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Program #2856RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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Itinerary for Nov 16 — Nov 21, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: Your home for five nights is the elegant Royal Sonesta Hotel, in the heart of the French Quarter, right on Bourbon Street, where you are only steps from The Mississippi River, entertainment, great restaurants, antiques and much more. We also request inside rooms for our participants so that noise will not be a problem.

Contact info:
300 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, LA 70140 USA
phone: 504-586-0300
web: www.sonesta.com/neworleans_royal/

Room amenities: Flat screen TV Desk with complimentary wireless Internet Mini-bar In-room movies and video games Pillow top mattresses and king size pillows Iron and ironing board Hair dryer and make-up mirrors In-room electronic safe

Facility amenities: Outdoor pool and deck Fitness room on 3rd floor Wired and wireless high-speed Internet available in the lobby, pool deck and courtyard, as well as all guest and meeting rooms Tour desk concierge Dry-cleaning Turn-down service Daily newspaper Language translation assistance Travel agency.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $185/night, plus 13% plus $2
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. See Pre/Post Hotel Information

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, November 16 - Orientation, Introductions, Dinner, Jazz Perform...
Afternoon: Registration and Orientation at 4:30 p.m. Meet your fellow participants and your director for the week. Receive your packet of information and learn about the week's schedule, all the great adventures and dining venues we have planned for you.

Dinner: You will be treated to a fabulous meal in the Royal Sonesta Hotel at 6:30 p.m.

Evening: Music abounds right inside our hotel at Irwin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse.

Lodging: Royal Sonesta Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Your home for five nights is the elegant Royal Sonesta Hotel, in the heart of the French Quarter, right on Bourbon Street, where you are only steps from The Mississippi River, entertainment, great restaurants, antiques and much more. We also request inside rooms for our participants so that noise will not be a problem.

Contact info:
300 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, LA 70140 USA
phone: 504-586-0300
web: www.sonesta.com/neworleans_royal/

Room amenities: Flat screen TV Desk with complimentary wireless Internet Mini-bar In-room movies and video games Pillow top mattresses and king size pillows Iron and ironing board Hair dryer and make-up mirrors In-room electronic safe

Facility amenities: Outdoor pool and deck Fitness room on 3rd floor Wired and wireless high-speed Internet available in the lobby, pool deck and courtyard, as well as all guest and meeting rooms Tour desk concierge Dry-cleaning Turn-down service Daily newspaper Language translation assistance Travel agency.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $185/night, plus 13% plus $2
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. See Pre/Post Hotel Information

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, November 17 - New Orleans Culture Lecture, Field Trip to City, ...
Breakfast: Full Breakfast

Morning: "New Orleans Culture and History ... it's a New Orleans Thing." Hear about New Orleans traditions, celebrations and people. This entertaining class is taught by a true humorist who has lived here all her life. She oozes with the "joie de vivre" that makes New Orleans locals so unique and memorable.

Lunch: Either Monday or Tuesday will be lunch on your own. The other day will be lunch at the renowned Commander's Palace, previous winner of the James Beard Award (the "Oscar" of Food).

Afternoon: Board motorcoach to continue your exceptional overview of New Orleans as your instructor details the people, traditions and unique culture of New Orleans.

Dinner: Savor our unique way of experiencing the cuisine of New Orleans. We use a “dine around” concept that lets participants dine in small groups of 12 (tables of 4-6), maximizing camaraderie. On Monday to Thursday, you will dine at the Bourbon House, Palace Café or Muriel’s, and you will enjoy dinner on your own a fourth night. You will enjoy four- and five-course meals at some of New Orleans’ best restaurants.

Evening: Use your free time after dinner to experience the night life in the French Quarter, perhaps hearing jazz at Preservation Hall or Fritzel's (vouchers provided).

Lodging: Royal Sonesta Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Your home for five nights is the elegant Royal Sonesta Hotel, in the heart of the French Quarter, right on Bourbon Street, where you are only steps from The Mississippi River, entertainment, great restaurants, antiques and much more. We also request inside rooms for our participants so that noise will not be a problem.

Contact info:
300 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, LA 70140 USA
phone: 504-586-0300
web: www.sonesta.com/neworleans_royal/

Room amenities: Flat screen TV Desk with complimentary wireless Internet Mini-bar In-room movies and video games Pillow top mattresses and king size pillows Iron and ironing board Hair dryer and make-up mirrors In-room electronic safe

Facility amenities: Outdoor pool and deck Fitness room on 3rd floor Wired and wireless high-speed Internet available in the lobby, pool deck and courtyard, as well as all guest and meeting rooms Tour desk concierge Dry-cleaning Turn-down service Daily newspaper Language translation assistance Travel agency.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $185/night, plus 13% plus $2
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. See Pre/Post Hotel Information

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, November 18 - Louisiana Politics, Architecture Lecture and Excu...
Breakfast: Full Breakfast

Morning: Following presentation board motorcoach and delve into New Orleans architecture. Discuss the various types of iron works, architecture and historic homes with an instructor who builds miniatures, Experience an informative walk with local architect in the Garden District.

Lunch: At local restaurant

Afternoon: “Louisiana Politics and Mardi Gras." This is a fascinating class, taught by a dyed-in-the-wool Louisiana native who is a regular New Orleans encyclopedia. You will relish his storytelling and when you learn some of the behind-the-scenes tales and events of Louisiana’s infamous politics and the always entertaining Mardi Gras, you will tell stories of your own to friends and family upon returning home.

Dinner: Dinner at another stellar restaurant.

Evening: After dinner, enjoy free time to enjoy more New Orleans night life, music and culture. Your vouchers can be used to listen to jazz at Preservation Hall and Fritzel's.

Lodging: Royal Sonesta Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Your home for five nights is the elegant Royal Sonesta Hotel, in the heart of the French Quarter, right on Bourbon Street, where you are only steps from The Mississippi River, entertainment, great restaurants, antiques and much more. We also request inside rooms for our participants so that noise will not be a problem.

Contact info:
300 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, LA 70140 USA
phone: 504-586-0300
web: www.sonesta.com/neworleans_royal/

Room amenities: Flat screen TV Desk with complimentary wireless Internet Mini-bar In-room movies and video games Pillow top mattresses and king size pillows Iron and ironing board Hair dryer and make-up mirrors In-room electronic safe

Facility amenities: Outdoor pool and deck Fitness room on 3rd floor Wired and wireless high-speed Internet available in the lobby, pool deck and courtyard, as well as all guest and meeting rooms Tour desk concierge Dry-cleaning Turn-down service Daily newspaper Language translation assistance Travel agency.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $185/night, plus 13% plus $2
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. See Pre/Post Hotel Information

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, November 19 - Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, Mard...
Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, Mardi Gras Indians and Performance, Katrina Museum and Mardi Gras Museum

Breakfast: Full Breakfast

Morning: Hear a genuine Mardi Gras Indian explain the mysterious cultural group at his Golden Feather restaurant, where you will enjoy African food and marvel at magnificent Mardi Gras Indian costumes and artwork. Later, experience the Sculpture Garden and Museum of Art in the breathtaking New Orleans City Park.

Lunch: Experience another great meal.

Afternoon: Enjoy using a voucher to explore two showcases of the Louisiana State Museum, the Presbytere, which houses an elaborate collection of Mardi Gras artifacts, and the Cabildo, the seat of Colonial government. You might also explore on your own the Museum of Southern Art, the World War II Museum, or ride the Steamboat Natchez paddle wheeler on the Mississippi.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Evening: After dinner, enjoy free time to experience more night life, music and New Orleans culture. You can use your voucher at the renowned Café du Monde for café au lait and beignets.

Lodging: Royal Sonesta Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Your home for five nights is the elegant Royal Sonesta Hotel, in the heart of the French Quarter, right on Bourbon Street, where you are only steps from The Mississippi River, entertainment, great restaurants, antiques and much more. We also request inside rooms for our participants so that noise will not be a problem.

Contact info:
300 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, LA 70140 USA
phone: 504-586-0300
web: www.sonesta.com/neworleans_royal/

Room amenities: Flat screen TV Desk with complimentary wireless Internet Mini-bar In-room movies and video games Pillow top mattresses and king size pillows Iron and ironing board Hair dryer and make-up mirrors In-room electronic safe

Facility amenities: Outdoor pool and deck Fitness room on 3rd floor Wired and wireless high-speed Internet available in the lobby, pool deck and courtyard, as well as all guest and meeting rooms Tour desk concierge Dry-cleaning Turn-down service Daily newspaper Language translation assistance Travel agency.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $185/night, plus 13% plus $2
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. See Pre/Post Hotel Information

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, November 20 - Literature, Excursion and Lunch at Cooking School...
Literature, Excursion and Lunch at Cooking School, Leisure Time to Explore, Dinner

Breakfast: Full Breakfast

Morning: “Literary Landmarks.” Learn about the famous writers who lives in, and wrote about, the French Quarter: Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, John Kennedy Toole and more. Your instructor is managing editor of the Tennessee Williams Journal, and her love of writing and New Orleans is evident in her passionate lectures.

Lunch: At the world-famous New Orleans School of Cooking, learn how to cook Creole and Cajun as a local chef demonstrates a traditional dish and lunch on the creation. For dessert, sample the best pralines in town.

Afternoon: If you weren’t able to experience the Cabildo or Prebytere in Jackson Square earlier, use a voucher and go at your own pace. Or on your own, you may want to peruse antiques on Royal Street, visit the Audubon Aquarium of the Americans, stop in at Pat O’Brien’s — home of the "Hurricane" beverage — on Bourbon Street or delve into other culture, people and celebrations of the Big Easy.

Dinner: Enjoy your last dinner at another special New Orleans eatery.

Evening: Make your last visit for New Orleans Jazz and learn "What it Means to miss New Orleans."

Lodging: Royal Sonesta Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, November 21 - Court of Two Sisters, Musical Performance, Farewe...
Brunch: Enjoy brunch at 9 a.m. at the renowned Court of Two Sisters. Be entertained by New Orleans jazz over a sumptuous buffet of New Orleans delights. Enjoy your last dining experience with new friends and, perhaps, a vastly changed picture of the Big Easy. Check-out is 10:30 a.m.

Meals Included: Brunch


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

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.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
8 Performances

Ratings

4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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