Louisiana Music Tour 2019
April 24 - May 2, 2019 (optional add-on dates available)
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival!
A truly memorable deep dive into the music and culture of Louisiana. We'll revel in the incredible New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in this special Anniversary year then head out of the city for three full days exploring and enjoying the great music and food of Louisiana’s Cajun Country with the finest Cajun musician as our personal hosts!
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TUESDAY APRIL 23 – Optional arrival New Orleans
WEDNESDAY APRIL 24 - New Orleans
Check into The Maison Dupuy Hotel in the heart of New Orleans charming French Quarter. Only 2 blocks from the streetcar line as well as Bourbon Street, the Maison Dupuy is the perfect location for exploring the Vieux Carre.
Settle in, have a Mint Julep in the palm-lined courtyard, take a dip in the pool or wander the colorful streets of New Orleans!
Our tour starts tonight with a private dinner in the French Quarter at one of the New Orleans hottest new restaurants. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the balcony overlooking picturesque Jackson Square followed by a 3-course classic Creole dinner. After New Orleans' famous bread pudding and chicory coffee you can head out for fabulous New Orleans music. Or take the short stroll home through the Quarter to our luxurious hotel for an early night.
THURSDAY APRIL 25 - New Orleans
Kick off the 50th Anniversary celebration of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival with this extra added day!
Revel in music from 11 am to dusk on 12 different stages – from rock to reggae, Americana to World Music plus Jazz, blues, Cajun, Zydeco and gospel. The line up for Jazz Fest can be found on nojazzfest.com.
Included in your trip are tickets for any 2 days at Jazz Fest so you’ll have freetime to explore the Festival and New Orleans at your own pace. Discounted tickets can be purchased from us ahead of time if you want to attend additional Festival days.
With over 40 different food booths Jazz Fest is a true feast for all the senses!
At nighttime New Orleans is filled with music in every club, concert hall and street corner.
Between club hopping, Jazz Fest and dinner by some of the world’s best chefs your only problem is how to get enough sleep. But when you are finally ready for that or sleep or swim return to the friendly comfort of our hotel, the Maison Dupuy.
FRIDAY - SUNDAY APRIL 26-28 - New Orleans
Meet us for coffee 'round the pool to visit and chat about the Festival or last night's adventures. Your days this weekend are free to enjoy Jazz Fest - or explore the city at your own pace! Hop on the historic streetcar in the Garden District, take a steamboat ride down the Mississippi or relax in a romantic horse-drawn carriage in the French Quarter – the choices are endless!
MONDAY APRIL 29 - Eunice
Our CAJUN TOUR begins!
Leaving New Orleans behind we head west driving past Lake Pontchartrain into the heart of the Cajun Country for a relaxing afternoon on the Louisiana Bayous.
Start the day the Cajun way with a private tour and lunch at family owned Bayou Teche Brewery which specializes in craft beers that complement Louisiana’s music and cuisine.
We head south of Breaux Bridge, home of the famous Crawfish Festival, to picturesque Lake Martin. Relax as we drift past lush cypress trees spotting alligators and local birds with the best private guides in the area! As a bonus catch a rare glimpse of bright pink wading birds called roseate spoonbills, who nest for only a short time in this tiny part of Louisiana.
After lunch and relaxation we drive north to Eunice, the Cajun Prairie Capital, our base for the next two nights.
Tonight is Zydeco time! We join Grammy winner Geno Delafose for a private down home BBQ, cooked by Geno’s friends and family. Eat, drink, and dance your feet off to the sounds of Geno’s French Rocking Boogie!!
TUESDAY APRIL 30 - Eunice
Spend the morning exploring Eunice's tiny downtown starting with private Cajun dance lessons at the famed Liberty Theatre, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit the Cajun Music Hall of Fame, the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center as well as a private tour of the Cajun & Zydeco’s KBON radio station. Listen to locals speaking Cajun French while having lunch in one of Eunice's down home cafes.
After lunch we visit the Savoy Music Center to meet accordion maker and National Heritage musician, Marc Savoy. We have the privilege of sitting at the feet of the master in his workshop where the world's most famous Cajun accordions are built.
This afternoon we're invited to Marc & Ann's country home for an exclusive Crawfish Boil on the Savoys' farm with their neighbors, family and friends - not open to the public! Spend a lazy afternoon under the trees listening and dancing to great Cajun music played by the Savoy Family and friends. Mingle with locals drinking Louisiana brew and eating obscene amounts of crawfish, potatoes and corn piled high on long wooden tables while hot chicken sizzles on the BBQ. YUM! No wonder Marc and Ann look forward to our annual trip and party!
In the evening fireflies come out as we laze around a campfire under the stars. The Crawfish Boil is a truly memorable time and most people say it’s the highlight of their entire trip.
WEDNESDAY MAY 1 - Lafayette / New Orleans
We drive south to Lafayette, the Cajun Country's most intriguing town for lunch and the most fun cooking class you'll ever have -- led by renowned Cajun chef, Patrick Mould. After downing an oyster shooter we'll have a cooking demonstration to beat all others as we enjoy some of the finest food of the whole trip, with sweet fiddle music played between courses. Life doesn't get better than this!
With full and happy stomachs we drive back into the Crescent City in the late afternoon arriving in time for dinner or an evening club hopping.
THURSDAY MAY 2 - New Orleans
Tour officially ends today.
If you have signed up for the Thursday Extension (limited availability) you can enjoy one more day at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival or spend an extra day exploring New Orleans.
FRIDAY - SUNDAY May 3- 5 - New Orleans EXTENSION
Take advantage of the Second Weekend Extension so you can enjoy the full 50th Anniversary experience at Jazz Fest! (Limited Availability).
Nancy on Lake Martin