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  • Location:New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration:5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

New Orleans Shore Excursion: Post-Cruise Westbank Plantation Tour

Experience the grandeur of New Orleans’ rich and conflicted past on this post‐cruise plantation shore excursion. Take a 5.5‐hour journey through Oak Alley Plantation and Laura Plantation, each frozen in time. View stunning architecture, oak‐lined esplanades, and enduring sugar cane fields while learning about the plantations’ fascinating – and often somber – histories from expert guides.  


  • New Orleans post-cruise plantation shore excursion
  • Tour two separate plantations -- Oak Alley Plantation and Laura Plantation
  • At Oak Alley Plantation, see giant live oak trees believed to be nearly 300 years old
  • Hear about Laura Plantation's Creole influence and see the historic slave quarters

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What You Can Expect

New Orleans Shore Excursion: Post-Cruise Westbank Plantation Tour

Oak Alley Plantation

Choose a morning or afternoon tour and meet your friendly guide at the Port of New Orleans or at your downtown New Orleans hotel. From your pickup location, settle into a comfortable seat and prepare for a journey back to the antebellum south, before the American Civil War shook the foundation of plantation‐life. Enjoy lively onboard commentary as you pass Whitney, Josephine, and Evergreen 
plantations en route to your first stop – Oak Alley Plantation.

So named for the postcard‐perfect canopy of knotty oak trees that line its entry promenade, Oak Alley Plantation is centuries‐old jewel of the South that has enjoyed recent revival. Your guided tour leads up the romantic yet imposing oaken path to the ‘Big House’, a perfectly restored example of antebellum elegance and Greek Revival architecture. Tour the opulent rooms of this classic southern home before 
continuing to the Civil War Encampment exhibit and Slave Quarter exhibit.

Then take a quick drive to Laura Plantation, a Creole plantation whose distinctive and colorful manor house starkly contrasts the reserve of Oak Alley. Accompany your guide on a tour of the main home and the slave quarters, soaking up stories of Creole culture and the charmed yet tragic lives of the Duparc family and their slaves. Marvel at the surrounding sugarcane fields – a lush backdrop and stark reminder of the site’s dramatic past before heading back to town.

Your tour ends with a drop‐off at your point of origin in the mid‐afternoon or evening. Worry‐free Shore Excursion:If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details. 

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable! The tours were great!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

We really enjoyed this tour with our guide Dylan. His information was very interesting as well as the guides we had at Laura's and Oak Alley Plantation. Small group size was fantastic(10).

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Great guide, really nice plantations!

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