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French Quarter, New Orleans

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Introduction

Simply put, the heart of Louisiana, New Orleans, is a delight to the senses. Known as the 'Big Easy', treat your ears to the mellifluous warbling of a jazz sax, your tongue to a brimming po-boy sandwich and your eyes to creole cottages and the grand American townhouses of St. Charles Avenue.

Its beating cultural heart – the French Quarter – brings life to faded colonial porches with weekly festivals and parades, best seen in March's Mardi Gras when a carnival atmosphere falls over the entire city. However, each night, the city dances to a rhythmic beat of jazz, blues and rock & roll in its atmospheric bars, where you can do everything from sipping on a glass of bourbon to dancing to live performances and jam sessions.


French Quarter

Outside of its music, you’ll find mouth-watering creole curries in family eateries, hole-in-the-walls, high-end restaurants and more, while come day, the excellent National WWII Museum is worth a visit before a casual riverside stroll through Jackson Square and the city’s parks, up to the spires of St. Louis Cathedral. 

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Special offers in New Orleans

The American Queen

American Queen Steamboat Cruise on the Mississippi

13-day tailor-made river cruise from £3,485 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Valid for select dates Aug-Dec19 – Save up to £720 pp
Book by: 31 July 2019

Meander down the Mississippi on a river cruise, visiting a number of historic sights. Begin in Memphis and end in New Orleans as you experience some of the USA's finest music culture scene, including the birthplace of the King of the Blues – the late B.B. King.

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Country band, Nashville

All-American Music Tour

13-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,915 pp incl. flights

When it comes to American music, all roads lead to the Deep South. This fly-drive celebrates the very best of the region's musical heritage, from soulful blues and brassy jazz to riverboat calliopes and gospel choirs.

Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee

Rhythms of the Deep South Self-Drive

15-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,085 pp incl. flights

Discover a rich and innovative culture, history and heritage on this 15-day self-drive tour of the Deep South states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

The American Queen

American Queen Steamboat Cruise on the Mississippi

13-day tailor-made river cruise from £3,485 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Valid for select dates Aug-Dec19 – Save up to £720 pp
Book by: 31 July 2019

Meander down the Mississippi on a river cruise, visiting a number of historic sights. Begin in Memphis and end in New Orleans as you experience some of the USA's finest music culture scene, including the birthplace of the King of the Blues – the late B.B. King.

Oak Alley Plantation, Louisiana

Southern Plantation Homes Self-Drive

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,535 pp incl. flights

This nine-day self-drive begins with three days in lively New Orleans - the birthplace of jazz - before heading west along the Great River Road to Baton Rouge, Natchez and Cajun Country where you'll find grand plantation houses and delicious Southern food.

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Top places to stay in New Orleans

Bienville House

Bienville House

Historic hotel

Bringing quintessential French sophistication to the old-world design aesthetic of New Orlean's historic French Quarter, Bienville House offers more than just a prime location.

American Queen

The American Queen

Luxury cruise ship

Experience the opulent luxury of the USA's most famous river ship, as included dining and a full spread of onboard entertainment introduces you to the unique cultures of the Deep South.

The Windsor Court

The Windsor Court, New Orleans

Traditional hotel

Celebrating everything that New Orleans stands for with nationally acclaimed food, stylised interiors and its very own jazz bar, this hotel is an excellent choice in a central location.

The Inn at Houmas House, New Orleans

The Inn at Houmas House Plantation & Gardens, New Orleans/Baton Rouge

Historic lodge

This grand antebellum mansion provides bed and breakfast accommodation in individual cottages that line an alley of ancient oak trees.

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New Orleans articles

Bert Hyett and the Natchez, American Queen Steamboat Cruise

A trip into the Deep South aboard the American Queen

Wexas consultant Bert Hyett recounts his recent trip to the Deep South, cruising on the Mississippi River aboard the classic steamboat, American Queen.

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