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  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration:  1 day 5 hours (approx.)
Delve into the history of Louisiana on this tour of Laura Plantation and Oak Alley Plantation, with an overnight stay in a luxurious private cottage at Oak Alley Plantation. Enjoy guided tours of the Big Houses, then explore the grounds on your own, taking in slave quarters, a Civil War encampment, blacksmith shop, sugarcane fields, and gardens. Deluxe overnight accommodation is included, along with three delicious meals, two guided plantation house tours, and transportation with live commentary. It’s a Viator Exclusive experience, available nowhere else!

Highlights

  • Visit two plantations with deluxe overnight stay at Oak Alley Plantation, from New Orleans
  • Get a glimpse into the world of the Old South as you tour two historic sugar plantations
  • Learn about Creole culture at Laura Plantation
  • Admire the differences between the Creole and Greek Revival architecture of the plantation mansions
  • Rejuvenate with a luxurious overnight stay at a private cottage on Oak Alley Plantation
  • Enjoy time on your own to explore the grounds of Oak Alley Plantation and Laura Plantation
  • Includes narrated transportation on a luxury coach, two guided tours, accommodation, and three meals

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What You Can Expect

Viator VIP: Ultimate Plantation Tour from New Orleans with Overnight Stay at Oak Alley

Oak Alley Plantation

Your overnight trip to two iconic plantations located near New Orleans takes you back in time to explore the era of sugar plantations, grand mansions, stately grounds, and slavery. As you travel by luxurious coach, your guide shares informative commentary about the places you see and the history of the old South.

Visit two plantations built in distinctly different styles reflecting the respective Creole and Anglo cultures of the owners. Enjoy guided tours at both locations along with free time to explore the grounds on your own. Your tour also includes an overnight stay in a deluxe cottage at Oak Alley Plantation, three meals, all transportation, and narrated on board commentary.

The private cottages offer a quiet retreat on the scenic grounds of Oak Alley Plantation. Cottages come equipped with comfortable furnishings including Tempur-pedic mattresses, full bathroom, living room, refrigerator, hair dryer, iron, monogrammed robe, wireless internet and other amenities. Some have a dining room, TV, and a screened porch.

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Itinerary

Day 1: New Orleans to Laura Plantation and Oak Alley Plantation (D)
After mid-day departure from the French Quarter, travel one hour by deluxe coach to your first stop, Laura Plantation. Founded in 1805 by a French naval veteran of the American Revolution, Laura Plantation features a Creole culture distinct from the plantations of its Anglo-American neighbors.

Your expert guide takes you on a 90-minute tour of the grounds, including the 24,000 square foot (2,230m sq) Big House, the slave quarters, three gardens and sugar fields. Your expert guide brings to life the stories of the family members and enslaved people who lived and worked on this plantation for four generations. Learn the distinctions between Creole, Anglo, and African American life before the Civil War and how these cultures have influenced modern-day Louisiana.

After a fascinating tour, reboard your coach for the short trip to nearby Oak Alley Plantation. You are welcomed with a mint julep as you are escorted to your cottage for the night, a quaint and comfortable home not far from the antebellum Big House.

Have time to stroll the grounds of the plantation at leisure and watch the Mississippi River streaming towards the gulf. Enjoy in-room dinner service (the restaurant is closed in the evening) with menu options that you select in advance, accompanied by a bottle of house wine (sample menu below). Amenities include air-conditioning and heat, refrigerator, microwave, wifi, board games and more.

Overnight: deluxe private cottage at Oak Alley Plantation

Day 2: Oak Alley Plantation to New Orleans (B, L)
Enjoy a full breakfast at the Oak Alley restaurant before taking a guided tour of Oak Alley Plantation, named for the 28 oak trees that line the road from the Greek Revival mansion to the Mississippi River. A knowledgeable guide costumed in period attire shows you around the Big House while sharing the history of the home, which has been carefully restored to its original grandeur.

After seeing the Big House, continue with a self-guided tour of the slave quarters exhibit, which includes four cabins and two exhibition spaces that detail the lives of the enslaved families. Then walk to the Civil War encampment’s commanding officer’s tent, staffed with a historical interpreter in period costume who is happy to answer any questions about the Civil War in this part of Louisiana. Finally, stop by the working blacksmith shop, one of the few remaining forges of its kind in Louisiana. Hear about the blacksmith's work and how it was key to plantation operations; you may even catch a live demonstration!

Enjoy a day of discovering Oak Alley Plantation at your leisure, including a delicious lunch at the Oak Alley restaurant. Mid-afternoon, your coach returns to transport you back to New Orleans, with drop off at your hotel in the early evening.

SAMPLE MENU (selections may change):

Soup or salad, choice of:
Seafood gumbo
Large house salad

Entrée, choice of:
Seafood au gratin
Cajun medley (red beans & rice, gumbo & jambalaya)
Four cheese pasta w/grilled chicken

Dessert, choice of:
Pecan praline cheesecake
Buttermilk pie

Drinks:
Bottle of house wine
Bottled water
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