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​Louisiana ​

Think Blanche Du Bois, the fading Southern Belle of Tennessee Williams' pulsating play "A Streetcar Named Desire". Think jambalaya, crawfish pie, filé gumbo. Think mysterious bayous, grand antebellum mansions and paddle wheelers on the Mississippi River. And most of all, think jazz, for its birthplace is right here, in the intoxicating city of New Orleans. Welcome to Louisiana!

There's a very special feel about one of the Deep South's most characterful and colourful states. With the mighty Mississippi carving a broad path north from the Tunica Hills south to the Big Easy, large swathes of Louisiana are water, with rivers, lakes, swamps and bayous throughout the state. There are rolling hills and pine forests too - but the further towards the Gulf of Mexico you travel, the steamier things get.

One of the big draws on Louisiana holidays is New Orleans, a mesmerising city where the sound of music is forever in the air and French, Spanish, African and Caribbean cultures collide to dramatic effect. The French Quarter with its amazing architecture, wrought iron balconies and unique atmosphere is totally unforgettable. But there are other places you shouldn't miss: quaint St Francisville in Plantation Country; historic 17th-century Natchitoches; Lafayette, in the heart of Cajun country; and the capital city Baton Rouge for starters.

Other things you'll love on Louisiana holidays include taking a boat tour through swamp country in search of alligators; enjoying a mint julep on the veranda of a plantation home; stopping by museums dedicated to everything from Voodoo to World War II; and savouring the fantastic tastes only Louisiana can serve up. From étouffeé to warm beignets and andouille sausage to seafood po'boys, you'll be experiencing the true flavour of the South.

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Why not explore the following destination in Louisiana

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. Find out more >>


Mardi Gras

Carnival season's official kick-off is on January 6. Weeks of parades, parties and revelry culminate on Mardi Gras day or 'Fat Tuesday', the day before Lent, an institution all over the state. Although the biggest celebrations are in the Big Easy, there are parades, parties, outrageous costumes (and behaviour!) pretty much everywhere you go. If you can't make Mardi Gras, you can tour the warehouse in New Orleans for a behind-the-scenes look at the design and building of the massive floats.

The Music

New Orleans and jazz are like an old married couple, and time spent listening to superb live sets among the clubs of Bourbon and Frenchmen Streets is a must on Louisiana holidays. But jazz isn't the whole story - Cajun, zydeco and blues are also very much part of the scene here, so you'll never be short of new sounds.

Old Louisiana

You can get a glimpse of the Old South at some of the state's glorious plantation houses. With graceful wooden verandas, elegant colonnades, ornate period furniture and superbly manicured grounds, these beautiful antebellum mansions provide a window into another time.

The Great Outdoors

Louisiana's Tunica Hills, its 22 State Parks and countless bayous, swamps and rivers provide plenty of opportunities for you to get out, about and active. Kayaking, hiking and horse-riding opportunities are everywhere, plus for sportsmen there's excellent fishing and an eight-month hunting season.

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway

Take a drive across the longest bridge over water in the world. Cruising along the 24 miles of this impressive feat of engineering, surrounded by the endless expanse of the lake, makes for quite a surreal experience. The bridge sits just 5 metres above the water, making it feel more like you're sailing a boat than driving a car, and the length of the causeway seems to go on forever.

Our Top Hotels in Louisiana

Hotel New Orleans Downtown

Hotel New Orleans Downtown


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 Frenc​h Quarter


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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Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge Downtown

Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge Downtown


The Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge Downtown has been designed as an oasis for travellers who yearn for an escape from the common hotel, but still desire the convenience of the upscale, casual Bistro.

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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: Louisiana Fly Drive

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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Motorhome Holiday: Texas and Louisiana Self-Drive

Houston - Galveston Island - Corpus Christi - Port Aransas - San Antonio - Abilene - Fort Worth - Texarkana - Natchez - New Orleans - Baton Rouge - Lake Charles - Beaumont - Houston

On this self-drive motorhome tour, you’ll experience the captivating mix of history, mystery, Cajun food and music that Louisiana is famous for. And then there’s Texas – the Lone Star State where you can enjoy expanses of windswept beaches, fresh seafood and legendary Texan hospitality. Embark on a loop from Houston which takes in the Gulf of Mexico, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Fort Worth, Natchez - the oldest town in Mississippi and buzzing New Orleans. Let the good times roll!
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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.

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.

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Time Difference:
GMT- 6hours

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

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:
To experience an indelible part of the state’s past, present and future, visit the mysterious and fabulous swamps throughout south Louisiana, home to one of the planet’s richest and most diverse ecosystems. You can do this by airboat, kayak or tour boat.

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 You will need to apply for entry via ESTA at least a minimum of 72 hours prior to travel.

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