Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking according to personal preference at World War II Museum and during free time.
Breakfast is served at the hotel.
We’ll board a motorcoach and ride to the National World War II Museum. Formerly known as the D-Day Museum, the National World War II Museum was founded by eminent historian Dr. Stephen Ambrose, author “Band of Brothers” and other best-sellers. During our self-directed exploration, we will be able to walk through three buildings that house exhibits highlighting the role of participants from world leaders to the everyday men and women whose contributions helped to win the war, as well as those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Many items in the vast collection — such as uniforms, weaponry, vehicles, medals, diaries, letters, artwork, photographs, and other mementos — are on display while thousands of records and archives are available to scholars for ongoing research. We’ll also see the film “Beyond All Boundaries” narrated by Tom Hanks. Through first-person accounts and amazing special effects, we’ll take a self-directed journey through the war that changed the world.
Lunch will be served at the museum.
At Leisure You can use vouchers we’ve provided to explore the Cabildo and Presbytère — key components of the Louisiana State Museum — flanking St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square. All were constructed during the Spanish period (1795-1799). The Cabildo displays artifacts of American history as well as rarities such as Napoleon’s death mask. The Presbytère’s interactive exhibit on Mardi Gras traces the annual celebration from its origins to the present day with an exquisite collection of artifacts and memorabilia. Another exhibit expresses Louisiana’s saga of resilience in the face of disasters. You might also like to stroll along Royal Street with its antique shops, visit the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, sit back and have café au lait and beignets at the 24-hour Café du Monde, or any of the many other opportunities to experience the people, cultures, and celebrations of New Orleans.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. We have provided restaurant suggestions in your account. Your Group Leader will also be happy to offer suggestions. From fresh seafood to Po’ Boys and so much more, the city is justly famous for its eats. Please note, that if you plan to eat at one of the more popular restaurants in the city, advanced reservations are highly recommended.
At leisure. Returning to the hotel, prepare for check-out and transfer tomorrow. Have luggage ready for pick-up and transport to the American Queen in the morning.