NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - BY TRAIN
August 12-15, 2018
Join us on this train ride from Birmingham, AL to New Orleans, LA and enjoy 2 days on the train, plus 2 full days and 3 nights in the Crescent City after arriving via the Amtrak Crescent which departs from Birmingham, AL en route to New Orleans. During our 3 night’s stay, our accommodations are at a Marriott - Courtyard Hotel located in the “former” Warehouse District. Once a molasses factory, this unique historic & beautifully restored - very modern hotel is within walking distance from the Riverwalk Marketplace Shops, the National World War II Museum, Emeril’s Restaurant, Mulate’s Restaurant (true Zydeco music and dance), Rene’s Bistro, Mother’s Restaurant, Harrah’s Casino and the local trolley service where for 40 cents a ride you can literally discover all of New Orleans including the French Quarter and the Garden District.
Day 1: Depart from BHM to NOLA @ approximately noon from the station depot. Enjoy this leisure ride on the Crescent #19 south bound. ETA: 7:30 pm in New Orleans.
Day:2: After breakfast, we will have a tour of the “Crescent City” - on an air conditioned motor coach. This guided “Super City Tour” (approx. 3 hrs.) will include the French Quarter, Jackson Square, Mansions along St. Charles Ave., a few of the aftermath areas of Hurricane Katrina, The French Market, St. Louis Cemetery (a stop), Morning Call Cafe (a stop where U can purchase a few famous beignets) and more.
After our Super City tour, we will board the beautiful paddlewheel STEAMBOAT “NATCHEZ” for a narrated Harbor Cruise. During this 2 hour Mississippi River cruise, you will experience New Orleans from back in time in an atmosphere of the Old South while enjoying a creole lunch onboard (included) while listening live jazz.
Day 3: This is your FREE TIME day, all day. Feel free to sleep in late this morning, then EXPLORE the sights that peaked your interest during your City wide motor coach tour. That might include some gaming time at Harrah’s; a trolley ride along the Riverfront; shopping the newly remodeled Riverwalk Outlet Mall or the French Market; visiting the National World War II Museum or visiting any of the other attractions or eating establishments that abound in THE BIG EASY. We will provide you with a map of the city showing locations of places of interest and other information as to how you can travel from the hotel very easily & very reasonably.
Day 4: Today, our wonderful visit to New Orleans will sadly end early this morning as we depart for the Amtrak Station to ride the north bound Crescent #20. Departure time is 7:00 am - with arrival back in BHM around 2:30 pm.
New Orleans is one of the world's most fascinating cities. Steeped in a history of influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and beyond, it's home to a truly unique melting pot of culture, food and music. We think you will LEARN a lot about NOLA on this tour.
COST: $569. per person double occupancy / Single ADD $199. Includes: R/T train fare with coach seating on Amtrak Crescent, 3 nights accommodations in New Orleans, city tour, steamboat ride with lunch, 2 hotel breakfasts, shuttle service to & from the hotel to the NOLA Amtrak train station.
(You will b required to provide your own transportation to and from the Birmingham Train Station)
REGISTRATION: $100 per person due now to reserve a place - Final Due: July 1, 2018.
No refunds after final payment date. Trip insurance is available and recommended.