October 19 - 25, 2021

Tuesday, October 19

7:30 am CDT (8:30 am EDT) Depart from Lakeside Commons (N. side of lot by ONB)

As we head to Mississippi, we will stop for breaks. Lunch is included at “the home of the throwed rolls”, Lambert’s Café in Sikeston, Missouri.

After checking-in at the Drury Hotel in Jackson, Mississippi, you can enjoy dinner at the hotel’s “kickback”. If you prefer, there are restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. 

Overnight: Drury Inn in Ridgeland, Mississippi 

Wednesday, October 20

Breakfast is available in the lobby of the hotel.

8:00 am Depart from the Drury Inn.
We’re going to Lafayette! Be prepared for great food, interesting people, music and dancing and a little bit of fun along the way. 

Arriving in Lafayette, we’ll meet our local guide and enjoy lunch.

At the Alexandre Mouton Mansion, home of Louisiana’s first Democratic Governor, we’ll see many costumes of the previous Kings and Queens of the Lafayette Mardi Gras.

At St. John’s Cathedral we’ll see the 500-year old Oak Tree and Cemetery.

During a visit to All Seasons Home, Garden & Landscaping Showplace we’ll see lots of Louisiana’s spring native plants and find some gifts.

A stop at Daiquiri Supreme will offer the chance for the beverage of your choice and an enjoyable spot to take pictures.

Later this afternoon we’ll check-in at our home for the next two nights, the Home 2 Suites By Hilton in nearby River Ranch.
A little time to freshen up in the hotel before going out for dinner and fun

Dinner and Dancing at Randol’s Cajun Restaurant!

Overnight: Homewood Suites by Hilton

Thursday, October 21

Breakfast is included in the hotel.

Meet our local guide, and depart for a busy day of touring.
At Rouses, a family-owned grocery market, you’ll find great Louisiana products like rice, spices, coffee, Sugarcane Rum and Steens Syrup.

Among the sights of Lafayette, we’ll see the Cajundome at The University of Louisiana as we drive the Azalea Trail.
You’ll learn everything you wanted to know about Cajun life at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.
At Vermillionville we will see a restored village that will give us an idea of what life was like 200 years ago and what it’s like today on the bayou.  

Lunch will include some delicious gumbo and bread puddin’.

Wildlife and greenery will abound during our Swamp Tour.
This afternoon we’ll enjoy the Festivale Internationale in downtown Lafayette.
Entertainers and crafts from 15 French-speaking countries make for a safe, enjoyable senior-friendly afternoon.
Dinner is included this evening.

Overnight: Homewood Suites by Hilton

Friday, October 22

Breakfast is included in the hotel.

During our visit to Jefferson Island, we will see the Rip Van Winkle Gardens and the Joseph Jefferson Mansion
On Avery Island, we’ll tour the TABASCO Factory. Along with the factory, we’ll see the Country Store, the Green House and the Barrel Display. Hopefully, the azaleas will be in their beautiful full bloom! 
Lunch is included before heading over to New Orleans.
Check-in at the Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter on Royal Street
Dinner is a treat this evening at the Court of 2 Sisters on Royal Street.

Saturday, October 23

Breakfast is included in the hotel.

The morning starts with a ”city and cemetery” tour.
Behind the scenes at Mardi Gras World, we’ll see where all the floats are built throughout the year. https://www.mardigrasworld.com/


The National WWII Museum
Lunch is included in the Museum.
See the film “Beyond All Boundaries”

6:00 pm Boarding begins for our Steamboat Evening Jazz Dinner Cruise.
Overnight: Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter

Sunday, October 24

Breakfast is included in the hotel.
After checking out of our hotel we’ll depart from the city.

Tour Laura Plantation, a Creole plantation.


At Oak Alley Plantation we’ll tour and enjoy a wonderful buffet lunch.

We’ll stop for a bite to eat as we travel this afternoon.

Overnight: Drury Hotel in Huntsville, Alabama
 
Monday, October 25

Breakfast is yours to enjoy in the hotel.
Depart from the hotel.
 
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
At this research and testing center, rockets were developed that put the first satellites into orbit and sent men to the moon. Propulsion for the space shuttle was developed and modules for the International Space Station were designed and built here. And today America’s next generation of space vehicles, the Space Launch System (SLS), is being designed. The SLS will provide the foundation for human exploration beyond the earth’s orbit.

Lunch (on your own) is available at the Space & Rocket Center.


Depart from Space & Rocket Center

We’ll take a break for some quick snacks along the way.

Return to Evansville 

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Refunds in Full will be given until September 14, 2021.
  • No Refunds or Credits will be given after September 14, 2021.
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  • Balance is due September 14, 2021.

Cost of the tour: $2,287.00 per person, based on double occupancy
Single supplement: $349.00

Included in your tour:
Motorcoach transportation, admissions and tours as shown in bold, lodging for six nights, 17-meals, related taxes, tips and baggage handling for one piece per person

Thanks for enjoying 

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