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Program #13229RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
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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Ralph from Center Ossipee, NH Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 02/28/14 - 03/05/14
Had always wanted to experience Mardi Gras but was uncertain about doing it by myself. I also wanted to revisit New Orleans since I had had such a great time there in the 90's. This program solved both problems in a really delightful way. A great way to see Mardi Gras! And a chance to see the city celebrate.

Robert from Asheville, NC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/28/14 - 03/05/14
This was my first introduction to Road Scholar and the bar has been set high. Program leaders, Barbara and Annette, did a great job of coordinating things and making sure we all had the information we needed. This trip was on my wife’s “bucket list” and typically I like to venture out on my own and not be part of a group. However, had I done that, I would have missed out on a great place to view the parades from and some wonderful food experiences. I can’t believe how crowded the streets were and so I totally appreciated our private stands with a premier vantage point. The standard hotel complimentary breakfast was low-end, but for the most part all other meals, in private rooms, were wonderful and plentiful – and some came with live music. I heard the hotel had some issues getting guests situated this year, but our check-in experience was great, even come with an unasked for upgrade. The whole experience is centered on Mardi Gras itself – the tradition and parades. To learn about the extensive history of New Orleans has got to be a trip in itself. I highly recommend this trip and even extending it a day or two on your own after to experience the city as it exhales from the party atmosphere. Loved it! No complaints.

Christine from Naples, FL Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 02/28/14 - 03/05/14
Great location for viewing Mardi Gras. Private viewing bleachers were great. However, the breakfasts were pathetic and unhealthy, unless you think pastry is a health food. There was fruit which consisted of apples and oranges. Bananas came and went. Need more meals outside of hotel. Hotel food was typical Holiday Inn hotel food. Learned a lot about Mardi Gras but you will not come away with an extensive knowledge of New Orleans. Both program directors invited their family members in our viewing stands. Sorry but we paid for those private viewing stands and I don't think it is appropriate for them to let their family or friends use them. There is nothing going on the last day so there is no reason to book a late departure. If you just plan on going home, book an early flight.

Judy from Midlothian, VA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 02/28/14 - 03/05/14
My Mardi Gras trip exceeded my expectations. Having the reserved seating right on the parade route was perfect. The hotel was right there if anyone wanted to come and go as they pleased. The food at the restaurants was great and the educational sessions were perfect for the event. I highly recommend this trip. It is the only way to experience Mardi Gras in a safe, comfortable environment.

Joan from San Anselmo, CA Number of programs attended: 20
Date attended: 02/28/14 - 03/05/14
The Mardi Gras experience was a once in a lifetime. Do it while you still can.

Daniel from Baltimore, MD Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 02/28/14 - 03/05/14
You can't go wrong on the program organized for participating in Mardi Gras and understanding its history and significance for New Orleans. The program leaders, Barbara McCurdy and Annette Incardonna, are simply outstanding. They have worked out a 100% formula for a large group to navigate and thoroughly enjoy New Orleans. I had attending Mardi Gras on my bucket list but hesitated because I just didn't want to be involved with the drinking and rowdiness of Bourbon street. I have now learned how minimal that is as a part of the Mardi Gras experience. This is truly a thrilling experience but there is much to understand as well, both of which were fully realized. I plan on attending again because there is even more to do and see and understand than even the best organized 5 days can provide. I will probably arrive a week earlier to participate in even more of the parades and neighborhood events that take place. I would never have known how much more there is to experience than just "Fat Tuesday," aka Mardi Gras, if I hadn't participated in this program. I give this five stars and a full 'thumbs up.'

Beach from Arlington, VA Number of programs attended: 30
Date attended: 02/08/13 - 02/13/13
A great service of having a hotel and reserved reviewing stand on the parade route. Suggest charge a little more and include more than one "good" N O restaurant. Lectures were good. If you like breakfast (more that a pastry and coffee/tea) do it on your own. Pre program information on parking was inadequate. Staff could do a better job of locating reasonably priced parking which was available (learned after I had parked at A/P). Staff included family members in our reserved area but we were not allowed ot have a guest. Botton line: Good program--so-so management. Perhaps 90 participants is too many for 2 leaders.

Virginia from Oak Harbor, WA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 02/08/13 - 02/13/13
If you want to see the real Mardi Gras in New Orleans, this is the ONLY way to do it. Crowds, traffic and porta-potties beset other visitors, but not us! The staff made our experience virtually free of inconvenience and discomfort. The only criticism I can think of is that the food on offer was disappointing to the extent that we resorted to buying our own meals. My advance request for vegetarian choices went largely ignored, despite the fact that the course description offered a vegetarian option. Lunches consisted of meat sandwiches, chicken salad--no vegetarian options whatsoever. A hotel buffet that offered not ONE meatless entree--when I pointed this out to the group leader, I was told "Well, there's some lettuce over there!" Breakfast? Just a low-fiber pastry and coffee in a paper cup from a kiosk. This is not a good program for those concerned with healthy eating.

Penelope from Silver Spring, MD Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 02/08/13 - 02/13/13
I always wanted to go to Mardi Gras, but was concerned about managing the crowds, standing and walking. This program is designed so that no matter what your mobility situation, you can enjoy the parades. We had seats right outside the hotel that is on the main parade route. If you go, be prepared for a fabulous time!

Julie from Ramat Gan, NA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/08/13 - 02/13/13
We had a fabulous time on this wonderful program. Everything was perfectly planned, organized and implemented - hotel, private viewing stands for the parades right at the hotel, interesting and informative lectures and visits, wonderful meals and restaurants and making new friends. We were even brave enough to venture out to see the "action" on infamous Bourbon Street, although that is not the "real" carnival spirit - but fun to see once for the experience. This is the kind of Road Scholar program in which we would gladly participate a second time. Thanks Barbara and Annette for such an exceptional week!

Marilyn from Downingtown, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/08/13 - 02/13/13
Had a wonderful time...could not have asked for more balanced involvement ..opportunity to see, do, savor and learn..great program co-ordinators, informative lectures, delightful fellow program involvement with parade krewes, culinary adventure and just plain "fun"...well done..

Stephen from Hayward, CA Number of programs attended: 35
Date attended: 02/08/13 - 02/13/13
Mardi Gras done with style … a private reserved grandstand just for the group to view 15 krewes (parades)…right in front of the hotel which makes it convenient for breaks…plus meals to sample regional cooking...lectures of the whys, hows, and the emotional meanings of Mardi Gras … NO it is not “Girls Gone Wild” as portrayed in the media...we were away from the craziness of Bourbon St yet close enough to venture down it if you dare… In my opinion, a chance to experience Mardi Gras like very few people including residents can…Thank you Barbara (our coordinator) for a once in a lifetime experience…

James from Standish, ME Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 02/08/13 - 02/13/13
Lots of fun, lots of music, good food, interesting program and they make it very easy. What else could you ask for?

James from Phoenix, AZ Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 02/08/13 - 02/13/13
The New Orleans Mardi Gras program was an excellent way to participate in this fascinating cultural experience.

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