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All tours are included in Social Guest registration.

Early Registration ends 8/15/2018 $650
Registration 8/16/2018 to 9/26/2018 $750
On Site After 9/26/2018 $850

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Monday, October 1, 2018 (9:00AM – 1:00PM)


Forever New Orleans
Our story begins in the area where the French founded New Orleans almost 300 years ago: the historic and charming French Quarter. Originally an Indian trading post located on the banks of the Mississippi, the French sought to establish a port on high grounds near this trading post. Thus, was the foundation of this quaint and lovely European city.

At Jackson Square in the heart of French Quarter, site of St. Louis Cathedral, you will see famous landmarks and learn the fascinating history behind our unique city. Next the tour will proceed to City Park and Bayou St. John; you will visit historic St. Louis No. 3 Cemetery, where your escort will explain our unique above-ground burial system. As the tour continues through City Park toward Lake Pontchartrain, the guide will discuss remnants of damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Heading Uptown, you will travel along picturesque St. Charles Avenue, lined with rows of magnificent mansions and historical oak trees. You will see lavish Garden District homes built by wealthy Americans following the Louisiana Purchase. You will also pass our old Warehouse District, a revitalized area that is home to our Convention Center.


  • • Professional Hosts New Orleans licensed tour escort.
  • • Deluxe transportation for your exclusive use.
  • • City tour encompassing the French Quarter, Lakeview, and Uptown neighborhoods.
  • • A stop or pause at an above-ground cemetery.
  • • Lunch at Crescent City Brewhouse, a delicious French Quarter restaurant
  • • All current taxes and gratuities.


  • • Comfortable walking shoes and sunglasses are highly recommended.


Tuesday, October 2, 2018 (8:30AM – 4:15PM)


Plantation Lifestyles – Laura and Oak Alley
Today’s excursion takes you into the river region of southeastern Louisiana to the days of a bygone era. As you pass antebellum plantation homes, West Indian cottages, and sugar cane fields, your escort will provide you with enchanting tales of plantation life in the Old South.

Laura Plantation is a remarkable example of a mid-19th century Creole plantation. Unique for her heritage, Laura offers an alternative touring experience to her sister antebellum plantations, focusing on traditional Creole customs and enchanting, albeit sometimes scandalous, tales of Creole plantation life. Traveling across the Mississippi, you will visit Oak Alley Plantation, known for its quarter-mile canopy of giant live oak trees, in a most spectacular setting along the river. The private estate is a breathtaking Greek Revival-style mansion beautifully situated at the end of a majestic “alley” of 200-year-old live oak trees. Here at Oak Alley, a Cajun buffet lunch will be provided.


  • • Professional Hosts New Orleans Tour Guide.
  • • Round-trip transportation in deluxe motor coach.
  • • Admission and tour of Laura Plantation.
  • • Cajun buffet lunch at Oak Alley.
  • • Hosts New Orleans coordination and supervision.
  • • All current taxes and gratuities.







Wednesday, October 3, 2018 (9:00AM – 12:00PM)


Mardi Gras Behind the Mask

Mardi Gras has been called the “Greatest Free Show on Earth.” Private organizations employ multitudes of artists who work tirelessly to create the elaborate, themed floats that have become tantamount with the celebration. Remarkably, when Mardi Gras rolls in again the next year, spectators are more bedazzled than the last by the larger-than-life float creations they behold.

Your tour begins with a picturesque ride along historic St. Charles Avenue. Then at Blaine Kern’s famous Mardi Gras World, you will learn an insider’s story of the history and traditions behind our Mardi Gras celebration. You will also see firsthand a team of artists working on the construction of an actual float – one that won’t be made public until the next Mardi Gras parade rolls.

A special refreshment will be served during your visit to Mardi Gras World: a traditional New Orleans-styled king cake, an oval-shaped brioche sprinkled with sugar in the Mardi Gras colors of purple, green, and gold.


  • • Professional Hosts New Orleans licensed tour escort.
  • • Deluxe transportation for your exclusive use.
  • • Tour of St. Charles Avenue.
  • • Admission to Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras Den (approximately 1 ½ hour tour).
  • • Mardi Gras beads for each guest.
  • • Viewing of a video presentation on Mardi Gras.
  • • Tour of a private home with Mardi Gras history on St. Charles Avenue
  • • All current taxes and gratuities.


  • • Mardi Gras World is handicap accessible.
  • • Join IESALC meeting attendees at an off-site lunch following the Mardi Gras Behind the Mask tour!




Thursday, October 4, 2018 (9:45AM – 12:30PM)

Cajun and Creole Cuisine Demo

Our local chefs can be colorful characters and today one of the best New Orleans chefs will teach you the techniques and secrets that get to the very soul of Cajun and Creole cooking. (Rule #1 – first you make a roux!) You will learn the differences in the various styles of cooking in Louisiana and receive copies of recipes to take home with you to dazzle family and friends with your newfound culinary skills. During the demonstrations, traditional New Orleans-style coffee will be served. Your meal will consist of the delicious Cajun and Creole dishes prepared in the demonstration.

Typical sample menu with three courses includes:

  • Chicken & Andouille Sausage Gumbo
  • Shrimp Creole
  • Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce
  • Pecan Pralines
  • Iced Tea, Coffee, Abita Beer


  • • Hosts New Orleans escort to walk guests from the hotel to the cooking school.
  • • Private cooking demonstration for two and a half (2.5) hours by a local chef.
  • • Lunch following the demonstration.
  • • Recipes to take home.
  • • All current taxes and gratuities.


  • • Menus may vary pending the day of the tour.





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