Keen historians, foodies and culture-lovers alike will revel in everything Louisiana has to offer. While the ‘Pelican State’s deep-seated appreciation of music and food runs deep, it’s also home to a rich European heritage thriving bayou and marshlands, and mouth-watering Creole and Cajun cuisine.
As part of our nine-day self-drive Jazzy Jambalaya tour, you’ll first explore the vibrant hub of New Orleans – often regarded as the birthplace of jazz. Walk the cobbled streets of the city’s historic French Quarter and join in the festivities as you sip spicy Creole Bloody Mary cocktails. Take in energetic live jazz performances at one of Bourbon Street’s lively bars and sink your teeth into a delicious po’ boy sandwich. Hop aboard the streetcar for a scenic tour of New Orleans’ charming neighbourhoods, admiring the splendour of the Garden District and its 19th century mansions.
Journey onwards to Baton Rouge, visiting the new State Capitol building – the tallest in the US – and enjoy a spot of retail therapy at Main Street Market. Gaze up at the Old State Capitol building, reminiscent of a fairy-tale castle with its stained-glass dome and spiral staircases, before coming face-to-face with its resident Civil War-era ghost as part of its “Ghost of the Castle” 4D experience.
Complete your Louisiana adventure with a trip to Lafayette. Join an exhilarating airboat swamp tour, spotting alligators, raccoons and yellow-crowned night herons, then tour the fascinating Rank Wildcat Distillery for an informative insight into the distilling processes, making sure to leave with a bottle or two of their Sweet Crude Rouler rum.
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“Those visiting New Orleans between February and March will be able to experience the vibrant Mardi Gras festival, an exuberant display of smiles, music and colour that’s not to be missed.”
“Make sure to stop by the award-winning Newcomb Art Museum. Their awe-inspiring galleries regularly celebrate the artistic contributions of women the world over.”
“Pay a visit to the Avery Island Tabasco Museum and Factory to learn how the iconic hot sauce is made, having been produced here for over 150 years – and don’t forget to leave with a few bottles.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the best way of getting around New Orleans?
While easy to traverse on foot, given the city’s flat topography, New Orleans also has a large network of public transport bus lines and trolley tours, in addition to multiple bicycle rental services.
When’s the best time to visit Louisiana?
If you’re seeking hotter temperatures, you’ll most likely want to visit between June and August, with regular highs of around 33°C, and temperatures rarely dropping below 25°C at night. For less crowds and cooler temperatures, you may want to consider arriving between late March and May, with temperatures peaking at around 23-24°C during the day.
What’s the food like in Louisiana?
Known for Cajun and Creole cuisine, seafood is also very popular here. Expect to find dishes such as oysters Bienville (oysters, shrimp, bell peppers, cheese and breadcrumbs), crawfish etouffee (smothered crawfish simmered in blond roux sauce and seasoned with Cajun or Creole spices) and jambalaya (Andouille sausage, crawfish, onions, garlic and rice).
Immerse yourself in the history of the Deep South, whether that’s dining on hearty traditional Cajun and Creole cuisine, touring the bayous and mangroves in search of the local wildlife, or soaking up the atmosphere and listening to the beat in a jaunty jazz bar. Embrace Louisiana’s genteel charm and sensibilities and discover what life is like in ‘The Big Easy’.
Why you'll love Louisiana...
• Strolling the scenic streets of the French Quarter in New Orleans
• Visiting the historic USS Kidd Museum in Baton Rouge, located in the shipwreck of a US gunship
• Tasting delicious beignets and Cajun gumbo
• Sighting cattle egrets, little blue herons and alligators on a bayou tour through Lafayette swamps
• Learning about voodoo lore in the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum
• Admiring the pastel pink Old State Capitol castle building in Baton Rouge
• Dancing the night away in one of Bourbon Streets buzzing jazz bars
• Spotting mansions featured in popular film and television at the lavish Garden District
Did you know?
• The parish of Rayne in Louisiana is known as the ‘frog capital of the world’, and is home to more than 8,000 frogs.
• Nicolas Cage owns a pyramid-shaped tomb in New Orleans’ oldest cemetery, St Louis Number One.
• Despite the plethora of cocktails originating from Louisiana, its official state drink is milk.
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