Back to the Bayou

Back to the Bayou

Get Back to the Bayou and Explore this Unique and Exciting American City; City Tour, World War II Museum, Bourbon Street, Swamp Tour, Mardi Gras World, New Orleans School of Cooking, Oak Valley Plantation, Cafe Du Monde, Jazz Dinner Cruise and More

Back to the Bayou

  • New Orleans, LA

  • Five nights in the heart of the Big Easy

  • March 24-31, 8 Days, 12 Meals


You asked for one more day in this unique and exciting American city, and we listened. Is your stomach growling in anticipation of the Cajun and Creole food waiting for you? Can you hear the Zydeco music in your head? This place is like no other and now, with five nights in the heart of the Big Easy, you're going to fall in love with her!

Day 1

The excitement begins as new friends board the motorcoach, ready for the journey through Illinois, Missouri, and Arkansas, where the group will stop for the evening.

Day 2

The adventure continues as the coach reaches our home for the next five nights, The Astor Crowne Plaza, a 4-diamond hotel, right where the action is.

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Day 3

NEW ORLEANS CITY TOUR: Join a local step-on guide on this city tour with highlights of important sites from Hurricane Katrina. Learn the history of the original city and the French Quarter.

NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MUSEUM: Ranked the #1 attraction in New Orleans by Trip Advisor! Explore interactive exhibits that tell the emotional story of the war that changed the world.


Day 4

SWAMP TOUR: Experience the timeless beauty of South Louisiana in a custom built swamp boat! Native guides will reveal the mysteries of the swamps and bayous and the Cajun "joie de vivre".

MARDI GRAS WORLD: See where the spectacular floats of Mardi Gras are created while learning the history of this time-honored tradition.

NEW ORLEANS SCHOOL OF COOKING: Dinner and laughter are served while one of the area's well-known chefs demonstrates the basics of down-home Louisiana cookin'!

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Day 5

OAK ALLEY PLANTATION: Walk the grounds of one of the most photographed plantations in the south.

FRENCH MARKET/CAFE DU MONDE: Explore the shops of the famed French Market. Don't forget to indulge in those delicious beignets-like donuts, only better!

CREOLE QUEEN JAZZ DINNER CRUISE: Dinner is served aboard the Steamboat Natchez as a live jazz band entertains and the skyline of the city passes by!

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Day 6

LAFAYETTE CEMETERY TOUR: Above ground burial sites are necessary in a below-sea level city. Get a glimpse of this fascinating tradition.

BOURBON STREET & MORE: After lunch, you are free to explore Bourbon Street and the rest of the city on your own!

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Day 7

The time has come to say goodbye to the Big Easy and begin the journey home, stopping for the night in Arkansas.


Day 8

The journey comes to an end but the memories of good food, good times, and good friends will live on forever.


B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

DEPOSIT: $50 at time of reservation; final payment due Feb. 7, 2019.


ACCOMMODATIONS: Comfort Inn & Suites, Blytheville, AR (2 nights); Astor Crowne Plaza, New Orleans, LA (5 nights).


TOUR INCLUSIONS: Professional tour director, motorcoach transportation, accommodations, luggage handling at hotels, admissions/attractions, and 12 meals, including 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 3 dinners.


TRAVEL INSURANCE: Optional, but strongly recommended.


ACTIVITY LEVEL 3 / HEAVY WALKING: Physical stamina required. Stair climbing, longer periods of walking and/or standing may be involved, along with higher elevations and longer days. Participants must be able to keep up with group.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Janesville, WI Van Galder Terminal
3120 N. Pontiac Dr., Janesville WI
Madison, WI Shopko South Towne Mall
2101 W. Broadway, Lot "G", Madison WI
Rockford, IL Van Galder Terminal
7559 Walton St., Rockford IL
South Beloit, IL Fas Mart/McDonald's ($3 per day)
Hwy 75 and I90, South Beloit IL
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Van Galder Bus Company

A Division of Coach USA

715 S. Pearl St.

Janesville WI 53548

Daily Service to Chicago O'Hare • Midway • Downtown •

Charter Service • 1-800-747-0994

Tour & Travel • 1-800-747-7407