When Ken Burns was doing extensive research for his documentary Jazz: A History of America’s Music, I doubt he thought it would later turn into travel itinerary gold. Burns recently partnered with Tauck Tours, a company that has been planning unique tours for over 60 years, to create the ultimate New Orleans jazz tour.
The 5 day tour starts with a cocktail reception and dinner at New Orleans mainstay (since 1918) Arnaud’s. A formal affair, the menu at Arnaud’s is an ode to Creole cuisine with dishes like alligator sausage, crab claws Provencale, oysters Arnaud, and a seafood gumbo. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/talkoftomatoes)
The next days will bring travelers to the musical homes of such jazz greats as Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet. Travelers will get to visit the Louisiana State Museum Jazz Collections, the Jazz Archive at Tulane Museum, and get to see some unparalleled private jazz performances.
This tour will put guests up at the Ritz Carlton in New Orleans, putting them in a perfect place to try out some great cuisine from the hotel’s Davenport Lounge menu with a crawfish quesadilla, coriander ginger shrimp, and a hurrican po-boy.
The Ken Burns trip, not leaving until early October 2011, will finish off with the Tauck Jazz Event with Burns in attendance. But, if you can’t wait until then, there are plenty of Tauck Tours that have a heavy food focus from the Taste of the Pacific Northwest to the French Escapade: Monte-Carlo to Paris.
There’s even another New Orleans tour without the jazz focus, called the Bayous and the Big Easy, which is an eight day trip that stops at Arnaud’s, in Acadania (the land of the “Cajuns”) and even into the Atchafalaya Basin. (Photo above right, courtesy of Flickr/Jolliet)