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Louisiana by Riverboat: All that Jazz!

Program Number: 21010RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/10/2013 - 4/21/2013;
Duration: 11 nights
Location: Louisiana/Mississippi
Price starting at: $4,538.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; River Boats
Meals: 28; 9 Breakfasts, 2 Brunches, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners    

Music is the heartbeat of New Orleans, and there’s no better way to enjoy the sounds of jazz, brass bands, rock ‘n roll and more than during the city’s French Quarter Festival. Then, board the world’s largest authentic steam-powered paddlewheel riverboat, American Queen, for a journey that leads you to some of Louisiana’s most beautiful plantations, historic cities and its capital city, Baton Rouge.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to one-half mile over flat terrain; getting on/off buses or vans.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

New Orleans, 7 nights; aboard American Queen, 4 nights.



Days 1-8: Arrival New Orleans, embark American Queen:

The music of New Orleans comes alive as you take in private performances and explore the many musical venues throughout the French Quarter. Savor the cuisine of some of the city’s most notable restaurants, and explore the many museums dedicated to the region’s history and culture. Enjoy the views of Bayou St. John and admire the architecturally-rich Garden District. Lodging: Comfortable hotel.



Day 9: Vacherie-Oak Alley:

Stroll beneath the canopy of 300 year old oak trees at Oak Alley plantation, and learn the history behind the preserved slave cabins of Laura and Evergreen plantations.



Day 10: St. Francisville:

Walk along the historic streets of St. Francisville, where more than 140 historic buildings are listed on the National Register and where John James Audubon once lived and worked.



Days 11-12: Baton Rouge / New Orleans / disembark / departure:

Explore the cultural treasures of Baton Rouge, including the State House and the Rural Life Museum.



American Queen

The largest steamboat ever built, the American Queen is a recreation of a classic Mississippi riverboat featuring a steam-powered paddlewheel, lacy filigree and, inside, glistening woodwork and antiques. Public areas include the Mark Twain Gallery library, the Grand Saloon and a lounge. Wine and beer are complimentary with dinner.


Meals and Lodgings
   Royal Sonesta
  New Orleans, Louisiana 7 nights
   American Queen
  New Orleans, Louisiana
Oak Alley
St. Francisville, La.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
4 nights
 Royal Sonesta
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: The Royal Sonesta has a beautiful outdoor pool with garden. The hotel has one of the most beautiful patios in the city and flowers and fountains abound. In the heart of the French Quarter, the Royal sonesta is one of the most beautiful and desirable hotels in New Orleans.
  Contact info: 300 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, LA 70140 USA
phone: 504-586-0300
web: www.royalsonestano.com
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $179 + Pre / Post stays usually available at a rate of $179 + depending on availability.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM

 American Queen
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.
  Ship Information: See above description
  Contact info: Docked at River
New Orleans,, LA 70130 USA
phone: 206-292-9606
  Room amenities: Varies with category purchased
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: pre program 15847. Post 13229 See program #15847 for Extension in New Orleans--program arrives in New Orleans the weekend of Mardi Gras. See program 13229 if you wish to stay for Mardi Gras.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check in: Wednesday 4:00 pm at Royal Sonesta. If you arrive earlier you can check in if your room is available. You will be staying at Royal Sonesta that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends in New Orleans when boat docks. Returned to New Orleans airport by 10:30 am You will be staying at American Queen the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking available for $18 per day. This is a hotel discounted rate.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  New Orleans, Louisiana
  Nearest highway: Interstate 10
  Nearest airport:  New Orleans, Louis Armstrong
  From End of Program
  Location:  Departure
Travel Details
 

Kenner, La.

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
airport shuttle
phone: 866-596-2699

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$18
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

one half hour 

 

Distance:

 

8 miles

   

Louis Armstrong airport is the airport

 

New Orleans, La.

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
taxis name varies

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$8 for one or 2 persons
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

one half mile

   

taxis are available at train station

 
Driving Directions
  From the East (Slidell) 1. FOLLOW I-10 WEST TO THE ORLEANS AVE./VIEUX CARRE EXIT 235A (ORLEANS AVE. TURNS INTO BASIN ST.) 2. TAKE BASIN ST. TO CONTI ST. AND TURN LEFT 3. FOLLOW CONTI ST. AND IMMEDIATELY PAST BOURBON ST. TURN RIGHT INTO THE ROYAL SONESTA GARAGE
  From the North (Covington) 1. AFTER CROSSING LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN, YOU WILL BE ON CAUSEWAY BLVD. 2. CROSS OVER INTERSTATE AND GET ON I-10 TO DOWNTOWN 3. FOLLOW I-10 EAST TO THE NEW ORLEANS BUSINESS DISTRICT 4. CONTINUE TO FOLLOW I-10 EAST AND FOLLOW THE I-10 SLIDELL EXIT 5. CONTINUE ON I-10 TO ORLEANS AVE./VIEUX CARRE EXIT 235A (ORLEANS AVE. TURNS INTO BASIN ST.) 6. TAKE BASIN ST. TO CONTI ST. AND TURN LEFT 7. FOLLOW CONTI ST. AND IMMEDIATELY PAST BOURBON ST. TURN RIGHT INTO THE ROYAL SONESTA GARAGE
  From the West (Baton Rouge) 1. FOLLOW I-10 EAST TO THE NEW ORLEANS BUSINESS DISTRICT 2. CONTINUE TO FOLLOW I-10 EAST AND FOLLOW THE I-10 SLIDELL EXIT 3. CONTINUE ON I-10 TO ORLEANS AVE./VIEUX CARRE EXIT 235A (ORLEANS AVE. TURNS INTO BASIN ST.) 4. TAKE BASIN ST. TO CONTI ST. AND TURN LEFT 5. FOLLOW CONTI ST. AND IMMEDIATELY PAST BOURBON ST. TURN RIGHT INTO THE ROYAL SONESTA GARAGE
  New Orleans The Royal Sonesta is one of the premier hotels in New Orleans in the heart of the French Quarter. All of the charm of the area is at your fingertips. We reserve beautiful inside rooms at the hotel to give you a quiet oasis in the midst of it all. This hotel says New Orleans in a big way!!
Elevation Note: Totally flat terrain

Equipment Requirements: none required
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: Orientation, Intros, Dinner and music
(Wednesday, April 10)
   
 Afternoon: REGISTRATION & ORIENTATION - 4:30 PM Chance to 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. You won't want to miss this first episode of the French Quarter Festival program.
 Dinner: THE ROYAL SONESTA HOTEL - 6:30 PM Don't be fooled- this restaurant is no ordinary hotel eatery. You will be treated to a fabulous meal with impeccable surroundings and service. Special musical surprise.
 Evening: Listen to some Jazz after dinner--or just relax with your new Road Scholar friends.
   
Accommodations: Royal Sonesta
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Culture lecture, Field trip to City, Dinner on your own tonight
(Thursday, April 11)
   
 Breakfast: CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL
 Morning: CLASS - "NEW ORLEANS CULTURE AND HISTORY-'IT'S A NEW ORLEANS THING' ". Hear about New Orleans traditions, celebrations, and its people. This entertaining class is taught by a true humorist who has participated in and lived here all her life. She oozes with "joie de vivre" that makes New Orleans locals so unique and memorable.
 Lunch: You will be dining at Commanders Palace either Thursday or Friday. Commanders is one of the best in the city and previous Participants rave on about the food and service-it is a true culinary experience worthy of all the praise. Dining in New Orleans is an event and you will be doing lots of it-so pace yourself.
 Afternoon: CLASS - "OUTSIDE THE FRENCH QUARTER"- OVERVIEW OF THE CITY WITH YOUR TEACHER ON BOARD MOTORCOACH. Places you will see today include: 25 mile wide Lake Pontchartrain, Bayou St. John) a waterway through the city), City Park and its magnificent oak trees, above ground cemeteries, St Charles Avenue, the "avenue of mansions" in the Garden District with its magnificent architecture and gardens. You will also get to see some of the devastation from Katrina.
 Dinner: Thursday-Sunday - 3 evenings and 1 Brunch-dine at some of New Orleans finest restaurants. 2 NIGHTs YOUR DINNER WILL BE ON YOUR OWN (RESTAURANT OF YOUR CHOICE) AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE. Yes, another meal - its still early in the week-we promise not to weigh you on your exit from the program. NOTE: YOU WILL BE EATING AT Bourbon House, Palace Cafe and Muriels as well as Commanders Palace and Court of Two Sisters. All well known and respected restaurants in New Orleans. Please note that restaurants are subject to change.
 Evening: Use your free time after dinner to experience the night life in the French Quarter-hear some jazz at Preservation Hall, Maison Bourbon or just people watch. Use vouchers that we provide for special music venues.
   
Accommodations: Royal Sonesta
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Private Jazz performance, second line parade, music all over the French Quarter
(Friday, April 12)
   
 Breakfast: CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL
 Morning: CLASS: New Orleans Music. You won't want to miss this fantastic class. New Orleans musicians share their knowledge of New Orleans Jazz and perform just for you!
 Lunch: See Day 2 for information. Another opportunity to sample the cuisine and enjoy the local food.
 Afternoon: All afternoon enjoy the sounds of music. Every corner has a different style of music just waiting for you!! Dixieland Jazz, Cajun, Rock and Roll, Brass Bands, Classical. The choices are endless. Something for everyone. And your hotel is in the midst of it all--one step away. Three days of MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC--that's what the French Quarter is all about (oh New Orleans Food is everywhere too--with a chance for you to sample all types of our food.
 Dinner: Dinner at one of New Orleans finest restaurants.
 Evening: Use free time, after dinner to explore more of the French Quarter. Suggestions: Preservation Hall, Maison Bourbon, Pat O'Brien's, Fritzel's, Palm Court and Cafe Beignet.
   
Accommodations: Royal Sonesta
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Private Jazz performance, music all over French Quarter, Cabildo, Presbytere vouchers
(Saturday, April 13)
   
 Breakfast: CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL
 Morning: CLASS: One of New Orleans' top musicians and experts on Original New Orleans Jazz, along with his famous band, demonstrates as he speaks-- leaving you spellbound with his expertise.
 Lunch: See DAY 2 for information. We know that you must be famished-so get ready to experience another great meal.
 Afternoon: Another glorious afternoon of music! And you can puncuate it with a visit to Cafe du Monde, the Cabildo Museum, Mardi Gras Museum or private patio tours. Visit the Historic New Orleans Collection or Hermann-grima house. Attend any number of a large selection of classes about Jazz and New Orleans Music right near the hotel. Check out the website of French Quarter Festival (www.fqfi.org) for a sampling of what goes on. Vouchers included for several of above venues.
 Dinner: See DAY 2 for information. By now your shoes are getting tighter-its not from the walking-its from the eating!
 Evening: Free time, after dinner for more night life, music, and New Orleans culture. Either Friday or Saturday, listen to music in the charming Mystic Den at the Royal Sonesta or head back out for some New Orleans Jazz at a club.
   
Accommodations: Royal Sonesta
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Private musical performance, Brunch with private balcony, music all day again
(Sunday, April 14)
   
 Morning: A more leisurely morning to stroll the French Quarter --use your voucher for some Cafe au Lait and Beignets. Watch the river go by from the Moonwalk.
 Morning: Another up close and personal with New Orleans Musicians--some of our best play just for you in a private performance.
 Brunch: Brunch today at a famous New Orleans eatery--enjoy the French Quarter Festival scene from our own private balcony overlooking Jackson Square.
 Afternoon: More great music this afternoon!! More great food or free time to use VOUCHERS TO VISIT LOUISIANA MUSEUMS, buy that last souvenir-pralines, New Orleans tee shirt, or just one more beignet, Mardi Gras beads, a mask, or a Voodoo doll.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own tonight
 Evening: Free time, after dinner for more night life, music, and New Orleans culture! Use up those vouchers--more beignets or Jazz at Cafe Beignet or at the lounge in Royal Sonesta.
   
Accommodations: Royal Sonesta
Meals Included: Brunch

Day 6: Court of Two Sisters and New Orleans School of Cooking
(Monday, April 15)

Note: easy walking on flat terrain



   
 Brunch: Early BRUNCH AT THE FAMOUS COURT OF TWO SISTERS AT 9:00AM. This one is for the road - we send you off with a bang and surprises. Enjoy your last dining experience with new friends you have met as well as a realistic unclouded view of what New Orleans is really all about. Maybe you will also understand "what it means to miss New Orleans". You are now free to leave "the city with a soul"- but stay for another few days and take it in without a big festival going on.
 Afternoon: Free to explore. Go to Aquarium, zoo, ride streetcar ride ferry or Natchez.
 Dinner: Enjoy a food demonstration at New Orleans School of Cooking and get to indulge in the fabulous results--including pralines!
 Evening: More Jazz? Fritzels or Preservation Hall. Or just take a break and relax.
   
Accommodations: Royal Sonesta
Meals Included: Brunch, Dinner

Day 7: Mardi Gras Indians and Katrina Museum
(Tuesday, April 16)

Note: Easy walking on flat terrain



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast
 Morning: Visit the New Orleans Museukm of Art and beautiful Sculpture Garden.
 Lunch: Golden Feather restaurant and museum of Mardi Gras Indians--right across from Congo Square. Learn about the unique culture that still exists today and see the incredible handmade costumes that take a year to sew. take a year to ma
 Afternoon: Time to use vouchers at Cabildo and Presbytere. Learn more about the state of Louisiana, Katrina and Mardi gras.
 Dinner: Dine at yet another great New Orleans restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Royal Sonesta
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Learn about the River and famous steamboats Brunch at Court of Two Sisters
(Wednesday, April 17)

Note: easy walking on flat terrain app 6 blocks



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast aboard American Queen
 Morning: "Paddlewheelers, Packets and Floating Palaces"
 Lunch: Lunch at another great New Orleans restaurant.
 Afternoon: Get your final souvenirs or vist the Historic New Orleans Collection.
 Afternoon: Time to use vouchers for museums and last minute visits in the French Quarter
 Dinner: Dinner is onboard the American Queen. We have special tables reserved for Road Scholars so you can get to know your fellow Scholars.
 Evening: Every evening enjoy the fabulous bands and showboat performances onboard.
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Oak Alley, Laura and Evergreen Plantations
(Thursday, April 18)

Note: Leisurely stroll at plantations



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard American Queen
 Morning: Enjoy a completely different version of a plantation when you visit Laura Plantation and Evergreen-with the most well preserved slave cabins on the Historic Register. Located in Saint James Parish, Oak Alley is a much-photographed plantation that comvines architectural splendor and the natural wonder of its 300-year old oak trees. Spend time strolling beneath the canopy of these trees, and learn abouth the rich history and culture of this southern estate.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard the American Queen
 Afternoon: "The Mississippi River and the Making of a Nation". Enjoy the relaxing beauty of the RIver as you roll along.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard the American Queen
 Evening: Enjoy performances every evening
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Visit Oakley, home of John James Audubon
(Friday, April 19)

Note: easy walking on flat terrain-some standing in house.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard American Queen
 Morning: This quaint town of St. Francisville located on the bluffs of the Mississippi RIver is your window to the past. With over 140 buildings on the National Register, beautiful plantation homes nestled in the rolling countryside, and bustling Main Street shops, you'll find plenty to keep you on the go in St. Francisville. "John James Audubon-the Man and his Milieu". Visit Oakley where Audubon lived and worked.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard the American Queen
 Afternoon: Preparing for our visit to Baton Rouge, learn about "Huey Long: Messiah to the Rednecks"-your instructor is an expert on the subject.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard the American Queen
 Evening: Evening show followed by buffet-late music each night in the lounge
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Rural Life Museum and LA State Capital
(Saturday, April 20)

Note: Easy walking on flat terrain



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the American Queen
 Morning: The capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge is the center of all the great things the state has to offer-visitors delight in the seamless blend of past and present experiencing authentic Louisiana at every ttun. With its semi-tropical climate, the otudoors is tempting and the attractions abound. No wonder this is one of the south's fastest growing cities. Visit the Louisiana State Capital where Huey Long was shot. Also visit the Louisiana State Museum.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard the American Queen
 Afternoon: Visit the Rural Life Museum and see the Louisiana State University campus.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard the American Queen
 Evening: Entertainment in the Grand Saloon
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Return to New Orleans and depart for home
(Sunday, April 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the American Queen
 Morning: Depart for New Orleans Louis Armstrong Airport or Royal Sonesta Hotel--transportation included arrive at 10:30 am
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  New Orleans, Louisiana ATTRACTIONS & EXCURSIONS
Aquarium of the Americas Audubon Zoo (Streetcar or boat) Cafe du Monde Free Ferry Flea Market French Market Glassworks School IMAX Theater Mardi Gras World - Free Ferry Ride Natchez Steamboat Riverwalk Marketplace St. Charles Streetcar
  HISTORIC HOMES
Beauregard-Keyes House Faulkner House Gallier House Hermann Grima Ursuline Convent
  MUSEUMS & EXHIBITS
Louisiana State Museum - (closed on Monday) Confederate Museum (929 Camp St) New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden - cab ride or street car Musee Conti (Wax Museum) St. Louis Cathedral Voodoo Museum Jean Lafite Visitor Center National D.Day Museum - (945 Magazine St-open 9:00 - 5:00) Ogden Museum of Southern Art - (925 Camp St.; Tues. - Sun. 9:30am - 5:30 pm Thursdays until 8:30pm. Closed on Mondays.
  NIGHTCLUBS & MUSIC
Gazebo (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 - Cab ride Mulate's Palm Court Jazz Café - cab ride Pat O' Briens' Preservation Hall Storyville District Tipitina's Snug Harbor - cab ride
  PERFORMING ARTS
Contemporary Arts Center Le Petit Theatre
  Baton Rouge, Louisiana ATTRACTIONS & EXCURSIONS
Aquarium of the Americas Audubon Zoo (Streetcar or boat) Cafe du Monde Free Ferry Flea Market French Market Glassworks School IMAX Theater Mardi Gras World - Free Ferry Ride Natchez Steamboat Riverwalk Marketplace St. Charles Streetcar
  HISTORIC HOMES
Beauregard-Keyes House Faulkner House Gallier House Ursuline Convent
  MUSEUMS & EXHIBITS
Louisiana State Museum (closed on Monday) Confederate Museum (929 Camp St) New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden - cab ride or street car Musee Conti (Wax Museum) St. Louis Cathedral Voodoo Museum National D.Day Museum (945 Magazine St-open 9:00 - 5:00) Ogden Museum of Southern Art (925 Camp St.; Tues. - Sun. 9:30am - 5:30 pm Thursdays until 8:30pm. Closed on Mondays.)
  NIGHTCLUBS & MUSIC
Gazebo (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 - Cab ride Mulate's Palm Court Jazz Café - cab ride Pat O' Briens' Patout's Cajun Corner Preservation Hall Storyville District Tipitina's Snug Harbor - cab ride
  PERFORMING ARTS
Contemporary Arts Center Le Petit Theatre
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