Day 1: Cajun customs, food and music, quaint New Orleans, and the historic river cities of the deep south are our destination. After a pleasant drive through Oklahoma and northern Texas, we turn east towards Greenville where we spend the night.
2: This morning we drive through the piney woods of eastern Texas. In the afternoon we follow the Red River Valley through central Louisiana. We have a tour of Natchitoches with a knowledgeable guide, then travel on to Lafayette for the next two nights.
3: Our morning begins with a tour on the Atchafalaya Swamp. This entertaining and educational tour will immerse us in the beautiful, vast and mysterious swamp. Next we tour Lafayette with our local guide. Some of the points of interest today are The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and its 450-year-old live oak tree, and the architecture of old Lafayette. Next we visit Martin Accordions where we see firsthand the process of making these musical instruments. We have the pleasure of enjoying Cajun music and storytelling with the Martin family. Dinner this evening is at a local restaurant where we also enjoy live Cajun music.
4: We begin our day with a tour at Crystal Rice Heritage Farm. A rice farm since 1890, Crawfish were added to the crop rotation in 1995. Our tour walks us through a full season of how these two crops fit together. Next we travel to Avery Island, a mysteriously beautiful place where the pepper fields grow. Here we see where the McIlhennys have been producing Tabasco hot sauce since 1868. Following an included lunch we continue to Morgan City and the International Petroleum Museum where we experience the life and challenges of the offshore oil industry. Later we continue to New Orleans where we spend the next two nights.
5: We start our day with a walking tour of the French Quarter where we see Jackson Square, Pirates Alley and St. Louis Cathedral. Next we board our motorcoach with our local guide for a driving tour of New Orleans. Since lunch will be later today, we stop for an iconic New Orleans treat, beignets and coffee. Our lunch is on the Steamboat Natchez as we enjoy a Harbour Jazz cruise.
6: Traveling north from New Orleans we enter plantation country. This morning we stop at Oak Alley Plantation appropriately named for the large oak trees that line the path leading to the large antebellum home. We have time to explore the grounds, tour the home and have lunch during our visit. This afternoon we continue north to Vicksburg, MS. Night in Vicksburg.
7: This morning we visit the Vicksburg National Military Park with a local guide. This is our opportunity to see and hear why both sides in the Civil War considered Vicksburg of such importance. We also have opportunity to visit the USS Cairo Gunboat and Museum. This gunboat was sunk in battle and was later found and lifted from the Yazoo River to be restored for display in the park. In the afternoon we drive to Conway, AR, for the night.
8: We have experienced Cajun Country and are on our way home. A pleasant drive through Oklahoma brings us to our departure points.
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