492nd and 467th BG Associations Reunion in New Orleans
Tuesday April 15th to Saturday April 19th 2014
FRIDAY April 18th - Two Options (A) Tour of Two Plantations or (B) Swamp Tour
(Option A) Guided Tours of Oak Alley and Laura plantations with lunch
8:30 -4:00 $115 per person, based on minimum 30 passengers; maximum 52 passengers
Price includes luxury motor coach, driver and guide gratuities, admission fees and lunch
If you prefer to visit only one plantation with lunch, please check let us know. We are working on a half-day option. Please understand that travel costs are the largest part of this tour, so the price change will be minimal, but the return time will be earlier.
These are two of the most well-known plantations in New Orleans and are examples of two very different lifestyles. Please note that these plantations require extensive walking and travel time (great for a nap on the way home.) It is approximately three city blocks from the bus parking lot to Oak Alley Plantation, but our guide does have access to a golf cart for those who require it. Access to second floors is by stairs only. Each plantation involves approximately 1.5 hours of tour time.
Known as the “Grande Dame of the Great River Road”, Oak Alley Plantation sits on the shores of the Mississippi River. We will view the beautiful one-quarter mile alleyway of 28 Live Oak trees, each more than 250 years old. “Feel the gentle breeze of southern hospitality on a tour that takes you back to the glory of the Old South!” according to one website. Visit www.oakalleyplantation.com for more information. Snacks (not included) are available at the Café and Ice Cream Parlor on site.
We then proceed to Laura: A Creole Plantation, an operating sugar farm built in 1805. Visit 12 National Register historic buildings, including a slave cabin, and three gardens, on the guided tour. This tour is based on 5,000 pages of documents found in the French National Archives and upon Laura Locoul’s memories of the plantation home, in which she details 250 years of the lives of Creole women, slaves, and children who lived and worked here. Laura Plantation was awarded the “Top Travel Attraction in Louisiana” by the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association in 2007. Visit www.lauraplantation.com.
We will have lunch at the B&C Seafood Market before returning to our hotel.
(Option B) Pearl River Eco Swamp Tour
8:30 -1:00 Adults: $50; children under 12: $30, no minimum or maximum
Price includes transportation by van and admission fee (Lunch is not included).
Explore the wetlands of Louisiana’s crown jewel, the Honey Island Swamp, from the safety and quiet of a 26-passenger boat. Honey Island earned its name because of the honeybees once seen on a nearby isle, and it is one of the least-altered river swamps in the United States. Get back to nature in the moss-draped trees and shrubs of the South Louisiana ecosphere. The 250-square- mile Honey Island Swamp is home to alligators, bald eagles, deer, exotic waterfowl, black bears and wild boar. Many opportunities for photography and wildlife observation abound. Captain Neil says this is a great time of year to see alligators and wild pigs. Visit www.pearlriverecotours.com for more information.