5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 Reviews

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  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration:  Varies
Get a taste of antebellum Louisiana on this morning or afternoon half-day tour from New Orleans to two of the finest plantations on the Mississippi River: St Joseph Plantation and Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. Learn about the pre-Civil War history of these sights from your guide as you walk under spectacular oak canopies, admire the well-preserved mansions and tour former slave quarters. Upgrade to experience a full-day tour, which also includes a visit to Destrehan Plantation. Limited to 13 people, this small-group tour ensures a personalized experience.


  • Half-day tour to two antebellum plantations from New Orleans
  • Admire Creole-style St Joseph 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
  • 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

After morning or afternoon pickup from your New Orleans hotel, enjoy a scenic, narrated drive along Lake Pontchartrain. Cross the Mississippi on a high suspended bridge and head a short distance upriver along the Great River Road to beautiful St Joseph Plantation, a family-owned, Creole-style sugar plantation that's been operating since 1877. Learn about the colorful lives of the owners and their families as you tour the mansion, former slave cabins, a blacksmith's shop and schoolhouse.

Next, head a bit farther upriver to Houmas House Plantation and Gardens and savor a mint julep (own expense) before your mansion tour. Admire the columned exterior of the Greek Revival-style mansion, nicknamed the ‘Sugar Palace.’ Then follow your guide through 16 lavish rooms filled with period furnishings and artwork from Louisiana artists. Stroll among gorgeous old oak trees and savor the warm breeze before hopping in your van for the drive back New Orleans. Your 5.5-hour tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.

Upgrade to the Full-Day Three-Plantation Tour:
Begin your tour with pickup from your New Orleans hotel and a scenic drive along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain toward three grand plantations on the shores of the Mississippi. Your first stop is Destrehan Plantation, which dates back to 1787 and is one of the oldest homes in Louisiana. Costumed guides bring the Civil War era to life with intriguing stories of the land owners and slaves who lived out their days here. After your tour, enjoy some free time to wander the grounds, walking under the majestic canopy of oak trees and around the well-preserved slave quarters.

Next, tour St Joseph Plantation, exploring the mansion, slave quarters, blacksmith's shop and schoolhouse on this Creole-style sugar plantation. Finally, head to the Greek Revival-style Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, where you can recharge with refreshing mint juleps and lunch at Cafe Burnside (both at own expense). Marvel at the 16 rooms of period antiques and local artwork in the mansion and the lush gardens. Your 9-hour tour ends with the drive back to New Orleans and drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was amazing!

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Really great tour,enjoyed all of it. The lady that drove our bus was also really nice she gave us a lot of information along the way about some of the things we were passing on our trip to the various plantation

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Fantastic tour. Very informative and entertaining.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Joseph picked us up right on time. He was GREAT!!! Very friendly, gave us lots of information on the drive and answered all questions asked. The two plantations we visited were beautiful. The plantation tour guides themselves were so informative and friendly. Would use Viator Tours again, and would request that Joseph be our driver again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

High quality tour with a very enthusiastic and informative guide. Excellent guides on site at the 2 plantations as well. We got to see some bonus plantations along the river road on the way back, including a couple that were utilized in some famous Hollywood pictures.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Homas House Plantations and Gardens were wonderful.... and the bar evens sells Mint Julips!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

The Louisiana Plantation Tour was fabulous. History walks the halls, rooms and grounds of these grand old Southern homes. The tour of Houmas House and Gardens was the climax of the tour. The knowledge and information of our house guide was accentuated by her first person account of daily life and history of the home and its families The gardens are breathtaking!!! Must see!!!

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.

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