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Plantations of the Delta & New Orleans

Plantations of the Delta & New Orleans

Plantations of the Delta & New Orleans

A Journey of the Food, Rhythms & Soul of the South


April 24-May 4, 2023


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Tour includes:

• Deluxe Roundtrip Motorcoach Transportation

• Friendly On-board Host

• 10 Nights Hotel Accommodations

• 14 Meals Including:

- Iron Horse Grill

- Dinner at Fairview Inn

- Carriage House Restaurant

- Restaurant 1818

- Spuddy’s Cajun Foods

- The Court of Two Sisters

- Cajun Lunch Buffet at Oak Alley Plantation

- Boiled on the Bayou VIP Experience

- Creole Queen Jazz Dinner Cruise

• Peabody Memphis Duck March

• Free Time Along Beale Street

• Jackson, MS City Tour

- Medgar & Myrlie Evers House

- Greyhound Bus Station

- Governor’s Mansion

- Malaco Records

• Eudora Welty House & Gardens

• Free Time in Fondren District

• Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

• Natchez National Historical Park & Visitor Center

• Stanton Hall

• Tour of Longwood

• Delta Music Museum

• Frogmore Plantation & Gins

• Oak Alley Plantation

• Houma Visitors Center

• Greenwood Gator Farms

• Down by the Bayou Shrimp Tour

• Houmas House & Gardens

• National World War II Museum

• Guided Walking Tour of Garden District

• Cafe Du Monde

• Mardi Gras World

• Walking Tour of French Quarter

- Bourbon Street

- Jackson Square

- St. Louis Cathedral

• Paddlewheeler Creole Queen Cruise

• Concert at Preservation Hall

• Cajun Encounters Swamp Tours


Tour Pricing:

$3400 per person Double / $4275 per person Single

Non-members add $25


Deposit & Final Payment:

A $300 deposit per person is required within one week of reservation. Must be paid in full by March 10, 2023.

No refunds will be issued after March 10, 2023.


Activity level 3:

Travelers may be required to walk on uneven surfaces (dirt paths, cobblestone streets or hilly terrain) and up to a distance of 1 mile at a time. This tour has lots of walking.


Travel Protection:

We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Unforeseen events such as flight delays, baggage loss or even a sudden illness or injury could impact your travel plans. For your convenience we offer a Travel Protection plan provided by the United States Fire Insurance Company and administered by Trip Mate, Inc.; in UT and CA, DBA Trip Mate Insurance. To review full plan details online, go to for domestic tours valued up to $4,000 per person or to for all international tours or domestic tours valued over $4,000 per person.


Day 1

Day 1: Monday, April 24, 2023
Join us this morning from the available departure location of your choice and meet your friendly onboard Trailways host and driver. Settle into your seat, enjoy a complimentary refreshment, and then sit back and enjoy the ride as we head South!
There will be rest and refresh breaks along the way as we travel along today, as well as a stop for lunch, on your own, before we arrive in Blytheville, Arkansas for our overnight stay at the Holiday Inn. Have dinner, on your own, at a nearby restaurant.

Day 2

Day 2: Tuesday, April 25, 2023
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before we depart for Memphis, Tennessee. Once arriving in the Bluff City, we meet our step-on guide and arrive at the Peabody Memphis to watch the Duck March!
Here come the Ducks! Delight in watching the Peabody Duck March, a nearly 90-year tradition where the Peabody Ducks march from their elaborate home at the Peabody, down a red carpet to the lobby fountain every day at 11am and 5pm. How did the tradition of the ducks in the Peabody Fountain begin? Back in the 1930s Frank Shutt, General Manager of The Peabody, and a friend, Chip Barwick, returned from a weekend hunting trip to Arkansas. The men had a little too much Tennessee sippin’ whiskey and thought it would be funny to place some of their live duck decoys (it was legal then for hunters to use live decoys) in the beautiful Peabody fountain. Three small English call ducks were selected as “guinea pigs,” and the reaction was nothing short of enthusiastic. Thus began a Peabody tradition which was to become internationally famous.
Enjoy free time and lunch, on your own, along Beale Street. For over 150 years, Beale Street has hosted blues music and entertainment. Beale played a pivotal role in branding Memphis as one of the most musically rich cities in the world and was prominent in hosting some of the first black business owners in the south. In between, the street was host to the birth of blues music, the civil rights movement, rock ‘n’ roll, racks of ribs and banks. Most of the buildings that exist on Beale are the same buildings that have been frequented by the great many music lovers and great musicians that came in the 100 years before, providing a proprietary sense of history to the legendary street.
After lunch, depart for Jackson, Mississippi where we’ll check in for our overnight stay and have time to rest and freshen up before dinner.
Enjoy an included dinner this evening at Iron Horse Grill. Built as the Armour Smokehouse in 1906, this legendary Jackson landmark is a true icon of Mississippi’s rich heritage. The Old Iron Horse Grill burned down mysteriously, twice. It was left abandoned after a fire in 1999. Fifteen years later, they’ve brought it back up from the ashes like never before! Open kitchens and live musical performances are the Mississippi way of living.

Day 3

Day 3: Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before meeting our step-on guide in the hotel lobby to embark on a Jackson city tour to see famous sites and learn about Jackson’s rich history. You’ll see the Medgar and Myrlie Evers House National Monument, the Greyhound Bus Station and more!
Mid-morning, enjoy a tour of The Governor’s Mansion followed by a tour of Malaco Records. The Governor’s Mansion has been the residence of Mississippi governors and their families since 1842. In 1975, it was designated a National Historic Landmark. At that time, it was one of only two state gubernatorial residences to receive this honor. Both the Capitol building (Old Capitol) and the Governor’s Mansion were designed by architect William Nichols (1780-1853), a native of Bath, England. William Nichols designed the Mansion in the period’s most popular architectural style: Greek Revival. Architectural historians consider the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion to be one of the finest surviving examples of the Greek Revival style in the United States.
After more than 30 years of making black music for black people, Malaco Records defines the state of contemporary southern rhythm and blues, soul, and gospel. “The Last Soul Company” started as a pocket-change enterprise in the early 1960s with college students Tommy Couch and Wolf Stephenson booking bands for fraternity dances at the University of Mississippi. After graduation, Tommy Couch opened shop in Jackson, Mississippi as Malaco Attractions with brother-in-law Mitchell Malouf (Malouf + Couch = Malaco). Wolf Stephenson joined them in promoting concerts by Herman’s Hermits, the Who, the Animals, and others. In 1967, the company opened a recording studio in a building that remains the home of Malaco Records.
Drive by Eudora Welty House and Gardens. For 76 years, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eudora Welty lived and wrote in her Jackson home at 1119 Pinehurst Street. Her parents finished construction of the house in 1925, when Eudora was 16 years old and had recently graduated from high school. In it, she did all her writing in an upstairs bedroom. Welty and her mother built and tended the garden over decades. The museum interprets the life of the internationally acclaimed author.
Enjoy lunch, on your own, with free time to shop around in the Fondren District. A destination for culture and urban living in Jackson, Fondren offers shops, great restaurants, notable art galleries, eclectic architecture, charming homes, and wonderful people. Fondren is the hub of artistic expression through music and visual arts and boasts unique owner-operated boutiques and over two-dozen locally-owned restaurants, bars, coffee shops and bakeries.
After lunch, explore the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum shares the stories of a Mississippi movement that changed the nation. The museum promotes a greater understanding of the freedom struggle in the state by highlighting the strength and sacrifices of its peoples. Next door, visit the Mississippi History Museum. Located in the heart of downtown Jackson, the museum explores over 15,000 years of state history. Visitors will enjoy innovative exhibits, educational programs, and hundreds of artifacts.
Return to the hotel to rest and freshen up before meeting the group in the lobby to depart for dinner at the Fairview Inn. Located in a stunning boutique hotel, The Library Lounge is a premier restaurant in Jackson. Nestled in the downstairs of the historic Fairview Inn, experience the upscale yet casual ambiance, Southern-inspired cuisine, and artfully prepared libations. Dinner at this fine dining establishment is the perfect way to end your evening after exploring the historic Jackson.

Day 4

Day 4: Thursday, April 27, 2023
After breakfast, we depart the hotel and head for Natchez. Mid-morning, arrive at the Natchez National Historical Park and Visitor Center. The facility is a Mississippi Welcome Center and home to the local offices of the National Park Service. Have time to explore the facility, watch the film, and stretch your legs before meeting our step-on guide.
Enjoy an included lunch at the Carriage House Restaurant at Stanton Hall today. The Carriage House Restaurant on the grounds of Stanton Hall, specializes in delicious southern food. The Carriage House is owned and operated by the Pilgrimage Garden Club and is located on the Northwest corner of the grounds of historic Stanton Hall. Following lunch, embark on a tour of the Antebellum classic property.
Later this afternoon, tour Longwood. Longwood, the largest octagonal house in the United States, is a historic Antebellum mansion located in Natchez. The mansion is known for its octagonal design, byzantine onion-shaped dome, and the contrast between the finished first floor and the unfinished upper floors. Longwood is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. Longwood, also known as Nutt’s Folly, was designed in 1859 by Philadelphia architect Samuel Sloan for cotton planter Dr. Haller Nutt and his wife Julia. Construction began in 1860 but was halted in 1861 by rising tensions over the Civil War. Craftsmen, who were from the northeast, dropped their tools (where they still lay) and fled home. The exterior was mostly complete, but the home’s interior was left unfinished except for the lower level. Haller died of pneumonia in 1864 and Julia and his children continued to live in the finished first floor. The interior of the upper five stories were never completed. The property was deeded to the Pilgrimage Garden Club in 1970 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1971.
Check in to the Natchez Grand Hotel. Standing atop the bluffs that look out over the beautiful Mississippi River, the Natchez Grand Hotel is located in the heart of historic downtown, directly across from the Natchez Convention Center, and only a couple of blocks away from restaurants, shops, attractions and entertainment. Enjoy free time to explore and admire the beautiful river views before meeting in the hotel lobby with the group to depart for dinner.
Dine this evening at Restaurant 1818 located at the Monmouth Historic Inn and Gardens, including a tour of the historic mansion! An early 19th-century Antebellum mansion set in 26 acres of manicured gardens where you can breathe again, Monmouth Historic Inn & Gardens is a National Historic Landmark in Natchez. Reflecting all that is charming about the South, expect gracious hospitality, excellent cuisine, historic tours of the house, and a lovingly restored garden. At Restaurant 1818, you will dine in what was originally the Men’s and Ladies’ Parlors of the Main House. These two parlors are adorned with authentic period crystal gasoliers. These impressive reproduction chandeliers and wall sconces were custom-made for Monmouth by the artisans at Waterford Crystal in Ireland. Featuring Natchez-native, Executive Chef Jay Yates, you are sure to enjoy an exquisite meal using local and fresh ingredients.

Day 5

Day 5: April 28, 2023
Have breakfast at the hotel this morning before setting off to explore the Delta Music Museum in Ferriday, Louisiana. The Delta Music Museum offers exhibits on 29 rock and roll and blues musicians from the Mississippi River Delta country. Many of the musicians and singers on display in the museum have ties to the local Miss-Lou area including the Ealey Brothers, Fats Domino, Irma Thomas and more.
We meet our local step-on guide at the museum and then visit Frogmore Plantation and Gins. About 20 minutes across the river from Natchez is Frogmore Cotton Plantation & Gins, one of eight plantations originally owned by the wealthy Natchez planter, John Gillespie. Selected by Rand McNally as a “must see” site in the South, this 1800-acre early 19th-century cotton plantation has been perfectly preserved. Listen to the slave customs, secret music, and their surprising relationships with the master, mistress, and overseer all while walking through authentically furnished slave quarters, a rare steam gin, and other plantation dependences. Tours also include the computerized farming and ginning of today. And don’t forget to end your trip to Frogmore with a stop in the plantation store museum and gift shop. Learn the history of Gospel & Jazz and enjoy a live musical performance. A box lunch is included during your plantation tour and delta music program.
Depart and continue to Vacherie, Louisiana. On arrival, enjoy dinner this evening at Spuddy’s Cajun Foods where you’ll learn how to make a rue and participate in an interactive class on making andouille sausage! This is not just a cooking class – it’s an experience! Plus, enjoy live Zydeco music and dance along!
On December 7, 1993, Spuddy purchased Folse Seafood and Meat Market. From the time he was picking tomatoes in the fields at 8 years old, Spuddy knew he was one day going to be an entrepreneur. The dream started at a very young age. Now, the dream is being fulfilled. He turned a little country grocery store/meat market/seafood market into what is known today as Spuddy’s Cajun Foods. In 1993, there was no restaurant in Vacherie where a family could dine in and have a meal. He was the first one to bring this back to Vacherie since the ‘80s.
After dinner, check in to the Fairfield Inn & Suites in LaPlace for your overnight stay and have the rest of the evening free, on your own.

Day 6

Day 6: Saturday, April 29, 2023
Enjoy breakfast before meeting our local guide in the hotel lobby and departing to explore Oak Alley Plantation this morning. A sugar plantation; an abandoned investment property; a cattle ranch; a landscape of defiance in the face of the Army Corps of Engineers – Oak Alley has been many things in its over 200 years of history. Today, it is a historic site, dedicated to preserving and interpreting each chapter of this plantation’s memory. Enjoy an exciting Cajun Lunch Buffet at the plantation while visiting today.
After lunch, meet your local guide at the Houma Visitors Center before embarking on a tour of Greenwood Gator Farms in Vacherie. Greenwood Gator Farms is a land-based alligator tour learning about how the alligator goes from the egg to the boot. Get up and personal with gators from babies to adults. See real live alligators up close and personal at this full-time working alligator farm. See gators of all sizes, from new hatchlings to full grown monsters! Greenwood Gator Farm houses and hatches 5,000-10,000 alligators each year. Take a guided tour of how Louisiana alligators are born and raised and learn about the centuries-old art of alligator hunting from real life hunters. You’ll find out how they go from an egg to boots, purses and sauce piquantes!
Next, experience the Down the Bayou Shrimp Tour with Miss Kim in Dulac. Learn the ins and outs of the seafood industry from this multigenerational family business. View shrimp boats and nets, learn about safety regulations, and walk through the processing plant and freezers.
For dinner this evening, enjoy a Boiled on the Bayou VIP Experience. This includes a stamped crawfish trail passport, a crawfish trail t-shirt, drink samples from Terrebonne Distillers and a presentation and performance by the Cajun Music Preservation Society. This event will be located at the Houma Visitors Center.
After dinner, return to your hotel for the remainder of the evening free, on your own.

Day 7

Day 7: Sunday, April 30, 2023
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning prior to checking out and departing for a tour at Houmas House and Gardens. Plantations in Louisiana are one of the most sought-after attractions throughout the state. Located between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, The Houmas House Estate allows visitors to experience the life on a sugarcane plantation in the 1800s. The mansion has been restored to the Antebellum era, reflecting the opulence and wealth this sugarcane farm boasted in the 1880’s. The guided mansion tour walks through the 250-year history, showing the architectural evolution of this manor house and how it became a grand estate. Rare and period artwork and artifacts are displayed and used to explain plantation life.
Enjoy an included lunch at The Carriage House Restaurant in Darrow, LA. This casual dining experience is located in an elegant setting. Perfect for ladies’ lunches and date night alike, the menu is varied and offers Louisiana cuisine with nightly off the menu specials. Diners can expect a mix between locals and tourists and will be comfortable in casual or dressy casual attire.
After lunch, we continue on to New Orleans to explore the National World War II Museum. The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world – why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today – so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn.
Later this afternoon, check in to the Drury Plaza Hotel New Orleans. Housed within the historic Cumberland Phone Building, this downtown NOLA hotel offers generously sized, clean rooms. With additions to the old-world structure – such as a lovely rooftop pool and whirlpool, a tower of more modern rooms and a terrific location, it’s a great pick for our New Orleans accommodations!
Enjoy the Drury’s Kickback Reception for some drinks before we depart for an included dinner at The Court of Two Sisters on Royal St. The Court of Two Sisters is more than a restaurant – it’s a legend. Enjoy luscious Creole and Cajun cuisine, pass through their Charm Gates, make a wish in the Devil’s Wishing Well and hear the story of Emma and Bertha, the two sisters who ran a notions shop here once upon a time in the French Quarter.
Return to the hotel for the remainder of the evening free, on your own.

Day 8

Day 8: Monday, May 1, 2023
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before we meet our guide in the hotel lobby and embark on a guided walking tour of the Garden District and cemetery tour. In the charming Garden District oak-shaded streets are lined with a diverse mix of homes, from single-story cottages to the grand historic mansions and lavish gardens of St. Charles Avenue, on the Mardi Gras parade route. Leafy Lafayette Cemetery is filled with ornate, 19th-century tombs. Boutiques and antique shops sit alongside fine-dining restaurants, casual cafes and local bars on and around Magazine Street.
Enjoy lunch, on your own, and have free time to explore along the Riverwalk with additional time to visit Café Du Monde for their famous coffee and beignets!
Next, visit Mardi Gras World. Mardi Gras World gives you an authentic Mardi Gras experience all year round, whether you’re here for family vacation, team building activities, New Orleans corporate events, or just on your own to experience the magic of the Crescent City. Mardi Gras World is a tourist attraction where guests tour the 300,000 square foot working warehouse where floats are made for Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans. The facility is located along the Mississippi River, next to the New Orleans Memorial Convention Center.
After, continue for a walking tour of the French Quarter. The French Quarter is the city’s historic heart, famous for its vibrant nightlife and colorful buildings with cast-iron balconies. Crowd-pleasing Bourbon Street features jazz clubs, Cajun eateries and raucous bars serving potent cocktails. Quieter streets lead to the French Market, with gourmet food and local crafts, and to Jackson Square where street performers entertain in front of soaring St. Louis Cathedral.
Later this afternoon, return to the hotel for some time to rest and refresh before we depart to board the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen. The 880 passenger Creole Queen is New Orleans’ most luxurious daily excursions riverboat on the Mississippi River. The Creole Queen is a traditional riverboat powered by a 24-ft. diameter paddlewheel. She has three private dining rooms giving her the largest indoor capacity available on excursion vessels in New Orleans.
Set sail on your Creole Queen Jazz Dinner Cruise. Step back into the glamour and romance of the riverboat era with a cruise aboard this Paddlwheeler! Experience the lively sounds of traditional New Orleans music while enjoying a lavish Creole Buffet in their elegantly appointed dining room. After dinner, and maybe a little dancing, enjoy a classic New Orleans cocktail and sweet Mississippi River breezes on the promenade deck as the city skyline slips by under a canopy of stars. This nighttime cruise is pure New Orleans.

Day 9

Day 9: Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel this morning. The day is free to explore and discover New Orleans at your leisure!
Later this afternoon, meet your fellow Trailways Travelers in the lobby and depart as a group to enjoy a concert at Preservation Hall. The story of Preservation Hall dates back to the 1950s at Associated Artists, a small art gallery at 726 St. Peter Street in the French Quarter. Upon opening the gallery, owner Larry Borenstein found it curtailed his ability to attend the few remaining local jazz concerts. He began inviting these musicians to perform “rehearsal sessions” in the gallery itself – sessions which featured living legends of New Orleans jazz, including George Lewis, Punch Miller, Sweet Emma Barrett, Billie and De De Pierce, and the Humphrey brothers. Since 1961, under the leadership of Allan and Sandra Jaffe, Preservation Hall has hosted nightly jazz performances seven days a week, sent touring bands around the world, and recorded dozens of records.
Enjoy a farewell dinner with the group tonight at Mulate’s Restaurant. After returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is yours to enjoy, on your own.

Day 10

Day 10: Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Enjoy one last breakfast in New Orleans this morning before we depart for our journey home – but not without one last Cajun adventure! Your adventure begins today at Cajun Encounters Swamp Tours where you’ll embark on their authentic New Orleans Swamp Tour! Cajun Encounters immerses guests from around the world into Louisiana’s beautiful, vast, and mysterious Honey Island Swamp by offering New Orleans swamp tours that are entertaining, eco-sensitive and educational.
After our tour, we depart for Blytheville, Arkansas for our overnight stay. After getting checked into the Holiday Inn Blytheville, enjoy dinner, on your own, at a nearby restaurant.

Day 11

Day 11: Thursday, May 4, 2023
Have one last breakfast with your fellow Trailways Travelers before we depart for home this morning with wonderful memories made on the Delta!

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Davenport, Iowa 8735 Northwest Blvd - Burlington Trailways Bldg.
1st right past Blain's Farm & Fleet; on the left
Ft. Madison, IA Ft. Madison Prison Industries Parking Lot
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Mediapolis, IA Mediapolis, IA - Mepo. Foods
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Muscatine, IA Muscatine - Wal*Mart 3003 US-61
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503 US 61, Wapello, IA
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