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LAFAYETTE, LOUISIANA

Celebrating Mardi Gras in Cajun Country

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Program #11031RJ
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.
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Itinerary for Mar 2 — Mar 7, 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: Sunday, March 02 - Arrival at hotel; welcome and orientation
Afternoon: Hotel check-in time is 3:00. 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. Try not to miss it! It's a great start to the program!

Dinner: Our first dinner is often held at the hotel, but sometimes out at a local restaurant.

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: Monday, March 03 - "The Variety of the Cajun Country Mardi Gras"
Breakfast: Daily breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip: We'll travel to Eunice, to the Jean Lafitte Acadian Culture Center to view the exhibits in the museum and to see a program presented by UL Lafayette professor, Dr. Barry Ancelet. The topic: "The Variety of the Cajun Country Mardi Gras." His slides and stories and humor are very entertaining. He is the guru of all things Cajun. This field trip will take us from morning through mid-afternoon.

Lunch: Boxed lunch while at the Jean Lafitte Center.

Dinner: Local restaurant to be announced.

Evening: Lafayette Queen's Parade - you've learned about the rural Mardi Gras, now experience the city Mardi Gras.

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: Tuesday, March 04 - Courir de Mardi Gras in Tee Mamou!
Breakfast: Daily breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We'll travel to the an area of Cajun Country known as "Tee Mamou." (Not to be confused with Big Mamou!) We'll go to the home of a local family and share in their experience as we wait to see the costumed revelers chase chickens, climb trees, dance, and beg for ingredients or money for their communal gumbo. Then we'll head to downtown Iota for lunch from festival vendors and live music. Be prepared for an early morning departure!

Lunch: Your choice from festival vendors.

Afternoon: J'ai Été au Bal - We'll watch a fascinating film about the history and evolution of Cajun & Zydeco music.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel or local restaurant.

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: Wednesday, March 05 - Jean Lafitte; Vermilionville; Martin Accordions
Breakfast: Daily breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Field trip to Jean Lafitte Center to view a film on the deportation of the Acadians, followed by field trip to Vermilionville to take a guided tour of the village.

Lunch: Lunch at La Cuisine de Maman (Mama's Kitchen), Vermilionville's on-site café.

Afternoon: Vermilionville trip will take us into the early afternoon.

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

Evening: Field trip to Martin Accordions where we'll be treated to a jam session with the Martin Family band, as well as being informed about their handcrafted accordions which are made-to-order and shipped internationally.

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: Thursday, March 06 - Cajun Dance Lessons; Dinner & Dancing at Pont Bre...
Cajun Dance Lessons; Dinner & Dancing at Pont Breaux's Cajun Restaurant (formerly Mulate's)

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Class - A Personal Cajun History. Learn the true story of the Acadians from a local fiddler who traced his family's history from France to Acadie, back to France, and then to Louisiana.

Lunch: Dwyer's Cafe

Afternoon: Swamp tour! (Weather dependent.) Later in the afternoon, learn the Cajun Waltz and the Cajun Two Step from a local couple.

Dinner: Pont Breaux's Cajun Restaurant

Evening: After Honorary Cajun certificates are bestowed at the hotel, we'll go out for dinner & dancing at Pont Breaux's Cajun Restaurant, a favorite Cajun restaurant and dance hall, featuring live Cajun music.

Lodging: Hilton Lafayette

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


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

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

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