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Cajun, Cotton & Plantations of New Orleans 2023

New Orleans

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.

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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.

Package Includes:

9 Nights' Lodging, 8 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch at Court of Two Sisters, 7 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 Linden Historic Home, 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 Choctaw Hall, Tour of  Ivy Green (Birthplace of Helen Keller), Evening Show in Pigeon Forge (TBA), Baggage Handling and Transportation.

 

 

***ALL WOLF'S TOURS - TIMES AND ITINERARY SUBJECT TO CHANGE***

 

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DAY 1

Your journey begins with meal and rest stops enroute to Morristown, Tennessee where you will spend the night 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 is on your own.

DAY 2

Breakfast is included at the hotel prior to check out and departure for Birmingham, Alabama with a stop for lunch on your own along the way. Upon arrival in Birmingham, you 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 the tour, you 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 is included at a local restaurant before turning in for the night.

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DAY 3

Wake to a hearty hot breakfast included at the hotel before you check out and board the motorcoach bound for New Orleans. Before you hit the "Big Easy", you have admission included 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 you depart for New Orleans. Upon arrival, you check in at your host hotel for the next three nights, Hampton Inn & Suites New Orleans Downtown (504-529-5077). Located in the French Quarter within walking distance of Bourbon and Canal Streets, the hotel has a fitness center and business center with complimentary Wi-Fi. Guest rooms include a Microwave, mini refrigerator, coffeemaker, hairdryer and high-speed internet access. After a brief time to freshen up, you will depart for dinner included at a local restaurant. The remainder of the night is yours to experience the nightlife in New Orleans or relax and unwind at the hotel.

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DAY 4

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, 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 the graves are above ground vaults; most were constructed in the late 18th century and 19th century. Lunch is on your own today. Afterwards, you are off to Mardi Gras World where admission is included to 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. Dinner this evening is 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 within a renovated molasses warehouse built in the early 1800's in the heart of the French Quarter. Following dinner, you return to the hotel for the remainder of the evening.

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DAY 5

Breakfast is 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!

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DAY 6

Once again, breakfast is included at the hotel before check-out and departure for a narrated Swamp Boat Cruise. Enjoy a leisurely float along the mysterious, moss-draped bayous, home to alligators, exotic birds, colorful flowers and fauna. Lunch will be on your own this afternoon prior to departing for Natchez, Mississippi. Upon arrival, you 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, enjoy dinner and a tour of Linden Historic Home. Originally owned by Alexander Moore and passed down to his son, the two-story,4-room section of the mansion was constructed in 1785 and was known as "Oaklands". The home gained its current name "Linden" from Dr. John Ker in 1829. Linden was purchased by Jane E. Conner in 1849 after her husband dies for herself and her 9 children and the current owner is a 6th generation Conner. Today the home is operated as a Bed & Breakfast.

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DAY 7

Wake to breakfast included at the hotel before you board the 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. You will have time for lunch on your own in downtown Natchez. Mid-afternoon you 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. Your day concludes with a private tour and dinner included at the 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. You return to the hotel for the evening after your dinner and tour.

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DAY 8

Following breakfast at the hotel, you check out and board the motorcoach bound for Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Along the way you will have a mystery stop that honors man's best friend and is the only place of its kind in the world. Your travels continue to check in 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 is included at a local restaurant.

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DAY 9

Enjoy breakfast included at the hotel before you check out and depart for a tour of 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. Discover more behind the miraculous and courageous life of Helen Keller during the visit. Next, you depart for Pigeon Forge, Tennessee with lunch on your own along the way. Upon arrival in Pigeon Forge, you check in at your host hotel (TBA) for a one-night stay. Dinner is included at a local restaurant and followed by musical entertainment to be determined. You then return to the hotel for the night.

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DAY 10

Rise and shine, breakfast is included at the hotel before you check out and depart for home with meal and rest stops enroute.

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***ALL WOLF'S TOURS - TIMES AND ITINERARY SUBJECT TO CHANGE**

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

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

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Camp Hill Penn Harris Hotel By Wyndham
1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, PA
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Carlisle Carlisle Point Mall, 800 East High Street
Park in mall lot across from Pizza Hut
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Chambersburg Chambersburg Weis Market -1056 Wayne Ave.
Park lot behind Applebee's along grass.
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Hanover Hanover - Petco Shopping Ctr, 416 Eisenhower Dr
Park in small parking area to the left of Petco
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York York Four Points Sheraton, 1650 Toronita St.
Go to the right and park in the far corner of lot
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York Springs York Springs - Wolf's Terminal
200 Old US Rt. 15 - Park near large sign
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