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  • Location:New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration:5.5 hours

Small-Group Tour of Oak Alley and Laura Plantation from New Orleans

Experience the grandeur of New Orleans’ rich and conflicted past on a small‐group plantation tour. Take a 5.5‐hour journey through Oak Alley Plantation and Laura Plantation, spying other historic plantations as you travel the Great River Road. View stunning architecture, oak‐lined esplanades, and enduring sugar cane fields while learning about the plantations’ fascinating – and often somber – histories from 
expert guides. 


  • Guided tours of Oak Alley and Laura plantations from New Orleans
  • See guides in period costume and gorgeous old oak trees at Oak Alley Plantation
  • Tour the gardens and historic slave quarters at Laura Plantation
  • Learn about Oak Alley, Laura and other local plantations from your guide
  • Small-group tour limited to 13 people for a more relaxed experience

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Tour of Oak Alley and Laura Plantation from New Orleans

Slave Cabin at Laura Plantation

Choose the morning or afternoon for your historic plantation tour and enjoy pickup from your downtown New Orleans hotel. Once aboard the bus, 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 from your guide as you trace the shoreline of Lake Ponchartrain and Great River Road 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. Begin with a walk up the romantic yet imposing oaken path to the ‘Big House,’ a perfectly restored example of antebellum elegance and Greek Revival architecture. Meet knowledgable guides in period costumes and learn about 
the many lives that once occupied the plantation. Tour the opulent rooms of this classic southern home, the Civil War Encampment exhibit and Slave Quarter exhibit, then take some free time to wander the enchanting grounds.

Then continue along Great River Road, catching views and stories of Whitney, St Joseph and Evergreen plantations along the way. Arrive next at 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 mansion, outbuildings and slave quarters, soaking up stories of Creole culture and West African 
folktales, said to be the inspiration for Br'er Rabbit stories. Meander through vibrant flower and vegetable gardens and marvel at the surrounding sugarcane fields – a lush backdrop and stark reminder of the site’s dramatic past before heading back to town. 

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

Customer Reviews

Kenneth M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

It was a very nice trip.

Peter L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

A fabulous day. The drive through the swamp area was a great surprise and the small mini bus was in great comfort. The two plantations were opposite styles and class which gave an excellent view of life then in the 1800's. Each plantation gave their own guided tours which broke up the day with interest.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Gisele did an amazing job as our guide. Managed to provide us with information all along our tour and making it current to today's time. Both plantations were amazing with different stories. Thoroughly enjoyed our time with Gisele

Vernon D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent tour with an excellent, well informed guide.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

out of this world, the tour was wonderful.

Lynn B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was terrific and I would highly recommend it. The only downside was that a couple who was on our tour, was flying out early that evening and therefore, we were forced to end the tour early which did not allow enough time to really visit the Oak Alley Plantation after the guided tour. I found that to be unfair to the rest of us who planned accordingly.

Roselia D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

My Small-Group tours of Oak Alley and Laura Plantations were fantastic! Our group of 10 was picked up from our hotel on time, the tour bus was clean and comfortable, and out tour guide Giselle was so pleasant!
Our group enjoyed both tours and plantations but the guide at Laura Plantation was particularly interesting and fun.
I would highly recommend Viator and this tour to anyone visiting New Orleans!

Linda L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Amazing tour. The guide was really knowledgeable. Would highly recommend to anyone that's visiting NOLA.

Michael T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Generally pretty good. The tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly and the vehicle used was comfortable. Worth the extra expense of a small tour and the ability to see two different plantations on one trip.

Kathy United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Such a beautiful and informative tour of Oak Alley and Laura Plantations. Our guide Kat was so knowledgeable and helpful.

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