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Louisiana itinerary: New Orleans


In New Orleans, there’s something amazing for groups around every cobblestone corner.

“We invite you to visit and enjoy the magic of the Crescent City,” said Maria Manzella, director of tourism at the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Celebrating its 300th birthday in 2018, New Orleans is rolling out the red carpet and creating special experiences around its past while nourishing the soul of guests through wonderful Creole food and live music. As one of the most vibrant destinations in the country, New Orleans offers activity options for every interest and every budget. These suggestions will inspire your group itineraries.”

Palm Court Jazz Café 

Seafood gumbo at The Palm Court Jazz Café in New Orleans, LouisianaPhoto: Todd Coleman

Seafood gumbo, The Palm Court Jazz Café, New Orleans, La.


The Palm Court Jazz Café is housed in a fully restored, early 19th-century historic building on Decatur Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Nina Buck opened the cafe back in 1989 to provide an enjoyable and interesting atmosphere where groups can listen to live, traditional jazz and enjoy company while dining on fine Creole cuisine unique to Louisiana.

New Orleans School of Cooking

Cooking class at New Orleans School of Cooking in New Orleans, LouisianaPhoto: Contiki

Cooking class, New Orleans School of Cooking, New Orleans, La.


Take a class with New Orleans School of Cooking. The school teaches groups the basics of Louisiana cooking in a way they will never forget. Fun is the primary ingredient. Cajun/Creole experts teach New Orleans specialties such as gumbo, jambalaya and pralines, while seasoning them with history and trivia.

Mardi Gras World

Mardi Gras float at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans, Louisiana Photo: Gourmet Reise

Mardi Gras float, Mardi Gras World, New Orleans, La.


Watch show-stopping carnival floats being made at the famous Mardi Gras World. Mardi Gras World gives an authentic experience throughout the entire year. Groups will learn the history of this distinct and festive tradition, allowing for a deeper understanding of Mardi Gras. Bonus: Group tours also come with a big slice of king cake on the side.

Airboat Adventures

Swamp tour in New Orleans, LouisianaPhoto: Contiki

Swamp tour, New Orleans, La.


Consider an adventurous tour through one of America’s most distinct ecosystems with Airboat Adventures. Groups will glide through gator territory on a flat-bottomed boat and hear all about the swamp and its natural inhabitants from local expert captains. For a real Cajun experience, arrange a private, on-site crawfish boil with local live music following the airboat ride.

New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau


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