During your New Orleans holidays, it’s time to enjoy yourself, so let us help you. Indulge in mouth-watering Southern fare, dance the night away to hip music and explore the cobbled streets of the fascinating French quarter.
While we recommend taking a walking tour of the famous French Quarter to discover every nook and cranny of the fascinating centre, another great way to explore the city is by hopping on the historic St. Charles streetcar. You’ll cruise through pretty garden districts and can enjoy sublime views of the sprawling city.
Discover the vibrant atmosphere on your New Orleans holidays
Famous for its buzzy culture, a holiday in New Orleans offers plenty of after dark fun. It wouldn’t be a visit to New Orleans without listening to some classic jazz, so for an evening of upbeat jazz music, we recommend you head to Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse. Or, for the ultimate jazz experience, you can’t go wrong with a sophisticated jazz dinner aboard a genuine Mississippi paddle steamer boat.
For all night drinks and dancing, head to the centre of the bustling French Quarter where the music always flows and the bars never close. Whatever your style, there will be a jaunt to suit your taste. A visit to the lively Bourbon Street is an experience in itself, and the famous haunt embodies the life of New Orleans as a party town.
Culture lovers should explore the city on a tram, which will take you to the beautiful French Quarter. Here you’ll find stunning buildings and tree lined streets, as well as shops, cafes and restaurants serving up delicious New Orleans dishes with a side of Southern charm.
Great sample itineraries
For holidays to New Orleans and Memphis, get inspired by our New Orleans holiday itineraries. We’ll help you make the most of your time in the Deep South.
Nashville New Orleans And Memphis Holidays
Mississippi River Cruise Memphis To New Orleans
Explore New Orleans
You know the scene: the saxophonist playing jazz on the street, the ornate balconies and the pastel-coloured architecture – you’re going to love New Orleans. Known for its colonial French Quarter, the Big Easy is a melting pot of French, American and Creole cultures. It abounds with lively clubs, a mysterious voodoo history and a gritty Southern vibe. Let’s not forget the annual Mardi Gras celebrations. When you watch the parades of masked dancers, you’ll be hooked on this city.
Trying Creole and Cajun food is a must but don’t miss Antoine’s Restaurant either. Dating back to 1840, it’s the oldest continuously running eatery in Louisiana. Try the gumbo, a stew that originates from Choctaw Native Americans.
We highly recommend you take a tour on the Mississippi River on a traditional paddlewheeler. As you sip on a Sazerac, there’ll be live jazz bands and historic sites such as the location of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans.
Average Weather in January
Average Weather in February
Average Weather in March
Average Weather in April
Average Weather in May
Average Weather in June
Average Weather in July
Average Weather in August
Average Weather in September
Average Weather in October
Average Weather in November
Average Weather in December
“Try a cooking class and learn about the colourful history of New Orleans cuisine from the experts. Choose an open demonstration class or try a hands-on interactive lesson to learn from some highly entertaining chefs. Then tuck into some delicious classic Cajun and Creole dishes.”
“New Orleans is full of amazing attractions. Don’t just spend your time on Bourbon Street – there’s so much to see. A great way to get around is by bike.”
“You must try a beignet from Café du Monde in the French Quarter. Delicious donut-like creations smothered in icing sugar, these sweet treats are iconic in New Orleans and perfect with a coffee for breakfast.”
Events & Festivals
Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your New Orleans holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.
A huge spectacle of colour and celebratory parades, Mardi Gras attracts a whopping 1.4 million visitors each year, welcoming them into the bosom of a gigantic street party. Hit the streets of the French Quarter, including the famous Bourbon Street, and feast your eyes on some spectacular displays. Don’t forget to dress up to fully immerse yourself into the festivities. Keep to tradition with one of the three bold colours of Mardi Gras – purple, green or gold.
Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Mardi Gras holiday. Here are a few of our favourite dishes.
During your New Orleans holiday, make sure you sample some of the city’s most iconic foods. Gumbo is a Creole classic and is a hearty stew packed full of okra, chicken, cured pork or seafood, and is usually served with a healthy portion of rice.
Another favourite is New Orlean’s delightful take on BBQ shrimp. The dish gets its name from the Creole-style flavour, which is made from plenty of spices and black pepper. Feast on the shrimp with lots of crusty bread to soak up the delicious spicy juices.
Types of New Orleans holidays
You might also like these
We think you might also like to take a look at these destinations. If you'd like some advice, our Destination Specialists will be able to find something that is right for you.
There’s no question too small. Start planning your dream trip by talking to our Destination Specialists.
Sign up to our newsletter
Receive the latest travel inspiration and destination news.
How we tailor make your holiday
The Hayes & Jarvis Way
We've been tailor making holidays for 65 years. With over 60 destinations to choose from, talk to us and we'll listen to your travel ideas to create unforgettable holiday experiences.