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South Louisiana Loop Beyond New Orleans

12 nights

This fly drive holiday is a wonderful way to explore the many facets of life in Louisiana. You will discover both Cajun and Creole cultures, visit swamps and alligators as well as staying in some beautiful Plantation homes. Music is an inherent part of Louisianan life, so be sure to eat at one of the many restaurants offering live bands and, of course, sample some of the fantastic seafood.

 

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Day 1

New Orleans

After arriving in New Orleans, transfer to your hotel and then walk over to the French Quarter to...

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New Orleans to Baton Rouge

Pick up your hire car and head out on Interstate 10 west to Baton Rouge for dinner and overnight...

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Day 5

Baton Rouge to Lafayette

Today you will drive on to Lafayette. Enjoy a swamp tour adventure into the interior of one of Am...

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Day 6

Lafayette to Lake Charles

Located just 40 minutes west of Lafayette Bayou Rum is handmade in the largest privately-owned ru...

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Day 7

Lake Charles to New Iberia

Start the day with a relaxing carriage ride along Shell Beach Drive then you might want to follow...

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Day 8

New Iberia to Morgan City

Spice up your day at the Tabasco Factory on Avery Island. There are a multitude of Tabasco produc...

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Day 9

Morgan City to Houma

Today is a day for the alligators. Take a Swamp Tour in Houma's swamps and wetlands, the natural...

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Day 10

Houma

Houma is renowned both for its fresh gulf seafood and locally grown vegetables as well as its Caj...

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Day 11

Houma to Plantation Country

Another day, another distillery. Donner-Peltier Distillery produces craft vodka and rum from loca...

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Day 13

Plantation Country to New Orleans

Complete the loop by returning to the 'Big Easy', ready to fly home or onward....

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Day 1

New Orleans

After arriving in New Orleans, transfer to your hotel and then walk over to the French Quarter to commence your immersion into the Big Easy culture. Enjoy a spectacular meal at one of the many local restaurants in the quarter before returning to your hotel for some well earned sleep.

Over the next two days you will be able to visit the highlights of New Orleans, listen to some jazz, visit St Louis Cathedral, snack on beignets and café au lait at the Café du Monde and be sure to take a dinner/jazz cruise aboard a sternwheeler on the Mississippi River.

3 nights in New Orleans

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Day 4

New Orleans to Baton Rouge

Pick up your hire car and head out on Interstate 10 west to Baton Rouge for dinner and overnight accommodations. On your way into Baton Rouge don't miss Tanger Shopping Outlet. Over 50 designer and manufacturer outlet stores can be found in this popular outlet mall. If you enjoy a good beer, do go to the Tin Roof Brewery to see how these small, local business owners keep up with the rest of the brewing world. Tastings of their delicious, Southern-inspired handcrafted brews are available.

Baton Rouge is growing in popularity and there are numerous places to grab drinks and listen to live music. There is a pulsating nightlife scene of Blues, Country, Cajun, Zydeco and everything in between! Be sure to walk through the 'Dance Hall' to hear a variety of Louisiana's musicians. Also check out the Mardi Gras exhibit, a two-storey shrimp boat, and some of Governor Long's famous speeches, or you might prefer to take the 'C'est Si Bon Food Tour', a guided walking tour in downtown Baton Rouge which includes food tastings at local restaurants infused with entertaining historical and cultural details. Another option is the Rural Life Museum at Burden Museum and Gardens to get a feel for working plantation life at one of the top ten outdoor museums in the US.

1 night in Baton Rouge

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Day 5

Baton Rouge to Lafayette

Today you will drive on to Lafayette. Enjoy a swamp tour adventure into the interior of one of America's greatest river swamps, the Atchafalaya Basin, or at beautiful Lake Martin. Get ready for an adventure through moss-draped trees, where you will experience lush vegetation, birds and alligators. Check out the Cajun Boudin Trail tasting local delicacies such as boudin and cracklins, or learn about the Acadians 'Cajuns' and Creole cultures at one of the historic villages. Don't miss the chance to visit an alligator farm, totally fascinating to learn how these creatures live and their history.

1 night in Lafayette

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Day 6

Lafayette to Lake Charles

Located just 40 minutes west of Lafayette Bayou Rum is handmade in the largest privately-owned rum distillery in the USA, utilizing traditional methods with state-of-the-art technology for all four steps: fermentation, distillation, maturation and bottling. Take a complimentary distillery tour and an after-tour tasting session - an important part of the learning process!

Spend the night in Lake Charles, a delightful town full of Victorian houses. Choose from a huge variety of cuisines at local restaurants, particularly Cajun as you are firmly in Cajun country.

1 night in Lake Charles

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Day 7

Lake Charles to New Iberia

Start the day with a relaxing carriage ride along Shell Beach Drive then you might want to follow the Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail. Considered a staple snack in the southern regions of Louisiana, boudin (pronounced boo-dan) is made of varying amounts of rice, pork meat, liver, onions, parsley and dry seasonings. Bought by the pound, boudin is Southwest Louisiana's favourite finger food. Each boudin master has their own secret recipe... follow the trail and try them all!

Totally different is the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road. Start at the Adventure Point and then follow one of only 31 All-American Roads in the entire United States, the Creole Nature Trail is a journey into the untamed wilderness of Louisiana's Outback. World class bird and alligator populations make this byway a natural wonder while top-notch fishing, hunting, crabbing, boating, nature photography and other outdoor opportunities distinguish the trail as a recreational paradise.

1 night in New Iberia

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Day 8

New Iberia to Morgan City

Spice up your day at the Tabasco Factory on Avery Island. There are a multitude of Tabasco products from chocolate to t-shirts, Tabasco sauce in every flavour including raspberry and Worcestershire sauce. Also on Avery Island are the Jungle Gardens - an unusual nursery covery 170 acres and a nature preserve.

You might like to stop for lunch in Franklin. On the National Register of Historic Places, the Franklin Historic District boasts more than 420 noteworthy structures. Stunning antebellum homes under a live oak arcade, charming Victorian cottages and a late 19th century downtown shopping district are among the highlights. You will then drive through Patterson, where a visit to the Aviation Museum is well worth a stop, to Morgan City, where you can walk aboard an authentic offshore drilling rig. By now, it will be time to stop.

1 night in Morgan City

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Day 9

Morgan City to Houma

Today is a day for the alligators. Take a Swamp Tour in Houma's swamps and wetlands, the natural environment of exotic birds, brilliant flora, nutrias, deer, wildcats, black bears, otters, and a wide assortment of reptiles including the ancient and ferocious kings of the swamp - alligators! Having seen them in the wild, visit the Greenwood Gator Farm and learn all about alligators. Not only will you see these large reptilian monsters, you'll actually be able to hold live baby alligators and may even see them hatch from eggs or be fed. We then recommend staying at one of the plantation homes near Houma for the best overnight accommodations.

2 nights in Houma

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Day 10

Houma

Houma is renowned both for its fresh gulf seafood and locally grown vegetables as well as its Cajun music which can be heard live in many of the restaurants. There are two plantation homes to visit where you will explore Cajun folk life: Southdown Plantation and Ardoyne Plantation. Southdown includes a fascinating Mardi Gras exhibit as well as an exhibit celebrating the importance of the Houmas Indians. Ardoyne has recently opened to the public and is a rare example of Victorian Gothic architecture. You might also want to visit Chauvin Sculpture Garden, one of the top three best examples of American Folk Art in the United States with more than 100 life-size sculptures exhibited and made entirely of concrete. It also features a 45 foot tall lighthouse that is composed of 7,000 bricks. Begun in 1990, it is a fascinating and unique collection of artwork created by Kenny Hill and his own personal struggle between good and evil.

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Day 11

Houma to Plantation Country

Another day, another distillery. Donner-Peltier Distillery produces craft vodka and rum from local products. There is also plenty of history today. At the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve, Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center, you can learn the story of the Acadians who settled along the bayous, in the swamps and wetlands of southeastern Louisiana through indoor exhibits and an outdoor boardwalk along Bayou Lafourche, while at the Sugar Plantation & Museum in Thibodaux you can visit the largest surviving 19th and 20th century sugar plantation complex in the United States featuring over 50 original structures. The general store contains many antiques and farming implements.

This is the beginning of New Orleans Plantation Country and more swamp tours if you have the appetite. The famous Manchac Swamp is to be noted for a unique journey back to the early days of Louisiana bayou and mysterious swamp explorations.

Your last two nights will be at one of the plantations that now offer comfortable accommodations, and will make a good base to explore the many wonderful and atmospheric plantation homes along the River Road. We would especially recommend visiting the Laura Plantation and the Whitney Plantation where the focus is on how the slaves lived.

2 nights at Plantation accommodations

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Day 13

Plantation Country to New Orleans

Complete the loop by returning to the 'Big Easy', ready to fly home or onward.

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