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March 24 - April 1, 2015  (9 days and 7 nights)

** Cancelled **

(deposit must be made by 11/30/2014)

New Orleans, Louisiana (4 nights), Mardi Gras World, John C. Stennis Space Center, Honey Island Swamp Tour, New Orleans School of Cooking, French Quarters, Memphis, Tennessee (1 night), Sun Studio, Graceland, Birmingham, Alabama (2 nights), Bud's Best Cookie Factory, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

$ 2,595 per person
$ 2,495 per person
$ 3,195 per person
(Individual arrangements to meet group are not included)
Tuesday, March 24 (Day 01)
Our tour commences this evening when we assemble at the United Airlines lobby at the airport for baggage check in procedures. We will depart Honolulu on United Airlines on an evening flight to New Orleans via a brief stopover in Los Angeles.

Wednesday, March 25 (Day 02)
We'll arrive at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in the afternoon then transfer by chartered motor coach to our hotel, checking in for four exciting nights. New Orleans is one of the world's most fascinating cities, home to a unique melting pot of culture, food, and music. You'll find bowls filled to the rim with delicious gumbo, exciting nights in jazz clubs, historic neighborhoods, and tantalizing festivals held throughout the year - making New Orleans one of America's most culturally and historically-rich destinations.

Thursday, March 26 (Day 03)
This morning, a step-on guide will board our motor coach to take us on a full-day sightseeing tour of the city. We'll learn how Dixieland Jazz started, get some information about the history of Louisiana voodoo, and visit the burial cemeteries and destruction sites that Hurricane Katrina caused the city. We'll tour Mardi Gras World to see firsthand the hard work and extensive planning that goes into this grand event. We'll explore the massive studios where the magnificent floats are built from the ground up and learn about the history of this unique and festive tradition of the real Mardi Gras on this tour. We'll also have many photo opportunities as you dress up in a traditional Mardi Gras costume in front of props or floats.

Friday, March 27 (Day 04)
The John C. Stennis Space Center is a NASA rocket testing facility located in Hancock County on the banks of the Pearl River at the Mississippi-Louisiana border. We'll board a tram and enjoy a guided behind-the-scenes tour of America's largest rocket engine test facility, including a walk through the International Space Station to see rocket engines up-close. Enjoy a narrated Honey Island Swamp Tour on a boat as we take a journey into one of the wildest and most pristine river swamps in America. We'll hear stories of life on the bayou and possibly have a chance to see alligators, waterfowl, and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Enjoy the beauty of nature as we journey into the swamplands of Honey Island.

Saturday, March 28 (Day 05)
We'll experience a cooking demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking located in a renovated warehouse in the heart of the French Quarter to learn the basics of how authentic Louisiana dishes are prepared. We'll take a short walk around the French Quarter, also known as the Vieux Carre, the oldest neighborhood in the city of New Orleans. Explore the shops, the architecture, and enjoy the chance to taste the famous beignet (fritter) at the Café Du Monde (at own expense).

Sunday, March 29 (Day 6)
Our journey travels north on a scenic drive to Memphis, a city located in the southwestern corner in the state of Tennessee. Many well-known musicians including Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin all started their careers in Memphis. We'll visit the famous Sun Studio, a well-known recording studio opened by rock pioneer Sam Phillips in 1950. Sun Studio was the birthplace of Rock 'n Roll where many rock and roll, country music, and rockabilly artists recorded their music, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis. We'll spend one night in Memphis, Tennessee.

Monday, March 30 (Day 07)
Enjoy a visit of Graceland, the charming and stately colonial revival-style mansion of the undisputed King of Rock ' Roll - Elvis Presley. Aside from his daughter and his music, Graceland was Elvis' greatest pride and joy, a home he built as a promise to his parents as a young boy. The Graceland Archives are full of Graceland history and information about the life of Elvis. Our tour of Graceland includes a visit of his mansion, his fabulous wardrobe and car collections, and his famous airplane. We'll continue our drive south to Birmingham, Alabama to overnight for two nights.

Tuesday, March 31 (Day 08)
This morning, we'll take a tour of Bud's Best Cookie Factory at their ultra-modern facility on the cookie train. We'll see an up-close production of a million cookies per hour and have a chance to taste some warm cookies coming out of the huge oven. In the afternoon, we'll visit the interesting Birmingham Civil Rights Institute as we journey through the Civil Rights movement of the 50's and 60's with objectives to encourage new direction for the future. Here, you'll see water fountains, grocery stores, and bathrooms that are segregated for whites and blacks.

Wednesday, April 1 (Day 09)
We'll transfer to the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport to check-in for our flight to Honolulu.