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Offered By: Van Galder Bus Company
Seven fun-filled days to soak up all that is New Orleans!

Operates: Feb 23 2016
Tour Length: 7 Days
Departs From: Madison, WI * Janesville, WI * South Beloit, IL * Rockford, IL

Double Room - $1,359.00 Online Price $1,291.05
Double Room-Deposit Only - $50.00
Quad Room - $1,199.00 Online Price $1,139.05
Quad Room-Deposit Only - $50.00
Single Room - $1,749.00 Online Price $1,661.55
Single Room-Deposit Only - $50.00
Triple Room - $1,249.00 Online Price $1,186.55
Triple Room-Deposit Only - $50.00

Prices are per person.


Holiday Inn Blytheville, Blytheville, AR (2 nights); Astor Crowne Plaza, New Orleans, LA (4 nights).

Tour Inclusions:

Professional tour director, transportation, accommodations, luggage handling, admissions, 6 meals including 2 extended continental breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1:

Good morning! Today’s journey will travel south through Illinois and Missouri before stopping for the evening in “The Natural State” of Arkansas.

Day 2:

Travel continues before reaching our final destination: the Astor Crowne Plaza, a four diamond hotel in the heart of the Big Easy.

Day 3:

New Orleans City Tour: A local guide shares an insider’s view of the city. The tour features historical sites, a stop at one of the area's unique cemeteries and the amazing progress that has been made in the city since Hurricane Katrina.

National World War II Museum: Ranked the #1 New Orleans attraction by Trip Advisor! Explore interactive exhibits that honor the strength and courage of those that served and the citizens that did their part on the home front during the war that changed the world. After, contemplate the magnitude of war during a 4-D presentation narrated by Tom Hanks.

Day 4:

Swamp Tour: Drift through Honey Island Swamp while the captain discusses daily life in the bayou and points out wildlife along the way. Watch for a special up-close and personal visit with his little “friends”.

New Orleans School of Cooking: Laughter and lunch are served during a down-home cooking demonstration by one of the area’s well-known chefs.

Mardi Gras World: Get a first-hand tour showcasing the spectacular floats of Mardi Gras. See how they are created while learning the history of this time-honored tradition.

Day 5:

Oak Alley Plantation: Walk the grounds of one of the most photographed plantations in the south, often called "Grand Dame of the Great River Road."

Jazz Dinner Cruise: Dinner is served while a live jazz band entertains and the New Orleans skyline passes by.

Day 6:

The time has come to say goodbye to the Big Easy and begin the journey home, stopping for the night in Arkansas.

Day 7:

The journey comes to an end but the memories of good food, good times, and good friends will live on forever.

Important Notes:

  • Heavy Level of Walking Involved

Departure Details:

Departure City
Location Address
Parking Info.
Madison, WI Shopko South Towne Mall
2101 W Broadway
Lot "G"
Janesville, WI Van Galder Terminal,
3120 N Pontiac Dr.
Parking pass provided.
South Beloit, IL Road Ranger / McDonald's
I-90 & Hwy 75
Parking $3.00 per day.
Rockford, IL Van Galder Terminal
7559 Walton St
Parking pass provided.


Terms and Conditions:

Van Galder Tour & Travel requires advance reservations on all tours. Reservations can be made by telephone at 800.747.7407 or 608.531.4545; in person 715 S. Pearl St., Janesville; or online at www.VanGalder Office hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. After Hours/Emergency: 800-747-0094, #6.

Extended Motorcoach Tours:
require a $50.00 deposit per person within 7 days after making reservation and a final payment 45 DAYS prior to departure
One Day Tours:
require $0 deposit per person and a final payment 45 DAYS prior to departure
Flyaway & Cruise Packages:
Rules/regulations vary by vendor and package. Refer to tour description.
Payment types accepted:
Cash, personal check, money order, Mastercard, Visa, Discover, or American Express.
is strongly recommended on all motorcoach tours and is offered to safeguard your travel investment. Insurance details are available on page 23 and are optional. However, no representation or description of the insurance made by our staff constitutes a binding assurance or promise about the insurance. Travel Insurance premium is non-refundable. If insurance is not purchased, refund/cancellation policy is listed below:
PER PERSON PENALITIES (based on business days prior to departure)

Extended Motorcoach:
30 + days prior to departure, there will be a $0 per person penalty. 29-4 days prior to departure, there will be a $100 per person penalty plus any unrecoverable fees. 3-0 days (72 business hours) prior to departure, there will be no refund.
One Day Motorcoach:
30 + days prior to departure, there will be a $0 per person penalty. 29-4 days prior to departure, there will be a penalty of 50% of the tour cost or the cost of the ticketed event (whichever is higher). 3-0 days (72 business hours) prior to departure, there will be no refund.
Flyaway/Cruise Packages:
Rules/regulations vary by vendor and package. Refer to tour description. **Cancelling passengers on most motorcoach tours can provide a replacement person(s) for the seat(s.) The office must be notified of the name replacement at the time of cancellation or within the timeline provided by tour office. No one is permitted to board the motorcoach whose name is not on the manifest.
One Day Tours: An invoice with timing will be issued at time of reservation and emailed to client (or sent via US Mail if no e-mail is available.) Multi-Day Motorcoach Tours: An invoice will be issued at time of reservation and emailed to client (or sent via US Mail if no e-mail is available.) A tour itinerary and bag tags will be issued at least 2 weeks prior to departure and sent via US Mail. Flyaway and Cruise Offerings: An invoice will be issued at time of reservation and emailed to client (or sent via US Mail if no e-mail is available.) A tour itinerary and bag tags will be issued at least 2 weeks prior to departure and sent via US Mail. Exceptions, due to outside vendors, will be explained at time of reservations.
A valid U.S. Passport for travel outside the United States via land, air, or sea is required. All International travel requires a U.S. Passport valid for 6 months beyond departure date from foreign country.
Each tour participant is pre-registered by advance reservation. Upon arrival, room keys will be obtained by the tour director or driver and distributed accordingly. Arrangements will be made for your luggage to be delivered to your room and returned to the motorcoach at check-out time unless otherwise indicated. Room assignments are made by the hotel in an impartial manner. All nonsmoking rooms are requested. If any special service (ex: smoking room, ADA accessible room) is required, please advise at time of reservation.
Our “single Share Program is offered on most of Van Galder Tour & Travel’s motorcoach extended-day tours (exceptions will be listed on individual tour outlines). If travelling alone and you would like to share a room with another person of the same sex, please advise the Van Galder staff member assisting you at the time of reservation. The tour MUST be booked at least 45 days prior to departure to take advantage of this offer. Tour & Travel will try to match you with another tour participant traveling alone who would like to share. If the two of you determine that there is a match, you and your roommate will travel at the double rate. If there is no match, each traveler will pay the single rate. Van Galder is NOT responsible for the personal habits of our clients.
Any disability requiring special attention must be reported to Van Galder Tour & Travel at time of reservation. Van Galder will make reasonable efforts to accommodate the special needs of tour participants, but are not responsible in the event we are unable to do so, or if any of the vendors deny services. We strongly advise persons with special needs to travel with a qualified and physically able companion. Van Galder tour directors and/or drivers are not to act as a travel attendant to any client with special needs, or physically lift or assist clients into transportation vehicles. A minimum of 48 hours advance notice in writing is required for a wheelchair accessible bus. ** Please note: the Americans with Disabilities Act is not applicable outside of the United States and facilities for disabled individuals may be limited.
Motorcoach tours include most necessary tips for bellman, doorman, and dining room meals as noted on itineraries, plus all taxes unless otherwise indicated. Gratuities /taxes may vary for flyaway/cruise tours and will be noted on tour itinerary. Tips are appreciated by the tour directors and drivers who work diligently to ensure your trip is enjoyable. Suggested per person amount is $3.00 per day for each tour director and driver, however are optional and at client discretion.
We use state-of-the-art motorcoaches, which are climate controlled with comfortable reclining seats, footrests, overhead storage, rest rooms, public address system, GPS units, seat belts and large panoramic windows for your viewing enjoyment. Although seat belts are not required at this time, Van Galder strongly suggests the use of seat belts at all times. Note: It is difficult to maintain the motorcoach at a temperature that is comfortable for everyone, a light jacket is suggested.
Smoking, including the use of electronic simulated smoking materials, e-cigarettes, and smokeless cigarettes is prohibited in all workplaces, facilities and vehicles of Coach USA and its affiliates.
Alcohol is not permitted on board any Van Galder Tour & Travel retail tour. If you wish to bring alcohol, coolers will be allowed and stored under the motorcoach in the luggage bay, only to be taken out and consumed off of the motorcoach upon arrival at the destination.
Each person is permitted to bring one large piece of luggage to be stowed in the luggage bay. Also, a small carry-on size bag is allowed to be stowed in the overhead bin on the motorcoach, and is the responsibility of the client.
Take sufficient supply of prescription medication to last duration of the tour. It is very difficult to get prescriptions refilled while enroute. Keep medications on your person at all times.
Seat assignments are made on extended day tours only and are assigned based on booking date order from the front of the motorcoach back. No special requests for seats will be honored. All passengers on a three or more day tour will participate in daily rotation. The seat rotation protocol will be explained by the Tour Directors on all extended trips.
Van Galder Tour & Travel gift certificates are available year-round for any denomination. They are attractively packaged and are available online at
Most Van Galder retail motorcoach tours grant a $3.00 per person, per day, travel dollar to all paid tour participants. Travel Dollars can be used on any future Van Galder retail tour and do not expire. Note: Chicago Fun Days, Casino Tours, Cruises and all Flyaway tours are excluded.
*JANESVILLE, WI Van Galder Terminal 3120 N. Pontiac Dr. *SOUTH BELOIT, IL Road Ranger / McDonald’s ($3 per day) Hwy 75 & I90 *ROCKFORD, IL Van Galder Terminal 7559 Walton St. *MADISON, WI Shopko South Towne Mall 2101 W. Broadway, Lot “G”
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Children under the age of 18 years old are welcomed to travel on any of our tours, however must be accompanied by an adult. Van Galder Tour & Travel reserves the right to accept or reject any person as a tour participant. Van Galder Tour & Travel reserves the right to substitute hotels of equal or better grade, the right to alter sightseeing schedules, or substitute the type of transportation when operationally necessary, and reserves the right to cancel any tour up to seven days prior to departure. Tour prices include only the meals, accommodations, etc... that are listed in the individual tour itinerary. Maid, laundry service, telephone calls, room service, alcoholic beverages, souvenirs, and other items of a personal nature are not included. No responsibility will be accepted for lack of appropriate medical facilities, weather, losses, strikes, criminal acts, war, terrorism, computer difficulties, delay or other complications not under the supervision of Van Galder Tour & Travel.

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