San Antonio Riverwalk

San Antonio & New Orleans Cuisine & Culture

Experience the cultural splendor, unique attractions, and regional 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 seige. On our way to New Orleans we’ll explore Lake Charles, the Tabasco® factory, and the Nottoway Plantation, a large Antebellum mansion. 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.

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

A local guide joins us to explore San Antonio. We view the Spanish Governor’s Palace, lovely San Fernando Cathedral and Mission San Jose, the best preserved and restored of all the Texas missions. We also visit downtown’s authentic Mexican marketplace, El Mercado. Interact with working artists or sample local cuisine at family-owned restaurants in the largest Mexican market north of the Rio Grande. Watch handicraft demonstrations and browse in the colorful shops and art galleries. 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. This evening we dine along the charming River Walk.

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. 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 : Boomtown Museum

Enjoy a delicious included breakfast before departing San Antonio for Lake Charles, Louisiana. En route we stop at the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum to learn about discovering oil in the area and the famous Lucas Gusher. 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 spot exotic animals. 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. Our delicious lunch is at the Seafood Palace, before getting festive at the Mardi Gras Museum and learning about one of the celebration’s oldest traditions at a fascinating King Cake Demonstration.

Day 6 : Nottoway Plantation

This morning we enjoy a visit to Avery Island where we learn and see first hand the only Tabasco production facility in the world. Afterwards, elegant 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 to its original grandeur. We enjoy a delicious included lunch at Randolph Hall on the plantation grounds. Our accommodations for the next three nights are in New Orleans.

An expert local guide joins us this morning for a fascinating city tour as we discover the charm of New Orleans. Later 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. We will also head down the mighty Mississippi on the Steamboat Natchez river cruise, complete with live narration and music.

This morning we enjoy a visit to Avery Island where we learn and see first hand the only Tabasco production facility in the world. Afterwards, elegant 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 to its original grandeur. 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 8 : Jazz Brunch/WWII Museum

We depart our hotel by private carriage 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 bid a fond farewell and return home with memories to share.

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

Tour Dates & Pricing

October 18th, 2018 - October 26th, 2018

Category - Occupancy

Price (Per Person)

Double

$3899

Quad

$3599

Single

$4699

Triple

$3749

Final Payment Date: 09/3/2018

Departure Cities

WSAW TV Pickup Locations:

Colby/Abbotsford, WI - Hardees/Shell Truck Stop

Marshfield, WI - Holiday Inn & Conv. Center

Merrill, WI - Walmart

Stevens Point, WI - Dunham's Sports

Wausau, WI - The Plaza Hotel & Suites

Wisconsin Rapids *Wau-Hotel Mead

Land Only

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN - MSP International Airport

Preferred Departure Approved