Brennan creates historical plan

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SEATTLE -- Brennan Tours introduced Heritage of the Antebellum South, billed as a "historical, cultural and natural tour into bayou country," including plantation visits, riverboating, music and dancing, gardens and homes, a shrimping trip and a swamp tour.

The tour meets the need of U.S. travelers looking to stay closer to home and to rediscover the rich cultural heritage of the U.S., according to company president Robert Brennan.

"People are discovering our roots," said Brennan. This tour is designed to enable people to "see, touch and feel this history, rather than read it in a book."

Although New Orleans is a perennial favorite, on this tour it is just the introduction to the region. The first two nights of the seven-night tour are spent in New Orleans' French Quarter, showcasing the modern city as well as its historical features.

A jazz cruise on Steamboat Natchez winds up in Biloxi, Miss., where the group tours the retirement home of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. Two nights are spent in Biloxi at the Grand Casino; one in Natchez, Miss.; and two in Lafayette, La.

Highlights include a walk through the 1839 Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, La.; a visit to the Alabama home of Walter Bellingrath, an early Coca-Cola entrepreneur; visits to several plantation mansions; and a quick immersion in Cajun and Creole cultures.

The commission is 10%.

For more information, call (800) 237-7259 or visit the Web at www.brennantours.com.

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