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Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.
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. After you have your room assignment, 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. Orientation: 4:45 p.m. 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. Some field trips will be walking, others via motorcoach. In addition to meals at the historic Monteleone Hotel, we’ll divide into smaller groups (announced during Orientation) to dine around at some of the city’s fine restaurants. Breakfasts will be in the hotel’s Criollo Restaurant, ordered from a select menu. 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. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. As a special bonus, you will have voucher to use at a popular jazz club and the Louisiana State Museum. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local conditions/circumstances including weather. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
Dinner: In the Criollo Restaurant, we’ll have plated and served meals with coffee, tea, water beverage choices 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: Walking 1 block from hotel to bus for field trip; walking 3 blocks from bus for lunch.
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 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.
Lunch: 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.
Afternoon: 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).
Dinner: 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.
Evening: At leisure. Experience nightlife in the French Quarter. If you’re a music aficionado, there are lots of options. We have provided voucher (drink included) for Fritzel’s European Jazz Club. The Quarter has something to offer for almost every interest and taste.
Activity note: Walking 8 blocks in the Garden District.
Breakfast: Hotel select menu choices.
Morning: Following a background presentation by a local expert, we’ll board the motorcoach and become immersed in New Orleans architecture. We’ll learn about various types of iron works, architecture, and historic homes with some stops along the way. We’ll then 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 this lush setting.
Lunch: Remember, the group that ate out on their own yesterday will dine at Commander's Palace and the others will have lunch independently.
Afternoon: Back at the hotel, we’ll enjoy a musical surprise with some New Orleans grassroots musicians. The grassroots music scene developed after Katrina out of a need for hard hit local musicians to have opportunities for performing and networking.
Dinner: 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.
Evening: At leisure. Go out to experience more New Orleans night life, music, and culture. If you haven’t used them yet, your voucher for Fritzel’s is good any night. Or have a relaxed evening at the hotel. The choice is yours.
Activity note: Walking at your own pace through World War II Museum; benches available. Walking during free time according to personal preference.
Breakfast: Hotel select menu choices.
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 the World War II Museum as you wish. You may return to the French Quarter for more exploration on your own or go back to the hotel to freshen up and relax.
Dinner: We’ll divide into smaller groups (announced during Orientation) to dine around at some of the city’s fine restaurants.
Evening: At leisure. Take this time to experience more of our very special city and what it has to offer.
Activity note: Walking 5 blocks from hotel to Cooking School.
Breakfast: Hotel select menu choices.
Morning: We’ll be joined by the managing editor of the Tennessee Williams Journal, 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.
Lunch: At the world renowned New Orleans School of Cooking, an expert local chef will teach us how to cook Creole and Cajun, and explain the difference. We’ll see the preparation of a traditional dish, then have it for lunch. For dessert, we’ll sample the best pralines in town and other surprises!
Afternoon: Free Time. We have provided vouchers 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 might also like to stroll along Royal Street with its antique shops, visit the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, or go for a ride on the paddlewheeler “Natchez” — last authentic steamboat on the Mississippi. There are many opportunities to experience our people, cultures, and celebrations.
Dinner: We’ll dine around at special New Orleans eateries and share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.
Evening: One more opportunity to enjoy New Orleans Jazz with your voucher if you haven’t used it yet, or on your own wherever you like. Then prepare for check out and departure following our final event in the morning.
Activity note: Walking 4 blocks to/from restaurant. Hotel check out 12:00 Noon.
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!
Signature City: New Orleans was a brilliant experience. For people like myself who live outside the US this program was a wonderful introduction to a unique city and its proud people as well as enjoying the friendliness of the American people I met on this tour.
This was a trip that was informative, enjoyable and rates a "10."
Enjoyed this trip immensely. Accommodations were excellent as was food, leaned a lot and had fun.
If you can afford the extra charge, a stay in the French Quarter at Hotel Monteleone is not to be missed.
A terrific, fun opportunity to visit New Orleans, listen to the music, eat the food, and enjoy the city!
I've previously visited New Orleans, but this program provided both a fun and educational experience. I highly recommend this to others.
Great program. Size of group was perfect and well managed. Educational speakers are top notch. Reastaurants were great treats.. The hotel was like a five star concierge hotel. Group guide was dedicated and knowledgeable.
This was our first Road Scholar trip and it exceeded all of our expectations. The events were well planned and mixed with just the right amount of free time. Accommodations were beautiful, and the food was just wonderful! We enjoyed the other participants as well as all of the presenters and the group's leader, Angela, who managed to put a smile on all of our faces every day.
I thought the WW2 war Museum was a great addition to this trip
Our first tour ever after all these years of traveling. Our Road Scholar tour to New Orleans was an excellent value, lots of fun, educational, and seamlessly guided by professional and charming leaders.
Everyone associated with Road Scholar on this program was there to exude a warm welcome to our group . At the very beginning, you are sure to feel that you are in a place where you belong. We where sad to see this trip come to an end . This is not our first trip with Road Scholar and it will not be our last. This program is now our new Favorite of many other wonderful trips of our past. ~~~~~ Terri from NH
This was my first road scholar trip and my first time in New Orleans. It was wonderful. Exceptional food, outstanding teachers.I want to go on another trip with them soon. It was money well spent and I enjoyed meeting other "scholars" who were literally from Maine to Alaska.
The Road Scholar program in New Orleans was excellent...might even be called an excellent adventure. The program leaders were uniformly well- prepared with top-flight presentations. Exceeds expectations.
This program is a wonderful way to experience New Orleans.
New Orleans is fantastic. The Road Svholar program, content, accommodations, lecturers, food were all fantastic as well
Great trip. While the charms of New Orleans never quite grabbed me the trip itself was quite wonderful in the accommodations, the terrific meals, variety of activities and high quality lectures. I would highly recommend---terrific value for the cost.
One of the best Road Scholar trips we have taken.
The presenters at our New Orleans event exceeded my expectations. Thanks to their well organized presentations I now feel like I know the city’s history, culture, and persons.
This is a trip no on should miss!
I enjoyed all the speakers and learned new things about New Orleans. The French Quarter hotel was great. We had very good restaurants, all but one were in walking distance of hotel. Quality program.
This trip was fun, informative, great value and terrific food!!
I highly recommend a Road Scholar program. I just completed my first to New Orleans. The program exceeded any expectations I held. It was educational, informative, accomations and restaurants excellent. It was absolutely a delightful experience, a lot of fun!
Fabulous trip. I would recommend highly to anyone. Angela C. As our coordinator couldn’t have been more knowledgeable and able to deal with all uestios with grace. All instructors brought their topics to life the tours were perfect the restaurants exquisit and the time to ourselves well timed. This was my first road scholar trip and I’m totally hooked.
We haven't stopped talking about "Signature City New Orleans #2856" since our return. We usually come back picking out things we enjoyed and didn't enjoy. This trip was perfect. Really, perfect! The Hotel Monteleon is fabulous, it's regal, but comfortable. The staff? Each and everyone, was courteous, smiling, and genuinely helpful. Breakfast at the Monteleon is unbeatable, we had so many choices and all were flavorable and hot! The educational classes were fun and informative with most being followed with a field trip in the afternoon to reiterate what we had just discussed. Each instructor had a passion for their topic and loves their city, which came across loud and clear. Now the food? It wasn't good......its extraordinary and plentiful. We just kept saying after each meal this was so good, how can this be beaten? But each day we had another surprise on the menu. (Don't miss the Crabcake Cheesecake at the Palace Cafe...OMG). The only thing I would change is the "Easy" rating given this trip by Road Scholar. The streets and sidewalks are very uneven and people in our group that had canes and wheelchairs, had a tough time. You walk a lot, but there are cabs, pedicabs, and buggies available at a cost. So much to see, free passes to museums and music clubs . We actually needed a few more days just to be able to use up everything New Orleans had to offer. We talked about returning, but I don't think we would be able to do all that we did at the price we paid to Road Scholar. A very good bang for your buck. Bravo, Road Scholar. I definitely would rate this as a "top 3 trip " for us.
This program offers a very good introduction to the culture and history of a fun, exciting and unique American city. Food, music and architecture are among the dominant themes. The WWII Museum was also a special highlight, along with the opportunity to spend an entire day there. The trip into the lower 9th ward offered an incredible glimpse into the devastating impact of Katrina. Overall, a broad range of topics and activities were included. The hotel was well situated, just a block from Bourbon Street and the dining options were excellent. Several free afternoons provided good opportunities to explore on one’s own. Recommended reading before going is the Tom Piazza book, “Why New Orleans Matters.” And highly recommended viewing is the compelling documentary, “When The Levees Broke.”
Would encourage everyone to experience Road Scholars. The instructors were so knowledgeable and easy to understand. We learned so much and at the same time enjoyed every minute and met so many wonderful other travelers. Our coordinator was professional warm and related to everyone. What we got for our money was pure value and learning plus fun. We will be joining as many Road Scholar programs as we can. Many others were not first time Road Scholars as we were. Everyone said the same about Road Scholars even if they had been on 10 or more trips.
New Orleans is a great city to visit as you are able to walk to many sights. I went in November and the weather was great. This was my first Roadscholar trip but it will not be my last. The lectures were informative and very interesting. The group I was with were so friendly and interesting. I would love to hear from them, firstname.lastname@example.org. Already thinking of my next trip!
My Road Scholar experience to New Orleans, La. was wonderful. You should try just one trip to a place that you have longed to go thru Road Scholar. JMWhite
New Orleans was our first adventure with Road Scholar. We will definitely be booking many more trips with them ! Great accommodations, wonderful tour director, and fun and interesting excursions delighted beyond belief. Not to mention the food -- amazing choices for dining and experiencing the fabulous cuisine of New Orleans. Don't miss this tour !!!!!!
New Orleans is a vibrant and welcoming city that has much to offer. Music on every corner, amazing food in every restaurant, and a love of life all are a part of this wonderful place. Road Scholar gave me a well- rounded look at a place I have always wanted to visit.
The restaurants chosen for this tour were all outstanding. The service and presentation was impressive and the tastes were varied and delicious.
I just finished the Signature City of New Orleans, an unforgettable City of Mystery and Intrigue program. My first experience with Road Scholar....it was absolutely fantastic. Wonderful variety of places seen, outstanding speakers, guides and leaders who had wit and humor to make it a fun leaning experience. Plus food that was exceptional. KR Las Vegas
The New Orleans trip was outstanding. I think it's difficult to understand the devastation caused by Katrina and the remarkable resillience of New Orleanians without having been to the exhibit at the Presbytera. The World War II Museum is not to be missed. The guides were great. The food was great. It was a splendid experience.
I had a great time, with fun people, great food and wonderful lectures and guided tours.
Road Scholar is a well-oiled machine! Knowledgeable instructors, thoughtful scheduling, interesting destinations, great food and lodgings, and all the work is done for the participant. Affordable prices make it all doable. Highly recommended.
This tour was fun, educational and a wonderful way to tour a new city.
What a great way to see the best of New Orleans. We have experienced travel with other tour groups, however Road Scholar tours are still our company of choice. Keep up the good work and thank you once again for a great experience
Our trip to New Orleans with Road Scholar was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. We were immersed in the city's unique culture, history, food, music and architecture. A fascinating city and an exceptional program.
Very interesting, enjoyable and well-organized tour that exceeded my expectations. I appreciated being introduced to the many layers of New Orleans-history, culture, food, music, architecture and literature-rather than just the Bourbon Street experience! Well done Road Scholar!
My friend, who was a first time Road Scholar, and I thoroughly enjoyed the program. The expert speakers were so knowledgeable and entertaining. Our hotel was very comfortable and conveniently located right in the French Quarter so we could easily walk to many sights. There was a nice balance of scheduled activities and free time with several vouchers we could use at jazz clubs, museums and even for beignets. Neither of us had been to New Orleans before and this was an excellent way to learn about the unique history, music, architecture, food, people and atmosphere of the city. My friend said she would definitely go on another Road Scholar program.
This program provides an excellent overview of New Orleans history, architecture, society and culinary offerings. Be prepared to eat often and well!
If you want to know the history of New Orleans, enjoy the cuisine, and get to know the French Quarter, take this program!!
Claire was great I enjoyed the trip. Thank you
We just completed our first Road Scholar trip to New Orleans "Signature City" tour. It was exceptional in every way including value. If you want an unforgettable experience we would highly recommend this tour. We will definitely be taking another tour with Road Scholar.
We had an outstanding time in New Orleans with Road Scholar. The hotel accommodations were excellent – comfortable and well situated. All of the restaurants were very good. Our group leader, Clare, was friendly and informative, and all of the guest speakers/guides were top-notch. We particularly enjoyed the explanations of New Orleans culture, the architecture lecture and tour, the jazz performance by the best clarinetist I have ever heard, and the World War II Museum. I have written up a travelogue webpage of our experience: http://www.posix.com/NewOrleans17/
The perfect program for first time visitors to New Orleans!
Excellent program. I'd always wanted to see New Orleans and enjoyed the wonderful variety of information and sites in this program. Harriet Robin and Anne Leonhard were terrific! The restaurants were amazing. Hotel Monteleone was top notch.
New Orleans definitely beats to a different drummer as the saying goes. The New Orleans Road Scholar adventure was fun, informational and well worth the trip. Claire, Harriett and Anne were outstanding leaders who are excellent speakers and knowledgeable of the area. Highly highly recommend this trip especially staying in the French Quarters at Hotel Monteleone.
This is an excellent program with just the right mix of lectures and activities, with plenty of free time to explore on your own. There is almost no overlap with the Mardi Gras program, so you can do both! (I did.) The restaurants included are all outstanding. The hotel is very upscale and comfortable. This program is well worth the cost and is lots of fun!
Best trip ever! If you love music, fun and good food in a unique and exciting city, this trip is for you.
I wanted to visit and experience the birthplace of jazz. But I learned so much more. I now have a much better understanding of how the history of New Orleans has shaped the city's music, its architecture, its food, and its culture. And I think I gained 10 pounds in the process.
The Tour of New Orleans was absolutely wonderful! So interesting, so much fun and everything was first class! Our tour guide Claire was enthusiastic and involved and so hospitable. I will definitely use Road Scholar again!
I think everyone would enjoy this program. You are in the French Quarter at an elegant hotel walking distance from the best restaurants and points of interest, the staff is world class and it is a bargain.
A very worthwhile trip.
What a truly magnificent trip. I learned far more about New Orleans than I could have anticipated. The instructors were fabulous. The food and hotel were first class. I would highly recommend this program to all travelers.
We've been on 5 Road Scholar programs and the New Orleans program is one of the best. The program based at the Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter is worth the additional cost because of its excellent accommodations, food and outstanding location.
This session introduced me and my husband to so many new things about New Orleans. We had been there three times, for fun and for business conventions, but this visit opened our eyes to so much more; and the food was outstanding.
I always enjoy Road Scholar trips. Besides being fun and informative they handle all the logistics which is the part of travel I hate.