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Jazz, blues & colonial heritage in New Orleans
Explore New Orleans’ legendary musical heritage, learn how to cook a classic crab boil with a local chef, and kayak through the fabled Manchac swamp
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4 day trip from £1109 - £1269
Thu 9 Apr - Sun 12 Apr
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About your trip
Embrace the rhythms of jazz, the buzz of the French-quarter and the flavours of gumbo on this long weekend in New Orleans.
Few cities are as rich and multi-layered as this one; where African-American, Creole and Cajun influences intertwine to create a truly unique cultural landscape. It’s a given that you’ll explore New Orleans’ vibrant musical heritage and kayak through the Manchac Swamp. But you’ll also learn how to craft delicious new cocktails, visit a historical plantation and cruise the Mississippi on a steamboat.
Short and sweet, this is the best of New Orleans in four days.
- Local transport
- Most meals included
- Max 14 travellers per group
- Atol protected
Remember, flights aren't included. We're happy to help you find the best ones for you.
Day 01 Welcome drinks & steamboat jazz cruising
Welcome to New Orleans, the cradle of jazz. The city’s musical culture is simply legendary (no other word will quite suffice), and it’s equally famous for its voodoo roots and colonial French heritage. Meet your fellow travellers and guide over a drink at the hotel before you step aboard an old-world steamboat for dinner on the Mississippi River. A jazz band will set the mood with upbeat swing as you stroll the decks and absorb views of the twinkling city lights.
Day 02 Music, history & mixology
This morning, you’ll continue your musical experience on a historical tour of the city. Your guide will talk you through the chapters of New Orleans, how jazz was born and how it evolved into blues and rock’n’roll. After lunch, you’ll have a few hours to explore the city at your own rhythm, before gathering with your group for a mixology class at a downtown bar. Learn how to craft new cocktails to add to your repertoire, then you’ll continue your exploration of New Orleans’ famous music scene with a live performance at Preservation Hall. The venue is intimate, rustic and brimming with southern character; every bit the authentic New Orleans experience.
Photo credit: Erika Goldring
Day 03 Swamp kayaking & local cooking
Today, you’ll kayak through the swamps of New Orleans. With their twisting vines and drooping branches, the region’s bayous possess an ethereal, spooky quality (not helped by the presence of local alligators, no doubt). Spend the morning paddling alongside these fearful creatures in their natural habitat, before moving onto the historic Oak Alley Plantation. Dating back to the 1800s, there’s an atmosphere of unsettling glamour here. Dinner tonight will see you learn how to cook a New Orleans favourite: crab boil. The rest of the evening is yours to explore the caldron of bars found in the French Quarter, where music spills out into the streets until the early hours.
Day 04 Downtown sights & French Quarter strolls
On your final morning, we suggest heading to one of New Orleans’ vibrant gospel churches for a truly local experience. What better way to encounter the city’s musical scene first-hand than joining in the singing? The rest of the day is yours to explore New Orleans at your own leisure, departing whenever you choose. If you’re looking for an American long-weekender just like this one, you might be interested in our Miami adventure.
Our Favourite Hotels
Browse a selection of our favourite hotels, for a flavour of where you may stay on this trip.
The Troubadour, New Orleans
Stylish hotel in the city center
Located a stone’s throw from the charming French Quarter, you’ll have the city’s best sights at your doorstep.
Why we stay here
The rooms are comfortable and stacked with southern charisma; the restaurant serves a mix of regional dishes and classic staples, and you’ll have a range of cocktails to choose from in the rooftop bar.
Fly into and out of New Orleans Airport (MSY).
Please ensure that your flight arrives before 3pm on day 1. Boarding time for the steamboat is 6:30pm, so travellers must be ready before 5pm in order to join. Depart at your own leisure on the final day.
Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting.
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