|Day 1 ||Depart from your home cities for your flight to the 'Big Easy', New Orleans. After meeting Search Beyond staff, you will check into your hotel and get ready to explore this favorite city. |
|Day 2 ||Tour the French Quarters, with its exotic mix of old- world architecture, funky jazz clubs and plenty of local characters. Board the St. Charles streetcar and step back in history while touring the citie's back streets and colorful neighborhoods. Perhaps take in the flea market and bargain for items not found anywhere else. |
|Day 3 ||It's Christmas day, and participants may attend (optional) mass at world-famous St. Louis cathedral, situated on the mighty Mississippi and adjacent to Jackson square with its local artists and street performers. Later, the group will celebrate Christmas with gifts, refreshments, and music. |
|Day 4 ||We'll head out to Lake Ponchartrain, where the Mississippi pours its heart out and the Gulf of Mexico takes over. Back in town, we'll see holiday marching bands and a spectacular parade. Feeling lucky? We may even venture over to the casino. |
|Day 5 ||In the morning, we'll take part in a national park service-guided tour of the French Quarter, where we'll hear about the historic roots of the city. Then it's off to the Aquarium of the Americas, with its wonderful collection of marine inhabitants.
|Day 6 ||Today we board the Steamboat Natchez to cruise the legendary Mississippi to the sounds of an authentic Dixieland jazz band. We will pass Civil War battlefields and antebellum mansions. Later we'll take in an Imax movie before heading off in search of a delicious cajun meal. |
|Day 7 ||We head to the airport to catch our flights, where we say goodbye to our new friends and head home with plenty of southern memories.