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- Arrive New Orleans, LA.
- Day: 1
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- Accommodations: (STD) Holiday Inn Superdrome or similar (SUP) Sheraton New Orleans or similar (2 nights)
Arrive in New Orleans, one of the most exotic cities in the world, famous for riverboats, jazz, Creole cuisine and a seemingly endless parade of festivals. On arrival, pick up your car and proceed to your hotel. The remainder of your evening is at leisure. You may want totake this opportunity to enjoy a dinner at one of New Orleans’ many famous Cajun or Creole restaurants.
Accommodation: (STD) Holiday Inn Superdrome or similar (SUP) Sheraton New Orleans or similar (2 nights)
- New Orleans
- Day: 2
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The day is at your leisure to explore New Orleans on your own. Take a walking tour of the Vieux Carre, popularly known as the French Quarter, a place of narrow streets and iron gateways, wonderful old buildings and beautiful courtyards. Visit Jackson Square, Royal Street, Bourbon Street and the many museums. Take a full day bayou and swamp tour or enjoy a riverboat cruise on the Mississippi with dinner and dancing to a live jazz band.
- New Orleans – Tuscaloosa – Birmingham, AL
- Day: 3
- 280 miles | 450.52 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD & SUP) Comfort Inn or similar
Drive north through Mississippi and the highlands of Alabama with dark, fertile soil, perfect for growing cotton. Tuscaloosa, the “Black Warrior” town, established by Creek Indians, was the state capital for 20 years. Many of the city’s antebellum homes can be found in the Druid City District near Queen City Avenue. Overnight in Birmingham.
Accommodation: (STD & SUP) Comfort Inn or similar
- Birmingham – Nashville,TN.
- Day: 4
- 270 miles | 434.43 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD) Guesthouse International Inn & Suites or similar (SUP) Millennium Maxwell House or similar (2 nights)
A must-see before departing Birmingham is theVulcan. Standing 56 feet tall from toe to spearpoint, the Vulcan is the world’s largest castiron statue and considered one of the most memorable works of civic art in the United States.
Designed by Italian artist Giuseppe Moretti andcast from local iron in 1904, it has overlookedthe urban landscape of Alabama’s largest citysince the 1930s. Continue to Nashville, MusicCity, USA, knowAccommodation: (STD) Guesthouse International Inn & Suites or similar (SUP) Millennium Maxwell House or similar (2 nights)
- Nashville – Memphis, TN.
- Day: 6
- 210 miles | 337.89 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD) Comfort Inn Downtown or similar. (SUP) Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel or similar
Depart the capital of country and western music for the Home of the Blues, Memphis. This city combines the charms of the Old South with the exciting pace of a modern metropolis. You may wish to tour downtown Memphis with its famous Beale Street, followed by a visit to Elvis Presley’s palatial home, Graceland.
Accommodation: (STD) Comfort Inn Downtown or similar. (SUP) Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel or similar
- Memphis – Vicksburg, MS
- Day: 7
- 240 miles | 386.16 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD & SUP) Quality Inn & Suites or similar
See history come alive at Vicksburg NationalMilitary Park, one of the most heavilymonumented parks in the world. The parkcommemorates the campaign, siege, anddefense of Vicksburg in 1863 and includesover 1,300 monuments, markers and plaques,a 16-mile tour road, a restored Union gunboat,and a national cemetery, the nation’s largestburial site of Civil War Union soldiers and sailorswith graves totaling over 17,000.
Accommodation: (STD & SUP) Quality Inn & Suites or similar
- Vicksburg – Natchez, MS.
- Day: 8
- 90 miles | 144.81 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD) Days Inn Natchez or similar. (SUP) Natchez Eola Hotel or similar
Today drive south on the Natchez Trace Parkway which evolved from an Indian trail into a post road and pioneer highway and on to Natchez, the oldest settlement in the state of Mississippi, where the meeting of old and new is the essence of its charm. You may want to visit many of the plantations and homes in the Natchez area such as Burn, Dunleith, Melrose, Monmouth or Longwood. Longwood is reputedly the largest octagonal house in the country; construction began around 1858 but was never completed.
Accommodation: (STD) Days Inn Natchez or similar. (SUP) Natchez Eola Hotel or similar
- Natchez – Lafayette, LA.
- Day: 9
- 150 miles | 241.35 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD and SUP) Lafayette Hilton and Towers or similar
Today you will travel southward back into Louisiana through Alexandria, Ville Platte and Opelousas to Lafayette, the heart of Cajun Country where the Acadians, or Cajuns, started arriving in this swampy area in 1765. Today these French-USs are famous for their joie de vivre which is reflected in their lively dancing, music, and spicy food. Upon arrival, you may want to enjoy a walking tour of downtown to discover landmark buildings, or take a short drive to Acadian Village overlooking the bayou and filled with authentically restored Cajun homes and churches.
Accommodation: (STD and SUP) Lafayette Hilton and Towers or similar
- Lafayette – Cajun Country – New Orleans
- Day: 10
- 160 miles | 257.44 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD) Holiday Inn Superdrome or similar (SUP) Sheraton New Orleans or similar
Ashort drive from Lafayette takes you to New Iberia and Avery Island, the birthplace of Tabascosauce. Other attractions include Jungle Garden,lush with tropical plants, and Bird City, a sanctuary filled with flurries of snow-white egrets. Continue to Morgan City, the “Shrimp Capital of theWorld,” and Houma, where you may want to takesome time for an optional boat tour into the deepswamp and bayou to see alligators and other wildlife. Following the scenic route, and perhaps stopping at Terre Bonne or Southdown Plantation, youwill arrive in New Orleans.
Accommodation: (STD) Holiday Inn Superdrome or similar (SUP) Sheraton New Orleans or similar
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