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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 jazz brunch, and tour the National World War II Museum.

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Day 1 : Fly to Texas

Unpack and settle in to our San Antonio hotel for a comfortable three-night stay.

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. We will watch musical and dance performances, see displays of the beautiful folk artwork and try a sample of the traditional native cuisine.

Afterwards we head to the historic Guenther House for a delicious Holiday Vacations Welcome Lunch.

Have time to shop, visit the museum, and explore the grounds.


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 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.

Breakfast, Lunch

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.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 : Lake Charles

Our morning begins as a guide joins us to travel the Creole Nature Trail, nicknamed "Louisiana's Outback." 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 then 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.

Breakfast, Lunch

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.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 : Jazz Brunch & WWII Museum

After breakfast we arrive at the National World War II Museum. Take in the Beyond All Boundaries film in the Victory Theatre and 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.

Next we enjoy 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.

Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a special Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 : Fly Home

Fly home with delightful memories of our San Antonio and New Orleans getaway.

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare
  • All fuel surcharges, government fees, airport & departure taxes
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 Loyalty Credit for a future tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 3 nights in San Antonio
  • 2 nights at the TownePlace Suites by Marriott Lake Charles
  • 3 nights at the Bienville House in the French Quarter

Attractions & Highlights

  • San Antonio Missions cultural experience
  • Guenther House with free time
  • 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
  • National WWII Museum
  • Victory Theater: Beyond All Boundaries
  • Leisure time in New Orleans

13 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Holiday Vacations Welcome Lunch at the Guenther House
  • Plantation-style lunch at Nottoway's Randolph Hall
  • Dinner and demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking
  • Jazz brunch at Court of Two Sisters
  • Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner

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Final Payment Date: 08/16/2020

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Jordan Tracy

Jordan Tracy has been a member of the WTAJ team for the last three years. Starting as a multi-media journalist in September of 2016, Jordan has risen through the ranks at the station becoming the morning reporter, fill-in anchor, co-host of SportsBeat and now the host of the new 4pm show Studio 814.

Jordan has fallen in love with Central PA and enjoys sharing his enthusiasm and positivity with the viewers at home. When he’s not on your TV, Jordan also works as the Game-day Entertainment Host at the Altoona Curve.

Jordan graduated from Penn State University in 2016 and was born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He loves Penn State, Philadelphia sports teams, and having a good laugh!

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