Located on the USA’s southern coast, Louisiana is a vibrant and diverse state that thrives on its love of two great things; food and music. Locals here have an unfailing love of life and take great pleasure in sharing that with all who visit. Take to the streets in a sea of colour at Mardi Gras in New Orleans, indulge in French culture and delicious cuisine in Cajun Country or experience world-class fishing adventures in Sportsman’s Paradise; the choice is yours. Whether you’re looking for a small town break surrounded by fascinating swamplands, or a big city adventure with amazing shopping opportunities; there’s no doubt that a holiday to Louisiana will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
There’s never a bad time to visit the state. Being so close to the Gulf of Mexico, the weather throughout summer is mainly warm and dry, with average highs of 33˚C. Spring and autumn still see temperatures between 10 and 20˚C and even winter averages around 7˚C, so you’ll still be able to get out and about to explore.
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New Orleans is your gateway to the Southern American States and our experts are ready to help you plan your deep south adventure. Whether you are interested in culture, history, food or music, we are able to plan your entire trip to ensure you experience true Southern Hospitality.
3 nights in New Orleans in the Maison Dupuy hotel and return flights from London Heathrow
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Atlanta 2 nights/ Nashville 1 night/ Memphis 2 nights/ Vicksburg 1 night/ New Orleans 2 nights/ Pensacola 1 night/ Tallahassee 1 night/ Savannah 1 night/ Charleston 1 night/ Atlanta 1 night
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From plantation dining rooms and backyard smokehouses to Cajun crawfish boils and fine Creole dining, food is a passion in Louisiana. Louisiana’s culinary traditions developed throughout generations, resulting in a broad array of dishes that represent the influences of the state’s French, Caribbean, African and Spanish settlers. Explore Louisiana’s eight Culinary Trails, which offer delicious journeys through the state’s dazzling and diverse cuisine. Whether it’s homemade boudin on the Prairie Home Cooking Trail, a fresh-catch platter on the Seafood Sensation trail, or Oysters Rockefeller on the Creole Crescent Trail, you’ll learn more about Louisiana with each delicious bite.
You’d expect a state as passionate about food as Louisiana to be equally passionate about how to wash it down. And much like its world-renowned food, Louisiana is ready to share its home-grown beers, wines and spirits with the rest of the world too. The state’s four distilleries, three wineries and 23 breweries offer hand-crafted drinks, infused with local ingredients such as satsumas, sugar cane and strawberries, creating flavour profiles you won’t find anywhere else.
Louisiana has a rich and colourful history, so both culture and heritage remain an important part of day to day life for its locals. Throughout the state, there are influences of its French, Spanish, Caribbean and African ancestry and there’s no doubt you’ll be wanting to indulge in as many of its cultural goings on as possible while on holiday. Whether it’s exploring the state’s antebellum architecture or partying at one of over 400 festivals statewide, you’ll never be short of something to do in Louisiana. There are many great museums located all over Louisiana where you can learn even more about the history of the area. Head to Louisiana’s Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge or the National WWII Museum in New Orleans for an unforgettable day out.
Louisiana is a shopaholic’s paradise. It was the first state in the US to offer sales tax refunds to international visitors, providing tax refunds on purchases made at nearly 1500 tax-free stores. Not to be confused with duty free shops in airports, “Louisiana Tax Free Shopping” is available at well-known retail stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Best Buy, Macy’s, Gucci, Sears, Wal-Mart, and many more. So you can certainly use this to your advantage when shopping for gifts and souvenirs to take home with you. You’ll find that most of the major shopping centres in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge area are tax-free zones.
Music is life in Louisiana, and there’s no way you can visit without absorbing yourself in the rhythm and vibe of the state. The music scene can largely be divided into three main regions: there’s rural south Louisiana, famous for Creole Zydeco and Cajun music and then there’s northern Louisiana, famous for its country music. But the most popular music to come from Louisiana is that of New Orleans. This vibrant city is all about jazz, blues and Afro-Caribbean rhythms and there’s nothing better than experiencing this for yourself at one of the many live music venues in the French Quarter. Or, even better, tie your visit in with one of the city’s famous festivals such as Mardi Gras or the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
From the grand mansions of St. Charles Avenue to where the Mighty Mississippi meets the Gulf of Mexico in Plaquemines Parish, the Greater New Orleans area offers a variety of experiences for you to indulge in on your Louisiana holiday. New Orleans has long been a haven for artists, writers and musicians, and their influences can be seen all across the region. Greater New Orleans is home to beautiful architecture, lively nightclubs, fascinating museums and art galleries, as well as shopping, world-class cuisine, authentic music, riverboat cruises and some of the best fishing in the world.
Just an hour’s drive from New Orleans, along the Mississippi River, takes you through Plantation Country; an area dotted with grand colonial mansions where the highest concentration of millionaires in American could be found in the mid-1800s. Each home is a sparkling gem, in an equally spellbinding setting. Right in the middle of this region sits Louisiana’s bustling capital city, Baton Rouge.
The centre of French culture in Louisiana is Cajun Country, an area complete with friendly people and beautiful landscapes. Here, you can develop a taste for zesty cuisine, lively music and an authentic culture that lures you back time and time again. This region, which is home to a large portion of the state’s Cajun and Francophone population, spans across much of the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, with the heart of the region in the city of Lafayette.
Whether its outdoor activities such as boating, or more relaxing ways to spend your time such as shopping or visiting museums, you’re guaranteed to have a great time in Sportsman’s Paradise. Situated in North Louisiana, it’s home to rolling hills, dense forests, bountiful wildlife and rushing rivers. Why not try your hand at bird watching or experience the region’s world-class fishing? For those who are looking for a more cosmopolitan adventure, the cities of Shreveport, Bossier City, Monroe, and West Monroe offer shopping, international cuisine, riverboat casinos and numerous museums.
Explore the Crossroads of Louisiana to experience unique festivals, rugged frontier towns, haunting civil war battlefields, historic sites and quaint bed and breakfasts to enhance your stay while you’re there. Located right in the centre of the state and including the cities of Natchitoches and Alexandria, this region is where the Red River empties into the mighty Mississippi; an area that has historically been a place of travel and trade and is known for its rich culture and beautifully diverse natural surroundings.
If you’re in New Orleans in spring, there’s a good chance you’ve arrived in time to enjoy the famous New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The locals really appreciate great food and the festival provides them with the perfect opportunity to try different dishes from around the world. In addition to excellent food, the festival also hosts live music shows every day and includes a great range of handmade crafts from some of the most talented and acclaimed artists in the United States.
New Orleans’ past is soaked in ghost stories and tales of “the other side”. Stories of vampires stalking the French Quarter have been passed on through generations and many people still believe that New Orleans is home to a stampede of paranormal entities. If you’re in the mood to test your nerve, visit the LaLaurie Mansion. The original owner of the house, Madame LaLaurie, was blamed for imposing unspeakable torture and brutality on the slaves who lived and worked in the house. Its tortured past has intrigued the curiosity of the modern world and the house now tells tales of vengeful ghosts who haunt the house day and night.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and head to the beautiful Bayou of New Orleans for its traditional southern landscape, unique wildlife and winding rivers. Hop on a boat and let it take you through the thick marshes and swampy waters for a real Bayou Country experience. You’ll see evidence of previous settlers such as Creole cottages, old townhouses and the romantic French Quarter. Here, you can stop for a quick meal at the Café du Monde before heading to the Garden District, where you’ll come across the National WWII Museum. If you’re lucky, you can catch a traditional jazz show at the beautiful Preservation Hall, which hosts live gigs and events throughout the year.