Itinerary - Music
NEW ORLEANS....MUSIC TO YOUR EARS!
(For Music Performance Groups) 3 Night Student Itinerary
After your morning arrival try a traditional New Orleans breakfast of Café au Lait and Beignets at worldfamous
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 Americas, the Entergy Giant Screen Theater or their newest venture, the Insectarium. You can grab
lunch at any of these locations or you may want to explore the food court at the Outlet Collection at
Riverwalk 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 the Mighty Mississippi.
After breakfast this morning start your day with a 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 a box lunch and a tour before your
Patriotic musical performance. Afterward, take a tour of Mardi Gras World, where you will see how Mardi
Gras is made! Tour carnival dens where artists and sculptors build and design floats, watch a movie about
the history of Mardi Gras, then try on a costume and pose for your photo with King Kong! You can also
arrange for a private activity, such as mask making or float building.
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 or Lil' Gem Saloon. Or learn the history of the Mardi
Gras Indian culture while enjoying an authentic African influenced meal at the Golden Feather Restaurant
Gallery. Or choose from the array of student friendly restaurants located in the French Quarter such as
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, Hard Rock Café, House of Blues, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville as well as
numerous locally owned restaurants that cater to tour groups. The possibilities are endless!DAY THREE
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 to 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. Several of the plantation homes
also offer lunch and will allow a group performance. You will step back in time when touring one of these
This evening, get ready to experience Southern hospitality and food at the New Orleans School of
Cooking or Crescent City Cooks. Learn how to cook traditional Creole and Cajun dishes before eating
them in a family-style atmosphere. Before you leave, make sure to pick up some seasonings to show off
your new cooking skills at home and impress Mom and Dad!
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
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