• Second Line parade

New Orleans Holidays

During your New Orleans holidays, it’s time to enjoy yourself, so let us help you. Indulge in mouth-watering Southern fare, dance the night away to hip music and explore the cobbled streets of the fascinating French quarter.

While we recommend taking a walking tour of the famous French Quarter to discover every nook and cranny of the fascinating centre, another great way to explore the city is by hopping on the historic St. Charles streetcar. You’ll cruise through pretty garden districts and can enjoy sublime views of the sprawling city.

Discover the vibrant atmosphere on your New Orleans holidays

Famous for its buzzy culture, a holiday in New Orleans offers plenty of after dark fun. It wouldn’t be a visit to New Orleans without listening to some classic jazz, so for an evening of upbeat jazz music, we recommend you head to Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse. Or, for the ultimate jazz experience, you can’t go wrong with a sophisticated jazz dinner aboard a genuine Mississippi paddle steamer boat.

For all night drinks and dancing, head to the centre of the bustling French Quarter where the music always flows and the bars never close. Whatever your style, there will be a jaunt to suit your taste. A visit to the lively Bourbon Street is an experience in itself, and the famous haunt embodies the life of New Orleans as a party town. 

Culture lovers should explore the city on a tram, which will take you to the beautiful French Quarter. Here you’ll find stunning buildings and tree lined streets, as well as shops, cafes and restaurants serving up delicious New Orleans dishes with a side of Southern charm.  


Destination Highlights
  • Enjoy a delicious dinner listening to jazz music as you cruise along the Mississippi River
  • Visit the Preservation Hall, a jazz music venue established in 1961 to protect and preserve traditional New Orleans Jazz music
  • Take a walking tour of the French Quarter, the beating heart of New Orleans
  • Explore Mardi Gras World for a behind-the-scenes peek into the world-famous street party and parade

Time Zone


Flight Time

Approx 10 hours; Indirect flights from Ireland are available


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



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


    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.

  • Charlotte, Destination Specialist


    Destination Specialist

    “Try a cooking class and learn about the colourful history of New Orleans cuisine from the experts. Choose an open demonstration class or try a hands-on interactive lesson to learn from some highly entertaining chefs. Then tuck into some delicious classic Cajun and Creole dishes.”


  • Jessica, Destination Manager


    Destination Manager

    “New Orleans is full of amazing attractions. Don’t just spend your time on Bourbon Street – there’s so much to see. A great way to get around is by bike.”


Events & Festivals

Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your New Orleans holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.


  • Mardi Gras

    A huge spectacle of colour and celebratory parades, Mardi Gras attracts a whopping 1.4 million visitors each year, welcoming them into the bosom of a  gigantic street party. Hit the streets of the French Quarter, including the famous Bourbon Street, and feast your eyes on some spectacular displays. Don’t forget to dress up to fully immerse yourself into the festivities. Keep to tradition with one of the three bold colours of Mardi Gras – purple, green or gold.


Local Cuisine

Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Mardi Gras holiday. Here are a few of our favourite dishes.

  • Gumbo

    During your New Orleans holiday, make sure you sample some of the city’s most iconic foods. Gumbo is a Creole classic and is a hearty stew packed full of okra, chicken, cured pork or seafood, and is usually served with a healthy portion of rice.


  • BBQ Shrimp

    Another favourite is New Orlean’s delightful take on BBQ shrimp. The dish gets its name from the Creole-style flavour, which is made from plenty of spices and black pepper. Feast on the shrimp with lots of crusty bread to soak up the delicious spicy juices.

Types of New Orleans holidays

St. Charles Streetcar

New Orleans Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays
Natchez Trace Parkway

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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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