Essence Festival 2024: Soul Symphony by Explore Blue Travel

Jul 4, 2024 to Jul 8, 2024

Unleash Your Inner Queen: Five Days of Culture, Music, and Soul in NOLA!

Who Said You Couldn't Have it All?

Luxury Meets Community

Listen, Sis, you’ve been the rock, the mover, the shaker, the doer, the dreamer. Isn’t it time you crown yourself QUEEN for a change? Let’s upgrade your Essence Festival into a five-day epic adventure you won’t forget!

Why 'Soul Symphony' Isn't Just Another Trip — It's Your Next Level!

It’s Not Just a Trip, It's a Sisterhood

  • Exclusivity: We’re not here to fit in; we’re here to STAND OUT. Tailored for busy, successful women of color, this experience is all about you!
  • Luxury: Think of the Doubletree by Hilton on Canal Street as your throne room. From there, we roll out the red carpet straight to Essence Festival’s hottest spots!
  • Community: From a chic Meet & Greet to a Farewell River Cruise that’ll have you swapping Insta handles, this isn’t a vacation; it’s a sisterhood!
  • Empowerment: Girl, you’re gonna get life-changing insights and inspo at Essence Festival’s empowerment sessions. You’re not just filling a seat; you’re fulfilling your destiny!

Your Royal Itinerary Awaits!

  • Upon Arrival: Seamless Airport Pick-Up from MSY
    You land, and we’ve got you. A shuttle will escort you straight to the hotel.

  • 4:00 PM: Check-in at Doubletree by Hilton, Canal Street
    Luxe accommodations and a warm cookie are waiting!

  • 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM: VIP Meet & Greet with Handcrafted Welcome Cocktails
    Start the trip right with signature cocktails and fabulous company.

  • 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM: 4th of July Skyline Spectacle: Exclusive Fireworks Viewing Party
    Ring in Independence Day with champagne, light bites, and a sky full of fireworks.

  • 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Gourmet Daily Breakfast at the Hotel A hot buffet to fuel your day.

  • 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM: Essence Festival Day 1 Music, empowerment sessions, and much more. Lineup and schedule TBA.

  • 11:00 PM: Optional Late-Night Bourbon Street Experience For those who want to explore NOLA nightlife.

  • 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Gourmet Daily Breakfast at the Hotel Start your day the right way, the gourmet way!

  • 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM: NOLA Culinary Masterclass: Hands-On Cooking Experience Learn how to whip up some classic New Orleans dishes.

  • 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Azure Oasis Pool Party: A Chic Blue Pool Party Extravaganza with azure waters and blue cocktails. Don your chicest “Blue” swimwear and let’s make a splash in style!

  • 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Essence Festival Day 2 More fabulous performances and empowerment sessions. Lineup and schedule TBA.
  • 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Gourmet Daily Breakfast at the Hotel Because every queen needs her fuel.

  • 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM: Essence Festival Final Day Last chance for those unforgettable performances and power sessions.

  • 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM: Voyage on the Bayou: Farewell River Cruise & Five-Star Dinner A scenic river cruise, fine dining, and a toast to new friendships.

  • 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Gourmet Daily Breakfast at the Hotel
    One last royal feast before we part ways.

  • 11:00 AM: Check-Out from Doubletree by Hilton
    We’ll be saying goodbye, but you’ll be leaving with a heart full of memories and a phone full of new contacts.

  • Post Check-Out: Seamless Airport Drop-Off to MSY
    Our shuttle will take you to the airport, so you can return home as effortlessly as you arrived.

The Time is Now!

Girl, we’ve got you from the 4th of July fireworks to a soul-stirring Farewell River Cruise. And let’s not forget those hot buffet breakfasts to keep your energy soaring!

Early Bird? More Like Early QUEEN!

Early Birds Get More Than Just the Worm!

If you ain’t talking ’bout booking this experience, then WHAT are you talking about? Secure your throne now and get:

  • Unlock $250 in savings on your Royal Package! Simply enter code ‘MEETUP’ at checkout
  • An Essence Festival Swag Bag that screams ‘Queen’
  • VIP Access to all Explore Blue Travel’s Exclusive Events

Don't Take Our Word For It, Hear From Our Queens!

Got Questions? Sis, We've Got Answers!

Call us at 1-888-994-2492 or shoot an email to

Girl, what are you waiting for? It’s your time. It’s your turn. It’s your Essence Festival 2024! Let’s turn it into a Soul Symphony that’s all about YOU!

What's Included

  • 5 Days, 4 Nights of Lavish Living at Doubletree by Hilton, Canal Street
  • VIP Meet & Greet with Handcrafted Welcome Cocktails
  • 4th of July Skyline Spectacle: Exclusive Fireworks Viewing Party
  • Gourmet Daily Breakfast to Fuel Your Essence Festival Experience
  • Azure Oasis: A Chic Blue Pool Party Extravaganza
  • NOLA Culinary Masterclass: Hands-On Cooking Experience
  • Voyage on the Bayou: Farewell River Cruise & Five-Star Dinner
  • Picture-Perfect Moments: Photo Shoot
  • Seamless Airport Transfers: Round-Trip from MSY
  • NOLA Jazzy Pass: Unlimited Access to Local Transit
  • Explore Blue Signature Swag Bag & Curated Gifts
  • Personal Hostess Service by Explore Blue Travel

The package price will not include airfare. However, it includes round trip airport transfers. *Itinerary subject to change* *Cost Associated

What's Not Included

  1. Flights to and from destination (MSY)
  2. Essence Festival Admission Tickets
  3. Essence Concert Tickets
  4. Parties or other events not listed
  5. Travel Insurance
  6. Items of a Personal Nature
  7. Tips/ Gratuities 
  8. Hotel Incidentals
  9. Meals, Beverages, Alcoholic Drinks
  10. Items not listed above
  • Passengers are responsible for ensuring they are in compliance with each country’s policy regarding required vaccinations and/or proof of vaccination status.
  • Any information provided on travel description pertain to US citizens only. Non-US citizens should check with the respective consulate of the country(s) to be visited for current entry requirements.



Starting At:

SINGLE: $3489 per person | DOUBLE: $2250 per person I TRIPLE: $1837 per person I QUAD: $1631 per person

*Prices quoted are based on costs at the time of posting and are subject to change without notice and until a deposit or full payment has been applied. Pricing is per person unless otherwise stated. Payment plan available.


Automatic Billing Plan:

You can enroll in automatic billing. When you book, an even payment will be calculated for you.

You will know in advance the day of every month that your payment will be processed.

Your initial deposit is due at the time of booking and your future payments will be charged according to the schedule you see on your invoice. Automatic billing is available at no charge.

Travel Insurance:

Missing a vacation is bad enough.

Losing the money you paid for your vacation is even worse.

Trip insurance is highly recommended. You should research and choose a travel insurance policy carefully.

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Travel Notes:

  • Provided full payment is received no later than your Final Payment Due date, travel documents, itineraries and travel instructions will be sent via email 30 days or earlier prior to travel.
  • Once your flight is purchased you should enter your flight information to ensure proper transportation.
  • Click to enter flight information. Flight information has to be received by Explore Blue 45 days prior to the departure of your trip to secure your round trip airport transfers. Failure to submit your flight information to Explore Blue Travel by this date will result in you forfeiting your airport transfers.

Terms & Policies

  • Making reservations for this package acknowledges your acceptance of our Terms & Conditions.
  • All payments to Explore Blue Travel are non-refundable and non-transferrable. This is because Explore Blue Travel has contractual agreements with hotels and other vendors that will not allow us to obtain any refunds. This way we can keep our package prices low and allow you to make monthly payments on your vacation.
  • Reservations must be made in your FULL NAME as it appears on your government-issued identification (passport).
  • Prices are subject to change without notice. Please make your reservations today at this low price to be locked in.
  • Monthly payments are required to keep your reservations current. Your invoice will clearly note your payment plan. We suggest you put this payment plan on your personal calendar.
  • You must ensure your roommate, if applicable, is also making timely monthly payments.
  • Name changes are allowed with a $50 name change fee.
  • After final payment date, name change fees will increase to $150 per change.
  • Late payments will incur a fee of $250 per person after the final due date listed on your payment plan and will be automatically added to your reservations.



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