This amazing offer begins with flying into Dallas Fort Worth where you spend 2 nights in Dallas, 2 nights in Fort Worth, 2 nights in Austin, 2 nights at the Dixie Dude Ranch on full board with FREE daily horse rides, 2 nights in San Antonio, with a night in Houston. After discovering Texas you will be begin your Cajun adventure with 2 nights in Lafayette, finishing off with a final 2 nights in the birthplace of Jazz New Orleans giving you a perfect taster of Louisiana before flying home.
We are offering you a FREE compact car with fully inclusive insurance and a FREE Sat Nav as well as £200 per person discount!
We are delighted to let you know about a number of excursions that we can offer which will not only save you up to 50% off the local ticket prices, but save you valuable time during your stay.
You can call us free of charge on 01737 646416 to book any of these trips & tours.
Daytime Jazz Cruise, £35 per person - Let us take you back to when life was as slow and graceful as the current on the Mississippi. Experience New Orleans as it can best be seen from the river and enjoy a two-hour cruise by day from the heart of the French Quarter, including Calliope concert!
Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner, £65 per person - Savour the beauty and romance of the New Orleans skyline aboard the Dinner / Jazz Cruise on the authentic Steamboat NATCHEZ... New Orleans' only authentic Steamboat!
French Quarter Walking Tour, £25 per person - Let your own ‘local expert’ unravel the mysteries of one of America’s oldest and most unique living neighborhoods! Follow in the footsteps of historic figures as you stroll along the Mighty Mississippi, through the French Market and Jackson Square, and down the banquettes (sidewalks) of quaint streets named for saints and sinners from our European past.Learn about the Creoles on this tour through the original city, founded in 1718 by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville.See the old Quarter come to life as your guide explains its secrets and helps you understand all it has to offer - architecture, courtyards, gardens, food, music, and art.Your tour ends at the Cabildo, built under Spanish rule in 1795-1799, and the site of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Featuring a comprehensive exhibit on Louisiana's early history, the Cabildo served as a city hall, a courthouse and a prison. It was the headquarters of the Louisiana State Supreme Court for the landmark Plessy vs. Ferguson decision.One of the most legendary artifacts on display here is the death mask of the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Some of his former officers schemed to rescue him from exile on the island of St. Helena and bring him to Louisiana but he died a few days before this plan was finalized.
Meeting point:Gray Line ticket office at 400 Toulouse Street.
Start or opening time:10.00 am
Others:This is a walking tour on uneven sidewalks and streets, so please wear comfortable shoes! During warmer months, we recommend that you wear lightly colored clothing; caps/hats and umbrellas are also suggested. Another museum/historic home will be substituted for the Cabildo, which is closed on Mondays and State Holidays.
Ghosts and spirts walking tour, £26 per person - New Orleans has been referred to as "The most haunted city in America". After this tour, you be the judge!. With its colourful history and unique traditions, it is no wonder so many New Orleans homes and taverns have been investigated by paranormal investigators. You will visit several haunted sites and hear about the stories featured on The History Channel and The Discovery Channel. When it rains in the French Quarter, the locals swear a beautiful voice floats out of the mist. After you hear the story of Pere' Dagobert vs. "Bloody" O'Reilly and the "singing rain," you might hear it too. Will you see any of the ghosts that inhabit the famous Bourbon Orleans Hotel - formerly a theatre, ballroom, orphanage and convent? The staff and guests report regular sightings of uninvited guests! There is no guarantee you will see a ghost, but you will go where you're most likely to meet one!
New Orleans Original Cocktail Walking Tour, £29 per person - Take a walk through the french quarter's famous bars and restaurants and discover the famous "spirits" of New Orleans. It's history... with a twist! From the Sazerac and Pimm's Cup to the Hurricane and Hand Grenade, you'll enjoy a different view of New Orleans through classic stories of the unique concoctions made famous here and the characters that brought them to life. Go behind the scenes at the oldest restaurant in the city to visit the wine cellar and private dining rooms.
Super City Tour, £38 per person - Travel Through Three Centuries of history, legends and romance as you encounter “The City That Care Forgot!”Absorb the sights & sounds of the world famous French Quarter and historic Jackson Square, home of the Cabildo and Presbytere Museums.Visit one of our historic cemeteries, referred to as “Cities of the Dead,” and learn about this unique above ground burial system.Marvel at stories of voodoo and piracy on Bayou St. John, the waterway used by Jean Lafitte and his band of pirates, as we make our way to the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. View the longest bridge over water in the world, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.Follow the path of the St. Charles Avenue streetcar, the oldest continuously operating passenger railway system in the world (until service was disrupted by Hurricane Katrina).See the homes of former Kings & Queens of Mardi Gras, stately mansions and the world-famous, exclusive Garden District.View Tulane and Loyola Universities across from Audubon Park, home to one of the top five zoos in the nation, The Audubon Zoo.
Swamp and Bayou, £43 per person - After a short motorcoach ride across the Mississippi River, take a fascinating boat trip into the Louisiana Swamps & Bayous. Experience the timeless beauty of Southern Louisiana in a custom built, all weather swamp boat. Native guides will reveal the mysteries of the swamps and bayous and the Cajun "joie de vivre". Observe the nesting grounds of alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria, and many species of snakes. Some wildlife is more numerous during the warmer months of the year. Learn about the efforts made to preserve and restore Louisiana's vanishing wetlands. These tours have been featured on The Discovery Channel, The Travel Channel, CBS, NBC and ABC. Bring your camera to capture the "bon temps" (good times) on the bayou!.
The Court of Two Sisters Restaurant, Jazz brunch breakfast = £40 per person - A trip to New Orleans would not be complete without enjoying our world-famous live Jazz Brunch Buffet served in the French Quarter's largest courtyard. Enjoy more than 80 different items such as Eggs Benedict and spicy Oysters Bienville all prepared fresh daily. For a quiet, romantic evening enjoy a Creole Dinner featuring dishes such as Lobster Etouffée and Veal Royal Court.
Heart of the Tunnel Walk - £25 per person - Delve deep into Houston’s impressive underground tunnel system for the ultimate lowdown on Space City with this fascinating tour. Situated 6 metres (20ft) under the heaving streets, the network of walkways links 95 Downtown blocks over a combined distance of 11km (7 miles) and boasts a series of eye-catching architectural gems. Other highlights include the views from the highest sky lobby in Texas, a Houston history lesson, a Dutch-style lunch and time for shopping and during this impressive tunnel vision.
Start your subterranean adventure above ground at the Chase Bank Building, which features eight frescoes depicting Texas history. Head down and then up to the Chase Tower, the tallest building in Texas, to the 60th floor and admire Houston from the sky lobby. Back to ground level and across the street to Pennzoil Place. Take the lift back down to the Tunnel and walk underground to One Shell Square.
Head back up again to street level and take a stroll in Hermann Square Park towards City Hall, where you will watch a short video about Houston, pose for a photo and learn more about the city from where America plotted its conquest of the moon. Then head back down again to the tunnels for a bite to eat from one of the food vendors and then finish this zigzagging tour with a walk through the newest tunnel towards the city’s theatre district, the Downtown Historic District and MetroRail, the futuristic tram system.
City Pass - £35 per person - Visit five famous Houston attractions for one amazing low price! Included are tickets to five of the following seven attractions: Space Center Houston, Downtown Aquarium, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston Zoo or The Health Museum and, finally, Museum of Fine Arts or Children's Museum of Houston. This value-for-money ticket book is valid for nine days from first use; perfect for a weekend getaway or a longer vacation.
The Space Center is the official visitor centre of the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, the NASA centre dedicated to human spaceflight. There is so much to see and learn about: Mission Control, Gene Kranz’s vest and the Lunar Rover Trainer used to train astronauts for the Apollo 15-17 missions.
The Downtown Aquarium aquarium is home to more than 200 species of aquatic animals and is located is a complex that merged the former Fire Station No. 1 and the Central Waterworks Building. The Houston Museum of Natural Science is located on the border of Hermann Park. The museum was established in 1909 and is one of Houston’s most popular attractions. The complex comprises one central building with four floors of natural science exhibits, Burke Baker Planetarium, Cockrell Butterfly Center and the Wortham Giant Screen Theater.
The Houston Zoo is located within Hermann Park and houses more than 6,000 animals from over 900 species. The zoo receives 1.8 million visitors each year and is the tenth most visited wildlife park in the United States
Day by day
Day 1 London to Dallas
Fly from London to Dallas. When you arrive pick up your car from the airport and drive to your hotel. Evening at leisure
Day 2 Dallas
A full day to explore the city of Dallas. With so much to do plan ahead to make the most of your full day.
Day 3 Dallas to Fort Worth
Enjoy some breakfast before driving the short distance to Fort Worth, a place so close yet so different. Check into your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.
Day 4 Fort Worth
Cowboys and Culture isn't just a tagline, nowhere else can you find the western heritage that is so quintessentially Texas. Today, visitors can experience the Old West beautifully preserved and honoured through our Stockyards National Historic District and downtown’s Sundance Square.
Also known as the “Cultural Capital of the Southwest,” Fort Worth is home to a world-renowned Cultural District, home to five world-class museums housing some of the most important works of art of the 20th century.
Day 5 Fort Worth to Austin
After a great couple of nights in Fort Worth you will continue your drive to Austin. When you arrive check into your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.
Day 6 Austin
What you hear is true, Austin is filled with vibrant entertainment and culture, inspiring cuisine and stunning outdoor settings, Austin lets you create a soundtrack all your own. Their home to more than 250 music venues and a vibrant arts scene. So take a look around, and put Live Music Capital of the World® on your playlist.
Day 7 Austin to Dixie Dude Ranch
Today your drive takes just over 2 hours and will take you to Dixie Dude ranch where you will spend 2 nights. Your ranch experience includes all meals and 2 horse rides every day!
Day 8 Dixie Dude Ranch
The guest ranch, nestled in the spectacular Texas Hill Country, continues to adhere to its original purpose - a real working ranch where longhorn cattle, Spanish goats, and pigs are raised, where real cowboys work the horses and compete in rodeos, and where the meals are always home-cooked. At Dixie Dude Ranch when they tell a guest, "This is your home on the range," they mean it.
Located near Bandera, Texas, proclaimed as the Cowboy Capital of the World, the Dixie Dude is not a resort ranch. They are an old-time working stock ranch founded by William Wallace Whitley in 1901, in our fifth generation of showing you true Texas hospitality.
Situated on 725 acres, the Dixie Dude Ranch offers fine vistas of spectacular Texas Hill Country, with plenty of room to relax, catch a glorious sunset or kick up your heels.
Day 9 Dixie Dude Ranch to San Antonio
After your authentic Cow boy experience head to the nearby city of San Antonio for another couple of nights. Enjoy the afternoon and evening at leisure.
Day 10 San Antonio
Spend your day exploring San Antonio. Don’t miss the stunning river walk! The San Antonio River Walk is a verdant oasis of cypress-lined paved paths, arched stone bridges and lush landscapes. It gently winds through the city centre, providing millions of visitors each year with easy access to the city’s cultural hot spots, historic sites and other attractions.
Day 11 San Antonio to Houston
After a couple of nights in San Antonio drive to Houston for an overnight stop. Enjoy the evening at leisure and enjoy of one of the many restaurants Houston has to offer
Day 12 Houston to Lafayette
After an overnight in Houston it’s time to head to Louisiana with your first stop in Lafayette.
Day 13 Lafayette
You have a full day here to explore Lafayette or you could visit Nearby Lake Martin Nature Reserve which is a place where land turns to water and where, in the spring, there's a huge abundance of birdlife including egrets, herons and spoonbills, as well as scores of alligators. For a real taste of the local landscape though, take a thrilling swamp tour to see sunbathing alligators relaxing amongst cypress trees dripping with Spanish moss.
Day 14 Lafayette to New Orleans
After 2 days in Lafayette it’s time for your last stop, New Orleans. The perfect way to end this holiday. Why not enjoy the evening in Bourbon Street!
Day 15 New Orleans
Spend the day exploring one of the most vibrant and captivating cities in North America. One of the finest areas of the city is the French Quarter; here you can sample the atmosphere and buzz that generates from all parts. The architecture is stunning and the food and music even better.
Day 16 New Orleans to London
After an amazing time in New Orleans it’s time to head to the airport where you will drop off your car and check in for your overnight flight home.
Day 17 London
Arrive back into the UK after an amazing holiday.