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Holidays to New Orleans 

Come to New Orleans and let the good times roll. It's the Big Easy's unofficial motto, and it's one it has no trouble living up to - because you simply can't come here and fail to have a good time. With jazz music wafting from every direction, the streets lined with bars and clubs, and a festival seemingly happening every other week, holidays to New Orleans are like one long party. 

Perched on the Mississippi River, New Orleans is like nowhere else - an intoxicating mix of colliding cultures. Wander through the atmospheric French Quarter, whose old buildings peppered with wrought iron balconies tell the story of its French roots. A trip to the Historic Voodoo Museum gives a hint of Caribbean influence. And the superb Cajun and Creole food and music that you'll find everywhere is the city's direct link with its cultural heritage. 

It's a great place to wander round, and at every turn you'll stumble across something new. Buzzing Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter shows the city's rowdier side; the leafy streets of the Garden District, with their 19th-century mansions, ooze elegance; Jackson Square is always alive with buskers, artists and fortune-tellers; or stroll along the boardwalk and board a Mississippi paddle wheeler for a trip on Ol' Man River.

There's other things you'll want to fit in too - like a ride on a clackety streetcar, to put you straight in the action of Tennessee Williams' steamy "A Streetcar Named Desire". Also a visit to some fine museums, among them the fascinating National World War II Museum and the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). Plus you must make time for shopping for art and trinkets in the French Market, and for trying out the city's cuisine - everything from barbeque shrimp to po'boys. It's pure indulgence.

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Sweet Sounds

Bourbon Street New OrleansThis is the birthplace of jazz, so it follows that holidays to New Orleans are tops for live music. It's everywhere you go, drifting through windows and out of doors, but not only jazz - R&B, blues, zydeco and Cajun, too. Try the clubs along Bourbon Street or Frenchmen Street, where there's something for all tastes; jazz purists should head for famed Preservation Hall.

Animal Antics

It's all about the animals at the Audubon Nature Institute. At the zoo you can watch white tigers, elephants, bears and orangutans in their natural environments. The Aquarium of the Americas gives the chance to go eye-to-eye with 600 species of marine life, including rare white alligators. And the Insectarium is just perfect for fans of creepy crawlies.

Fiesta Time

The Big Easy calendar is packed with festivals - the icing on the cake being the famous Mardi Gras celebrations, when the city is awash with parades, parties, and costumed revellers. But equally fabulous are the ten-day April-May Jazz Fest, which is a feast of live music; the March Tennessee Williams Literary Festival; and scores more.

Plantation Life

A trip out through the bayous to visit the Deep South's old plantations is a must on holidays to New Orleans. Step back to the time when slaves toiled to bring in the sugar crop by touring fantastic old antebellum mansions like Oak Alley Plantation.

Café Du Monde

This café in the French Market is a New Orleans institution - it's  open 24 hours and it's the place to eat delicious warm French beignets (like doughnuts),sprinkled with sugar. Wash them down with a café au lait, or do as the locals do and order a chicory coffee.
 

Our Top Hotels in New Orleans

Le Meridien New Orleans

Le Meridien New Orleans

4

Just steps from the historic French Quarter and a short walk away from New Orleans Riverwalk shopping, guests of the hotel are treated to impeccable service in a contemporary setting.

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Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter

Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter

3

Resting on the site of the Old French Opera House, guests of this modest hotel have access to The French Quarter's exciting nightlife, restaurants and historic sites.

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Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Hilton New Orleans Riverside

4

Within walking distance to the French Quarter and the Aquarium of the Americas, this superior New Orleans retreat offers inviting accommodations across the street from Harrah’s Casino.

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InterContinental New Orleans

InterContinental New Orleans

4.0

Experience the European charm of New Orleans during visits to this beautifully-appointed hotel. Located on the historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar line and steps away from the French Quarter.

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Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

4

Place yourself in the middle of all the things to do in New Orleans! Spend an afternoon shopping Royal Street, relax in Jackson Square or dine at a world famous restaurants in the French Quarter.

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Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans

Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans

4

Enjoy timeless elegance and southern refinement at this genuine Bourbon Street establishment with its traditional gabled windows, French doors and wrought-iron lace balconies.

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Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter

Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter

3.0

Whether you're visiting New Orleans for Mardi Gras, Jazz music or Sugar Bowl college football, guests of the Wyndham New Orleans – French Quarter hotel meet a relaxing getaway.

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Holiday Inn French Quarter - Chateau Lemoyne

Holiday Inn French Quarter - Chateau Lemoyne

3

The French Quarter hotel's guests appreciate the opportunity to be immersed in the nostalgia of a bygone era, since the hotel was built in 1847. Just steps from the famous Bourbon Street.

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Hotel Provincial

Hotel Provincial

3

Nestled in the heart of the French Quarter, the Hotel Provincial is only blocks away from Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, the Mississippi River and all other major attractions.

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Twin Centre holiday

New Orleans - Panama City

Discover New Orleans with its famous French Quarter boasting colonial architecture and intimate courtyards, colourful history, outrageous partying and sumptuous cuisine. The birth place of the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley, is an ideal destination for any Jazz fan. Travel on to Panama City Beach to take advantage of 27 miles of stunning white sand, emerald green waters and guaranteed enjoyment in or under the water. With many events to choose, from the famous Seabreeze Jazz Festival to the New Year's Eve Beach Ball Drop at Pier Park, there's always something to see and do in Panama City Beach.
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Fly Drive Holiday: Highlights of the Deep South

New Orleans – Natchez - Vicksburg – Mobile – Golden Isles - Savannah

A 14 day fly drive sampling the highlights of the Deep South! Start your journey in the European city of New Orleans, home to the biggest Mardi Gras festival and famous for its’ lively jazz scene along Bourbon and Frenchmen Streets! Head up to Natchez where the ‘Old South’ opulence is intact with the captivating antebellum homes. Travel to Vicksburg, known for its epic battle site during the Civil War before moving onto Mobile, an original French settlement on the coast. After some relaxing beach time, make your way to Golden Isles in Georgia and take a coastal kayaking tour through the island’s marshes before finishing your trip in the beautiful city of Savannah; a hip and historic town with a great blend of rich culture and magnificent architecture.
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Fly Drive Holiday: Mississippi Highlights

Memphis – Tupelo – Jackson – Vicksburg – Natchez – Gulf Coast – New Orleans

Our suggested self-drive itinerary takes you on a Mississippi discovery to witness the birthplace and grand locations for some of America’s most pivotal moments in history. Start in Memphis where you can pay homepage to music idols to the civil right movement. Then travel on to the birthplace of ‘The King’ that is Elvis Presley in Tupelo. Afterwards, drive through the marvellous views of the Natchez Trace Parkway to Jackson the state Capitol. Head back in time to Vicksburg, once a battle ground of the Civil War and now a mighty river city, before driving on to Natchez where the ‘Old South’ opulence intact with the captivating antebellum homes. Continue south for relaxation along Mississippi’s scenic gulf coast, and then the trip will end in New Orleans the perfect end to an unforgettable holiday.
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Fly Drive Holiday: Louisiana Tour

New Orleans – Lafayette – Lake Charles – Natchitoches – Shreveport – Monroe – Baton Rouge – New Orleans

Our suggested self-drive itinerary takes you on a complete Louisiana discovery. Enjoy the sounds of where jazz began, taste unique Cajun cuisines, explore the historic plantation culture, and go gator searching through wild bayous. Start your holiday in the European city of New Orleans, home to the biggest Mardi Gras Festival, then move on to the wonderfully French area around Lafayette. Drive onwards to Lake Charles with its scenic Creole Nature Trail, then travel north to Louisiana’s oldest town, Natchitoches. Continue on to the state capital Baton Rouge, where tax-free shopping is a must! Finally, journey down memory lane along the Great River Road, dotted with historic antebellum homes, before ending your journey in New Orleans.
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Fly Drive Holiday: Florida's Panhandle & the Big Easy

Tallahassee – Panama City Beach – Pensacola – New Orleans

Our suggested fly drive itinerary showcases the natural beauty of Florida’s Panhandle and the coastline along the Gulf of Mexico, where southern hospitality, sublime beaches and glorious sunshine await. Begin your trip in Tallahassee, Florida's history-filled state capital, with its laidback pace and streets lined with antebellum mansions. Then it’s on to Panama City Beach, for seaside relaxation along 27 miles of sugar white sandy beaches. Pensacola is next, where a visit to the popular boardwalk along Santa Rosa Sound is a must! Your journey then takes you along the stunning coastline to end in New Orleans, where the sounds of jazz and smells of Cajun cuisines will tantalise your senses.
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Multi Centre Holiday

Chicago - Memphis - New Orleans

This action packed multi centre combines the towering skyscrapers and shopping opportunities of Chicago, with the blues and rock ’n’ roll atmosphere of Memphis, and then rounded off with the sounds of jazz and the mouth-watering tastes of Cajun cuisines in New Orleans. This music infused multi-centre of the USA will no doubt leave you tapping a beat to the sound of the blues and rock ‘n’ roll!
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New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour  
See all the main sights of New Orleans at your own pace on this hop-on hop-off tour. Enjoy commentary aboard the double-decker bus and hop off at any of the eighteen stops around the city including Jackson Square, French Market and the Arts District. This is a fun, entertaining, informative and flexible way to experience New Orleans. Starting from £14 per person.

New Orleans Haunted History Ghost Tour  
Take a stroll through the haunted French Quarter on this famous New Orleans ghost tour. Explore the grim and ghastly deeds of New Orleans' haunted history as you follow your entertaining guide down dark and sinister streets. You'll learn about infamous events that occurred long ago and be chilled by evidence of phantoms and ghosts that abound! From £12 per person.

Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise
Take in the beauty and romance of New Orleans from the decks of the Steamboat Natchez. Step aboard this authentic paddle-wheel steamboat, just one of only six that still operate on the Mississippi River, and take a cruise along the river, while enjoying an authentic Louisiana buffet dinner while live jazz music fills the air and the New Orleans skyline passes you by. From £36 per person.

Mardi Gras World: Behind-the-Scenes Tour  
Get a unique behind-the-scenes look at the makings of New Orleans infamous Mardi Gras with this all-access tour of Mardi Gras World in New Orleans. This guided tour takes you into the history of the festival and see how the flamboyant floats are made, as well as witnessing the hard work and artistic skills that goes into every float. Try on Mardi Gras costumes, pose with props, and enjoy a slice of famous King Cake after your tour! From £10 per person.

Small-Group Tour of Oak Alley and Laura Plantation 
Take a trip outside of New Orleans and go back in time for a tour of two grand Louisiana antebellum homes, set on the banks of the Mississippi River. Learn about the plantation era as you watch guides in period costume bring to life the history of Oak Alley Plantation, admiring its unique architecture. Then tour the Creole Laura Plantation with its sweeping sugarcane fields and historically significant slave quarters. From £50 per person.

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Time Difference:
GMT- 6hours

Closest Airport:
New Orleans International Airport (approx. 10 hours and 50 minutes, indirect flight)

Airport transfers:
Roundtrip transfers start from only £23 per person.

Getting around:
Hire a car and explore the surrounding areas. Check out the great selection of dining options, attractions and local excursions available. Care hire is available from £21 per day.

Insider Tip:
New Orleans is a haven for epicurean enthusiast! The birthplace of famous receipes such as gumbo, oysters Rockefeller, crawfish etouffeé, bananas foster - a visit to the French Marketplace is a must to sample it all!

You’re going to need an ESTA:
For anyone travelling to the USA, the US authorities have imposed a requirement for passengers travelling under the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP), to register for Electronic Travel Authority. Just fill in the online application form which you can find at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. You will need to apply for entry via ESTA at least a minimum of 72 hours prior to travel.

 

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