New Orleans is alive with beauty, tradition and Old World charm. Travel with Wolf's to the Big Easy where a spicy mash up of multicultural history gives its visitors a spectacular taste of incredible cuisine and city streets filled with architectural treasures that all have an interesting story to tell. Tour highlights include narrated driving tours of New Orleans and Natchez, Mardi Gras World, Brunch at Court of Two Sisters, a swamp boat tour, Helen Keller's Birthplace Ivy Green, and more.
9 Nights Lodging, 9 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch at Court of Two Sisters, 8 Dinners, Tour of Arlington Antebellum Home & Gardens, Admission to Jimmie Rodgers Father of Country Music Museum, Day on Your Own to Explore New Orleans, Tour of Magnolia Hall, Narrated Driving Tour of the City of New Orleans Including St. Louis Cemetery, Admission to Mardi Gras World, Swamp Boat Tour, New Orleans School of Cooking, Narrated Driving Tour of Natchez, Walking Tour of Frogmore Cotton Plantation, Private Tour of the Newly Restored Choctaw Hall, Tour Ivy Green (Birthplace of Helen Keller), Country Tonight Evening Show, Baggage Handling and Transportation.
***ALL WOLF'S TOURS - TIMES AND ITINERARY SUBJECT TO CHANGE***
Our excursion begins with meal and rest stops en route to Morristown, Tennessee where we will overnight at the Hampton Inn Morristown (423-839-1920). The hotel features a heated indoor pool and whirlpool, 24-hour fitness center, business center with complimentary internet access, on-site convenience store and coin operated laundry. Guest rooms offer a mini refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, hairdryer, flat screen HDTV and iron/ironing board. Dinner this evening will be included at an area restaurant with the remainder of the evening to unwind after a long day's travel.D
Breakfast will be included at the hotel prior to check out and departure for Birmingham, Alabama with a stop for lunch on our own along the way. Upon arrival in Birmingham, we will visit the Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens for a tour of this lovely former plantation house resting on six acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. The two-story home was built between 1845-50 and features antebellum-era Greek Revival architecture. Arlington serves as a decorative arts museum, featuring a collection of 19th-century furniture, textiles, silver and paintings. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. After our tour, we will depart for check in at the Drury Inn & Suites Birmingham Grandview (205-967-2450) for a one-night stay. Guests may enjoy their indoor/outdoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, stay connected in their 24-hour business center with complimentary internet access and guest coin operated laundry. Room amenities include a mini refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, hairdryer, complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen television and iron/ironing board. Dinner this evening will be included at a local restaurant before turning in for the night.B, D
Wake to a hearty hot breakfast included at the hotel before we check out and board the motorcoach bound for New Orleans. Before we hit the "Big Easy", we will take time to visit the Jimmie Rodgers "Father of Country Music" Museum in Meridian, Mississippi. At age 13, Jimmie's storied life began with his love for entertaining and the road as he had twice organized traveling shows, only to be brought home by his father to work in the railroading industry. In the late 1920's Jimmie returned to his first love, entertaining after contracting tuberculosis. Learn about his compelling story coming from humble beginnings sleeping in a tent to becoming the pioneer of country music. Lunch will be on our own today before we arrive in New Orleans for check in to the Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter (504-962-0500) for the next three nights. Located on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, the Crowne Plaza offers an outdoor seasonal pool, well-equipped fitness center, business center with complimentary Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant and lounge, and the historic street car picks up right in front of the hotel. Guest rooms feature a coffee maker, hairdryer, complimentary high-speed internet access and flat screen HDTV. After a brief time to freshen up, we will depart for dinner included at Mulate's New Orleans Cajun Restaurant. Known as the original Cajun restaurant, Mulate's is famous for preserving and celebrating the food, music and culture found in the small towns and along the bayous of south Louisiana. After dinner, we will return to the hotel to either relax and unwind or venture outside to experience the energy and excitement that is Bourbon Street!B, D
It is impossible not to feel like you've woken up in old-world Europe. New Orleans is one of the world's most fascinating cities steeped in a history of influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and beyond. This morning will start with brunch included at Court of Two Sisters. It was two Creole sisters and the notions shop that they owned on this site that gave the restaurant its name. Court of Two Sisters is known for their authentic Creole dishes served in an elegant, royal setting. Because the restaurant uses only the freshest ingredients, the buffet's selections change according to the season and time of day. Next, we are off to Mardi Gras World where our admission is included. Peek behind the curtains and see one of the most colorful and vivacious festivals in the making. The lights, the kaleidoscope of colors, the festive music and joie de vivre are all here in one magical place. Their floats have been in parades in the United States and abroad. Afterwards, we will have free time in Jackson Square for lunch on your own. Historic Jackson Square, originally known in the 18th century as "Place d'Armes" and later renamed in honor of the Battle of New Orleans hero, Andrew Jackson, features many eclectic shops and galleries, open air cafes, as well as artists paintings and displaying their work on the outside of the iron fence. Mid-afternoon we will board the motorcoach for a city sightseeing driving tour of New Orleans including the Saint Louis Cemetery which encompasses three Roman Catholic cemeteries in New Orleans. The oldest and most famous, Saint Louis Cemetery #1 was opened in 1789 replacing the city's older St. Peter as the main burial ground when the city was redesigned after a fire in 1788. All of the graves are above ground vaults; most were constructed in the late 18th century and 19th century. Dinner this evening will be included at the New Orleans School of Cooking where since 1980 they have introduced countless visitors from around the world to the wonderful food and rich culture of New Orleans and Louisiana as a whole. The school is located in a renovated molasses warehouse built in the early 1800's in the heart of the French Quarter. We will return to the hotel after dinner where we can enjoy the hotel amenities or once again enjoy the festivities on Bourbon Street.B, D
Breakfast will be included at the hotel, with the remainder of the day for you to do as you please. The hotel's concierge will be able to offer some suggestions such as visiting the World War II Museum, take in one of the local art galleries, take a walking tour, spend time in Jackson Square, or possibly take a leisurely cruise on the Mississippi River. The day's activities will be at your expense, as well as lunch and dinner on your own. Experience the Big Easy your way!B
Once again, breakfast will be included at the hotel before we check out and depart for Slidell, Louisiana, to Honey Island for a Swamp Cruise. While in the Louisiana Bayou, we will take a leisurely float along the mysterious, moss-draped bayous, home to alligators, exotic birds, colorful flowers and fauna. In addition, see one of the only remaining preserved wetlands in Louisiana, as well as an authentic Cajun village. Lunch will be on our own this afternoon prior to departing for Natchez, Mississippi. Upon arrival, we will check in to the Hampton Inn & Suites Natchez (601-446-6770) for a two-night stay. Located adjacent to the Mississippi River, make yourself at home in their spacious guest rooms offering a mini refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, complimentary internet access, LCD flat panel TV and iron/ironing board. Hotel amenities include an outdoor seasonal pool, nicely equipped fitness center, 24-hour business center and coin operated guest laundry. This evening will be filled with a tour and candlelight dinner at Magnolia Hall. Construction on Magnolia Hall is believed to have begun in 1858, as the residence of Thomas Henderson who was a Natchez native that became a wealthy cotton broker and merchant. The name of the house was inspired by the plaster magnolia blossoms incorporated into the design of the parlor ceiling centerpieces. We will return to the hotel after dinner.B, D
Wake to breakfast included at the hotel before we board our motorcoach for a driving tour of Natchez. Founded in 1716, the first route into Natchez was the Natchez Trace, originally a buffalo trail and later used by Native Americans and settlers. Natchez fell under British and Spanish rule respectively by 1798. Tobacco and indigo were initial crops, but the introduction of the Whitney gin in 1795, combined with the already established institution of slavery, revolutionized cotton production and brought great wealth to Natchez planters and merchants. Much of that wealth produced grand city and country estates, some of them owned and occupied by the same families for over 150 years. We will have time for lunch on our own in downtown Natchez. Mid-afternoon we will visit Frogmore Cotton Plantation and learn the history of cotton growing and picking from past to present. Frogmore is an 1800-acre working cotton plantation with 18 restored antebellum structures that date back to the early 1800's. There is cotton in the fields to pick from mid-July through April; then planting begins anew. Learn about the causes and effects of change on a working cotton plantation from the 1700's through today. Our day will conclude with a private tour and dinner at the newly restored and re-opened Choctaw Hall. Constructed in 1836 for Joseph Neibert, Choctaw is a traditional Natchez mansion containing the general Federal style while blending Greek Revival details. We will return to the hotel for the evening after our dinner and tour.B, D
Following breakfast at the hotel, we will check out and board the motorcoach and depart for Tuscumbia, Alabama with meal and rest stops along the way. Upon arrival in Tuscumbia, we will tour Ivy Green, Helen Keller's birthplace. Helen Adams Keller was born a healthy child in 1880, but at the tender age of 19 months was stricken with a severe illness which left her blind and deaf. While at Ivy Green, learn the miraculous story of how a simple breakthrough at a simple well pump began Helen's educational process from learning the fingertip alphabet and shortly afterward to write. By age 10 she mastered Braille, as well as the manual alphabet, and even learned to use the typewriter. Then, by age 16, Helen could speak well enough to go to preparatory school and to college where she graduated "cum laude" from Radcliffe College. Discover more behind the miraculous and courageous life of Helen Keller during the visit. Next, we will depart for Florence, Alabama, for a night's stay at the Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa (256-246-3600). The hotel features a heated indoor pool and whirlpool, an outdoor pool, fitness center, business center and two on-site restaurants. Guest room amenities include a mini refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, 32-inch television with premium channels and complimentary high-speed internet access. Dinner this evening will be included at the hotel.B, D
Breakfast will be included at the hotel before we check out and depart for Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, with lunch on own en route. Upon arrival in Pigeon Forge, we will check in to the Hampton Inn & Suites Pigeon Forge on the Parkway 865-428-1600) for an overnight stay. The hotel offers an outdoor pool (seasonal), fitness room, business center, guest coin-operated laundry room, and on-site convenience shop. Guest room amenities include a mini refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, and LCD flat screen television with HD channels. Dinner this evening will be included at the Applewood Farmhouse Grill. Applewood allows you to take a step back in time, relax and enjoy a true country meal amid a down home family feel. The grounds offer a tranquil setting with spectacular scenery overlooking the Little Pigeon River. Top off the evening with a heart-pumping performance at the Country Tonite Theatre. The theatre explodes with the best vocals, comedy, and excitement of any show in America! It has the perfect blend of new and old country classics that provide non-stop entertainment from singing to dancing, comedy to a patriotic presentation and more in a two-hour, high energy variety show. After the show, we will return to the hotel to turn in for the night.B, D
Breakfast will be included in our final day of travel as we check out and depart for home with meal and rest stops en routeB
***ALL WOLF'S TOURS - TIMES AND ITINERARY SUBJECT TO CHANGE**
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Camp Hill|| Capital City Mall, 3506 Capital City Mall Dr 17011 |
Park between Sportsman's Warehouse and JCPenney
|Carlisle|| Carlisle Point Mall, 800 East High Street |
Park in mall lot across from Pizza Hut
|Chambersburg|| Chambersburg Wal-Mart, 1730 Lincoln Way East |
Park in Wal-Mart Lot behind gas station
|Hanover|| Hanover - Staples Shopping Ctr, 440 Eisenhower Dr |
Park along grass island in center of lot
|York|| York Four Points Sheraton, 1650 Toronita St. |
Go to the right and park in the far corner of lot
|York Springs|| York Springs - Wolf's Terminal |
200 Old US Rt. 15 - Park near large sign
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