The Best of Louisiana: New Orleans, Lafayette and Baton Rouge
Discover authentic Louisiana history and Cajun culture with local experts and friendly locals. Explore New Orleans architecture, venture into the bayous and learn about local music!
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Program No. 22483RJ
10 days
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At a Glance

Get ready for the ultimate Louisiana experience — learn firsthand about everything from New Orleans jazz to wetland ecology, and hit the road for cultural and culinary adventures across Louisiana. Start your journey among the lavish Garden District mansions of New Orleans, continue on to the pastoral gardens and beautiful plantations of Baton Rouge and discover the vibrant Cajun lifestyle and wild bayous of Lafayette. Explore world-class museums and join local experts and lifetime residents of Louisiana to discover authentic Cajun, Creole and Acadian culture and history.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to a mile on flat terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Delve into Cajun culture and history as you interact with local authors, storytellers, musicians, fishermen, cooks, historians and more!
  • Take a boat ride through a south Louisiana swamp to explore the bayous and their moss-draped cypress trees with a chance to sight alligators, egrets and herons.
  • Learn about 19th-century life at the Whitney Plantation, the only plantation museum that focuses on slavery.
Featured Expert
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Brian Altobello
Brian is a native of New Orleans with a master’s in U.S. History and 29 years of experience teaching at the high school level. He is a U.S. Army veteran and author of two books: “New Orleans Goes to War” and “Into the Shadows Furious,” a narrative on the U.S. invasion of New Georgia Island. Currently, Brian is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Social Studies at Renew Schools, a five-school charter organization in New Orleans. He is married to a travel-writing English teacher.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Lou and Cal Courville
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