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9 Day Package
Tour Dates: March 20 - 28, 2023
14 Meals Included


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Price Per Person:

$3360.00 Double Occupancy
$3110.00 Triple Occupancy
$3110.00 Quad Occupancy
$4210.00 Single Occupancy

Price shown is based on departure from Chicago. Price will vary for other departure cities.

Activity Level:

Good mobility needed - stairs and prolonged standing - includes walking of longer distances potentially over some uneven landscapes - some shorter days with some longer days

Tour Highlights:

Exploring St. Louis' Gateway Arch
Touring Elvis Presley’s Graceland
Creating your own dining experience at the New Orleans School of Cooking
Discovering the history of New Orleans with a guided city tour
Strolling Jackson Square with a visit to St. Louis Cathedral
Immersing ourselves in World War II history at the National World War II Museum
Viewing beautiful Mardi Gras floats
Exploring with a Cajun Pride Swamp Tour
Learning the history and processing of TABASCO ® sauce. YES! You can purchase some to take home
Exploring unique New Orleans culinary dining options
Taking time to enjoy the historic French Market
Enjoying New Iberia’s Jungle Gardens
Viewing beautifully crafted artisan quilts at the National Quilt Museum
Guidance of a professional tour manager
Home Pick up and Return

Daily Itinerary:


March 20 (D)
  • We make our way to St. Louis, MO - famous for the Gateway Arch
  • We’ll enjoy time at the Arch, which “serves to commemorate the accomplishments of 19th-century westward pioneers and celebrate the city's role as the 'Gateway to the West’”
  • Prior to our overnight stay at the Drury Inn & Suites, we’ll enjoy dinner together

March 21 (B,D)
  • Upon arriving in Memphis, TN, we’ll tour Graceland, one-time home to the King of Rock ‘n Roll, Elvis Presley. We’ll tour his mansion, see his gold records, view his jeweled jumpsuits, check out his classic cars, and experience interactive exhibits
  • Tonight, we’ll join together for dinner at a local restaurant before our overnight at the Hampton Inn & Suites, Memphis

March 22 (B,D)
  • Bonjour (Good day)! Welcome to New Orleans, where we will be staying four nights at the AC Hotel by Marriott New Orleans French Quarter
  • A must-try while in New Orleans are beignets. Beignets are a staple treat likened to a hole-less, square donut doused in powdered sugar. Caution: You may not want to wear dark colored clothing while enjoying this treat as you will very likely be covered in that sugar!
  • A unique experience awaits you at the New Orleans School of Cooking! You will enjoy a very hands-on experience creating and enjoying a delicious dinner with a skilled Louisiana chef

March 23 (B)
  • “Laissez le bon temps rouler” (Cajun French – English translation “Let the good times roll!”). We’ll experience a more in-depth look of “The Big Easy” with a city tour conducted by a local guide knowledgeable on the sights, music, and culture of this city steeped in history
  • Overlooking Jackson Square is the St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in continuous use in the United States
  • With our visit to the National World War II Museum (formerly known as the D-Day Museum), we will be immersed in the history of the “war that changed the world”. The mission of the museum is to underscore for all generations the price of freedom 
  • We’ll take a behind the scenes look at Mardi Gras World, where colorful Mardi Gras floats are created
  • Enjoy a free night in “The Big Easy”, overflowing with food, culture and music options

March 24 (B)
  • Not a usual start to the day… a Native Cajun Captain will accompany us on our Cajun Pride Swamp Tour explorations, sharing Louisiana bayou history along with searching for native wildlife 
  • Avery Island is truly unique in that it sits on top of a solid rock salt deposit. This rock salt deposit is thought to be deeper than Mount Everest is high. It is also the birthplace of TABASCO ® brand pepper sauce
  • Our self-guided tour of the TABASCO ® factory will take us through the history and process for making this world-renowned sauce. And yes, in their store it is available for purchase
  • This area, also known as New Iberia, hosts a 170-acre natural beauty known as Jungle Gardens. The gardens are teeming with beautiful foliage, a timber bamboo grove, and a wide variety of wildlife that includes snowy white egrets
  • The evening is free to enjoy dining on your own. Cajun food anyone? Or maybe gumbo, Po'boys, jambalaya, crawfish Etouffee, red beans and rice… the options are endless

March 25 (B,D)
  • You get to choose how you spend your day! In the heart of New Orleans, enjoy time on your own exploring and eating lunch in the historic French Market area, which surrounds you with the sights, smells and sounds that make New Orleans famous
  • At dinner together this evening, we’ll have a fun time hearing about everyone’s explorations!

March 26 (B,D)
  • We start our day with a drive to Birmingham AL
  • Upon arrival, we’ll enjoy a city tour with a knowledgeable step-on guide
  • We’ll enjoy dinner together before a restful stay at Home2 Suites, Birmingham

March 27 (B,D)
  • This morning, we travel to “The Quilt City” - Paducah KY
  • At the National Quilt Museum, which displays annually over 600 different quilting works of art, we’ll have the opportunity to view first-hand some of these beautiful hand-crafted treasures
  • Tonight, at our dinner together, we’ll have the opportunity to share some of our tour adventures, prior to turning in at the Drury Inn & Suites, Paducah

March 28 (B)
  • As we start our journey home, sit back, relax and enjoy the passing views while sharing your trip highlights with your fellow travel mates

 

Additional Tour Information:

Deposit: $500 per person. Plus, an additional cost for Trip Cancellation / Interruption Insurance. Please let your agent know if you wish to purchase.

Final Payment Due: February 3, 2023
 
Cancellation Policy:
120 days or more prior to departure: Admin Fee (25% of deposit) forfeited; 119- 75 days prior to departure: deposit forfeited; 74- 30 days prior to departure: 50% of tour price forfeited; 29 days or less: no refund. Cancellation / Interruption Protection could protect you from these charges. Protection payment is non refundable. Please read Protection terms: http://www.tripmate.com/wpTPD30

Prices in our brochure and on our website were effective on April 1, 2021. At the time you purchase your tour, prices may be higher because of an increase in carrier charges. For current prices, please call us at 800-421-3330.
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