DAY 10 NATCHEZ · NEW ORLEANS
This morning departs Natchez for bustling New Orleans, a modern city with a historic soul. The oldest neighborhood in the “Crescent City” is the French Quarter. Established by the French in 1718, the architecture reflects Spanish, French, Creole, and American influences. Around every corner you will find eclectic shops and fine dining. Visit the French Market and find treasures of food, antiques, and crafts. Make sure to sample a beignet, the state doughnut of Louisiana. The center of the French Quarter is Jackson Square. Musicians, artists, mimes, tarot card readers and entertainers set up in front of St Louis Cathedral on the square each day, creating an animated street scene. Enjoy a paddleboat cruise along the Mississippi River. Hear about the city’s colorful history while savoring a cocktail on the deck. At night stroll famous Bourbon Street where the heart of jazz lives in New Orleans. You will likely hear this music in the streets and pouring out of the many nightclubs and bars. If you’re feeling fortunate, you might want to visit the casino and try your luck at Las Vegas style gambling.
Accommodation: New Orleans for 2 nights
Today’s Suggested Optional Experience (at an additional cost)
THE ATCHAFALAYA EXPERIENCE (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!