An amazing city break to one of the most cultural and historical parts of the United States of America. This gay group trip takes you to New Orleans, Louisiana, where you’ll discover what makes the heart of the community beat so strong, exploring all of the wonderful things that make it so special – jazz, creole cooking, historic buildings and plenty of soul. We offer both Christmas and Easter departures for this trip.
Departure Dates For Gay Group Trip: New Orleans City Break
- 13th December 2018 Thursday MAKE AN ENQUIRY
Group Trip Breakdown
Day 1: Arrival
Today you’ll arrive in New Orleans where you’ll be met at the airport by a tour representative and transferred over to your hotel found right in the heart of the old French Quarter. Get comfortable and relax before making your way downstairs to meet your fellow travellers and tour guide in the evening where you’ll enjoy welcome cocktails. You’ll all then go on a walking tour of “The Big Easy” and enjoy a welcome dinner all together.
Day 2: The Sugar Palace
After enjoying a hearty American breakfast at the hotel you’ll head off sightseeing at the Houmas House Plantation and Gardens where you’ll find “The Sugar Palace” – a grand mansion on the grounds of the estate which used to be the largest producer of sugar in the country. Discover the Louisiana charm of this grand, opulent building that has been impressively restored back to its former grandeur, containing within it precious antiques and valuable artwork. You’ll enjoy a grand tour of the house and the gardens, learning all about its history as well as enjoying lunch here before enjoying an afternoon at leisure.
Days 3 And 4: Christmas Itinerary
Day 3 – Gay History Tour and Mardi Gras Magic
In the morning you’ll enjoy a gay history walking tour of New Orleans learning all about how the community has grown, the challenges they’ve faced, how the gay carnival evolved over time. You’ll delve into Tennessee Williams and Truman Capote’s homes, the gay link to the JFK assassination and the horrendous Upstairs Lounge Fire of 1973 that shook the community to its core and devastated so many people.
From here you’ll visit Mardi Gras World where you’ll discover extravagant costumes, props, instruments and some of the most amazing, and most expensive, floats ever built for the parade! You’ll be shown around by a knowledgeable tour guide who will tell you all about the history of Mardi Gras, its origins and how it still continues to light up the streets of New Orleans every year to this day!
Day 4 – Farewell Brunch and Christmas Lights
After a leisurely morning, you’ll meet in the afternoon to enjoy your farewell brunch all together at Arnaud’s restaurant to enjoy the jazz music and Creole cooking one last time. In the evening you’ll visit “Celebration in the Oaks” at City Park – a breathtaking light festival that draws people from far and wide to see the spectacular light exhibitions. This is a very Christmassy event and will be sure to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Days 3 And 4: Easter Itinerary
Day 3 – Gay Easter Parade in the French Quarter
Today you’ll enjoy a lovely gastronomic experience in the heart of the French Quarter at a local favourite restaurant known as Arnaud’s. Here they throw atmospheric Jazz Brunches where you can enjoy some good, old-fashioned Creole cooking whilst you listen to the smooth, soulful jazz music that plays live. From here you’ll head out to the 35th Annual Chris Owens French Quarter Easter Parade – a tradition from back in the early 1980s – which features colourful floats, marching bands, stalls selling little trinkets and more. You’ll then head to the Gay Easter Parade in the French Quarter where you’ll even see horse and carriage drivers in extravagant outfits and plenty of beads!
Day 4 – Swamp Tour
Today you’ll take a trip out to the bayou where you’ll enjoy a two-hour tour of the swamplands where you’ll be able to spot alligators, owls, hawks and purple gallinules. You’ll learn all about the old logging industry that used to reside here in the early 1900s and you may even get to hold a baby alligator!