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Wildlife and Culture of Louisiana's Cajun Country

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Program #8276RJ
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.
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.

Itinerary for Mar 18 — Mar 23, 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: 337-769-9408
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: Monday, March 18 - Welcome and Orientation
Afternoon: Hotel check-in time is 3:00.

Dinner: Casual dinner at the hotel or local restaurant.

Evening: 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.

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: 337-769-9408
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: Tuesday, March 19 - Jean Lafitte Center; Vermilionville
Breakfast:

Morning: Field trip to the Jean Lafitte Center to view a film on the deportation of the Acadians, as well as their museum, which contains artifacts from the early life of Acadians in south Louisiana to current day, followed by a trip to the Vermilionville Folk Life Village.

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

Afternoon: Class - A Personal Cajun History. Our instructor has traced his family's journey from France to Acadie, back to France and on to Louisiana. His story will clarify some of your questions about the Acadians and their exile from Nova Scotia.

Dinner: Dinner at one of our local restaurants to be announced at later date.

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: 337-769-9408
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: Wednesday, March 20 - Jungle Gardens & Tabasco
Breakfast:

Morning: One of the main attraction to this area is Avery Island's exotic 200 acre Jungle Gardens with its beautiful Bird City, home to egrets, herons and other water birds. We'll take a driving tour through the gardens to get to the man made rookery, but even if our timing isn't right for the azaleas and camellias, we'll enjoy the scenic beauty of moss draped oaks, as well as the stands of many exotic varieties of bamboo. Remaining on Avery Island, we will visit the home of world-famous Tabasco Pepper Sauce. We will view an information video on the history of the McIlhenny company, as well as how the sauce gets from the fields to your table.

Lunch:

Afternoon: Class - Life & Culture of the Atchafalaya Basin - Our instructor, who is an accomplished photographer and author, as well as a crawfisherman, will give a visual presentation of his work. The presentation will contain images captured in the largest river swamp in North America, the Atchafalaya Basin. Our instructor will also enlighten us to the plight of the endangered lifestyle of the bayou Cajun

Dinner: Local restaurant TBA.

Evening: Jam session with local musicians.

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: 337-769-9408
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: Thursday, March 21 - McGee's Landing/Lake Martin Rookery
Breakfast:

Morning: Field trip to McGee's Landing in Henderson, where we'll board a pontoon boat for a tour of the historic Atchafalaya basin.

Lunch: To be announced.

Afternoon: Lake Martin Rookery is a sight to behold. The setting is classic Louisiana: Spanish moss draped cypress trees and water tupelo; nesting egrets, roseate spoonbills, blue herons; and yes, alligators! We'll take our time and enjoy the view. Be sure to have your binoculars and cameras handy.

Dinner: Local Cajun restaurant.

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: 337-769-9408
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: Friday, March 22 - Cypress Lake/Cajun Dance Lessons
Breakfast:

Morning: A visit to UL Lafayette's jewel in the middle of campus, Cypress Lake. Cypress Lake is a beautiful microcosm of swamp life, with moss draped cypress trees, tupelo gum, native flowers, birds, alligators, and fish.

Lunch: TBA

Afternoon: Learn the Cajun Waltz and Two Step in order to prepare for some REAL Louisiana wild life! We will have a short program where you will receive Honorary Cajun Certificates, as well as sample a favorite Cajun treat - boudin!

Dinner: Included.

Evening: Dinner and dancing at one of our most famous local restaurant / dance halls.

Lodging: Hotel Acadiana

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Saturday, March 23 - Departure after breakfast, which is available fro...
Breakfast:

Morning: Check out by noon. If you need transportation to the airport, you must make your request at the front desk in advance.

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
Heymann Center for the Performing Arts1373 S. College Rd., Lafayette, LA 70503
For additional information, visit: www.ticketmaster.com/venue/221705
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

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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