Get to know the 'birthplace of jazz' during your extended stay in the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans just in time for Carnival, the first weekend the parades start rolling before Mardi Gras. Discover its unique flavors during a cooking class featuring the popular dishes of the city, as well as a dinner at a French-Creole restaurant. Visit a museum in Treme and gain a historical perspective on Mardi Gras traditions. Learn the secrets of the city's famous French Quarter on a walking tour featuring St. Louis Cathedral and the French Marketplace. Enjoy reserved seats at two uptown parades - bring a bag for all of the plush throws, beads and treasures you'll catch. Spend time at the festive Mardi Gras World. Come to know the city's music when taking in a spirited jazz revue at a French Quarter jazz club. You will be taken on a delightful discovery through the sights, sounds and tastes of the eclectic city of New Orleans during Carnival.
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New Orleans, Louisiana - Tour Begins: Welcome to the 'Jazz Capital of the World!' On this special departure, you'll enjoy Carnival, the first weekend the parades start rolling before Mardi Gras.
French Quarter: This morning, enjoy a panoramic tour of the city with a local guide. Begin by seeing St. Louis Cemetery #3 which opened in 1854 and holds some of the most elaborate crypts found in the city's cemeteries. Visit a museum in Treme and gain a historical perspective on Mardi Gras traditions. Then, relax during a drive along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain. This romantic road eventually leads to St. Charles Avenue, whisking you past gorgeous mansions as well as Tulane and Loyola, two world-famous universities. This afternoon, celebrate the festive side of New Orleans at Mardi Gras World. Learn about the history of this tradition and tour a working warehouse where artisans create spectacular floats for the famous parades. Tonight, roll up your sleeves and prepare to discover how to cook New Orleans-style! During a cooking demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking, your chef will indulge you in everything that Louisiana cuisine has to offer. Following dinner, discover why New Orleans is known as the 'Birthplace of Jazz' as you take in a spirited jazz revue at a local French Quarter jazz club.
French Quarter: Come to know the famous French Quarter on a walking tour featuring the majestic St. Louis Cathedral, one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. Continue on to the bustling French Marketplace where you'll explore Pirates Alley and the Pontalba. Next, stop to taste a true New Orleans favorite - beignets at Cafe Du Monde. Tonight you'll enjoy reserved seats at an uptown parade* - bring a bag for all of the plush throws, beads and treasures you'll catch!
New Orleans: Enjoy some free time this morning before heading to your reserved seats at another fun uptown parade. Tonight, laissez les bon temps rouler (let the good times roll) during dinner at The Court of Two Sisters in the French Quarter including a private Bourbon Street balcony with a great view of the colorful crowd below.
New Orleans - Tour Ends: Your tour of this captivating city during Carnival season comes to a close today.
Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans New Orleans, United States
* NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies. Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.