Itinerary - Music

NEW ORLEANS....MUSIC TO YOUR EARS!
 (For Music Performance Groups) 3 Night Student Itinerary
 

DAY ONE:

After your morning arrival try 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 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.

DAY TWO:

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 famous 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 Maison.  Or choose from the array of student friendly restaurants located in the French Quarter such as Barcadia, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, Hard Rock Café, House of Blues, 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 national treasures.

This evening, get ready to experience Southern hospitality and food at the New Orleans School of Cooking. 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

Additional Activities:
Airboat Tours
Alligator Farm
Horse Drawn Carriage Tours
French Market/Flea Market
Louisiana State Museums - Presbytere, Cabildo & US Mint
Mardi Gras Mask Making & Float Building
Professional Sports
Rock & Bowl
Streetcar Rides
Volunteer/Service Projects

Contact:

Thu TranThu Tran

Tourism Sales Manager
Phone:
504-566-5053
Toll-Free:1-800-748-8695

Markets: Family Reunions, Student/Youth Groups, New domestic tour operators

Assistant: Renee Saussaye
Phone: 504-566-5073
Email: rsaussaye@neworleanscvb.com