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Our first Road Scholar charter to Cuba was a terrific success. We so enjoyed traveling with other members of the LLI at VT. Our second trip is to New Orleans in January 2018: this trip is now fully subscribed. For further information, contact Pat Hyer, The travel committee will son survey LLI members about other possible destinations – we are thinking about Iceland, Galapagos Islands, Ireland, and Costa Rica, among others.

Out and About in New Orleans: Jazz, Jambalaya and Joie de Vivre

Sunday, January 21 to Friday, January 26, 2018
An Exclusive Road Scholar Learning Adventure for Members of the Lifelong Learning Institute at Virginia Tech

Photo of New Orleans balconies and signs PROGRAM OVERVIEW:
It’s the New Orleans of your imagination: the sound of Jazz drifting up Bourbon Street, a nearly miraculous bowl of gumbo, the charm of a Garden District mansion. Join us for an unforgettable stay in the Crescent City as you hear, taste and see all that New Orleans is famous for and learn about the intriguing side of the city that few outsiders know. Discover the literary landmarks of Tennessee Williams, visit the World War II Museum, learn the secrets of creole cooking from a local chef and much more. You’ll have plenty of time on your own to stroll Bourbon Street, walk the levee, eat beignets and Muffaletta sandwiches or ride a streetcar named Desire. The Activity Level for this program is “Active”, walking on city streets and uneven surfaces such as cobblestones.


  • Walk with an expert through the French Quarter and explore the Garden District on foot, then use your included streetcar ticket to delve deeper into locales of your choosing.
  • A performance at a New Orleans jazz club included in your program provides a primer on the city’s world-famous music scene.
  • Enjoy a cooking demonstration as you dine at the New Orleans School of Cooking, and get recommendations for further culinary explorations from experts and longtime residents.

Program Prices include 5 nights accommodations, 10 meals, 3 lectures and 3 field trips, 4 performances, group leader and travel and transfers in New Orleans, modest gratuities. Does not include transportation to or from New Orleans. Accommodations at the Hotel Monteleone, an historic landmark and a member of Historic Hotels of America built in Beaux-Arts architectural style with an eclectic flair, located one block off Bourbon Street.

Double Occupancy: $1,349
Single Occupancy: $1,889

For detailed information about this itinerary, please go to and search for program number 21665.

If you are interested in joining this charter, contact Pat Hyer,, 540-951-4968.

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