New Orleans – Depart from Toronto onboard CAA’s exclusive private charter jet to New Orleans. Take part in a Second Line Parade then have dinner at the Creole Cottage, a private dining room at the famous Arnaud’s in the French Quarter. (D)
Vibrant New Orleans: Cajun Culture and Creole Cuisine
Cajun culture meets delicious cuisine in New Orleans on a lively journey through history. Start by joining a Second Line Parade, following the jazz band along Bourbon Street. Ride a private streetcar to the Garden District for a walking tour and taste beignets and a café au lait. Next, take a jazz and dinner cruise on the Mississippi River and sip cocktails under the stars. Depart The Big Easy and travel through bayous en route to Lafayette. Be immersed in Cajun culture on Avery Island and visit Vermilionville, a simulated Acadian village on the banks of Bayou Vermilion. Experience a crawfish boil, learn to dance the Cajun waltz and enjoy Louisiana’s lush beauty. Back in New Orleans, stroll through the French Quarter and marvel at the unique architecture.
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New Orleans – Take a private streetcar to the beautiful Garden District to see some of the most magnificent historic houses in the country. This evening, sail along the Mississippi River on a jazz and dinner cruise. (B/S/D)
New Orleans to Lafayette – Travel to Lafayette. En route, stop on Avery Island to visit the TABASCO® factory for a tour and lunch, then see abundant wildlife in Jungle Gardens. (B/L/D)
Lafayette – Visit the Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Park followed by a trip to the Tietje Crawfish Farm, where you’ll learn about crawfish and then enjoy a traditional Crawfish Boil at the Cajun Table. Tonight, learn the basics of Cajun waltzing and two-stepping. (B/L/D)
Lafayette to New Orleans – This morning, immerse yourself in Cajun music with a visit to Martin Accordions. After, tour the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, a Catholic church that dates back to the mid-18th century. Before returning to New Orleans for an evening at leisure, take a scenic swamp tour in a covered, flat-bottomed boat. (B/BL)
New Orleans – Design your day and choose from one of the optional included tours. This evening, enjoy your Farewell Dinner. (B/D)
Mardi Gras Museum and Spirited Headdress Workshop
A private tour through exhibits at the Mardi Gras Museum, followed by a mask-making class and tutorial.
Cajun and Culinary Tour
Electrify your taste buds as you stroll through the French Quarter on a progressive tasting and oral history tour with a local culinary historian. You’ll savour the flavours of Louisiana’s creole-style and Cajun cuisines.
The term "cocktail" originated in New Orleans in the 1830s. Walk through the French Quarter and visit several of the city’s oldest bars and taverns. You'll learn about the history of these establishments and enjoy a signature libation from each.
After an adventurous week discovering the best of New Orleans, it’s time to return home onboard CAA’s exclusive private charter jet to Toronto. (B)
Cajun Culture Meets Delicious Cuisine in New Orleans
- Return airfare on CAA's exclusive private charter jet from Toronto to New Orleans
- 2+2-night stay in deluxe-class accommodation in New Orleans
- 2-night stay in first-class accommodation in Lafayette
- Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 1 box lunch, 5 dinners and 1 snack
- Land transportation via first-class motorcoach
- Sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary
- Professional English-speaking tour director throughout
- Hotel porterage of 1 suitcase per person
- Prepaid gratuities
- Destination transfers
- CAA Host