• Second Line parade

New Orleans Holidays

Let the good times roll in New Orleans: a food lover’s paradise, melting pot of culture and hip music hub.

Stroll through the cobbled streets of the French Quarter to explore the city, or take a historic St. Charles street car through the beautiful garden district for a ride with a view. If you’re after something a bit more upbeat, we recommend visiting Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse or, for the ultimate music experience, enjoy a jazz dinner cruise aboard an authentic Mississippi paddle steamer.

The streets of New Orleans have their own special vibe and this unique city perfectly complements its neighbours in the Deep South. Why not combine a stay here with a trip to Nashville and Memphis, or hit the open roads to explore the scenic byways and southern cities? See more of the USA’s treasures with a multicentre trip like no other.

Destination Highlights
  • Take a ghost and spirit walking tour of the historic French Quarter
  • Jump on a streetcar to see the beautiful Garden District
  • Learn how to cook Creole dishes at the New Orleans School of Cooking
  • Enjoy a jazz dinner cruise along the Mississippi River

Time Zone

GMT-5

Flight Time

Approx 10 hours; Indirect flights from Ireland are available

Currency

USD - US dollar

Visa Information

Irish Passport holders require an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) to visit New Orleans. You can obtain an ESTA from www.cbp.gov/esta

Language

English

Health Information

No vaccinations are required for travel to New Orleans. All travellers should be up to date with routine immunisations. It is important to contact your GP to check for the latest recommendations.

You know the scene: the saxophonist playing jazz on the street, the ornate balconies and the pastel-coloured architecture – you’re going to love New Orleans. Known for its colonial French Quarter, the Big Easy is a melting pot of French, American and Creole cultures. It abounds with lively clubs, a mysterious voodoo history and a gritty Southern vibe. Let’s not forget the annual Mardi Gras celebrations. When you watch the parades of masked dancers, you’ll be hooked on this city.

  • Gumbo

    Food

    Trying Creole and Cajun food is a must but don’t miss Antoine’s Restaurant either. Dating back to 1840, it’s the oldest continuously running eatery in Louisiana. Try the gumbo, a stew that originates from Choctaw Native Americans.

  • Creole Queen

    River Cruise

    We highly recommend you take a tour on the Mississippi River on a traditional paddlewheeler. As you sip on a Sazerac, there’ll be live jazz bands and historic sites such as the location of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans.

  • Suzanne

    General Manager

    “The best place to people watch is from the balcony of one of the bars lining Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter. Get there early, grab a table, and watch the world go by.”

  • Matthew

    Destination Specialist

    “You should definitely take a carriage ride from Jackson Square. The drivers are amazing, they’ll give you a great insight into the city, and will give you the low down on the best places to eat and visit.”

  • Isla, Destination Executive

    Isla

    Destination Executive

    “You must try a beignet from Café du Monde in the French Quarter. Delicious donut-like creations smothered in icing sugar, these sweet treats are iconic in New Orleans and perfect with a coffee for breakfast.”

Types of New Orleans holidays

St. Charles Streetcar

New Orleans Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays
Natchez Trace Parkway

Self Drive The Deep South

Self Drive The Deep South

Frequently Asked Questions

Mardi Gras 2018, also known as Shrove Tuesday, is on Tuesday 13 February 2018. However, all of the famous festivities and parades in New Orleans start from the long weekend preceding (Friday 9 February–Tuesday 13 February). So, make sure to visit then for the true Mardi Gras experience.

Yes, you can get a river cruise in New Orleans along the legendary Mississippi River. Travel all the way from New Orleans to Memphis in the world’s largest riverboat with American Queen, and enjoy nine days of iconic sites, fine-dining, and sensational on-board entertainment.

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