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LAFAYETTE, LOUISIANA

Celebrating Mardi Gras in Cajun Country

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Program #11031RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Itinerary for Feb 10 — Feb 15, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: In the heart of Cajun Country. Just minutes from UL Lafayette, Vermilionville, and other tourist attractions. Approximately 3.0 miles from airport.

Contact info:
1801 W. Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508 USA
phone: 337-233-8120
web: www.thehotelacadiana.com

Room amenities: Complimentary high speed internet, 32" flat panel television,mini-fridge, coffee station, blow dryer, iron & ironing board. Microwave available upon request.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool, fitness room. Complimentary laundry facilities, 24 hour business center.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $65
Arrangements must be made directly with the hotel. (337) 769-9408

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 10 - Arrival at hotel; welcome and orientation
Afternoon: Hotel Acadiana check-in time is 3:00. We will meet at 4:30, get acquainted, and review the weekly schedule. We will take time to answer your questions about the upcoming week, as well as teach you a few Cajun French words and Cajun English phrases to help you enjoy your stay in Cajun country. Try not to miss it! It's a great start to the program!

Dinner: Our first dinner is often held at the hotel, but sometimes out at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Acadiana

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: In the heart of Cajun Country. Just minutes from UL Lafayette, Vermilionville, and other tourist attractions. Approximately 3.0 miles from airport.

Contact info:
1801 W. Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508 USA
phone: 337-233-8120
web: www.thehotelacadiana.com

Room amenities: Complimentary high speed internet, 32" flat panel television,mini-fridge, coffee station, blow dryer, iron & ironing board. Microwave available upon request.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool, fitness room. Complimentary laundry facilities, 24 hour business center.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $65
Arrangements must be made directly with the hotel. (337) 769-9408

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 11 - "The Variety of the Cajun Country Mardi Gras"
Breakfast:

Morning: Field Trip: We'll travel to Eunice, to the Jean Lafitte Acadian Culture Center to hear UL Lafayette professor, Dr. Barry Ancelet. The topic: "The Variety of the Cajun Country Mardi Gras." His slides and stories and humor are very entertaining. He is the guru of all things Cajun.

Lunch: Lunch in Eunice, TBA.

Afternoon: Class: Documentary film called, "J'ai Été au Bal" (I Went to the Dance), about the history and evolution of Cajun and Zydeco music.

Dinner: Local restaurant to be announced.

Evening: Lafayette Queen's Parade - you've learned about the rural Mardi Gras, now experience the city Mardi Gras.

Lodging: Hotel Acadiana

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: In the heart of Cajun Country. Just minutes from UL Lafayette, Vermilionville, and other tourist attractions. Approximately 3.0 miles from airport.

Contact info:
1801 W. Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508 USA
phone: 337-233-8120
web: www.thehotelacadiana.com

Room amenities: Complimentary high speed internet, 32" flat panel television,mini-fridge, coffee station, blow dryer, iron & ironing board. Microwave available upon request.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool, fitness room. Complimentary laundry facilities, 24 hour business center.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $65
Arrangements must be made directly with the hotel. (337) 769-9408

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 12 - Courir de Mardi Gras in Tee Mamou!
Breakfast:

Morning: We'll travel to the an area of Cajun Country known as "Tee Mamou." (Not to be confused with Big Mamou!) We'll go to the home of a local family and share in their experience as we wait to see the costumed revelers chase chickens, climb trees, dance, and beg for ingredients or money for their communal gumbo. Then we'll head to downtown Iota for lunch from festival vendors and live music.

Lunch: Your choice from festival vendors.

Afternoon: J'ai Été au Bal - We'll watch a fascinating film about the history and evolution of Cajun & Zydeco music.

Dinner: Dinner TBA.

Lodging: Hotel Acadiana

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: In the heart of Cajun Country. Just minutes from UL Lafayette, Vermilionville, and other tourist attractions. Approximately 3.0 miles from airport.

Contact info:
1801 W. Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508 USA
phone: 337-233-8120
web: www.thehotelacadiana.com

Room amenities: Complimentary high speed internet, 32" flat panel television,mini-fridge, coffee station, blow dryer, iron & ironing board. Microwave available upon request.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool, fitness room. Complimentary laundry facilities, 24 hour business center.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $65
Arrangements must be made directly with the hotel. (337) 769-9408

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 13 - Jean Lafitte; Vermilionville; Martin Accordions
Breakfast:

Morning: Field trip to Jean Lafitte Center to view a film on the deportation of the Acadians, followed by field trip to Vermilionville to take a guided tour of the village.

Lunch: Lunch at La Cuisine de Maman (Mama's Kitchen), Vermilionville's on-site café.

Afternoon: Vermilionville trip will take us into the early afternoon.

Dinner: Deano's - Pizza with a south Louisiana twist!

Evening: Field trip to Martin Accordions where we'll be treated to a jam session with the Martin Family band, as well as being informed about their handcrafted accordions which are made-to-order and shipped internationally.

Lodging: Hotel Acadiana

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: In the heart of Cajun Country. Just minutes from UL Lafayette, Vermilionville, and other tourist attractions. Approximately 3.0 miles from airport.

Contact info:
1801 W. Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508 USA
phone: 337-233-8120
web: www.thehotelacadiana.com

Room amenities: Complimentary high speed internet, 32" flat panel television,mini-fridge, coffee station, blow dryer, iron & ironing board. Microwave available upon request.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool, fitness room. Complimentary laundry facilities, 24 hour business center.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $65
Arrangements must be made directly with the hotel. (337) 769-9408

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 14 - Cajun Dance Lessons; Dinner & Dancing at Pont Bre...
Cajun Dance Lessons; Dinner & Dancing at Pont Breaux's Cajun Restaurant (formerly Mulate's)

Breakfast:

Morning: Class - A Personal Cajun History. Learn the true story of the Acadians from a local fiddler who traced his family's history from France to Acadie, back to France, and then to Louisiana.

Lunch: Local restaurant TBA

Afternoon: Take a driving tour of downtown Lafayette, the university, and a stop to see a 500 year old oak on the grounds of a beautiful cathedral. Later in the afternoon, learn the Cajun Waltz and the Cajun Two Step from a local couple.

Dinner:

Evening: After graduation at the hotel, we'll go out for dinner & dancing at Pont Breaux's Cajun Restaurant, a favorite Cajun restaurant and dance hall, featuring live Cajun music.

Lodging: Hotel Acadiana

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, February 15 - Departure after breakfast, which is served from 6...
Breakfast:

Morning: You are free to depart before or after breakfast. Check out of hotel. Have a safe trip home!

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences
3 Performances

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