The Big Easy Music Festival

Kick off festival season in style by watching your favourite acts LIVE at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival! Brimming with southern culture and music, you’ll find the best artists across a whole load of music genres - and some wacky sub genres. The charm and electrifying atmosphere of Jazz Fest attracts some of the biggest current acts from around the globe. Performances from Ed Sheeran, Kings of Leon, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Lorde and Snoop Dogg, among others, have cemented Jazz Fest’s place as one of the top international music festivals worldwide. And the fun doesn’t stop once the final act wraps up – we’ll then take you on one epic road trip down to the sunshine state, taking in beaches, theme parks and springs along the way!

North America
  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Walking Tour, Sightseeing
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: NOJ/208538
  • Starts: New Orleans, United States
  • Finishes: Miami, United States
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • New Orleans
  • Destin Beach
  • Orlando
  • Miami



Day 1: New Orleans

Welcome to a city like no other, New Orleans. Here, booze can be consumed on the streets, voodoo is commonly practiced, it’s against the law to steal someone else’s alligator and the locals move in their own slow southern style. Today is a joining day, where you’ll meet your group in the afternoon, and take a city tour to get to grips with the Big Easy. Get to know your group, soak up the buzzing festival atmosphere and hit the nightlife of the infamous Bourbon Street.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally


Day 2: New Orleans

Welcome to Jazz Fest! Your leader will take you down to the fairgrounds, and introduce you to the venue. From humble beginnings catering to just 350 attendees, Jazz Fest has blown up on the North America live music scene with over 434,000 attendees across the whole event each year. Experience new sounds with experimental music sub genres, listen to home grown Jazz and blues artists, slow it down with classic R&B and be blown away by international megastars. Jazz Fest is unique as the event itself finishes earlier than most, with a notorious and rather complex afterparty scene that ensues. Not a problem for you though - your leader will be on hand to show you the best venues around for secret gigs and ‘only in NOLA’ moments!

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally


Day 3: New Orleans

If you’re feeling fresh this morning choose from a range of optional activities to experience a bit more of the New Orleans vibe. Discover the unique foodie scene associated with the Deep South and hit up the Cajun Cabin stage for some seriously ‘grammable local dishes. Fried Alligator, anyone? On a Saturday night, the main stage is where it’s at - previous headliners include Lorde, Lady Gaga and the Kings of Leon, so you know it’s gonna be a good one!

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Jazz clubs US$10-20
  • Voodoo & Graveyard tour US$20-$40
  • Alligator swamp tour US$23-$40


Day 4: New Orleans

A great way to beat a notorious JazzFest afterparty hangover is believed to be the mighty Louisiana Crawfish Po-Boy. Try one from one of the many food areas, and be ready to get front row for the closing acts. Sharing this ultimate festival experience with your new Trek buddies will make this a real trip to remember. It’s also your last night navigating the vibrant and eclectic nightlife of NOLA, so make it count! 

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally


Day 5-6: Destin Beach

Your road trip begins here! Jump in the van and catch your first glimpse of the infamous white sand beaches of Florida’s Emerald Coast. Located on the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico, Destin is the perfect post festival location, where you can reward yourself with a well-deserved beach day. All you need to worry about is which swimmers to wear, and which watersport you plan to take on! 

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally


Day 7-8: Orlando

Be a big kid for the day at the home of the theme parks, Orlando. Disney lovers can mingle with Micky and experience the enchantment of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Florida. Thrill-seeker? Head to Universal Studios for mega attractions, interactive experiences and thrilling novelty rollercoasters. Alternatively, you could cross final frontier at Kennedy Space Center, for an experience that’s truly out of this world.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Disney World US$119
  • Universal Studios US$105
  • Kennedy Space Center US$50


Day 9: Miami

Before you head home, you’ll arrive in Miami (aka South Beach). Stroll the art deco seafront, or if you're staying on for another night after the tour ends, pose with the beautiful people in ultra-cool nightspots as you celebrate a fantastic trip.This tour ends at approximately 17:00. We can book you post tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation
  • Accommodation: Budget Lodging, Budget Lodging: 4, Hotel: 4
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Tour Highlights:
  • Three days’ at one of the best live music festivals in America
  • See some of the biggest current acts perform live, previous headliners include Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga & Kings of Leon
  • Experience the rich foodie scene of deep south associated with the Jazz and Heritage Festival
  • Watch home grown Jazz and Blues artists
  • Discover new and interesting music artists
  • Navigate the legendary after party scene, full of secret gigs and quirky venues
  • New Orleans city orientation walk
  • Experience the deep south culture
  • Swimming at the Three Sisters Springs
  • White sand beaches in Destin Beach and Miami
  • Head to the Florida’s fun capital, Orlando
  • Share this unique experience with your group