Land Journey

New Orleans and Mississippi River Country

Ken Burns American Journeys



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$3,990 USD
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Cities & Landmarks
Baton Rouge, New Orleans, White Castle, LaPlace, Belle Chasse
Mississippi New Orleans Plantantion Escorted Tour


Uniquely Tauck



TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Filmed narratives by filmmaker Ken Burns tell the American story


TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – A private culinary demonstration & lunch at the New Orleans School of Cooking


TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – A private mint julep reception and mansion house dinner at Nottoway Resort


TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Private streetcar tour with New Orleans resident along Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue


TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Private presentation by expert Nellie Watson who shares insights on the unique environment of the New Orleans' basin





Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.



Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motor coach travel.

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Legendary Journeys and Adventures

You don't just hear music in New Orleans and Louisiana's "Cajun country"… you feel it, indelibly woven into the fabric of life. The strains of every genre you can think of – smoky blues, pulsating Caribbean rhythms, acoustic, country, rock, soul, r&b, nouveau swing, hip-hop and more... and, naturally, a tasty buffet of jazz styles... envelop you along Bourbon Street and throughout the French Quarter...

The streets take on a life of their own… The spirits of Satchmo and Jelly Roll permeate Basin Street and New Orleans Jazz National Park. Traditional jazz lives on within the homey confines of Preservation Hall... while moving out to the bayou, the music continues... Explore New Orleans & Mississippi River Country as an insider with Tauck Exclusives like a private demonstration and lunch at the New Orleans School of Cooking... a private streetcar tour along Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue... a flightseeing tour... a private jazz experience at world-famous Preservation Hall... a private mint julep reception and mansion house dinner... and exclusive, on-tour film vignettes by filmmaker Ken Burns. Explore the bayou on an alligator bayou boat tour... Louisiana's historic Mississippi River plantations... and enjoy state-of-the-art exhibits, a 4-D experience, a fascinating visit to the National World War II Museum. Read Less

Go flightseeing over New Orleans

Day 3

The "Crescent City" from the air – and an exclusive talk by expert Nellie Watson

You'll get a whole new perspective on the city of New Orleans when you see it from the air! Take to the skies for a flightseeing tour that includes bird's-eye views of downtown New Orleans, the French Quarter, the Lower Ninth Ward, the Mississippi River, Lake Pontchartrain, Lafitte, the Chalmette Battlefield, the Gulf of Mexico, various canals and wetlands, and more. Your on-the-ground experience includes a Tauck Exclusive private lecture by environmental architect Nellie Watson on the unique geological environment of New Orleans, America's only city situated below sea level.

Alligator Bayou tours

Day 4

Take an Alligator Bayou tour in a private boat with a local guide

Venture out from New Orleans into the countryside and join our local guide for an alligator bayou tour aboard a private excursion boat. Keep an eye out for alligators and other swamp critters as you drift through the bayous of the Louisiana wetlands with your experienced guide… learn about the local legends, lore and culture, and spot plenty of native flora and fauna as you wind your way through Cajun Country.

Tauck Exclusive – Private Preservation Hall performance

A Tauck Exclusive, private performance for our guests only at New Orleans' legendary Preservation Hall

Situated in the heart of the French Quarter on St. Peter Street in New Orleans, Preservation Hall was established in 1961 to honor one of America's truest art forms – traditional New Orleans Jazz. Operating as a music venue, a touring band, and a non-profit organization, Preservation Hall continues its mission today as a cornerstone of New Orleans music and culture – presenting intimate, acoustic traditional jazz concerts over 350 nights a year, featuring ensembles of local master musicians. And on "New Orleans and Mississippi River Plantation Country," you'll enjoy the rare privilege of a private performance for our guests only at legendary Preservation Hall, in the heart of the "Birthplace of Jazz."

Nottoway Resort

Nights 4 and 5

Spend two nights at a historic estate

On the Mississippi River, between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, stands Nottoway Resort. Nottoway is one of the South's largest historic mansions, built in 1859 as the heart of sugar planter John Hampden Randolph's palatial estate. Nottoway has survived the Civil War, a variety of owners, and years of decline and disrepair to become a favorite destination for visitors the world over. Tauck guests will stay in Nottoway's The Cottages – modern rooms with a covered porch and oversized rocking chairs, inspired by the local Creole style of architecture.


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Covid Travel Requirements

The below provides an overview of Tauck's requirements and those of the countries we visit, along with our supplier partners who have implemented their own Covid policies that may go beyond Tauck's requirements. The trip-specific guidelines are for U.S. travelers.

Up-to-date destination entry requirements will be posted 60 days prior to the first seasonal departure for each tour or cruise series. For journeys not yet posted below, please visit our Travel Requirements page. As entry requirement change frequently, please check often.


Tauck 2024 Covid Policy

For 2024 tours and cruises, Tauck has no vaccination requirement. This 2024 policy could change if there is a surge in infection rates or other factors that could impact the safety of our guests and employees.

Tauck 2023 Covid Policy

  • Vaccination Requirement: All Tauck guests age 12 and older must be fully vaccinated. Additionally, you must have had at least one booster dose and/or have proof of recovery from Covid.
  • Requirements for Minors: Though highly recommended, vaccination for minors age 11 and under is not required by Tauck. However, if unvaccinated they must present a negative result from either a PCR or antigen test taken within 3 days of departing for their Tauck trip. If a child age 11 or under is vaccinated but not boosted, they must also present a negative test prior to their Tauck trip.
  • Tauck Travel Agreement: Tauck requires all guests to sign our Travel Well Pledge. Your Tauck Director will provide this document for your signature on the first day of your trip, and will check your proof of vaccination and booster/or proof of recovery. Additional information can be found at here.

To ensure the safety of your fellow travelers and the communities we visit, all guests must follow health and safety protocols when necessitated by local health guidance or our supplier partners. Your Tauck Director will keep you informed of these local requirements.

Although not required by Tauck, some countries may require a pre-travel Covid test. It is important that you carefully check the most recent entry requirements (listed below) for your tour or cruise. 

Additional Destination Requirements

Your health and safety remain our number one priority while you are traveling with us. The below requirements are mandated by the US National Park Service and are applicable to all Tauck guests without exception:

  • All Tauck guests age 12 and older must be fully vaccinated. Additionally, you must have had at least one booster dose and/or have proof of recovery from Covid. Although highly recommended, vaccination for minors age 11 and under is not required by Tauck. However, if unvaccinated they must present a negative result from either a PCR or antigen test taken within 3 days of departing for their Tauck trip. If a child age 11 or under is vaccinated but not boosted, they must also present a negative test prior to their Tauck trip.
  • For entry to National Park Service Facilities:

    • There are no specific Covid destination requirements for this tour.

    How to Book a Tour

    See your travel advisor, or call Tauck at 800-468-2825 to make a reservation.

    At the time of booking, please have the following information ready for all members of your party:

    • Tour Name and Departure Date
    • Traveler's Name: First and last names as they appear on your passport or driver's license
    • Traveler's Address(es)
    • Email Address*
    • Traveler's Phone Number(s)*
    • Emergency Contact Information: Please provide the name and phone number of a relative or friend (not travelling with you) whom we could contact during the tour in the unlikely event of an emergency
    • Interest in purchasing a travel protection plan (US and Canada)
    • Interest in extending your trip by staying in a Tauck recommended hotel before your trip begins or after it ends
    • Interest in our specially negotiated airfares


    * Required Fields

    Deposit & Final Payment


    The deposit and the fees for the optional Protection Plan or Cancel Fee Waiver [CFW] coverage are due at time of booking.

    The deposit amount is $350 per person


    Final Payment:

    Final Payment for Land Journeys is due at Tauck's Wilton Woods, CT office 60 days before departure. Any bookings without full payment at this time may be subject to cancellation without notice.

    Travel Protection Plan

    Effective for plans purchased as of July 1, 2021:


    Tauck's Guest Protection provides you with cancellation protection before your journey begins as well as insurance benefits while you are traveling. Guest Protection includes the following:


    Cancellation Waiver – Provided by Tauck:

    Under Tauck's Cancellation Fee Waiver you can cancel your tour for ANY REASON up to the day before departure and receive a money-back refund (except in Extreme Circumstances*) on the land tour cost, based on your original method of payment.

    *Extreme Circumstances: In the event of an act of God, war (whether declared or undeclared), terrorism, accident, natural disaster, outbreak of disease, or other event or circumstance beyond our control that contributes to or results in cancellation rates above our historical cancellation rates in the absence of such event or occurrence, Tauck reserves the right to issue a credit to you in lieu of a money-back refund, applicable to a future Tauck journey.

    Travel Insurance Benefits – Underwritten by United States Fire Insurance Company.

    • Trip Cancellation – If you must cancel your tour due to a covered reason, the plan provides coverage for the amount you paid for your travel arrangements. Since the non-insurance cancellation waiver takes care of the land package cancellation fees already, this benefit reimburses the airfare cancellation charges up to the value of your original airfare purchase.

    • Trip Interruption – If you have to interrupt your tour for covered reasons, the plan provides reimbursement for up to $5,000 to catch up to your tour or return home.

    • Travel Delay – Provides reimbursement for missed, prepaid travel arrangements if you are delayed by a common carrier, natural disaster, unannounced strike, or other reasons as cited in the plan.

    • Medical Expense – Reimburses covered medical expenses incurred in the event you become injured or sick during your trip. 

    • Baggage / Personal Effects Protection – Provides reimbursement in the event your luggage or personal effects are, lost, stolen, damaged or delayed during your trip.

    Worldwide Emergency Assistance Services – Provided by Carefree Travel Assistance; 24-hour emergency telephone assistance hotline for medical and travel related problems.


    The cost of Tauck's Guest Protection is: $349 per person


    This protection provides insurance coverage that applies only during the covered trip. You may have coverage from other sources that provides you with similar benefits but may be subject to different restrictions depending upon your other coverages. You may wish to compare the terms of this policy with your existing life, health, home and automobile policies. If you have any questions about your current coverage, call your insurer, insurance agent or broker.

    This optional Guest Protection must be requested at time of booking and fee must be included with initial payment. Fees are based on costs as of July 1, 2021, and are subject to change. Details will be provided with written confirmation of your tour reservation. Guest Protection does not protect travel agent commissions. Reimbursements will be made according to original method of payment. The amount of any refund shall be reduced by any recoveries obtained by you from any third parties.

    The Guest Protection plan waives cancellation fees outlined below, provided we are notified of cancellation before your tour departs. Tour cancellation fees are waived regardless of reason, without written notice, and Tauck will refund land tour cost.

    To obtain your state-specific Certificate of Insurance that contains the complete terms, conditions, limitations and exclusions of the certificate, visit


    If You Have To Cancel

    If you cancel within 10 days of initial deposit

    Within the first 10 days after you place your initial deposit, you may cancel your reservation for any reason with no cancellation fees.

    If you cancel more than 10 days after initial deposit

    Regardless of reason, cancellations result in costly charges from our travel and hotel providers covering penalties and fees incurred by canceling confirmed bookings. These fees vary from tour to tour. Therefore, the following fees apply.


    Cancellation Fees with Tauck's Guest Protection Plan:

    Loss of Guest Protection fee, per person


    Cancellation Fees without Tauck's Guest Protection Plan:

    60 days or more before departure = $350 per person

    59-8 days before departure = $600 per person

    7-1 days before departure = $900 per person


    Time of cancellation will be when notice is received in our Wilton Woods, CT office.

    In the event of an unforeseen circumstance beyond our control, Tauck reserves the right to amend the cancellation terms outlined herein.

    Note: All Guests, regardless of residency, who book a Tauck journey have the option of purchasing the Cancellation Fee Waiver provided by Tauck in the event they need to cancel their trip after making their reservations. Tauck's Guest Protection, which includes both the Cancellation Fee Waiver and the Travel Insurance Benefits and Assistance Services described above, is not available to residents of Puerto Rico.

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    Reviews (35)

    Aside from the weather, the trip was super...leader was great...informed and caring. Love the small size trips..met some lovely people...great sights and food, except for dinner at Antoine’s which was bad. Hotels were very good, including the Plantation. Sightseeing great and enough free time. Tracing with Tauck again next year.

    Most Memorable Moment:

    By far...the concert at Preservation Hall...and the flightseeing.

    This was our 12th trip with Tauck. We had a wonderful tour director. We understand the reason behind staying at the Hotel Monteleone, being location, but the rooms have no counter space in the room or bathroom. Staff wonderful!! We liked the Nottoway rooms and bathroom, but no bathrobes. Ritz Carlton was great! Our driver was great!

    Most Memorable Moment:

    Flying in the small plane for the overview of the New Orleans area. We also loved the swamp tour. Our guide was excellent. Our local guide was great telling about New Orleans. We're back in March for the Event in New Orleans. So many great restaurants!

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