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Tour code: 2292ADEAST
Experience the elegance of New Orleans’ antebellum south on this 5.5‐hour guided historical plantation tour. In a small‐group, visit San Francisco Plantation and Houmas House Plantation, where you’ll view stunning architecture, oak‐lined esplanades, and former slave quarters while hearing fascinating – and often somber – pre‐Civil war histories from expert guides. Full‐day tours are available with upgrade. 


  • Half-day tour to two antebellum plantations from New Orleans
  • Admire Gothic Steamboat-style San Francisco Plantation and the antiques and artwork at Houmas House Plantation
  • Upgrade to also include Destrehan Plantation, where guides in Civil War-era costumes bring history to life
  • Upgrade to include a full lunch at Houmas House Plantation
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Small-group tour limited to 13 people for a more intimate experience

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Louisiana Plantations Tour from New Orleans

St. Joseph Dining Room

Your historic plantation tour begins with morning or afternoon pickup from your downtown New Orleans hotel. Once aboard the bus, settle into a comfortable seat for the 45‐minute ride along the shoreline of Lake Ponchartrain and Great River Road en route to your first stop – San Francisco Plantation. 

Built in 1856 and restored in 2014, the San Francisco Plantation house has been called the most opulent in the south. Marvel at the unique Steamboat‐gothic style architecture while enjoying a 1‐hour guided tour of the mansion, slave cabins and the one‐room schoolhouse. Hear details of the rich and storied lives of San Francisco’s formers residents. 

Your next stop is Houmas House Plantation, where you are invited explore the magnificent 38‐acre (15‐hectare) estate before or after the house tour. Leisurely wind through magnificent oak‐lined paths and exquisite gardens, find a quaint sitting nook for a rest, or head to one of the estate’s restaurants or café for a locally inspired fare – and maybe a mint julep! 

Then immerse yourself in the story and splendor of the old South as you tour the lavish and traditionally decorated rooms of Houmas House, speckled with artwork and antiques. Hear the architectural history of the home and see the room where Bette Davis stayed while filming the 1963 movie Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte

Your 5.5‐hour tour ends with a drop‐off at your hotel in the mid‐afternoon or evening. 


Upgrade to the Full‐Day Three‐Plantation Tour:
Your full‐day tour includes guided visits to three gorgeous plantation estates, starting with Destrehan 
Plantation. In the morning, a bus will provide pickup from your downtown New Orleans hotel and set off 
on 45‐minute ride along the shoreline of Lake Ponchartrain en route to Destrehan Plantation, the oldest 
documented plantation home in the lower Mississippi Valley. As you tour the house, hear stories of the 
estate’s former owners and slaves before heading on to explore the grounds, including the 1811 Slave 
Revolt Museum. 

Menu items for the Full-Day Three-Plantation Tour:
River Road Houmas House Buffet Lunch Menu includes:
  • Gumbo,
  • Caesar Salad
  • Fried Catfish
  • Grilled Chicken with Herb Cream Sauce
  • Crawfish Étouffée
  • Red Beans and Rice
  • Louisiana Seafood Pasta

Customer Reviews

Linda T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Five star we had a great experience!

Jeanene H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

My family and I really enjoyed our day, Our tour guide Cat was the best! she has so much knowledge of the plantations we toured and the city of New Orleans.

Sharon S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016


Lily S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was a very enjoyable tour. Our driver, Guy, was very informative and helpful, providing a lot of information about the area. He made this tour very informative and fun.

Laura G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Wonderful tour. The three plantations are a good sample of plantation life with Houmas House being the jewel. Anna, our driver, was very professional and gave us a good history of the New Orleans area and people. And she also suggested other places to see and things to do during our stay. I would definitely use Viator again.

Mark C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tour . Three very different plantations . Excellent knowledge by Giselle

Gary A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour was wonderful !! Our tour guide was very informative and friendly. Would definitely take another Viator tour in the future!!

Donna C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was cancelled since there was not enough people. I went on the two plantation tours with Ginnie on Thursday. Ginnie was an excellent tour guide. She was very knowledgeable about plantations and New Orleans.

Ralph B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was amazing!

Bryan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was under-subscribed, so didn't end up taking this particular tour, but was slotted into a similar tour by the tour operator and that tour was excellent.

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