8276
Lafayette
Wildlife and Culture of Louisiana's Cajun Country
Discover the heart of Cajun Country as you ride a pontoon boat through wetlands, see alligators and unique birds, savor local cuisine and learn the Two-Step and Cajun Waltz.
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Program No. 8276RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Lafayette, LA
D
Doubletree

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

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or local restaurant at 6:30.

Evening: We will meet at 4:30, get acquainted, and review the weekly schedule. We will take time to answer your questions about the upcoming week, as well as teach you a few Cajun French words and Cajun English phrases to help you enjoy your stay in Cajun country.

DAY
2
Jean Lafitte Center, Vermilionville
Lafayette, LA
B,L,D
Doubletree

Breakfast: Daily breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Field trip to the Jean Lafitte Center to view a film on the deportation of the Acadians, as well as their museum, which contains artifacts from the early life of Acadians in south Louisiana to current day, followed by a trip to the Vermilionville Folk Life Village.

Lunch: La Cuisine de Maman (on-site café at Vermilionville).

Afternoon: Class - A Personal Cajun History. Our instructor has traced his family's journey from France to Acadie, back to France and on to Louisiana. His story will clarify some of your questions about the Acadians and their exile from Nova Scotia.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY
3
Martin Family Band
Lafayette, LA
B,L,D
Doubletree

Breakfast: Daily breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Class with a local wildlife expert.

Lunch: Dwyer's Cafe

Afternoon: Class - Life & Culture of the Atchafalaya Basin - Our instructor, who is an accomplished photographer and author, as well as a crawfisherman, will give a visual presentation of his work. The presentation will contain images captured in the largest river swamp in North America, the Atchafalaya Basin. Our instructor will also enlighten us to the plight of the endangered lifestyle of the bayou Cajun

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

Evening: Martin Accordions - Learn how accordions are made and experience a fabulous example of a Louisiana tradition with the Martin Family Band. Not to be missed!

DAY
4
Atchafalaya Basin by Pontoon Boat
Lafayette, LA
B,L,D
Doubletree

Breakfast: Daily breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Field trip to McGee's Landing in Henderson, where we'll board a pontoon boat for a tour of the historic Atchafalaya basin.

Lunch: Poche's Market

Afternoon: Learn the Cajun waltz & two-step in a dance class taught by a local Cajun couple who know exactly how to pace the lesson so that even novices and experienced dancers alike can have some fun.

Dinner: Local Cajun restaurant.

DAY
5
Lake Martin Swamp, Festivals Acadiens et Creoles
Lafayette, LA
B,L,D
Doubletree

Breakfast: Daily breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Lake Martin swamp tour. The views are just what you would expect in a beautiful Louisiana swamp. Moss draped cypress trees, wildlife that varies by season. A memorable trip. (Depending on the weather, this trip might occur on a different day of the itinerary.)

Lunch: Local Cajun restaurant.

Afternoon: We will spend the afternoon at Festivals Acadiens et Creoles, a local festival which celebrates the music and the food of the area. This outdoor festival is held in Girard Park, which covers several acres in the heart of the city. The park is adjacent to the University of Louisiana @ Lafayette. There will be two main musical stages, as well as a folk roots tent, a cooking demo tent, and a jam tent. Food, music, dancing, and local culture ... everything you could want in a south Louisiana experience!

Dinner: Pont Breaux's Cajun Restaurant.

Evening: Live music and dancing at one of our most famous local restaurant / dance halls.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Lafayette, LA
B

Breakfast: Daily breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Breakfast is available from 6:30 - 10:00. Check-out time is noon.