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5 NIGHT BIG EASY EXTRAVAGANZA

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2022

DAY 1, SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25

ARRIVE NEW ORLEANS

Guests of Chateau Montelena will be met on arrival at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) and transferred to the Hotel Monteleone in the heart of the city’s famed French Quarter. Tonight enjoy welcome cocktails and dinner with George Blanckensee. (D)

DAY 2, MONDAY SEPTEMBER 26

FRENCH QUARTER / ACME OYSTER HOUSE / WINE TASTING

After breakfast join a guided walking tour through the French Quarter, one of America’s most historic and interesting urban centers. Here Spanish, French, African and Anglo-America cultures have merged into a 300 year old potpourri of fascinating restaurants, shops and businesses. View Jackson Square, the Cabildo, Presbytere Museum, St. Louis Cathedral and the French Market. Hear how Jazz, Voodoo, Mardi Gras and Bourbon Street became synonymous with the Crescent City. At midday dine at the renowned Acme Oyster House for splendid seafood luncheon. At 6pm join George for a winetasting of his latest vintages. Dinner is at leisure tonight. (B,L)

DAY 3, TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 27

NEW ORLEANS – DAY AT LEISURE / COMMANDER’S PALACE DINNER

Explore New Orleans today at leisure. Your Expanding Horizons tour escort can arrange a wide variety of special guided tours. Tonight enjoy a brief tour of the Garden District before dining on “haute Creole” cuisine paired with the wines of Chateau Montelena at the Commander’s Palace. Situated in the heart of the Garden District, this extraordinary establishment is consistently rated one of the Top Ten Restaurants in the United States.(B,D)

DAY 4, WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 28

HOUMAS HOUSE PLANTATION

This morning depart the hotel to visit Houmas House, a magnificent antebellum mansion that was a sugarcane plantation throughout the 1800’s. In 1846, this historic antebellum home and farmlands were valued at $11 million — the single most valuable piece of real estate in the USA. The house displays many rare artifacts and period artwork from its 250 year history. Hear the history of the house and plantation life. Before lunch there is time to explore the 38 acres of sculpted gardens and surrounds. Dinner is at leisure this evening.(B,L)

DAY 5, THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 29

BAYOU BY AIRBOAT / DINNER PARADE TO ARNAUD’S

Enter another world today, into the bayou swamps synonymous with Louisiana. This is Cajun country. The residents are mostly descendants of Acadians from Nova Scotia, who emigrated from Canada to French-owned Louisiana in 1765. Enjoy an authentic airboat tour to experience the unique flora and fauna of the bayou. Finish with a traditional crawfish and seafood boil luncheon accompanied with Cajun music. Return to the Hotel Monteleone by 4pm. Tonight enjoy farewell cocktails in the Royal Salon, followed by dinner at Arnaud’s, one of New Orleans’ legendary restaurants.(B,L,D)

DAY 6, FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30

ADIEU NEW ORLEANS!

After breakfast you will be transferred to Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport (code MSY) for onward flights. (B)

Included:

  • 5 nights at the historic Hotel Monteleone
  • Airport transfers between the Louis Armstrong Airport (MSY) to the hotel
  • 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 special dinners
  • French Quarter walking tour
  • Acme Oyster House luncheon
  • Wine tasting with George Blanckensee
  • Dinner at Commander’s Palace Restaurant paired with the wines of Chateau Montelena Winery
  • Bayou Airboat tour and Cajun boil luncheon
  • Houmas House Plantation tour and luncheon
  • Private Group Jazz Parade to Arnaud’s
  • Farewell dinner at Arnaud’s Restaurant

NOTE: Tour components may be rearranged or scheduled on other days, subject to availability at the time of confirmation.

Disabilities and Wheelchairs
Persons with a walking disability or an injury, or who require a wheelchair/scooter or other mobility devices, must have another dedicated person traveling with them to assist/push, etc. Expanding Horizons staff and other guests are not available to assist persons with limited mobility. On customized tour programs, the Expanding Horizons tour manager is authorized to remove or ask to leave from the tour, any traveler incapable of, unwilling to, or impeding the overall movement and progress of the tour group.