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Pre-/Post-Tours

Pre-Tours

Discover Monroe-West Monroe: Outside the Lines logo
Monroe-West Monroe, Louisiana

Feb. 11-14, 2023

Plan to discover a destination filled with heart and awash in culture, where your senses are free to color outside the lines, where your feet may dance to a different drum, and where you have the freedom to listen to your soul.

Grab a 5¢ Coke at Biedenharn Museum and Gardens. See where the Robertsons got their start at the Duck Commander Warehouse. Be on the lookout for alligators and other wildlife at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge, and experience high-flying adventure at the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum. Enjoy an afternoon tour and wine tasting at Landry Vineyards.

Hungry? We’ve got something for everyone on our menu. Be sure to check out our local craft breweries, Flying Tiger Brewery and Flying Heart Brewery. Shop along Antique Alley, with classic antique shops and trendy boutique stores.

Discover Monroe West Monroe, where you’re welcome to play outside the lines.

Includes pick up from Monroe Regional Airport (MLU) and transportation to Shreveport for SATW. Availability is limited.

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Visit Lake Charles: Louisiana's Playground Logo
Lake Charles, Louisiana

Feb. 12-15, 2023

Explore Southwest Louisiana’s cultural offerings during one of the most festive seasons of the year, Mardi Gras! From Twelfth Night to Fat Tuesday, Lake Charles transforms into a vibrant party with plates of piping-hot crawfish, flamboyant Carnival costumes, traditional and unorthodox king cakes, high-energy neighborhood parades, gumbo cookoffs, and more. Around here, you come for the food and stay for the party, but you’ll also fall in love with the locals. There is no better way to pre-game for SATW than reveling around Louisiana’s Playground in green, gold, and purple.

Includes reimbursement of up to $400 (rental, airfare [LCH], mileage) on transportation to Lake Charles and transportation in Visit Lake Charles company vehicle from Lake Charles to Shreveport for SATW. Availability is limited.

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Natchitoches Convention and Visitors Bureau Logo
Natchitoches, Louisiana

Feb. 12-15, 2023

Experience the charm of the original French colony in Louisiana. Natchitoches (Nack-a-tish) was established in 1714, and retains its European flavor through its architecture, heritage and lifestyle. Chances are, the thing you’ll love most, (aside from the famous meat pies) is the charming 33-block Landmark historic district - a shopper’s paradise and a bed & breakfast lover’s dream. The Natchitoches area offers numerous attractions, museums, Creole plantations, a National Park, and year ‘round festivals including the Festival of Lights, Louisiana’s premiere holiday destination.

Includes transportation to and from Shreveport. Availability is limited.

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Experience Ruston Lincoln Parish Logo
Ruston, Louisiana

Feb. 13-15, 2023

Start your SATW experience with a memorable stay in the piney hills of North Louisiana! Ruston and Lincoln Parish is best known for its lively college-town atmosphere, 22-block historic downtown district, thriving arts culture, scenic outdoor attractions, and the incredibly sweet peaches grown here. During the tour, you can expect to brush up on your military history at the North LA Military Museum, shop for unique and handmade items in downtown Ruston's boutiques and art galleries, enjoy beer tastings at the local microbrewery, experience agrotourism at Mitcham Farms Peach Orchard, and enjoy the numerous public art displays in the area. And that's just the start of it. We hope you'll join us for a memorable tour made just for you in Louisiana's College Town!

Includes transportation to and from Shreveport. Availability is limited.

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Post-Tours

Lafayette Travel Logo
Lafayette, Louisiana

Feb. 19-22, 2023

Mardi Gras in Cajun Country is the greatest, most colorful free party on Earth. Residents celebrate in many ways including the traditional Courir de Mardi Gras; parades with marching bands, beads, and doubloons; Mardi Gras Indians with elaborate dancing and costumes; various styles of king cakes; as well as extravagant Mardi Gras balls complete with a king and queen. If you've ever wanted to experience Mardi Gras in Cajun Country this is your chance!

Includes transportation to and from Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT). 

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