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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 Oct 28 — Nov 2, 2013

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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. 800-HILTONS (445-8667) . Please give them this code: N2849782, which will alert them that you are eligible for the Road Scholar discounted rate. Do NOT ask for group reservations. You may also call the Hilton Lafayette directly and ask to speak to the reservationist. This option is only 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: Monday, October 28 - Welcome and Orientation
Afternoon: Hotel check-in time is 3:00.

Dinner: Gumbo dinner at the hotel at 6:30 pm.

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: 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. 800-HILTONS (445-8667) . Please give them this code: N2849782, which will alert them that you are eligible for the Road Scholar discounted rate. Do NOT ask for group reservations. You may also call the Hilton Lafayette directly and ask to speak to the reservationist. This option is only 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: Tuesday, October 29 - Jean Lafitte Center; Vermilionville
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

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 - Dr. Elista Istre will talk to the group on two different topics. The first will be about the journey from Acadians to Cajuns and the second will be about alligators. She is a fascinating instructor.

Dinner: Dinner at Hub City Diner. Will choose from a small menu.

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. 800-HILTONS (445-8667) . Please give them this code: N2849782, which will alert them that you are eligible for the Road Scholar discounted rate. Do NOT ask for group reservations. You may also call the Hilton Lafayette directly and ask to speak to the reservationist. This option is only 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: Wednesday, October 30 - Wildlife expert and nature photographer.
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Class with a local wildlife expert.

Lunch: Dwyer's Cafe.

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: Deano's Pizza

Evening: Martin Accordions

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. 800-HILTONS (445-8667) . Please give them this code: N2849782, which will alert them that you are eligible for the Road Scholar discounted rate. Do NOT ask for group reservations. You may also call the Hilton Lafayette directly and ask to speak to the reservationist. This option is only 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: Thursday, October 31 - McGee's Landing/Lake Martin Rookery
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

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: Lunch at Poche's Market.

Afternoon: Lake Martin Rookery is a sight to behold. The setting is classic Louisiana: Spanish moss draped cypress trees and water tupelo. The birds we'll see will vary by season and yes, there should be alligators! We'll take our time and enjoy the view. Be sure to have your binoculars and cameras handy.

Dinner: Poboy dinner at the hotel.

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. 800-HILTONS (445-8667) . Please give them this code: N2849782, which will alert them that you are eligible for the Road Scholar discounted rate. Do NOT ask for group reservations. You may also call the Hilton Lafayette directly and ask to speak to the reservationist. This option is only 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: Friday, November 01 - Cypress Lake/Cajun Dance Lessons
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

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

Lunch: Local Cajun restaurant.

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: Pont Breaux's Cajun Restaurant

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

Lodging: Hilton Lafayette

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Saturday, November 02 - Depart after breakfast, which is available from 6...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.

Morning: Depart after breakfast, which is available from 6:30 - 10:00.

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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3 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
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