2017 March Tours


 

New Orleans & The Deep South
Azaleas, Plantations & Cajuns
March 9-15, 2017

7 Days / 6 Nights
13 Meals

Price per person:
Twin/Double $1729
Single $2249
Plus Airfare


Deposit: $350.00 Per Person
Final Payment is due on or before January 23, 2017
Optional Trip Cancellation/Interruption Protection $117 per person. (Land Only )
Tour #17013
 
 
Let the good times roll as we visit New Orleans, the French Quarter, Cajun Country, Natchez and Baton Rouge. Join us for this seven day spring tour featuring azaleas, plantations, and cajuns! Visit antebellum homes as well as a Gator Farm. Yes...way down yonder in New Orleans...enjoy the wonders of the Deep South.
 

Day 1 - Home / Baton Rouge

We transfer to the airport for our flight to New Orleans. Upon arrival our motorcoach awaits and we’re off to Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana, for a three-night stay. Enjoy a get acquainted dinner this evening. Let the good times roll! (D)

Day 2 - Day Trip to Natchez

Travel north to Natchez, Mississippi, one of the most charming towns in the Deep South. The broad, tree-lined boulevards are graced with more than 40 antebellum mansions. Learn about this by-gone era pre-Civil War, when cotton was king and Natchez was a great seaport. Enjoy a city tour and visit two restored historic mansions. Relax over lunch with fine southern cooking at the Carriage House Restaurant in Stanton Hall. (B,L)

Day 3 - Cajun Country Tour

Drive west to Lafayette and St. Martinsville in the heart of Cajun Country. See the Martin de Tours Church and the Evangeline Statue and Oak, marking where the legendary heroine waited for her lover, Gabriel. See an Acadian house at the Longfellow-Evangeline State Park and visit the Martin Accordion Factory prior to dinner. (B,D)

Day 4 - Baton Rouge to New Orleans

A morning tour of Baton Rouge viewing the city’s past and present Capitol Buildings and the new and old Governor’s Mansions. Then motor south along the Great River Road and marvel at the plantations and shipping activity along the river. Stop at Houmas House for lunch and a tour of this Civil War era mansion. Next we arrive in the “Big Easy” - New Orleans - where the old French, Spanish, and Creole splendors are preserved. See the marketplaces, wharves, dueling places, millionaire homes, and dramatic gardens of this historic city. Visit Jackson Square, the Garden District, and Saint Louis Cemetery. We’ll check into our hotel, an historic building near Lafayette Square. Our evening is free. (B,L)

Day 5 - Houma/Swamp Tour/Gator Farm

Venture to the city of Houma, steeped in Cajun tradition and culture, and famous for food, fishing, music, and hospitality. Begin with a swamp boat tour seeing brilliant flora and a variety of birds and reptiles. Then, after lunch at a great local restaurant, visit a Gator Farm. Get up close to these giant monsters and even hold a live baby alligator. (B,L)

Day 6 - WWII Museum/Free Time

This morning visit the National WWII Museum, which highlights amphibious D-Day invasions from the war. See several great movies, plus the new exhibit “The Road to Berlin.” Enjoy an included lunch a the Stage Door Canteen with special musical guests. Then, free time back in the French Quarter to explore or shop on our own. Return to the hotel prior to our farewell dinner at a famous culinary school. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Mardi Gras World/New Orleans/Home

Tour impressive Mardi Gras World where the best parade floats are built. Next stop at the French Market for lunch and shopping before arriving at the airport for our return flight home. Transportation will be provided from the airport back to our respective areas. (B)
 
AFC TOURS CANCELLATION POLICY:
 
Land portion of tour is refundable if cancelled up to 61 days prior to departure;
60-45 days prior to departure - 75% refund
44-30 days prior to departure - 50% refund
29-15 days prior to departure -25% refund
14 days or less prior to departure - no refund.
TOUR INCLUDES:
 
  • Round trip transportation to/from Washington Dulles Airport
  • Baggage handling (one bag per person)
  • City tour of Natchez including visits to two restored historic mansions
  • See the Martin de Tours Church and the Evangeline Statue & Oak
  • See an Acadian house at Longfellow- Evangeline State Park
  • Visit the Martin Accordion Factory
 
  • Overnight Accommodations
  • Tour of Baton Rouge
  • Visit Jackson Square, the Garden District and Saint Louis Cemetery in New Orleans
  • Swamp Boat Tour in Houma and visit a gator farm
  • Visit the National WWII Museum and Mardi Gras World in New Orleans
  • 13 Meals - 6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches & 3 Dinners