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
14 meals
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Getting There
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration & Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Lafayette, LA
D
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette

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

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel at 6:30 p.m.

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 on-site 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

Activity note: Dance class is an hour and a half in length. Participants are free to take a seat for a rest when they feel the need.

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 Diane Monteleone, 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: Local Cajun restaurant.

Evening: Take a trip to a local accordion factory. This family run business may well be the highlight of the trip. Meet the Martin family. Patriarch, Junior Martin, his daughter, Pennye Huval, and grandson, Joel Martin. You will be informed, entertained, and touched by this heart-warming experience. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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

Activity note: Must be able to get in and out of a small boat. Assistance will be offered.

Breakfast: Daily breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: A Little History, a Little Fiddle Music - With David Greely, fiddler, songwriter, 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 of south Louisiana. A wonderful documentary (made by grad students at UL Lafayette), "Raised on Rice and Gravy," will be shown.

Dinner: Local Cajun 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. Walking the grounds at 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 of hotel. Have a safe trip home!






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