architecture, art, food, music, history
November 5 to 10, 2017
5 people minimum - 8 people maximum
Day One – Sunday November 5
Arrival at Louis Armstrong Airport, New Orleans. You will be picked up and driven to the hotel in the heart of the French Quarter.
Depending on your arrival time, rooms are not ready before 3 PM, relax before our Group Dinner in the French Quarter.
Day Two – Monday November 6
Morning: French Quarter Walking Tour with Sandra Baptie, Architect:
Jackson Square, Washington Artillery Square/Miss River overlook
Historic architecture, streets etc
Visit Madame John's Legacy & Ursuline Convent.
Lunch at Tujaques
Walking tour of Esplanade and Marigny incl Frenchmen Street.
Visit private homes including: house at 1440 Bourbon, built in 1820 by Jean-Louis Dolliole, a free man of color who was a developer, builder, and architect, and subsequently owned by Arthur Davis, of Curtis & Davis Architects, designers of the Superdome.
Stop for drinks at Lafitte Blacksmith House on Bourbon Street
Free time to explore French Quarter on own
Dinner on your own.
Day Three - Tuesday November 7
Morning: Insights on the unique environment of New Orleans' Living Below Sea Level and post-Katrina rebuilding Natural and man-made waterways.
Bus route: St. Charles Ave, Audubon Park, stop at levee.
Carrolton Ave, City Park, stop at NOMA Sculpture Garden
Coffee Break (Café au lait and beignets) at Morning Call
Bayou St John & Spanish Fort; Lake Pontchartrain & Bayou St John;
Pumping Stations/Flood Gates;
Lunch in Holy Cross: Café Dauphine
Afternoon: Steamboat Houses & Mississipi River Walk,
Lower 9th Ward - Make it Right Houses walk around this neighborhood of innovative homes;
TALK BY Thom Pepper and James Stram OF COMMON GROUND RELIEF on Post-Katrina efforts to rebuild the community and restore wetlands
On drive back to hotel see: Crescent Park in Bywater, NOCCA public school of art.
OPTIONAL IF TIME:
Central City reconstruction (Tulane City Center or Urban Build – architecture students Design build projects)
OC Haley revitalization: museums, cultural center, performance spaces, restaurants.
Dinner on your own
Day Four - Wednesday November 8
Morning: Walking tour of the Garden Districts with Sandra Baptie
Lower Garden District: Coliseum Square, an early visionary development designed by Barthleme Lafon In the 1830s.
Magazine Street stroll
Lunch at Mahoney's PoBo Shop
Afternoon: Garden District tour Jackson Ave, Prytania, mansions, shotguns, Lafayette Cemetery, The Rink
Dinner on your own
Concert at Preservation Hall
Day Five - Thursday November 9
Mississipi River Tour – Destrehan Plantation which has a Slavery
and Architecture exhibit (models, building construction)
Stop at a Batture House – private house & deck on Mississipi River levee– unique and way off the beaten path.
Lunch at Dooky Chase restaurant
Music History tour with Milton Carr
Free time to visit museums, BourbonSt, Royal St.
Farewell Group Dinner
Day Six - Friday November 10
You will be driven to the airport.
The day by day program and itinerary of this tour will be unique, not the usual tourist fare, definitely educational, and enlightening. Here what we will do and see:
There will be a day of touring the city focusing on the relationship to water and Hurricane Katrina reconstruction, to see the unique geography of a city below sea level and the efforts and structures that mitigate this vulnerability to natural and man made disasters.
Tour/visit new housing developed by NFP organizations Learn about post-Katrina efforts to rebuild neighborhoods. Visit the ‘Make It Right’ neighborhood sponsored by Brad Pitt.
Three days will see us on walking tours with local guides and practicing architect to a number of historic neighborhoods, including the Marigny, Treme, Garden Districts, Warehouse and Central Business District renaissance, along the Mississippi River waterfronts, redesigned as public parks. including the visits of private houses.
Visit to a five acre sculpture garden set in a mature Louisiana landscape with lagoons.
We will be driven to the neighborhood, and picked up at the end of the visit. If the distance between two neighborhood is too great will be driven from one to the other. Nonetheless, those are walking tours and good shoes and an appreciation for walking around neighborhoods is a plus.
We will spend one day touring two Mississippi River plantations. They were a great part of the economy and the social structure of the town.
I've included lunch every day at good neighborhood restaurants, and superb dinning on the arrival night and and on the last night at restaurants, both world famous, locally famous, or up and coming.
A few weeks before departure, you will be given a list of very good restaurants that are not tourist traps, offering different arrays of food and price ranges, because you can't be in New Orleans and not taste the food.
You will also be given a list also of the great musical venues, because you can't be in New Orleans and not listen to the music. So, I've included a performance at Preservation Hall the first night, after the group dinner and we will have a Music History tour: hear stories and visit locations that have defined the New Orleans music scene for over 100 years.
5 nights in 4-Star hotel in the heart of the French Quarters, in a quiet area.
5 breakfasts - 5 lunches - 2 dinners
Concert at the Preservation Hall
Entrance fees to all sites visited, included some visited at the spur of a moment
Private guides. Our own mini-bus.
Maps - Tax - Gratuities. Pick-up at airport on arrival.
Medical and Accident insurance
$ 3155.00 per person in double occupancy
$ 3750.00 for one person in single occupancy
$ 2470.00 for one person NOT staying in hotel
WHY YOU SHOULD COME
One of America’s most historically rich destinations, New Orleans is a rich gumbo of cultural influences, from the founding and persistence of the French, a solid urban core established by the Spanish, and the wealth of entrepreneurs in the antebellum era, as well as the legacy of African slavery.
New Orleans is world renowned for its music (the birthplace of Jazz); food (a culinary capital of the world); architecture (more designated historic neighborhoods than any US city). Our tour will take you to many significant sites as well as off the beaten path locations in this most fascinating city.
This tour will provide deep insight into the cultural and geographic influences on the built form of the City as well as the traditions still alive and practiced.
We will see inspiring examples of post-Katrina recovery resilience, rebirth, and urban renewal.
And there are museums to be visited too:
Louisiana State Museums, including the Cabildo focusing on natural history and the Presbytere with Mardi Gras and Katrina exhibits.
Historic New Orleans Collection dedicated to preserving the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. We can visit courtyard of historic urban home.
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the largest collection of Southern art in the world.
The cutting-edge designed WW2 Museum.
Free People of Color museum, in an historic mansion on Esplanade Avenue. (tie to Treme neighborhood tour).
New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), New Orleans’ oldest fine arts institution, opened on December 16, 1911 with only 9 works of art. Today, the museum hosts an impressive permanent collection of almost 40,000 objects. The collection, noted for its extraordinary strengths in French and American art, photography, glass, and African and Japanese works, continues to expand and grow, making NOMA one of the top art museums in the south.
The five-acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA is one of the most important sculpture installations in the United States, with over 60 sculptures situated on a beautifully landscaped site amongst meandering footpaths, reflecting lagoons, Spanish moss-laden 200-year-old live oaks, mature pines, magnolias, camellias, and pedestrian bridges.