Cosmos

The Old South & Florida (8290) - 2015

13 Day Tour from New Orleans to Orlando


The Old South & Florida
Experience the great culture of New Orleans
Experience the great culture of New Orleans
New Orleans skyline
Atlanta, the capital city of Georgia
Visit Graceland Mansion, the former home of Elvis
Country Music Hall of Fame
New Orleans’s famous Bourbon Street
Savannah, Georgia
Enjoy the Southern charm of New Orleans
TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be available. 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.

Court Of Two Sisters Jazz Brunch Experience a leisurely jazz brunch at The Court of Two Sisters Restaurant. This restaurant is not only known for its sumptuous food but also for its rich history. The location has long played a significant role in the history of the French Quarter and old New Orleans. You'll be entertained by the Jambalaya Jams trio, while enjoying a selection of over eighty items prepared fresh daily.

Approximate value: $39 USD per person


Dinner & Jazz Cruise On 'Natchez' Paddlewheeler With Round Trip Transfer Experience traditional New Orleans ragtime aboard an authentic riverboat while she cruises the mighty Mississippi. You'll enjoy a Creole buffet followed by the opportunity to go outside an view the sparkling skyline of one of America's busiest ports. Round trip transportation to and from the hotel to dock are included.

Approximate value: $95 USD per person


Garden District HomeTour Enjoy a walk through New Orleans' elegant Garden District, once part of the plantation owned by Bienville, the founder of New Orleans. Tour the interior of the Opera Guild Home, circa 1865, that takes you inside one of the beautiful mansions of the Garden District! This historic district is known for its marvelous examples of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture. The homes of former Kings and Queens of Mardi Gras are located here, as well as the home of the premier family of football-the Mannings-where Archie lives, and Peyton and Eli grew up. View the former residence of celebrated author Anne Rice, the house where Jefferson Davis died in 1889, and Toby's Corner, the oldest house in the area (built in 1838). Visit Lafayette Cemetery, one of our Cities of the Dead, and learn about our unusual above-ground burial system. (Cemetery is closed on Sundays and some holidays.). A short stop for refreshments is included on our stroll through this beautiful section of New Orleans.

Approximate value: $37 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


Plantation & Swamp Tour Tour Destrehan Plantation, established in 1787, the oldest documented French Colonial style house in the lower Mississippi Valley. This majestic antebellum plantation home watches over the banks of the Mississippi River, only a few minutes upriver from New Orleans. Costumed docents will intrigue you with the history of the Destrehan family8217's sugar dynasty, historic events that occurred at this site, and the unique architectural features of the plantation. Daily trade demonstrations by costumed artisans give an insight to long-forgotten skills that were a vital part of everyday life centuries ago. Then it's a short ride to the Manchac Swamp where you will cruise through a privately-owned wildlife refuge, home to the legend of "Rougarou", the Cajun werewolf. You might not find the "Rougarou", but you'll get up close and personal with some alligators in an area where time seems to stand still.

Approximate value: $85 USD per person


Carriage Tour & Mint Julep Enjoy an early evening carriage ride through historic Natchez, ending with a visit to the Castle Restaurant & Pub, at the Dunleith Plantation where you'll toast with a traditional southern Mint Julep or Castle Champagne Martini. (Beer or Wine is available also)

Approximate value: $40 USD per person


Sun Studio, Beale Street & Dinner Step back in time when you enter the famous Sun Studio, where Sam Phillips first recorded future stars such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, and 18-year-old Elvis Presley! Afterward, enjoy dinner at the King's Palace Cafe, which offers authentic Southern delicacies and Memphis BBQ. Evening includes dinner, a drink and admission to Rum Boogie Cafe. ( restaurant may change due to availability)

Approximate value: $55 USD per person


Nashville Nightlife Dinner Show Nashville Nightlife is Music City's premier entertainment theater. After a buffet dinner, you'll hear all the songs that have made Nashville famous worldwide. Enjoy the music of everyone from Hank Williams Sr. and Patsy Cline to the superstars of today like Sara Evans and Toby Keith! The show celebrates today's country and honors tradition. Show and dinner last approximately 2.5 hours.

Approximate value: $44 USD per person


Savannah Theatre Shows The two-hour musicals at the Savannah Theatre will have you smiling, laughing, singing along and tapping your toes. The Theatre will present "Southern Nights", "Jukebox Journey" and "Savannah Live" over the course of the season. (Exception is December performance will be "A Christmas Tradition")

Approximate value: $39 USD per person


City Tour of Orlando (Pick-up fee included) The first point of interest on the City Tour is a journey around Lake Eola. See the heart of downtown Orlando. Then its on to Winter Park where you will join the narrated scenic boat cruise from which you can view the abundant homes of the city and its college from the waterway. Back on dry land, you will be given free time to wander the boutiques and stores of Park Avenue, Orlandos famous shopping and dining district. To finalize the afternoon we head south through the attraction region to the City of Celebration, Disneys vision of the perfect community. Available on Sundays only.

Approximate value: $79 USD per person


Gatorland (Pick-up fee included Come along for a day of fun and adventure as you learn more about the number one resident of Florida - the 'Alligator'. Gatorland is home to over 4,000 alligators, as well as snakes and other exotic animals. Price includes round-trip transportation and admission. Available on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.

Approximate value: $63 USD per person


Kennedy Space Center (Pick-up fee included) Your chance to explore space travel and experience history in the making! Includes round-trip transportation, guided tour through the Kennedy Space Center complex, and a visit to the Astronaut Hall of Fame.

Approximate value: $109 USD per person


Seaworld; Client Code SWF - Ad 316 Ch 315 Explore the sea with SeaWorld Orlando's world-class shows and unforgettable animal encounters. Touch and feed dolphins, come face-to-face with polar bears and immerse yourself in the underwater world of manatees. Check with your local representative about the availability and cost of transportation. Round-trip transportation is an additional fee.

Approximate value: $95 USD per person


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