Oak Alley Plantation

9 day self drive itinerary

Jazzy Jambalaya Adventure

Step back in time to a different world

The plantations of the deep south USA are a reminder of a world that used to be.

Stunning in appearance and standing grand overlooking beautiful surroundings these antebellum homes are rich in American history and what became the Civil Rights movement that followed. Learn the stories behind each home and appreciate today we live in a different world.

Combine the old with the new and mix this with a colourful stay in the vibrant New Orleans. Blending traditional and modern traditions, hear the sounds of the saxophones and listen to live jazz in the historic French Quarter or enjoy a stroll in the beautiful Garden District.

Visit some beautiful plantation homes in Baton Rouge and be sure to sample delicious Creole and Cajun cooking in Lafayette, renowned for its culinary culture before returning to New Orleans.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Hear live Jazz in New Orleans' French Quarter
  • Stroll through the beautiful Garden District of New Orleans
  • Sample Cajun cooking
  • Visit authentic Plantation Homes
  • Explore the Louisiana Bayou
  • Catch a glimpse of wildlife around the famous swamps including snakes and gators

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

Duration
9 days
Guide Price
£2,019 per person
Price based on
Based on 10 October 19 departure from London Heathrow flying with American Airlines, meal basis as per itinerary (2 adults sharing).
Our guide price gives you an idea of pricing which will vary depending on exchange rates, accommodation, duration, dates, airline and cabin class.
Destination Breakdown
Options
Private basis, Self-Guided
Included
  • International flights
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation
  • Car hire
  • Car insurance
Not included
  • One way drop car hire fees (if applicable)
  • Meals or excursions unless specified
  • Park entrance fees (if applicable)
  • Ferry charges (if applicable)

Itinerary Breakdown

Begin your Jazzy Jambalaya adventure in New Orleans, one of the most exotic cities in the world, famous for riverboats, jazz, Creole cuisine and a seemingly endless parade of festivals. On arrival pick up your car and proceed to your hotel and spend an unforgettable two days in this vibrant and fascinating city.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Holiday Inn New Orleans - Downtown Superdome or similar

Continue your unforgettable journey to Baton Rouge where you'll find eight majestic, historic plantations and is also known as the South's brightest hot spots. Visit one of the most beloved, largest plantation homes in the South, Nottoway Plantation and relive the fascinating history.

Take a lunch break at downtown Main Street Market and do a little shopping while you're there. After lunch, take a free guided tour of the new State Capitol, which is the largest state capitol building in the United States. You can also choose to visit the newly renovated outdoor Rural Life Museum and get a feel for living and working the plantation life.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Nottoway Plantation & Resort or similar

Continue your unforgettable journey by taking the Trace Parkway which evolved from an Indian trail into a post road and pioneer highway to Natchez, the oldest settlement in Mississippi.

On your way to Natchez you can take a break in historic town St. Francisville and stop at one of the unique shops, historical homes, beautiful churches, or breathtaking parks.

Getting closer to Natchez you may want to visit a plantation such as Dunleith Historic House, Melrose or Longwood. Longwood is reputedly the largest octagonal house in the country.

Founded in 1716, makes Natchez the oldest city on the Mississippi. It is a charming river town which has been first inhabited by the Natchez Indians and French explorers who shared the land. Every year thousands of people come to Natchez for the pilgrimages that offer visits of the many antebellum homes in the area. The gracious citizens open their homes, which have been lovingly restored, so that visitors can get a glimpse of the southern prosperous life. 

Overnight Accommodation

  • Guest House or similar

Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions. Described as the 'Key to the South' by Abraham Lincoln, this Southern town carries a history unlike any other Civil War city. Founded in 1811, Vicksburg grew as a vital river port city.

Today, Vicksburg is a popular spot for tourists to learn about the battles of the city, taste the cuisine, visit the many museums, and pick out the perfect souvenir. You can also visit Vicksburg National Military Park which commemorates the campaign, siege, and defence of Vicksburg in 1863. There are over 1,300 monuments, markers and plaques, a 16-mile tour road and a national cemetery, the nation’s largest burial site of Civil War Union soldiers and sailors with graves totalling over 17,000.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Quality Inn or similar

Explore picturesque small town Natchitoches, which has been part of French Louisiana in the early 18th century. Do not miss the opportunity to taste a regional delicacy and enjoy a piece of Natchitoches meat pie.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Chateau Saint Denis or similar

Drive back south through Alexandria, Ville Platte and Opelousas to Lafayette, the heart of Cajun Country where the Acadians, or Cajuns, started arriving in 1765. Today these French-American’s are famous for their joie de vivre which is reflected in their lively dancing, music and spicy food.

Upon arrival, you can enjoy a walking tour of downtown to discover landmark buildings, or take a short drive to Acadian Village overlooking the bayou and filled with authentically restored Cajun homes and churches.

Points of Interest

  • Acadian Village

Overnight Accommodation

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette or similar

Stop off at New Iberia and Avery Island, the birthplace of Tabasco sauce, a short drive outside of Lafayette to take a tour of the factory where this famous sauce is produced. Make time on your journey today to take an optional boat tour into the Louisiana swamp and bayou to spot alligators and other wildlife as you continue your scenic drive back to New Orleans.

Points of Interest

  • Tabasco Factory

Overnight Accommodation

  • Holiday Inn New Orleans - Downtown Superdome or similar

Enjoy your final morning in New Orleans Perhaps stop by the Cafe du Monde for a breakfast beignet and coffee and explore the open air French Market for a last minute souvenir of your time in the Deep South then return your car at the airport before you departure flight. 

Points of Interest

  • New Orleans

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Live jazz in the historic French Quarter
    • Grab a Po'boy, a traditional Louisiana sandwich
    • St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
    • Taste Creole and Cajun cuisine
    • Take a streetcar to the Garden District
  • Baton Rouge

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Old Louisiana State Capitol
    • Magnolia Mound Plantation House
    • Tin Roof Brewery
    • Nottoway Plantation
    • Live music in Downtown Baton Rouge
  • Mississippi

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Natchez Trace Parkway
    • Stop in historic St. Francisville
    • Beautiful antebellum mansions in Natchez
    • Vicksburg National Military Park
    • Picturesque Natchitoches
  • Lafayette

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Jean Lafitte Acadian Culture Center
    • Tour St. John Cathedral
    • Bayou Teche Brewing
    • Try local Cajun cuisine specialities
    • Blue Moon Saloon