The Crescent City has long been a seedbed for creativity and culture—but now, perhaps more than ever, New Orleans is in the midst of a renaissance. On the tailwind of Hurricane Katrina and the devastating floods that followed, the city found an opportunity to reinvent itself, bolstering its rich cultural traditions, restoring historic landmarks, and creating new space for existing voices. From the centuries-old city squares in the French Quarter to the burgeoning artist communities of the Lower Ninth Ward, we’ll traverse the city with one foot rooted firmly in its history and the other in what’s just beginning to take shape. We’ll spend most of our time weaving through residential neighborhoods, where most of the city’s artists, creators, and community builders can be found busy at work. We’ll immerse ourselves in New Orleans music, history, and cuisine—learning about this vibrant, ever-changing culture from the people who breathe life into it each day.
Our trip begins with a welcome dinner in New Orleans on Day 1. We recommend you arrive in New Orleans by 2 p.m. so that you can settle into the hotel before meeting up with the group for dinner. Our trip concludes in the afternoon on Day 5. If you plan to leave New Orleans directly after our trip, we recommend departing that evening. If you'd like to extend your trip, we’re happy to provide suggestions for things to do and see in the city on your own.
Travelers should feel comfortable walking two to four miles each day, climbing stairs, and remaining on their feet for long periods of time.