New Orleans & Cajun Country

March 6, 2025 thru March 12, 2025

It’s jazz, cotton, sugar cane, iron-laced balconies, and great, white plantation homes. It’s glittering steamboats, trudging barges, and mammoth cargo ships on that big, muddy river. It’s bayous, crawfish etouffee, and sweet southern drawls. Start with an exploration of Cajun country and then finish off with the grand finale of NOLA!


Transportation

Air

Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to New Orleans included.

Transportation

Motorcoach

Duration

7 days, 6 nights

Activity Level 4

Active

Meals

12 meals (6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners) included

Availability

Available

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Pickup/Dropoff

Roundtrip Door-to-Door Livery Service

Gratuities

Tour Director, Driver & Local Guide tips included


Tour Highlights

  • Cajun Country Swamp Tour
  • Tabasco Factory Tour
  • Jungle Gardens
  • Vermilionville Historic Village
  • Soko Music
  • Houmas House
  • Baton Rouge State Capitol
  • Steamship River Cruise
  • National World War II Museum
  • New Orleans City Tour
  • French Quarter Walking Tour
  • School of Cooking
  • Mardi Gras World

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip air transportation TUS to New Orleans (not including airline baggage & in-flight charges)
  • Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
  • Roundtrip Door-to-Door Livery Service
  • 6 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
  • 12 meals (6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners) included
  • Guided city tour of New Orleans
  • Admission to all listed attractions
  • Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
  • Your professional PLEASUREBENT Tour Director
  • All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping) 


Day 1 - Welcome to Cajun Country

Begin your journey with a flight into Louisiana. We transfer to the Hampton Inn & Suites in Thibodaux and spend the evening at a relaxing pace with a Welcome Dinner!

Meals Included: (D)

Day 2 - New Orleans City Tour

Start your day with an exciting visit to Cajun Man’s Swamp Tours and Adventures, where you’ll explore the lush bayous and encounter diverse wildlife in their natural habitat. Following this adventure, head to Avery Island for a delightful lunch and a tour of the famous Tabasco Factory, discovering the history and process behind this iconic hot sauce. Next, immerse yourself in the beauty of Jungle Gardens, a tranquil haven of exotic plants and wildlife. After a day of exploration, arrive at Home2 Suites by Hilton in Lafayette to unwind. The evening is yours to enjoy an independent dinner.

Meals Included: (B, L)

Day 3 - Step Back in Time

Begin your morning at the Farmers Market in downtown Lafayette, where you’ll browse fresh, local produce and artisanal goods while soaking in the atmosphere. Next, step back in time with a visit to Vermilionville Historic Village, where you’ll explore the rich cultural heritage of the region and enjoy an included lunch. This living history museum and folklife park located in Lafayette offers visitors an immersive experience into the cultural heritage of the Acadian, Creole, and Native American communities of the region from the 1765 to 1890 period.

In the afternoon, head to Henderson for an engaging Soko Music Tour, delving into the unique sounds and rhythms of Cajun and Zydeco music. Conclude your day with a delightful dinner at the legendary Bon Temps restaurant!

Meals Included: (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Baton Rouge

Start your day in Baton Rouge with a visit to the impressive Louisiana State Capitol, the tallest capitol building in the United States, offering stunning views of the city from its observation deck. Next, explore the Shaw Museum of Arts. In the afternoon, head to Houmas House & Gardens for a guided tour of this beautifully restored plantation estate, complete with lush gardens and fascinating historical insights. Afterward, check in at the charming Bienville House in New Orleans, where you’ll unwind before enjoying an independent dinner at one of the city’s renowned restaurants.

Meals Included: (B)

Day 5 - New Orleans Experience

Embark on a New Orleans city tour by bus with a knowledgeable step-on guide, showcasing the city’s most iconic landmarks and neighborhoods. Following the bus tour, enjoy a French Quarter walking tour, where you’ll delve into the rich history and vibrant culture of this famous district. Iconic landmarks such as Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, and the French Market add to its charm. The French Quarter is famous for its jazz music, with live performances filling the air, especially on Bourbon Street, where the nightlife is legendary.

In the evening, participate in a two-hour experience at the School of Cooking, where you’ll learn to prepare classic dishes like chicken and andouille sausage gumbo, crawfish étouffée, and bananas foster. Enjoy tasting your creations and take home copies of the recipes to recreate these delectable dishes.

Meals Included: (B, D)

Day 6 - On the Mississippi

Spend the morning exploring the National WWII Museum, a world-class institution that offers an in-depth look at the American experience during World War II through engaging exhibits, personal narratives, and interactive displays. After a fascinating visit, board a classic New Orleans steamboat for a scenic cruise along the Mississippi River. Enjoy a leisurely lunch onboard while taking in the historic and picturesque views of the riverfront. The evening is yours to explore independently, whether it’s discovering more of the city’s vibrant culture, dining at a local restaurant, or simply relaxing and reflecting on the day’s experiences.

Meals Included: (B, L)

Day 7 - Mardi Gras World & Home

Begin your final day in New Orleans with a visit to Mardi Gras World, where you’ll get an insider’s look at the vibrant and elaborate floats that make the city’s famous parades so spectacular. Explore the workshop, learn about the history and traditions of Mardi Gras, and see artisans at work. After this colorful experience, you’ll transfer to the airport to catch your departing flight, concluding your memorable journey through New Orleans and its surrounding treasures.

Meals Included: (B)

Itinerary subject to change.


Package Pricing

$3,365 per person

Double occupancy

Deposit: $200

$3,775 per person

Single occupancy

Deposit: $200

Final Payment Due:

December 3, 2024

Deposit: n/a

Price Includes

• Roundtrip air transportation TUS to New Orleans (not including airline baggage & in-flight charges)
• Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
• Roundtrip door-to-door livery service
• 6 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
• 12 meals (6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners) included
• Admission to all listed attractions
• Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
• Your professional Pleasurebent Tours Tour Director
• All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping) 


Booking Policy

Final Payment Due: December 3, 2024

CANCELLATION FEES: 

  • None through December 3, 2024
  • $200 – December 4 – 31, 2024
  • $1,700 – January 1 – 28, 2025
  • 100% after January 28, 2025

We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page. Click here for more information on our booking policies.

Travel Insurance

In today’s changing travel environment, it’s important to help protect your travel investment so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Unforeseen events such as flight delays, baggage loss or even a sudden sickness or injury could impact your travel plans. For your convenience, we offer a Travelex Insurance Services protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected.

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ITINERARY

For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.

The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.

ACTIVITY LEVEL 4

The Activity Level for this tour is Active.

Expectations: The tour includes well-paced walking tours with regular breaks. Up to 2-4 hours of walking each day. To fully take advantage of all this tour has to offer, guests need to be able to walk longer distances, climb several flights of stairs and navigate steps and uneven terrain walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators). Your itinerary can include significant changes in temperature and altitude and may require a higher number of longer travel days with morning and/or evening activities. Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Excursions require standing and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, expect a vigorous pace and enjoy participating in two to three hours of physical activity per day.

AIRLINE TICKETS

You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport. If you have an airline frequent flyer number, or a Global Entry or TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.
If you are joining the tour from locations other than Tucson, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.

AIRPORT SECURITY

Do not forget to bring your passport to show at the airport. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.

BAGGAGE

We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security measures. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.

GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE

The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is included on this tour. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach/livery drivers. Hotel housekeeping tips are not included.

LIVERY

For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)

LODGING REQUESTS

If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.

Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.

TRAVEL REQUESTS

We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.

RESPONSIBILITY

Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS

Temperature: Daytime highs typically range from 65°F to 73°F (18°C to 23°C), while nighttime lows are usually between 50°F and 58°F (10°C to 14°C).
Precipitation: March can be a moderately rainy month, with an average of about 4.5 inches (114 mm) of rainfall spread over 8-10 days. Occasional thunderstorms are possible.
Humidity: The humidity is generally moderate, making it comfortable for outdoor activities.

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