New Orleans – Gulf Coast

Memorial Day Weekend

August 31 – Sept. 3

This is a great opportunity to spend the holiday weekend in one of America’s most exciting cities!

Day One: Our deluxe motorcoach has panoramic windows, restroom, temperature control, VCR/video system and reclining seats, so settle back for a relaxing day as we travel through South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama on our way to Hattiesburg, Mississippi – our home for tonight.

Day Two: Good morning and welcome to the Crescent City of New Orleans. No city in the United States has more history or fame than New Orleans, and our local guide will take us on a tour of the city this morning to show us the major sites. From the modern city with its skyscrapers to the Vieux Carre or Old City, to the famous Garden District, and above ground cemeteries – we’ll see it all! This afternoon we’ll enjoy a relaxing 2.5-hour cruise on the mighty Mississippi River aboard the Natchez – the largest all steel sternwheelers built in this country. We’ll view the port – one of the largest in the country, the historic site of the battle of New Orleans made famous by the singer Johnny Horton, and the skyline of the city. We’ll also visit the new D-Day Museum.

Tonight, get ready for Bourbon Street and the French Quarter! There is nothing in the United States to compare to the French Quarter. The Quarter is famous for its fine restaurants which serve French and Creole dishes, and for its not clubs that play the world’s best jazz all night long. From Preservation Hall to the street musicians, you’re going to love the music! Your tour director will inform you of the best choice for restaurants and clubs.

Day Three: This morning you will be free to enjoy the Riverwalk, have coffee and beignets at one of the open restaurants, visit the St. Louis Cathedral, tour the Presbytère or do some shopping. The French Quarter is world-famous for its fine antique and specialty gift shops. This afternoon we must bid New Orleans goodbye. However, the scenery will be beautiful as we drive along with the white sand beaches of the Gulf coast by way of Gulfport to Biloxi. At Mobile, we’ll turn north and drive to Greenville, Alabama for overnight.

Day Four: Our first stop this morning will be at the grave-site of one of the true legends of country music – Hank Williams. Then we’ll travel northeast via Interstate 85 to Atlanta, Georgia for lunch and a chance to shop at the Gwinnett Place Mall. Mid-afternoon finds us continuing north on I-85 to western North Carolina and home. We’ll be relaxed refreshed – and probably making plans for our next vacation!

Price Per Person: $479 Double  |  $467 Triple  |  $461 Quad  |  $659 Single