Very enjoyable and well-paced program. I've never been to New Orleans before and this was a great introduction to the city. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
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Activity note: Hotel check-in 4:00 p.m. Easy walking inside hotel; at your discretion if you’d like to go out.
Afternoon: Program Registration & Orientation: 4:30 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. 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. This is a Road Scholar FLEX program. In contrast to traditional Road Scholar programs, extensive time is built into the schedule for your personal independent exploration and a number of meals on your own (excluded from the program cost) to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. In addition to Road Scholar exclusive lectures and field trips, FLEX programs are designed to give you the opportunity to see and do more of what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. You’ll also learn about lagniappe! 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. As a special bonus, we will provide vouchers to use at two popular jazz clubs as well as the Cabildo and Presbytère, part of 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: 6:15 p.m. In the hotel, we will enjoy a plated and served welcome dinner with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: At leisure. Live music fills the Carousel Bar & Lounge overlooking Royal Street right inside our historic hotel — a French Quarter landmark since 1886. The Carousel evokes a spirit of fun with the renowned Merry-Go-Round, the city’s only revolving bar. Have a welcome drink on us! Live music continues on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking to meals and according to personal preference during free time.
Breakfast: In the hotel, we’ll order from a select menu; coffee, tea, water included.
Morning: In this introduction to New Orleans, we’ll learn about the city’s history and culture, traditions, celebrations, people, and what it means when we say, “It’s a New Orleans thing.” 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.
Lunch: At famous Commanders Palace in the beautiful Garden District. 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 Palace 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. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Evening: At leisure. An opportunity to experience nightlife in the French Quarter. If you’re a music aficionado, there are lots of options. We have provided 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.
Activity note: Walking up to 6 blocks in Garden District.
Breakfast: Hotel plated meal.
Morning: We’ll board a motorcoach and continue our delightful introduction to New Orleans as our instructor points out significant sites and reveals more about the city’s people, traditions, and unique culture. We’ll have some stops along the way (depending on timing and weather).
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: 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 in these lush settings. After our field trip, feel free to stay in the area on your own or go back downtown via streetcar.
Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.
Evening: At leisure. Enjoy more of the New Orleans night life, music and culture you like. If you haven’t used them yet, remember we’ve provided vouchers (drink included) for Fritzel’s European Jazz Club and for Maison Bourbon Jazz Club.
Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking in museum, walking according to personal preference during free time.
Breakfast: Hotel plated meal.
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 will 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. We’ll also 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. At approximately 1:30 p.m., the motorcoach will drop off at the French Quarter for those who wish to explore independently and return to the hotel if you would like to freshen up and relax.
Dinner: 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 dine on the creation. For dessert, sample the best pralines in town.
Evening: At leisure. Experience more New Orleans night life, music, and culture as you like. Remember, if you haven’t used them already, the vouchers we have provided give you entrance and a complimentary drink for Fritzel’s European Jazz Club and Maison Bourbon Jazz Club. The Quarter really does have something to offer for almost every interest and taste.
Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach.
Breakfast: Hotel plated meal.
Morning: We’ll be joined by an expert from the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival whose love of writing and New Orleans is evident in her enthusiastic lectures. We’ll learn about some of the famous writers who lived in and wrote about the French Quarter including William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, John Kennedy Toole, and more. The rest of the day in this Road Scholar Flex program is free and open for your personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most in endlessly fascinating New Orleans. If you haven’t done so already, we recommending using the vouchers we have provided 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. You could also stroll along Royal Street with its antique shops, visit the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, go for a ride on the paddlewheeler “Natchez” — last authentic steamboat on the Mississippi — or any of the may other opportunities to experience our people, cultures, and celebrations.
Lunch: On your own to enjoy many options and many types of cuisine. Try a New Orleans Po-Boy, a famous Muffaletta, or have a picnic on the Moonwalk by the mighty Mississippi. The choice is yours.
Afternoon: Free Time. Another opportunity to see and do what interests you most.
Dinner: At a fine New Orleans eatery, we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner together. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.
Evening: At leisure. A chance for a last blast of New Orleans Jazz and “What it means to miss New Orleans.” Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.
Activity note: Walking 4 blocks to 9:00 a.m. brunch and back.
Brunch: 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! =
Very enjoyable and well-paced program. I've never been to New Orleans before and this was a great introduction to the city. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
This was our first experience with Road Scholar. Although we have traveled frequently with other tour groups, we will definitely use them again. In fact we have already booked our next trip.
Came home happy and well-fed! Enjoyed excellent presentations by an architect, an English teacher/magazine editor, and a tour guide/cook/Montessori teacher. All are native New Orleanians and award winners in their fields.
The program successfully conveys the idea that New Orleans is indeed a very unique and special place and deserves to be appreciated as such. Instructors are very knowledgeable and passionate about New Orleans.
This was my first Road Scholar trip and it exceeded my expectations! From the luxury accommodations to the knowledgeable instructors, I was impressed with the attention to detail and developed a deep appreciation of the unique history, culture, and cuisine of New Orleans.
the flex program is a wonderful idea - especially since the hotel was located in the French quarter - we had endless places to explore. The letures added a wonderful dimension to the program and provide a foundation for our visit.
Wonderful, interesting program, with excellent leader and presenters, and lots of free time and self selected meals in a place, New Orleans, where those two opportunities are important and useful. Wonderful, elegant, renovated, attractive, historic, family hotel with excellent and helpful staff.
This was one of the best Road Scholar programs I have been on. I liked the flex schedule that allowed time to do things on our own. It was a great experience to learn varied things about New Orleans. Carol
New Orleans is our most favorite city to visit. This tour was a delight and taught us even more than we knew before. Well put together program that covered many great things about New Orleans.
The trip was fabulous from beginning to end. Our tour leader, Angela, was amazing: fun, organized, helpful. The other speakers were excellent. Ann and Harriet were hilarious ...and knowledgeable, the book speaker was great and the musicians at our farewell dinner were great. Cant wait to take another trip with you!
Road Scholar makes traveling effortless and fun.
The New Orleans experience was very interesting. I had visited the city several times previously at professional conferences but had never really appreciated the history and culture of the city prior to this. Now I have a much better understanding of the people of the city from its founding to the present. Not only that, but the food and music were fantastic!
Out and About in New Orleans is a wonderful way to experience the New Orleans and its unique ambience — great restaurants, hotel location in the French Quarter for easy walking during free time, engaging and knowledgeable instructors, and opportunities to hear music on the street and in clubs. We loved the quirky big personalities we met in class, at the Cooking School, and our program leader, all exuding great affection for their home town and its special charms. Our group liked the combination of planned activities and unstructured free time to explore on our own.
What a great experience!!! I am from New Orleans and now live on the Monterey Peninsula in California. I don't get home as often as I should so when my friend asked if I wanted to go with her I couldn't refuse. I learned so much about my birthplace and was thoroughly entertained by our fearless leader, Andrea. All of the lectures were held by experts in their field and far exceeded my expectations. If you have the opportunity to go, please do! As a bonus, Road Scholar has listed New Orleans as their place to go in 2018. Go already!
I don’t think visitors to New Orleans would be able to really know the history and culture without a program like this. I’m so glad that this was my introduction to the city.
The mornings are full of information and the afternoons left for exploration OR Music. I averaged five miles a day with plenty of time to soak up the local ease.
New Orleans is an exciting city--one that I've wanted to visit for a very long time. I'm very glad that I did, And, I'd love to return! Good job Road Scholar! Dr. Ruqaiyah Nabe
This is a wonderful way to get to know New Orleans.
The program was better than expected. It was a great way to be introduced to New Orleans.
I'm a harsh critic of website quality, but RoadScholar's is a standout. It's easy to navigate (most important) and is visually appealing.
I loved everything about this "flex" program and first time visit to New Orleans! Passionate guide/instructors, wonderful food, amazing historic and centrally located hotel, emotional visits to WWII and Katrina museums, street musicians, and vouchers for jazz clubs. NO is so much more than just Bourbon Street. I actually felt like I was walking around a city in Europe. I highly recommend this program!
I would have missed so much if I had just gone on my own. The lectures were so important in my understanding of New Orleans history, architecture and culture. They helped me decide where I wanted to go, what I wanted to see and experience.
We had a fantastic time start to finish. The program presenters were excellent food and lodging were top notch. We had fun,learned new things, and made new friends.
This trip to New Orleans exceeded my expectations. New Orleans is a treasure.
A great trip to an interesting city! Wonderful lectures and tours, plus free time for your own pursuits. This trip familiarized me with New Orleans. It made me want to go back.
We loved the free time in this program. It allowed us to eat in some of New Orleans' wonderful restaurants and do some activities that may not have interested others. Also, the hotel was spectacular, right in the French Quarter.
One of the best trips I've ever taken. Thanks to a knowledgeable, engaging trio of women lecturers, we learned so much about the history and culture of New Orleans, one of the world's great cities. My only recommendation is that RS include more people of color as lecturers/presenters since that would allow participants to hear diverse perspectives about the city's rich history.
This was my first "major city" program. I just loved the architectural and historical lectures and tours. The food was spectacular. The hotel was quiet and sumptuous. There was a reasonable amount of free time to explore on your own, which was somewhat limited by transportation options, so we did a lot of walking. Experienced some of the greatest music from street performers. Did not really care for the after hours entertainment (Bourbon Street); too loud, too much alcohol/drunkenness, mediocre music. Overall, a satisfactory trip, but were ready to go home when the week ended.
The Instructors, the City, the Hotel, the food, and our fellow tour participants far exceeded our expectations. We are planning our next Tour now.
I went on t his trip as my first Road Scholar adventure because it was not too long, not too far a way, and it was in a city I always had wanted to visit and learn about. Road Scholar provided me with all those opportunities.
Please, go on this tour! New Orleans is too often cast as a caricature of a partying, one-trick pony town - all beads and cheap booze. This program peeled back the layers of the historical, racial, social, musical, and architectural complexities which makes this place so unique among American cities. This was our first RS program and serves as a confirmation of why RS is such a goldmine for inquiring and adventurous travelers. Prepare to be delighted!.
Absolutely delightful program with a good mix of lecture, scheduled activity and free time to explore on your own. The best food and lodging I ever had on a Road Scholar trip.
NOLA....now I know that means New Orleans LOuisiana.... What a wonderful city....what wonderful people....what wonderful food...what wonderful traditions...so much to do, see and learn....Road Scholar NOLA was a wonderful experience..per Tennessee "America has three cities...San Francisco, New York and New Orleans....the rest are all Cleveland"...I now see what he means...Thank you Road Scholar
This Road Scholar trip was an excellent adventure for my first time visiting the beautiful city of New Orleans. The "Out & About - Flex" program kept us busy, yet we had ample free time to explore on our own. The expert lectures were outstanding, entertaining and provided insight into the fascinating culture of NOLA. Our accommodations at the luxurious and centrally-located Hotel Monteleone was a bonus.
Wow, what a fantastic program!!! Informative and very entertaining, this program is a great way to enjoy and learn about New Orleans history, culture and food.
This was my first program with Road Scholar, throughly enjoyed it. Participants were all friendly, look forward to doing other trips.
Well-organized, highly educational program with great leadership and amazing food - yes, you want to go!
My husband and 6 other friends spent 5 nights in New Orleans during the first week of May 2016. We had a fantastic time. Our leader, Clare, was welcoming, friendly and full of knowledge about New Orleans. Joanne Sealy recommended reading material about New Orleans and mesmerized me with her readings. Nellie Watson gave an informative tour of the architecture of New Orleans and added lots of history that I was not aware of before this tour. I rate this tour a 10! Terri Pickard, Portland, Oregon
This was an informative, interesting and exciting trip. The sights were beautiful and informative. The history was amazing. It was great to have free time to explore and indulge in individual requirements. It was a perfect short vacation.