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Program #18497RJ
6 Days | 5 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 Nov 10 — Nov 15, 2013

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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.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, November 10 - Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation, W...
Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Opening Presentation

Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:30pm.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, updated schedule, and other important information we will review during orientation.

ORIENTATION: 4:15pm. We will begin with introductions followed by an informative overview of the program. We will review the schedule and any changes; discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures; and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Enjoy a tasty meal in the hotel's Streetcar Restaurant with classic New Orleans and innovative American cuisine in a setting enhanced by original art works

Evening: PRESENTATION: Saints, Sinners, and Secrets. America’s most colorful city has been the home of an amazing cast of characters for three centuries. From ritual dances of the original Chitimacha inhabitants through the ceremonies and indulgences of succeeding waves of French, Spanish, English, Americans, German, Irish, Italians, and more down to our own time, New Orleans has always been a place of contrasts, conflicts, and contradictions. Religion and depravity, goodness and immorality, saints and sinners all have co-existed here, sometimes within the same people such as the blend of spiritual influences in Marie Laveau, notorious as the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans who was also a devout Catholic. We hope your head won’t spin, but your eyes will be opened!

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.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, November 11 - Saintly Influences and Sacred Spaces, Ursuline Co...
Saintly Influences and Sacred Spaces, Ursuline Convent, St. Louis Cathedral, Touro Synagogue, Fr. Seelos Shrine, Old Mortuary Chapel, and "Madam" Josie Arlington

Breakfast: The hotel's buffet breakfast offers multiple choices to please your palate.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Saintly Influences and Sacred Spaces. We will highlight remarkable tales of the faithful and their spiritual power and influence during crucial times for New Orleans and its people. Learn how residents preserve and revere these guardians of the city.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Sacred Spaces. Our first stop is the Old Ursuline Convent in the French Quarter, oldest building in the Mississippi Valley and the oldest example of French colonial architecture. The first 12 Ursulines arrived here from France in 1727, known as “casket girls” for the wooden cases containing their possessions.

Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France: This grand title identifies the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the U.S. -- established as a parish in 1720 -- and one of the city’s most notable landmarks, a cultural and architectural treasure.

Touro Synagogue is named for Judah Touro, a wealthy merchant-trader and son of Isaac Touro who founded America’s oldest synagogue in Newport, RI. Touro in New Orleans is the oldest Jewish house of worship outside the original 13 colonies, dating back to the 1820s.

St. Mary’s Assumption Church, the first German Catholic Church in Louisiana, houses the National Shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, beatified in 2000. Fr. Seelos came to New Orleans in 1866, but the very next year contracted yellow fever and died. During that short time, he took on the hardest tasks and did the most penance, with miracles attributed to his intercession both during his life and after his death.

The Old Mortuary Chapel is the city’s oldest original church still standing, built as a place to bury victims of the annual Yellow Fever season (July-December), epidemic in New Orleans through much of the 19th Century. It is now the official chapel of the New Orleans Police and Fire Departments.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: PRESENTATION: Legacies of New Orleans. Learn about the lives and legacy of free people of color, philanthropists and businessmen, the impact of Plessy vs. Ferguson, and more.

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.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, November 12 - Villains and Vamps, Dueling Oaks, Dinner & Evenin...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Villains and Vamps. Without darkness, there is no light, and vice-versa. New Orleans has no shortage of unsavory characters and criminals who have operated in the shadows. Learn about some of the city's most despicable bad guys…and gals…from the infamous 1830s socialite-serial killer Delphine LaLaurie to the local version of Jack the Ripper, The Axeman. The police themselves have been touched by scandal. And the Mafia? Some say it is gone, while others insist New Orleans still has one of the most powerful crime families in the country, surviving Carlos Marcello who -- some speculate -- played a role in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: The Dueling Oaks. Long before it became City Park, these grounds -- once part of an old plantation -- were notorious as a place where duels were fought. More “affaires d’honneur” were fought in New Orleans than any other city. While sometimes the outcome of serious insults, they could erupt from any perceived affront to a Creole gentleman’s pride. Weapons ranged from swords and sabers to pistols and more. A local newspaper reported, “Between 1834 and 1844 scarcely a day passed without duels being fought at the Oaks.” While dignity could be satisfied with the first blood drawn, many of these crimes of honor ended with one of the combatants being carried away for burial.

Take the remainder of the afternoon to explore on your own and become better acquainted with the French Quarter and its many charms, or use the vouchers provided to attend selected museums. You will have many options to choose from.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own tonight to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. If you have a special restaurant in mind, we recommend you make reservations in advance.

Evening: FREE EVENING: You may return to the hotel after dinner to relax or stay out and explore. If you like jazz, there are many clubs to choose from; you will also have a voucher for Preservation Hall. Or, just stroll along Bourbon Street to see some of the sights that may shock or amaze you. (As in any major city, always be on the lookout for your personal well being.)

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.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, November 13 - Ghosts, Vampires & Voodoo, Tomb of Marie Laveau, ...
Ghosts, Vampires & Voodoo, Tomb of Marie Laveau, Voodoo Musuem, Haunted History Walk

Note: Haunted history walk in French Quarter will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Vampires, Voodoo and Ghosts. New Orleans after dark is when the bizarre, scary, edgy, mystical, and magical aspects of the city awake. Is the French Quarter really haunted? What is the origin of Jazz Funerals? Our local expert will explore the "unusual suspects" from Marie Laveau to Anne Rice and much more.

Lunch: Lunch today at a French Quarter restaurant with its own ghost!

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Tomb of Marie Laveau, St. Louis Cemetary #1. Marie Laveau was born a free woman of color. She later worked as a hairdresser and gained notoriety and influence for the power of her “gris-gris” (a mixture of white and black magic = “gris” or gray). Reports from the time indicate her approach to magic merged Roman Catholic beliefs and saints with African concepts and spirits. There is no question that she transformed the Haitian practice of “voudon” into New Orleans voodoo and made it a successful business for herself -- regarded as religion by some and entertainment by others. Paradoxically, or maybe not, Marie Laveau was also a devout Catholic who attended daily mass at St. Louis Cathedral. Her reputed tomb is a place of pilgrimage for those who still believe in her powers.

FIELD TRIP continues: New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum. This small museum is one of the most fascinating anywhere. Hear a brief presentation on voodoo itself -- a three-tiered spiritual system from West Africa based on an omnipotent God, spirits, and ancestors -- and the forms and features of “gris-gris” relating to love and romance, power and domination, luck and finance, and uncrossing or undoing hexes.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Evening: WALKING FIELD TRIP: Haunted History Walk in the French Quarter. Get ready for thrills, chills, laughs, secrets revealed, and surprises.

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.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, November 14 - Morning lecture,lunch on your own, dinner
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel.

Morning: PRESENTATION: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly – Politicians. These characters are so incredible they deserve a program all their own. As a noted professor of history once said, “Louisiana has never required more of her politicians than that they steal with flair!” In particular, New Orleans' reputation for corrupt politicians is well documented and often true. Learn about their campaigns, their dalliances, their habits, their legacies, the occasional exceptions, and what might have been in this entertaining lecture.

Lunch: Lunch on your own

Afternoon: Use vouchers for museums or visit on your own the D-Day Museum, Museum of Southern Art, free ferry, or Natchez Steamboat. Or, attend a great musical lecture-performance at the National Jazz Park/ Or, enjoy free time to do more exploring on your own. So many possibilities!

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: Return to hotel -- tired but full of impressions and ideas!

Lodging: Holiday Inn New Orleans Downtown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, November 15 - Morning lecture. Program ends with lunch to go.
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.

Morning: Lecture:The Spirit of New Orleans. We’ve surveyed the saints, the sinners, and learned some secrets. We conclude with a discussion of the most important spirit of all, the spirit of the city and its people who have experienced triumphs and tragedies for generations. In particular, learn about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, how New Orleans got its mojo back, and what is still being done. Last and certainly not least, catch up with THE New Orleans Saints and trace their passage from the days of “The Ain’ts” to their historic Super Bowl championship in 2009.

Lunch: Your program concludes with lunch to go.

We hope you have enjoyed this exciting new program and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch



Free Time Opportunities


New Orleans, Louisiana
ATTRACTIONS AND EXCURSIONSAquarium of the Americas
Audubon Institute Insectarium
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
MUSEUM AND EXHIBITSLouisiana State Museum (closed on Monday)
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 AND MUSICGazebo (daily jazz outdoors)
House of Blues
Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville
Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop
Maison Bourbon
Market Café (daily jazz outdoors)
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 Perfoming Arts Center

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