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CAJUN TOURS & CRUISES, INC.

709 MAY STREET

HOUMA, LA. 70363

DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

 

 

Sandra A. Pellegrin      Bus: (985) 872-6157

Owner / President        Fax: (985) 851-6460

E-Mail - pelleg_s@bellsouth.net

 

GOOD SAM FALL SAMBOREE TOURS

NOVEMBER 3-6, 2005

RAYNE, LOUISIANA

 

TOUR NUMBER ONE - November 3, 2005

MEET ACADIANS & VISIT SHADOWS ON TECHE

PLANTATION HOME

 

8:15 a.m. - Depart campground with local tour guide

 

Visit Jean Lafitte Heritage & Cultural Center and visitors view a short film on deportation of Acadians from Nova Scotia, the tragic story of their hardship and sorrow is explained.  We visit the pictorial museum and visitors may even enjoy the local gifts and books for sale.

 

We continue to St. Martinville (known as the center of Acadians.)  Visitors view interesting areas as we drive to St. Martinville and the local guide will bring these areas to life.  St. Martinville is a quaint town with a town square and many interesting landmarks around the square.  Our guide will give history of French speaking cultures along Bayou Teche by comparing life on an 1800's French Creole Plantation to typical Acadian Farmsteads.

 

We visit the Acadian and African American Memorials.  Visitors hear  a narrated pictorial history of these two cultures and hear how each has influenced the other.   The African American Museum tells the story of the arrival of the Africans and development of the free people of color community.  The Acadian Memorial honors Acadian refugees who helped establish Louisiana.  A mural shows the arrival of Acadians.  There is a Wall of Names that lists each person.  There is an Eternal Flame, museum, and Genealogy Center.

 


Visitors view the Evangeline Oak Tree and the famous Bayou Teche.  Most days local musicians are entertaining under the Evangeline Oak Tree.  Accordions and Fiddles are a part of this culture.  St. Martinville is the home of “Evangeline” and our local guide will bring the epic poem to life.

 

Lunch is included at local restaurant.  Visitors have choice of Seafood Au Gratin, Crayfish lunch with crayfish cooked two ways, fried chicken fingers, or grilled chicken breast. All are served with choice of baked or fried potato, jambalaya, salad, tea or soft drink and dessert.

 

Visit Catholic Church known as the Mother Church of the Acadians.  The church has a grotto that was duplicated after that of Lourdes in France.  The history of this little church is very interesting and worship services still continue today.

 

See the Statue of Evangeline and hear the story of “Emmiline LaBiche”who is the Cajun version of Evangeline.

 

We travel to New Iberia and hear interesting history as we travel along.  Visitors hear about the local people and their lifestyles.

 

Visit Shadows on the Teche and learn of its intriguing history.  Visitors visit the 1830's plantation home and beautiful grounds.  Much of the original furnishings and memorabilia are in the home.  This is the only National Trust Historic Museum & Garden in Louisiana.

 

We stop at Best Stop which is known for Boudin and Cracklins.  Visitors may take Boudin home with them.  It is delicious cooked and served with salad or vegetable.   Boudin is a dressing in a sausage case.  You can bake or brown Boudin in a skillet.

 

4:00 p.m. - Arrive at campground

 

Cost per person - $58.00

 

 

TOUR NUMBER TWO - November 4, 2005

CROWLEY, LOUISIANA AND MORE

 

8:30 a.m. -Depart campground for Crowley, Louisiana

 


Visitors hear interesting presentation regarding the History of Crowley, Louisiana.  Crowley was one of the earliest planned communities in America.  The area is know as the Rice Capital of America. Crowley was first settled by families from the Midwest, in the middle of Cajun Country.  Today visitors view beautiful Victorian Homes as there are over 200 on the National Register of Historic Places.  Visitors hear about architecture of the area and view examples.  The local guide will bring the town to life as she tells about this town and how it was carved out of the Prairies of Southwest Louisiana and named the Parish Seat.  We have a brief walking tour to view some of the lovely homes old homes.

 

We visit a 2nd generation Cajun Accordion Maker who will demonstrate how he creates this instrument.  Visitors enjoy live Cajun music, and complimentary light refreshments.  We browse through the music shop and dance a little.

 

We continue to a working rice farm and working crawfish farm.  Visitors enjoy a home cooked meal of gumbo and potato salad as the farmer explains how our rice and crawfish share the same land and how each compliments the other.   Meal is included.

 

View an amazing collection of over 800 toy farm implements.  This is the largest collection in the state of Louisiana.  Visitors will enjoy amusing stories on how the farmer collected these toys.

 

We go out in the field to view crayfish boat and traps.  Depending on weather we may view some crayfish. Local farmer will talk to visitors and explain as he demonstrates crayfish farming.

 

We drive across the Prairie and see well tended farms founded by German Immigrants in the 1880's.  We tour an interesting museum and hear how many traditions are still in practice today.  We are in the middle of Cajun Country and yet German Immigrants have retained their culture.  We visit Historic Catholic Church and Chapel. Delicious homemade desserts are available.  We visit a gift shop and will give visitors time to browse.

 

We travel through  Rayne and view the Frog Murals throughout town.  Our guide will talk about the local murals.  Rayne is known as the “Frog Capital of America”.  We also view the cemetery that is on Ripley’s Believe it or Not.”

 

We stop at Candy/Ice Cream Shop for a demo on Candy Making.

 

3:45 p.m. - Return to Campground

$58.00 per person

 

Please circle the tour or tours you want to book and circle the number of participants you are paying for below and send payment to:

CAJUN TOURS & CRUISES, INC.

709 MAY STREET

HOUMA, LA. 70363

 

 

1.  Tour #1 - Meet Acadians and Visit Shadows on the Tech --- 1   2   3  4   5

$58.00 per person

 

2.  Tour #2 - Crowley, Louisiana and More — 1   2   3   4  5

$58.00 per person

 

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