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Oak Alley Plantation, Louisiana

Southern Plantation Homes Self-Drive

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,055 pp incl. flights


Short description

Contrast New Orleans' jazz-infused swagger with the Mississippi's historic plantation houses and delicious soul food


  • Sample live jazz and authentic jambalaya on New Orleans' famous Bourbon Street
  • Trace the path of the Great River Road through Louisiana's rural idyll
  • Let antebellum mansion stays and optional paddlewheeler cruises introduce you to the traditions of the Deep South

In Brief

  • 3 Nights New Orleans
  • 1 Night Plantation Country
  • 2 Nights Natchez
  • 2 Nights Lafayette


Recommended for:
April holidays | City | History & culture | Natural world | Self-drive

Explore the best of the Deep South on this self-drive itinerary, kicking things off with three days in lively New Orleans – the birthplace of jazz and home of Mardi Gras. You'll then head west along the Great River Road to Natchez and Cajun Country where you'll discover grand plantation houses, delicious Southern food, a wealth of blues and jazz-inspired musical tradition and, of course, the mighty Mississippi River.

Day by day itinerary

Days 1-3
UK/New Orleans

Depart the UK, land in New Orleans and head into the city for a three-night stay. Over three days you'll discover the faded grandeur of the old colonial French Quarter and the legendary jazz clubs of Bourbon Street. And, with a dining scene that's one of the most celebrated in the US, there's plenty of opportunity to tuck into authentic jambalaya to shrimps, grits and broiled oysters.

Stay: Bienville House (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 4
Plantation Country

Leaving New Orleans behind, you'll collect your hire car and travel through Louisiana's rural idyll, visiting opulent plantation homes, learning about the changing fortunes of their owners and watching the mighty Mississippi roll by from the banks of the Levee. Tonight's accommodation is at the The Inn at Houmas House, a traditional plantation house just steps from river. Expect old-world furnishings and the warmest of southern welcomes.

Stay: The Inn at Houmas House & Gardens (Superior)

Meals: B

Days 5-6

Louisiana's state capital, Baton Rouge, and the haunted Myrtles Plantation are well worth a stop en route to Natchez, where Stanton Hall, Dunleith and Longwood are two of the finest antebellum mansions in the region. The following day is free to explore more of the area's beautiful plantation homes, take a ride on a Mississippi paddlewheeler, learn more about the Civil War at the visitors centre or perhaps drive north to the battlefield site of Vicksburg.

Stay: Monmouth Historic Inn, Natchez (Superior)

Days 7-8
Lafayette, Cajun Country

Cajun Country was first settled by the Acadians following their expulsion from Nova Scotia and the region bares witness to their struggles. Today, visitors will find some of the region's best soul food restaurants as well as a lively music scene. The next day, consider travelling to the wetlands of the Atchafalaya Basin – the largest swamp in the USA – or perhaps visit the home of Tabasco on Avery Island for a tour of its Jungle Garden and the chance to feast on yet more delicious Cajun cooking.

Stay: Doubletree by Hilton Lafayette (Standard)

Days 9-10
New Orleans/UK

Drive back east to New Orleans and return your hire car. Then, say goodbye to the Deep South as you check in at the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK, arriving on day 10. 



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Standard Superior

10-day tailor-made self-drive
from £2,055 pp incl. flights


Low Season

from £2,055 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £2,525 pp. incl. flights


  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights between the UK and New Orleans
  • 6 days Compact car hire including personalised road book
  • 8 nights accommodation in a mix of 3* (Standard) & 4* (Superior) hotels on a room only basis

High season: June-September

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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