New Orleans Trip Info

Hi Everyone,

On April 22-25th I am bringing a group down for the New Orleans Heritage Music Festival (also known as Jazzfest) for the 12th year.  Jazzfest is a weekend long, very organized, very tame outdoor festival and concert featuring over 100 performances spread out over 10 different stages. The music ranges from Peal Jam, Van Morrison, Nick Jonas, to classic jazz, gospel, country, R&B and more.  You don’t necessarily go to see a specific performer as much as the overall experience of the music, food, culture and history of New Orleans. Click here for one days music schedule.

The weekend also includes spending a lot of time in the famous French Quarter checking out dozens of live acts and fun bars and restaurants.  I have been taking groups there for 12 years and will bring to you the not so touristy and must do locations.

I currently have room for 1 man and 1 woman.  There will be 10 going all together. (4 men and 6 women).  I know some of you have off because of the holiday and wanted to send this for your consideration.  If interested read the FAQ’s below.

Is this wild like Mardi Gras or Crazy like Woodstock? No! It is a more mature and much more organized version of both. It is not as crowded and the ages tend to be more 30’s – 50’s. See photo’s from our last trip Jazzfest Trip. If you want to go a little crazy there will be certainly times and places for that!

What will we be doing? The group will meet on Friday evening for happy hour.  I will let you know the schedule for the weekend which you can join in or explore on your own or a little of both. I’ll find some great restaurants and local clubs to visit. I’ll bring you to some of the “must do” things like Cafe du Monde and Bourbon Street and I’ll also take you away from the touristy areas to where the locals hang out.

Is it safe? It is like NYC, if you stay out of the bad areas you will be fine.  I will make sure to tell you where to avoid but it it fairly obvious.

Is this a singles trip? Not really but I would imagine that most coming are single.   Come for the experience first especially with someone who knows his way around.

How do I get there? You will need to arrange your own airfare. Some people are coming in earlier or leaving later so they can explore more.  The airfares tend to be lower that way.  If you do come early or leave late I can suggest things to do and cheaper places to stay.  BTW plan to take a flight where you will have to change planes.  There are very few direct flights to New Orleans.

$820 Includes: 3 nights at The Double Tree by Hilton in the French Quarter, 2 days of concert tickets a tour of The French Quarter by a professional tour guide and me as your chaperone.

$820 is that expensive? For a festival weekend in New Orleans, NO.  They jack up the prices of the hotels for festival weekends.  Our hotel is right in the French Quarter so it is within walking distance to everything except the festival which is a short cab ride away.  You want to be as close to the French Quarter as possible for many reasons.  The little extra you pay helps cover part of my trip so I can be there to make your trip better!

I still have questions.. Great!  Call me at 212-873-2256 or email

I hope you can come, it is really a fun trip especially if you have never been there before.

All the Best!

Dave Cervini