After a two-day train ride from Chicago to New Orleans, immerse yourself in the spicy, colorful, and jazz-infused culture of Louisiana.
First, explore the French Quarter on a guided walking tour. Visit St. Louis Cathedral—originally opened in 1794—stroll along bustling Bourbon Street, and pass down Pirates Alley.
Enjoy a mid-afternoon snack of café au lait and beignets—a delicious, deep-fried French pastry—at the Café du Monde before boarding the steamboat Natchez for a relaxing cruise on the Mississippi River. For dinner, explore the vibrant flavors of Cajun and Creole cuisine at the Court of Two Sisters.
During your second day in New Orleans, discover the Garden District’s lavish southern mansions ahead of a can’t-miss tour of the breathtaking Oak Alley Plantation. End your day with a dinner at the New Orleans School of Cooking.
Next, you'll travel to Louisiana’s capital, Baton Rouge. Swing by the new state capitol building to survey the art deco architecture and hear stories about the state’s most famous politician, Huey Long.
In Vermilionville Historic Village, meander through a restored bayou town, depicting the authentic vision of Cajun and Creole society in southern Louisiana during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Lastly, head to Avery Island for a TABASCO factory tour followed by a farewell dinner at Pont Breaux’s just outside of Lafayette.
Trip Name: New Orleans and Cajun Country by Rail
Date: Oct. 8–14, 2020
Tour Operator: PREMIER WORLD DISCOVERY
Price: From $2,095 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare not included.