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Mardi Gras and the Sunshine State

Dust off your best fancy dress costumes and join the lively streets of New Orleans for the annual Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday celebrations. Watch the infamous parades showboating by various carnival ‘krewes’, throw beads at the throngs of people and sip on Hurricanes at a classic Bourbon Street Balcony Party. This tour is a truly unique Southern experience that you won’t want to miss. Once you’ve conquered the craziness of carnival, head south into the paradisiacal gulf coast of Florida to enjoy the infamous beaches and theme parks. Covering the absolute best of the South!

North America
  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Walking Tour, Sightseeing
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: NOM/208537
  • Starts: New Orleans, United States
  • Finishes: Miami, United States
You will Visit
  • New Orleans
  • Destin Beach
  • Orlando
  • Miami

Itinerary

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Day 1: New Orleans

Start your tour with a welcome meeting today at 15.00. Meet your tour leader and fellow carnival goers and learn what New Orleans has in store for you over the upcoming days. Hit the streets in time for the Endymion parade and check out the lavish floats making their way through the ‘Mid-City’ neighbourhood. Enjoy an orientation of the city and get your first experience of Bourbon Street, the party central of New Orleans

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

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Day 2-3: New Orleans

The essence of New Orleans is well and truly captured in Mardi Gras – parades, floats, costumes and parties fill the streets, where locals and tourists unite to spread the good vibes. Experience the lively atmosphere from above at an included Bourbon Street Balcony Party, with an open bar and fancy dress – an unbeatable combo! Over these two days, some of the biggest parades come out to play. Check out this years King of Bacchus - in previous years, celebrities such as Will Ferrell and, recently, Captain America star Antony Mackie, have adorned this prestigious title.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Jazz clubs US$10-20
  • Voodoo & Graveyard tour US$20-$40
  • Southern mansion tour US$20-$25

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Day 4: New Orleans

Fat Tuesday falls on the day of Shrove Tuesday and marks the last day of indulgence before lent. So in true New Orleans style, locals indulge, hard…and they invite the world to join them. Wake up early for a full day of entertainment with your group, beginning with the Zulu Parade. Watch coconuts fly through the air, just one random item of the ‘throws’ associated with Mardi Gras parades – you’ll also witness teddies, doubloons and the iconic beads being propelled over the heads of the crowds.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

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Day 5-6: Destin Beach

Enjoy a morning navigating the Honey Island Swamp on a guided boat tour. Get up close and personal with wildlife, including those pesky Alligators, and learn about the Louisiana Bayou. After all that partying in New Orleans has left you in need of some serious R&R, it’s time to hit the beach! Dive into the swells of the Emerald Coast and shake that carnival hangover off. Destin, the panhandle as commonly known, is a Florida gem with impossible stretches of white sand beaches and playful bottlenose dolphins close to shore. If you’re still brimming with energy, why not check out some water sports, there’s plenty of activities to choose from.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

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Day 7-8: Orlando

Hit up the scenic Three Sister Springs on route to Orlando, home to a large number of Manatees. Then it’s on to waterparks, rollercoasters, theme rides and space stations – whichever takes your fancy? Don those Mickey Mouse ears and head to Disneyland for the ultimate ‘big kid’ experience, or immerse yourself in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. Orlando is a hub of activity, sure to set pulses racing.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Disney World US$119
  • Universal Studios US$105
  • Kennedy Space Center US$50
  • EPCOT Center US$94

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Day 9: Miami

Your tour will finish in Miami, a sleek urban metropolis set against a stunning ocean backdrop. We recommend you book extra time here so that can catch some rays on South Beach, uncover the cool art deco scene and join the beautiful people on Ocean Drive.This tour ends at approximately 17:00. We can book you post tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Inclusions:
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation
  • Accommodation: Budget Lodging, Budget Lodging: 4, Hotel: 4
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Tour Highlights:
  • Join the celebrations of one the biggest street parties in the world, Mardi Gras & Fat Tuesday
  • Tickets to a Bourbon Street Balcony Party with the best views of all the action
  • Morning Honey Island Swamp tour, in search of Alligators
  • Admire the extravagant floats of the Mardi Gras ‘Super Krewes’ and grab yourself some of their famous ‘throws’
  • Creole and Cajun foodie culture
  • New Orleans city orientation walk
  • Swimming at the Three Sisters Springs
  • Beach time on Florida’s Emerald Coast
  • Share this unique experience with your group