Tours By André
Tours By André 

Louisiana Character & Flavor

Plantations, Souththern Charms & Cajun Culture


October 22 to October 27

5 Days 6 Nights

Price starting a $1,849.00 P/P  Land portion only

Your Itinerary - Day 1

Shuttle from Salem OR, to Portland OR, airport.

Our flight, Portland PDX to Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY)

Departure: 9:00am Arrival: 6:20pm

Private transfer from Airport to the hotel: The Astor Crowne Plaza.

The Astor Crown Plaza

Hotel details
Set across the street from the Canal at Carondelet streetcar stop, this upscale hotel is also a 10-minute walk from the nightlife on Bourbon Street and an 11-minute walk from 18th-century Jackson Square park.  Plush rooms and suites with city views provide Wi-Fi (fee), flat-screen TVs with premium channels, and desks. Suites add separate living areas.  There's a storied seafood restaurant and a bar/lounge with wood-paneled walls, plus an outdoor pool and an exercise room.

                         Your Itinerary - Day 2

Breakfast buffet included.

Licensed tour guide to accompany our group today.
Transportation will begin after the French Market

French Quarter Walking Tour.
Explore the storied streets of the Vieux Carre where legend and documented history converge. From the dynamic Mississippi River to the serene courtyards, experience the Vieux Carre with the city's best guide. Discover everything from the outrageous colonial history to Creole culture, from piracy to architectural masterpieces.  Hear about Jackson Square and walk through St. Louis Cathedral. 

Free time to shop and have lunch on your own at the Historic French Market. 

The French Market District encompasses six blocks on the riverside of the Lower French Quarter. The district includes over 20 unique retail shops, performance venues, restaurants, cafes, a flea market and a farmers  market. In addition to the recreational shopping opportunities and ongoing free special events, the District boasts historical monuments such as Washington Artillery Park (across from Jackson Square) and New Place de France (home of the Joan of Arc statue),  public art, scenic walkways, and convenient riverside parking.  The French Market, “America’s Oldest Public Market”, has existed on the same site since 1791. What began as a Native American trading post has become a cultural and entertainment destination that hosts annual festivals and events like The Creole Tomato Festival, French Market Christmas Tree Lighting, and Boo Carré Halloween and Harvest Festival.  The recently renovated farmers market is home to a diversity of food vendors serving prepared foods as well as fresh produce stands.


Tour and Visit Mardi Gras World 
You know this is going to be a fun tour as soon as you arrive. Colorful Mardi Gras props, like a gigantic jovial jester, fiercely realistic alligators, and a gorgeously exciting Marilyn Monroe with skirt flying greet one and all to this amazing fantasy factory. You will even view the most awesome floats ever built for carnival - the Orpheus 140-foot triple-tandem sea monster "Leviathan" and the 240-foot quintuple-tandem "Captain Eddie's S.S. Endymion," with tens of thousands of fiber optic lights. After a brief introduction by a knowledgeable guide and a spirited video about the history of Mardi Gras and the company, you can dress up in authentic, ornate carnival costumes. Visitors tap into their imaginations, as the ladies don sequined headdresses, gowns, and the gentlemen wear regal coats of armor, imagine yourself as a noble king or queen of the ball! 


Mardi Gras Mask Making
Guests will have the opportunity to create Mardi Gras Mask they can take home.  Each guest will be provided with one plastic mast, feathers, rhinestones, ribbon and all materials need to create their one-of-kind mask.


Dinner at Tujague’s Restaurant
The 2nd oldest restaurant in New Orleans! Located in the heart of the French Quarter, facing the historic French Market, Tujague's has retained its reputation for providing an unforgettable dining experience in the original Creole tradition. Tujague's has been a favorite for over 150 years, entertaining and satisfying the appetites of delightfully robust patrons to the French Quarter.
The original Creole tradition of hand selecting fresh produce purchased daily from the open French Quarter market also continues today, ensuring cuisine of the finest possible quality. Sit back, relax and enjoy course after famous course of traditional New Orleans dishes and drinks!

                         Your Itinerary - Day 3

Breakfast buffet included.

Licensed tour guide to accompany our group today.
Transportation included to today’s itinerary

Swamp Tour

For many years people have traveled extensively to locate a unique and exciting form of entertainment that you can only experience here – the famous Manchac Swamp. We invite you to join us for a unique journey back to the early days of Louisiana bayou and swamp explorations.

Swamp creatures, seeing our boats daily, recognize them as part of their normal environment. Unafraid and responsive to their boat captain's call, they peak out from underbrush and between moss-draped trees and shrubs, frequently coming directly to the boat. In the safety and comfort of the boat, you can actually come within a few feet of jumping gators.

As your boat drifts through the waterways, you will learn about the Louisiana Wetlands, the inhabitants of the swamp, particularly the life and habits of the American alligator, as well as the unique history of the Cajun town of Frenier located at this property.

Tour and Visit Houma’s House Plantation

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens is so much more than just a tour of a grand antebellum estate. Experience the southern splendor of "The Sugar Palace" when you step into 16 rooms filled with period antiques and Louisiana artwork. 

Enjoy 38 lush acres of gardens, ponds and a majestic live oak alley. Enjoy the breeze off the Mississippi and navigate through the shadows of ancient oaks.  Whether you're being guided through the mansion with its artwork, artifacts and antiques or discovering the beauty of the immaculate gardens and grounds, you will quickly understand that a visit to Houmas House Plantation and Gardens is a unique experience.  


Lunch buffet at the plantation.

Creole of Course

Creole of Course is a multi-sensory, multi-media tribute to New Orleans which combines all of the ingredients that we’re famous for:  food, music, art and architecture.


Dinner included.

                         Your Itinerary - Day 4

Breakfast buffet included.

Licensed tour guide to accompany our group today.
Transportation induded up to the steamboat Natchez which is a short walk from the hotel

New Orleans City / Cemetery 

The tour will include Garden District were they built the large, elegant mansions exemplifying styles, including Greek Revival, Italianate and Queen Anne Victorians.  Travel down stately St. Charles Avenue along the streetcar line where two of the most prestigious colleges in New Orleans are located; Tulane University and Loyola University.  Pass by Audubon Park, which is a 400-acre park located in uptown New Orleans between St. Charles Avenue and the Mississippi River, near Tulane University, Built on the site of the 1884 World's Fair.  City Park is another area you will enjoy. At 1,300 acres, it is one of the second largest urban parks in the country. The first parcel of land was acquired in 1854, making it one of the country's oldest parks. You will enjoy a history of New Orleans including the first settlers, religion, culture, and of course, Mardi Gras. Make a stop at an above ground cemetery known as “The City of the Dead”

Tour and Visit the WWII Museum

Beyond All Boundaries Film
Victory Bells Matinee & Buffet Lunch

Dedicated in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as the country's official World War II Museum, this remarkable attraction illuminates the American experience during the WWII era with moving personal stories, historic artifacts and powerful interactive displays. From the Normandy invasion to the sands of Pacific Islands and the Home Front, the Museum brings to life the teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifice of the men and women who won the war and changed the world. 

The Museum is an incomparable experience for all generations and not to be missed on any visit to New Orleans. Come learn with your mind and your heart that freedom isn't free.  Meet living American heroes--our WWII veteran volunteers. Celebrate the American Spirit at the National World War II Museum. The Victory Belles Matinee & Buffet.  At the WWII Museum make your lunch a musical delight with the Victory Belles at the Stage Door Canteen. The Victory Belles will take you on a nostalgic journey through World War II-era musical classics all sung in rich, three-part harmony while the enjoying a scrumptious buffet.

Beyond All Boundaries Film

Beyond All Boundaries, created exclusively for The National World War II Museum, is a unique and powerful 4-D cinematic experience available nowhere else in the world. Created and crafted with 21st-century technology and utilizing a 120-feet wide immersive screen, the production plunges viewers into the 20th-century’s most titanic struggle. It tells the tale of the Greatest Generation’s journey from Pearl Harbor into the fire of epic battles to America’s final victory in the War That Changed the World in the words of the veterans themselves. The Museum is honored to have Tom Hanks as Executive Producer and the voices of some of Hollywood’s top stars bringing to life the words of actual World War II participants and war correspondents.

All aboard the Natchez, for a dinner cruise.

the New Orleans Steamboat Company launched the NATCHEZ in 1975, they revived more than a famous name. They created one of only two true steam powered sternwheelers plying the Mississippi today. The NATCHEZ combines the best of contemporary construction, safety, and comfort standards with all the authenticity and style of her classic steamboat gothic predecessors.
The NATCHEZ is the pride of the Mississippi River and is as beautiful as any of her namesakes. Many of her crew have been with her since her maiden voyage. Theirs is a whole new chapter in history of the river, and you can be a part of it.

      Your Itinerary - Day 5

Breakfast buffet included.

Licensed tour guide to accompany our group today.
Today’s itinerary is walking distance from the hotel


New Orleans School of Cooking
Learn how to make some of our most famous Creole and Cajun dishes and the best part!  You get to sample everything at the conclusion of the Class!  When you return home, you’ll be able to prepare an authentic Cajun or Creole meal and really impress your family and friends with your world-cuisine savvy

**Afternoon Free to Explore


Lunch at the cooking school


New Orleans Jazz Club 

Includes one drink per person


One of Bourbon Street's oldest live Jazz clubs is dedicated to the preservation of "America's classical music". Jazz is one of North America's oldest and most celebrated musical genres, traced back to the 20th century. This legendary spot is where many of the most notable Jazz musicians (Harry Connick, Jr) served their apprenticeships. It is one of only two Jazz clubs still existing on Bourbon Street. Tourists and locals flock to this famous club expecting to be entertained by nonstop authentic jazz...and are never disappointed!


Dinner Included.

                         Your Itinerary - Day 6

Breakfast buffet included.

Morning to enjoy, relax and maybe do a last minute shopping.

Check out 11:00 am

Remember everyone must be back at the hotel for our last fairwell lunch together.

11:30 am Fairwell lunch.

1:00 pm Transfer from the hotel to Amstrong airport

Departure 4:00pm  Arrivall 9:20pm

Shuttle back to Salem, OR.


Final timing TBA


  • Shuttle from Salem to Portland & Portland to Salem on the return.
  • Air Fare
  • Transfer from New Orleans airport to hotel & hotel to New Orleans airport.
  • Licensed Tour Guide 
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • 3 Lunches
  • 4 Dinners includind the Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise
  • French Quarter Walking Tour
  • New Orleans City / Cemetery Tour 
  • WWII Museum, Beyond All Boundaries Movie and Victory Bells Show
  • Swamp Tour
  • Houmas House Plantation
  • Creole of Course
  • New Orleans School of Cooking
  • Mardi Gras World and Mask Making
  • Jazz Club with one cocktail
  • Your VIP Transportation for the tour

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