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New Orleans 2024

New Orleans 2024

National WWII Museum, Swamp Boat Tour, French Markets, & More!

New Orleans 2024

  • March 10-17, 8 Days, 12 Meals

  • New Orleans, LA

  • Mardi Gras World, National WWII Museum, French Markets, Swamp Tour, and More!


Who 'dat? Put a little color and flavor in your life with a slice of N'Awlins!

Day 1

Ramp up the excitement with new friends as you journey through Illinois, Missouri, and Arkansas, where the group will stop for the evening.

Day 2

The adventure continues as the coach reaches the historic Astor Crowne Plaza, a 4-diamond hotel, right where the action the French Quarter!


Day 3

NEW ORLEANS CITY & CEMETERY TOUR: A local step-on guide highlights the history of the city, shares a bit of Mardi Gras history, and tells stories of voodoo practices and piracy. Also, visit one of New Orleans' historic cemeteries, referred to as Cities of the Dead, and learn about the unique above-ground burial system.

HARBOR JAZZ CRUISE: Voyage back to a time when riverboats reigned as king of the river and major source of transportation. See up close one of the world's busiest ports while enjoying the steam calliope, live narration, and live local music of the Steamboat Stompers.

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

COURT OF TWO SISTERS: More than a restaurant, it's a legend! Enjoy a luscious Creole and Cajun cuisine, make a wish in the Devil's Wishing Well, and hear the story of Emma and Bertha, the two sisters who ran a notions shop here once upon a time in the French Quarter.

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Day 4

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ MUSEUM: Celebrate the history of jazz in all its forms through dynamic interactive exhibits, right in the heart of the city’s vibrant music scene.

CAFE DU MONDE/FRENCH MARKETS: Don't let anyone tell you that a hot, sugared beignet from this famed cafe is "just a donut"...because it's so much more. The shops at the French Markets are a great place for a quick bite and souvenirs.

NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MUSEUM: Explore interactive exhibits that tell the emotional story of the war that changed the world at this attraction ranked #1 in NOLA by Trip Advisor.

NEW ORLEANS SCHOOL OF COOKING: Join one of the area's well-known chefs for dinner, laughter, and a bit of the city's rich culinary history.

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Day 5

SWAMP TOUR: Alligators anyone? Homegrown in the Bayous of South Louisiana, your captain narrates as you journey through a privately owned wildlife refuge. Learn about the Louisiana Wetlands, the inhabitants of the swamp, and the unique history of the Cajun town of Frenier within the Manchac Swamp.

OAK ALLEY PLANTATION: Explore the home and walk the grounds of the most photographed plantation in the south.

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Day 6

NEW ORLEANS STREETCAR JAZZY PASS: Dive into New Orleans however you want! With unlimited rides, discover more of the Crescent City than ever before by way of the oldest operating streetcar system in the United States.


Day 7

TWO MISSISSIPPI MUSEUMS: The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum are placse where Mississippians tell their own stories of the state’s rich and complex history. These aren't exhibits trapped behind glass, but immersive stories of Mississippi's first people, epic battles, great floods, potent protests, and powerful music.


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 per person due at time of reservation; final payment due January 25, 2024.


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, admissions, and 12 meals, including 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 3 dinners.


TRAVEL INSURANCE: Optional, but highly 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 Dutch Mill Park & Ride
4545 East Broadway, 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 • Downtown

Charter Service • 1-800-747-0994

Tour & Travel • 1-800-747-7407