New Orleans, Louisiana, is one of the most fascinating cities in the American Deep South due to its truly unique history and culture. Famous around the globe for being the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans was originally founded by French explorer and coloniser Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville in 1718. The wonderful culture and cuisine of ‘The Big Easy’ is a blend of French, Creole, Cajun and African influences, making it a thrilling destination for adventurous travellers who relish new experiences.
Titan has two tours whose itineraries feature days free to sample the delights of New Orleans. Our popular ‘Journey on the Mighty Mississippi’ tour gives day 13 to travellers to soak up the atmosphere of this great city, while days 10 and 11 of our ‘Southern Sights and Sounds’ tour give travellers complete freedom to savour the magic of New Orleans for themselves.
To help you make the most of your free days, Titan has created an example plan of how you may wish to spend 24 hours exploring New Orleans. There is much to see and do in this fabulous city and our guide will assist you to experience what makes New Orleans such a unique highlight of the American Deep South.
Morning in New Orleans
As the sun rises on the city and you leave your luxury hotel, what better way to get an initial feel of the unique character and atmosphere of New Orleans by taking a leisurely stroll around the magnificent French Market in the famous historic French Quarter? Browse the traditional fare and perhaps buy a memento of your New Orleans experience.
Walk to Jackson Square in the French Quarter and there you will find The Cabildo. Built between 1795 and 1799, The Cabildo was the home of the New Orleans government during the Spanish colonial period. Today it is a magnificent museum which will provide you with a great introduction to the city’s fascinating history and rich cultural diversity. Also in Jackson Square are the impressive St Louis Cathedral and the bronze Jackson Monument.
Afternoon in New Orleans
After your introduction to New Orleans’ history and lunch in one of the excellent eateries to be found in the French Quarter, head to the gorgeous Garden District on one of the famous traditional street cars, a great way to see the city. Originally founded in 1832 by Barthelemy Lafron, the beautifully antebellum houses of the Garden District provide wonderful photo opportunities.
After marvelling at the opulent mansions of the Garden District, visit the Lafayette Cemetery, one of the most popular historic sites in the city. Established in 1833, Lafayette Cemetery is stunningly beautiful and atmospheric, with many elaborate marble tombs that are among the finest pieces of architecture in New Orleans.
Evening in New Orleans
At night New Orleans bursts into life, buzzing with a vibrant carnivalesque spirit, particularly on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, where many of the best jazz bars and restaurants are to be found. Enjoy a drink or two listening to some authentic jazz in its birthplace, before dining out in one of the excellent restaurants to sample New Orleans’ famous Creole and Cajun cuisine. Recommended dishes include Cajun Crawfish Étouffée, a delicious spicy stew, and Creole Jambalaya, a spicy type of paella.
Exciting, charming and truly unique, your time in New Orleans will be an unforgettable experience.