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Essence Festival 2018 - Presented by Van Horn Vacations

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New Orleans

New Orleans, LA

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Join in "the party with a purpose" annual Essence Festival in New Orleans 2018. Packages presented by Van Horn Vacations, providing travel solutions to groups and group leaders. It is the largest event celebrating African-American culture and music in the United States. Locally referred to as the Essence Fest, it has been held in New Orleans, Louisiana every year since 1994 except for 2006, when it was held in Houston, Texas due to Hurricane Katrina. It also held in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal in 2016. It features artists simultaneously performing on a main stage as well as four standing-room only super lounge stages.

4 Day /3 Night Package Options: Additional night options available per request (July 6 -9, 2018) All 4-Star hotels

Package A: Host Hotel + VIP Events listed below - 4 Day / 3 Night for only:

  • Single $1575
  • Double $835
  • Triple $700
  • Quad $625

Package B: Hotel w/continental breakfast + VIP Events listed below - 4 Day / 3 Night for only:

  • Single $1275
  • Double $725
  • Triple $550
  • Quad $415

Package C: Hotel + 3 Days / 2 Nights - Hotel only; No Event (arrive Friday 7/6 - check out Sunday 7/8)

  • Single $995
  • Double $525
  • Triple $400
  • Quad $295

VIP Event Package includes all events listed below:

  • Van Horn Vacations t-shirt
  • Meet N Greet
  • Weekend Trolley Pass
  • All White Boat Party (Friday 7/6/18)
  • Comedy Show
  • Spoken Word Event

* Flights custom link to purchase your own discounted flights

* Custom link to purchase your sightseeing tours

* Custom link to purchase your airport transfers

* Hotel will require credit card for incidentals ($50 cash or credit card deposit)

* Festival Concert tickets are not included in rates - purchased seperately


  • August 15 - $50 per person

  • September 15 - $75 per person

  • October 15 - $75 per person

  • November 15 - $75 per person

  • December 15 - $75 per person

  • January 15 - $75 per person

  • February 15 - $75 per person

  • March 15 - $75 per person

  • April 15 - Balance due

  • $100 Late Fee Penalty assessed if past April 15

  • Initial payments after January 1, 2018 will increase; room availability not guaranteed)

  • The deposits locks in your package. The monthly deposits are a requirement to ensure your package.

  • You can join in if space available, but will have to make up payments

  • Within 24 hours of your deposit, you will be emailed a customer profile form to be completed.


Incentive: Pay in full - $100 discount from package option.

Festival layaway plans availalbe. Final payment and balance due by April 15, 2018

Credit card are accepted or checks/money orders mailed to: Van Horn Vacations LLC, P.O. BOX 68505, Indianapolis, IN 46268

Returned checks will incur a $30 fee to be paid within 48 hours


Hilton Riverside - Shop the Outlet Collection, attached to our hotel and enjoy easy access to Morial New Orleans Convention Center. You also can walk to the French Quarter, Audubon Aquarium, and Butterfly Garden and Zoo, as well as countless restaurants, art galleries and more.

St. James - Trust us: we're in a great location. The Central Business District is close to everything. The hotel is a short walk from the fabulous French Quarter, where you can indulge in out-of-this-world meals and listen to world-class jazz. Complimentary Wi-Fi

The Whitney Hotel - is an authentic experience, a hotel housed in a converted bank building and a National Historic Landmark. With granite, brass and crown moldings throughout including the original bank vault, The Whitney Hotel has incorporated the original building's architecture into the present aesthetic. In addition to its convenient location in the Central Business District, our historic hotel is within a short distance to the Mercedes Benz Superdome, Smoothie King Center, the French Quarter and Warehouse/Arts District.

Breakfast: For an unforgettable breakfast we suggest the Ruby Slipper . The Saint James also provides guests with a daily European styled breakfast of fresh and warm croissant served with sweet butter and seasonal jams with chilled orange juice, tea or coffee.

317-721-TRIP (8747)


Van Horn loves group leaders and wants to ensure that you are the rock-star of your group. Our company is looking for independent consultants who would love to learn the business and be able to impact lives through travel.

Groups must consist of a minimum 6 people. You will be responsible for ensuring that your groups deposits are made by deposit dead lines. All room deposit reservations of double, triple, quads must be made within 7 days of the initial deposit. You will receive a contract form once the initial deposit is made. You will need to complete the form for your group to include guest name, email and phone number.

As a thank you for your group leadership you will receive:

  1. Complimentary 3 (three) Day Vacation Resort Certificate for two (Value worth $497)
  2. Complimentary NOLA City tour (Value worth $50)
  3. Complimentary 1 year subscription of Essence Magazine


No Refunds - per hotel agreements. No refunds if you are not able to stay the entire duration of your selected package. All payments are final.

Name changes only if before April 15, 2018

Travel insurance is suggested - emergencies happen, Travel Guard is our suggestion


How can I get more information?

a-contact us at info@vanhornvacationsllc.com or 317-721-TRIP (8747)

Are refunds given?

a- No. Deposit/payments are final (hotel and events require payments in advance)

How can I get concert tickets:

a- visit the Essence website at: www.essence.com

How can I get assistance if needed while in NOLA?

a- Guest service representative will be in NOLA during your stay. You will be assigned a specific contact person.

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