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Cajun And Creole Cultural Road Trip

Cajun and Creole Cultural Road Trip

7 days & 6 nights, Private Journey

Nottoway, Lafayette & New Orleans

Embark on a customized driving adventure through southern Louisiana, beginning at a sprawling antebellum plantation and ending in the Big Easy. Along the way, dine with the family of an illustrious local author or colorful politician, visit the famous and secretive Tabasco factory, learn to make a roux with a local celebrity chef in a private kitchen where Anthony Bourdain has cooked, dance to the tinny sounds of zydeco, and explore the swamps and bayous with an authentic Cajun crooner. When you reach New Orleans, take a culinary and cocktail walking tour with a celebrated culinary historian, chat privately with one of America’s top jazz musicians, go inside French Quarter homes not open to the public and learn about the birthplace of modern music from an expert musicologist.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Nottoway Plantation

    Upon arrival in New Orleans, collect your rental car and start your road trip en route to the majestic Nottoway Plantation. Your stay here includes a guided tour led by the curator of the River Road African-American Museum in nearby Baton Rouge. This tour highlights the contributions of African Americans who lived and worked on plantations along the Mississippi River including Nottoway, in addition to explaining just how life in rural Louisiana has evolved over the past 200+ years. Enjoy the evening at leisure; if you like, you may choose to have dinner at the plantation, taking in the sounds of the country and the bright stars of the bayou.

    Nottoway Plantation - 2 nights
  • Day 2
    Nottoway Plantation

    Enjoy a leisurely morning to acclimate to the slower pace of plantation life. Around midday, make your way to the charming home of a local resident to enjoy a private and elegant lunch, which will initiate you into the customs, tastes, and cuisine of Louisiana’s elite. Based on availability and interest, your meal can be arranged with a well-known chef, an illustrious author or a colorful local politician. Following lunch, travel south to Houmas House Plantation and Gardens for a private tour of the grounds and home of this recently renovated antebellum mansion, the Crown Jewel of Louisiana’s River Road. Explore the wine cellars, marvel at the antique furnishings and sip a mint julep on the lawn before savoring a very special tasting menu and wine pairing dinner outside on the lawn or in a private dining room of the mansion. After dinner, make your way back to Nottoway Plantation for a good night’s rest.

    Nottoway Plantation (B, L, D)
  • Day 3
    To Lafayette

    Continue your immersion in the history and culture of plantation life with a rare treat — a private tour of a working sugar plantation. You’ll witness the entire process and get to sample some of the finished product. After your tour, make your way to the charming country town of Breaux Bridge to learn the secrets of traditional Cajun cuisine from a well-known local chef and TV personality in a state-of-the-art private kitchen where Anthony Bourdain filmed an episode of his show. Your lesson is completely tailored to your dietary and culinary preferences, and focused on the iconic dishes that make this region so unique. There is plenty of time to indulge in the fruits of your labor among other Cajun delicacies and French wines. Later, drive onward to nearby Lafayette.

    Carriage House - 1 night (B, L)
  • Day 4
    To New Orleans

    After breakfast, you may choose to visit the rural life exhibition at Vermilionville. This enchanting village is a re-creation of rural Bayou life, complete with artisans making classic dishes and crafts. Then continue your drive south to New Orleans, with a pit stop at secretive Avery Island, the quaint island home of the world-famous Tabasco Sauce. Tours are available which include the manufacturing process and, of course, tastings. In Houma, home of the Cajun French, embark on a scenic swamp boat ride with a born-and-bred Cajun musician and boater, who will provide both folklore and a soundtrack of accordion and washboards as you wind your way through the swamp. After your time on the water concludes, you’ll enjoy a crawfish boil with all the customary fixings. Following your swamp feast, make your way to the Big Easy.

    Windsor Court - 3 nights (B, D)
  • Day 5
    New Orleans

    After breakfast today, meet a renowned culinary author and cocktail historian for a food and drink tour of the city, visiting some of the city’s top culinary and cocktail establishments — from high-end restaurants to traditional groceries and pubs, snacking on muffulettas, Gulf Coast oysters, beignets, po’boys, Sazeracs, gin fizzes and much more. Then, relax with your guide and locals in the private courtyard of one of the French Quarter’s stately homes. Later in the evening, enjoy a private conversation with one of New Orleans’s current jazz greats followed by prime seats at their performance as their special guest!

    Windsor Court (B, L)
  • Day 6
    New Orleans

    This morning, relax at your hotel or explore some of the unique neighborhoods that make up the fabric of this city. Take the St. Charles street car down Magazine Street and into the Garden District to gaze at some of the great New Orleans mansions. After your visual appetite is sated, prepare for an aural feast led by an expert local musicologist with a walking tour of the city including Congo Square, the Tremé, and Preservation Hall Jazz Club, where you will have VIP tickets arranged for the evening performance. We can make reservations for dinner after the show at one of New Orleans’s top culinary establishments, such as Restaurant August, Stella’s or Commander’s Palace.

    Windsor Court (B)
  • Day 7
    Depart New Orleans

    In the morning, check out of your hotel and return your rental car before catching your onward flight.

    (B)
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