Nov 27 - Dec 2, 2018
Day 1: Christmas in the South is on our minds as we board the coach. The first night is in Marshall, TX. Tonight we start our Christmas tour enjoying their famous lights. The downtown area is wonderfully decorated with millions of lights and the grand feature is thecourthouse.
Day 2: No matter how you pronounce it, Natchitoches in Louisiana has the history, mystery, and charm of New Orleans without the big city hassle. With our local step on guide we explore this historic town, including the Cane River National Heritage area. We take a driving tour of the plantation homes along the river. Our included Southern dinner is in the midst of warm southern hospitality. Following our meal, we are out to see the fairyland of lights, strung throughout the city. Our overnight is in Natchitoches. (B, D)
Day 3: Heading east across the state we arrive at Frogmore Plantation for a tour of an old cotton plantation. We listen to the slave customs, secret music, and their surprising relationships with the master, mistress, and overseer. Walk through furnished slave quarters, see a rare steam gin and other plantation dependencies. EnjoyChristmas in the Quarters at the plantation church with vocalists singing gospel blended with traditional Christmas hymns. Then we cross the mighty Mississippi River and enter Natchez, MS. Lunch is included at The Castle Restaurant located in Dunleith Plantation’s original carriage house and stables, built in the 1790’s. After lunch we tour this old settlement with a local step on guide. What an unusual treat is in store for us as we check into the Monmouth Plantation. The carefully restored antebellum plantation is a glorious return to the antebellum south. It sits on 26 beautifully landscaped acres and is lavishly decorated for the holidays. After settling in, we enjoy an included five-course candlelight dinner at the plantation. It is one of those extraordinary unmatched festive experiences. Visitwww.monmouthhistoricinn.com to view pictures. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Following breakfast at Monmouth Plantation and check out, our first stop is at The Towers. Named one of the top unusual Christmas displays, the Jeweled Christmas Tour at The Towers is truly where “Whimsy meets Bling.” Thousands of pieces of vintage costume jewelry covers every tree, table, mantel, and deer in exquisite fanciful vignettes in every room in the mansion. Next we tour Stanton Hall built in 1857. Here we get a glimpse into the domestic life of a wealthy Natchez family. After the tour, we have an included lunch on the grounds of Stanton Hall in the Carriage House Restaurants. There is time for shopping in the downtown area before checking into our Natchez hotel for a short rest. Tonight is a Christmas Celebration Natchez Style with all that southern charm and an included dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 5: This morning we follow the Natchez Trace, as we make our way north to Vicksburg. Our first stop is at the Vicksburg Military Park visitor center to watch a short film. Following the film, we tour the park with a licensed guide. They have excellent knowledge of the campaign, siege, and defense of Vicksburg and the confederate surrender in 1863. This evening takes us to Christmas in Roseland. The American Rose Center is transformed into a whimsical winter wonderland featuring thousands of twinkling lights, dozens of lighted displays, and giant Christmas Cards to the Community. We overnight east of Dallas. (B, D)
Day 6: Today it is time to get home to prepare our own festivities with family and friends. We have gathered some unique ideas to make our own celebrations special! (B)