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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.
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Itinerary for Feb 11 — Feb 16, 2015

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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, February 11 - 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: Dinner at the hotel at 6:30.

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, February 12 - Vernilionville and Martin Accordions for a fabulo...
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: Lunch at La Cuisine de Maman, Vermilionville's on-site cafe.

Afternoon: Field trip to Martin Accordions for an exciting afternoon of entertainment with the Martin Family Band! Learn how the Cajun accordion is made.

Dinner: Dinner at Deano's Pizza - pizza like no other (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, February 13 - The Variety of the Cajun Mardi Gras and Cajun Dan...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: UL Lafayette professor, Dr. Barry Ancelet will lecture on: "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.

Lunch: Dwyer's Cafe

Afternoon: Cajun dance lessons: Learn the Cajun waltz and two-step! Dancing to Cajun music is a part of our joie de vivre!

Dinner: Hub City Diner

Evening: David Greely is a wonderful Cajun fiddler who will delight you with his music and inform and entertain you with his family's history from France to Nova Scotia to Louisiana.

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, February 14 - Throw me something, Mister! Experience a Lafayett...
Note: Extended standing for Mardi Gras activities.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel.

Morning: Learn about local food traditions through discussion and film.

Lunch: Poche's Cajun Restaurant and Market

Afternoon: Swamp tour! Another unique experience.

Dinner: Poboy sandwiches from Olde Tyme Grocery for dinner, while waiting for the parade.

Evening: Time for a taste of "city" Mardi Gras. Catch some beads at the Queen's Parade!

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, February 15 - Courir de Mardi Gras; Dinner & Dancing at Pont Br...
Courir de Mardi Gras; Dinner & Dancing at Pont Breaux's Cajun Restaurant

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Courir de Mardi Gras! We will attend a unique Cajun event, also known as a chicken chase Mardi Gras. We'll head to Church Point, Louisiana where we'll hurry up and wait (hurry to get there before roads are blocked and then wait for the chicken chase). You won't believe it until you see it! And even then...

Lunch: Local Cajun restaurant

Afternoon: Take a driving tour of downtown Lafayette, the university, and a stop to see a 500 year old oak on the grounds of a beautiful cathedral. Visit the unique jewel on the campus of UL Lafayette, Cypress Lake. Cypress Lake is a beautiful microcosm of swamp life, with moss draped cypress trees, tupelo gum, native flowers, birds, alligators, and fish.

Dinner: Pont Breaux's Cajun Restaurant

Evening: After the ceremony awarding Honorary Cajun certificates, 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
Day Six: Monday, February 16 - Departure after breakfast, which is served from 6...
Breakfast: Daily breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: You are free to depart before or 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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