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Signature City New Orleans: An Unforgettable City Of Mystery and Intrigue

Program Number: 2856RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/2/2014 - 2/7/2014; 10/5/2014 - 10/10/2014; 10/19/2014 - 10/24/2014; 10/26/2014 - 10/31/2014; 11/2/2014 - 11/7/2014; 11/9/2014 - 11/14/2014; 11/16/2014 - 11/21/2014; 1/11/2015 - 1/16/2015; 1/18/2015 - 1/23/2015; 3/8/2015 - 3/13/2015; 3/22/2015 - 3/27/2015; 3/29/2015 - 4/3/2015; 4/19/2015 - 4/24/2015; 5/3/2015 - 5/8/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Price starting at: $1,397.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities
Meals: 12; 4 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Dubbed affectionately by some as the northernmost Caribbean city, New Orleans revels in its giddy blend of European refinement and carefree effervescence, a place where virtue and vice are celebrated in equal measure. Surrender to the intoxicating charms of “the Crescent City” that have long fascinated artists, writers, musicians and scholars. Experience live New Orleans jazz, take field trips inside and outside the French Quarter and Garden District, get perspectives on architectural and literary landmarks and enjoy unique culinary adventures.




Highlights

• On a bus excursion, see Lake Pontchartrain, Bayou St. John, the city’s famed above-ground cemeteries and St. Charles Avenue, including a walk in the Garden District to take in its historic architecture.
• Hear live jazz performances at Fritzel’s and Irvin Mayfield’s jazz clubs.
• Enjoy a cooking demonstration as you dine at the New Orleans School of Cooking.



Activity Particulars

Moderate walking and standing.



You may enjoy a comparable educational program at a lower price six blocks from the French Quarter, "Signature City New Orleans: America's City of History, Culture and Celebration" (#1475) or a more active, small group program, “Out and About in New Orleans: Jazz, Jambalaya and Joie de Vivre” (#21665).




Date Specific Information

3-8-2015, 3-22-2015, 3-29-2015

This date is a special Road Scholar 40th anniversary celebration which includes an exclusive live band performance.




New Orleans

The Crescent City is among the United States' most unique and colorful cities, owing in part to the various heritages and cultures that influenced its growth over the past 300 years, including Cajun, Creole and French, a rich blend apparent in everything from the city’s architecture and cuisine, to its dialects and corner cafés.



Accommodations
Elegant hotel with outdoor pool in the heart of the French Quarter.
Meals and Lodgings
   Royal Sonesta Hotel
  New Orleans, Louisiana 5 nights
 Royal Sonesta Hotel
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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $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
  Additional nights after: $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 out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check in: Sunday 4:00 pm. If you arrive earlier you can check in if your room is available. Bellmen will store your luggage until your room is ready. Registration: 4:30 pm. Orientation: 4:45-6:15pm. Dinner: 6:30 pm. You will be staying at Royal Sonesta Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Brunch: walk to Court of Two Sisters 8:50-11am. Hotel checkout: Noon. Bellmen will store luggage if you are leaving later. You will be staying at Royal Sonesta Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking available for $22 plus tax per day. This is special Road Scholar rate. These prices are subject to change without notice as they are controlled by the hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  New Orleans, Louisiana
  Nearest highway: Interstate 10
  Nearest airport:  Louis Armstrong International Airport-(MSY)
  From End of Program
  Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Union Passenger Terminal New Orleans

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
multiple taxis

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10(approximately)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5-10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

1 mile

 

Louis Armstrong Airport (Moisant Field-MSY)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
New Orleans Airport Shuttle
phone: 866-596-2699 xTollFree

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$38 round trip per person $20 one way per person
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

   

SHUTTLE WILL PROBABLY MAKE STOPS AT OTHER HOTELS BEFORE ARRIVING AT YOUR HOTEL-PLEASE BE AWARE OF THIS. Shuttle will be outside of the baggage pickup area.

 

Louis Armstrong Airport (Moisant Field-MSY)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
multiple taxis

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$33 for one or two passengers-$14 for passenger for 3 or more
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

15 Miles

   

 
Driving Directions
  Royal Sonesta Hotel From West 1. Follow I-10 East to New Orleans Business District (Do not take I-610). 2. Continue to follow I-10 East and follow the I-10 Slidell Exit. 3. Continue on I-10 to Orleans Ave/Vieux Carre(Orleans Avenue becomes Basin Street as it curves toward the French Quarter). The exit will be on your right. 4. Take Basin St to Conti Street and turn left. 5. Follow Conti Street for 2 blocks and immediately past Bourbon Street, turn right into the Royal Sonesta garage.
  Royal Sonesta from East 1. Follow I-10 West to the Orleans Ave/Vieux Carre (Orleans Avenue becomes Basin Street as it curves toward the French Quarter). The exit will be on your left. 2. Take Basin Street to Conti Street and turn left. 3. Follow Conti Street for 2 blocks and immediately past Bourbon Street and turn right into the Royal Sonesta garage.
  Royal Sonesta from North I-12 After crossing Lake Pontchartrain, you will be on Causeway Boulevard. 1. Continue over the interstate, veering to the right and take the I-10 East to New Orleans Business District. 2. Follow I-10 East to the New Orleans Business District (Do not take I-610) 3 .Continue to follow I-10 East and take the I-10 Slidell exit. 4. Continue on I-10 to Orleans Avenue/Vieux Carre (Orleans Avenue becomes Basin Street as it curves toward the French Quarter). The exit will be on your right. 5. Take Basin Street to Conti Street and turn left. 6. Follow Conti Street for 2 blocks and immediately past Bourbon Street, turn right into the Royal Sonesta garage.
  Royal Sonesta from North I-55 1. Follow I-55 heading South. 2. I-55 and I-10 East will intersect, stay to the left and follow I-10 East to New Orleans Business District. (Do not take I-610) 3. Continue on I-10 to Orleans Ave/Vieux Carre Exit(Orleans Avenue becomes Basin Street as it curves toward the French Quarter). 4. Take Basin Street to Conti Street and turn left. 5. Follow Conti Street for 2 blocks and immediately past Bourbon Street, turn right into the Royal Sonesta garage.
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, Introductions, Dinner, Jazz Performance
(Sunday, February 2)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Royal Sonesta Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: New Orleans Culture Lecture, Field Trip to City, Voucher for Jazz
(Monday, February 3)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 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).
   
Accommodations: Royal Sonesta Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Louisiana Politics, Architecture Lecture and Excursion
(Tuesday, February 4)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 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.
   
Accommodations: Royal Sonesta Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, Mardi Gras Indians and Performance, Katrina Museum and Mardi Gras Museum
(Wednesday, February 5)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 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.
   
Accommodations: Royal Sonesta Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Literature, Excursion and Lunch at Cooking School, Leisure Time to Explore, Dinner
(Thursday, February 6)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 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."
   
Accommodations: Royal Sonesta Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Court of Two Sisters, Musical Performance, Farewells
(Friday, February 7)
   
 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 EXCURSIONS
Aquarium 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 HOMES
Beauregard-Keyes House
Faulkner House
Gallier House
Ursuline Convent
  MUSEUM AND EXHIBITS
Louisiana 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 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
Mulate's Cajun Dancing
Palm Court Jazz Café
Pat O' Briens'
Patout's Cajun Corner
Preservation Hall
Tipitina's
Snug Harbor
Spotted Cat
  PERFORMING ARTS
Contemporary Arts Center
Le Petit Theatre
Mahalia Jackson Perfoming Arts
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.

Suggested Reading List


A Streetcar Named Desire


Author: Tennessee Williams


Description: Widely considered a landmark play, A Streetcar Named Desire deals with a culture clash between two characters, Blanche DuBois, a relic of the Old South, and Stanley Kowalski, a rising member of the industrial, urban working class. American playwright Tennessee Williams received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948.



All the Kings Men


Author: Robert Penn Warren


Description: All the King's Men traces the rise and fall of demagogue Willie Stark, a fictional character loosely based on Governor Huey ""Kingfish"" Long of Louisiana. Stark begins his political career as an idealistic man of the people but soon becomes corrupted by success and caught between dreams of service and an insatiable lust for power.



Confederacy of Dunces


Author: John Kennedy Toole


Description: A Confederacy of Dunces is a picaresque novel written by American novelist John Kennedy Toole, published by Louisiana State University Press in 1980, eleven years after the author's suicide. The book, published through the efforts of writer Walker Percy (who also contributed a revealing foreword) and Toole's mother Thelma Toole, quickly became a cult classic, and later a mainstream success. Toole posthumously won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1981. It is now considered a canonical work of modern Southern literature, in the USA. The title derives from the epigraph by Jonathan Swift: "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him." The story is set in New Orleans in the early 1960s. The central character is Ignatius J. Reilly, an educated but slothful 30-year-old man still living with his mother in the city's Uptown neighborhood, who, due to an incident early in the book, must set out to get a job. In his quest for employment he has various adventures with colorful French Quarter characters.



Creole New Orleans Race and Americanization


Author: Arthur Hirsch and John Logsdon


Description: This collection of six original essays explores the peculiar ethnic composition and history of New Orleans, which the authors persuasively argue is unique among American cities. The focus of Creole New Orleans is on the development of a colonial Franco-African culture in the city, the ways that culture was influenced by the arrival of later immigrants, and the processes that led to the eventual dominance of the Anglo-American community.



Life On The Mississippi


Author: Mark Twain


Description: An invaluable companion to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi is Mark Twain's inimitable portrait of 'the great Father of Waters'. Part memoir, part travelogue, it expresses the full range of Twain's literary personality, and remains the most vivid, boisterous and provocative account of the cultural and societal history of the Mississippi Valley, from 'the golden age' of steamboating to the violence wrought by the Civil War.



Rising Tide


Author: John Barry


Description: An American epic of science, politics, race, honor, high society, and the Mississippi River, Rising Tide tells the riveting and nearly forgotten story of the greatest natural disaster this country has ever known -- the Mississippi flood of 1927. The river inundated the homes of nearly one million people, helped elect Huey Long governor and made Herbert Hoover president, drove hundreds of thousands of blacks north, and transformed American society and politics forever.



Why New Orleans Matters


Author: Tom Piazza


Description: In the aftermath of Katrina and the disaster that followed, promises were made, forgotten, and renewed. Now what will become of New Orleans in the years ahead? What do this proud, battered city and its people mean to America and the world? Award-winning author and longtime New Orleans resident Tom Piazza illuminates the storied culture and uncertain future of this great and neglected American metropolis by evoking the sensuous rapture of the city that gave us jazz music and Creole cooking; examining its deep undercurrents of corruption, racism, and injustice; and explaining how its people endure and transcend those conditions. And, perhaps most important, he asks us all to consider the spirit of this place and all the things it has shared with the world: its grace and beauty, resilience and soul.





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