DAY ONE: Thursday, December 6, 2018

Arrive in New Orleans

4:00pm, check into the hotel

Welcome Reception (6:00 to 8:00 pm)

Join us for a meet and greet with Carol and your fellow adventurers!  Enjoy some cocktails and appetizers while we get to know one another.  We will explore our travel philosophy of Embracing Life with an orientation talk by Carol and start our travel journals.

Surprises are in store…

DAY TWO: Friday, December 7, 2018

Breakfast at the hotel

French Quarter Stroll with a Local and Free Hugs (10:00 am)

Take a walk through the French Quarter with Loretta, your co-host and licensed New Orleans tour guide.  Learn some fun and fascinating acts about the 300 years of chaos that is New Orleans!  History, architecture, music, culture and of course food are all on the agenda during this “get acquainted with the Big Easy” interactive experience.  We will end our stroll in the heart of the French Quarter in Jackson Square. Join us for “Free Hugs” as we embrace life in The Crescent City!

Optional Excursion to Villalobos Rescue Center***

Join us as we visit Villalobos Rescue Center from the Animal Planet hit tv show “Pit bulls and Parolees.”  We will take a tour of the facility and meet some tv personalities, both human and canine!  We then volunteer to give the dogs some fresh air with a dog walk.

DAY THREE: Saturday, December 8, 2018

Breakfast at the hotel

Mardi Gras World (11:00 am)

You know this is going to be a fun tour as soon as you arrive. Colorful Mardi Gras props, like a gigantic jovial jester, fiercely realistic alligators, and a gorgeously exciting Marilyn Monroe with skirt flying greet one and all to this amazing fantasy factory. You will even view the most awesome floats ever built for carnival – the Orpheus 140-foot triple-tandem sea monster “Leviathan” and the 240-foot quintuple-tandem “Captain Eddie’s S.S. Endymion,” with tens of thousands of fiber optic lights. After a brief introduction by a knowledgeable guide and a spirited video about the history of Mardi Gras and the company, you can dress up in authentic, ornate carnival costumes. Visitors tap into their imaginations, as the ladies don sequined headdresses, gowns, and the gentlemen wear regal coats of armor, imagine yourself as a noble king or queen of the ball!

Optional Volunteer Opportunity with Second Harvest ***

 Join us as we visit a local food bank and find some ways to help an amazing group of people helping those in our community less fortunate.  Sometimes we all need a little bit of help.  Be prepared to leave with a full heart!

DAY FOUR: Sunday, December 9, 2018

Breakfast at the hotel

Scavenger Hunt (11:00 am)

Now that we are so familiar with our lovely new neighborhood, we will split into teams and embark on a wild and wooly scavenger hunt through the magical French Quarter in a friendly competition for prizes and bragging rights.  We finish up just in time for our farewell brunch.

Farewell Jazz Brunch at Two Sisters Restaurant (12:30 pm)

A local’s favorite for over 100 years, enjoy authentic New Orleans Jazz while dining on sumptuous New Orleans cuisine.  We will share stories and then move on to our awards ceremony and crown our Scavenger Hunt Winners! We will also review some of our favorite passages from our travel journals and share with our fellow travelers. After this marvelous experience enjoy some free time this afternoon for some last minute shopping and sightseeing in this amazing city!

Optional Excursion to Celebration in the Oaks***

 Tonight, join us on an optional excursion out to City Park for the magical spectacle of lights, fun and frolic that is “Celebration in the Oaks.”  We will ride the train and the carousel, roast marshmallows, enjoy dance performances and so much more, even a “Cajun Night Before Christmas!”

DAY FIVE: December 10, 2018

Hop in your included airport transportation and say goodbye to the “City That Care Forgot” … for now!