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Sweet & Savory New Orleans

Independent Package

New Orleans is one of the top food destinations in the world and possesses a culinary legacy like no other city. They create, consume, and celebrate food and drink here with their own brand of Southern joie de vivre and honor their history - from Po boys to the classic crawfish etouffee. The French Quarter's landmark restaurants, with their long storied pasts, and the other legendary eateries have contributed to the legacy and the building of a contemporary Creole movement. New restaurants offer exciting riffs on traditional dishes. Combine that foodie ambiance with art and architecture, an indomitable spirit - and all that jazz.

Our 4-Day/3 Night independent package will envelop you in New Orleans' celebrated foodie culture with a unique cooking lesson and special-to-New Orleans-dining experiences, walking tour and a museum visit. There's a just-right combination of guided and hosted components with flexibility to explore and discover this city on your own.

Day 1, Monday

Arrive New Orleans and check-in to the Royal Sonesta Hotel.

In the heart of the historic French Quarter the Royal Sonesta bows to the tradition of grand hotels. Located on world-famous Bourbon Street, it embodies old-world Southern charm.

our afternoon is at leisure to explore the French Quarter. One stop we recommend is the Kitchen Witch to browse it's amazing collection of regional cookbooks.

Dinner will be on your own this evening. Before or after dinner, enjoy jazz and cocktails at the hotel's Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse.

Day 2, Tuesday

Perhaps start your day with an early morning walk to the legendary Cafe du Monde for a breakfast of beignets and cafe au lait. Located on the upper end of the French Market, it is a New Orleans institution. Their beignets are a scrumptious just-out-of-the-fryer confections, and the coffee and people-watching are divine. (voucher provided for your use)

Mid-morning, explore authentic New Orleans food destinations in this two-hour walking and tasting adventure through parts of the historic French Quarter, Marigny, and Treme neighborhoods. On the tour, you'll meander our streets with a local guide who will unwind the history of good eating in New Orleans and the importance of these neighborhoods and businesses in forming the city's unique palate. Please note: Like the whimsical, quirky nature of New Orleans itself, many of the food destinations on this tour keep odd hours and can be downright fickle about the days they're open. For this reason, we do not list all of the stops on the tour. We ask one simple thing from you: relax, trust us, and let the good times roll!

The remainder of the afternoon at your leisure.

Tonight you will learn the secrets of Louisiana cuisine with a cooking lesson - southern-style - at the New Orleans Cooking School Experience. The school, ensconced in an artfully renovated Victorian home includes a state of the art kitchen and a charming period dining salon where dinner with wine will be served.

Day 3, Wednesday

Your package includes a gift card for Stanley's one of the city's newer restaurants. They serve breakfast all day long - and a great lunch too.

Late afternoon, visit the Southern Food & Beverage Museum. Exhibits include the history of Absinthe with a fascinating look at the elusive green fairy that was adored and credited as the muse of artists and poets.

Tonight's dinner will be at the award-winning Cochon. Their mission is to stay true to locally sourced ingredients and authentically prepared Southern and Cajun cuisine. Pork is king here! Libations include interesting bourbons, local beers, traditional southern cocktails - and moonshine.

Day 4, Thursday

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the airport.