Battle of New Orleans Tour
In 1814 we took a little trip, along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississippi. We took a little bacon and we took a little beans, and we caught the bloody British in the town of New Orleans.
The Historic New Orleans Tour will take you back through history: the initial settlement by the French, later Spanish rule, the Louisiana Purchase and the final monumental battle of the War of 1812 to the Civil War and beyond. With your guide and expert historian Ron Drez, an official historian for the State of Louisiana, you will experience the culture of the city, explore the bayous navigated by Andrew Jackson and his troops, and see where he, Jean Lafitte and the soldiers, volunteers, Choctaw Indians and free people of color fought as Americans to preserve the new territory for the United States. We also get a glimpse of more recent New Orleans history, the importance of the Mississippi River, involvement in WWII, the birth of jazz and blues and the different ethnic and cultural groups that built the city.
- French Quarter: Enjoy the historic French Quarter and world-famous cuisine and music
- Chalmette Battlefield: Site of the final battle of the War of 1812, the Battle of New Orleans
- National WWII Museum: Founded by Stephen E. Ambrose, the founder of our company
- Bayou St. John: A key factor in the selection of the site where New Orleans was founded in 1718
Thursday, January 5
Day One • Welcome
Plan to arrive at the Crowne Plaza French Quarter by 5 p.m. for a casual New Orleans cocktail hour, where Historian Ron Drez will greet and introduce the guests.
A short reception will follow before the group dinner at one of New Orleans’ classic French Quarter restaurants.
Friday, January 6
Day Two • Fort St. John, Bayou St. John, and Fort St. Charles
After a breakfast in the hotel, we will begin at Bayou St. John and Lake Pontchartrain where we will visit the ruins of Fort St. John. Some of the group members may choose to canoe the bayou from the mouth to the portage landing where General Jackson and his troops entered the city.The group will lunch in the area and visit the Pitot House while viewing other architecture from the region, including the first Custom’s House, all in the neighborhood of beautiful City Park, with its lagoons and bayou.
In the afternoon, we will drive down stately Esplanade Avenue to Ft. St. Charles, also known as the United States Mint, where the avenue meets the Mississippi River. After the Mint, we will stroll to the Ursulines Convent to visit one of the oldest religious institutions in the Gulf South. In the evening the group will enjoy a lecture by historian Ron Drez followed by a book signing and dinner.
Saturday, January 7
Day Three • French Quarter, National WWII Museum
After breakfast we will begin a walking tour of the historic French Quarter, also known as the Vieux Carré, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and a National Historic Landmark. The tour will finish at Jackson Square, where we will visit the seat of the colonial Spanish government, the Cabildo, and St. Louis Cathedral.
After lunch at the National WW II Museum, which was founded by Stephen E. Ambrose, we will spend the afternoon exploring the museum exhibits. Guests might also choose to visit one of the nearby museums, including the Confederate Memorial Hall Museum, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art or the Contemporary Arts Center. Dinner on your own.
Sunday, January 8
Day Four • Riverboat Cruise, Chalmette Battlefield, Jackson Barracks, St. Louis Cemeteries
After breakfast we will take a charter riverboat from the French Quarter downriver to the Chalmette Battlefield with our tour historian, Ron Drez, speaking as we approach the battlefield.
We will attend the anniversary commemoration. Following the ceremony, we will have lunch and then visit Jackson Barracks, a military base established in 1834. Located in the Lower Ninth Ward, this historic site is also the home of the Louisiana National Guard.
In mid-afternoon, we will return to New Orleans by motor coach and then visit two of the oldest “cities of the dead” in the city, St. Louis No. 1 Cemetery, where we will view the tombs of famous New Orleanians such as the Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau. Dinner on your own.
Monday, January 9
Day Five • Jazz Brunch at Court of Two Sisters
The tour concludes with a traditional New Orleans jazz brunch at the Court of Two Sisters, a classic French Quarter restaurant. The elaborate buffet is served in a brick courtyard, lush with vines, fountains and flowers. Sample some of New Orleans famous dishes, including Grits and Grillades, Seafood and Creole Omelets, and Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce. Extra nights are available at the group rate if you would like to extend your stay.