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Adventures Afloat: Let the Good Times Roll: Adventures in New Orleans and on the Lower Mississippi

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Program #21291RJ
8 Days | 7 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.
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Totally flat terrain

Itinerary for Apr 15 — Apr 22, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The first sounds of jazz were heard in the dance halls on the very blocks surrounding the hotel. Magnificent jazz murals commemorating this historic neighborhood including a 150-foot clarinet mural...New Orleans newest landmark! The hotel, in the heart of downtown, is 6 blocks from the French Quarter. True Southern hospitality will make you feel right at home while still close to all the action. Multi-lingual staff.

Contact info:
330 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112 USA
phone: 504-581-1600
Room amenities: Bathtub/Shower Hairdryer Iron/Ironing Board Coffee and Tea Maker Hairdryer Refrigerator Microwave oven Cable / Satellite TV In Room Movies - Pay Per View In Room Movies - Premium Cable Stereo Work Desk w/ Lamp Phone / Fax Speaker Phone Free Local Phone Calls

Facility amenities: Outdoor Pool Health/Fitness Center On-Site ATM/Cash Machine Business Center (staffed between 8am-5pm) Concierge Services Dry Cleaning Pickup On-site Guest Self Laundry Facilities Ice Machine Newsstand Porter/Bellman Room Service Safes in each room

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $129 + tax/some dates higher
Price of rooms for additional nights dependent on time of year and availability. Price is not guaranteed and is subject to change by the hotel. Call 1-800-535-7830 and reference Road Scholar in New Orleans at 330 Loyola Avenue. Be sure to get confirmation # and name of person with whom you spoke. If you encounter problems making reservations, call Trudy Guidroz at 504-267-5833. We suggest you make your reservations, immediately as availability and above rate is not guaranteed.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Tuesday, April 15 - Arrival, Intros, Dinner and Jazz musicians play a...
Afternoon: Arrivals. Registration and Orientation at 3:45 p.m. at the hotel. Start off your New Orleans experience with an informative overview of the week to come, and a chance to meet our staff and your fellow Participants.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: A New Orleans Jazz Ensemble will play for our group.

Lodging: Holiday Inn New Orleans Downtown

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The first sounds of jazz were heard in the dance halls on the very blocks surrounding the hotel. Magnificent jazz murals commemorating this historic neighborhood including a 150-foot clarinet mural...New Orleans newest landmark! The hotel, in the heart of downtown, is 6 blocks from the French Quarter. True Southern hospitality will make you feel right at home while still close to all the action. Multi-lingual staff.

Contact info:
330 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112 USA
phone: 504-581-1600
Room amenities: Bathtub/Shower Hairdryer Iron/Ironing Board Coffee and Tea Maker Hairdryer Refrigerator Microwave oven Cable / Satellite TV In Room Movies - Pay Per View In Room Movies - Premium Cable Stereo Work Desk w/ Lamp Phone / Fax Speaker Phone Free Local Phone Calls

Facility amenities: Outdoor Pool Health/Fitness Center On-Site ATM/Cash Machine Business Center (staffed between 8am-5pm) Concierge Services Dry Cleaning Pickup On-site Guest Self Laundry Facilities Ice Machine Newsstand Porter/Bellman Room Service Safes in each room

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $129 + tax/some dates higher
Price of rooms for additional nights dependent on time of year and availability. Price is not guaranteed and is subject to change by the hotel. Call 1-800-535-7830 and reference Road Scholar in New Orleans at 330 Loyola Avenue. Be sure to get confirmation # and name of person with whom you spoke. If you encounter problems making reservations, call Trudy Guidroz at 504-267-5833. We suggest you make your reservations, immediately as availability and above rate is not guaranteed.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, April 16 - Interpretive field trip into city and evening lec...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.

Morning: Our field trip will begin on the motor coach, viewing the French Quarter, the results of Hurricane Katrina in the Ninth Ward and the Make It Right Houses being built there. A stop at an above ground cemetery and spectacular City Park with it's Magnificent Oaks. Your instructor is a native New Orleanian and knows its past and present inside and out. On-site

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Continuation of the Interpretive field trip to Lake Pontchartrain, Bayou St. John, On-site Architecture excursion with instructor in the Garden District to get an up close and personal view of the architectural styles and embellishments New Orleans is famous for as you walk through this exclusive section of our city. See homes of famous people from New Orleans.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Evening: Lecture: Paddle wheelers, Packets and Floating Palaces. This lecture will prepare you for your trip up the Mighty Mississippi River.

Lodging: Holiday Inn New Orleans Downtown

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

Description: The first sounds of jazz were heard in the dance halls on the very blocks surrounding the hotel. Magnificent jazz murals commemorating this historic neighborhood including a 150-foot clarinet mural...New Orleans newest landmark! The hotel, in the heart of downtown, is 6 blocks from the French Quarter. True Southern hospitality will make you feel right at home while still close to all the action. Multi-lingual staff.

Contact info:
330 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112 USA
phone: 504-581-1600
Room amenities: Bathtub/Shower Hairdryer Iron/Ironing Board Coffee and Tea Maker Hairdryer Refrigerator Microwave oven Cable / Satellite TV In Room Movies - Pay Per View In Room Movies - Premium Cable Stereo Work Desk w/ Lamp Phone / Fax Speaker Phone Free Local Phone Calls

Facility amenities: Outdoor Pool Health/Fitness Center On-Site ATM/Cash Machine Business Center (staffed between 8am-5pm) Concierge Services Dry Cleaning Pickup On-site Guest Self Laundry Facilities Ice Machine Newsstand Porter/Bellman Room Service Safes in each room

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $129 + tax/some dates higher
Price of rooms for additional nights dependent on time of year and availability. Price is not guaranteed and is subject to change by the hotel. Call 1-800-535-7830 and reference Road Scholar in New Orleans at 330 Loyola Avenue. Be sure to get confirmation # and name of person with whom you spoke. If you encounter problems making reservations, call Trudy Guidroz at 504-267-5833. We suggest you make your reservations, immediately as availability and above rate is not guaranteed.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, April 17 - Sydney Bestoff Sculpture Gardens, New Orleans Mus...
Sydney Bestoff Sculpture Gardens, New Orleans Museum of Art, Lunch at Golden Feather Museum and Restaurant, Lecture on Mardi Gras Indians Dinner on your own so you may enjoy one of our great restaurants in the French Quarter

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.

Morning: This morning view the spectacular Sculpture Garden in our beautiful City Park. Enjoy the New Orleans Museum of Art. Have the unique experience of learning about the Mardi Gras Indians from an "Indian"(see his incredible costumes)--a cultural pehenomenon in New Orleans. You will hear about the connections to the Black Culture in New Orleans and to the famous early faubourg of New Orleans called Treme.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Use vouchers for Louisiana State Museums or visit on your own the Museum of Southern Art, Free Ferry or Natchez Steamboat or enjoy free time to do more exploring on your own. So many possibilities!

Dinner: Dinner is on your own tonight so that you might enjoy a restaurant of your own choosing. If you have a special restaurant in mind you might want to make advance reservations.

Evening: You may wish to return to hotel after dinner or stay in French Quarter to explore some of the jazz clubs (voucher provided for Preservation Hall and Fritzels to use on your own at your leisure) or just stroll Bourbon Street.

Lodging: Holiday Inn New Orleans Downtown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The first sounds of jazz were heard in the dance halls on the very blocks surrounding the hotel. Magnificent jazz murals commemorating this historic neighborhood including a 150-foot clarinet mural...New Orleans newest landmark! The hotel, in the heart of downtown, is 6 blocks from the French Quarter. True Southern hospitality will make you feel right at home while still close to all the action. Multi-lingual staff.

Contact info:
330 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112 USA
phone: 504-581-1600
Room amenities: Bathtub/Shower Hairdryer Iron/Ironing Board Coffee and Tea Maker Hairdryer Refrigerator Microwave oven Cable / Satellite TV In Room Movies - Pay Per View In Room Movies - Premium Cable Stereo Work Desk w/ Lamp Phone / Fax Speaker Phone Free Local Phone Calls

Facility amenities: Outdoor Pool Health/Fitness Center On-Site ATM/Cash Machine Business Center (staffed between 8am-5pm) Concierge Services Dry Cleaning Pickup On-site Guest Self Laundry Facilities Ice Machine Newsstand Porter/Bellman Room Service Safes in each room

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $129 + tax/some dates higher
Price of rooms for additional nights dependent on time of year and availability. Price is not guaranteed and is subject to change by the hotel. Call 1-800-535-7830 and reference Road Scholar in New Orleans at 330 Loyola Avenue. Be sure to get confirmation # and name of person with whom you spoke. If you encounter problems making reservations, call Trudy Guidroz at 504-267-5833. We suggest you make your reservations, immediately as availability and above rate is not guaranteed.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Friday, April 18 - Lecture Louisiana Politics and Mardi Gras, lunch ...
Lecture Louisiana Politics and Mardi Gras, lunch at the hotel Visit to the World War II Museum and dinner at the New Orleans School of Cooking with Demonstration, recipes and dinner.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.

Morning: Lecture: "Mardi Gras," and "Huey P. Long." Hear about the real Mardi Gras from a native. All of the myths and misconceptions that you have read and heard about will be dispelled after this lecture. The second half of the class is dedicated to Louisiana politics, with a focus on colorful former governor, Huey P. Long - the "Kingfish." You will be amazed at the antics, politics, and incidents that were orchestrated by this powerful, charismatic figure who was revered by his constituents, despised by his political enemies and even his family.  

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel -Holiday Inn Streetcar Buffet.

Afternoon: A visit to the World War II Museum formerly known as the National D-Day Museum focuses on the contribution made by the United States to victory by the Allies in World Was II and the Battle of Normandy. New Orleans is the home of the Higgins Boat "Andrew Higgins is the man who won the war for us." -President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dinner: Learn the tricks and techniques of Creole cooking at a popular culinary arts school. Recipes will be supplied so that you can bring some New Orleans cuisine "home" with you. Enjoy the great dinner you watch being created for you.  

Evening: Early evening, pack and get ready for morning check out of the hotel

Lodging: Holiday Inn New Orleans Downtown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

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: See above description

Contact info:
Docked at River
New Orleans,, LA 70130 USA
phone: 206-292-9606
Room amenities: Varies with category purchased

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: $129 plus tax -varies by dates
See Pre/Post information


Day Five: Saturday, April 19 - Brunch at the Court of Two Sisters, Swamp tour. B...
Brunch at the Court of Two Sisters, Swamp tour. Board the American Queen Dinner on Board early seating

Morning: Brunch at the Court of Two Sisters in the French Quarter.

Brunch: Enjoy brunch at 9 a.m. at the renowned Court of Two Sisters. Be entertained by New Orleans jazz over a sumptuous buffet of New Orleans delights. Enjoy your dining experience with new friends and, perhaps, a vastly changed picture of New Orleans.

Lunch: Brunch until 10:30

Afternoon: We have is 40 minute ride to the Manchac Swamp where you will have a unique experience on a covered boat. As your boat drifts through the waterways, you learn about Louisiana wetlands, the inhabitants of the swamp, the American Alligator and the unique history of the Cajun town of Frenier.

Dinner: Board the American Queen after 3:30pm. Dinner at 5:15 pm

Evening: Entertainment on the American Queen

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Brunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

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: See above description

Contact info:
Docked at River
New Orleans,, LA 70130 USA
phone: 206-292-9606
Room amenities: Varies with category purchased

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: $129 plus tax -varies by dates
See Pre/Post information


Day Six: Sunday, April 20 - Oak Alley Plantation and lecture on the Mississip...
Oak Alley Plantation and lecture on the Mississippi River During French Domination

Breakfast: Breakfast aboard the American Queen

Morning: Tour the grounds and Oak Alley Plantation, Antebellum Mississippi River Mansion.Originally named Bon Secour, was built in 1837 by George Swainey. Leading up to the house is an alley Of 300 year old oak trees. This alley runs between the house and the Mississippi River.

Lunch: On the American Queen

Afternoon: Lecture: Mississippi River During French Domination

Dinner: Dinner with your fellow travelers.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

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: See above description

Contact info:
Docked at River
New Orleans,, LA 70130 USA
phone: 206-292-9606
Room amenities: Varies with category purchased

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: $129 plus tax -varies by dates
See Pre/Post information


Day Seven: Monday, April 21 - Baton Rouge State Capital of Louisiana, visit the...
Breakfast: Breakfast on the American Queen Main dining room or the Front Porch.

Morning: Lecture: Huey Long: Messiah to the Rednecks

Lunch: On Board the American Queen

Afternoon: L.S.U. Rural Life Museum is located on the 450 acre Burden Center.The museum is home to an extensive collection of tools, farming implements to preserve an important part of the state's and nation's rural heritage. The museum includes many buildings and the main museum. The Louisiana State Museum features state of the art exhibits exploring Louisiana's fascinating culture and history.

Dinner: On board the American Queen. Entertainment after dinner.

Lodging: American Queen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Tuesday, April 22 - Breakfast on American Queen Depart New Orleans
Breakfast: Breakfast before we leave the American Queen at approximately 9am.Transportation to hotel or airport by 10:30am

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


New Orleans, LA
ATTRACTIONS & EXCURSIONSAquarium of the Americas
Audubon Zoo
Cafe du Monde
Free Ferry
Flea Market
French Market
Glassworks School
IMAX Theater
Mardi Gras World
Natchez Steamboat
St. Charles Streetcar
HISTORIC HOMESBeauregard-Keyes House
Faulkner House
Gallier House
Ursuline Convent
MUSEUMS & EXHIBITSLouisiana State Museum
Confederate Museum
New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden
Musee Conti (Wax Museum)
St. Louis Cathedral
Voodoo Museum
World War II MUseum
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
NIGHTCLUBS & MUSICGazebo
House of Blues
Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville
Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop
Maison Bourbon
Market Café
Mid City Lanes Rock n Bowl
Mulate's Cajun Dancing
Palm Court Jazz Café
Pat O' Briens'
Patout's Cajun Corner
Preservation Hall
Tipitina's
Snug Harbor
Spotted Cat
PERFORMING ARTSContemporary Arts Center
Le Petit Theatre
Mahalia Jackson Performing Arts Center
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
ATTRACTIONS AND EXCURSIONSUSS Kidd
Magnolia Mound
Baton Rouge Zoo
Louisiana State Capital
Old Governors' Mansion Bluebonnet Swamp and Nature Center
MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITSWest Baton Rouge Museum
Louisiana Art and Science Museum
Old Arsenal Museum
PERFORMING ARTSShaw Center for the Arts

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18 meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
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12 Field trips
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