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Five days in New Orleans of Fun, Food and a Fantastic New Year’s Eve Party!
Stay 4-nights at the Astor Crowne Plaza Luxury Hotel, corner of Bourbon and Canal streets right in the French Quarter! Enjoy exciting tours of the Oak Alley Plantation and choice of the World War II Museum with a Pontoon Boat Bayou Tour or New Orleans School of Cooking with Mardi Gras World! You’ll enjoy great food, a fantastic New Year’s Eve Party and free time to enjoy the sites, sounds and flavors of this great city! Let the Good Times Roll!
- Visit the Oak Alley Plantation
- WWII Museum and a Swamp Boat Tour
- New Orleans School of Cooking Demonstration and a visit to Mardi Gras World
Airport transfers, 4 nights accommodation, 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.
Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST.
Astor Crown Plaza (4 Nights)
Arrival in New Orleans
Airport transfers to the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel for the next four nights! A voucher is included tonight so you can enjoy a light dinner on your own.
Stay: Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel (4)
Plantation Tour and Gala New Year’s Eve Celebration!
Depart New Orleans for Oak Alley Plantation. A powerful testimony to the rich history of the antebellum south, Oak Alley invites visitors to explore all facets of her plantation past. The Slavery at Oak Alley and Civil War exhibits, Sugarcane Theater and Big House offer an experience as compelling as the plantation’s 25 historic acres and 300 year old alley of oaks. Enjoy a Southern Cajun/Creole buffet lunch in the plantations 19th century cottage. Experience a wonderful selection of traditional Cajun and Creole dishes. Not to worry ~ you’ll be back in plenty of time to relax and dress up for your New Year’s Eve Gala! A cocktail reception gets the evening rolling, followed by a scrumptious holiday dinner and an evening of music and dancing! You will be carried joyously into the New Year!
New Year’s Day
Start the year off with a leisurely New Year’s Day Brunch served until 11:00 AM! Today is yours to explore ‘the big easy’! There’s so much to do on your own; The French Quarter is a wonderful walk; take in Jackson Square and the street artists, the Historic French Market, walk down Bourbon Street, along the way don’t forget to look into the beautiful court yards like Pat O’Brian’s famous for their Hurricane cocktail! If you prefer, perhaps take an optional Hop-On-Hop-Off tour and choose any of 18 stops to visit for as long as you like! Dining is a passionate art form in New Orleans. Its restaurants and chefs are world-renowned and award-winning, so this evening dinner is on your own, your choice from fine dining to casual. New Orleans is also known as the birthplace of jazz, and it’s around every corner so explore, dine and enjoy!
Choose your adventure
Enjoy a delightful breakfast before heading off to your choice of one of two tour options;
Option 1: National WWII Museum & Pontoon Bayou Swamp Tour ~ telling the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world—why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today—so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learned plus the Final Mission: USS Tang Submarine Experience places visitors aboard the most successful submarine in World War II for its fifth and final war patrol on October 25, 1944. Guests relive the last epic battle of the USS Tang and feel a deeper appreciation for the bravery and sacrifice of those who served in the intense, confined world of underwater warfare. Following the museum is an Pontoon Bayou Swamp tour ~ seeing ancient cypress trees, birds, snakes, alligators and other wildlife!
Option 2: New Orleans School of Cooking chef’s demonstration with lunch, plus a tour of Mardi Gras World! Watch, learn & eat! Sit back and enjoy watching New Orleans skilled, entertaining chefs as they prepare you a classic Cajun / Creole meal, while learning about the vibrant history of New Orleans cuisine! Following lunch you’re off to visit to Mardi Gras World. Learn the history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, see the ‘float den’, where artists work year-round to build spectacular floats and props. You never get this close to the floats while they’re rolling in Mardi Gras parades, and this is certainly the only place to see how these amazing pieces come to life each year.
Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner at one of New Orleans finest ~ Arnaud’s Restaurant!
New Orleans to Home
Following breakfast you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
- Sunscreen is an essential product to have, regardless of the climate. Since UV exposure is unavoidable, a hat and sunglasses are also suggested for your protection, even in the winter.
- Mosquito repellent can prove useful in wooded areas or in the evenings in some regions.
- Comfort is important when on vacation. Bring comfortable walking shoes. And loose, casual clothing is suggested to keep you cozy.
- Pack extra batteries and memory cards for your camera.
- Always pack an extra jacket or sweater in case of inclement weather or cooler evenings. DeNureTours recommends you dress in layers, so you can add or remove layers if the temperature rises or drops.
- Use every corner, nook and cranny of your suitcase when packing. Rolled sweaters and bulky clothing occupy less space, but clothing that wrinkles easily should be laid flat. Roll socks or underclothing and pack them into shoes, and slip smaller items into side pockets.
- Use sample-sized toiletry items and always transport containers of creams and liquids in a sealed plastic bag.
- Keep an extra set of keys for your luggage.
- Always prepare for the possibility of rain. An umbrella, or rain jacket will easily fit in your luggage, and could prove to be the most useful article you pack. When travelling as a couple, bring two so neither person gets half wet.
- Pack your bathing suit.
- Pack a good book, or a deck of cards to keep you busy during free time.
- Leave items of monetary or sentimental value at home. Costume and faux jewelry always travels well.
- If you require corrective lenses, pack an extra pair of glasses or contacts.
- If you wear dentures, and have a second set, pack them just in case. You’d be surprised how often these important items end up where they shouldn’t.
- Not all hotel rooms are equipped with alarm clocks. While most hotels offer wake-up calls, a small travel alarm clock might prove useful.
- Couples travelling together may find it wise to split their belongings between two suitcases. If one suitcase should go missing, neither person is left without a change of clothes.
- Remember to pack any medications or prescriptions in your carry-on and not in your suitcase in case of emergency or luggage misplacement. Medications should be packed in their original containers for security reasons.
- Keep a listing of your recent medical history with you, including medications you currently take, prescription or otherwise, as well as allergies you suffer from, and any medical conditions you have. Carry the listing in your wallet, and leave a copy with your emergency contact person at home.
- Identify your luggage with an identification tag as well as your DeNureTours luggage tags.
- If you carry travellers’ cheques, record the numbers of the cheques and keep this list in a separate location. When travelling as a couple, put some cheques in your partner’s name so you both have access to funds.
- Always carry your travel insurance policy with you, and read it carefully before you leave.
- Always carry your passport, or other important identification on your person. Make a photocopy to keep in your suitcase.
- Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date. This is a requirement for entering certain countries.
- Always check the spelling of your name on all documentation you receive. Often, your travel documents must match your passport or birth certificate. It is imperative that your legal name be listed correctly on your documents. Failure to comply may result in your being denied entry to a country, or boarding on an airplane or cruise ship. Name changes on documents may be subject to a change fee.
- Use extra copies of your travel itinerary and hotel listing to distribute to friends or relatives, so you can be reached in case of emergency.
- Keep a log of your purchases, including what you paid in foreign currency and the equivalent in Canadian dollars. This will assist you in filling out customs forms. Keep all receipts.
- Secure your home before you leave. Arrange for a friend or neighbour to pick up mail and check in periodically. Have someone cut your lawn (or shovel your driveway) and care for your property. Set automatic timers on the lights and television. Empty the refrigerator of perishables. Lower your thermostat to save on energy.
- When flying, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and limit your intake of caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
- To avoid circulatory problems on a plane or coach, walk up the aisle every hour or so. Periodically, stretch your legs, arms, shoulders and neck.
- Arrive early for flights. DeNureTours recommends to check-in 90 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights, or 2-3 hours prior for international flights.
- An inflatable travel pillow can make you more comfortable on long coach rides or flights. The U-shaped pillow keeps your head from rolling during travel, reducing the risk of neck pain.
- Avoid the use of perfume or scented sprays on the coach or an airplane. These are confined spaces, so be courteous to your fellow travellers who may be allergic or sensitive to scents.
- Get as much rest as possible before you leave.
- Try your best to be flexible. Unexpected things can happen. Your holiday will be more enjoyable if you are open-minded.
Tips to waiters, taxi drivers, step-on guides, tour directors and drivers are a tangible way for you to express your appreciation for jobs well done. This practice, though customary, is voluntary and is not included in tour prices. As a guide to the amounts to tip, the following amounts are suggested:
- Taxi Drivers – Drivers should be tipped 10% of the taxi fare.
- Waiters – For meals that are not included in the tour price, tip waiters between 15% and 20% of your bill, but never less than $1.
- Tour Directors and Drivers – A gratuity of $4 per person per day is suggested.
The pace of a tour varies by itinerary, as each destination, its sightseeing and the activities are unique. Pacing is often subject to personal interpretation, but our trip pace indicator on each tour page may assist you in determining if a tour is suitable for you.
Day-by-day itinerary descriptions can be found on our website or requested from our office. Generally, the more activities included, distance travelled in a day, or number of hotel changes, will increase the pace of a tour.
Some of the most unique sightseeing is found in locations that can be a challenge for motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend packing walking shoes so you fully enjoy every aspect of your holiday.
Tours with the highest “On-the-go” ratings require a level of activity that is not suitable for those who use either walkers or wheelchairs. If a trip pace is not ideally suited for you, our reservations team will be happy to help you find your perfect vacation.