellum home; Shadows on the Teche.  We will tour Rouse’s Market and have a wonderful dinner at one of their infamous restaurants. (B,L,D)

Day 4, Thursday, March 21

Today we depart for New Orleans.  We will enjoy a lovely lunch on the Steamboat Natchez. We cannot ignore one of the most infamous parts of New Orleans’ mystique; Mardi Gras!    We will visit Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World, the world’s largest producer of floats, sculptures and props, learning about the history and making of this yearly festival.  Tonight we dine at the Court of 2 Sisters, featured on the Food Network as one of New Orleans, must stop restaurants.  (B,L,D)

Day 5, Friday, March 22

“Laissez les bon temps rouler!” We begin the day in this exciting city with a narrated tour of the history and people of New Orleans. The tour ends the New Orleans School of Cooking, where you have the chance to learn the secrets of the “roux”.   After this great lunch, you will have free time to explore the fabulous shops and fascinating alleyways of “Nawlins” at your own pace. (B,L)

Day 6, Saturday, March 23

Today, we will say “Au revoir” to New Orleans.  We will spend our overnight in Horn Lake, Mississippi.  (B)

Day 7, Sunday, March 24

We will have a lovely farewell lunch thanking you for traveling with Sunnyland Travel Center, before arriving back in Springfield.  (B,L)

 

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