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The Cajun Experience in Music, Food, and Dance

Program Number: 5629RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/22/2012 - 10/27/2012; 10/20/2014 - 10/25/2014; 11/3/2014 - 11/8/2014; 11/17/2014 - 11/22/2014; 12/1/2014 - 12/6/2014; 1/12/2015 - 1/17/2015; 2/2/2015 - 2/7/2015; 3/2/2015 - 3/7/2015; 4/13/2015 - 4/18/2015; 4/27/2015 - 5/2/2015; 5/11/2015 - 5/16/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
Price starting at: $575.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Help yourself to a heaping portion of folk heritage and savor the history, lifestyles, food, language and music of Louisiana’s French-speaking communities. Learn about traditions old and new and watch local artisans at work. Tap your toes to the fiddle and accordion as you learn about Louisiana music’s unique sound. Just like local folks, enjoy down-home cooking featuring dishes such as gumbo, jambalaya and étouffée. It's all here in the heart of Cajun Country.




Highlights

• At the Jean Lafitte Acadian Culture Center, learn about the deportation of Acadians from Canada and their arrival in present-day Louisiana, then continue to Vermilionville for a narrated walk through the folk-life village.
• Learn the Cajun waltz and the two-step in an entertaining dance lesson.
• Visit New Iberia and the Shadows-on-the-Teche, where you learn about the history of this beautiful old home, plus the influence of the area's sugarcane farming.



Activity Particulars

Moderate walking and standing up to 1.5 hours.




Date Specific Information

10-20-2014, 11-3-2014, 11-17-2014, 12-1-2014, 1-12-2015, 2-2-2015, 3-2-2015, 4-13-2015, 4-27-2015, 5-11-2015

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Coordinated by University of Louisiana at Lafayette.




Lafayette

Two hours west-northwest of New Orleans, Lafayette is vibrant with Cajun and Creole culture. The city hosts a number of arts, music and food festivals dedicated to preserving the Louisiana Acadian spirit, celebrated in the upbeat tempos of Cajun music.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel with fitness center and outdoor pool. Complimentary airport shuttle service.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Acadiana
  Lafayette, LA 5 nights
 Hotel Acadiana
Type: Hotel
  Description: In the heart of Cajun Country. Just minutes from UL Lafayette, Vermilionville, and other tourist attractions. Approximately 3.0 miles from airport.
  Contact info: 1801 W. Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508 USA
phone: 337-233-8120
  Room amenities: Complimentary high speed internet, 32" flat panel television,mini-fridge, coffee station, blow dryer, iron & ironing board. Microwave available upon request.
  Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool, fitness room. Complimentary laundry facilities, 24 hour business center.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $65 Arrangements must be made directly with the hotel. (337) 233-8120
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $65 Arrangements must be made directly with the hotel. (337) 233-8120
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:30PM in the hotel meeting room for welcome and orientation. You will be staying at Hotel Acadiana that night.
  End of Program:
Breakfast is served from 6:00 - 9:00. Depart after breakfast. You will be staying at Hotel Acadiana the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Completed health form returned to Program Coordinator prior to arrival. Valid photo ID such as driver's license.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free for the length of the program at the hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Lafayette, LA
  Nearest highway: Lafayette is located at the intersection of Interstates 10 and 49.
  Nearest airport:  Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT) featuring service with American Eagle, Continental, Delta, and Northwest Airlines.
  From End of Program
  Location: Lafayette, LA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Lafayette

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Quality Cab Service
phone: 337-235-8993

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $10.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

approximately 5 miles

   

At your own expense. Other cab companies include: Affordable Yellow Cab: (337) 237-5701 City/Dixie Cab: (337) 237-3333

 

Lafayette

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 337-233-8120
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

No charge
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

approximately 3 miles

   

The Crowne Plaza has airport transportation available. Please call a day or two in advance to make sure the shuttle is available at the time you need it (as well as including the request on form included with preparatory materials).

 

Lafayette

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 337-233-8120
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

No charge
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

approximately 5 miles

   

Please put expected arrival time on the form which you will receive as a part of your preparatory materials. This information will be forwarded to the hotel. Check with the hotel a day or two before your arrival to make sure the shuttle is available.

 
Driving Directions
  I-10 traveling from east (Baton Rouge, LA) or west (Houston, TX) Driving in on I-10 west or I-10 east, take exit 103A onto Evangeline Thruway. Travel 3 miles, and turn right onto East Pinhook Road. Travel 1.9 miles to destination. The Crowne Plaza Hotel will be on the left, just past the bridge.
  From the airport If you've rented a car at Lafayette Regional Airport, you will exit the airport parking lot, turning left onto Blue Blvd., then left onto Surrey Street. Get in the left lane so you can turn left onto Hwy. 90 (aka Evangeline Thruway). Once on Evangeline Thruway, get in the far right lane, and travel about half a mile, turning right onto Kaliste Saloom Road. Drive 1.2 miles down Kaliste Saloom, turn right on Pinhook. The Crowne Plaza will be about 3/10 of a mile on the right at 1801 W. Pinhook Rd.
  I-49 traveling from north If you're coming in from north of Lafayette on I-49, I-49 becomes the Evangeline Thruway once you are south of I-10. Stay on the Evangeline Thruway, about 3 miles, and turn right on Pinhook Road. Travel 1.9 miles down Pinhook, and the Crowne Plaza Hotel will be on the left, right past the Vermilion River bridge.
  US 90 from the south If you are traveling from the south on US 90 (which is the future I-49 corridor), Hwy. 90 becomes Evangeline Thruway. Turn left on Kaliste Saloom Road. Drive about 1.2 miles down Kaliste Saloom and turn right on Pinhook Road. Crowne Plaza Hotel is about 3/10 of a mile on the right at 1801 W. Pinhook Rd.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome and Orientation
(Monday, October 22)
   
 Afternoon: 3:00 pm check-in time.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or local restaurant.
 Evening: We will meet promptly at 4:30 for the program orientation. We will go through the itinerary for the week, engage in a fun colloquial vocabulary/language exercise, and have a general Q&A session. Individuals will introduce themselves to the group. It's a lively beginning to the program that is not to be missed!
   
Accommodations: Hotel Acadiana
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Jean Lafitte Acadian Culture Center; Vermilionville
(Tuesday, October 23)
   
 Breakfast: Included.
 Morning: Field trip to Jean Lafitte Acadian Culture Center to view films on the deportation of the Acadians, as well as a film about the Atchafalaya Basin. There will also be time to see the on-site museum.
 Lunch: Lunch at La Cuisine de Maman (on-site cafe at Vermilionville).
 Afternoon: A guided walk through the folk life village at Vermilionville.
 Dinner: Included.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Acadiana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Cajun Dance/Accordion Factory
(Wednesday, October 24)
   
 Breakfast: Included.
 Morning: Classes: Learn the Cajun waltz and the two-step in an entertaining dance lesson.
 Lunch: Local Cajun restaurant.
 Afternoon: Learn more about local food-ways, pantry ingredients,and the plate lunch culture.
 Dinner: Local Cajun restaurant.
 Evening: Field trip to Martin Accordions, where we’ll learn the secrets of the family trade and be treated to a jam session with the Martin Family Band.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Acadiana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Shadows-on-the-Teche; Tabasco
(Thursday, October 25)
   
 Breakfast: Included.
 Morning: We’ll take a trip to New Iberia to see the Shadows-on-the-Teche, where we will learn about the history of this beautiful old home, as well as the influence of sugarcane farming in the area. Afterwards, we’ll travel to Avery Island, the home of Tabasco.
 Lunch: Included
 Afternoon: Evening activity TBA.
 Dinner: Local Cajun restaurant
   
Accommodations: Hotel Acadiana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Cypress Lake @ UL Lafayette; Dance Lesson Review/Mulate's for Dinner & Dancing
(Friday, October 26)
   
 Breakfast: Included.
 Morning: Class - The History and Evolution of Cajun & Zydeco Music. We'll view the film, "J'ai Été au Bal" as well as engage in discussion.
 Lunch: Local specialty, tba.
 Afternoon: See the swamp on campus at the University of Louisiana @ Lafayette. Take a driving tour of the Lafayette downtown area to see a number of murals by local artist Robert Dafford. Visit the 500 year old oak on the grounds of the St. John Cathedral. Later in the afternoon, we'll have a second dancing lesson to review what we've learned. Graduation before leaving for dinner.
 Dinner: We'll go out to a favorite restaurant/dance hall for dinner and dancing to live music.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Acadiana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast served from 6:00 - 9:00. Free to depart after breakfast.
(Saturday, October 27)
   
 Breakfast: Included
 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 Village
Museum 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 daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, visit www.acadianvillage.org/
  Downtown Lafayette
Shops, live music, restaurants, art museums, planetarium For additional information, visit www.lafayettetravel.com/
  Heymann Performing Arts Center
1373 S. College Rd., Lafayette, LA 70503 For additional information, visit www.ticketmaster.com/venue/221705/
  Lafayette Natural History Museum and Planetarium
The 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 - 1:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday thru Friday - 1:00 p.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 - $8.00 Seniors (65 or older) - $6.00 For additional information, visit www.lnhm.org/
  University Art Museum
The 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 - Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday and Monday - Closed Ticket prices: Adult $5 Senior Citizens $4 For additional information, visit www.louisiana.edu/UAM/
  Zoo of Acadiana
Hours of operation are from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week. (Closed major holidays) Admission cost: $7.95* for adults $6.95* for senior citizens *plus tax. For additional information, visit www.zooofacadiana.org/
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

What’s included in this Road Scholar program?



Except for the occasional meal on some programs, Road Scholar programs are all-inclusive. That means there are no extra “options,” no passing the hat for tips and no surprises. From lectures and field trips to gratuities and accommodations – the price you pay up front is the price you pay.

Specifically, this program includes:


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