NEW ORLEANS -- There are a number of possibilities for touring
Louisiana as part of an escorted group, and several operators offer
packages that include a variety of itineraries, prices and travel
And all of the tours include something that often is at a
premium on group programs -- free time to explore the state and its
surrounding areas at any pace.
The following is a sampling of operator offerings to Louisiana.
All rates are per person, double, land only. The base commission
for each program is 10%.
• Mayflower Tours of Downer's Grove, Ill., offers a five-night
program, called New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, that includes a
tour of New Orleans; a Louisiana swamp tour; and visits to
Jefferson Davis' home and the Bellingrath Gardens. The plan is
priced at $823. For details, call (800) 323-7604 or visit www.mayflowertours.com.
• Tauck World Discovery's seven-night Antebellum South program
includes a Cajun cooking lesson at the New Orleans School of
Cooking; a shrimp boat cruise on the Mississippi Sound; excursions
to antebellum homes in Natchez, Miss.; and a visit to a Louisiana
swamp. The package costs $1,780. For more information, call (800)
468-2825 or visit www.tauck.com.
• Collette Vacations' seven-night New Orleans and the Deep South
tour includes three nights in New Orleans, along with two nights
each in Natchez, Miss., and Lafayette, La. It also features visits
to the Rosedown Plantation in St. Francisville, La., and Vicksburg
National Military Park in Mississippi, site of the Civil War Battle
of Vicksburg. The program is priced from $1,549.
Collette also offers a four-night New Orleans Getaway that stations
clients in the French Quarter for the entire trip. The plan
includes a walking tour of the French Quarter, a Mississippi River
jazz cruise on a paddlewheeler and free time for relaxation or
Rates range from $559 to $899, depending on departure date. For
details, call (800) 717-9191 or visit www.collettevacations.com.
• Trafalgar Tours' nine-night Southern Belle package includes
Biloxi and Natchez Miss.; Bellingrath Gardens; a swamp cruise on
the bayou and a full day of leisure to explore New Orleans. The
trip costs $1,260. For more information, call (800) 854-0103 or
• Globus' Charms of the South is an eight-night itinerary
focusing on New Orleans and the surrounding area, including Biloxi
and Natchez. It includes a lunch cruise on the Mississippi River.
The plan is priced from $1,349. For details, call (800) 221-0090 or
• Cosmos' Dixieland & Rhythms is a nine-night trip that
traces lines of music history from Chicago to New Orleans, with
stops in St. Louis, Nashville and Memphis. The program is priced
from $999. For more information, call (800) 221-0090 or visit www.cosmosvacations.com.