2856
Louisiana
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 (4.89)
Program No. 2856RJ
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6 days
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4.89 Average
Mark
(5)

This program is "like a box of chocolates". It is a sampler of New Orleans music, architecture, food, and culture. It is not an in-depth study of any, and a very slight and brief look into each. It may wet your appetite for more. If you want more in-depth exploration, plan additional time on your own or find another more focused program. This is New Orleans 101, it may be all you want to know, or it may be a gateway to more exploration of the Big Easy.

Kimberly
(5)

This is the way to see and appreciate New Orleans

Victor
(5)

a really easy and comprehensive site...informative and well organized

Joseph
(5)

A delightful and educational trip. This was my 13th Road Scholar program. I am not a superstitious person, but we had rain and unusually cold weather for several days on this trip. A coincidence, climate change, or a voodoo influence? Our presentations and tours about the history, the architecture, the writers, and the music of New Orleans were informative and enjoyable. The Road Scholar restaurant selections were outstanding with a menu focus on New Orleans’ cuisine, and the Hotel Monteleone was elegant and centrally location in the French Quarter. We extended our trip by 2 nights and we took the opportunity to see some other sights which included a Mardi Gras World tour where they build the floats and figures for the Mardi Gras activities. If have additional time in New Orleans and you want dinner reservations at a top restaurant, you should make your reservations weeks in advance. We made reservation 2 weeks before the trip and we still had some trouble making reservations. Fortunately, there are many good restaurants, so there were many acceptable alternatives.

Annette
(5)

I would recommend a trip with Road Scholar, if you like learning, and knowledge of the place you are thinking of visiting. Look into Road Scholar's other programs if you are an active person. Had a great time.

Marc
(4)

In New Orleans, Signature City we had great presenters, who taught us about the history, architecture , and authors of the area. The jazz we listened to was also great.

Sally
(5)

This program exceeded our expectations, thanks to the leader Claire Pierson, the instructors (Anne, Doreen, Nellie & Harriet), the Hotel Monteleone (wow!), and the delicious variety of restaurant meals. New Orleans is a fun city with a fascinating history!

Charlotte
(4)

The writing is to small

Carol
(5)

absolutely marvelous experience learning about New Orleans, their culture food, music their history and so much more.

Mary
(5)

Road Scholar provides exceptional quality and value.

Maryanne
(4)

The lectures were excellent but maybe a little too long. More info was given on the tours and sometimes there was redundancy. Very knowledgeable lecturers. Food was excellent but too much food. Music was great. The group was very large: 42. This made getting to know others difficult. We were divided into 2 groups for some activities and this helped some. There were mobility challenged participants and the tour leader did not insure there were appropriate seats available for them on at least two occasions. Anticipating your group participants needs should be one of the main roles of the tour director. We worked it out but it could have been easier. The bus driver was excellent and the access to the bus was wonderful.

Sue
(5)

We happened to arrive during Voodoo Fest and Halloween. What an awesome time to visit New Orleans. We both learned a lot and appreciate the culture and the "food" of the area. So Happy we were on this trip and looking forward to our next one.

MaryAnn
(5)

We listened, we learned, we observed, we made new friends, and we experienced the sights and sounds of New Orleans in a more educational way than on any of our two previous trips to New Orleans. As we prepared to return home, we felt like we were leaving dear friends behind. Superb time.

MINDY
(5)

This is a very comprehensive tour of the French Quarter. The leaders and instructors exceeded our expectations. The activity level is spot on. The accommodations, food and overall experiences were top notch. Weather is unpredictable so be prepared for any type and you will love it!

Beverly
(5)

I loved the variety of activities offered by this program. It was well organized. I have only accolades to report-no complaints!

David
(5)

New Orleans was wonderful and made more so by out tour leader, Angels. I will be booking more trips in the future based on my New Orleans experience

Michele
(5)

Excellent

Carmel
(5)

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.

Joseph
(5)

This was a trip that was informative, enjoyable and rates a "10."

Kathryn
(5)

If you can afford the extra charge, a stay in the French Quarter at Hotel Monteleone is not to be missed.

Anne
(5)

Enjoyed this trip immensely. Accommodations were excellent as was food, leaned a lot and had fun.

Mike
(5)

A terrific, fun opportunity to visit New Orleans, listen to the music, eat the food, and enjoy the city!

Bill
(5)

I've previously visited New Orleans, but this program provided both a fun and educational experience. I highly recommend this to others.

Michael
(5)

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.

Carol
(5)

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.

John
(4)

I thought the WW2 war Museum was a great addition to this trip

Donald
(5)

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.

Terri
(5)

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

Marylyn
(4)

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.

George
(5)

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.

Jane
(5)

This program is a wonderful way to experience New Orleans.

Jack
(5)

New Orleans is fantastic. The Road Svholar program, content, accommodations, lecturers, food were all fantastic as well

Nancy
(5)

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.

Sharon
(5)

One of the best Road Scholar trips we have taken.

Rodney
(5)

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.

James
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

This is a trip no on should miss!

Merrill
(5)

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.

Lynn
(5)

This trip was fun, informative, great value and terrific food!!

Sandra
(5)

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!

Virginia
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

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.

Justin
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

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.

Nicholas
(4)

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.”

Amanda
(5)

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.

Pamela
(5)

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, pamrandazzo@yahoo.com. Already thinking of my next trip!

Jocelyn
(5)

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

Anne
(5)

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 !!!!!!

Cheryl
(5)

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.

Janet
(5)

The restaurants chosen for this tour were all outstanding. The service and presentation was impressive and the tastes were varied and delicious.

Sheila
(5)

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.

Kathleen
(5)

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

Kathleen
(5)

I had a great time, with fun people, great food and wonderful lectures and guided tours.

Mary
(5)

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.

Thomas
(5)

This tour was fun, educational and a wonderful way to tour a new city.

Melody
(5)

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

Susanne
(5)

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.

Anne
(5)

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!

Julie
(5)

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.

Maurice
(5)

This program provides an excellent overview of New Orleans history, architecture, society and culinary offerings. Be prepared to eat often and well!

Carol
(5)

If you want to know the history of New Orleans, enjoy the cuisine, and get to know the French Quarter, take this program!!

Linda
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

Claire was great I enjoyed the trip. Thank you

Carol
(5)

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.

Hal
(5)

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/

Sandy
(4)

The perfect program for first time visitors to New Orleans!

Susan
(5)

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.

Frank
(5)

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.

Cynthia
(5)

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!

Susan
(5)

Best trip ever! If you love music, fun and good food in a unique and exciting city, this trip is for you.






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