Itinerary - Making the Grade

Making the Grade...........New Orleans Style!!
(3 Day / 3 Night - Student Itinerary)

Day One:

Afternoon - Once in the Crescent City, make plans to visit the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, which is recognized as one of the nation's leading aquariums, located on the banks of the Mississippi River in the Historic French Quarter.  It's an underwater adventure featuring over amillion gallons of water and habitats that hold 15,000 aquatic species.  Following a tour of the Aquarium, walk onover to their newest facility, the Audubon Insectarium.

For dinner, you may want to try Barcadia, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Crazy Lobster, Huck Finn's Cafe, Hard Rock Café, Oceana Restaurant, or House of Blues (just to name a few!!).  After dinner, the group can takein a Dixieland Jazz cruise aboard an authentic steamboat or paddlewheeler, just like in the days goneby.  See and feel the power and historyof the Mississippi River and its influence on New Orleans.

To end your evening,your group can experience a walking ghost tour throughout the streets of the historic French Quarter. Afterward, you may want to enjoy a traditional local treat.....Café au Lait (or Chocolate Milk!) and Beignets (a French donut, without the hole) at world famous Café du Monde, an open-air café located in the heart of the Vieux Carre (French Quarter).  The group may want to watch the beignet making through windows at the back of the café!

Day Two:

Start your day with a City Sightseeing Tour to include our "cities of the dead" - our unique above-ground burial system.  After the tour, your group can shop and dine at The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk's unique shops and eateries, all while boasting spectacular views of the Mississippi River.

After lunch, you may want to visit one of our many museums, such as the Mardi Gras World, the National World War II Museum, or any of the Louisiana State Museums located in and around the French Quarter (the Cabildo, the Presbytere,Old U.S. Mint).  The Old US Mint houses a state-of-the-artperformance venue that is perfect for performance groups and always has an audience! 

Dinner this evening can be at Rock ‘N Bowl truly a New Orleans institution, or at one of the many world-famous restaurants that New Orleans has to offer. Typically, the weather is mild so a pizza party around the hotel pool may also be an option.

Day Three:

After breakfast this morning, venture outside of New Orleans where you will travel through the swamps and bayous with a local Cajun guide.  You will see alligators, egrets, flora, birds and more. You may even get to feed an alligator!!  Your group may choose between a slow flatboat experience or an exhilarating airboat tour! 

Later, your group may want to enjoy a New Orleans style po-boy on the way to visit one of our magnificent plantation homes that line the Mississippi River, many of which are National Historic Landmarks.  You can tour one of these treasures before heading back into New Orleans. 

Evening - Get ready for a foot stompin' and toe tappin' evening when your group takes in a Cajun music restaurant, such as Mulate's  or Bayou Barn, where you can dine on Cajun cuisine and enjoy alive Cajun band.  Or you can learn how to cook Cajun & Creole food like a professional by attending a cooking demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking or the Southern Food & Beverage Museum.  Afterward you can dine on the delicious meal that was prepared right before your eyes.

More Student Friendly Tour Options:

Audubon Zoo
Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
City Park
Cooking Schools
French Market & Flea Market
Haunted History Walking Tours of French Quarter
Horse Drawn Carriage Tours
Musical/Educational Workshops
Preservation Hall
Professional Sports
Riverboat Cruises
Streetcar Rides


Thu Tran
Tourism Sales Manager
800-748-8695 ext. 5053