Join us as we head south to the beautiful “Crescent City” of New Orleans, Louisiana, situated in a bend of the mighty Mississippi River. We have included a number of fun and entertaining experiences including a city tour and a visit to Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World. Mystical, fascinating, and romantic – that’s New Orleans!
Day 1 – Birmingham, Alabama – Our day begins as we head south through Tennessee and Alabama to our overnight accommodations in Birmingham.
Day 2 – New Orleans City Tour – After an included breakfast, we drive directly to the “Crescent City” and meet our local guide for a city tour that will feature modern New Orleans and old sights around the French Quarter. Our city tour will take us by lovely antebellum homes and along St. Charles Avenue past parks, universities, and other famous areas in this beautiful city. This evening will be at leisure to have dinner on your own and explore this fascinating city. Hotel accommodations for two nights will be in New Orleans.
Day 3 – National World War II Museum – Leisure Day – After an included breakfast, we visit the National World War II Museum. This museum tells the story of World War II soldiers through a vast collection of artifacts, film footage, photographs, diaries, personal effects, and first-personal histories. The remainder of the day will be at your leisure to do whatever most appeals to you. You may choose to wander through the French Quarter looking for that perfect bargain, walk down Bourbon Street, admire iron-lace balconies, stop for café au lait and beignets at the Café du Monde, or enjoy the music and entertainers at Jackson Square. Overnight same hotel.
Day 4 – Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World – Birmingham, Alabama – This morning, we head to Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World. The artists here create the magical images and figures used on the Mardi Gras parade floats and we’ll see many of the props and giant sculptures on display here. Next, we continue to Birmingham, Alabama, where we overnight.
Day 5 – Home – This morning we make our way home remembering what fun and excitement we have had on our New Orleans getaway. Meals: 4B