Signature City New Orleans: An Unforgettable City Of Mystery and Intrigue
Get to know the real New Orleans through excursions to historic landmarks, artists’ haunts and jazz venues. Plus, sample authentic cuisine at the New Orleans School of Cooking!
Rating (4.88)
Program No. 2856RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Dubbed affectionately by some as the northernmost Caribbean city, New Orleans revels in its giddy blend of European refinement and carefree effervescence, a place where virtue and vice are celebrated in equal measure. Surrender to the intoxicating charms of “the Crescent City” that have long fascinated artists, writers, musicians and scholars. Experience live New Orleans jazz, and take field trips inside and outside the French Quarter and Garden District. Get perspectives on architectural and literary landmarks, and enjoy unique culinary adventures as well as the National World War II Museum.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Moderate walking and standing.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • On a bus excursion, see Lake Pontchartrain, Bayou St. John, the city’s famed above-ground cemeteries and St. Charles Avenue, including a walk in the Garden District to take in its historic architecture.
  • Hear live jazz performances at Fritzel’s and Irvin Mayfield’s jazz clubs.
  • Enjoy a cooking demonstration as you dine at the New Orleans School of Cooking.

General Notes

You may enjoy a slower paced program #1475, or a more active, small-group program: #21665. Celebrate Mardi Gras during our February 22, 2019 date! This departure falls the week before Mardi Gras and includes three days of parades, a visit to Mardi Gras World and a stay at a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning hotel on the parade route with reserved seating.
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Doreen Ketchens
Doreen Ketchens is a musician whose primary interest lies in spreading the culture and traditional music of New Orleans all over the world, through performances and education. As the leader of the jazz band Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans, she has been called "Queen Clarinet", "The female Louis Armstrong", and “Lady Louie” by critics who have heard her perform. Her husband, Lawrence, plays the tuba, valve trombone and piano with the group. Doreen's Jazz New Orleans has represented New Orleans around the world, performing in Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, South America, Russia and the U.S. They have played for four U.S. presidents, including Bill Clinton, George Bush Sr., Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter. It is almost impossible to sit through a performance of Doreen's Jazz New Orleans without moving in your seat, shouting, clapping, or tapping your feet — we think you’ll agree!

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

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