8-Day Mid-South Mississippi Tour with Houston Airport Pick Up(APTI8)

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Departure dates

Every Thur
Duration: 8 days 7 nights

Departure location

Houston airport(IAH/HOU) pick-up

$923/ Person

Itinerary Highlights

  1. Oak Alley Plantation, Swamp Tour, Garden District, National World War II Museum and Mississippi Steamed Jazz Cruise, fully discover the amazing New Orleans. In-Depth sightseeing within most of attractions.
  2. Get to know why everything is bigger in Texas or Texas size.
  3. Chances to see NBA games in Houston Dallas and San Antonio.

PRICING

1st & 2nd Person

3rd Person

4th Person

Single surcharge

$923/Person
$295
$645
$1385
Note:
Included in the fareNot included in the fare

  1. 7 nights hotel accommodations;
  2. Experienced tour escort services;
  3. Ground transportation service via luxury coach as specified in itinerary.

  1. Air fares, insurance and other personal expense. Tips for tour guide and driver ($10/person per day), meals unspecified in itinerary.
  2. All meals, Personal expenses, insurance.
  3. Passport and Visa Application costs.
  4. Custom taxes, Luggage Overweight charges, Belle Charges, Hotel Laundry, Haircut, phone, fax, pay per view TV, drinks, smokes, and personal expenses.
  5. Overtime charges of Bus Drivers and Tour Guides.
  6. Additional charges caused by traffic congestion, strikes, weather, delay or cancellation of flights, government shutdown, or any other major events or issues.
  7. Airport taxes and transportation costs from origin.
  8. Additional room charges for single travelers.
  9. Optional items and extensional tours during the trip.

PACKAGE DETAILS

Day 1 - Hometown - Houston

Please choose IAH (George Bush Intercontinental Airport) or HOU (William P. Hobby Airport)when you book your flight. Our professional tour guide will meet guests at the baggage claim area for the domestic flight, or at the Passenger Waiting Area for the international flight. Hotel check-in time would be after 3pm, guests arrive before 3pm may secure their luggage to the front desk. You may rest in the lobby or shopping around mall or stores nearby. Our tour guides will have the room keys, terms and conditions for the tour, breakfast voucher (if needed) ready for you.
Standard Hotel: Crowne Plaza Near Sugar Land or similar

Day 2 - Bayou Rum - Baton Rouge - French Quarter New Orleans

We will depart in the morning and start the tour! Our first stop will be the Bayou Rum Distillery, the largest privately owned rum distillery in the USA, utilizing traditional methods with state-of-the-art technology for all four steps: fermentation, distillation, maturation, and bottling. Cheers to our Captain Jack Sparrow with his favorite drink in the world. We will continue our visit in Baton Rouge, capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city. The Louisiana State Capitol is the tallest capitol in the U.S., The Observation Deck on the 27th floor overlooks the city of Baton Rouge at a height of 450 feet. The views of the gardens are spectacular. Next, we will head to our hotel for the night located at French Quarter district in New Orleans. Guests can enjoy the rest of your day exploring the area. You can find a live jazz performance bar around Bourbon Street; enjoy a cup of coffee and Beignets at the famous Café De Monde; or have some Cajun crawfish and fresh oyster for dinner. Visiting Jackson Square seems like a good idea too. It was built to commemorate General Andrew Jackson. Many festivals are going on there simultaneously. The night is long, and the nightlife is on. Let your appetite take the lead on a memorable food tour through New Orleans that allows you to discover the vivid history of the French Quarter. See for yourself why New Orleans’ Cajun cuisine the most distinct and sought-after food in the nation, and don’t forget to grab a Café De Monde with you.
Standard Hotel: Wingate by Wyndham Slidell/New Orleans East Area or similar

Day 3 - New Orleans Garden District - Oak Alley Plantation

Enjoy your breakfast before we start the tour!
There are plenty of tours in New Orleans, but only the Mardi Gras World tour offers a real, behind-the
scene look at how Mardi Gras is made. The secret mask of Mardi Gras will be taking off with an allaccess
tour, leading us through the massive studio where these magnificent floats are built from the
ground up. Immerse yourself in all the faded grandeur and antebellum atmosphere of New Orleans’
fabled Garden District. See the filming locations of Hollywood movies like Interview with a Vampire and
Double Jeopardy and hear an entertaining tale or two about New Orleans’ most noteworthy deceased
residents.
When we reach Oak Alley Plantation, a U.S. National Historic Landmark located at the west suburban of
New Orleans, our attention, right away, would be attracted to the astonishing beauty that the plantation
presents. Visitors may even feel that they were taken into the scene of “Gone with Wind”. The master’s
big house is contrasting with the slave quarter nearby. Two rows of 300-years-old oak trees are not only
concealing the amazing quarter-mile-long garden road, but also the bitterness of the south had borne
after Civil War. The natural environment of New Orleans is as distinctive as its local culture.
We will also have a Swamp Tour, a fun adventurous yet safe boat ride that showcases the unique eco
system of New Orleans region. You’ll have opportunities to see alligators, snakes, turtles, egrets, herons,
ibis and many other species as well as many strange looking plants living in the swamp. It is like entering
a land of unknown. The natural disaster remains of Hurricane Katrina of ten years ago can still be seen. It
is so fascinating of the untouched swamp wildness of the pristine beauty.
Standard Hotel: Wingate by Wyndham Slidell/New Orleans East Area or similar

Day 4 - New Orleans - Birmingham

New Orleans, built in 1718, is an important historical city in South US and one of the major ports, also well-known as the birthplace of jazz and French Creole culture. In its French Quarter, streets are narrow and crowded with French-style architectures, much like in France. It is up to you whether you like to start your day in the Café Du Monde with a most original French Coffee and their famed sugar-coated donut, or, immerse yourself in the liveliness of local street art. Feel free to visit the antique stores alongside the Royal Street, or randomly jump in a jazz bar on the Bourbon Street. Jackson Square was built to commemorate General Andrew Jackson. St. Louis Cathedral and steamboat are also within walking distance; and, if anything, don’t miss out the chance to try some authentic Cajun food. We bid farewell to New Orleans and head to Alabama State by noon. Passing through Birmingham, the largest city in Alabama, where is one of the most intense “battlegrounds” during Civil Right Movement in 60s, you will learn and feel how much the tears and blood of demonstrators shed for human rights equality. The violent moments frozen in the silent statues in Kelly Ingram Park are depicting the unforgettable story passing through generations.
Standard Hotel: Comfort Suites Gadsden or similar

Day 5 - Chattanooga - Gatlinburg

Leave for Tennessee, we will arrive Chattanooga and explore the magnificent Lookout Mountain by getting on top of Rock City. It is said seven neighboring states might be seen from Lover’s Leap, one of the scenic points in the Rock City – you can find out by yourself whether it is true or not. However, we are sure you will be amazed by the breathtaking panoramic views of natural landscape, massive ancient rock formations, and gardens with over 400 native plant species. We continually drive through the Great Smoky Mountains which is the habitat of a variety of animals. Then we will reach Gatlinburg, a charming mountain town with a variety of unique shops, restaurants and boutique hotels. Among them, some local stores will surely keep you busy where you can pick out souvenirs or local products such as Ole Smoky Moonshine and hand-made candies. Our Tennessee visit reaches the climax of the day by attending the most visited dinner attraction in America (at your own expense): Dixie Stampede, dine in a dinner theatre where you can watch a brilliant show with 32 horses and a cast of top-notch riders. They will thrill you with daring feats of trick riding and competition, pitting North against South in a friendly and fun rivalry. You will enjoy music, dancing, special effects and family friendly comedy along the way. With such a visual spectacular and taste buds satisfaction, the experience composed is second to none.
Standard Hotel: Clarion Inn & Suites West Knoxville or similar

Day 6 - Kentucky Horse Park - Ark Encounter

Visit Kentucky, where known as the “Bluegrass State” due to its fertile soil in many pastures. We stop by Kentucky Artisan Center, a state tourism agency celebrating Kentucky’s charming local folk art wares. A variety of handcrafts and artworks are one of a kind and such eye-candy. Later, arrive in Lexington, the “Horse Capital of the World”. Kentucky’s horse racing is world famed. We will visit Kentucky Horse Park. This equestrian facility is a 1,224-acre park dedicated to “man’s relationship with the horse” with various shows and museums open to public. Kentucky Horse Park has also been home to many of the world’s best competition horses, and a nursery ground to many rare horses (If Kentucky Horse Park closed, visitors would see the statue of champion horse and its championship career in front of the park.). At noon we will head towards the Ark Encounter theme park. The theme park is a $100 million representation of Noah’s Ark in Kentucky. The Ark itself claims to be the largest timber frame structure in the world. In the evening, we will head towards the historic Findley Market to enjoy local food for dinner.
Standard Hotel: Clarion Hotel Conference Center Louisville North or similar

Day 7 - Purdue University - Chicago

After seeing Indiana state house in Indianapolis from outside and Indy 500, we travel to Lafayette, where Purdue University is located. Purdue University is a giant public flagship university founded in 1869 with a nearly 40,000 student enrollments. The West Lafayette campus offers more than 200 majors for undergraduates, over 70 masters and doctoral programs. Purdue has produced 23 astronauts who have been chosen for space flight. Its alumnus Neil Armstrong took his famous “small step” into history as the first human to set foot on the moon. We will reach Chicago later afternoon of the day.
Standard Hotel: Best Western Plus O’Hare International South Hotel or similar

Day 8 - Chicago City Tour - Home

This tour will show you the best of Chicago in one day. This is a world’s top architecture city with bold architectures. You will take a walk in the Millennium Park, a combination of stunning architecture, sculpture and landscape design located in the heart of downtown Chicago; you will see Cloud Gate, the impressive signature urban sculpture and one of the best public spaces that you can find on earth. Take a break at the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain, one of the world’s largest artificial fountains. Stroll around the Navy Pier, the former Navy training center, which is the most visited lakeshore park in central United States now. You will also take an exclusive tour of the Chicago Theatre, an exquisite French Baroque style theatre. Another stop is Michigan Avenue, the Magnificent Mile, where the Art Institute of Chicago, Grant Park, the historical Chicago Water Tower, shopping malls and boutique stores are located. To have the best view of this famous city, you will go up to the 360 CHICAGO which soars 1,000 feet above Lake Michigan and the city’s majestic skyline to offer the most breathtaking views of downtown Chicago, the lakefront and four neighboring states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. It newly presents an enclosed, glass and steel moveable platform that tilts outward 304 meters above the Magnificent Mile and safely holds up to eight visitors at a time, which will be another thrilling experience for whom like to challenge themselves. As the birthplace of skyscrapers, Chicago has a skyline bristling with skyscrapers. Chicago River flows backwards from Lake Michigan and is lined up with best architecture in town: the corncob shaped Marina City buildings, Trump Tower, Willis Tower etc. Take our river cruise to enjoy the beautiful urban view of Chicago.

PICK UP LOCATIONS

Pick-Up

Drop-off

End day

Thursday
ORD: Flight after 19:00
Paid airport drop-off service (below)
MDW: Flight after 19:00
Thursday

Notes:

  • Free Airport Pick-up IAH and HOU(George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby
    Airport)9:00AM-10:00PM;
  • Paid Pick-up: Available 24hrs, $120 for the 1st and 2nd guest, $20 extra per guest starts from the 3rd
    guest.

OWN EXPENSES

Attraction Admission List

Adult

Seniors(65+)

Children(3-12)

Chicago Night Tour
$25.00
$25.00
 $15.00
360 Chicago (incl. Tilt)
$28.00
$28.00
$21.00
Chicago River Cruise
$39.00
$35.00
 $18.00
The Art Institute of Chicago
$25.00
$19.00
Free (under 14)
Chicago Theater In-depth Tour
$15.00
$15.00
$10.00
Oak Alley Plantation
$25.00
$22.50
$7(6-12)
$10(13-18)
Mardi Gras World
$22.00
$17.00
$14.00
Swamp Boat Tour
$27.00
$27.00
$16.00
Rock City
$22.00
$22.00
$13.00
Dixie Stampede Dinner Show
$67.00
$67.00
$41.50
Royal Carriages French Quarter
$20.00
$20.00
$20.00(2-11)
Kentucky Horse Park
$20.00
$20.00
$9.00
Purdue University Campus Tour
$10.00
$10.00
$7.00
Ark Encounter
$48.00
$38.00
$25.00(13-17)
$15.00(5-12)

*Price and schedule are subject to seasonal change without notice.

Scenic Spots Notes:
  1. Itinerary will be subject to traffic and weather. The sequence of the attractions might be changed
    according to actual and practical situation for better service.
  2. In case of attraction closures (due to holidays or construction etc.), tour guide may make some necessary
    changes to the itinerary accordingly.
  3. This tour doesn’t accept any City Pass or your own tickets for the attractions. Guests must purchase
    admission tickets from tour guides.
Refund Policy:
  1. If the weather condition, war, general strikes and other unforeseen circumstances interrupt the journey,
    our company reserve the right to rearrange the journey without refunding the tour fee.
  2. If visitors cannot join the tour because of personal reason, the fee for hotels and transportation is not
    refundable.

Tour fee notes:

  1. Tour fee only includes transportation & hotel.
  2. Tour fee excludes the meals, attractions tickets, service fee ($10/person/day), and any private expenses (such as hotel telephone charges, laundry etc.).

Vehicle information:

  • The tour guide for 15 seats full size van and 7 seats mini van will also act as the driver. 57 seats motor coach will have an driver, and a bilingual tour guides (Chinese, and English). The type of vehicle used will be based on the number of guests on that day.

Cancellation penalties per person (For cancellation or change of departure date)(Notification day and departure day are not counted)

  1. If requested 10 days before the tour departure date, the received payments would be refunded after deductions of all hotels, air tickets, credit card processing fee and any expenses incurred.
  2. If requested is in between 3 days to 10 days before the tour departure date, the received payments would be refunded after deduction of 50% of tour price, as well as hotel, air tickets and any expenses incurred.
  3. If requested within 3 days from the tour departure date, no refund will be allowed.
  4. If customer chose to discontinue tour before the tour is finished or miss any part of the tour, no refund would be allowed. In addition, it is the client own responsibilities for all consequences arises from an early termination of the tour.
  5. If any personal factor (Missing travel documents, being late, sickness, accident etc.) resulted customer not to attend the tour or to discontinue the tour, there would be no refund and any make up service. Our company has no responsibility for customers any activity since the termination of the tour.

NOTE: We cannot grant any refunds more than 30 days after completion of tour. If any personal factor (Missing travel documents, being late, sickness, accident etc.) resulted customer not to attend the tour or to discontinue the tour, there would be no refund and any make up service. Our company has no responsibility for customer’s any activity since the termination of the tour.

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