Day 1: Arrive New Orleans
On arrival in New Orleans, make your own way into the city where you will check into your hotel for three nights.
Day 2 & 3: New Orleans
Spend a couple of days exploring the eccentric city of New Orleans. We’d recommend you start with a stop at Café du Monde, where you’ll have to queue to get your hands on a bag of the famous beignets which will give you the energy you need to explore the city ( - for more ideas see our 3 days in New Orleans for foodies). Wander through the French Quarter past pretty balconies and colonial architecture and into one of the ornate cemeteries – “Cities of the Dead”, where huge carved angels look down on you from their plinths. New Orleans certainly has a spooky side to it – make sure you explore the voodoo history of the city and look out for ghosts that supposedly lurk around every corner. Finish up by enjoying a bowl of gumbo or a plate of ruby red crawfish served with buttery sweetcorn and andouille sausage for dinner.
On your second day, we’ve included a day tour to the bayou (wetlands), where you’ll drive alongside the Mississippi river and hop on a cruise through the swamp on the lookout for alligators, snakes and birds who make their home in the wetlands. Finish your time in New Orleans by dropping into one of the many jazz bars the city has to offer, settling in with a beer in hand to listen to some of the best musicians in America.
Day 4: Depart New Orleans
Today is your last day in New Orleans – grab one last café au lait before making your own way to the airport to catch your onwards flight.