Walking 1 block from hotel to bus for field trip; walking 3 blocks from bus for lunch.
In the hotel, we’ll order from a select menu; coffee, tea, water included.
In this introduction to New Orleans, we’ll learn about our 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.
Depending on which group you are in, either Monday or Tuesday will be lunch at the renowned Commander's Palace. The other group will eat out independently and the next day we’ll switch. 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.
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).
Those who did not have lunch at Commander’s today will enjoy delicious New Orleans cuisine at one of the city's top restaurants and order from a select menu. The group that did have lunch at Commander’s today will have dinner on their own tonight. We’ll switch tomorrow night.
At leisure. 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.