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Adventures Afloat: Louisiana by Riverboat: Jazz, Plantations & Local Lore

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Program #21009RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Totally flat terrain

Itinerary for Apr 15 — Apr 21, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Ship Information: American Queen Paddlewheeler

Contact info:
300 Bourbon St.
New Orleans, LA 70130 USA
phone: 504-586-0300
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 199
additional nights available at Royal Sonesta


Day One: Monday, April 15 - Orientation, dinner, lecture
Note: Bellman will hold your bags if you arrive before 4pm check-in

Afternoon: Orientation and Introductions begins at 4pm at Royal Sonesta

Dinner: Dinner at Hotel this evening so you can meet your fellow travelers.

Evening: Introduction to New Orleans -- "It's a New Orleans Thing"

Lodging: Royal Sonesta

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Ship Information: American Queen Paddlewheeler

Contact info:
300 Bourbon St.
New Orleans, LA 70130 USA
phone: 504-586-0300
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 199
additional nights available at Royal Sonesta


Day Two: Tuesday, April 16 - Overview of city. Museums and Jazz
Note: Enjoy real New Orleans Jazz at Preservation Hall.

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet

Morning: Overview of City with instructor. View Lake Pontchartrain, walk in above ground cemetaries with instruction, see and learn about Bayou St. John. Ride down the famous St. Charles Avenue and walk in the Garden District to learn about many architectural styles.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon: Vouchers for Mardi Gras Museum, Cabildo Museum and Historic New Orleans Collection.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant

Evening: Preservation Hall and Fritzels vouchers given for Jazz performances.

Lodging: Royal Sonesta

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Ship Information: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Contact info:
Docked at River
New Orleans,, LA 70130 USA
phone: 888-749-5280
Room amenities: Varies with category purchased

Facility amenities: Laundry on board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Wednesday, April 17 - Brunch at Court of Two Sisters
Note: Walking on flat terrain app. 6 blocks

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel

Morning: Expert lecture on "Paddlewheelers, Packets and Floating Palaces" by a former Riverboat Captain

Lunch: Brunch at the famous Court of Two Sisters with a Jazz trio

Afternoon: Time to use vouchers for museums and last minute visits in the French Quarter..

Dinner: Dinner onboard the American Queen

Evening: Evening performance and welcome onboard.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Ship Information: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Contact info:
Docked at River
New Orleans,, LA 70130 USA
phone: 888-749-5280
Room amenities: Varies with category purchased

Facility amenities: Laundry on board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Thursday, April 18 - Oak Alley, Laura and Evergreen Plantations
Note: Leisurely stroll at plantations

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the American Queen

Morning: Enjoy a completely different version of a plantation when you visit Laura Plantation and Evergreen-with the most well preserved slave cabins on the Historic Register.

Morning: Located in the Saint James Parish, Oak Alley is a much-photographed plantation that combines architectural splendor and the natural wonder of its 300-year-old oak trees. Spend time strolling beneath the canopy of these trees, and learn about the rich history and culture of this southern estate.

Lunch: Lunch onboard the American Queen

Afternoon: "The Mississippi River and the Making of a Nation" Enjoy the ralaxing beauty of the River as you roll along.

Dinner: Dinner onboard the American Queen

Evening: Enjoy great performances every evening.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Ship Information: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Contact info:
Docked at River
New Orleans,, LA 70130 USA
phone: 888-749-5280
Room amenities: Varies with category purchased

Facility amenities: Laundry on board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Friday, April 19 - Visit Oakly, home of John James Audubon
Note: easy walking on flat terrain--some standing in house.

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard American Queen

Morning: This quaint town of St. Francilville located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River is your window to the past. With over 140 buildings on the National Register, beautiful plantation homes nestled in the rolling countryside, and bustling Main Street shops, you'll find plenty to keep you on the go in St. Francisville. "John James Audubon--the man and his Milieu". Visit Oakley where Audubon lived and worked.

Lunch: Lunch onboard the American Queen.

Afternoon: Preparing for our visit to Baton Rouge learn about "Huey Long: Messiah to the Rednecks"--your instructor is an expert on the subject.

Dinner: Dinner onboard the American Queen

Evening: Evening show followed by buffet--late music each night in the lounge.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Ship Information: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.

Contact info:
Docked at River
New Orleans,, LA 70130 USA
phone: 888-749-5280
Room amenities: Varies with category purchased

Facility amenities: Laundry on board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Saturday, April 20 - Rural Life Museum and La. State Capital
Note: Easy walking on flat terrain.

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the American Queen.

Morning: The capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge is the center of all the great things the state has to offer—visitors delight in the seamless blend of past and present experiencing authentic Louisiana at every turn. With its semi-tropical climate, the outdoors is tempting and the attractions abound. No wonder this is one of the south's fastest growing cities. Visit the Louisiana State Capital where Huey Long was shot. Also visit the Louisiana State Museum.

Lunch: Lunch onbard the American Queen

Afternoon: Visit the Rural Life Museum and see the Louisiana State University campus.

Dinner: Dinner onboard the American Queen.

Evening: Entertainment in Grand Saloon

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Sunday, April 21 -
Breakfast: Breakfast onbard the American Queen

Morning: Depart for New Orleans Louis Armstrong Airport or Royal Sonesta Hotel--leave boat at 9 am arrive airport by 9:45am

Meals Included: Breakfast

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6 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
4 Hands-on experiences
7 Performances

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