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Cajun Country Escape

Operated by: Insight Vacations

7 Days from $2,225 per person
NOV 2021 - MAR 2022
Usa Louisiana New Orleans French Quarter Jazz Brass Music

Countries Visited

United States ...more United States

Locations Visited

New Orleans, Lafayette, Baton Rouge ...more New Orleans, Lafayette, Baton Rouge
  1. Day 1 Arrive New Orleans

    Welcome to the Big Easy! New Orleans is a wonderful blend of southern hospitality, Anglo-French culture, incredible cuisine and a lively music scene. Transfers from Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport take you to your city center hotel. Explore the heart of the city on your own or relax at your hotel before joining your Travel Director and new friends for a Welcome Dinner.

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Kimpton Hotel Fontenot, New Orleans.
  2. Day 2 New Orleans Sightseeing and Eco Tour

    Delve deep into the heart of New Orleans on a sightseeing tour with a Local Expert. Discover the main landmarks, fascinating history and hidden treasures of this remarkably diverse city, from the treelined streets and plantation-style mansions of the Garden District to the musical Tremé neighborhood and well-preserved French Quarter. An immersive eco excursion shows you the rich tapestry of land, people and culture that thrives on the river. Discover the importance of the Mississippi River and the role it has played in the city’s economic and cultural legacy. Drop by a James Beard award-winning restaurant for lip-smacking snacks that will tempt you into a return visit. You have a free evening so you can dive into the foodie scene at your leisure.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Kimpton Hotel Fontenot, New Orleans.
  3. Day 3 New Orleans to Lafayette

    A vestige of the Catholic influence of the early French and Spanish colonists, Louisiana is divided into 64 parishes in the way that many other states are divided into counties. Today you’ll depart the Parish of Orleans for the Parish of Lafayette. As you say good-bye to New Orleans, take in views of Lake Pontchartrain and the vast Mississippi River. Your scenic drive takes you to the one and only Tabasco Factory on Avery Island, where you’ll get to know the history and production of the famous condiment. If you’re a fan of spicy Cajun dishes, why not dive into the classic Southern comfort food served at their restaurant? After lunch on your own, your explorations continue, with a visit to Jefferson Island for a glimpse into the life of 19th century American actor Joseph Jefferson, who famously portrayed Rip Van Winkle on stage and in silent film. Tour his Victorian-style mansion and surrounding Rip Van Winkle gardens, including a 550-year-old oak tree that President Grover Cleveland once slept under. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner with traditional local food and music.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette.
  4. Day 4 Martin Accordions and Crawfish Farm visit

    Today you’ll dive into two important building blocks of local culture – music and seafood. Start the day with a visit to the Acadian Cultural Center. Your Local Expert, a park ranger from the National Park Service, will guide you through the fascinating history, culture, plight and prosperity of the Acadian people. Visit Martin Accordions, where you’ll learn about the history and craftsmanship behind the instrument and its influence in Cajun and zydeco music. A private music performance will get your toes tapping. Your musical morning transcends into a special seafood experience with a visit to a crawfish farm. Join a Local Expert on a boat to experience firsthand how these crustaceans are caught. You’ll know why Louisiana is called the Crawfish Capital of the World when you lunch on a traditional Cajun crawfish boil here. Return to your hotel and explore the city on your own, with an evening at leisure.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette.
  5. Day 5 Lafayette to Baton Rouge and The Inn at Houmas House

    After a hearty breakfast, depart Lafayette for an excursion into the vast, beautiful wetlands of the Atchafalaya Basin, composed of marshes and swamps. You’ll venture out on a swamp tour to explore a diverse ecosystem of moss-draped cypress trees, birds and perhaps even an alligator! After your swamp adventure, we’ll be callin’ Baton Rouge in the afternoon. Here in the state capital, enjoy lunch on your own and visit Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, a National Historic Landmark overlooking the Mississippi River in downtown. Learn about the state’s rich history and the impact people can have on the democracy. Your afternoon will bring you to your idyllic hotel, The Inn at Houmas. An ancient oak alley leads you to this beautiful estate, where quaint cottages lie in lush gardens bounded by the mighty Mississippi. The rest of your evening is at leisure.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel The Inn at Houmas House, Darrow.
  6. Day 6 Houmas House Plantation

    Embark on a trip back in time during your tour of Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. Alongside your Local Expert, gain insights into what life on a sugarcane plantation may have been like. After your tour, you have time to explore. Take a stroll down one of the many garden paths, visit the new Steamboat museum or check out their rarest artifact, a pre-Civil War submarine. Tonight, dine in casual elegance within the historic mansion itself during your Celebration Dinner. Toast to a wonderful journey with newfound friends as you taste traditional Louisiana cuisine and sip on delicious wine as the sun dips below the tremendous Mississippi.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel The Inn at Houmas House, Darrow.
  7. Day 7 Depart New Orleans

    It's time to say ‘au revoir' to this special part of America. After breakfast, airport transfers depart for Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport.

    meals Breakfast
Cajun Country Escape Guided Tour Map
Price Includes

Additional Included Highlights

  • From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.
  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

Choice Highlights

Well-being

  • : Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19. All Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • : Our Well-Being Directors take a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met (available on tours with 21 or more guests).
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.

Authentic Dining

  • New Orleans: Explore the heart of the city on your own or relax at your hotel before joining your Travel Director and new friends for a Welcome Dinner.
  • Lafayette: You will be joined by a Local Expert who will help you catch your lunch the old-fashioned way, using hand nets. You’ll be taught how to prepare a traditional crawfish boil. If crawfish are out of season, you'll take part in a boil experience with seasonal seafood.
  • : Tonight, dine in casual elegance within the historic mansion itself during your Celebration Dinner.
  • Dining Summary: 6 Breakfast (B), 1 Dinner (D), 2 Dinner with Wine (DW), and 2 Lunch (L)

Insight Experiences

  • New Orleans: An immersive eco excursion shows you the rich tapestry of land, people and culture that thrives on the Mississippi. Meet a local oysterman and sample some fresh seafood at the fishing village.
  • Lafayette: A genre rooted in the ballads of the French-speaking Acadians, Cajun music is eclectic and joyous. Learn more about this fast tempo music and its history from a local accordion maker and musician.

Top Rated Highlights

  • New Orleans: Stop at the Tabasco Factory for a guided tour as you discover the process of making this world-famous red hot pepper sauce.
  • : Explore the vast, beautiful wetlands of the Atchafalaya Basin, composed of marshes and swamps. You’ll venture out on a swamp tour to explore a diverse ecosystem of moss-draped cypress trees, birds and perhaps even an alligator!
  • Baton Rouge: Visit Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, a National Historic Landmark overlooking the Mississippi River in downtown. Learn about the state’s rich history and the impact people can have on the democracy.

Dates & Prices

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January 2022
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