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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.
Distance: 136 miles
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.
Distance: 91 miles
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.
Distance: 149 miles
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.
Distance: 47 miles
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.
Distance: 52 miles
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.
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.