24 hours in New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana, is one of the most fascinating cities in the American Deep South. Famous around the globe for being the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans has a truly unique history and culture. It was originally founded by French explorer and coloniser Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville in 1718. The French influence blends with Creole, Cajun and African influences to create the wonderful culture and cuisine of ‘The Big Easy’, making it a thrilling destination for adventurous travellers who relish new experiences.
Titan has two tours with itineraries that feature free days to sample the delights of New Orleans. Our popular ‘Journey on the Mighty Mississippi’ and ‘Southern Sights and Sounds’ tours give travellers 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 explore 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.
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 you’ll 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’s 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.
After lunch in one of the excellent eateries 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 beautiful antebellum houses of the Garden District provide wonderful photo opportunities.
Afterwards, visit the Lafayette Cemetery, one of the most popular historic sites in the city. Established in 1833, Lafayette Cemetery is beautiful and atmospheric, with many elaborate marble tombs that are among the finest pieces of architecture 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, before sampling New Orleans’ famous Creole and Cajun cuisine in one of the excellent restaurants. Recommended dishes include Cajun Crawfish Étouffée, a delicious spicy stew, and Creole Jambalaya, a spicy type of paella.
Jenny’s passion for culture and wildlife has taken her across the world. Favourite experiences so far have included snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef, sailing on the Ganges in Varanasi, hiking through Norway and spending many hours on safari in Kenya and India spotting a menagerie of wonderful creatures.
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