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Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; you can use our online currency converter for exchange rate information.

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Cajun Sensation & Dancing Come and enjoy local Cajun cuisine and foot-stomping music at a popular restaurant where the natives dance the night away. A great opportunity to sample the famous seafood from the Louisiana bayous and learn to dance to the Cajun music from an entertaining local couple!

Approximate value: $48 USD per person


Big Easy Jazz Tour Put on your beads and take a stroll down historic and, yes, scandalous Bourbon Street. Your destination? A club dedicated to the preservation of jazz where you'll enjoy a complimentary cocktail to start your night. Your guide will share stories of how Bourbon Street evolved into an international destination for partygoers, as well as how this city became the birthplace of Jazz, the truly American music genre. After enjoying a set of foot-stomping music, you'll be enthralled with short stories of jazz and the characters of this famous neighborhood. Bourbon Street will share another jazz set by a local traditional Jazz ("trad Jazz") band viewed from VIP seating in the lush patio of Musical Legends Park. Take photographs alongside the bronze statues of some of the celebrities that have made New Orleans a music and entertainment Mecca. The tour concludes with your choice of either a cocktail or cafe au lait and beignets. Then we'll let you decide when to call it a night! Souvenir Mardi Gras beads are included too.

Approximate value: $49 USD per person


Ghosts & Spirits Walking Tour With its colorful history and unique traditions, it is no wonder so many New Orleans homes and taverns have been investigated by paranormal investigators. You'll visit several haunted sites and hear about the stories featured on The History Channel and The Discovery Channel. Hear ghostly stories about our haunted hotels and the courthouse where our state supreme court is based. We even visit a former slave exchange. Each guide has researched these "other spirits" of the Vieux Carre, so no two tours are exactly alike. Take an exciting look at the relics of voodoo ceremonies, a vampire slaying kit, and age old tools of the trade used by mystical and mysterious inhabitants of our city. Bring your camera. You never know who will want to pose for a picture!

Approximate value: $26 USD per person


Jean Lafitte Airboat Swamp Tour with Transportation Get ready for an exciting adventure! Take a thrilling ride through the swamps and bayous of Louisiana, accessible only by airboat. The captain, a native of the area, offers a colorful history of the Cajun way of life. You'll come face to face with alligators, snakes, and other native creatures while touring their neighborhood. Bring your camera to capture the thrills and chills of this unforgettable swampland journey!

Approximate value: $75 USD per person


Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour with R/T Transportation Head down to the swamp on a real life adventure - view fascinating plant life, live alligators and many other wild creatures as you glide down haunting bayous lined with moss-draped cypress trees. Tours at 10:00am, 12:00 noon, 2:00pm, and 4:00pm and last approximately one hour and 45 minutes. Includes return transportation from New Orleans.

Approximate value: $50 USD per person


Laura Plantation Enjoy a panoramic view of Lake Pontchartrain while crossing the Bonnet Carre Spillway (the flood outlet of the Mississippi River) as you travel back in time to Laura Plantation, an operating sugar farm built in 1805 on the great River Road. The tour, which has been called "the best history tour in the U.S.", is based upon 5,000 pages of documents found in the French National Archives and upon Laura's Memories of the Old Plantation Home, in which she details 250 years of true-life stories of the Creole women, slaves and children who lived and worked here. Available daily and 4.5 hours in length. Subject to availability.

Approximate value: $61 USD per person


New Orleans Original Cocktail Walking Tour Take this tour on your first day in town to find out the places you must visit! From the Sazerac and Pimm's Cup to the Hurricane and Hand Grenade, you'll enjoy a different view of New Orleans through its history of fine dining and drinking. We'll entertain you with classic stories of the unique concoctions made famous here and the characters that brought them to life. Go behind the scenes at the oldest restaurant in the city to visit the wine cellar and the private dining rooms. You'll be shaken (not stirred) by the recipes of the city's most infamous cocktails along the way.

Approximate value: $29 USD per person


Oak Alley Plantation Tour Experience a bygone era in one of the South's most beautiful settings-Oak Alley Plantation, built in 1839. Marvel at the unbelievable 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.

Approximate value: $61 USD per person