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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.

Highlights

  • 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

Ursula K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had a terrific trip to the plantations with tours by Isabelle. Our driver Joseph was so knowledgeable.
Learn so much about Louisanan and New Orleans history. Very friendly and respectful. I was with
my mother who is 90 and he took great care of us. Please RECOMMEND THEM.

Amy H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our driver/guide was very knowledgeable and humorous. The Planations are worth seeing. I loved the intimate nature of the tour and door to door service.

Sarah B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Billy was very knowledgeable and a great tour guide

Chelsea G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Loved this tour! Our tour guide Joseph was awesome! He told us a lot of interesting facts on our drive to and from the plantations. Our favourite stop was Oak Alley - what it would have been like to live there! It's absolutely gorgeous. Would have liked to have spent more time there for sure! Laura was also very interesting. We were a little disappointed that our small group didn't actually extend to the tours of the plantation itself. That's kind of what we were thinking but it was really just a small group for the bus ride. Still, it was an absolutely amazing tour and I would book it again in a heartbeat! I really appreciated being driven out there and not only seeing some great scenery, but hearing a bunch of interesting things about what we were seeing. Thank you so much for the great experience!

Deborah F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

just a wonderful day, lots of history and information
not rushed

Samantha G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great tour, awesome plantations.... We really enjoyed our time!

Gertrude N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Joseph was a great guide,full of fun stories and had a story about everything. Plantations were great, shocking history. Renee was excellent in Laura,Oak guide was excellent too.

Gary L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Loved the tour.

Grant E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent tour, even on a rainy day it was well organised and catered for and we were able to do all activities. Highly recommend

Maude M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our driver wasn't the friendliest, however he was very informative and the plantations were great.
This is the 2nd time I've done this tour and I don't regret either!! LOVE the small group format...

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