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SPOTLIGHT ON NEW ORLEANS

Your Tour at a Glance

Step into “The Big Easy,” a soulful city abound with rich history, mouth-watering Cajun and Creole cuisine, and an incomparable soundtrack during Carnival. Get to know the “birthplace of jazz” during your extended stay in the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans just in time for Carnival. Visit a museum in Tremé and gain a historical perspective on Mardi Gras traditions. Spend time at the festive Mardi Gras World. Discover unique flavours during a cooking class featuring the popular dishes of the city as well as dinner at The Court of Two Sisters with a balcony overlooking Bourbon Street. Come to know the city’s music when taking in a spirited jazz revue at a French Quarter jazz club. Learn the secrets of the famous French Quarter on a walking tour featuring St. Louis Cathedral and the French Marketplace. Enjoy reserved seats at two uptown parades - bring a bag for all of the plush throws, beads and treasures you’ll catch. Enjoy a single-hotel stay in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter amidst jazz, streetcars, and an unmistakable joie de vivre.

TRIP OUTLINE

Stay

5 Days

4 Nights

Meals

6 Meals

4 Breakfasts

2 Dinners

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Pre Night: Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans

In the heart of the French Quarter on Bourbon Street, experience New Orleans the way it was meant to when you stay at the The Royal Sonesta Hotel. You are sure to have an authentic experience at this modern and refined hotel that has European style. The hotel is walking distance to the Mississippi Riverfront, the Central Business District and other famous attractions. Sonesta’s Art Collection fills the hotel and guest rooms, creating an exciting atmosphere.

 

Day 1: New Orleans, Louisiana ­ Tour Begins Welcome to the “Jazz Capital of the World:” New Orleans! Experience this soulful city abound with rich history, mouthwatering Cajun and Creole cuisine, and of course, an incomparable soundtrack. On this special departure, enjoy Carnival during its first weekend, when the parades start rolling* before Mardi Gras. Hotel Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans New Orleans Weather High 16° Low 4° Rain 4"

 

Day 2: French Quarter This morning, enjoy a panoramic city tour with a local guide. Start by seeing St. Louis Cemetery #3; opened in 1854, it holds some of the most elaborate crypts found in the city’s cemeteries. Then, visit a museum in Tremé and gain a historical perspective on Mardi Gras traditions. Relax during a drive along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain. This road eventually leads to St. Charles Avenue, whisking you past gorgeous mansions and two world ­famous universities, Tulane and Loyola. This afternoon, celebrate the festive side of New Orleans at Mardi Gras World; come to know the history of this tradition and tour a working warehouse where artisans create spectacular floats for the famous parades. Tonight, learn to cook New Orleans­ style! During a cooking demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking, your chef will indulge you in everything Louisiana cuisine has to offer. After dinner, discover for yourself why New Orleans is the “Birthplace of Jazz” during a roaring jazz revue at a local club in the French Quarter. Hotel Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans New Orleans Culinary Breakfast & Dinner Weather High 16° Low 4° Rain 4"

 

Day 3: French Quarter Introduce yourself to the city’s famous French Quarter on a walking tour that features such sights as the majestic St. Louis Cathedral, and the bustling French Marketplace, where you’ll explore Pirates Alley and view the Pontalba. Head over to Café Du Monde for a taste of a true New Orleans favorite – beignets! Tonight, enjoy reserved seats at an uptown parade!* Make sure to bring a bag along for all of the plush throws, beads and treasures you may catch! Hotel Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans New Orleans Culinary Breakfast Weather High 16° Low 4° Rain 4"

 

Day 4: New Orleans Enjoy some free time this morning before heading to your reserved seats at another dazzling uptown parade!* Tonight, laissez les bon temps rouler (let the good times roll) during dinner at The Court of Two Sisters in the French Quarter, where a private balcony yields unforgettable views of the colorful crowd below. Hotel Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans New Orleans Culinary Breakfast & Dinner Weather High 16° Low 4° Rain 4"

 

Day 5: New Orleans ­ Tour Ends Your tour of this captivating city during Carnival season comes to a close today.

 

Post Night: Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans 

In the heart of the French Quarter on Bourbon Street, experience New Orleans the way it was meant to when you stay at the The Royal Sonesta Hotel. You are sure to have an authentic experience at this modern and refined hotel that has European style. The hotel is walking distance to the Mississippi Riverfront, the Central Business District and other famous attractions. Sonesta’s Art Collection fills the hotel and guest rooms, creating an exciting atmosphere.

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