Land Journey

New Orleans & Mississippi River Country

Ken Burns American Journeys



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Journey Type
Time of Year
Mar - May, Sep - Oct
Cities & Landmarks
Baton Rouge, New Orleans, White Castle, LaPlace, Belle Chasse
Mississippi New Orleans Plantantion Escorted Tour


Uniquely Tauck



TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Filmed narratives by filmmaker Ken Burns tell the American story


TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – A private culinary demonstration & lunch at the New Orleans School of Cooking


TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – A private mint julep reception and mansion house dinner at Nottoway Resort


TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Private streetcar tour with New Orleans resident along Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue


TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Private presentation by expert Nellie Watson who shares insights on the unique environment of the New Orleans' basin





Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.



Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motor coach travel.

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Legendary Journeys and Adventures

You don’t just hear music in New Orleans and Louisiana’s “Cajun country”… you feel it, indelibly woven into the fabric of life. The strains of every genre you can think of – smoky blues, pulsating Caribbean rhythms, acoustic, country, rock, soul, r&b, nouveau swing, hip-hop and more... and, naturally, a tasty buffet of jazz styles... envelop you along Bourbon Street and throughout the French Quarter...

The streets take on a life of their own… The spirits of Satchmo and Jelly Roll permeate Basin Street and New Orleans Jazz National Park. Traditional jazz lives on within the homey confines of Preservation Hall... while moving out to the bayou, the music continues... Explore New Orleans & Mississippi River Country as an insider with Tauck Exclusives like a private demonstration and lunch at the New Orleans School of Cooking... a private streetcar tour along Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue... a flightseeing tour... a private jazz experience at world-famous Preservation Hall... a private mint julep reception and mansion house dinner... a jazz reception and dinner at Arnaud's... and exclusive, on-tour film vignettes by filmmaker Ken Burns. Explore the bayou on an alligator bayou boat tour... Louisiana's historic Mississippi River plantations... and enjoy state-of-the-art exhibits, a 4-D experience, brunch and a USO-style Stage Door Canteen show at the National World War II Museum. Read Less

Go flightseeing over New Orleans

Day 3

The "Crescent City" from the air – and an exclusive talk by expert Nellie Watson

You’ll get a whole new perspective on the city of New Orleans when you see it from the air! Take to the skies for a flightseeing tour that includes bird’s-eye views of downtown New Orleans, the French Quarter, the Lower Ninth Ward, the Mississippi River, Lake Pontchartrain, Lafitte, the Chalmette Battlefield, the Gulf of Mexico, various canals and wetlands, and more. Your on-the-ground experience includes a Tauck Exclusive private lecture by environmental architect Nellie Watson on the unique geological environment of New Orleans, America’s only city situated below sea level.

Alligator Bayou tours

Day 4

Take an Alligator Bayou tour in a private boat with a local guide

Venture out from New Orleans into the countryside and join our local guide for an alligator bayou tour aboard a private excursion boat. Keep an eye out for alligators and other swamp critters as you drift through the bayous of the Louisiana wetlands with your experienced guide… learn about the local legends, lore and culture, and spot plenty of native flora and fauna as you wind your way through Cajun Country.

Tauck Exclusive – Private Preservation Hall performance

Day 2

A Tauck Exclusive, private performance for our guests only at New Orleans' legendary Preservation Hall

Situated in the heart of the French Quarter on St. Peter Street in New Orleans, Preservation Hall was established in 1961 to honor one of America’s truest art forms – traditional New Orleans Jazz. Operating as a music venue, a touring band, and a non-profit organization, Preservation Hall continues its mission today as a cornerstone of New Orleans music and culture – presenting intimate, acoustic traditional jazz concerts over 350 nights a year, featuring ensembles of local master musicians. And on "New Orleans and Mississippi River Plantation Country," you’ll enjoy the rare privilege of a private performance for our guests only at legendary Preservation Hall, in the heart of the "Birthplace of Jazz."

Nottoway Resort

Nights 4 and 5

Spend two nights at the South's largest antebellum mansion

On the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans stands Nottoway Resort, the South’s largest antebellum mansion, built in 1859 as the heart of sugar planter John Hampden Randolph’s palatial estate. Nottoway has survived the Civil War, a variety of owners, and years of decline and disrepair to become a favorite destination for visitors the world over. Tauck guests will stay in Nottoway’s The Cottages – modern luxury hotel rooms with full amenities, inspired by the local Creole style of architecture.


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Small Group Departures

Our small group departures, averaging just 24 guests, are designed for travelers who want more time to experience each destination up close and personally. One of the benefits of small group travel is the personalized service and attention you’ll enjoy. Small groups enable our Tauck Directors to spend more time in the places you explore with more opportunities to connect with them. Smaller groups foster camaraderie and lasting friendships among like-minded travelers; you'll engage more closely with local experts and enjoy enhanced insider access, ease of travel and freedom to linger longer.

Solo Traveler Savings

Traveling solo doesn't mean traveling alone – with Tauck, it means camaraderie on a journey with like-minded travelers who share similar interests, enjoying the spirit of travel that makes exploring the world a necessary part of life – and sharing the special travel experiences found on Tauck’s guided land trips and cruises that create lifetime memories. For 90+ years, solo travelers have found a special "travel" home with Tauck in destinations the world over – and we’re offering solo travelers an additional reason to travel with Tauck – special Solo Traveler Savings on select departures.

One Upfront Price

Get what you pay for and then some – about 100 cost components are included on every trip. From fine hotels in prime locations to all luggage handling, most taxes, airport transfers upon arrival and departure, unique travel experiences and more. Because we believe that when you travel, just about everything should be included.

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Travel Documents, Booking and Deposits, and more

No matter where your destination may be, you should bring identification with you; a valid passport is always an appropriate form of identification. Contact your booking agent for information about all necessary documents required for your journey, such as passport and visa information or documentation required for transportation security measures.

Important Information

Health and Activity

You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

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Customer Protection: Our UK-based agents comply with the bonding requirements of the Civil Aviation Authority and provide full financial protection for the package holidays that we sell in the UK. For flight-based holidays, this is through the Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (details of which are available from the UK-based agent with whom you book). When you buy a package holiday that doesn’t include a flight, protection of your monies paid to our UK-based agent will be provided by way of a bond.

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Reviews (35)

Aside from the weather, the trip was super...leader was great...informed and caring. Love the small size trips..met some lovely people...great sights and food, except for dinner at Antoine’s which was bad. Hotels were very good, including the Plantation. Sightseeing great and enough free time. Tracing with Tauck again next year.

Most Memorable Moment:

By far...the concert at Preservation Hall...and the flightseeing.

This was our 12th trip with Tauck. We had a wonderful tour director. We understand the reason behind staying at the Hotel Monteleone, being location, but the rooms have no counter space in the room or bathroom. Staff wonderful!! We liked the Nottoway rooms and bathroom, but no bathrobes. Ritz Carlton was great! Our driver was great!

Most Memorable Moment:

Flying in the small plane for the overview of the New Orleans area. We also loved the swamp tour. Our guide was excellent. Our local guide was great telling about New Orleans. We're back in March for the Event in New Orleans. So many great restaurants!

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Call us, or call your travel advisor, to book your preferred departure date today – and explore our beautiful brochures to find your inspiration for your next journey.