Guest Program

New Orleans is a fascinating and fun city that offers plenty to do. Whether you want to tour the entire city, try your hand at Creole cooking, take in the sights and sounds of the French Quarter, or travel through Louisiana’s famous swamps, New Orleans has it all!

Guests will have a variety of tours to attend while delegates are in session, as well as dinner each night.

Please note that the tour registrations are for the full day. If you register for a day, you are registering for both tours that day. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate registrations for just one tour.

Monday, October 21, 2013

17:30  |  Opening Reception at Windsor Court

Help kick off the conference by joining delegates and guests for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the beautiful La Chinoiserie Room at Windsor Court.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

09:00–11:00  |  Super City Tour

Your tour begins at Jackson Square with some French Quarter history, and continues along Esplanade. This elegant French avenue lined with large, Victorian houses leads you from the French Quarter to City Park. Before you arrive at City Park, the tour will stop at St. Louis Cemetery Number Three, where you will learn about New Orleans’s aboveground burial system and the city’s jazz funerals. City Park’s many attractions, including the New Orleans Museum of Art, a sculpture garden, botanical gardens, and an amusement park, are nestled among the shadows of the largest collection of ancient oak trees. Stone footbridges cross lagoons in this picture-perfect setting in 1,300 lush acres. You will tour the lakefront before continuing on to St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans’s second most famous street. Following the streetcar route, the first public transportation system in the United States, you will access the Uptown area—home of Tulane and Loyola Universities, the Audubon Zoo, and Audubon Park. On the way back to the French Quarter, you will travel through the Warehouse and Arts district. The motor coach will return you to the Windsor Court Hotel. From there you’ll be able to enjoy lunch on your own. The next tour will start at 13:00 and details about that tour are below.

Includes:

  • Private motor coach transportation
  • Licensed, professional tour guide to meet group in hotel lobby
  • Complete city tour
  • Stop at the City of the Dead
  • Coordination and supervision by Visit New Orleans
  • Length of tour is approximately two hours

13:00–16:30  |  Private Swamp Tour

For many years, people have traveled extensively to enjoy the famous Manchac Swamp tour. We invite you to join us for a unique journey back to the early days of Louisiana bayou and swamp explorations. Alligators, seeing our boats daily, recognize them as part of their normal environment. Unafraid and responsive to their boat captain’s call, they peek out from underbrush and between moss-draped trees and shrubs, frequently coming directly to the boat. In the safety and comfort of the boat, you can actually come within a few feet of jumping gators. As your boat drifts through the waterways, you will learn about the Louisiana wetlands, the inhabitants of the swamp—particularly the life and habits of the American alligator—and the history of Frenier, a Cajun town located in the swamp.

Includes:

  • Deluxe round-trip motor coach transportation
  • Professional, licensed tour guide with narration on board the motor coach
  • Narrated swamp tour
  • Supervision and coordination by Visit New Orleans
  • Length of tour is approximately three and a half hours

19:00  |  Dinner at Arnaud’s Restaurant

After the tours and delegate sessions, a horse-drawn carriage will take you from Windsor Court to Arnaud’s Restaurant. Located steps off Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter, Arnaud’s Restaurant offers classic Creole cuisine and exemplary service in beautifully restored turn-of-the-century dining rooms. Arnaud’s opened in 1918 and has remained true to its traditions and courtesies ever since. Offering delicious dishes such as oysters Bienville, shrimp Creole, soufflé potatoes, and bananas Foster, Arnaud’s offers the quintessential New Orleans dining experience. Transportation back to the hotel will be provided.

Tours and Dinner Package Price: $420

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

10:30–13:00  |  New Orleans School of Cooking Class

Join us for some fun, food, and folklore in the comfortable atmosphere of a Louisiana homestyle kitchen to learn the secrets of authentic Creole cooking. New Orleans never forgets about its food, and you will never forget it either. During this entertaining two-hour long class, you will learn to recreate the magic of New Orleans cooking in your own kitchen. Located in the heart of the French Quarter, in a renovated molasses warehouse built in the 1800s, the chefs at the New Orleans School of Cooking teach specialties such as gumbo, jambalaya, and pralines. Seasoned with history, trivia, and tall tales, it’s a guaranteed good time for all!

Includes:

  • Escort to New Orleans School of Cooking
  • Private cooking demo
  • Three-course lunch and pralines
  • Coordination and supervision by Visit New Orleans

14:00–16:00  |  French Quarter Walking Tour

New Orleans has enjoyed eras of prosperity and celebration few can imagine. The city also has risen above fires, epidemics, hurricanes, floods, wars, slavery, and social conflict. And that was just the first 100 years! For centuries, this port city has been a cultural haven where creativity has flourished in art, architecture, music, literature, cuisine, and politics. This tour of the French Quarter presents New Orleans’s oldest neighborhood during a pivotal point in its long and colorful history. The French population doubled. Sugar empires rose. Baroness Pontalba transformed Jackson Square. Steamboats connected New Orleans with the Western “frontier.” And European and American ideals clashed in a place where free people of color were among the social elite. From the Ursuline nuns who educated the colonists, to the pirate Jean Lafitte, who supplied luxury items to the wealthiest corridor on earth, learn how the saints and sinners of our Creole past shaped the heart and soul of today’s New Orleans.

Includes:

  • Licensed, professional tour guide
  • Narrated French Quarter walking tour
  • Coordination and supervision by Visit New Orleans
  • Length of tour is approximately two hours

19:00  |  Gala Dinner Aboard the Steamboat Natchez

Enjoy the sounds of jazz, the sights of the Mississippi River, and the tastes of New Orleans during a gala dinner aboard the Natchez, one of only two steam-powered sternwheelers plying the Mississippi today. This cruise will not only introduce you to her history, but also to the magic of New Orleans and the Mississippi River. Featuring great food and cocktails, this is a dinner—and an experience—you don’t want to miss. Transportation will be provided.

Tours and Dinner Package Price: $385