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Louisiana - Heartbeat of The Deep South
This charming tour around Louisiana includes plantation home stays combined with stays in quaint and historic Southern towns. You'll love the laid-back feel in this fascinating part of the USA, the incredibly friendly southern folks, intriguing history, mouth-watering cuisine and the wonderful scenery.
Price per person includes:
Return flights UK to New Orleans
9 nights accommodation in plantation homes or friendly inns
7 days car hire
A personalised road book with travel tips and day to day driving itinerary with local area information
New Orleans and the historic French Quarter
Grand Plantation Homes of the Great River Road
Lafayette, Cajun Country and Baton Rouge
Natchitoches and Alexandria
Bon Voyage UK Chauffeur Service
Start in style and put the finishing touches to a memorable holiday with our Chauffeur Drive Service. Your smart, uniformed driver will meet you at your door and whisk you to and from the airport terminal so you are guaranteed a stress-free and relaxing journey. You’ll travel in a showroom condition Mercedes E Class for two people or a sumptuous Viano for families or groups up to six.
Your Bon Voyage travel consultant has all the details, so just mention if you would like this option included in your holiday quote.
Day 1 : New Orleans
Arrive in New Orleans mid-afternoon. Explore the city at your lesuire but we recommend you head for the French Quarter in the evening.
Days 2 - 3 : Lafayette
Distance: 136 miles
After breakfast depart for your short drive to Houma. Situated to the South West of New Orleans, Houma was settled by the Cajuns over 300 years ago. This area is steeped in history with mystic wetlands offering an array of tours that take you into the heart of this area.
After lunch travel on through the cypress trees to New Iberia, where you can stop at the famous Tabasco Sauce factory and learn how five generations have continued to produce this world renowned fiery condiment.
Arrive in Lafayette and prepare yourself to experience true Cajun food, music and history. Dine in a Cajun cafe and mix with the locals in the lively dance halls.
Whilst in Lafayette, visit the Vermilionville living museum which will give you a fascinating insight to how the hardy Cajuns and Creoles lived.
Lafayette is also known as the centre of the Cajun culture and nearly half its population still speak Cajun French. Visitors can experience the true essence of this culture by participating in any number of local activities such as cooking schools, dance classes, Cajun Cowboy cattle drive and music festivals.
Day 4 : Alexandria
Distance: 91 miles
Today set off for the historic town of Natchitoches. Established in the 1700's this preserved town is a beautiful example of the architecture of this period, and with over 33 blocks to explore your morning will soon pass.
If you have a sense of deja vu, don't be surprised as it was the setting for the tear jerker film Steel Magnolias with Dolly Parton and Shirley MacLaine. Throughout your Louisiana adventure you'll think you are in familiar surroundings as the State is the third most popular region for making movies in the USA.
After lunch head for Alexandria via interesting Plantation Homes, the most notable one being Frogmore. On this 1800 acre working Cotton Plantation you can learn about the so called white gold, slave customs and their surprising relationships with their Masters and Mistresses as well as hear their secret music.
Day 5 : Baton Rouge
Distance: 149 miles
Next day en route to the historic capital Baton Rouge, take a leisurely drive through the area known as the River Road region.
Prior to the Civil War, more than half of America's millionaires lived between Natchez and New Orleans on the fertile soil of the Mississippi. Many homes were destroyed during and after the War, but many remain restored to their former glory.
Be sure to stop by at The Myrtles Plantation Home, voted one of the most haunted Plantation Homes in the USA. Built by General David Bradford in 1796, this splendid home offers daily guided tours where you can discover dark secrets about past residents and learn about the ghosts that are said to haunt the grounds today.
Overnight in Baton Rouge, the seat of the Louisianan government which boasts a fabulous art deco State Capital building with stunning views over the city. Baton Rouge is also home to a vast array of the most attractive true Southern Homes that you'll ever experience set against a backdrop of sculpted gardens, civil war and colonial history that has given Louisiana its unique exotic flavour.
Days 6 -7 : Plantation Homes of the Great River Road
Distance: 47 miles
Enjoy a proper Cajun breakfast before you head south along the River Road to your next stop, Vacherie, and the impressive Oak Alley Plantation. You are in for a real Southern treat here. Known as the Grand Dame of the Great River Road the setting is truly spectacular. This Home is influenced by the Georgian style but you'll see other Plantation Homes based on English Manors, Spanish, Creole Style and West Indies style as well as the elaborate Steamboat Gothic. Planters competed with each other to see who could build the grandest home. Once a home was built it had to be furnished, and most fine furnishings had to be shipped from New York or New England. Often the really wealthy owners would travel to Europe for a year or two purely to select furnishings.
Other Plantation Homes worth visiting along the River Road are - Nottoway, Houmas House, Laura, Evergreen (as featured in the movie Django Unchained), Ormond, San Francisco, St Joseph, Destrehan and Felicity. You may be interested to know that the latter three homes were used as filming locations for the film 12 Years a Slave.
Some of these plantations homes are available as accommodation, your Bon Voyage specialist can recommend these to you.
Days 8 - 9 : New Orleans
Distance: 52 miles
Time to hit the Big Easy and explore this energetic city.
Swathed in the romance of pirates, voodoo and Mardi Gras, New Orleans was built in the 1700's and represents more than 250 years of French, Spanish and American culture.
We suggest that you take a city tour of New Orleans when you arrive as this will help orientate yourself with the general layout of the city and its many interesting and unique suburbs. In the evening take a walk down Bourbon Street and see the epicentre for New Orleans music, come alive.
The dining options are diverse from Cajun to Creole, seafood to blue steaks, flamboyant food to comfort food. Ask the locals for their recommendations, part of your Deep South experience is the cuisine, so be sure to take full advantage of meal suggestions.
The walking tours of the French Quarter are extremely popular and interesting, try the Ghosts and Vampires night tour or take a streetcar through the Garden District. Explore the waterfront and take a genuine Mississippi Steamer Cruise.
Devour delicious Po'boys in Historic Jackson Square whilst viewing the local artists work. Check out the Mardi Gras museums colourful collection of costumes or take a tour around the famous above ground ancient cemeteries.
Stock up on Louisiana spices at the noisy, colourful and fragrant French Market, listen to the lively music there and watch zany street performers. You can also enjoy tax free shopping in Louisiana.
New Orleans, it's vitality and joie de vivre are truly infectious and it is like no other city in the USA. Once experienced, it is a place that many chose to visit again and again.
Day 10 : Depart New Orleans
Today is your last day before heading back home, however you may choose to extend your stay and spend a few more days in New Orleans. If the music scene is your interest then perhaps you may want to catch a train north to Memphis and explore Graceland?
Call the travel experts at Bon Voyage to discuss your dream tour of Louisiana.