December 10, 2018 - December 16, 2018
An Antebellum Christmas
3% Cash Discount
Early Booking Discount 3%
with paid deposit before August 3, 2018
Your package includes deluxe transportation and accommodations, all listed tour fees, and 11 meals.Come with us and experience the glamour of the Deep South decked out in her holiday garb along with Cajun country from The Big Easy to Natchez and places in between. Stroll the tree-lined streets as you shop for one last gift and admire all the stately antebellum mansions and plantations glowing with Christmas colors. Let Southern hospitality take you away as you experience everything you love about the Deep South. When we return from this trip, we’ll be overflowing with Christmas cheer, as well as Mississippi memories, and maybe even some decorating ideas.
Jump start your holiday spirit by jumping onto our bus as we depart on this fantastic festive odyssey. This Christmas journey takes us to a warmer climate on our very first day out as we head down south. The holiday fun begins tonight as we enjoy a Christmas dinner at Marlsgate Plantation. After our appetites have been satisfied, we travel to our hotel for the night in Little Rock, AR.
You might notice a rise in the temperature as we continue southward arriving this afternoon in Lafayette, LA, but the day isn’t over. This evening we will be going to see something really special and unique to this region. The Acadian Village stands as a monument to the proud culture of the Acadian people and their holiday season. Every home, every building, every bridge, and every porch in the village are covered in millions of Christmas lights. It truly is a winter wonderland. Tonight, we stay in Lafayette, LA.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Our morning today in Cajun country starts off with a short ride to St. John’s Cathedral, the mother church of over 120 church parishes. Beautiful stained glass windows and some of the oldest tombs in the South are just part of what makes this cathedral special. It is also home to a magnificent 500-year-old oak tree which has a 9-foot diameter and 28-foot circumference. It is quite a tree! After our tour, the next stop brings us to Shadows-on-the-Teche. Set among towering live oak trees draped with Spanish moss on the banks of Bayou Teche, this old mansion is reportedly the most photographed antebellum home in the South and was a favorite of a man named Walt Disney. You just might find his initials here…somewhere. Our agenda now takes us to a destination that may seem a little bit off the Christmas theme; however, this is a place we just can’t pass up. Avery Island happens to be the home of TABASCO sauce. At the Tabasco Factory we’ll take a tour of the only factory in the world making this distinctly southern sauce having used and guarded the same recipe for 150 years. Leaving here we continue on to New Orleans, LA, for our overnight. This evening we will have the opportunity to attend one of the most spectacular holiday lights festivals in the country. The Celebration in the Oaks takes place in City Park where the park’s famous oaks are swathed in hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights and breathtaking light displays are scattered throughout 25 acres of the Park, including the Botanical Garden, Storyland, and Carousel Gardens Amusement Park.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
As we leave The Big Easy behind us this morning we’ll be making our way to one of Louisiana’s most iconic landmarks. Oak Alley Plantation is one of the world’s most photographed plantations with its alley of 300-year-old oak trees. We’ll tour the house and see decorations throughout that reflect the historic Creole style of decorating and also enjoy a Cajun-style lunch here at the plantation. With our tummies now full, we’ll load back on the bus and make our way up to Natchez MS, where a step-on-guide will show us around this beautiful old city. Our guided tour comes to an end and we head over to our hotel where we will be staying the next two nights.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Our destination this morning is Frogmore Cotton Plantation and a beautifully decorated African American church where actors and musicians will entertain us at by singing the history of the gospels through blending African traditional music with European hymns. Our tour starts out in the church and takes us through the cabins and plantation store. The Delta Music Museum in Ferriday, LA, hometown of Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart and Mickey Gilley, is our next destination. Here we can all learn the history of the musical heritage of the Mississippi Delta region. We’ve probably worked up an appetite after such a musical morning, so it’s now time for a little lunch. Get ready to dig into a meal of southern delights like fried chicken and buttery silver dollar-sized biscuits at the Carriage House Restaurant located on the grounds of Stanton Hall. Beautiful antebellum splendor in the heart of Natchez awaits you as you experience this glimpse into the domestic life of a wealthy Natchez family during the 1800’s. Now how about some free time to explore downtown Natchez and do some last minute Christmas shopping? After our free time, we’ll head back to our hotel to freshen up because we’ve got one more exciting excursion in store for everybody tonight. We’ll be taking a candlelit tour of The Towers of Natchez. The Towers’ Christmas decor has been named by U.S.A. Today as the most unusual indoor Christmas display in the U.S. This grand mansion was originally built in the early 1800’s and today hosts perhaps the most unique Christmas tours in the South. The entire mansion is decorated for the holidays with vintage costume jewelry and we’ll be seeing it all by candlelight.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
After such an exciting day yesterday, you may want to sleep in this morning. Today we’ll start heading home; however, we do have another stop in Vicksburg, MS, at the Antique Doll and Toy museum. This museum houses one of the largest collections in the United States of rare 19th and 20th century French and German bisque dolls. Leaving here we continue on our way northward until we reach West Memphis, AR, where we will be staying the night.
Home is waiting for us as we make it back today. Our journey may be over, but at least we can always remember all the good times we had together. This has been a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. Thank you all for coming with us and may you have a very Merry Christmas. We hope to see you next year!