10918
New Orleans
French Quarter Music Festival
Immerse yourself in great music at the French Quarter Music Festival, where you’ll hear renowned musicians showcasing a range of musical styles. Come for the music stay for the cuisine.
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Program No. 10918RJ
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6 days
5 nights
10 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
New Orleans, Louisiana
D
Hotel Monteleone

Activity note: Hotel check-in 4:00 p.m. Rooms may be available earlier; if not, check in after Orientation.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 3:30 p.m. Check the message board for the location to register with the Road Scholar program staff, which is also where the Orientation session will take place. You’ll receive a welcome packet with your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: 4:00 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. In addition to the presentations and performances included in this program, you will have opportunities to attend the French Quarter Music Festival performances of your choice each afternoon. We will provide maps and information so you can pick and choose what you like. For detailed information, visit the festival website at http://fqfi.org/frenchquarter/schedule/stage You will receive menus in advance to select what you want for dinners out at some of the city’s best restaurants. On site, we will divide into smaller groups to dine around. Two lunches and two dinners will be on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. As a special bonus, we will provide vouchers to use at two popular jazz clubs and the Louisiana State Museum. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Hotel banquet room, 6:30 p.m. We’ll have a plated and served dinner with coffee, tea, water beverage choices included; other beverages available for purchase. We’ll also enjoy a special musical surprise as we dine.

Evening: Enjoy Jazz after dinner and continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars. Then settle in and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
RS Exclusive Performance, City Field Trip, Free Time
New Orleans, Louisiana
B,L,D
Hotel Monteleone

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking 6 blocks in Garden District; broken sidewalks in some places due to tree roots. Those who prefer may stay on the motorcoach.

Breakfast: In the hotel, choose what you like from the extensive breakfast buffet.

Morning: We’ll be joined by New Orleans musicians who will give a presentation on New Orleans Jazz and perform just for us! We’ll then take a field trip via motorcoach with expert on-board commentary for an overview of the city. We’ll make stops at highlights such as Lake Pontchartrain, Bayou St. John, City Park with its magnificent oak trees and Sculpture Garden and one of the famed and mysterious above-ground cemeteries where the departed — from pirates to voodoo queens — are interred.

Lunch: Depending on which group you are in, either Thursday or Friday will be lunch at the renowned Commander's Palace. The other group will eat out independently and the next day we’ll switch. The cuisine at Commander’s has been described as a blend of Haute Creole and modern New Orleans. This is one of the few restaurants to win the coveted James Beard Award, the “Oscars” of the food world. Note: Commander’s has a strictly enforced dress code — business attire; collared shirts and closed-toe shoes required for gentlemen; no shorts, flip-flops, T-shirts, sweat shirts, or sweat pants for anyone; jeans are discouraged; ripped jeans are not allowed.

Afternoon: Free Time. Use your provided maps and information on French Quarter Music Festival performances to pick and choose what you like. There are more than 400 performances on 23 stages throughout the French Quarter over four days. And our hotel is in the midst of it all!

Dinner: Those who did not have lunch at Commander’s today will enjoy delicious New Orleans cuisine at one of the city's top restaurants and order from a select menu. The group that did have lunch at Commander’s today will have dinner on their own tonight. We’ll switch tomorrow night.

Evening: At leisure. Experience nightlife in the French Quarter. you’re a music aficionado and there are lots of options. We’ll provide vouchers (drink included) for Fritzel’s European Jazz Club and for Maison Bourbon Jazz Club. The Quarter has something to offer for almost every interest and taste.

DAY
3
Private Jazz Performance, Parade, French Quarter Music
New Orleans, Louisiana
B
Hotel Monteleone

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking 6 blocks in Garden District; broken sidewalks in some places due to tree roots. Those who prefer may stay on the motorcoach.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll enjoy another Road Scholar exclusive presentation and performance by local musicians.

Lunch: Remember, the group that ate out on their own yesterday will dine at Commander's Palace and the others will have lunch independently.

Afternoon: Free Time. The French Quarter Music Festival, the largest free music festival in the South, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization launched in 1984. More than 2,000 community volunteers now help to make it a success. The outstanding musicians present every genre from traditional and contemporary jazz to R&B, New Orleans funk, brass bands, folk, gospel, Latin, Zydeco, classical, cabaret, and international.

Dinner: Those who did not have lunch at Commander’s today will enjoy delicious New Orleans cuisine at one of the city's top restaurants and order from a select menu. The group that did have lunch at Commander’s today will have dinner on their own tonight. We’ll switch tomorrow night.

Evening: At leisure. If you haven’t used them already, you have vouchers for Maison Bourbon and Fritzel’s. Other suggestions: Pat O'Brien's, Palm Court, and Cafe Beignet. Music in the hotel lounge each night.

DAY
4
Private Jazz Performance, French Quarter Music, Free Time
New Orleans, Louisiana
B,D
Hotel Monteleone

Activity note: Walking according to personal preference during free time.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: One of New Orleans' top musicians and experts on Original New Orleans Jazz will give us a presentation and along with his famous band, demonstrate as he speaks — leaving us snapping our fingers and tapping our toes.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Free Time. Another glorious afternoon of musical possibilities. You can also attend classes about Jazz and New Orleans music. And we’ve provided vouchers for the Cabildo and Presbytère, two components of the Louisiana State Museum. You might also like to visit the Historic New Orleans Collection, the Hermann-Grima House, sip café au lait at the Café du Monde, or any of the multitude of choices to experience New Orleans history and culture. The choices are yours!

Dinner: We’ll dine out in our small groups to enjoy the meals we previously selected.

Evening: At leisure. After dinner, you can enjoy more night life, music, and New Orleans culture on your own. Either Friday and Saturday, listen to music in the charming Carousel Lounge in the Monteleone or head back out for some New Orleans Jazz at a club.

DAY
5
Private Jazz Performance, French Quarter Music, Free Time
New Orleans, Louisiana
B,L
Hotel Monteleone

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Another up close and personal encounter with New Orleans musicians. Some of our best play just for us in a private performance.

Lunch: We’ll divide into small groups for lunch at a famous New Orleans eatery. Enjoy the French Quarter Festival scene from our own private balcony overlooking Jackson Square.

Afternoon: Free Time. Is your heart pumping, are your toes tapping, your fingers snapping? Enjoy the music you like most this afternoon.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy more night life, music, and New Orleans culture!

DAY
6
French Quarter Brunch, Program Concludes
New Orleans, Louisiana
BR

Activity note: Walking 4 blocks from hotel to brunch and back. Hotel check-out 12:00 Noon.

Brunch: We’ll walk from the hotel to arrive at 9:00 a.m. for an experience you’ll remember. At the celebrated Court of Two Sisters, we’ll settle in for a true New Orleans delight, the Jazz brunch. The elaborate buffet offers tasty hot and cold New Orleans favorites from eggs any style to Creole jambalaya, grits and grillades, gumbo, classic desserts, and much more; coffee, tea, water included, other beverages available for purchase. Tap your toes to the music of the restaurant’s resident Jazz trio. Enjoy this final dining and musical experience with a broader and deeper understanding and appreciation of our city, the one and only New Orleans. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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