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  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration:  Varies
Get a taste of antebellum Louisiana on this half-day tour from New Orleans to two of the finest plantations on the Mississippi River: San Francisco Plantation and Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. Walk through spectacular oak canopies, admire well-preserved architecture and lavish mansion interiors, tour former slave quarters, and learn about the pre-Civil War history of these fascinating sites from your guide. Upgrade to enjoy a full-day tour, which includes a visit to Destrehan Plantation. Limited to 13 people, this small-group tour ensures a personalized experience.

Highlights

  • Half-day antebellum plantations tour from New Orleans
  • Visit two Eastbank plantations on the eastern side of the Mississippi River
  • Admire San Francisco Plantation’s colorful design and relish the southern splendor of Houmas House Plantation
  • Upgrade to include Destrehan Plantation, where guides in Civil War-era costumes bring history to life
  • Small-group tour limited to 13 people ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Louisiana Plantations Tour from New Orleans

San Francisco Plantation

After pickup from your hotel, enjoy a scenic, narrated drive out of New Orleans along Lake Pontchartrain and the eastern shores of the mighty Mississippi River to your first plantation of the day, beautiful San Francisco Plantation

Interestingly, the striking, colorful exterior of this grand mansion is atypical of the pre-Civil War period, putting it in a class of its own. Inside, you’ll discover one of the finest antique collections in the country as your guide regales you with stories – both tragic and triumphant – about the lives of generations of slaves and plantation owners.

Next, it’s on to Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. Explore the mansion, nicknamed ‘Sugar Palace,’ on a guided tour through 16 lavish rooms filled with period furnishings and artwork from Louisiana artists. Then, take a stroll under gorgeous oak canopies and savor the warm breeze before hopping in the van for the drive back to New Orleans.

Upgrade to the Full-Day Three-Plantation Tour:
For lunch, you can enjoy a relaxing meal at the restaurant at Houmas House Plantation (own expense). You’ll then make your way to Destrehan Plantation, one of the oldest homes in Louisiana, where costumed guides bring the Civil War era to life with intriguing stories of land owners and slaves who lived and worked here from 1787 on. After your tour, explore the grounds at your own pace: take a walk under a spectacular canopy of oak trees, walk through the well-preserved slave quarters, and admire the main building’s grand Greek Revival architecture.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

The tour guide was wonderful...I use a walker and she was so attentive to all my needs. Her knowledge of the area was so interesting, I learned so much. I wish we saw more alligators. We only saw the top of the heads of 3. My son, on another tour, saw many as they were feeding them. Wish I went on that swamp tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

The tour is very pleasant with beautiful locations.The tour guide was extremely enthuziastic and made the whole trip very enjoyable

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