DAY 6 NATCHITOCHES · ALEXANDRIA · LAFAYETTE · VACHERIE
Today, after a delicious breakfast, depart Natchitoches and make a stopover in Alexandria, known as the heart of Louisiana. Here, historic plantation homes offer an authentic look at plantation life, and cultural art museums and galleries are must-see. Continue your journey to Lafayette. Located in the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun & Creole Country, Lafayette offers excellent cuisine, music, festivals, history, culture, shopping, architecture, arts, outdoors, and wildlife. You may choose to spend some time here before continuing to Vacherie for your overnight stay at the Oak Alley Plantation Bed & Breakfast. Ready for relaxation? Once you arrive at Oak Alley, acquaint yourself with the surroundings and explore the history of this this former sugar plantation. Enjoy a tranquil evening strolling the stately grounds and witness the impressive landscape of the River Region.
Today’s Suggested Optional Experiences (at an additional cost)
ATCHAFALAYA EXPERIENCE BOAT TOUR (LFT-ATCH):
Louisiana’s Atchafalaya is North America’s largest river swamp and ranks among the top 10 wilderness areas in the United States. On any given day one can expect to encounter beaver, nutria, otters, mink, deer, squirrels, and other mammals, as well as up to 38 species of birds, including some which are endangered. And of course, alligators!
OAK ALLEY PLANTATION TOUR (MSY-OAKA):
Experience a bygone era in one of the South’s most beautiful settings-Oak Alley Plantation, built in 1839. Marvel at the quarter-mile long alley of 28 magnificent Oak trees, each over 250 years old. Perhaps the most photographed plantation ever, Oak Alley has been the setting for such motion pictures as “Interview with a Vampire”, “Primary Colors” and the wedding of Bo and Hope from the daytime soap opera, “Days of our Lives”. Your guided tour will reveal the fascinating stories of the home and its history.
Accommodation: Vacherie for 1 night