Mansions and gardens of the planters

Autumn in Evangeline Country

The Cajun Culture of South Louisiana

Four days / three nights

Learn all about the Cajun culture of south Louisiana – its history, cuisine, architecture, dancing, music and lifestyle. Based in New Iberia, your group will travel the backroads of bayou country to understand the Cajun experience and the Anglo plantation culture co-existing with it. We suggest you visit in the fall, when the sugar cane harvest will be underway, so you can see the cane being cut and processed. And the weather will be superb!

Throughout the tour, your group will hear local experts on the Cajun lifestyle and plantation culture talk in private settings, to provide you a thorough grounding in South Louisiana history and culture.

Tour Highlights

  • Visits to the ACADIAN CULTURAL CENTER and the Cajun village of VERMILIONVILLE to study the full spectrum of Cajun life.
  • Tours of plantation mansions SHADOWS ON THE TECHE and OAKLAWN MANOR to see first hand how the wealthy planter set lived.
  • Tour of AVERY ISLAND, home of world-famous TABASCO TM sauce.
  • Watching a SUGAR MILL and a RICE MILLin action.
  • SWAMP TOUR of the ATCHAFALAYA BASIN.
  • Tour of EVANGELINE COUNTRY, including ST. MARTINVILLE, its historic church and square, and the EVANGELINE OAK.
  • CAJUN DINNER, MUSIC and DANCING at RANDOL’S.
  • PINE ALLEY, site of one of history’s most outlandish weddings.
  • Tours of NEW IBERIA and FRANKLIN, bayou towns steeped in Cajun life.

Tour Can Include

  • Three nights accommodations.
  • Continental breakfasts at the hotel.
  • Three lunches.
  • Two dinners.
  • All tour admission fees.
  • Background materials with suggested readings and keepsake notes.

Please Note

Although the fall is an opportune time to visit the Cajun Country in order to see the sugar cane harvest, it is a delightful experience anytime of year.