Cultural New Orleans featuring the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival

March 26-30, 2019

Trip Highlights

Carew Travel and tdf are offering a Spring tour to New Orleans featuring the annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival which takes place in the French Quarter.  Native son Tennessee Williams provided the stage with some of the most powerful and character-driven dramatic literature of the 20th century and you will see two performances of his work.  

This tour is a sampler of life in the Big Easy, its history, cuisine, life style and special ambience.  Spend four nights at an intimate, boutique hotel in the French Quarter within walking distance of the Festival and sights.  With a blend of planned activity and free time you’re bound to discover that New Orleans is a rare collection of literary, theatrical, architectural, culinary and musical gems waiting to be savored. Due to the historic nature of New Orleans there will be walking on this tour.

For over 25 years, Carew Travel has partnered with Theatre Development Fund and tdf endorses this trip. 

Deposit due immediately.

Detailed Descriptions

Day 1. Tuesday, March 26 

You depart Newark airport on United Airlines non-stop flight at 1207 pm, arriving in New Orleans at 232pm.  Our tour director meets you at Newark and will oversee the tour. Your experience begins with a walking tour of the French Quarter.  As you saunter down the sidewalks of Royal, Bourbon and the other famous streets named after both saints and sinners from New Orleans’ European past you will hear the real history as well as the legends of the people and places that make up this unique and mysterious neighborhood.  Check into the intimate French Quarter Hotel The St. Marie. Relax before our welcome dinner.  (Dinner)

Day2.  Wednesday, March 27

Tour the New Orleans Garden District, situated on what was once a large sugar plantation up river from the French Quarter. Walk through the narrow streets for a peek inside a city that is truly a treasure chest filled with architectural gems.

There is a confluence of French Colonial, Greek and Gothic Revival, Italianate, and Queen Anne architectural styles. Many of these magnificent homes were built before the Civil War and some have been in the same families for over 100 years. At Lafayette Cemetery, located in the “dead center” of the Garden District, you discover an outdoor museum which chronicles the neighborhood’s fascinating history.

After lunch visit the Cabildo, one of the most historically significant buildings in America. As the site of the Louisiana Purchase transfer in 1803, it is a cultural and historic treasure. Wander through this elegant 18th-century building. Walk up its magnificent, winding stairway, and you will find more than 1,000 artifacts and original works of art.  Dinner on your own.  Tonight we have tickets for a production at the Tennessee Williams Festival.  (Breakfast/Lunch)

Day 3. Thursday March 28

Our day starts with a tour of the Hermann-Grima House and adjacent slave quarters. Visitors are transported back in time to learn about this bustling 19th-century home, its outbuildings and courtyard. Through the efforts of The Woman’s Exchange, this house was painstakingly preserved and restored. The parlors, dining room, bedrooms, and outdoor workspaces are completely furnished in period pieces.

 New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), New Orleans’ oldest fine arts institution hosts an impressive permanent collection of almost 40,000 objects. The collection is noted for its extraordinary strengths in French and American art, photography, glass, and African and Japanese works. After lunch at the Museum you will have time to enjoy the five-acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA.  This is one of the most important sculpture installations in the United States with over 60 sculptures situated on a beautifully landscaped site amongst meandering footpaths, reflecting lagoons, Spanish moss-laden 200-year-old live oaks, mature pines, magnolias, camellias, and pedestrian bridges.

We complete the day at the World War II Museum which has received acclaim for its collection of rich artifacts from the Battle of D-Day and subsequent campaigns.  This stunning national museum, honoring the heroes and events of World War II, traces America’s history from the early moments of the 1930s preceding the war to the  decisive battles that led to victory in Europe and the Pacific.  We plan dinner at the museum’s American Sector restaurant , followed by a show at the Stage Door Canteen of the Big Band Favorites of the ’40s & ’50s. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 4. Friday March 29

This morning is free to enjoy the Big Easy. Ride a streetcar, partake of cafe’ au lait and beignets at the Cafe Du Monde, take a cruise on the Mississippi or  listen to a literary panel at the Williams Festival.  In the afternoon we regroup to see a matinee at the Tennessee Williams Festival.  Tonight we have dinner and jazz entertainment. (Breakfast/Dinner)

 

Day 5.  Saturday March 30

After checking out of the hotel we walk to the nearby Court of Two Sisters for their acclaimed Jazz Brunch. As you enter, the property notice the Charm Gates at the 613 Royal entrance. Wrought in Spain especially for The Court of Two Sisters, legend says that Queen Isabella of Spain had them blessed so that their charm would pass on to anyone who touched them.

Our last stop is to Longue Vue House and Gardens a multifaceted historic estate featuring a world-class house museum and eight acres of stunning gardens. 

The home and gardens were born of the dreams of Edgar and Edith Stern, pillars of the New Orleans community. The Sterns worked with landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman (1866-1950) and architects William (1897-1984) and Geoffrey (1909-1985) Platt to produce a wonderful oasis of elegant beauty set in this charming city. Longue Vue is one of the last great American houses to be built during the “Country Place Era”. 

The coach drops us at the airport for a 3pm flight on United arriving Newark at 7pm. (Brunch)

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Notes & Pricing

This engaging experience includes:

  • Round-trip, non-stop flights from Newark on United
  • 4 nights at the Hotel St. Marie
  • 2 Tennessee Williams Festival Performances (specifics pending Festival announcement)
  • Walking tour of the French Quarter
  • Tour of the Garden District  
  • Visit to Cabildo Museum 
  • Tour of the New Orleans Museum of Art
  • Tour of Longvue House & Gardens
  • Visit and musical performance at the WW II Museum 
  • 3 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Airport/hotel group transfers 
  • Carew Travel Tour Escort

PROGRAM PRICES:

Per person (double occupancy): $2199

Single Supplement: $375

FULL PAYMENT DUE January 23, 2019

CANCELLATION TERMS:

 Deposit is non-refundable. FULL PAYMENT DUE January 23, 2019 and is non-refundable after that date.

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