About New Orleans Music Festival

This song’ll put anyone in a good mood. Especially in New Orleans, the FEEL GOOD city! If you are a music (and tasty food) lover, then the French Quarter Festival is for you! Our award-winning, four-day fest showcases local musicians on 23 stages throughout the “Quarter”.

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New Orleans is synonymous with indulgence. Few American cities pack in so much food, music, nightlife, and history. Culture is the city’s calling card, and the best way to experience it is to dive right in!

The award-winning French Quarter Festival is Louisiana’s largest free music event, a four-day local music showcase scattered throughout the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. There are music performances on 23 stages. The community festival also features the “World’s Largest Jazz Brunch,” which are the festival food booths (90!) operated by some of New Orleans finest restaurants, open throughout the festival weekend.

Inclusive Features of our Musical Weekend :

  • Unlimited Music of Every Genre from Gospel to Jazz, from Funk to Classical, from Cajun & Zydeco to Brass Band. Customize Your Schedule Here (2018 schedule pending, but get the App today)
  • 3 Nights Accommodations at the Wyndham New Orleans located IN THE FRENCH QUARTER!
    Centrally Located in the FRENCH QUARTER of New Orleans, steps from many of the festival stages, Bourbon Street, Harrah’s Casino and all Major New Orleans Attractions!
  • 2 Dinners including a TASTE OF NEW ORLEANS Buffet Dinner with Unlimited Wine & Local Beer (Thursday) and a Private, Farewell Dinner in the Captain’s Salon aboard the Steamboat Natchez with a Glass of Wine (Saturday)
  • Ghost Tour after Dinner on Thursday
  • Half Day City Tour of New Orleans on Friday with Treme, Garden District, Cemetery No 3 and Tasting & Tour at Seven Three Distilling in the Irish Channel
  • Days 2 & 3 Offers Plenty of Free Time to Explore the Mysteries and Excitement of New Orleans in Addition to 23 Stages of Incredible Music, within Walking Distance of our Hotel.
  • Optional Half-Day Tours on Day 2 & 3 Include: Oak Alley Plantation Tour, Alligator Swamp Tour, WW II Museum and Gourmet Brunch at Muriel’s.
  • STI Concierge will Provide a Daily Agenda to Coordinate Events, Dancing and Nightlife for STI Members to Connect and Enjoy the Music.
  • STI Concierge will Provide Options/Meetups for Breakfast and Lunch Each day Taking Advantage of Local Cuisine Including, Po Boys, Oysters, Jambalaya, Beignets, etc. We’d need a week!
  • STI Concierge will Coordinate Optional Dinners Around Town on Friday Night
  • Hotel Taxes
  • Special Attention from Experienced, Professional Singles Travel Concierge*
  • Private and Secure Chat Reserved Exclusively for Members on Your Vacation – Topics Include Share a Ride, Optional Tours, My Favorite Music and Nawlins’ Gourmet Eats to Assist Members in Coordinating Activities in Advance. Create your own Topic and have fun!
  • Company of Other Singles

Inclusive features are subject to revision at the discretion of STI. Ages listed are not meant as a restriction, but are simply used as a guideline. Singles Travel International does not guarantee the number of guests, ages or ratios

Itinerary

Tour Begins in New Orleans April 12, 2018
Tour Ends in New Orleans April 15, 2018

Day 1 – Thursday – April 12
Welcome Dinner & Ghost Tour

STI Members arrive at the New Orleans International Airport and transportation from the airport to the hotel is on your own. (refer to the FAQ tab). Check into the

Wyndham New Orleans (after 4 p.m.) If you arrive early, the hotel will store your bags and you are free to explore the city on your own. Check in with your STI Concierge at the hotel this afternoon, meet your fellow travelers, sign up for tours and get oriented on your first day in the Big Easy. This evening we’ll get together for an optional drink before dinner, then enjoy a wide variety of local flavors and specialties during our buffet dinner with unlimited beer and wine at Huck Finn’s. Meet and mingle with new friends as we learn all about the local cuisine while we eat! The night is young and we have a Haunted French Quarter tour scheduled just after dark, on the eve of Friday the 13th. Of course, our STI Concierge is available after the tour to show us the highlights of Bourbon Street.

Day 2 – Friday – April 13
City Tour & Distillery Tasting

Breakfast is at leisure at our hotel before our city tour.

Our half day tour begins in the French Quarter and makes it;s way through the Marigny to the 9th ward where our local guide tells us a bit about hurricane Katrina and the effects it had on the Treme area. We stop at ST. Louis Cemetery #3, then CIty Park where we’ll be able to explore the sculpture garden.  We continue to the Garden District with it’s beautiful, historic mansions and conclude our tour in the Warehouse District with a tour and tasting at Seven Three Distilling.  Our informed guide will entertain us with stories about the Crescent City and offer suggestions for tasting the unique and savory flavors of New Orleans cuisine from Po Boys and Mufalatas to Etouffe and Beignets.

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS :

National WWII Museum

We also recommend an optional trolley ride to the brand new World War II Museum, currently rated the #1 attraction in New Orleans by Trip Advisor. Our STI Concierge will establish a meeting time for members who are interested to travel together. Admission to the museum is $26 (subject to change) and we recommend adding $5 more for the “Beyond All Boundries” movie narrated by Tom Hanks. Final Mission is a submarine simulation and fun if you are into subs ($5).  No need to sign up until you get to New Orleans.

Just here for the music? Meetup with other festival goers and head out to have a day filled with music, dance, good food and laughter.

Tonight dinner is on our own, but with 90 food and beverage booths in Jackson Square, we’re sure you’ll find something to eat! There are many mouth watering options from the most basic to the most famous kitchens in NOLA. Our STI Concierge is available to assist with your plans and set up a dinner/late night meeting points for more jazz after the festival winds down. We’ve got all the local’s hang outs.

Day 3 – Saturday – April 14
At Leisure with Optional Plantation or Swamp Tour
Farewell Dinner in Captain’s Salon Steamboat Natchez

Breakfast is at leisure at our hotel or at any number of nearly restaurants. You must try eggs sardou! Try Brennan’s, Court of the Two Sisters or Stanley near Jackson Square. How about Beignets and chicory coffee at Cafe du Monde?

Today is at leisure to get the most of the FQ Festival or whatever you wish. There are so many fun and interesting things to do. STI offers some options to choose from including:

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS :

Oak Alley Plantation Tour 

Experience the grandeur of New Orleans’ antebellum south on a half‐day tour of Oak Alley Plantation. Take a journey through time to the manicured estate and into the gorgeous home, built in 1839. View stunning architecture, oak‐lined esplanades, and enduring sugar cane fields while learning about the plantation’s fascinating – and often somber – histories from expert guides.

Swamp Tour

Journey by boat, Cajun-style, for a 1 hour 30 minute tour through the heart of Southern Louisiana’s swamplands in the protected National Park and Barataria Preserve. Experience real-life adventure from the comfort of a swamp boats. Tour back into our privately owned meandering bayous and take a look into the past. View moss draped cypress trees, fascinating plant life and the creatures who make their homes here. Your Cajun guide is a native of the area who will share with you the legends and lore of Louisiana’s still untamed wilderness. Bring your camera and capture wildlife at any time! Alligators, snakes, egrets, white-tailed deer, mink and nutria all make their home here in the Louisiana swamplands. See our Price & Options page to add this option.

Bloody Oysters

Join our STI Concierge for a short walk to STI’s secret place for the absolute BEST oyster joint in NOLA! Learn about where oysters are from while the “shucker” entertains us with stories and jokes. The Bloody Mary is a must to accompany your oysters. Bring cash to pay for what you eat and drink today. This jaunt is best for up to 10 members maximum and no need to sign up until you get to New Orleans.

Our STI Concierge will coordinate everyone’s plans for this morning and has a music plan in place for those interested in all music, all day.

Dinner this evening is a highlight of the weekend. We’ll enjoy a delicious buffet dinner aboard the legendary, Natchez Steamboat Jazz Cruise. STI is privileged to dine in the Captain’s Parlor, a private dining room so that our last evening in NOLA is special. Dinner includes 1 glass of wine, coffee and tea. A cash bar will be available for members to party on!

It’s Saturday night in the French Quarter, let’s enjoy all the Big Easy has to offer. Our STI Concierge has all the best places lined up.

Day 4 – Sunday – April 15

Enjoy breakfast at leisure before checking out of our hotel. Super shuttles are available for your transport back to the airport (on own). We Hope you enjoyed your stay in fabulous New Orleans!

OPTIONAL EXCURSION:

Staying an extra day? Join us for a gourmet Jazz brunch at Muriel’s Jackson Square, you will be so glad you did. Our STI Concierge will gather members for a 10 minute walk to the restaurant. STI has reserved your VIP table, you will pay for brunch at time of service. We strongly recommend that you add your VIP reservation and lock it in on the Price & Options tab when you make your weekend reservation. This option will sell out early.

Spend the rest of your day listening to great music with new friends. Our last evening in NOLA is filled with fun and dancing with dinner at Mulate’s . Kick up your heels with new friends on our last night the Crescent City.

Day 5 – Monday – April 16

Enjoy breakfast at leisure before checking out of our hotel. Super shuttles are available for your transport back to the airport (on own). We Hope you enjoyed your stay in fabulous New Orleans!

*Note: Itinerary and activities are subject to change at the discretion of the local operators, venues and municipalities to preserve the overall quality of the program. Singles Travel International is not responsible for the consequences of any changes and no compensation will be paid for any such changes.

 

FAQs

Once you make your online reservation, an STI reservation specialist will contact you to review and recommend additional services. Depend on them for assistance with airfare, proper protection, pre and post tour services. Once that step is complete, you will receive a final invoice from us confirming your reservation details.

READ your invoice and the FAQ page very carefully and advise if any changes need to be made.

Next, say hello to your fellow travelers on the chat!

Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be posted here 14 days prior to trip start date. Questions? Email us at service@singlestravelintl.com.

The tour begins in New Orleans at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2018 and ends at noon in New Orleans on Sunday, April 15, 2018. Therefore the trip is 3 nights/4 days. Add our extra night with dinner and enjoy the last day for the festival on Sunday, making your weekend getaway 4 nights/5 days.

A deposit is due at time of reservation and will automatically be charged to your card. If you make a reservation after January 12, full, non-refundable payment will be automatically charged at time of reservation and penalties will apply.

Yes. All cancellations must be made in writing to Singles Travel International and are subject to per person penalties as follows:

After deposit and at anytime of cancellation, a minimum charge of $75.00 plus credit card charges will apply in addition to other penalties listed below.

Between January 12 and February 15, 2018 – $200 penalty applies.

Between February 16 and March 12, 2018 – $300 penalty applies.

After March 12, 2018 – 100% penalty applies.

Note that if you elect to take a roommate and he/she cancels after our cut off date, we will do everything to find a new match. However, if no match is found, the difference in cost for a single cabin/room is the responsibility of the guest who cancels. No refund will be given to the guest who cancels, regardless of cruise or tour company policy as stated above. Singles Travel International is not responsible for costs related to cancellations after our cut off date.

We recommend that you arrive at Wyndham New Orleans French Quarter by 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2018 because the party starts with the first bands beginning at 3! Check-in is at 4:00 p.m., but the bell desk will gladly hold your bags while you’re out on the town.

Wyndham New Orleans French Quarter

124 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Phone: 1-504-529-7211

Singles Travel International is a vacation event company that plans singles events and markets our events at our expense to create a “singles only” experience. We do not allow guests to join the group unless the reservation has been made by STI. Our policy is firm for tours and cruises, as well as pre and post trip hotel stays. Members and friends that “show up” will not be allowed to participate without paying an equivalent fee to the rest of the group that made the reservation with STI. Your credit card on file will automatically be charged.

Yes! Singles Travel International is the only singles vacation company that features a travel community where members may send messages to one another at any time. Once you make a reservation, you are invited to post messages on the trip chat which is great for finding out more about your fellow travel companions, coordinating taxi shares, setting up tours and more. Your trip chat is accessible via “My Profile” or simply on the trip page. Ask your STI Reservation Therapist for assistance.

In order to accommodate singles from all over the world, our tours and cruises are priced as land only. Therefore, airfare is additional. Singles Travel International is a licensed ticketing agency and oftentimes has low negotiated fares.

To make the most of your weekend, we recommend that you arrive by noon on Thursday, April 12 and depart after 12 noon on Sunday, April 15, 2017. Note that New Orleans is served by the Louis Armstrong Airport (MSY).

The least expensive transportation is the Airport Shuttle New Orleans. The shared cost is approximately $24 each way/$44 round-trip (subject to increase before final payment is made). Taxis are available outside each terminal and rates are approximately $36-$40 each way per car. Post a message on the chat and find another member to share a ride. Uber is taxed at the MSY airport and not a better deal.

Our tour does not include airfare, transfers, breakfast, lunch and 1 dinner. You are responsible for alcoholic beverages (except when included in STI events), incidentals such as laundry and phone calls, plus gratuities to STI staff ($10-$15 per day) and local guides. ALL MUSIC IN THE FRENCH QUARTER IS FREE!

Absolutely. Our site is so popular that we guarantee to find a roommate for you or the single room is on us! In order to take advantage of our offer, you must be paid in full by January 5, 2018. We may still be able to match you after this date, call us for options. Of course, single accommodations are available at an additional rate.

Optional pre and post cruise/tour stays are not eligible for the guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.

Please contact your preferred carrier directly to make your reservation. If Singles Travel International issues a promotional economy fare, granting of frequent flyer credit is entirely at the airline’s discretion. If the flights are eligible, to ensure you earn frequent flyer credit from the airline, give your frequent flyer account number when you check in for your flights. In addition, save your boarding passes and the passenger receipt from your airline ticket. You may need to submit these to the airline (not to Singles Travel International) to claim any credit allowed.

The French Quarter is your oyster at this hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. Walk to the iconic and convenient streetcar ($2 per day), shopping, dining and more. Visit Tulane University, Loyola University, the Garden District and St. Louis Cathedral. The New Orleans Museum of Art is just over three miles away and features French and American art, photography and glass. Jackson Square and Bourbon Street – hubs for history, artistry, retail and cuisine – are just quick walks away. Pop over to the Louisiana Superdome, the Audubon Zoo and the Aquarium of the Americas and the NEW WW II Museum, each easy treks from our French Quarter hotel.

The refreshing heated indoor pool is the only heated indoor pool in the French Quarter. Complete a spa treatment at a neighboring day spa or salon with a soak in this tranquil oasis; or ease tired muscles after a long day of walking the historic streets of this awe-inspiring city.

The adjoining fitness center offers the chance to get the blood flowing first thing in the morning, while the sun deck presents yet another opportunity to relax and unwind after taking in New Orleans.

Deuce McCallister’s Ole Saint Kitchen & Tap. with over 50 draft selections of local and regional craft beers, is great for meeting friends for a drink or a bite to eat.

Standard rooms (300 square feet) are non-smoking, have 2 Double Beds or 1 King Bed, free wireless high speed internet, a working desk, cable with pay per view movies and coffee makers.

Plus, your STI Concierge Team will be on hand to take care of your every need. It’s not only what we do, it’s who we are!

Of course not. You will be pleased to find out that nearly 90% of our guests on every trip sign up and have never met anyone before joining the group. In 23 years, we have perfected the singles vacation experience. It is paramount that our guests meet each other right away and have opportunities to mingle every day. From the moment you join our tour, our heroes, the STI Travel Concierge team is waiting to meet you. Our first day begins with a get together and the camaraderie builds as we go along.

Our “All Ages” vacations cater to 40+ and our average age range is 45 to 65. We generally have a ratio of 60/40, women to men. As a travel club, matchmaking is not our focus. Ages listed on our page are not restricted. They are simply used as a guideline. We offer an opportunity for single travelers to see the world in the company of other singles and do not guarantee the ratio or ages.

Gorgeous! You may expect sunny days with daytime temperatures to be in the mid to high 70s. Evening temperatures are generally in the high 60s. Rain is always possible, so come prepared with rain gear and a jacket for evenings.

There is no baggage limit at the hotel.

Currently, most airlines will allow you to check one bag, weighing 40 pounds, for a fee. In addition you may carry-on one bag plus a personal item such as a purse or briefcase. Please check with your air carrier for up-to-the minute regulations and fees for checked baggage.

Remember to bring comfortable shoes and a jacket for evenings. Casual attire is acceptable throughout the weekend. However, you may want to bring something dressy for our farewell dinner aboard the Natchez Steamboat.

Packing Tips: Take only what you need; don’t over pack. Save room for souvenirs and purchases. Pack flat and full to avoid wrinkling. Bring wardrobe basics; mix and match around one or two colors. Don’t pack anything valuable, fragile or perishable. Label your luggage with an outside tag, and place an identification card inside each suitcase.

Essential Items: We highly recommend that you bring the following items.

– A great attitude and an open mind.
– A good, comfortable pair of broken-in walking shoes.
– A pair of shoes for restaurants (loafers, sandals, etc).
– Collapsible umbrella and/or lightweight raingear.
– Ladies may wish to bring an evening wrap and gentlemen a nicer jacket for evening wear if planning a gourmet dinner.
– Sunglasses, sun block, sun hat or visor.
– Toiletries: all your daily essentials.
– Prescription medications: sufficient supply for the entire trip plus legible written prescription in case of loss. Keep
medications in their original, labeled container. Always pack your medications in your carry-on bag!
– Eyeglasses, contacts, contact lens solution. You may want to bring along a written prescription for your eyewear in case of
loss.
– Over the counter medications: cold remedy, aspirin/pain reliever, antacid/stomach upset remedy, Band-Aids, anti-bacterial medication.
– Travel alarm clock with illuminated face.
– Small, Swiss Army type utility knife. Remember to pack this in your checked luggage!
– Travel journal/notepad and reading material.
– Home address book (iphone, blackberry) for sending postcards. A useful tip to avoid bringing your entire address book is to pre-write names and addresses of people to whom you want to send postcards on sheets of self-adhesive labels. It saves time and space in your luggage.
– Small, basic sewing kit with a few extra buttons. Remember to pack scissors in your checked bag!
– Photography Equipment: Bring a sufficient supply of film and extra batteries.

Travel Insurance is available through Travel Guard and in addition to direct access immediately upon completing your purchase, you will receive a quote from Travel Guard regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation. If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us, if you have not received your quote within 3 days.

Your Final Vacation Details & Meetup Info document, which is posted on the FAQ tab 14 days prior to departure, will include a phone contact number for the Solstice. Instructions on international dialing codes will be provided. We suggest you leave a copy of this with your family.

Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In an emergency after hours, please contact Tammy Weiler at 815-715-6998.

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After more than 15 years in the travel industry, in 2012 I joined the Singles Travel International team. I have enjoyed escorting groups around the globe and I am always ready for adventure! My hobbies besides traveling, include kayaking, fishing, and just being outdoors with my family. I look forward to the opportunity to show you the world!

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