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LAFAYETTE, LOUISIANA

The Cajun Experience in Music, Food, and Dance

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Program #5629RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
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Itinerary for Apr 23 — Apr 28, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: In the heart of Cajun Country, set on the banks of the Vermilion River. Just minutes from UL Lafayette, Vermilionville, and other attractions. Approximately 3.0 miles from airport.

Contact info:
1521 W. Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70503 USA
phone: 800-445-8667
web: www.Lafayette.Hilton.com

Room amenities: Complimentary high speed internet, 37" flat panel television, coffee station, blow dryer, iron & ironing board.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool, 24 hour fitness room, 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: $89 two double beds, $99 king
Arrangements must be made directly with the hotel. Call the Hilton Lafayette directly and ask to speak to the reservationist, who is available Monday through Friday, 9 - 5 Central time, and the number is not toll free. 337 235-6111. Tell them you are with Road Scholar.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Wednesday, April 23 - Welcome and Orientation
Afternoon: Hotel check-in time is 3:00.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel at 6:30.

Evening: We will meet promptly at 4:30 for the program orientation. We will go through the itinerary for the week, engage in a fun colloquial vocabulary/language exercise, and have a general Q&A session. Individuals will introduce themselves to the group. It's a lively beginning to the program that is not to be missed!

Lodging: Hilton Lafayette

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: In the heart of Cajun Country, set on the banks of the Vermilion River. Just minutes from UL Lafayette, Vermilionville, and other attractions. Approximately 3.0 miles from airport.

Contact info:
1521 W. Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70503 USA
phone: 800-445-8667
web: www.Lafayette.Hilton.com

Room amenities: Complimentary high speed internet, 37" flat panel television, coffee station, blow dryer, iron & ironing board.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool, 24 hour fitness room, 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: $89 two double beds, $99 king
Arrangements must be made directly with the hotel. Call the Hilton Lafayette directly and ask to speak to the reservationist, who is available Monday through Friday, 9 - 5 Central time, and the number is not toll free. 337 235-6111. Tell them you are with Road Scholar.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Thursday, April 24 - Jean Lafitte Acadian Culture Center; Vermilionvil...
Note: This will be a very full day. The Vermilionville visit includes an hour and a half of walking and standing.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Field trip to Jean Lafitte Acadian Culture Center to view films on the deportation of the Acadians, as well as a film about the Atchafalaya Basin. There will also be time to see the on-site museum. Afterwards, on to Vermilionville for a guided walk through the folk life village.

Lunch: Lunch at La Cuisine de Maman (on-site cafe at Vermilionville).

Afternoon: We will visit Martin Accordions where we'll learn about the history of the Cajun accordion and how it is made. The Martin Family Band will put on a lively and entertaining performance that you will never forget!

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

Lodging: Hilton Lafayette

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

Description: In the heart of Cajun Country, set on the banks of the Vermilion River. Just minutes from UL Lafayette, Vermilionville, and other attractions. Approximately 3.0 miles from airport.

Contact info:
1521 W. Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70503 USA
phone: 800-445-8667
web: www.Lafayette.Hilton.com

Room amenities: Complimentary high speed internet, 37" flat panel television, coffee station, blow dryer, iron & ironing board.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool, 24 hour fitness room, 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: $89 two double beds, $99 king
Arrangements must be made directly with the hotel. Call the Hilton Lafayette directly and ask to speak to the reservationist, who is available Monday through Friday, 9 - 5 Central time, and the number is not toll free. 337 235-6111. Tell them you are with Road Scholar.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Friday, April 25 - Cajun Dance Lessons/Local Food Traditions
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Class: Life and Culture of the Atchafalaya Basin. Greg Guirard is a Cajun, a crawfisherman, a cypress salvager, a photographer and author. He has been following families of the Atchafalaya Basin for years. He tells their stories in photographs as well as sharing funny and interesting anecdotes. Greg is a champion of the Atchafalaya and a wonderful storyteller. Come and hear his stories and enjoy his photographs.

Lunch: Local Cajun restaurant.

Afternoon: Classes: Learn the Cajun waltz and the two-step in an entertaining dance lesson. Even if you think you don't want to dance, you will enjoy the toe-tapping Cajun music ... and before you know it, you will be on your feet, unable to resist!

Afternoon: Delve into the fascinating and complex history of Louisiana. Current day Cajun culture is a result of not only the arrival of the Acadians, but also other groups whose cultures had an impact on the Cajun way of life. Be mesmerized by the tale, as told by a local historian.

Dinner: Local Cajun restaurant.

Evening: Cajun food is often one pot, rustic cooking. Learn more about local food-ways, pantry ingredients,and the plate lunch culture, as related to you by your group leader and coordinator, Patti Daigle, a lifelong resident of south Louisiana. A wonderful documentary (made by grad students at UL Lafayette), "Raised on Rice and Gravy," will also be shown.

Lodging: Hilton Lafayette

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

Description: In the heart of Cajun Country, set on the banks of the Vermilion River. Just minutes from UL Lafayette, Vermilionville, and other attractions. Approximately 3.0 miles from airport.

Contact info:
1521 W. Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70503 USA
phone: 800-445-8667
web: www.Lafayette.Hilton.com

Room amenities: Complimentary high speed internet, 37" flat panel television, coffee station, blow dryer, iron & ironing board.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool, 24 hour fitness room, 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: $89 two double beds, $99 king
Arrangements must be made directly with the hotel. Call the Hilton Lafayette directly and ask to speak to the reservationist, who is available Monday through Friday, 9 - 5 Central time, and the number is not toll free. 337 235-6111. Tell them you are with Road Scholar.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Saturday, April 26 - Swamp Tour; Festival Internationale de Louisiane
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Atchafalaya Basin by pontoon boat. (Weather permitting.)

Lunch: Poche's Cajun Restaurant & Market

Afternoon: Field trip to downtown Lafayette, where Festival International de Louisiane will be taking place. International musical acts (with some kind of Francophone connection) on various stages throughout the downtown area, which covers a number of city blocks. Walking and standing required. Wonderful local street food available throughout the festival site.

Dinner: Local Cajun restaurant or at festival site.

Lodging: Hilton Lafayette

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

Description: In the heart of Cajun Country, set on the banks of the Vermilion River. Just minutes from UL Lafayette, Vermilionville, and other attractions. Approximately 3.0 miles from airport.

Contact info:
1521 W. Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70503 USA
phone: 800-445-8667
web: www.Lafayette.Hilton.com

Room amenities: Complimentary high speed internet, 37" flat panel television, coffee station, blow dryer, iron & ironing board.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool, 24 hour fitness room, 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: $89 two double beds, $99 king
Arrangements must be made directly with the hotel. Call the Hilton Lafayette directly and ask to speak to the reservationist, who is available Monday through Friday, 9 - 5 Central time, and the number is not toll free. 337 235-6111. Tell them you are with Road Scholar.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Sunday, April 27 - Dance Lesson Review/Pont Breaux's Cajun Restauran...
Dance Lesson Review/Pont Breaux's Cajun Restaurant for Dinner & Dancing

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Fiddler David Greely will delight and entertain you with his music and inform you with his story of his family's journey from France to Nova Scotia to Louisiana.

Lunch: Local specialty, tba.

Afternoon: We'll have a second dancing lesson to review the waltz and the two-step. Perfect your skills before going out for a night of dinner and dancing. Receive Honorary Cajun certificates before leaving for dinner.

Dinner: We'll go out to a favorite restaurant/dance hall for dinner and dancing to live Cajun music.

Lodging: Hilton Lafayette

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Monday, April 28 - Depart after breakfast, which is available from 6...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Breakfast is served from 6:30 - 10:00. You are free to depart after breakfast. Check out of hotel. Have a safe trip home!

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Lafayette, LA
Acadian VillageMuseum of authentic Acadian homes. Located on the grounds of Acadian Village are eight authentic Acadian houses dating back to 1800. There is a recreation of a General Store that was the main gathering place for the community. Onsite is a replica of a Chapel, the floor of the Chapel was made with long leaf pine that is over 200 years old. The reproduction of the Blacksmith Shop was built with weather-beaten, aged cypress boards. The shop is complete with original tools used by the blacksmith years ago. Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed for major holidays.
For additional information, visit: www.acadianvillage.org
Lafayette Science Museum and PlanetariumThe Museum exists to encourage the discovery and understanding of the natural world, the universe, and the role of humans within them. Hours of Operation Monday - Closed Tuesday thru Friday - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday - 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission Charges Adults - $5.00 Seniors (65 or older) - $3.00 Children - $2.00
For additional information, visit: www.lafayettesciencemuseum.org
University Art MuseumThe University Art Museum's Permanent Collection consists of more than 1,500 works of art, including paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, and photographs. This collection represents 18th, 19th and 20th century Louisiana, as well as the United States, Europe and Japan. Hours of operation: Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Friday - 9:00 to Noon Saturday - 10:00 - 5:00 Sunday and Monday - Closed. Ticket prices: Adult $5. Senior Citizens $4.
For additional information, visit: www.museum.louisiana.edu
Zoo of AcadianaHours of operation are from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week, January to November. (Closed major holidays) Winter Hours: December Only 9:00 - 4:00 Safari of Lights: 5:00 - 9:00 *weather permitting* Admission cost: $9.25* for adults $8.25* for senior citizens 55 and older *plus tax.
For additional information, visit: www.zooofacadiana.org

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

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