April 13-20, 2021
Join us on this NEW tour to the Gulf Coast including Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Louisiana! Highlights include beachfront accommodations in Florida, dolphin cruise, USS Alabama, Bellengrath Gardens, a shrimp boat adventure, New Orleans, and more!
Day 1: We leave Kansas behind today and reach the Pine Bluff AR area for our overnight stay.
Day 2: This morning we continue our journey through Mississippi and arrive in Florida. We check into our beachfront hotel in Pensacola for our 2 night stay. This evening you can stroll the shoreline, explore the boardwalk, or just relax on the beach! (B)
Day 3: This morning we are in search of marine life on our Gulf of Mexico Dolphin cruise. Aboard, a guide helps us spot and learn about dolphins and other marine life in the gulf. For lunch you can eat at a boardwalk restaurant. This afternoon we visit the National Naval Aviation Museum, the oldest naval air station and home base for the world-famous Blue Angels. This evening you have free time to enjoy the beach! (B)
Day 4: Today we visit the USS Alabama, a retired battleship in Mobile AL. Explore the “Mighty A” who served in World War II in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Also on site is the National Historic Landmark WWII submarine USS Drum, which is the oldest American submarine on public display. For lunch we eat like the sailors aboard the USS Alabama. This afternoon we tour the beautiful Bellingrath Gardens. Walk through this Southern estate garden which includes award-winning roses. We make our way to Biloxi MS to stay for the next 2 nights. Dinner is included at the hotel tonight. (B, L, D)
Day 5: We take a unique cruise along the protected waters of the shoreline to see the many creatures, including shrimp, that inhabit the Gulf. Our guide will explain the different species we pull up from the waters. For lunch, we have a special treat – a shrimp boil! This afternoon a step-on guidejoins us for a tour of the city of Biloxi including the Biloxi Lighthouse. We end with a guided tour of the Historic Beauvoir Mansion, the former home of Jefferson Davis. (B, L)
Day 6: We travel to New Orleans today! The “Big Easy” is famed for its old world charm. We experience Southern hospitality, steamboat style, aboard the Steamboat Natchezfor our live Jazz luncheon cruise. Later, you have free time to enjoy the French Quarter. (B, L)
Day 7: Louisiana builds some of the world's finest handmade Cajun accordions at Martin Accordions. We learn how the accordions are built for some of the world-famous musicians. As we start making our way towards home, we stop for one last southern meal before overnighting around the Dallas area. (B, L)
Day 8: What a memorable trip to the Gulf! Share memories with fellow travelers as we head for Kansas. (B)