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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”.
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 (2020 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!
- Full Breakfast (3) Each Morning at the Hotel
- Private Welcome Reception with Appetizers and 2 Drink Tickets Included
- Farewell Gourmet Cooking Class with 3 Full Course Meal, Unlimited Beer and Wine, and Southern F&B Museum Tour (Saturday)
- Houma’s House Plantation Tour with Transportation and Lunch
- 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 Tours on Day 3 Include: Creole Queen Lunch Cruise, Alligator Swamp Tour, WW II Museum and Bloody Oysters.
- 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!
- “WHO’S GOING?”- Meet your travel companions and view their complete profiles even before you book! (NEW) Company of Other Singles
*Minimum of 10 guests required. If no director, a guest will be designated as an “STI Ambassador” to coordinate the first day’s activities.
Inclusive features and hotel accommodations are subject to change at any time 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.
Tour Begins in New Orleans April 16, 2020
Tour Ends in New Orleans April 19, 2020
Day 1 – Thursday – April 16
Welcome Meet and Greet
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 will enjoy wine and appetizers in a private room at the hotel, the perfect setting to meet and mingle with new friends! Our concierge will highlight our trip as we sign up for any optional tours for the weekend. The night is young and, of course, our STI Concierge is available after to show us the highlights of Bourbon Street.
Day 2 – Friday – April 17
Half Day Houma’s House Plantation Tour w/Lunch
Breakfast at the hotel before our Houma’s House Plantation Tour.
Voted the best historic mansion, by USA Today, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens gives us the chance to experience the life of a wealthy Sugar Baron in the 1800s. Admire the beauty of the historic Plantation as we explore the 38 acres of lush gardens. Our guide, dressed in clothing of this period, will tell stories of past owners, artifacts, artwork and furniture, as we learn how the manor became the grand estate that it is today. After our guided tour of the mansion, enjoy a buffet lunch of traditional Louisiana cuisine at one of the restaurants on the estate.
Once we arrive back at the hotel, the rest of the day and 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 18
At Leisure with Music Festival or Optional Tours
Farewell Cooking Class and Southern F & B Museum Tour
Enjoy breakfast at our hotel before heading out for a day of leisure. There are so many fun and interesting things to do. Get the most of the FQ Festival or join one of our optional tours, hand chosen by STI.
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS :
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.
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.
Creole Queen Lunch Cruise
Hop on the Creole Queen and cruise down the Mississippi River as a local historian narrates 300 years of New Orleans history. Learn about the founding of the city, the Louisiana Purchase, the Battle of New Orleans and the expansion into the “French Quarters”, all while enjoying a buffet lunch. Admire the sites as we sail downriver to the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and the historic Chalmette Battlefield. Once we reach the battlefield, hop off for a guided tour with National Park Rangers.
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.
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, at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. Here, we will take a guided tour of the museum, which examines the coming together of cultures, throughout centuries, to create the unique culinary heritage of the south. Along with our tour, we are in for a treat with an all-inclusive 3-course meal cooking class! Enjoy unlimited beer and wine as we learn to cook a full southern meal to book end our fantastic weekend in New Orleans.
After we feast on our creations, the rest of the night is at our leisure. It’s Saturday night in the French Quarter, let’s enjoy all the Big Easy has to offer!
Day 4 – Sunday – April 19
Enjoy our last breakfast at the hotel before checking out. Super shuttles are available for your transport back to the airport (on own). We Hope you enjoyed your stay in fabulous New Orleans!
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 our VIP tables so that you are able to listen to live jazz for portions of your brunch. 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 a farewell dinner at a local restaurant with live music. Kick up your heels with new friends on our last night in the Crescent City.
Day 5 – Monday – April 20
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.
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The tour begins in New Orleans at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, 2020 and ends at noon in New Orleans on Sunday, April 19, 2020. 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. Refer to the Price and Options tab for the amount. Final payment is due in our office by December 4, 2019. A reminder will be emailed to you 14 days prior to due date and you may choose to pay your remaining balance, via PayPal, or contact our accounting department at 877-765-6874 option 4, with your payment details, to secure your reservation. If you make a reservation after December 4, 2019 full payment will be automatically charged at time of reservation and penalties will apply. Note that on occasion, charges are processed after the final due date, so there is no need to be concerned if you do not see the charges on that day.
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 $175.00 plus credit card charges will apply in addition to other penalties listed below.
Between December 4, 2019 and January 31, 2020 – $200 penalty applies.
Between February 1 and March 3, 2020 – $300 penalty applies.
After March 4, 2020 – 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.
Cancellations made prior to final payment may transfer deposit to a future vacation. A $25 transfer fee applies and new selection must be made within 30 days.
We recommend that you arrive at Wyndham New Orleans French Quarter by 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, 2020 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
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 from 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 16 and depart after 12 noon on Sunday, April 19, 2020. 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 $26 each way/$48 round-trip (subject to increase before final payment is made). Taxis are available outside each terminal and rates are approximately $40-$44 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, 1 lunch and 2 dinners. You are responsible for alcoholic beverages (except when included in STI events), incidentals such as laundry and phone calls, plus gratuities to STI staff ($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 December 4, 2019. 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.
As a travel club, matchmaking is not our focus. We offer an opportunity for single travelers to see the world in the company of other singles and do not guarantee ratios or ages. Our vacations are specifically designed for Baby Boomers and active travelers with an average age range of 50-70. We generally have a ratio of 60/40, women to men. Ages listed on our page are not restricted. They are simply used as a guideline.
We recommend that you meet the members of the STI Community online where you may view and interact with members via “Who’s Going” on every trip page. This is the best way to find out exactly who will be on your vacation.
We encourage our members to complete their personal profiles including a photo. Knowing who’s on the trip in advance makes socializing before and during your vacation easier and more fun.
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.
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
– 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 Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site, 21 days prior to trip start date.
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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Meet Your STI Concierge
Hi! My name is Vicki, and I am so happy to have joined the STI family as a Concierge! After having a career as a health-and-fitness writer and then having children, I decided to make a career change in order to pursue my love for travel. For 9 years now, I have designed small-group tours all over Europe and have led tours in Italy, Malta and Croatia. From the moment I began leading tours, being able to share wonderful experiences and make people smile through discovering a new location - or perhaps through discovering something about themselves - I felt as if I had found exactly what I was meant to do! I look forward to making your vacation dreams come true.