This tour includes a boat tour of Lake Martin, tour of Whitney Plantation, private Cajun cooking class, room at a cozy historic B&B, trip leader, local guides and all meals and transportation.
- Duration: 4 days
- Capacity: 2-person minimum | 10-person maximum
- Where to meet: Pick-up from your hotel in New Orleans by your driver
- Person (Min: 2, Max: 10)
About the Four-Day Cajun Country Trip
Experience all the sights, sounds and flavors on this 4-day trip. Our itinerary is jam-packed with history, cooking classes, kayaking, a zydeco music studio visit, a swamp tour in Lake Martin, an organic pecan farm visit, the Tabasco plantation, live music and more…
- Convenient personal pick-up/drop-off, and all transportation
- A knowledgeable and helpful driver/guide
- Accommodation at a historic B&B in Lafayette or lakeside cottages in Breaux Bridge
- All your delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners
- Two-hour flatboat tour of Lake Martin with a local naturalist guide
- Two-hour Cajun cooking class and dinner with a local chef at your hotel
- Two-hour seafood boil with a local chef at your hotel
- Southern cocktail or local beers served with dinner
- Guided one and a half-hour walking tour of Whitney Plantation
- Kayak tour on Bayou Teche (or downtown/University walk)
- Tour of a local organic farm
- Entry to Avery Island Tabasco Factory and Jungle Gardens
- One hour visit with a local Zydeco legend in his recording studio
Price: $1,899 per person (we can accommodate 2-10 guests)
11:30 a.m. – Our Trip Leader picks you up at your hotel in New Orleans. Snacks and bottled water are provided. Listen to traditional Cajun music, take in the sights, and let our trip leader fill you in on the Louisiana lifestyle. Informational packets on the history and culture of Louisiana are also available.
12:30 p.m. – We hope you’re hungry! B&C Seafood in Vacherie is known for their amazing gumbo and specialties made with locally caught seafood. Snack on alligator bites and frog legs, or chow down on a huge soft-shell crab po’ boy. Owner Tommy Breaux is a well-known entrepreneur in the area, and if you’re lucky he entertains you with one of his fishing stories. It’s only a 10-minute drive to the plantation from here.
2:00 p.m. – Take a tour of the beautiful Whitney Plantation, located along the Mississippi on historic River Road and originally founded in 1752. After 16 years and $8 million worth of renovations, Whitney reopened its gates in 2014. It is the only museum in America dedicated to telling the story of the African slave trade and what life was like for the people who worked on these plantations. It is a beautiful property and an important educational experience for anyone interested in the history of Louisiana. View a short film and article by the New Yorker here: http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/telling-the-story-of-slavery
4 p.m. – We drive to our cozy B&B, where we stay the night. Our standard accommodations are at T Frere’s House, a beautiful colonial farmstead built in 1880. Some say it’s haunted by a ghost named Amelie… Unwind in their beautifully renovated rooms, and then relax with a book in the courtyard or sip a cocktail in their elegant sunroom. If you prefer to be by the water, we also offer lakeside cabins on a small property in Breaux Bridge located on a private pond. Recline under the live oak trees and do some fishing or take a paddle. The serenity of this location cannot be beat! (Lakeside cabins are $100 extra per night)
7 p.m. – Our local Cajun Chef arrives on site to teach you traditional Louisiana cooking. Learn how to make specialties like crawfish étouffée, shrimp and grits, or Cajun jambalaya. A traditional Southern cocktail or local craft beer is included with dinner.
9 p.m. – If you are still feeling lively, take a short ride into town for some Cajun music and dancing based on the night of the week and availability.
8:30 a.m. – The innkeeper at T Frere’s cooks up a mean breakfast, the most important meal of the day. When staying at Breaux Bridge, we visit a tasty cafe nearby.
10 a.m. – We arrive at Lake Martin. Our knowledgeable local guide takes you out on their motorboat for a two-hour eco-tour in some of Louisiana’s most pristine swamps. Huge cypress trees give shelter to alligators, egrets, roseate spoonbills, osprey, and more. Our guides are expert naturalists and know all about the species that live out here and where to find them. Learn about the importance of these unique ecosystems and the threats that they currently face.
1:15 p.m. – We cruise over to Poche’s Market for a delicious Cajun plate lunch. Choose from a rotating variety of hot local specialties plus all the classic sides. The market also sells specialty ingredients that make great souvenirs! Pour yourself a sweet tea and enjoy a hearty meal in their casual dining room. If you prefer lighter fare, other eating arrangements are also available.
2:15 p.m. – We leave for an exclusive musical orientation to Zydeco music. Visit with a local legend, tour their studio, and learn about the styles and instruments unique to this region. Zydeco is a spin-off off traditional Cajun music, it incorporates bass and drums and has more R&B and soul influences.
7 p.m. – Our local Cajun chef arrives on site to cook up a private seafood boil. The spice level can be adjusted to your liking, but traditionally a little heat is a good thing. A local cocktail or craft beer is included with dinner.
9 p.m. – If you are up for it, we can head into town to see some live music based on the night of the week and availability
8:30 a.m. – Start off your day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel, or nearby in Breaux Bridge.
10 a.m. – Kayak on Bayou Teche, a waterway that was once the main route for local transportation and a battleground in the Civil War. Our expert guide, Corey, fills you in on the history and ecology of the area. This is a nice, easy paddle for experienced or inexperienced kayakers.
12 p.m. – Grab lunch with us at Johnson’s Boucanerie or Pop’s PoBoys.
2 p.m. – Take an exclusive tour of Guidry’s Organic Farms. This local family operation produces pecan oil, pecan butter, and honey. Get a tour of the pecan orchard, taste their products, and meet their free-range chickens and sheep.
4 p.m. – If you are interested in boudin, pork cracklins, and other Cajun culinary treats, take a drive with us over to the Best Stop Market. They make everything in-house and are considered by most chefs to be the best in the state. Apart from pork and turkey products, they also sell a variety of sauces, seasonings, and pickled vegetables. We have a cooler available for anything you need to keep chilled. Hot boudin balls and other ready-to-eat items available nearby at Billy’s.
7 p.m. – Join us for dinner at Steve & Pat’s Bon Temps Grill. This restaurant is right near T Frere’s and puts a creative twist on local ingredients like speckled trout, blue crab, duck, and alligator. This place has both light and heavy items on the menu; they’ve got something for everyone!
9 p.m. – If you’ve still got energy, we can head into town for one last evening of live local music based on the night of the week and availability.
8:30 a.m. – Start off our final day with a tasty breakfast at your hotel or downtown Breaux Bridge.
10 a.m. – We depart from the hotel and stop in town to pick up a bag lunch for our trip to Avery Island.
11 a.m. – Visit the Tabasco museum and explore the factory at your own pace on the self-guided tour.
12:30 p.m. – Hop back in the van with us for a driving tour of the Jungle Gardens: 170 acres of lush semitropical landscape, filled with alligators, deer, and snowy egrets. Learn about the history of the gardens and the explorer and conservationist who created this amazing property. We will eat our picnic lunch in the gardens.
2:30 p.m. – We leave Avery Island for the two-hour drive back home.
4:30 p.m. – Our trip leader drops you off at your hotel, providing you with any last minute information you need and advice for your travels. Can you believe how many sights, sounds, and flavors you experienced in the past four days?