Sun, Dec 30: Arrive in New Orleans, Louisiana. Make your way to the French Market for lunch and maybe a beignet or two then see the city highlights on a guided tour. After checking in to your French Quarter hotel, you’ll have free time for dinner followed by an escapade to City Park and the Celebration in the Oaks. This magical, winter spectacle showcases oak trees sparkling with thousands of lights along with brilliant light displays throughout the 25 acres of City Park. Enjoy some hot chocolate or buttered rum while visiting this famous holiday wonderland.
Mon, Dec 31: Start the party! Celebrating New Year’s Eve in New Orleans is special to say the least. All day celebrations are yours to take part in during your free time– including a Mardi Gras-style parade through the city. After a celebratory dinner at your hotel, you’ll have front row seats to the New Year’s Eve midnight display of fireworks while on board the Steamboat City of New Orleans. Dance the night away while the skyline sparkles across the Mississippi. Live entertainment, a delicious holiday buffet, and a premium bar keep the party rolling. Cheers and Bonne Année! (Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)
Tue, Jan 1: Enjoy a leisurely morning then visit the #2 ranked museum not only in the USA, but in the World – the National World War II Museum. Take in the history of the American experience in the war and what it means today. This evening, celebrate New Year’s Day with a New Orleans Reveillon Dinner. Once a Creole family tradition, feasting after the Christmas midnight mass was an “awakening” of the senses after fasting and a way to celebrate the joys of the season. (B,D)
Wed, Jan 2: Go back in time and take a stroll through a 300-year-old alley of oak trees at Oak Alley Plantation. Get a feel for the history of the antebellum south with a guided tour of the Big House and by exploring the Slavery at Oak Alley exhibit, Civil War exhibit and Sugarcane Theater. After lunch at the restaurant, transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B,L)
Hotel Provincial, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and locally owned by the Dupepe family since 1961, this architectural gem with modern amenities is located in the French Quarter. Highlights: in-room mini-refrigerator • complimentary high-speed internet and Wi-Fi • restaurant • bar/lounge • two swimming pools.