After your morning arrival you may want to enjoy a traditional New Orleans breakfast of Café au lait and beignets at world-famous Café du Monde located in the heart of the French Quarter before setting out for the day!
Following your light breakfast head on over to one of Audubon Nature Institute's award winning facilities, the Aquarium of the America's, the IMAX theatre or their newest venture, the Insectarium. You can grab lunch at any of these locations or you may want to explore the options at the Riverwalk Marketplace located nearby where you can shop and dine along the riverfront.
Check into your hotel and refresh for this evening's activities. Tonight you can perform on the docks of the Mississippi River while passengers board a riverboat paddlewheeler. After the performance you will enjoy dinner and Dixieland jazz while cruising.
After breakfast this morning start your day with a comprehensive City Sightseeing tour of New Orleans. You will encompass many of the neighborhoods that make the city unique. You will get an overview of the French Quarter, see Lake Pontchartrain, City Park, and ride along the route of the St. Charles Avenue streetcar where you will see Tulane & Loyola Universities, Audubon Park, an abundance of stately homes, churches and synagogues before passing the Garden District.
End your tour at the National World War II museum, affiliated with the Smithsonian and designated by Congress as the "official" WWII museum of the U.S. Here you can enjoy lunch and a tour before your Patriotic musical performance for the patrons of the museum.
This afternoon tour Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World; here you will see where Mardi Gras is made! Tour carnival dens where artists and sculptors build and design floats for the annual event. Watch a movie about the history of Mardi Gras, try on a costume and pose for your photo with King Kong!
This evening visit the infamous Preservation Hall, the building dates back to 1750 but opened as a Jazz venue to protect and honor New Orleans Jazz. Tonight enjoy the sounds of legendary musicians as well as take part in an educational program in this historic setting. Another option is to have a performance prior to dinner with live Jazz at the Palm Court Jazz Café.
Choose from the array of student friendly restaurants located within walking distance such as Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Deanie's Seafood, Hard Rock Café, House of Blues, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville as well as numerous Local Restaurants that cater to tour groups.
After breakfast today, venture outside of the city limits for a Swamp Tour where you will travel through the swamps and bayous with a local Cajun guide. See alligators and other wildlife and you may even get to feed marshmallows the alligators!
For lunch today you may want to try some local fare or pick up a "po-boy" and picnic along the way to visit one of our magnificent plantation homes that line the Mississippi River, many of which are National Historic Landmarks. Several of the plantation homes also offer lunch. You will step back in time when touring one of these national treasures.
This evening, get ready to experience Southern Cajun hospitality, food, music and a historical presentation at Michaul's Cajun Music Restaurant (minimum of 40) that covers the history of Cajun dance and music. Your group will engage with the musicians in this very personal look into this unique culture.
Additional Educational Opportunities:
Gospel Choir Workshops
History of the Brass Band
History of the Mardi Gras Indians
Loyola and Tulane Universities
Horse Drawn Carriage Tours
French Market/Flea Market
Louisiana State Museums - Presbytere, Cabildo & US Mint
Mardi Gras Mask Making & Float Building
Rock & Bowl
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