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NEW ORLEANS, LA 
JANUARY 5-10, 2022

Experience New Orleans in style.

 

Join us for this stateside trip to the Big Easy, and enjoy the classy side of New Orleans, away from the crowds of Bourbon Street. Our tour takes place during Twelfth Night, January 6th, (also know as King's Day), the official kick off to the Mardi Gras season!  This is a great time to be in New Orleans, as the crowds haven't gathered yet, you can catch a second line parade and dine at the best restaurants, and take in the culture of the city at a more leisurely pace.  Relax at the stylish and historic Henry Howard Hotel in the Garden District and take your coffee on the porch in the mornings. 

This itinerary takes you through the many neighborhoods of New Orleans, and dips your toe into the French Quarter for a few must sees. Dance at some of the hottest jazz clubs, sip cocktails at bars and restaurants, frequented by locals, and get your hands dirty at a cooking class in the Marigny.  

 

There's an energy in the air in New Orleans that just can't be denied, so come along and join us this King's Day and toast to the start of Mardi Gras season, and take a walk through a graveyard or two! Let's head down south and live a little!

Spend 5 nights at the boutique property, The Henry Howard Hotel, surrounded by historic homes in the Garden District.  Just steps to the St. Charles Streetcar, this location offers a quiet retreat in New Orleans away from the crowds, but with easy access to the French Quarter, Magazine Street, and The Marigny.

Accommodations include a queen room with en-suite bath in this 18 room historic hotel, decorated with an eclectic mix of Mid-century modern and antique furnishings, and also features a chic, jewel box of a bar in their parlor and wrought iron balconies that span the width of the house, designed by New Orleans famed architect, Henry Howard. 

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5

Welcome to New Orleans!  Check into the Henry Howard Hotel and relax with cocktails in the lobby before dinner at Chef Justin Deviller's James Beard Award winning restaurant, La Petite Grocery.  Get a good night's sleep because tomorrow is King's Day! 

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 6

Tour the Museum of the American Cocktail followed by a street food crawl to try a few of the libations and specialties of New Orleans.  Think muffaletta, southern sweets, fried crab claws, and grilled oysters, and of course cocktails including an Absinthe concoction at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop.  Free time to explore on your own. 

 

Tonight, dinner at Irene's for dishes that combine Sicilian, French, and local flavors. After dinner, onto the hottest little jazz clubs down in The Marigny.  If we are lucky, we will catch the King's Day annual St. Joan of Arc parade along the way, which kicks off the very first night of celebrations of the Mardi Gras season.  If you can hang, the local tradition is to enjoy a little King Cake and Champagne at midnight back at the hotel.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 7

Enjoy the morning and afternoon to yourself and explore, or join us on a ride to the outskirts of town to visit a few of the favorite but hidden spots for true Louisiana no-frills cuisine.  We're heading to Willie Mae's for their famous fried chicken, a po boy at an unassuming dive bar, (first recommended to us years ago by Philly food critic, Craig Laban who has called New Orleans home in the past), and an oyster specialty so delicious it has been known to save marriages! Wash it all down with a cold local brew of Abita or Dixie beer.

 

A soul warming Cajun dinner tonight at Cochon followed by an evening tour through St. Louis Cemetery #1, (now only accessible by a licensed guide), to take a peek at New Orleans' cities of the dead housing Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau's tomb and Nicolas Cage's future one.  

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 8

Hop the iconic St. Charles Street Car into the French Quarter for coffee and beignets at the one and only Café Du Monde. (Don’t forget to blow the powdered sugar off your pastry and make a wish! ) Walk through the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood and admire the Creole cottages it is known for on our way to our cooking class.  Optional (and included): Visit to a Voodoo temple and priestess after lunch! 

 

Tonight, cocktails on the porch at the chic Chloe in the Garden District, followed by dinner.  

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SUNDAY,  JANUARY 9

Walking tour of the Garden District.  Catch a glimpse of celebrity's homes, haunted mansions, and learn about the architecture of this neighborhood unique to the United States.  We'll wrap up our last day in New Orleans with two Sunday traditions;  Afternoon brunch, and for dinner, a shrimp boil and cabaret show at a hidden venue! 

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New Orleans, January 5-10, 2022 

 

5 Night Tour Rate

$2,599.00 per person, double occupancy

Included in price:

  • 5 Nights Accommodation at the historic          

  •  Henry Howard Hotel.  

  •  Double Room, Queen size bed, air conditioning, en-  suite private bath, TV, Wi-Fi. 

  •  Breakfast of coffee and pastries daily at the hotel.

  •  4 Lunches & 5 Dinners. 

  •  Drinks included with all meals.           

  •  Private transportation throughout the tour.

  •  All entrance fees and tours.

  •  All taxes and gratuities.

            

  Not Included: 

  •  Airfare 

  • Transportation to hotel upon arrival in New Orleans.(flights arrive at many different times, so please meet at the hotel the first day) 

  •  Additional cocktails outside of organized meals or  those included in outlined food tours.

  •  Travel insurance

IMPORTANT:  Itinerary subject to change due to Covid-19. If we do need to change a portion of the trip, we will replace the dinner or excursion with a comparable experience of equal or greater value. 

Current Covid-19 Rules for the city

of New Orleans:

Proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours is needed to dine indoors and at some event venues. 

We suggest taking a photo of your vaccination card, (front and back), or negative test results in case you lose these documents while traveling so you may still enter locations. We can not guarantee all locations will accept photos, but it is worth having just in case. 

If you need to take a test taken while traveling, it will be your responsibility to do so on your own, at your own expense. There are many locations to do so in the area while in New Orleans. Antico/Cicala Enterprises are not responsible for any parts of the tour a guest misses due to test taking or absence of documentation to enter an establishment.