Holidays to New Orleans

Holidays to New Orleans

New Orleans offers a melting pot of cultures with some of the most beautiful architectural styles to be found in one place. It’s a city famous for its annual Mardi Gras Festival, but it’s so much more than that. The sound of live jazz mingles with the smell of fresh Cajun and Creole cuisine wafting around every corner to tempt the senses. And with direct flights with British Airways, visiting New Orleans has never been simpler. Popular attractions include the National WWII Museum, Audubon Zoological Gardens and Jackson Square, frequented by fortune tellers and street performers. Don’t forget to fit in a sightseeing steamboat cruise along the Mississippi River and a visit to the region’s spectacular plantations.

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New Orleans Travel Information

There are direct flights to New Orleans (travelling with British Airways) from London; indirect flights are available from other UK airports.

  • Currency: US Dollar 
  • Time difference: GMT -6 
  • Flight from UK: 10 hours (direct) 
  • Visa: Yes - ESTA must be obtained prior to travel 
  • Language: English 
  • National drink: Cocktails from Hurricanes to Sazerac 
  • National dish: Po’boys, gumbo, beignets…
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Travel Tips & Advice for New Orleans

New Orleans Activities

New Orleans is a town made for partying and there’s no better way to join in than listening to jazz in a late-night bar or donning a mask during the city’s famous Mardi Gras festival. Prefer to take things slow? Take a self-guided tour of the picturesque historic buildings, walking down tree-lined streets where architectural gems are hidden behind wrought-iron gates. Or hop on board the Route 12 streetcar (the oldest continually running streetcar in the world) for a leisurely tour of the city.

New Orleans Food & Drink

There’s a real foodie scene in New Orleans, with dishes reflective of the city’s Cajun, Creole and French roots. You’ll find no end of quintessential ‘must try’ New Orleans dishes but our top picks are the Creole classic gumbo, po’boy sandwiches jam-packed with fillings and sugar-dusted beignets, a deep fried choux pastry best served with a cup of coffee. NOLA is also famous for its cocktail creations from the Hurricane to the Sazerac.

New Orleans Attractions

For the ultimate in people watching head to Jackson Square where tarot card readers, jazz musicians and brass bands are a-plenty. New Orleans is also home to some impressive green spaces including the sprawling City Park, one of the 10 largest parks in the USA. A wide collection of galleries and museums provide places to go when the rain comes – including the ‘only in New Orleans’ New Orleans Pharmacy Museum.

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