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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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Patricia from Hillsboro, TX Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 11/16/14 - 11/21/14
You simply can's go wrong with this program. Fun, entertaining and educational.

George from Midlothian, VA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 11/16/14 - 11/21/14
We cannot say enough how outstanding this program was. It was well organized, led by an excellent leader - Joyce - interesting and varied presentations by experts in their field who love their city. The hotel in the French Quarter put you almost in the center of things, but you do not need to linger on Bourbon Street because New Orleans has so much more to offer. You ate at some fine restaurants with great food and very attentive wait staff. There was the right mix of classes and free time which allowed you to explore on your own, like the WWII Museum or a ride on the Steamboat Natchez. There were plentiful vouchers for evenings at jazz clubs, a day trip to a museum on Jackson Square, and, of course, beignets at Cafe du Monde. While you see and do much with this program, in the end you may want to return on your own to either take in places you missed or revisit restaurants, clubs or other sites for further exploration.

Anna from Gastonia, NC Number of programs attended: 21
Date attended: 11/09/14 - 11/14/14
New Orleans is a unique experience and our leader Joyce made it come alive for us. We had a lot of opportunities to listen to some great jazz, had some great food, and got the flavor of Bourbon Street.

Christine from Killingworth, CT Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/26/14 - 10/31/14
I was a solo traveler on my first RoadScholar trip to New Orleans. My fellow travelers were friendly, welcoming and helped make it a super travel experience. With a wonderful guide and knowledgeable, charming instructors, we were destined for the best trip ever. The Big Easy has enriched our lives. Chris E. from CT

Caryl from The Woodlands, TX Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 10/26/14 - 10/31/14
Our Royal Senesta Hotel - a gem of old-world elegance and beautiful appointments in contrast to raucous Bourbon Street scene. Kudos to all speakers and tour leader Joyce, for her organizational skills and graciousness. All activities worthwhile and enjoyable. Delightful presentations, excellent meals and service. Free time included Mississippi boat trip and World War II Museum. New Orleans is an important city from a historic, cultural and industrial standpoint and I hope it will continue to receive substantial funding from government, private and corporate sectors.

LINDA from Portland, OR Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 11/02/14 - 11/07/14
The great thing about a Road Scholar Signature City program is you start out a little overwhelmed but by the end you feel as if you really belong in that city. I am no longer the average tourist in New Orleans!

Sandy from Johnstown, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/19/14 - 10/24/14
This was the first time we went with Road Scholar because we had not heard about it until a friend put our name on the mailing list. My only regret is that we did not know sooner of the wonderful programs available. We enjoyed everything about this program and would not hesitate for a second to recommend it highly to anyone interested. You will not be sorry.

Jean from Ripon, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/02/14 - 11/07/14
In the aftermath of Katrina we tended to hear more bad news than good news on New Orleans. What a joy it was to interact with local people who love their special city and are keeping its culture alive. Much of historic New Orleans was untouched by the hurricane and has been lovingly preserved. Areas that were destroyed are coming back in innovative and creative ways. The Road Scholar experience gave me a whole new perspective on this truly unique and vibrant city.

Connie from Rochester Hills, MI Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 11/02/14 - 11/07/14
It was my first experience traveling with Road Scholar as a single and this program worked out very well.

Joanne from Rochester, NY Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 10/19/14 - 10/24/14
This is an absolutely great program! It really captured how much more New Orleans is than Mardi Gras and Katrina which is what we see on TV. It captured the friendliness of the people and the pride they have in their city,

Diane from Martinez, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/19/14 - 10/24/14
This was our first Road Scholar trip and we are already looking in the program catalog for our next. Can we find one as great as this one? Everything went smoothly from beginning to end. The lectures and outings were informative and entertaining. Even the weather cooperated with mild temperatures, sunny skies and no humidity. We used our free time to explore the French Quarter on our own. We discovered the Carrousel Bar at the Monteleone Hotel, we took a horse and buggy ride, and enjoyed the street music. One delightful band was even playing inside a hat shop! Kudos to Joyce, Anne, Nellie! Doreen, Joanne and Harriet for making this the trip we tout to all our friends.

Wendy from Coatesville, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/26/14 - 10/31/14
I can't recommend Road Scholar's Signature Cities Program highly enough! We went to New Orleans, a city I had never particularly cared to visit, thinking it was all Mardi Gras partiers and bare boobs! This week completely endeared the city to me. Through the Road Scholar classes I gained a real insight into this amazing city and its wonderfully gracious people. The delectable food, the pulsing music, the engaging citizens of the city and the fascinating local history.....all were permanently absorbed by my brain and infused into my soul. New Orleans...and Road Scholar...are THE BEST!!! Put this program, or any Road Scholar program on your "bucket list." You will be so glad you did!

Dick from Wheaton, IL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/19/14 - 10/24/14
We loved this program. We were situated in the heart of the French Quarter, just a few steps from raucous Bourbon Street. Our lecturers were all knowledgeable, polished and passionate. We particularly enjoyed Doreen's introduction to New Orleans jazz-- she is not only a gifted raconteur but a superb musician as well. We toured not only the French Quarter. but also the Garden District, local cemeteries, and the outlying areas hit hard by Katrina. Each night we dined in one of New Orleans' premier restaurants -- if you didn't pick up a few extra pounds you weren't on the same trip as we were -- and each evening we had vouchers to sample some of the city's incomparable music. Helpful maps and suggestions guided us to a host of options during our unscheduled time. Finally, Joyce, our tour guide, was the perfect host and organizer, always helpful and available, and never (outwardly) flustered. We have traveled many places in the world, but this was my favorite trip ever. That's saying quite a lot.

Betty from Willowbrook, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/19/14 - 10/24/14
A marvelous, jam-packed introduction to an amazing, vibrant city that was even better than expected. It was a also great introduction to Road Scholar. Can't wait to see what my next trip brings!

Judith from Nashville, TN Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/19/14 - 10/24/14
Fabulous: value, programming, dining, people!

Francisco from Del Mar, CA Number of programs attended: 26
Date attended: 10/19/14 - 10/24/14
The hotel itself, the Royal Sonesta, and its location were excellent, right in the heart of Bourbon Street and the French Quarter. Be advised, Bourbon St. is loud, brash and X-rated. Traffic on Bourbon St. is blocked off near the hotel and 2 police on horseback lend a welcome air of security to the enveloping noise and revelry. The food was outstanding and conducive to weight gain. Beware! The educational programs were all entertaining and educational especially Joanne Sealy on New Orleans writers and playwrights, Harriet on New Orleans cooking, and Nellie Watson on NO architecture. I thought every evening free and 2 afternoons free were a little too much free time and I would have preferred 2 added evening programs and one less free afternoon.

Corrie from San Mateo, CA Number of programs attended: 38
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
Our 37th program and as always it was very good, our scale is our wittness but it was a lot more than just food. The leader, Joyce, and the speakers were outstanding on topics such as history of NO architechture of homes, authors (I have to name this presenter, Joanne Sealy, her outstanding talk alone satisfied us), cooking and Mardi Gras. The talk about NO music need serious improvement which, I think, our good leader will get to soon. We paid a visit to the wonderful sculpture park and adjoining European art gallery, Actually a program dealing with New Orleans artists would have been more appropriate than European art. Road scholar please consider this issue.

Road Scholar's response:
We greatly appreciate your feedback and suggestions. I can confirm that we have already found a new instructor for the music portion of this program moving forward.
Frank from Annapolis, MD Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
If you want to spend a week of learning and fun, along with excellent food and accomodations,join this program. I is one of the best organized and lead programs I have ever participated-in. Also, an excellent value.

Kathleen from Pasadena, CA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 03/16/14 - 03/21/14
This was a wonderful trip. Leader and educators were perfect, classes were great, accommodations luxurious, and food was the best. New Orleans is such an amazing city. The superlatives may seem trite, but they are all true. Would take this trip again in a heartbeat. Definitely plan to return to this city.

Marsha from Sacramento, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/16/14 - 03/21/14
Fabulous trip to the Crescent City with wonderful guides and classes geared to in depth understanding of the culture of New Orleans, which enhanced the whole experience for me. The dining experience was stupendous & fattening ! Met some wonderful people with whom I hope to continue communicating with. Who knows, we may all meet again on another wonderful Road Scholar trip in the future.

Vibeke from Gainesville, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/16/14 - 03/21/14
A most magical experience in a "foreign" country so close to home. The pulsating spirit and soul of the city of New Orleans is infectious and the Road Scholar introduction to its very nature is incomparable. Who would have known that so much joie de vivre (joy of life) is still found in this very battered. We community. We simply must return. You must go!

Elizabeth from Sacramento, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 03/16/14 - 03/21/14
What an amazing tour! The hotel was excellent and very accommodating - perfectly located. The lectures and excursions were so informative and interesting. The dinner venues were top notch! Thank you to Joyce for all her hard work in keeping us organized and on time. A huge thank you to Ann who was so fun and full of energy/laughter! Enjoyed the participants and made some new friends. Overall a fabulous trip.

Linda from Pittsburgh, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/16/14 - 03/21/14
Exceeded my expectations. The hotel was terrific, the food was amazing, and the music was everything I had hoped. The lectures and tours were very well done with excellent instructors, and Joyce is the perfect tour organizer. I had a great time!

Faye from Boynton Beach, FL Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 03/16/14 - 03/21/14
Date: 3/16/14-3/21/14 The trip was exactly what I hoped it would be. The lecturers were terrific, the hotel perfectly located, and the restaurants excellent. Joyce was so focused on all of us and so accommodating. It was a great trip.

Linda from Los Angeles, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 03/16/14 - 03/21/14
The New Orleans trip is so well done, with very good restaurants, excellent lecturers, good logistics, and well chosen activities.

Joesph from Greentown, PA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 03/16/14 - 03/21/14
Informative overviews of the culture, literature, architecture and food that is uniquely New Orleans. Joyce, our group leader was outstanding. The Royal Sonesta Hotel where we stayed is located on Bourbon Street, in the heart of the French Quarter. Our inside rooms were quiet, comfortable and wonderfully decorated. The restaurants were amazing and varied so everyone found food selections that ranged from adventurous to familiar. The music and historical options filled every spare minute. We had a marvelous time.

Jane from Moraga, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/02/14 - 02/07/14
The food was incredible! And the leader, Joyce, was great, going out of her way to help us with questions beyond the program, such as how to get concert tickets and where to find which music. Overall delightful!

Gail from White Bear Lake, MN Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/02/14 - 02/07/14
Enjoyed the Signature City New Orleans on Bourbon Street in French Quarter. Would recommend this program to everyone. Few things could be improved but overall was a great time.

Dena from Merrick, NY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 01/19/14 - 01/24/14
This was a very well-planned, well-paced and wonderful program. Our group leader, Joyce, was a delight and very attentive. I found the instructors to be excellent and I enjoyed them all. In short, I learned a lot, had fun, met nice people and, oh my, the food was great! Calories should not count in New Orleans....

Susan from Moscow, ID Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/19/14 - 01/24/14
The group was divided into tables for four at each restaurant,you could pick anything off the menu-a great chance to mingle and really get to know fellow participants. Also,the hotel rooms were quiet, even though it was right in the middle of the French Quarter.The lectures and field trips were more than I would have discovered on my own. Would do it again in a heartbeat

Michelle from Midland, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/19/14 - 01/24/14
This program was a feast for the senses: fabulous sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touches of all things New Orleans: art, architecture, culture, language, literature, music, history and of course, FOOD and DRINK! Be warned: abandon your diet and bring your STRETCHY PANTS... You'll be glad you did!

Martin from Philadelphia, PA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 01/19/14 - 01/24/14
This was a most satisfying and enjoyable trip: the lodging, food, education, lectures, and leadership were excellent. It was outstanding.

Cindy from Lake Elmo, MN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/19/14 - 01/24/14
I have travelled extensively throughout the U.S. & some overseas. New Orleans has been on my list to visit but there is so much to see & do that I didn't know where to begin. This tour solved that problem! Joyce Hanks kept it all together & flowing easily. She is a perfect leader. I made new friends on this trip and would recommend this tour to anyone interested in seeing & learning about New Orleans & Louisiana. It was wonderful!

Millard from Madison, WI Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 11/03/13 - 11/08/13
At the end of this program, you have the feeling that you have seen into the soul of New Orleans, which is crazy melange of the sublime and the decadent. Memories linger of beautiful homes and gardens, gifted musicians, and delectable meals. This us a very well-planned and superbly presented immersion into New Orleans history and culture, with an emphasis on its joie de vivre.

Vicki from Sunbury, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/10/13 - 11/15/13
I thoroughly enjoyed my Road Scholar trip to New Orleans. It was interesting and informative. We saw many beautiful things. The food was amazing. The people were friendly and helpful. I went with old friends, and together we all had a wonderful time thanks to all the people at the Roads Scholar program. I would highly recommend this trip!

Clare from Rockland, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/10/13 - 11/15/13
What a wonderful time we had in New Orleans. The hotel was beautiful, spotless, and in the middle of the action. We had delicious gourmet meals and enjoyed the lectures and tours. My only problem was getting up early each day...I'm definitely not a morning person...but nobody minded if I skipped a couple of events. This is our first road scholar adventure but definitely not our last!

William from Petaluma, CA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 10/20/13 - 10/25/13
This proved to be an outstanding tour. The speakers were all excellent. The food was of the very best, and the hotel was first class. All of the tours were unusually interesting, and led by fine, well prepared speakers. Our leader, Joyce, was well organized, friendly, and a pleasure to be with. My wife and I recommend this tour to you highly.

Roni from Santa Maria, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/20/13 - 10/25/13
This was my first experience with Road Scholars and a great experience. I look forward to participating in other trip with this group again. I highly recommend this New Orleans adventure.

Doreen Rey from Anaheim, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/20/13 - 10/25/13
Be ready to eat glorious food and to be waited on like kings and queens! The people of Louisiana are known for their friendliness and hospitality. I was not disappointed! So much history, so little time! Wonderous!

Susan from Sarasota, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/03/13 - 11/08/13
Great hotel, right in the heart of the French Quarter. Very good lecturers and the field trips were terrific. The food of New Orleans is wonderful and the restaurants chosen gave us the oppoertunity to experience some of the city's finest food. I travel a number of times each year, this was my first Road Scholar but it won't be my last.

Lenore from Colona, BC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/13/13 - 10/18/13
I found this program to be a composite of the history, architecture, cuisine and literature of the New Orleans area. It was a thoroughly enjoyable learning experience.

Steve from Fishers, IN Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 10/13/13 - 10/18/13
If you want an inspiring and complete understanding of the culture and spirit of the people of New Orleans You need to attend this program . .loved it.

Sara from Fort Smith, AR Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 05/12/13 - 05/17/13
Another great week in New Orleans. We love the programs there and have done them all- many of them twice. My husband, who doesn't cook, had such a good time at the cooking school. The sculpture garden was delightful. With Barbara's seamless planning and Sharon as a caring hostess our week was a perfect blend of learning and fun and music and all that glorious food.

Gene from Ocean View, DE Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/28/13 - 05/03/13
The trip to New Orleans was wonderful. I am looking forward to another. Soon, I hope.

Diane from Calgary, AB Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/28/13 - 05/03/13
This was my first Road Scholar program which I enjoyed very much. The Royal Sonesta Hotel was gorgeous and the music in the on site jazz club was terrific. The speakers were entertaining and very knowledgeable and the excursions were interesting. The restaurants were outstanding, particularly Commanders. Joyce, our coordinator, was a warm and engaging woman. As the only Canadian in the group, I hope that Road Scholar will start to promote their wonderful programs north of the border!

Harold from Lincoln, CA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 04/28/13 - 05/03/13
Great classes & instructors, excellent restaurants and the best leader, Joyce

Vicki from Ft Myers, FL Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 04/28/13 - 05/03/13
By far the BEST program on New Orleans for the money. Superb care and feeding of guests. Excellent lectures, field trips. I used to live in New Orleans and this is my 2nd Road Scholar visit and I STILL learned new things about my favorite City/State.

Linda from Narberth, PA Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 04/28/13 - 05/03/13
There is nothing lean about New Orleans. It will fill up your senses. I had the best time of my life!

Mardene from Plainview, NE Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 01/20/13 - 01/25/13
This was one of the best programs we have attended. It was a fantastic week. We are looking forward to more programs. It is a great way to go. You are well taken care of and it is very educational.


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