5629
Louisiana
The Cajun Experience in Music, Food and Dance
Revel in the traditions of Cajun Country as you savor local cuisine, experience Cajun dance, enjoy a narrated walk through a folk-life village and learn the story of this unique region.
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Program No. 5629RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Lafayette, LA
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette

Afternoon: Hotel check-in time is 3:00.

Evening: Dinner in the hotel dining room at 6:30 pm.

DAY
2
Jean Lafitte Center, Vermilionville
Lafayette, LA
B,L,D
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette

Activity note: The 1.5 hour docent led walk through Vermilionville includes lots of standing with occasional brief opportunities to sit.

Breakfast: Daily breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Field trip to Jean Lafitte Acadian Culture Center to view films on the deportation of the Acadians, as well as a film about the Atchafalaya Basin. There will also be time to see the on-site museum. Afterwards, on to Vermilionville for a guided walk through the folk life village.

Lunch: Lunch in the Performance Center at Vermilionville.

Afternoon: The natural history of the Atchafalaya Basin with naturalist Bill Fontenot.

Dinner: Local restaurant.

DAY
3
Cajun Dance/Accordion Factory
Lafayette, LA
B,L,D
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette

Breakfast: Daily breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Delve into the fascinating and complex history of Louisiana. Current day Cajun culture is a result of not only the arrival of the Acadians, but also other groups whose cultures had an impact on the Cajun way of life. Be mesmerized by the tale, as told by a local historian.

Lunch: Local Cajun restaurant.

Afternoon: Class: Learn the Cajun waltz and the two-step in an entertaining dance lesson. Even if you think you don't want to dance, you will enjoy the toe-tapping Cajun music ... and before you know it, you will be on your feet, unable to resist!

Dinner: Deano's - Pizza with a Louisiana twist!

DAY
4
David Greely; Boat Ride in the Swamp
Lafayette, LA
B,L
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette

Activity note: Participant must be able to maneuver in and out of a small boat (some assistance will be available).

Breakfast: Daily breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: A Personal Cajun History - with David Greely, fiddler, songrwriter, Cajun.

Lunch: Local restaurant.

Afternoon: Cajun food is often one pot, rustic cooking. Learn more about local food-ways, pantry ingredients,and the plate lunch culture, as related to you by your group leader and coordinator, Patti Daigle, a lifelong resident of south Louisiana. A wonderful documentary (made by grad students at UL Lafayette), "Raised on Rice and Gravy," will also be shown.

Evening: Dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY
5
Shadows on the Teche, Pont Breaux's Cajun Restaurant
Lafayette, LA
B,L,D
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette

Activity note: Walking and standing during a one hour guided tour of historic home, as well as walking the grounds during the visit to Tabasco.

Breakfast: Daily breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: We’ll take a trip to New Iberia to see the Shadows-on-the-Teche, where we will learn about the history of this beautiful old home, as well as the influence of sugarcane farming in the area. Afterwards, we’ll travel to Avery Island, to see where Tabasco is made.

Lunch: Local restaurant.

Afternoon: We'll have a second dancing lesson to review the waltz and the two-step. Perfect your skills before going out for a night of dinner and dancing. Graduation before leaving for dinner.

Dinner: We'll go out to a favorite restaurant/dance hall for dinner and dancing to live Cajun music.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Lafayette, LA
B

Breakfast: Daily breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Breakfast is served from 6:30 - 10:00. You are free to depart after breakfast. Check-out time is 12:00 Noon.






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