This Amazing offer consists of 3 nights staying in the heart of the French Quarter where you can expereince the fabulous vibe with great music and creole cuisine, 2 nights in Baton Rouge, 2 nights in Lafayette and 3 nights in Houston, Texas!
Not only are we giving you a FREE evening jazz cruise with dinner, a FREE compact car with fully inclusive insurance, and a free Sat Nav to use while you are away but we are also offering you £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 – New Orleans
Fly from London to New Orleans, the home of Jazz. Upon arrival pick up your car from the airport and drive to your hotel, the remainder of your day is free to relax.
Day 2 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 3 New Orleans
Today is your last full day in New Orleans. Take a Mississippi River Cruise and see the city and area from a different vantage point and if you haven’t done so already make sure that you don’t leave New Orleans without catching some live music at one of the many jazz bars in the city.
Day 4 New Orleans to Baton Rouge
After your 3 night stay in New Orleans drive to your next destination, Baton Rouge. Here you will spend 2 nights. Once you have arrived check into your hotel and enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
Day 5 Baton Rouge
Spend your full day enjoy the fine food Baton Rouge has on offer. Unlock the secrets of Louisiana’s distinct cuisine in Baton Rouge from heavenly hallelujah crab, succulent crawfish etouffe and delectable bread pudding.
Day 6 Baton Rouge to Lafayette
After breakfast check out your hotel and continue west to Lafayette. You have 2 nights here so check into your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.
Day 7 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 8 Lafayette to Houston
After your 2 nights in Lafayette continue the final part of your journey which will take you to Houston, Texas. You have 3 nights here so plenty of time to explore this great city. When you have arrived check into your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure
Day 9 Houston
Today check out the Houston Zoo, the place Parent’s Magazine recently named one of the “10 Best Zoos” in the nation. Set in a 55-acre lush tropical landscape, the Houston Zoo is home to more than 4,500 exotic animals representing more than 800 species. This afternoon, why not visit The Houston museum of natural science, one of the most visited museums in the U.S. which features the Wortham IMAX Theatre, Burke Baker Planetarium, Cockrell Butterfly Center, permanent exhibit halls and travelling exhibitions. One of the best discovery places for kids and adults alike.
Day 10 Houston
Today why not visit the Space Centre Houston. It is the official visitors experience at NASA's Johnson Space Center. The Starship Gallery Journey begins in Destiny Theatre with the 12 minute feature of "On Human Destiny" which traces the history of the manned space program. You can also observe three capsules that were actually flown in space and mock-ups that were used for astronaut training. The Level 9 tram tour consists of a behind the scenes tour to Johnson Space Center including the Historical Mission Control Center and the International Space Station Shuttle mock-up facility where astronauts receive their training. Stop for a spot of lunch before spending the afternoon doing a spot of shopping.
Day 11 Houston to London
This morning you will have time for some last minute shopping before driving to the airport for your flight home. Drop your car off at the airport and check-in.
Day 12 London
Arrive back into London after a fantastic holiday.