Dreaming about visiting New Orleans? This trip is definitely the ticket!
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Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.
Activity note: Easy walking inside hotel; at your discretion if you’d like to go out.
Afternoon: Program Registration. After you have your room assignment, 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. 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.br> As a special bonus, you will have vouchers to use at a popular jazz club as well as the Louisiana State Museum. 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. 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: At the hotel, our plentiful dinner buffet includes coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase at the bar.
Evening: We’ll be joined by a guest speaker for an introduction to the French Quarter. We’ll learn about history, culture, traditions, celebrations, people. The entertaining class is taught by a humorist who has lived here all her life. She exudes the “joie de vivre” that makes New Orleanians distinctively memorable.
Activity note: Walking a few blocks in park and cemetery. Those who prefer may remain on motorcoach at these stops.
Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet includes many choices.
Morning: We’ll begin with a lecture on the history of New Orleans, a virtual walk from the founding of the city in 1718 to the present day. Our instructor is a native New Orleanian who knows its past and present inside and out.
Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll order from a select menu.
Afternoon: We’ll take a field trip via motorcoach with expert 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.
Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll order from a select menu.
Evening: During a presentation by our educator, we'll learn about antics and incidents involving some of the most famous — and infamous — characters associated with New Orleans.
Activity note: Walking in museums.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We’ll have a presentation on authors from and of New Orleans, past and present, who wrote about the fictional and non-fictional city. We’ll get the scoop on their personal lives, where they gathered, what they ate and drank, as well as their literary personas — which were often one and the same!
Lunch: At a local restaurant.
Afternoon: A local professor who is also a musician will use vintage clips and soundtracks to introduce the music of New Orleans. We’ll learn about the many cultural influences that have gone into music that spread worldwide, including the roots of Jazz and its evolution. We’ll then go to experience a Southern musical history performance at the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park. Hear local musicians doing what they do best. The remainder of the afternoon is for your personal independent exploration. You’ll have vouchers to explore the Cabildo and Presbytère flanking St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square. All were constructed during the Spanish period (1795-1799). The Cabildo was the center of government. The Presbytère, built on the site of what had been the residence of Capuchin monks, was used for commercial purposes. Both are now key components of the Louisiana State Museum. The Cabildo displays artifacts of American history as well as rarities such as Napoleon’s death mask. The Presbytère’s interactive exhibit on Mardi Gras traces our annual celebration from its origins to the present day with an exquisite collection of artifacts and memorabilia. Another exhibit expresses Louisiana’s saga of resilience in the face of disasters.
Dinner: 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. If you have something special in mind, we recommend making reservations in advance.
Evening: At leisure. If you’re a music aficionado, there are lots of options. We have provided a voucher for Fritzel’s European Jazz Club, or go on your own to any of the other great choices. You might like to take a stroll along Bourbon Street to see some of the colorful locals and occasionally even more exotic tourists. Or just relax at the hotel. The French Quarter has something to offer for almost every interest and taste.
Activity note: Walking 6 blocks through Garden District; broken sidewalks in some places due to tree roots. Those who prefer may remain on motorcoach.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We’ll have an introduction to the architecture and diversity of New Orleans. Architecture is an expression of culture. We’ll learn how different nationalities and ethnicities — such as immigrants from Europe and the West Indies — influenced local architecture and contributed to the “gumbo” of our society.
Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll order from a select menu.
Afternoon: Next, we’ll set out on a walking field trip with a local architect in the aptly named Garden District, one of the loveliest neighborhoods in the country. It was laid out in 1832 for incoming, well-to-do Americans who were not interested in mingling with native New Orleanians. The feeling was mutual! Grand houses were built on large lots that encouraged the development of beautiful gardens. After the field trip, you can return to the hotel by motorcoach to freshen up and relax, or stay out and explore on your own. There will be a pick up in the French Quarter before dinner.
Dinner: At a local restaurant, choose what you like from the extensive dinner buffet.
Evening: We’ll return to the hotel for a musical surprise!
Activity note: Walking at your own pace through World War II Museum; benches available. Walking in the French Quarter according to personal preference.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: Formerly known as the D-Day Museum, the National World War II Museum was founded by eminent historian Dr. Stephen Ambrose, author “Band of Brothers” and other best-sellers. A self directed exploration takes us through three buildings that house exhibits highlighting the role of participants from world leaders to the everyday men and women whose contributions helped to win the war, as well as those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Many items in the vast collection — such as uniforms, weaponry, vehicles, medals, diaries, letters, artwork, photographs, and other mementos — are on display while thousands of records and archives are available to scholars for ongoing research. See the film “Beyond All Boundaries” narrated by Tom Hanks. Through first person accounts and amazing special effects, we’ll take a journey through the war that changed the world.
Lunch: At the National World War II Museum in the American Sector restaurant.
Afternoon: Free Time. You may spend as much time at WW2 Museum as you wish or you may return to the hotel to freshen up or return to the French Quarter for more exploration on your own. You can also use your vouchers to the Cabildo and Mardi Gras section in the Presbytère.
Dinner: At the world renowned New Orleans School of Cooking, an expert local chef will teach us how to cook Creole and Cajun, and explain the difference. We’ll see the preparation of a traditional dish, then have it for dinner. Recipes will be supplied so that you can take some New Orleans cuisine “home” with you.
Evening: Returning to the hotel — tired but full of new ideas! — the remainder of the evening is free. Prepare for check out and departure in the morning.
Activity note: Hotel check out 12:00 Noon.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: For our closing session, we’ll have a presentation on the “real” Mardi Gras by a native New Orleanian who will dispel the myths and misconceptions you’ve read and heard about. We expect to finish by 10:30 a.m. 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!
Dreaming about visiting New Orleans? This trip is definitely the ticket!
New Orleans is a fascinating city and this tour pays homage to this factor along with history, multiculturalism, great music and food. What is there not to like!
Loved this program! It was my first Road Scholar trip and I was pleased by the presenters, tour guides and people who attended. I traveled alone and was greeted warmly by all. The experience was informative and fun! I cant wait to take another Road Scholar trip.
New Orleans is a great city to visit. Lots of history and old building to see. Jazz all the time that you want to listen. Loved this trip
This was my first Road Scholar program but it will not be my last! Excellent presenters, well organized, highly informative, and everyone was very friendly and helpful. It was a real bargain.
Great program which I would recommend to anyone considering coming to New Orleans
What a fantastic value for the price! If you're like me and want to truly enjoy an adventure without having to worry about making all the arrangements such as lodging, transportation, tickets to venues, etc., this is the way to go! It's a great way to learn about different cultures and meet interesting people. I'm looking forward to future Road Scholar programs.
THIS TOUR OF NEW ORLEANS WAS VERY THOROUGH FOR THOSE WHO NEVER WENT TO NEW ORLEANS. A MUCH BETTER PERSPECTIVE AND HISTORICAL TOUR OF THIS PART OF THE COUNTRY THAT WE HAD NEVER EXPERIENCED BEFORE ROADS SCHOLAR. THANK YOU: THW MILLERS FROM FENTON, MI AND GOLD CANYON, AZ.
This was the perfect trip for those visiting New Orleans for the first time. Every aspect of the city was covered with both interesting lectures and "field trips". If you have wanted to visit this fun and fascinating city,this is the program for you!
What a gem of a program. On this, my first visit to this city, I was thrilled to discover the kaleidoscope that is New Orleans.
This was my first Road Scholar trip. I celebrated my 64th birthday in New Orleans with people I had just meant. The trip exceeded my expectations. I traveled solo but had several new friends by the end of the trip. There were two people that needed the assistance of a wheelchair and they were accommodated. I have no cartilage in my knees and I did well with the walking tours. The food went from good to great. I learned so much about the history and culture of New Orleans that I may go again .
Do not miss this New Orleans program! You will learn a lot, laugh a lot, and leave with a very pleasant understanding of the history and culture. This program is especially suited for those of us who may not be able to see New Orleans at a rapid pace but who still want to see the important and historic places and savor the many flavors of a most interesting city. Highly recommend for those with an enthusiasm for life, music, architecture, and great food.
The program was great and website accurately outlines what we saw and experienced. We truly had a wonderful time!
The trip was fantastic. This was my first experience with Road Scholar and definitely will not be my last. The program was both informative and entertaining.
I love Road Scholar. I have been on two of their trips now and plan on doing many more! I love being a life-long learner and Road Scholar makes it easy and fun to learn about and enjoy new places.
Road Scholar is the only way to visit New Orleans to learn about and experience the history, architecture, culture and charm of the city.
Come visit the city that thrives on tourism. The program instructors love their city and their enthusiasm is contagious.
A wonderful program for persons interested in an overview of all that New Orleans has to offer,300 years of history, great jazz,sensational food,unusual architecture,amazing parks,museums,cemeteries and it seems a celebration and parade ever day of the year.
Anyone visiting New Orleans needs to take a Road Scholar tour!
I think this is the very best way to get a first look at New Orleans.
Since this was my first trip with Road Scholar I would put your trips on my list to see and do.
An experience to be treasured!
I think your website is great and easy to find information. However, you send too many mini catalogs in the mail. Previously I only received seasonal large catalogs and occasional small booklets, but lately have been receiving more small catalogs, sometimes more a few a week. It is too much. I use the website to search for programs and the large seasonal catalogs are enough.
A good introduction to the complex history of one of America's most unique cities and the wonderful music.
Culturally interesting as well as historically enlightening
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this program. Very informative, lots of free time, interesting participants, great group leader and speakers. Would recommend it highly.
This program does a great job of providing a broad overview into what makes New Orleans unique and special. From history and people to architecture, food, music, and celebrations this program gives an excellent introduction to this uniquely American city.
This is the best way to travel we have found yet. All the participants seem very eager to learn about the subject matter and it is a very safe way to travel, especially for single people.
A wonderful overview of the city, its history, culture, music and place in US economy.
Slower pace for walking maybe, but full days of information and interesting facts. A perfect pace.
Very interesting mix of subject matter to give a pretty complete overview of the unique and interesting history of New Orleans.
Every part of this trip was fantastic! The varied program covered history, architecture, Mardi Gras, geography, the history of and live music programs, the WWII Museum which we visited on December 7th which made it even more of a memorable event, etc. etc. The lectures were great and the tours certainly pertinent. It was my first introduction to New Orleans and I fell in love with the people, the culture and simply the atmosphere. I thank Road Scholar for the outstanding overview of the city and the region. I will certainly go back, probably with Road Scholar.
This was a wonderful program. Each lecturer better than the last. Great food! Great music! The French Quarter was a delight. Great architecture and learned a great deal about the writers and celebs who lived in the area. It was one of my favorite trips and will remain in my memory, fondly. Delightful!
This is a delightful and educational introduction to a unique city. I highly recommend it.
This is a great, compact way to learn about New Orleans. The food, music, tours and free time were just right. Our lectures were memorable.
We just returned from a Road Scholar trip to New Orleans. We'd recommend it to anyone who'd like to know more about the culture, food, history and music of the Crescent City. Excellent lectures and tours provided by guides who really knew their subject matter and presented it in and informative and entertaining manner. Included a trip to the World War II museum, a terrific bonus.
If you've never been to New Orleans and want a total immersion into the history and offerings of this most unique American jewel, I highly recommend this program. The instructors and guides made this experience one of the most enjoyable tours I've ever been on.
RS is everything as advertised and more. All instructors and support folks were so knowledgeable and helpful, and went above and beyond in all cases. Accommodations so comfortable and nice.
The program had some very good and interesting lecturers. I learned to enjoy all that New Orleans has to offer. And it has a lot to offer.
Fun and informative. Am tempted to do it again!
Want to go somewhere, but don't know when or what to do when you get there go, Road Scholar. they been there and done that.
A fabulous and complete view of New Orleans..........a great way to learn about and "live" the city!
I recommend the New Orleans 5-day program. The literature, history, architecture, music, cooking, Mardi Gras classes enhanced the total enjoyment of the City.
This is a great program. In my opinion, it is the only way to see New Orleans!
Our first trip with Road Scholar was wonderful and we will be joining them again for more trips.
The programs they offer are well worth doing.
Excellent program to learn all about the city of New Orleans. Highly recommend it!
This is a great trip! It is very well organized, Sharon is perfect for being the hostess and keep everything moving. The mix of topics was perfect for me; some history, architecture, music, culture. I would highly recommend this for getting a good mixed overview of a very colorful and interesting city.
What a fabulous trip! We felt immersed in this vibrant city. We learned about the music, the food, the history, the effects of Hurricane Katrina and the resilience of the city, the architecture, Mardi Gras, and the wonderful hospitality of the city. We recommend this trip wholeheartedly.
The New Orleans program was fantastic in every way. Wonderful activities, excellent instructors, delicious food, and something new and exciting each day. The time went by all too quickly! I highly recommend this program.
This is an excellent way to really experience New Orleans because you have delightful instructors who live here, know it well and freely share their enthusiasm. This is a well-designed program allowing you to see and experience far more than would otherwise be possible on your own because all of the choices are excellent and time is managed well. Food, music, local history, a bit of free time…it’s all here and logistics are handled extremely well! This program exceeded my expectations and I suspect it will do so for you as well.
One of the best Road Scholar programs we have attended. All the presenters were outstanding!
I've just returned from 5 nights in New Orleans with Road Scholar. Although this was my fourth trip to NOLA, I learned more about the history, culture, architecture, and literature of this jewel of a world city. As one of our speakers said: "You didn't come to New Orleans to save money and go on a diet. Enjoy yourself and be happy!" I enjoyed myself and thank all of the team at Road Scholar who organized and ran such a successful program. A word of warning: don't try to pack the 8 oz. bottle of liquid shellfish boil spice from the Cooking School in your carry-on; the TSA took mine.
A wonderful experience in New Orleans with great classes and many very enjoyable experiences. Comfortable hotel, very good food, and an extremely attentive staff.
New Orleans is a city to be explored by all who enjoy history and food. Do not be misled that the food is spicy...it is not,it is seasoned. So much to see and not enough time. The musicians in the square are enjoyable to watch and hear, and at no cost!
I cannot say enough good things about Road Scholar! I saw and learned things about New Orleans I never would have otherwise. A marvellous, educational experience.
The bus trips around the city showing the land scape traveling around the city showing the housing destruction and damage caused by the flood-hurricane destruction will be remembered most from this trip. More information like the depth of the river and general information of the whole water system could been developed and presented. Depth of the Mississippi River could have been spelled out more, with emphasis on water table and its affect .