21665
Louisiana

Jazz, Jambalaya and Joie de Vivre in New Orleans

Get to know New Orleans as you explore the French Quarter and Garden District, take in a jazz performance, learn to cook Cajun-style and enjoy plenty of time to explore on your own.
Rating (4.97)
Program No. 21665RJ
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6 days
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4.97 Average
Rachel
(5)

The perfect program with every instructor a storyteller that drew us deeper into the rich history and culture of New Orleans.

Jerry
(5)

Jazz as it should be....

Susan
(5)

A wonderful program that definitely gives you a feel for New Orleans, it’s music and people.

Michelle
(5)

A great program conducted in the heart of the French Quarter. Very close to many varieties of music, food, museums, architecture, street performances, and scenery. A great city to visit and a nicely designed program to get introduced to what makes New Orleans New Orleans.

Marcy
(5)

This was a fun and very educational trip! We learned a lot, and the pace was very manageable, with a good amount of free time to explore on our own.

Rebecca
(5)

New Orleans greets you with a smile on her face and heart on her sleeve. New Orleans is gracious and kind, irreverent and bawdy. It touches your soul and raises your spirits. New Orleans rises from the early morning mist to greet you and puts you to bed with the sound of foot tapping jazz. New Orleans embraces one and all.

Jill
(5)

It was a dream of mine to stay in, and fully experience, the French Quarter. This class did just that--on a decadent level. The Montleon is an amazing hotel, and trip leaders show you how to soak up the goodies (food, drink, culture/music, history) New Orleans has to offer. Our class was the flex version, and I loved how mobile everyone was.

Catherine
(5)

This is a thorough and comprehensive look at the topography, history, culture and art of New Orleans. Highly recommended.

Sherwood
(5)

"Out and About in New Orleans: Jazz, Jambalaya, and Joi de Vivre" was a delightful trip and one I would whole-heartedly recommend. Anyone wanting to experience New Orleans with some flex time to make independent choices for some activities would be well-satisfied by this trip.

Laura
(5)

This was a great program in a fascinating city, full of information about the history, architecture, music and food. "Flex" gave time for my friends and me to catch up with each other in between the organized programs and meals.

Susan
(5)

Terrific program with wonderful (and frequently hilarious) presenters.

Barbara
(5)

This was my first Roads Scholar trip, but it will definitely not be my last. It was everything that the publicity states, plus lots more. I learned so much and had lots of fun meeting new people and seeing new places.

Sandra
(5)

All of our instructors were first rate, and the "flex" trip was perfectly planned and organized. I really liked having the opportunity to "linger longer" and enjoy the joie de vivre of NOLA. As a foodie, I appreciated the opportunity to experience the city's wonderful, and notable cuisine. Drago's char-broiled oysters are to die for! I took myself to Commander's Palace for a "special" luncheon and it lived up to its world-wide reputation.

Marcia
(5)

Our first Roads Scholar trip and first time in New Orleans. Wonderful all around-best hotel, great food, tours and wonderful guides!

Vicki
(5)

The program exceeded my expectations. I am used to researching and planning my own trips here and abroad. New Orleans was a great destination for my first Road Scholar Program. I enjoyed the program and liked having someone else do the planning.

Michael
(5)

Great review of the New Orleans history and culture, including jazz.

Bonnie
(5)

This 'Joie de Vivre' New Orleans tour was possibly the best Road Scholar tour I have attended. Everything about this five day experience was outstanding. Bonnie Carter of Ukiah CA.

Brian
(5)

Program was exactly as described in book and on line. Perfect way to visit New Orleans and have the complete experience. Perfect weather in late March.

David
(5)

This was a wonderful introduction to one of our most interesting cities. It was done with the excellent care and educational values that we have always been impressed with on Road Scholar programs.

Barbara
(5)

My first time in New Orleans. Loved combo of learning and being on our own. Guides were fabulous. Great way to introduce yourself to New Orleans and Road Scholar.

Mary Jean
(5)

We have been to New Orleans many times, but during this program we learned many new things about the area, culture and architecture. The WW II museum is an amazing experience and the cooking class was lots of fun! All of the presenters were very knowledgeable and made everything interesting with some humor added. Overall, a great program.

Joyce
(5)

THIS PROGRAM IS WONDERFUL FOR COUPLES WHO LIKE TO HAVE THE FLEX TIME TO EXPLORE SOME OF THEIR INTERESTS MORE IN DEPTH. THE INSTRUCTORS AND TOUR GUIDES ARE ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL AND YOU WILL COME HOME IN A HAPPY MOOD FROM HAVING SO MANY LAUGHS!

Richard
(5)

Road Scholar always offers interesting and informative tours, but the "Out and About in New Orleans - Flex" tour was truly outstanding. If you enjoy good music, good food, good accommodations, and like to laugh while you learn this is a tour well worth taking. The "flex" part means you get to choose some of your activities either on your own or with others on the tour, a great idea in a city with as much to offer as New Orleans.

Eileen
(5)

A well organized and informative overview of New Orleans.

Rhonda
(5)

Out and about in New Orleans was so much fun. I learned so much I didn't know about New Orleans; I tried a few new drinks; ate the most divine food and listened to music everywhere. The Road Scholar presenters, and tour leader were great. I highly recommend this program!

Diane
(5)

I thought NOLA was the French Quarter and Mardi Gras. I learned that it is sooo much more and quite a history to understand and appreciate. I will definitely think differently when I hear New Orleans from now on.

Nancy
(5)

The group leader, the lecturers, the musicians! The hotel, the field trips, the food! Everything you expect from the Crescent City and more! I highly recommend this Road Scholar experience. Just be aware you will want to add more Road Scholar experiences in this region to your bucket list.

Bruce
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

This was my first Road Scholar trip and I now hope to do more in the future. The flex nature of this trip worked very well for me as I am rather independent and like to explore on my own. Some of the many highlights for me were Nellie Watson's walking tour in the Garden District, lunch at Commanders Palace, touring the WW2 Museum, the cooking demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking, taking a ride on the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen to the historic Chalmette Battlefield. The last I did on my own. The music and food were exceptional everywhere I went. Negative: the 3-hour bus city tour that included the 9th Ward was terrible due to a malfunctioning bus and/or poor driver. We couldn't see out the windows because they stayed fogged up and there was a loud noise that the driver couldn't stop. I was happy to escape from that bus! The trip was cut short due to these adverse conditions.

Danuta
(5)

This is a great way to visit New Orleans, in the heart of the French Quarter, and with just the right mix of your own free time to explore along with Road Scholar-provided talks and tours. Lots of music and great food and museums and tons of history!! A truly memorable visit!

Tim
(5)

Road Scholar is a top-notch organization. They exceeded my expectations, and my expectations were high because I had been on another Road Scholar trip just previously. I found them to be organized and accurate about their descriptions about what one might experience. I would recommend this organization to all of my traveling friends. I believe it to be an excellent value for my money.

John
(5)

New Orleans done right. Fabulous overall trip introducing someone to New Orleans. Food, music, history, fun.

Nancy
(5)

This small group trip was fun, my first adventure with Road Scholar. I enjoyed the balance of free and group time. The instructors were interesting, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable. In New Orleans there is lots of history, jazz, architecture, and good eating -- the "joie de vivre" atmosphere of the City is different that any other place I have been!

Catherine
(4)

New Orleans was an exciting and interesting city. There is so much to see and hear (great jazz) and the French Quarter is very walkable. There were great lectures that were educational and very interesting. Road Scholar did an excellent job!

Robin
(5)

This Road Scholar program is an excellent was to see New Orleans. The Hotel Montleone was just stunning and the program and our main guide were exceptional. The restaurants that were included were outstanding. World War II Museum was incredible and the home tours we took were excellent. The lunch at Commanders was a true highlight. I cannot imagine going to New Orleans and not dining at Commander's. The New Orleans School of Cooking was an absolute delight. I highly recommend New Orleans- Flex Road Scholar!

Nancy
(5)

This was one of the best travel/education experiences -- and so much fun too. Road Scholar enlisted only the best -- hotel/food/lecturers and tours. I could do it again! There is so much to see and do so the free time was wonderful!

Lois
(5)

A marvelous, well organized tour. I would recommend it highly!

Carol
(5)

i've taken few tours in my life as i prefer to check things out on my own but this flex tour was perfect. i learned a lot and had such good information that all my time was enjoyable and well spent. couldn't ask for better accomodations, food and best of all: presenters. also love the small group.

Linda
(5)

Loved the New Orleans Flex program. Road Scholar has done an excellent job in organizing this tour. We learn a lot historically and had a great time in doing so. The accommodations and the meals were spectacular and the WWII museum was something you have to visit sometime in your life. If was excellent. I am looking forward to our next Road Scholar trip.

Wendy
(5)

An interesting & fun program in a fascinating city with an accomplished group of tour guides.

Peggy
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

It was terrific ! I love the spirit and wonderful food and "All that Jazz" !






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