The history of New Orleans reads like a novel. In 1718, the Frenchman Sieur de Bienville founded a strategic port city five feet below sea level, near the juncture of the Mississippi and the Gulf of Mexico. The original city was confined to the area of the French Quarter. Today, New Orleans extends well beyond the historic area and is famous worldwide for its jazz, unique cuisine, riverboats and seemingly endless parade of festivals.
New Orleans, with its mottled old buildings and distinct air feels more old European capital than American city. European influence is also seen in the city's famous above-ground cemeteries – almost shocking in their stature, but worth doing a walking tour. New Orleans’ neighbourhoods are full of history, culture and amazing stories.
The Garden District is pure opulence and beauty. The well-preserved collection of antebellum mansions and the pristine gardens are a stark contrast to other areas of the city
The French Quarter and Bourbon Street is the entertainment hub of New Orleans. Over the years it has been home to vaudeville, burlesque, jazz joints and gentleman’s clubs. Today, the adult fun continues, but there is also more emphasis on the traditional jazz clubs, upscale lounges and historic restaurants. One thing is certain, you won’t experience anywhere like New Orleans anywhere else in the world.
5-Night New Orleans Break:
FROM £995 per person: The best of New Orleans - for a five-night break – including a walking tour of the city, a Mississippi Jazz River Cruise and an excursion to the Oak Alley Plantation Home – with US specialist, Bon Voyage. This twin share price, for departures in includes return Heathrow flights, room-only accommodation at the Royal Sonesta Hotel – in the heart of the historic French Quarter on Bourbon Street - and excursions as above. The Royal Sonesta is also home to the renowned Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, claimed to be the best jazz club in the city. Other durations/hotels available, plus a full range of pre-bookable excursions.
Bon Voyage have been providing tailor-made travel and holidays to New Orleans in Louisiana since 1979. Have your New Orleans holidays expertly tailor-made by Bon Voyage to suit your exact requirements, with the quality and service you expect, and at great value prices.