New Orleans Trip – Group Travel | Atlas Obscura Trips
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Beyond the Quarter: Music and Reinvention in New Orleans

from $1,415 USD per person for 4 days, 3 nights
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  • 12 People Maximum
  • Moderate Activity Level
  • Communities Up Close
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Trip Overview
Overview

There’s nowhere that sounds quite like New Orleans. From the thrumming percussive songs rooted in Congo Square to the grinding blues belted out in a downtown corner barroom, the city pulses with creativity and swells with centuries of stories layered into lyrics and beats. On this immersive, four-day journey, we’ll delve into the city’s rich soundscape, tracing the social, political, and spiritual roles its musical traditions have played historically and in contemporary culture. We’ll visit world-class musicians and artists in their homes and studios, learning about the city’s foundational rhythms from master percussionists, chatting with the Prince of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues, and exploring parade traditions from an elder—all the while, savoring the flavors of the city’s distinctive cuisine, perfected by the same interplay of tradition and invention that shape the city's unparalleled musics.

Highlights
  • Private, intimate concerts and performances
  • Conversations with world-class musicians
  • Visits to artist studios, homes, and private venues
  • Creole cuisine

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Trip Leader

Jordan Hirsch
Jordan is a native New Orleanian with more than fifteen years of experience working in the city’s music and cultural communities. Following Hurricane Katrina, he led recovery efforts for local artists and began conducting tours in which they shared their stories directly with visitors. After appearing as himself in the HBO series “Treme,” he joined the show’s writing staff, and went on to publish nonfiction about New Orleans culture in Slate, Bitter Southerner, and other outlets. Since 2006 Jordan has also worked with the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation to revive the careers of elder musicians and record their oral histories. Currently he edits and writes for ACloserWalkNola.com, an interactive map of New Orleans music history, and tweets about New Orleans culture (@mrjordanhirsch).

Additional Info

Arrival & Departure

Our trip begins at 6 p.m. in New Orleans on Day 1. We recommend you arrive in New Orleans by 3 p.m. on Day 1 so you can settle into your accommodations and meet our group for drinks at Jewel of the South. Our trip concludes after brunch on Day 4. If leaving New Orleans directly after our trip, we recommend departing the evening of Day 4. If you'd like to extend your trip, we’d be more than happy to provide suggestions for things to do and see in the city on your own.

Activity Level

Travelers should feel comfortable walking two to four miles over the course of each day, climbing stairs, and remaining on their feet for long periods of time.

Accommodations

As New Orleans has a wealth of wonderful, locally owned places to stay, accommodations will not be included in the cost of this trip. We’d be happy to suggest neighborhoods for booking accommodations. Feel free to email trips@atlasobscura.com if you’d like assistance with lodging.

Included
  • All transportation during the trip. Travel within New Orleans will be by foot and in a comfortable 15-passenger van.
  • All meals described in the itinerary.
  • An experienced guide to accompany you for the duration of the trip, as well as special local guests throughout.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura fans, excited to explore all that New Orleans has to offer!
Excluded
  • Transportation to and from New Orleans.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Three nights of accommodations in New Orleans.
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages.
  • Applying for a U.S. visa, if applicable.
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  • May 14–May 17, 2020
    from $1,415
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