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Spotlight on New Orleans Holiday

5 days with Collette Vacations   Rating: Deluxe

Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 New Orleans, Louisiana - Tour Begins
Step into a cultural melting pot in the “Jazz Capital of the World” – New Orleans! This soulful city abounds with rich history, mouth-watering Cajun and Creole cuisine, and an incomparable soundtrack. And in December, the city sparkles with the season’s pageantry and rolls out the red (and green) carpet!

Day 2 French Quarter
This morning, we’ll visit the Hermann-Grima house for an old-fashioned Christmas. See the home as it appeared in the 19th century and learn about Creole holiday traditions. Afterwards, come to know the famous French Quarter during a walking tour featuring the majestic St. Louis Cathedral, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. Perhaps you’ll hear some carolers in Jackson Square as we make our way past the Pontalba, the oldest apartment building in the French Quarter. These historic structures will be dressed in holiday finery. Next, stop to taste a true New Orleans favorite – beignets at Café Du Monde. Then, explore Pirate’s Alley and the bustling French Marketplace where you can find unique Christmas gifts and see a 30-foot tree topped by a Fleur de Lis! Spend the afternoon strolling around the French Quarter checking out the dazzling hotel lobbies and the antique shops on Royal Street. Tonight, roll up your sleeves and prepare to discover how to cook for the holidays New Orleans-style! During a demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking, your chef reveals everything that Louisiana cuisine offers. After dinner, the magic continues at Celebration in the Oaks, a New Orleans tradition, with a train ride that takes you through lit bridges, lagoons and gardens. (B,D)

Day 3 New Orleans
This morning, set out on a locally guided panoramic tour. See the St. Louis Cemetery #3 which opened in 1854 and holds some of the most elaborate crypts found in the city’s cemeteries. Then, relax during a drive along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain. This romantic road eventually leads to St. Charles Avenue, whisking you past gorgeous mansions as well as Tulane and Loyola, two world-famous universities. Then, enjoy lunch and a holiday-themed musical revue by the Victory Belles at the National World War II Museum. Afterwards, take a walk through history to learn about the American wartime experience. (B,L)

Day 4 New Orleans
Today we take a drive along New Orleans’ historic Esplanade Avenue. Then, journey through the Louisiana swamp on a cruise* narrated by your colorful captain. Learn about the history and ecology of this fascinating ecosystem while keeping an eye out for wildlife, including bald eagles, herons, turtles and alligators. Return to New Orleans and spend the remainder of the day at leisure to discover this great city your way. Tonight, celebrate the season like a local and toast your travel companions at a traditional reveillon dinner at The Court of Two Sisters in the French Quarter. (B,D)

Day 5 New Orleans - Tour Ends
Your holiday tour of this captivating city comes to a close today. (B)
All This Included
Get to know the “birthplace of jazz” all dressed up for the holidays during your extended stay in the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans. Discover its unique flavors during a holiday cooking class featuring the popular dishes of the city. Visit the 19th-century Hermann-Grima house to learn about Creole holiday traditions. Learn the secrets of the city’s famous French Quarter on a walking tour featuring St. Louis Cathedral and the French Marketplace. See trees draped in glistening lights on a train ride that takes you through the lit bridges, lagoons and gardens of Celebration in the Oaks. Enjoy lunch and a holiday-themed musical revue by the Victory Belles at the National World War II Museum. Head out to the swamp to enjoy a cruise tour of the bayous to learn about the history and ecology of this fascinating ecosystem. Celebrate the season like a local and toast your travel companions at a traditional Reveillon dinner at the Court of Two Sisters in the French Quarter. You will be taken on a delightful discovery through the sights, sounds and tastes of the eclectic city of New Orleans Holiday style!
  • 7 meals
  • Centrally-located hotels provide a home away from home
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip
  • Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours
  • Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the "must-sees"
  • Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life
  • Private climate-controlled motorcoach enhances your tour
  • Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-inclusive Collette tour (within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway)
  • Enjoy the magic of this festive season in New Orleans.
  • See the splendidly-decorated Garden District homes with a drive along St. Charles Avenue.
  • Explore the National World War II Museum.
  • Enjoy a vintage Christmas musical.
  • Wonder at the spectacular light display at City Park – thousands twinkle in the majestic oak trees.
New Orleans, LA: Royal Sonesta Hotel
Pre and Post Add-ons
Pre Night Hotel:
  • Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans
Post Night Hotel:
  • Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans
  • This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground and cobblestoned streets.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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