The diversity of cultures here create a diverse mix of people, and this is reflected in the cuisine, music and art. There are two prominent ethnic groups: the Cajuns - descendants of a French-speaking group of Acadians from Canada, and Creoles - people with a mixed French, Spanish, Caribbean, African and/or Indian background.
In addition to Jazz, there is also the the unmistakable beat of zydeco music - a hybrid of rock, R & B and blues sounds. Louisiana is a place where artistic expression flourishes and where artists have an outlet for creativity.
The legendary cuisine is diverse with its Creole/Cajun flavours and includes over-stuffed “po’boys”, steaming hot bowls of seafood gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish/shrimp étouffée, alligator dishes, freshly-made beignets and more.
Our overnight stops are as follows:
Shreveport (1 night) - with a waterfront bountiful in cultural and entertainment venues.
Alexandria (1 night) - A historic city rich in plantation homes, where “12 Years a Slave” was filmed.
Lake Charles (1 night) - Part of Louisiana's Outback, the Creole Nature Trail here meanders through marshes and along the Gulf of Mexico rich with wildlife and birds
Lafayette (2 nights) - The Heart of Cajun and Creole Country. Distinctive cuisine, music (Cajun and Zydeco), culture and history.
Baton Rouge (1 night) - Louisiana’s capital was affectionately called the “The Red Stick” by French Canadian explorers. Home of unique regional cuisine and Swamp Pop.
New Orleans (3 nights) - A city of diverse cultures, unforgettable cuisine, musical medley (Jazz, Zydeco, Rhythm & Blues, and Soul), legendary festivities (Mardi Gras) and intriguing neighborhoods like the French Quarter laced with architectural splendors of the French and Spanish colonial periods.