Day 1 New Orleans Welcome to the Big Easy! Spend some time checking out the early Mardi Gras festivities before joining the group for a welcome meeting and optional dinner.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 New Orleans (1B) Enjoy an orientation walk of New Orleans before free time to enjoy the festivities. Join the locals in the evening and celebrate the Bacchus Parade, taking in elaborately decorated floats, intricate costumes, and an amazing local vibe.
Day 3 New Orleans (1B) Get out and explore New Orleans on the second biggest day of festivities during Mardi Gras. Check out a parade or opt to spend the day wandering Bourbon Street. Enjoy the revelry and music wafting through the packed Mardi Gras streets.
Day 4 New Orleans (1B) Mardi Gras in French translates to 'Fat Tuesday' and traditionally represented the last day of eating rich, fatty, indulgent food before fasting during Lent. Today, Fat Tuesday is also the culmination of Mardi Gras celebrations and events. Enjoy the pulse of the city and join locals and visitors celebrating throughout the streets! As the clock strikes midnight, prepare for the city to shut down with the official start of Lent.
Mardi Gras Purple Party
Day 5 New Orleans (1B) Enjoy a free day for optional activities in and around New Orleans. Opt to take a cooking class, go on a ghost tour, or get lost in the city. Later, grab a coffee and try a beignet at the famous Café du Monde.
Café du Monde Visit
Day 6 New Orleans (1B) Depart at any time.