San Antonio & New Orleans Cuisine & Culture

Experience cultural splendor and cuisine in two of America’s most colorful cities. Stay in San Antonio for three nights near the famous San Antonio River Walk. Tour the city with a professional guide and float the Paseo del Rio canal on a guided flatboat excursion. Visit the Alamo and learn about its famous siege. On our way to New Orleans we will explore Lake Charles, the Tabasco® factory, and more. Stay in New Orleans for three nights and learn cooking tips at the New Orleans School of Cooking, cruise the Mississippi on the Steamboat Natchez, enjoy a private carriage ride, a jazz brunch, and tour the National World War II Museum.

Hosted By: Tasmin Mahfuz

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Tour Highlights
  • All airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Holiday Tour Director & local guides
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 travel voucher for a future tour
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Day 1 : Fly to Texas

Unpack and settle in for a comfortable three-night stay. Our accommodations are at the Drury Plaza San Antonio River Walk. Tonight, become acquainted with your fellow travelers and prepare for our great adventure together.

Day 2 : San Antonio Missions

This morning we depart for two of San Antonio's largest and best-preserved missions, San Jose and San Juan. During our visit we meet some of the area’s indigenous Americans and experience their culture and way of life through music, dance, art, and cuisine. Afterwards we head south to the Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard. Known as the Mediterranean of Texas, we will tour the orchard and learn how olive trees grow. They will show us how some of their most well-known products are made complete with tasting samples. We continue the experience at the orchard and enjoy a delicious Holiday Vacations Welcome lunch before returning to San Antonio. Later we board a flatboat for a delightful excursion along the Paseo del Rio canal. Gain a unique perspective of the River Walk while the captain entertains us with fascinating stories of San Antonio’s past.


Day 3 : The Alamo

History comes to life as we view Alamo: The Price of Freedom at the IMAX® Theatre. Be transported back to 1836 as the 13-day siege of the rise and fall of the Alamo is presented on the big screen. Afterwards, we visit the famous landmark and stroll its beautifully landscaped grounds. Lunch today is included at the historic Menger Hotel. The property opened in 1859 and is well known for being the location Theodore Roosevelt recruited his Rough Riders. There is free time this afternoon to enjoy all San Antonio has to offer. Look in one of the many shops in La Villita, one of San Antonio’s oldest neighborhoods, or dine in any of the delicious restaurants along the River Walk.


Day 4 : Space Center Houston

Enjoy a delicious included breakfast before departing San Antonio for Lake Charles, Louisiana. En route we stop at Space Center Houston. There are more than 400 things to see and do at the Space Center, including many exhibits, two films, four live shows, several artifact galleries, Independence Plaza, the NASA Tram Tour and more. Later, we check-in to our accommodations for two nights in Lake Charles.


Day 5 : Lake Charles

Our morning begins as a guide joins us to travel the Creole Nature Trail. Journey into one of America's Last Great Wildernesses as we pass by marshland, beaches, and view a variety of wildlife including the American alligator. We make our way to the Cameron Prairie Visitor Center before trekking along the Pintail Wildlife Drive & Boardwalk for close-up views of interesting wildlife habitats. This afternoon we visit the Mardi Gras Museum and learn about one of the celebration's oldest traditions at an interactive King Cake demonstration.

Day 6 : Nottoway Plantation

This morning we enjoy a visit to Avery Island where we learn and see firsthand the only Tabasco production facility in the world. Afterwards, days of yesteryear are revealed during our visit to Nottoway Plantation, the South’s largest remaining Antebellum mansion. One of the few to survive the Civil War, this 64-room, three-story, palatial mansion was completed in 1859 and has been fully restored. We enjoy a delicious included lunch at Randolph Hall on the plantation grounds. Our accommodations for the next three nights are in New Orleans.


Day 7 : New Orleans School of Cooking

An expert local guide joins us this morning for a fascinating city tour as we discover the charm of New Orleans. This afternoon head down the mighty Mississippi on the Steamboat Natchez river cruise, complete with live narration and music. This evening we discover the basics of Louisiana cuisine at The New Orleans School of Cooking. Located in a renovated warehouse in the French Quarter, we learn from expert Creole and Cajun chefs about the cooking style and folklore famous to the area. Sample a variety of colorful and distinct dishes.


Day 8 : Jazz Brunch & WWII Museum

We depart our hotel for a special Jazz Brunch at the world-renowned Court of Two Sisters. Dine on a wide selection of sumptuous local dishes while listening to the lively sounds of a strolling Jazz trio. Afternoon finds us visiting the National World War II Museum. See the exhibits and artifacts that serve as a tribute to the thousands of Americans who contributed to our country’s cause during the war. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a special Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner.


Day 9 : Fly Home

We fly home with treasured memories of our San Antonio & New Orleans getaway.

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Holiday Tour Director & local guides
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 travel voucher for a future tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 3 nights at the Drury Plaza San Antonio River Walk
  • 2 nights at the Hampton Inn in Lake Charles
  • 3 nights at the Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans

Attractions & Highlights

  • San Antonio Missions cultural experience
  • Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard tour
  • River Walk flatboat excursion
  • IMAX® film Alamo: The Price of Freedom
  • The Alamo
  • Space Center Houston
  • Creole Nature Trail
  • Mardi Gras Museum & King Cake Demonstration
  • Avery Island Tabasco tour
  • Nottoway Plantation guided tour
  • New Orleans city tour
  • Steamboat Natchez river cruise
  • New Orleans School of Cooking
  • National WWII Museum including the Victory Theater: Beyond All Boundaries
  • Leisure Time in New Orleans

11 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Welcome Lunch at the Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard
  • Plantation-style lunch at Nottoway’s Randolph Hall
  • New Orleans School of Cooking
  • Jazz brunch at Court of Two Sisters

Tour Dates & Pricing

October 17th, 2019 - October 25th, 2019

Category - Occupancy

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Final Payment Date: 08/18/2019

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Departure Cities

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Hagerstown, MD - Martin Food Store

Washington, DC - Washington Dulles International Airport

Tasmin Mahfuz

Tasmin Mahfuz is an award-winning broadcast journalist at WDVM 25 News.

She started her broadcasting career in television from a young age. Her mother, Nazmun Mahfuz, produced and hosted weekly television shows for South Florida’s PBS and cable television. Tasmin learned the basics of TV from her mother and would often host segments of the shows.

Before joining WDVM 25, Tasmin was the Southern Utah Bureau Chief at ABC 4 Utah. She launched the station’s first TV news bureau and was responsible to cover an area of 20,000 square miles that has a population of 200,000+ people.

Tasmin is a citizen of the world. She describes herself as passionate, ambitious and articulate. Tasmin understands cultures across the globe and reflects a positive demeanor in her everyday manner.

She produces and anchors WDVM 25 News weeknights from 5p-8p and 10-11:30p with Fred Hickman.

Join Tasmin and other WDVM viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime!