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French Quarter Ghost & Mystery Walking Tour

Ghost Tour
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Ghosts, Vampires, Witches, Voodoo, & Unexplained Mysteries all together in one tour. Delve into the darker side of New Orleans’ with a walking tour of the city’s most eerie sites on Monday evening! Follow our licensed guides into the dark alleys and secret courtyards for the thrill tour like no other. Pass by infamous locations with grisly histories such as St Germaine House and LaLaurie House. Hear the tales of unsolved murders and crimes of passion that left their ghostly imprints in our history.  Follow the footsteps of a mysterious serial killer many believe was something other than human.  Find out why things just aren’t always what they appear to be in the hidden corners of the French Quarter!  

With this all in one tour, you will sample this “Gumbo” of macabre stories derived from police archives, city records, and own research.  This tour covers not only Ghosts & Vampires but also tales of Voodoo, Witches, and Unsolved Mysteries. 

Image credit: First picture: Accent-DMC, remaining pictures: Dr. Anna Adrian

Wednesday:

Be ready for an amazing night out…

 

Gala Dinner on the Riverboat "City of New Orleans"

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The “City of New Orleans” is a traditional riverboat that makes a perfect setting for our Gala Dinner on Wednesday evening. A cruise down the mighty Mississippi River is a great way to spend an evening. Relax and enjoy the scenery, creole cuisine, cocktails, and entertainment.

You will enjoy a beautiful ride down the Mississippi, past the site of the Battle of New Orleans and back again to the French Quarter Landing. It’s a cruise through time, touched by timeless magic. On the City of New Orleans Riverboat, you’ll savour the age-old power and majesty of the river in a new spirit of adventure. It’s an experience you’ll find nowhere else in the world.

Image credit: Dr. Anna Adrian

Party

Nightclub party with confetti

After the gala dinner, we are going to P A R T Y!!!

We kick off the party with one of New Orleans’s most iconic experiences, a “Second Line Parade”. We will travel by “parading” behind a New Orleans brass band featuring a colorful Grand Marshal to our party location – the famous Bourbon Heat!

Located at 711 Bourbon Street, the site of the historic Tricou House, Bourbon Heat has one of the highest historic ratings on Bourbon Street. The lush courtyard, extensive offerings of local cuisine and electric club upstairs set Bourbon Heat above other venues on Bourbon Street.

Make sure to bring your dancing shoes!!!

Thursday:

The lectures will finish at 12:30 today. After the lunch break, you can choose between one of two great half-day excursions.

 

Mardi Gras World: Tour and Mask Making Activity

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Mask Making

Get an insider’s look at the magic of Mardi Gras by stepping into the studios of Blaine Kern and his team of world-renowned masters of float-building and Carnival!  Marvel at towering floats, created by these skilled artists. The history and the craft are explained as you enjoy the wonder of Mardi Gras World.

At the end of your tour, take part in a making your very own Mardi Gras mask. Make an original Mardi Gras mask at our fun and rewarding Mask Making Workshop. Each workshop starts with a brief history of masking in New Orleans. From there, you’ll make your own, one-of-a-kind creation. Let your creativity run wild or follow along with sample masks that we can help you recreate. The masks are fun to wear and make for a great keepsake!

Image credit: Accent-DMC

Life in the Old South: Oak Alley Plantation Tour

Oak Alley Plantation

Take a journey to plantation country and experience life in the Old South at Oak Alley Plantation, which epitomizes the elegance of the American-style Plantation home. 

Built in 1837, the Southern days of old are captured at one of Louisiana’s most photographed Southern Mansions, which has been brought back to life in numerous Hollywood movies.  Famed for its alley of live oak trees, the quarter mile avenue was already an impressive 100 years old when Oak Alley was built.  This Greek Revival style mansion was constructed with 28 fluted Doric columns to match the number of trees.  Oak Alley is one of the finest examples of adaptive restoration on the Mississippi River. 

Image credit: Accent-DMC