Mardi Gras - New Orleans 2014

Lousiana Group Tours

February 25 - March 2, 2014


Mardi Gras, Gators, Carriage Ride & More!

Package Includes:

February 25, 2014

Arrive at airport in early or late afternoon

We stop for lunch if visitors want to have lunch before going to the hotel. Zea’s is a good choice for lunch.

Driving tour of French Quarter to acquaint visitors with area

Check into Royal St. Charles Hotel – 1335 St. Charles Avenue – New Orleans, Louisiana 70130.

6:00 p.m. – Depart for dinner. Dinner is included at Restaurant de Piero. It is in the little village of Kenner. Restaurant is located in a charming old home. Piero Cenni’s restaurant originally opened farther up the same railroad line, in the old part of Pontchatoula, Louisiana. Before Katrina hit New Orleans it was moved to Kenner. Centanni meals a hundred years in Italian and that is about how old the house is that houses the restaurant. Piero Cenni is a native of Romagna region of Italy whose capital city is Bologna. The area is known for a distinctive style of Italian cooking. The most famous dish from there is pasta with tomato based, long cooked meat sauce. The chef uses grass fed beef, wild caught fish and pasta is made in house with free range eggs. They offer more grilling than many Italian restaurants.

After dinner guide/driver will go with you into the French Quarter to enjoy music or whatever interests you.

Overnight – Royal St. Charles Hotel – New Orleans, Louisiana

February 26, 2014

8:00 a.m. – Breakfast included at Daisy Dukes Restaurant- Daisy Dukes is just around the corner from hotel and we meet there at 8:00 a.m. If you prefer, meet in lobby of hotel at 7:45 a.m. and walk with the guide.

9:00 a.m. – New Orleans City Tour Guide, Harry Bale, will meet at Daisy Dukes for start of New Orleans City Tour. We tour Garden District, Business District, French Quarter, etc.

12:15 p.m. - Arrive at World War II Museum and enjoy lunch on own in the museum. You will have time to visit gift shop. Visit Museum and view exhibits.

2:00 p.m. – Beyond All Boundaries with Tom Hanks. (Important to be at the film at 2:00 p.m. as it is only shown on the hour. This is not to be missed).

3:30 p.m. – Depart Museum

Free time in French Quarter

6:30 p.m. - Depart - Dinner on own at Elizabeth’s Restaurant– Elizabeth’s Restaurant is in the By Water District and is one of the restaurants where locals love to have dinner. This is a real New Orleans experience. Famous chefs are often seen eating in the establishment. The food is real New Orleans cuisine. The building is an old run down building but some of the best food in New Orleans.

The parade passes in front of hotel tonight. There is app on cell phone that is mardi gras parade tracker and it will track where the parade is located. This will give us idea when it will reach hotel. There are often breakdowns or other problems so it does not have schedule that you can depend on. The parades are Krewe of Ancient Druids and Krewe of NYX.

Visit Bourbon Street and you may want to visit Pat Obrien’s Bar. Pat OBriens is one of the most famous bars in New Orleans. They are known for hurricanes and for the piano bar. Their courtyard is a must see. Be sure to cash in your hurricane glass, as there is deposit on the glass.

Overnight – Royal St. Charles Hotel 135 St. Charles Avenue New Orleans, La. 70130 504-587-3700

February 27, 2014

8:00 a.m. - Included Breakfast will be delivered to your room. The breakfast is full breakfast and includes omelet, sausage, hash browned potatoes, biscuit, and jelly. There is coffee maker in room.

9:00 a.m. – Depart for New Orleans School of Cooking. Meet in lobby of hotel. You will have time to shop in Cooking School before class starts and after class ends. Class will end at 12:30 p.m. Lunch is included at Cooking School.

2:00 p.m. - We continue to Katrina exhibit where you view exhibits about Hurricane Katrina. The tour is self-guided and there are videos and other commentary to give you the history.

Katrina Exhibit and Carriage ride are on Jackson Square. You will enjoy the square as it is lines with small shops and artists working around the square.

3:15 p.m. - Enjoy a New Orleans Carriage ride through the French Quarter or a Bike Taxi ride through the French Quarter.

Visit St. Louis Cathedral on own and enjoy French Quarter shops or Café du Monde.

Free time in French Quarter

6:00 p.m. – We depart from lobby of hotel. We offer meal on own at local restaurant.

Tonight Krewe of Babylon, Krewe of Muses, and Krewe of Chaos are parading. We return to hotel for you to see the parades in front of hotel.

After parades there will be time to enjoy French Quarter and it is in walking distance from the hotel.

Overnight – Royal St. Charles Hotel – New Orleans, Louisiana

February 28, 2014

8:00 a.m. – Depart for Fat Hen Restaurant and enjoy breakfast on St. Charles Avenue. The breakfast is a choice of entrees but the biscuits are real Southern Biscuits.

9:30 a.m. – Depart for Houma, Louisiana and enjoy tour on the way to Houma.

11:00 a.m. – Visit a working alligator farm and hear how eggs are gathered and how the alligators are raised until they are sent to market.

12:30 p.m. – Lunch on own at Plantation Inn Restaurant

2:00 p.m. – Visit Water Life Museum and view interacting exhibits dealing with seafood and oil industries.

3:00 p.m. – Visit Terrebonne Art Guild and meet some of the local artists. Visitors enjoy artwork and also jewelry that was made by local artists.

Visit Mardi Gras store and see how the float riders buy their throws.

5:00 p.m. – Check into hotel

6:30 p.m. – Depart for included dinner at Big Al’s Restaurant. We offer boiled crayfish appetizers and catfish platters. Visitors that do not eat catfish also have choice of chicken. Local guides will show visitors to eat crayfish.

We watch local Mardi Gras Parade

Overnight – Quality Hotel – Houma, Louisiana

March 1, 2014

Breakfast included

8:30 a.m.- Depart Quality Hotel

9:00 a.m. – Visit bayou community and hear about the lifestyles of local Acadian People that settled along our bayous.

11:00 a.m. – Lunch on own at Sweet Olive Restaurant

1:00 p.m. – Swamp boat tour in into the deepest swamps of Louisiana. Enjoy viewing animals, water fowl, reptiles, and lots of Cypress trees and other vegetation. Hear the local Captain give history of swamps.

3:30 p.m. – Daiquiri Shop

4:00 p.m. – Return to hotel for rest before dinner

5:30 p.m. – Depart for Twelve Oaks Plantation. Enjoy meal, as you would have on a working plantation. The owner prepares the meal.

We enjoy live entertainment after dinner and visitors have opportunity to sing along with local musician.

Overnight – Quality Hotel – Houma, Louisiana

March 2, 2014

Breakfast included

7:45 a.m. – Luggage outside door Quality Hotel

8:00 a.m. – Depart with luggage

9:00 a.m. – Meet ZZ and Uncle Tom two of the Swamp People. He just signed contract and will be on television in a few months. Hear about his alligator hunting.

10:00 a.m. – Depart for River Road to visit Laura Plantation with tour on the way.

11:00 a.m. – Laura is a Creole Plantation and the tour will take you through the home and you will view many other houses on property. The Tales of Brer Rabbit were started here.

12:30 a.m. – Oak Alley for lunch on own and visit to gift shop. Very large gift shop on site of restaurant. They offer deli meal or meal in restaurant.

1:30 p.m. – Depart for Airport

Total Cost:
$1,299.00 Double
$1,599.00 Single
Cost includes: Lodging, Tour Guide, Baggage Handling One Bag, Local Transportation, Meals as Noted, Destrehan Plantation, Twelve Oaks Dinner, Tujaques Dinner, Airboat Tour, Alligator Farm, Mardi Gras Den, Water Life Museum, Katrina Exhibit, Carriage Ride, World War II Museum with Beyond All Boundaries, Art Guild, Citrus Farm, Cajun Cultural Tour.

Deposit:
Deposit due December 15, 2012 of $200 per person and balance due January 3, 2013. The hotels want us to have idea of how many rooms we are using by January 3, 2013. Please pay deposit now to reserve your spot! We only authorize your credit card for the deposit amount at this time. We will not actually charge your card until we have contacted you for travel details and confirmed your reservation.

Balance:
After your reservation is confirmed, we will invoice you for the balance due at the appropriate time.

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