OPTIONAL NEW ORLEANS TOURS AND DINING
WEDNESDAY APRIL 16th - Group Photo and Tour of National WWII Museum with Movie, 8:30-2:30. Free to WWII Veterans, $40 Adult, $35 Senior, $25 Student and Military w/ID. Price includes transportation, admission to museum and movie ‘Beyond All Boundaries’.
Optional Stage Door Canteen Lunch and Show Additional $35 per person.
Group Photo outside the National WWII Museum prior our visit. Each household will be given a souvenir 8x10 copy before the end of the reunion.
Self-Guided Tour of National WWII Museum Exhibits. From the Normandy invasion to the sands of the Pacific Islands and the Home Front, you will come to know the courage, teamwork and sacrifice of the men and women who won the war that changed the world. www.nationalww2museum.org
11:00 Reserved Time for Movie: “Beyond All Boundaries” in Solomon Victory Theater, narrated and produced by Tom Hanks exclusively for The Museum, is a unique and powerful 4-D cinematic experience available nowhere else in the world. The production plunges viewers into the 20th century’s most titanic struggle and tells the tale of the Greatest Generation’s journey from Pearl Harbor into the fire of epic battles to America’s final victory in the words of the veterans themselves.
Lunch Option: Victory Belles Matinee Show in the Stage Door Canteen for $35 per person. The Victory Belles present “Spirit of America!”. This uplifting musical revue will have you beaming with pride and patriotism. Includes spectacular dining by Chef John Besh and the American Sector restaurant for the ultimate experience!
Alternate Lunch Option: Lunch on your own within the Museum is the Soda Shop. Relive the days of shakes, sodas and malts along with a selection of “American” sandwiches.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 16th – Dinner at Mulate’s Restaurant – Cajun Style w/Live Band
6:00-9:00 $55 Adult, $30 Child (less than a mile from our hotel) Price includes transportation, dinner, coffee/tea, tax and gratuities. Liquor/Beer is separate--cash only.
C’est Si Bon Group Menu will feature Salad or Seafood Gumbo; Entrees-Specialty of the House Catfish, Seafood Platter, Crabmeat Au Gratin, Grilled Rib Eye or BBQ Baby Back Ribs and Bread Pudding with Butter Rum Sauce for dessert. Live Cajun Band performs at 7:00 pm.
Alternate Dinner Options are on your own: Our hotel is located near New Orleans’ public transportation (see map) providing you the opportunity to explore other restaurants if you are feeling adventuresome. Brian Mahoney (467th) has identified three restaurants: Muriel’s Jackson Square (Creole) www.muriels.com , K-Paul’s (French Quarter) www.chefpaul.com/kpaul, and Felix’s Restaurant (Seafood) www.felixs.com.
THURSDAY April 17th - City Tour with Po Boy Lunch and Tour of New Canal Lighthouse
8:30 -3:00 $80 per person; based on minimum 30 passengers; maximum 52 passengers
Price includes luxury motor coach, driver and guide gratuities, admission fees, and lunch.We are fortunate to have an experienced New Orleans guide for the day. As we depart from our hotel we pass by Moreal Convention Center. Next we visit the French Quarter and the City of the Dead “cemetery”. We will have a rest stop in City Park, where you may sample world famous beignets or ice cream, and then we’ll continue to Lake Pontchartrain, where we will have a guided tour of the historic lighthouse destroyed in Hurricane Katrina that has just reopened. After leaving the lighthouse and museum (handicap accessible) we will visit the beautiful Carrollton area. Lunch is in Mid-City at the Parkway Bakery and Tavern, with an authentic New Orleans Po Boy sandwich. After lunch we visit an original Native American settlement, the Bayou St. John. We continue down St. Charles Avenue to view the beautiful mansions, Tulane and Loyola Universities, and Audubon Park. We will follow the route of Rex, King of Carnival. We will then view the Louisiana Super Dome, including the Vietnam Memorial, then back to the hotel.