PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Strolling the French Quarter, getting a taste of
Cajun country and surveying the scene in the state capital are
among the highlights of Collette Vacations 2002 itineraries to
New for next year is a nine-night itinerary that combines a
seven-night cruise with a two-night land stay in New Orleans.
The Jambalaya and Jazz Steamboatin' Adventures offers departures
from March through December.
The cruise is aboard either the Mississippi Queen or the Delta
Queen and departs from New Orleans.
Stops on the itinerary include Oak Alley Plantation and the town of
St. Francisville for visits to Greenwood Plantation and Myrtles
Plantation, which legend claims is haunted.
The ship then heads to Natchez and Vicksburg, Miss., for two
days before returning to Louisiana with a call at Baton Rouge.
While in the state capital, clients can venture into a nearby
French settlement, take a sightseeing tour around town or visit the
botanical gardens and the swamp nature center.
The cruise heads back to New Orleans for its conclusion.
Rates start at $2,099 per person, double, with accommodations in
an inside stateroom and 24 meals.
The first two days of the trip are spent in New Orleans with
accommodations at either the Hotel St. Marie or the Prince Conti,
both located in the French Quarter.
The operator also offers a seven-night New Orleans and Deep
South trip that kicks off in New Orleans.
While in the Crescent City, participants take a paddle-wheel
cruise on the Mississippi River, tour a cemetery and dine at the
New Orleans School of Cooking and the Court of Two Sisters.
The program then heads to St. Francisville for a tour of
Rosedown Plantation and its gardens.
Clients spend two days in Mississippi exploring Natchez and
Vicksburg before returning to Louisiana.
The final leg of the tour includes a stint in Cajun country with
a local guide.
On tap are an excursion to Lafayette, considered the hub city of
Louisiana's Cajun country, and a cruise along the bayous.
Clients also stop at the Jean Lafitte Cultural Center and the
Acadian Village before wrapping up the tour back in New
Departures take place from April through December.
In Louisiana, accommodations are at the New Orleans Marriott and
the Hotel Acadiana in Lafayette.
Land-only prices start at $1,079 per person, double, and include
Collette also has a tour that focuses on New Orleans
The New Orleans Getaway explores the French Quarter and the
Also included is a luncheon jazz cruise on the Mississippi
Accommodations are at either the Ramada Inn on Bourbon Street or
Hotel St. Marie, both in the French Quarter.
Departures take place from April through November.
Rates start at $559 per person, double, and include seven
Collette's Music Cities Tour starts in New Orleans before
heading to Memphis; Branson, Mo., and Nashville.
Departures operate from April to October with land-only rates
starting at $1,559.
For additional information, call Collette Vacations at (800)