Explore New Orleans
The Academy has partnered with a local company, ACCENT on Arrangements, for a full program of tours that explore local culture, historic neighborhoods, jazz and blues, and New Orleans’ vibrant history.
Tour Program Highlights
Friday, Nov. 10
Ghostly Spirits & Scandalous Tour
Discover New Orleans’ dark past, including how this Port City took up the roguish and sensual customs of both the Spanish and the French and later added its own incredible local legends.
Saturday, Nov. 11
New Orleans Highlights City Tour
Explore the endless variety of sights and sounds found in the “Big Easy” as you venture on a fascinating roundabout tour of the city’s unique neighborhoods.
NOLA Drink Lab
Learn the history, tradition and culture of classic New Orleans cocktails by master bartender, Daniel Victory, before you make them yourself at this this entertaining and educational establishment situated in the heart of downtown New Orleans.
Grace and Grandeur: Houmas House Plantation Tour
Transport back to a time of Southern splendor as you relax at “The Crown Jewel of Louisiana’s River Road,” a beautiful grand plantation of the South recently restored to its original Grandeur complete with antiques, fixtures and furnishings.
Airboat Adventure Tour
Relax in the beauty and serenity of one of North America’s wildest swamps and natural areas as you take an Airboat Ride into the vast interior of this mysterious ecosystem filled with wild flowers, indigenous aquatic plants and Cypress trees draped in Spanish moss.
Sunday, Nov. 12
San Francisco & Destrehan Plantations
Visit the historical Destrehan and San Francisco Plantations – two extraordinary plantations each well-known for great architectural quality and association with important people and events in Louisiana history.
House of Blues Gospel Brunch
Experience an uplifting Gospel performance by nationally known gospel choirs – New Orleans’ style –along with a delicious good ol’ Southern-style traditional brunch at the House of Blues.
Magical Musical Mystery History Tour
Join Chris Rose – a former Times-Picayune columnist and Pulitzer-winning reporter – on an exciting city tour filled with anecdotes and true stories about the historical importance of New Orleans influence on music.
Louisiana Flatboat Swamp Tour
Enter the land of swamps and marshes, home to hundreds of species of unique and interesting animals while discovering the land that gave birth to Cajun culture and cuisine.
Monday, Nov. 13
French Quarter Walking Tour with Hermann Grima House
Explore the history, folklore, customs and distinctive architecture of the French Quarter as you walk past romantic courtyards and enchanting antique and specialty shops – all symbolic of the lingering charm of the Old World.
New Orleans by Land and Sea
Embark on a unique land and sea tour of “The Big Easy” as you first explore the popular architectural and historical sites by land before enjoying the captivating cityscape view from a Paddlewheeler on the Mississippi River.
Taste of New Orleans Cooking
Join knowledgeable hosts and guides on culinary tour of New Orleans culture as you hop between restaurants and interesting foodie venues through the streets of the French Quarter.
Tuesday, Nov. 14
Take a fun and exciting trip to two New Orleans distilleries and enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the rum distillation process at America's oldest premium rum distillery.