03/24/2019 - 03/28/2019

HIGHLIGHTS: 2 Nights at the Beau Rivage, Tour of Ante-bellum Homes along the Mississippi: OAK ALLEY & NOTTAWAY Plantations,  Natchez Pilgrimage, Mississippi Coast Tour of Homes , & Lots More …  8 Meals

MAR 24 ... We depart on our way west and travel through Georgia and Alabama for an overnight in the Magnolia State of Mississippi. Welcome Dinner  (D)

MAR 25... NATCHEZ …Traveling across the state to the “Big Muddy”, we arrive in the quaint town of Natchez, situated along the Mississippi River and in the heart of the "cotton belt".  It was here in Natchez that so many of the cotton lords built their palatial homes.  At one time there were more millionaires living here than anywhere else in America.  Our lunch will be a southern tradition, as we dine at the Carriage House, which is part of one of the beautiful historic homes in the center of Natchez. A tour one of the ante bellum mansions fills the afternoon.  Tonight is highlighted by an evening activity, as we are off to see the refreshing performance of  "Southern Exposure". This satirical comedy is a very entertaining and humorous depiction of the town of Natchez during Pilgrimage in the 1950's.  (B,L)

MAR 26  … Today is the highlight of our trip as we travel west into Louisiana for a drive along “Plantation Row” to see the beautiful gardens and mansions along the Mississippi River.   Reaching the state capital of Baton Rouge, we turn along the river for a visit to NOTTOWAY PLANTATION HOUSE, one of the largest antebellum plantation houses in the south, which is composed of 64 rooms, 7 staircases, and 5 galleries. This 53,000-square foot plantation home, constructed by John Hampden Randolph in 1858, is a fine example of an antebellum home.  Tour and lunch included here before we continue to OAK ALLEY, built in 1837-39 for the governor of Louisiana. Its most distinguishing architectural feature is a full free-standing colonnade of 28 colossal Doric columns.  Equally significant is the impressive double row of giant live oak trees which form the oak alley, about 800 feet long, from which the property derived its present name. Planted before the house was constructed in 1837, this formal planting is a historic landscape design long recognized for its beauty.  What a beautiful day of exploring as we check into the lovely Beau Rivage Resort for 2 nights.  (B,L)

MAR 27 ...  BILOXI & GULFPORT … Breakfast before we begin the Tour of Homes as part of the 67th Mississippi Coast Spring Pilgrimage. Enjoying the beauty of the area, we witness local homes and individual gardens in Biloxi, Gulfport, and other unique treasures in coastal communities along the Gulf of Mexico.  Later, we return to the Beau for a delicious meal at the huge Buffet in our hotel, and all you can desserts.  (B,D)

MAR 28 … Breakfast and we make an early departure for the journey home after a wonderful visit to the Mississippi River Plantations and Gulf Coast. (B)


PRICE OF TRIP:  $779 per person
DEPOSIT:  $100 per person
FINAL PAYMENT DUE:  February 20, 2019

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