This amazing offer begins with flying into Houston where you spend 2 nights before heading to the coast for 2 nights in Galveston. After your time in Texas it’s time to head to the state of Louisiana for 2 nights in Lake Charles before ending your trip in New Orleans.
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.
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
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.
Day by day
Day 1 London to Houston
Fly from London to Houston. When you arrive collect your car hire and drive to your hotel. Evening at leisure in Houston.
Day 2 Houston
A full day in Houston at your leisure, make sure you take a visit to the famous Space Centre!
Day 3 Houston to Galveston
After 2 nights in Houston it’s time to head to the coast with 2 nights in Galveston. When you arrive check into your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.
Day 4 Galveston
Galveston offers 32 miles of relaxing beaches, superb restaurants, top resort hotels, marvellous downtown shopping, numerous antique stores, incredible art galleries, fabulous entertainment and one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country. Be sure to enjoy your full day here!
Day 5 Galveston to Lake Charles
Your time in Texas has come to an end but it’s now time to head to Louisiana with 2 nights in Lake Charles. When you arrive check into your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.
Day 6 Lake Charles
The Cajun personalities make you feel at home while exploring the casinos, golf greens, live music, Cajun cuisine and restaurants, not to mention year round fishing and hunting. Outdoor adventures also include a journey into Louisiana's Outback along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road, so plenty of things to experience and enjoy on your full day here.
Day 7 Lake Charles to New Orleans
What better way to end your holiday than with 3 nights in New Orleans. Evening at leisure
Day 8 - 9 New Orleans
New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, is a city that is alive and buzzing day or night. Not only is the nightlife and music scene second to none the food culture that brings this amazing city together is delightful. Home to the Mardi Gras, you can be sure that a holiday to New Orleans will be lively! The climate of New Orleans is humid subtropical with short and typically mild winters and hot, humid summers. The monthly daily average temperature ranges from 11.9 °C in January 28 in July and August. This is a fantastic place to go out for a meal and walk back to the hotel accompanied by the soft sounds of jazz and blues playing in the background, a truly cultural delight is New Orleans!
Day 10 New Orleans to London
After 3 fantastic nights in New Orleans it’s time to drop the car off at the airport and check in for your overnight flight home.
Day 11 London
Arrive back into the UK after a great fly-drive holiday.