Take it easy in the big easy!

Students will absolutely fall in love with New Orleans. From beignets and cajun to the city’s beauty and jazz , students will be taking in the rich history and dancing in the streets! So, as they say in New Orleans: “laissez les bons temps rouler” – let the good times roll!

Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World

Peek behind the curtain and see Mardi Gras in the making. Since 1947, Blaine Kern Studios has been the city’s leading parade designer and builder, producing spectacular floats, sculptures and props. Now, students can get a behind-the-scenes look during a tour of Blaine Kern Studios.

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Swamp Boat Tour of the Bayou

Students can take an exciting cruise through the famous Manchac Swamp where they will learn about the Louisiana Wetlands and the inhabitants of the swamp, particularly the life of the American alligator.

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The French Market

Located along the Mississippi River, the French Market spans six blocks and is lined with unique shops and restaurants, a Flea Market and a recently renovated Farmers Market. Students will have a blast shopping, dining and exploring this vibrant market.

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Steamboat Cruise along the Mississippi River

Students will enjoy dinner, jazz and breathtaking views of New Orleans while cruising along the Mississippi River in an authentic steamboat.

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Destrehan Plantation

This majestic antebellum home watches over the banks of the great Mississippi River, just minutes from New Orleans. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Destrehan Plantation was established in 1787 and remains the oldest documented plantation home in the lower Mississippi River Valley.

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Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Experience an underwater world that is home to 15,000 fascinating sea life creatures in a state-of-the-art facility located on the Mississippi River. At the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, students will have the opportunity to observe and interact with the sea life, shop in the gift shop or eat at their on-site café.

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Café du Monde

Enjoy fresh beignets and hot dark roasted coffee the traditional way at The French Markets Café Du Monde. This New Orleans coffee stand was established in 1862 and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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New Orleans

3 Nights, 4 Days / $538

Your trip to New Orleans will give students the perfect taste of the city’s vibrant culture. From trying delicious beignets at Café Du Monde to getting a behind-the-scenes look at Mardi Gras, your group will have a swingin’ time. Not to mention, students will enjoy a workshop at Loyola University and get to perform for the public.

Day One

  • Arrive in New Orleans, LA!
  • Meet your Green Light tour manager
  • Visit the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
  • Lunch/shopping in the Riverwalk Marketplace
  • Check into hotel
  • Dinner at Landry’s Seafood Restaurant
  • Dessert of beignets at the famous Café Du Monde

Day Two

  • Continental breakfast at hotel
  • Full ensemble clinic at Loyola University
  • Lunch at Loyola
  • Experience the interactive WWII Museum
  • Visit Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World
  • Dinner at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company
  • Ghost tour of New Orleans

Day Three

  • Continental breakfast at hotel
  • Guided Tour of New Orleans
  • Free time for shopping and lunch in the historic French Market
  • Perform for the public in the amphitheater at Washington Artillery Park
  • Dinner and dancing at Mulate’s Cajun Restaurant

Day Four

  • Continental breakfast at hotel
  • Cajun Pride swamp boat tour of the bayou
  • Picnic lunch on the bayou
  • Depart for home

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.  Browse our FAQs for the questions we get the most- and drop us a line if you don’t see your question answered here.

 

What are the ID requirements for flying?

Your first, middle (if applicable), and last name that you provide us must match the ID you plan to use at the airport.  Travelers 18 years and older must use a government-issued photo ID.  Examples include driver’s licenses, state IDs, and passports.  Travelers ages 14-17 can use any photo ID, including the previous examples or a school-issued photo ID.  Travelers ages 13 and younger do not need a photo ID to fly.  If you’re traveling on a government-issued photo ID, make sure it’s not expiring soon (trust us on this, it’s not worth the headache)!

 

What should I pack?!

Are you the type to wear the same pair of jeans three days in a row but then you pack your entire closet for a 3-day trip?  So are we.  That’s why we’ve put together a recommended packing list for you, which you can view by clicking here.  Pack light and save the baggage fee money for souvenirs!

 

What are your standard inclusions?

You get more bang for your buck with us!  We build in a dedicated tour manager, nightly hotel security guard (chaperones – imagine being able to SLEEP on these trips!), a two million dollar liability insurance policy, name badges with emergency phone numbers and mini-itineraries, basic traveler’s insurance (purchased on behalf of the traveler) to cover medical expenses and trip delays, and complimentary trip packages for directors and teachers.

 

Wait, what’s a tour manager?

Your Green Light tour manager will be with you 24/7 to make sure your trip runs smoothly and is stress free!  They will get you from point A to point B, stay in the same hotel, and can even help your students craft some travel-inspired Snapchat stories.  

 

What is Trip Cancellation Protection?

Life happens and sometimes plans change.  We get it, which is why we offer an optional Trip Cancellation Protection (TCP) plan.  You can choose to protect your travel deposits from life’s unforeseen circumstances right up until the day of departure to get 100% of your money back.  The cost of TCP depends on the total cost of your trip.  For details, reach out to your group leader or tour coordinator.   

 

How do I book my group’s trip?

You’ve come to the right place!  Click the “Request a Quote” button to tell us about the trip you’d love to take, and we’ll put together a trip that’s great for your group.  You can also reach us by phone or email (we’re still working on those carrier pigeons).

 

Can I add or remove things from my group’s itinerary?

Absolutely.  Our trips are fully customizable.  After you receive your initial quote, chat with your tour coordinator to create a trip that’s best for your group!

 

How do I register for an existing trip?  

Please click here to register.  You’ll need to get your unique trip code from your group leader to complete registration.

 

Can you accommodate various medical dietary restrictions?

Sure can!  When travelers register for a trip, there is a section where they tell us their dietary restrictions and we make sure they have something to eat.  We don’t want anyone to go hungry on the road!

 

Why Green Light?

Because green means go!  We want you and your group to go experience new places and new people.  We genuinely believe traveling makes you a better person, and we want to make sure you have the best possible experience on your trip.  We have you stay in hotels we actually stay in and eat in restaurants we actually eat in (no offense to that roadside motel you may have stayed in with your group before).  Whether you are performing in a festival, visiting monuments, going shopping, or lounging on the beach, we handle all the small details- including the ones you haven’t even thought of yet!  We make sure you can focus on what’s important- your group traveling and experiencing new things together, all while having a ton of fun!

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“The plans were well prepared going into the trip, our tour director was superb, our bus driver was amazing, the hotel accommodations were top-notch, the musical experiences were fantastic, all excursions were interesting and immersive, and the culture of New Orleans didn’t disappoint.”

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“Thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Our tour guide and our driver were wonderful.”

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“The French Quarter was my favorite part of the trip!”

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“Performing at the NBA game was just awesome!”

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“Hands down, the best traveling experiences I have had with my bands.”

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“Performing at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe was awesome.”

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“This trip was an experience that I’ll never forget.”