Experience New Orleans
with THG Holidays
Explore the vibrant cities of New Orleans and Miami before taking to the waters on an island-hopping Caribbean Cruise. ...Explore More
New Orleans is one of the world's most fascinating cities – it is home to a truly unique melting pot of culture, food and music. New Orleans is one of America's most culturally and historically rich destinations. A culture-lover's dream, the city boasts awarding-winning museums; everything from experimental to big Broadway show theatre; art galleries displaying the work of local treasures and renowned masters; a number of historic and heritage attractions and an unparalleled music scene, from Gospel, Jazz, and Rhythm and Blues, just to name a few.
No matter the time of year, New Orleans welcomes its visitors in a grand way to experience Caribbean, American, French and African cultures colliding in a brilliant explosion of flavours, emotions and sounds. Music is everywhere here, people live to eat, and every day is a party here in the birthplace of Jazz, which is also home to Creole cuisine, century-old Spanish oaks and clacking streetcars. With a combination of city life and rural plantations, swamp tours, festivals, historical significance and revelry during Mardi Gras, New Orleans has the recipe to captivate everyone.
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Savour the beauty and romance of New Orleans and take a journey back in time aboard the authentic Sternwheeler Steamboat NATCHEZ. Your two-hour cruise from the heart of the French Quarter takes you back to a time when cotton was king, and life was as slow and graceful as the current on the Mississippi. Let us show you New Orleans, one of the world's most active ports, as it can best be seen - from the river. visit our museum quality Engine Room to learn how steam powers this magnificent boat through the "Mighty Mississippi!". Meals are prepared fresh on board. Souvenirs are available for purchase at the Steamboat Gift Shop.
Evening Dinner Jazz Cruise includes casual buffet-style dining with indoor and outdoor seating and features live jazz by the world renowned "Dukes of Dixieland". The buffet includes tossed salad, chicken, pork loin, top round beef, fried catfish, pasta, potatoes, vegetables, bread, and dessert. Iced tea, coffee, and water are included with dinner.
Venture outside the hustle and bustle of New Orleans, where sprawling plantations and ornate antebellum mansions seem to transport visitors to another era. The River Road area is perfect for group outings to remarkable estates along the banks of the Mississippi River. Plantation tours give visitors a glimpse into Louisiana’s rich past and lore as they learn about Voodoo, pirates, slaves and the agricultural history of the South. Learn about the families who lived in these impressive estates and their impacts on New Orleans’ history and economy.
Many tour companies offer a variety of plantations from which to choose, including Whitney Plantation, Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Créole Heritage Site, Oak Alley Plantation, Destrehan Plantation, Nottoway Plantation, San Francisco Plantation and Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. A number of these properties also offer on-site restaurants, where groups can enjoy local cuisine in a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. A little farther west of New Orleans is Avery Island, home to TABASCO. Tour the hot sauce factory, dine in Restaurant 1868 and visit nearby Jungle Gardens.
Not only can you dine at one of our legendary restaurants, but you can also get some hands-on experience with local chefs, distillers, brewers and culinary experts. Grab a napkin and join us on a journey into the heart of New Orleans’ dining scene. Join one of the many Food Tours and dining experiences available, that go through the French Quarter, Uptown and St. Charles Avenue. Get your fill of foods that originated in New Orleans and venture to historic landmarks.
For lunch or dinner, nothing can be compared to the enjoyment & pleasure of a New Orleans Cooking Class. Learn how to make some our most famous Creole and Cajun dishes, such as Red Beans & Rice, Chicken & Andouille Gumbo, or Jambalaya. And here’s the best part! You get to sample everything at the end of the class! When you return home, you will be able to prepare an authentic Cajun or Creole meal and really impress your family & friends with your world cuisine savvy.
Take a walk through the French Quarter’s famous bars and restaurants and discover the famous-spirits of New Orleans. It is history… with a twist! From the Sazerac and Pimm's Cup to the Ramos Gin Fizz and Absinthe, you will enjoy a different view of New Orleans through its history of fine dining and drinking. We will entertain you with classic stories of the unique concoctions made famous here and the characters that brought them to life. You will be shaken but not stirred, by the recipes of the city’s most infamous cocktails along the way.
Experience Frenchmen Street, just steps from the French Quarter. This famous stretch in the Faubourg Marigny neighbourhood offers hot spots such as Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, The Maison and The Spotted Cat Music Club. These are just a few of the city’s best bets for authentic New Orleans music. Mid-City is another great neighbourhood option. You can start at Mid-City Lanes Rock ‘n’ Bowl, a music venue where the sounds of zydeco accompany your strikes and spares.
Classic French Quarter jazz venues include the Palm Court Jazz Café, Fritzel’s Jazz Club and Preservation Hall. Discover New Orleans’ wilder side at Bourbon Heat nightclub, rock and blues at House of Blues and contemporary jazz at The Jazz Playhouse. At the edge of the Quarter is Effervescence, New Orleans’ premier champagne bar.
The Homewood Suites by Hilton New Orleans French Quarter is a 3-star hotel just three blocks away from Bourbon Street and other French Quart...Explore More