Mid-American Coaches
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Motor Coach Tour

Biloxi & New Orleans

Sunday, September 9 - Saturday, September 15, 2018

Highlights:   (Inclusions subject to change)       

       7 Days · 13 Meals
* 13 Meals (6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, & 6 Dinners)
* Six nights Lodging
* Four Nights Deluxe Lodging at the Beau Rivage Resort
* Free Time for Gaming
* Guided Tour of Bay St. Louis
* Free Time in Old Town Bay St. Louis
* Shrimp Boat Cruise
* Guided Tour of New Orleans
* Free Time in the French Quarter
* Visit to Mardi Gras World
* Visit the Walter Anderson Museum of Art
* Tour Beauvoir, The Jefferson Davis Home
* Elvis Birthplace & Museum
* Visit the Museum of the Mississippi Delta
* "The Help" Driving Tour
* Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
* Luggage Handling
* Tour Protection available upon request

Departure Points:
Washington:  Depart 7:30 AM / Return 6:00 PM
Lowe’s in Kirkwood:  Depart 8:30 AM / Return 5:00 PM

Sunday, September 9    
Today, travel to Tupelo, MS. Check into the Holiday Inn Express for an overnight stay.  Tonight, dinner is included at a local restaurant.  (Dinner)

Monday, September 10  
This morning you visit the Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum, a modest, two-room house where the King of Rock & Roll was born. The museum was completely renovated in 2006, the state-of-the-art museum still pays tribute to that friendship and displays new exhibits containing Tupelo artifacts, large photo-murals and graphics and audiovisual presentations that focus on Elvis, his childhood and his first music. This evening, you arrive in Biloxi, MS for four nights stay at the Beau Rivage Resort, the most luxurious casino on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Dinner is included tonight at the Casino.   (Breakfast / Dinner)

Tuesday, September 11 
This morning you meet a local guide for a tour of the Bay of St. Louis. Your tour will include many local landmarks along with the historic Bay St. Louis Depot and St. Rose De Lima Church.
Then you will have time to explore Old Town Bay St. Louis Main Street. Old Town is the home of 200 resident artists. The streets of Old Town are lined with enough antique shops, art galleries, gift shops, boutiques, specialty shops and restaurants to please any appetite.
This afternoon as you set sail on the Biloxi Shrimping Cruise. Like generations of Gulf Coast fishermen, you sail the Gulf in search of dinner. You’ll feel like Bubba Gump as you toss the net and haul it back in. The ships crew will both educate and entertain you, demonstrating the work on a Shrimp Trawler and telling you stories of their catches and memorable voyages . You will also learn a little history of the Gulf Coast as you harvest the fruits of her sea.
Meanwhile back at the pier, once the Trawler is docked, you enjoy an old-fashioned Southern Mississippi Shrimp Boil. You will feast on succulent Shrimp, Red Potatoes, corn on the cob, and sausage. This is Mississippi Finger Food at its best - a meal on the pier.  (Breakfast / Dinner)

Wednesday, September 12
Today, you visit New Orleans where on arrival, you meet a local guide for a city tour. You will travel by the historic parts of the French Quarter, where you will see some of the oldest sections of the city: Jackson Square, the towering St. Louis Cathedral, the infamous Bourbon Street and the bustling French Market. No visit to New Orleans would be complete without a tour in one of the historic cemeteries, where you will find the above ground tombs that inhabit these “cities of the dead.”
Next, visit the National World War II Museum. From the beaches of Normandy to the sands of Iwo Jima, The National WWII Museum's exhibits are a blend of personal accounts, artifacts, documents, photographs and original film footage. The stories of the dozens of amphibious landings and the thousands of men and women who made Allied victory in World War II possible are told through three floors of exhibit space. In addition, special exhibits draw on the Museum’s own collections, as well as relevant traveling exhibits to further illustrate and explore the war that changed the world.
You then will have free time for lunch on own and a chance to explore the French Quarter's many restaurants, shops, boutiques and entertainment venues.
The afternoon features a visit to Mardi Gras World where you see the floats and learn the history of this famous event. Created for you by the people who bring Mardi Gras to life every year. The colors, the lights, the music, the joie de vivre. It’s all here in one magical place where you can peek behind the curtain and see Mardi Gras in the making.
Enjoy a Cooking Demonstration & Dinner at the New Orleans School of Cooking. It's entertaining classes and the Louisiana General Store are located in a renovated molasses warehouse built in the early 1800s in the Heart of the French Quarter. Fun is a primary ingredient in our kitchen! Our Creole/Cajun experts teach New Orleans specialties such as Gumbo, Jambalaya and Pralines, and season them with history, trivia and tall tales. It’s a “ga-ron-teed” good time for all.
Return to Biloxi after dinner.    (Breakfast / Dinner)

Thursday, September 13
This morning, enjoy free time for gaming at the casino.
Lunch is included today at Mary Mahoney's Old French House. Enjoy an upscale and elegant meal in one of the South's most unique restaurants, centered around one of the oldest homes in America. Dine in an elegant New Orleans style courtyard under the canopy of a centuries old live oak, where for 50 years, presidents, dignitaries, celebrities, and millions of others have experienced the rich history and legendary cuisine of Mary Mahoney's.
Next, you take a ride on the Biloxi Tour Train, a narrated tour through Biloxi's Historical District. Your journey begins at the Biloxi Lighthouse and travels the neighborhood streets lined with 18th and 19th century architecture. Yes, Katrina did destroy many historical points of interest. Some may never return. However, all is not lost. You can still experience the people, places and sites that make up the rich cultural heritage that is unique to Biloxi.
Then we will enjoy a tour of Beauvoir, the restored home of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy. He lived here after the Civil War until his death. The home was built in 1848 with a splendid view of the Gulf of Mexico. It is now a museum and includes the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library which has artifacts connected to the daily life of the Confederate Soldier, a field habitat/shelter display, as well as The Beauvoir Soldier’s Home flag.
At the end of the home’s historical tour, you enjoy a special evening. A Confederate Era Dinner, featuring recipes from Ms Davis’ Cookbook (She was the President’s daughter). This meal will be served on Beauvoir’s columned porch.  (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Friday, September 14 
Today we will tour The Museum of the Mississippi Delta (formerly known as the Cottonlandia Museum) which chronicles this history with an emphasis on cotton agriculture. It also houses an eclectic collection of items focused on the five “A’s”: art, archaeology, agriculture, antiques and animals.
Check into your Greenwood, MS hotel for an overnight stay (Holiday Inn Express or similar)
Tonight, dinner is included at a local restaurant. (Breakfast / Dinner)

Saturday, September 15 
After breakfast, you will enjoy a driving tour and see the locations used in the film "The Help." You'll see where the stars stayed during filming of the movie as well as hot spots for cast and crew sightings. Here in Greenwood, DreamWorks Studios produced this major motion picture that is based on Mississippi native Kathryn Stockett’s bestselling novel. The town was the home for several months to cast members Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Mike Vogel, Allison Janney,Sissy Spacek, Jessica Chastain, Ahna O’Reilly, Cicely Tyson, Dana Ivey, Chris Lowell, Aunjanue Ellis, Leslie Jordan, Mary Steenbergen, and many more.
After your tour, depart for home.   (Breakfast)

Tour Cost:
$1,600.00 - per person Double Room
$1,900.00 -  Single Room
$1,500.00 -  per person Triple Room

$300.00 per person deposit due with reservation
Final Payment due:  August 2, 2018

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Cancellation Policy/Refunds

If you must cancel on a 1 day tour and it is within 10 days of departure, refunds will be based on deposits returned to Mid-American Coaches prior to trip departure.  We do however, allow you to get another person to fill your seat.   If  we have a wait list, we will try to fill the seat from our wait list.  If we do not have a standby list, you will not receive a refund.
Once final payment (30days prior) is made on multi day trips 2 or more days,  cancellation of passengers will have to be filed on the cancellation insurance that is available  for all multi-day tours.  No insurance is sold on 2 day trips.
If you have elected to not purchase the insurance, Mid-American Coaches has the right to retain any monies paid by customer.  If this seat is resold, then at that point you may receive a refund.
Any fly/international/rail/cruise tours will have exceptions that will be covered at the time of booking.
If you are forced to leave a tour anytime after departure, refunds will be based on monies that are recoverable.  Refunds cannot be made for unused motorcoach transportation.