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The Vancouver Sun Architecture Tour of New Orleans

Columnist Shelley Fralic invites you along for a six-day magical history tour of the Big Easy, November 9 - 14, 2013 - SOLD OUT!

If you thought we were going to stop exploring after our visit to Santa Fe, New Mexico – where we are heading with 36 readers for a special customized tour July 26 through 31 – then let's talk about why New Orleans is our next choice for The Vancouver Sun Architecture Tour.

Along with the irresistible charms of the French Quarter and its Mardi Gras atmosphere, not to mention the eclectic history of all that jazz, the Big Easy is also renowned for its stately architecture, from the period plantations and double-galleried homes with those iconic wrought-iron balconies to the humble shotgun houses and Creole cottages. Our custom tour of New Orleans, celebrating the city's 18th-century French and Spanish origins, includes a guided tour of the picturesque Oak Alley Plantation, and a visit to many of the city's culturally historic homes, including the house of horror writer Anne Rice.

We’ll tour the bayou on an air boat, enjoy a traditional Creole dinner aboard a majestic paddlewheeler, mix in a southern-style cooking lesson and leave enough time left in the itinerary for some serious shopping along the splendid promenades.