New Orleans
Signature City New Orleans: America's City of History, Culture and Celebration
Discover artistry and heritage in New Orleans as you explore the city’s historic districts, learn about Cajun cooking and attend a performance at the Jazz National Park Museum.
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Program No. 1475RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

New Orleans beckons with three centuries of history and culture. Become immersed in this rich heritage as expert instructors lead you on an exploration of the city’s architectural styles, literary heroes, political figures, music and food. Learn about festivals that are both self-expression and a celebration of life, from Mardi Gras to Jazz Fest. Take field trips to Lake Pontchartrain, the French Quarter, the Garden District, the Mississippi River, Congo Square and the Treme area. Other highlights include the amazing Sculpture Garden in City Park and the world class National World War II Museum.
Activity Level
Moderate walking up to eight blocks, flat terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Hear a musical performance at the Jazz National Park Museum and venture into the French Quarter to visit the Mardi Gras Museum.
  • Admire historic New Orleans homes as you ride along historic St. Charles Avenue and walk into the Garden District.
  • Learn the tricks of Cajun and Creole cooking at a popular culinary arts school, complete with recipes for you to take home.

General Notes

You may enjoy a comparable educational program with upgraded accommodations in the heart of the French Quarter, "Signature City New Orleans: An Unforgettable City of Mystery and Intrigue" (#2856) or a more active, small group program, “Out and About in New Orleans: Jazz, Jambalaya and Joie de Vivre” (#21665).
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Jerry Mccurdy
Jerry was born in New Orleans and studied economics at Loyola University. He spent the following decades raising twin sons, working at Texaco, going to carnival parades, wandering the French Quarter, reading books, taking courses and collecting local folklore. Jerry has a serious appreciation for the history, culture and architecture of his home city. "I have always lived in New Orleans, and assuming the choice of living elsewhere, I would definitely remain here. The texture of life here engages my mind and delights my spirit.”
Jerry Mccurdy
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