In 1718, the Frenchman Sieur de Bienville founded a strategic port city five feet below sea level, near the juncture of the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico.
The original city was confined to the area that makes up the French Quarter. Today, New Orleans extends well beyond the historic area and is famous worldwide for its jazz, unique cuisine, riverboats and a seemingly endless parade of festivals and fun.
With its mottled old buildings and distinct air, New Orleans feels more old European capital than an 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. There is also plenty for families to do too.
One thing is certain, you won’t experience anywhere like New Orleans anywhere else in the world.
Where you stay is the heart of your holiday. Location reigns supreme but do you prefer resort facilities or unique and boutique? Historic and old world or modern and shiny?
We aim to present choices across the spectrum but there are many hundreds of places to stay and not room to feature them all. Do speak to your Bon Voyage travel consultant and click the video for our take on this important topic.
We would rate the Bellagio as one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in. Fabulous, glitzy, exciting. We loved having breakfast at the poolside café... one of our best experiences ever. If it hadn't been for you we wouldn't have had the suite or cabana and we loved them. We both agreed that the hotel was the best for us and you had suggested that so well done!Leonore & Mike Rumford