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Double Plantation Tour in New Orleans

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icon7 hours 15 minutes  (Approx.)
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Overview

Combine visits to two historical Louisiana plantations, with transportation in between, during this day tour from New Orleans. Journey up the scenic Great River Road to reach Oak Alley Plantation, Laura Plantation, and Whitney Plantation. Choose two options when booking; admission price to each plantation included.
  • Day tour of two Louisiana plantations
  • Choice of two plantations: Oak Alley, Whitney, or Laura
  • Transportation from New Orleans and between your two chosen stops
  • Entrance fees included
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Live commentary
Round-trip coach transportation from central New Orleans
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Gray Line New Orleans, 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Check in for your morning departure time at the lighthouse at the Steamboat Natchez dock, Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River. With your tour group, board a comfortable coach and head out along the Great River Road, which parallels the Mississippi River all the way to Minnesota. During this tour, you'll visit the two plantations that you selected upon booking. 

Whitney Plantation: Whitney Plantation opened its doors to the public in 2014 for the first time as a museum dedicated to honoring and preserving slavery history in the South. Dating back to 1803, the plantation is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. 

Oak Alley Plantation: See the long alley of 28 oak trees, each more than 250 years old, planted before the house was constructed in 1839. You can also check out the swampy area of cypress trees bordering the Mississippi River. This plantation is a U.S. National Historic Landmark, known for its Greek Revival architecture

Laura Plantation: The tour of this Louisiana Creole plantation, listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, is based on 5,000 pages of documents found in the French National Archives. Additional information comes from the memoir Memories of the Old Plantation Home, written by Laura Locoul Gore, which details 250 years of the people who lived and worked here.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Great River Road
Your tour starts as you depart New Orleans by coach with a driver, who takes you out of the city and onto the Louisiana portion of the Great River Road, made up of many state and local roads that follow the Mississippi River all the way up to Minnesota. You'll visit two plantations, depending on the option selected when booking. You have three choices.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site
Laura Plantation: The tour of this Louisiana Creole plantation is based on 5,000 pages of documents found in the French National Archives and in the memoir Memories of the Old Plantation Home, written by Laura Locoul Gore, which details 250 years of the people who lived and worked here. It's listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Oak Alley Plantation
Oak Alley Plantation: Go back in time to 1839, when this plantation was built, and marvel at the long alley of 28 oak trees, each more than 250 years old, planted before the house was constructed. You can also check out the swampy area of cypress trees bordering the Mississippi River. Known for its Greek Revival architecture, this plantation is a U.S. National Historic Landmark.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Whitney Plantation
Whitney Plantation: Also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, Whitney Plantation opened its doors to the public in 2014 for the first time in its history, which dates back to 1803. The plantation opened as a museum dedicated to slavery in the South. At the end of your two visits, your tour ends with return to your departure point in New Orleans.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
St. Joseph Plantation
Historic plantation, circa 1830, that remains a family owned working sugar plantation today along with sister property Felicity Plantation, circa 1846.
Pass By:  
I-10 Bonnet Carré Spillway Bridge
View the spillway, a flood control operation in the Lower Mississippi west of New Orleans. The spillway, when open, allows floodwaters from the Mississippi River to flow into Lake Pontchartrain and thence into the Gulf of Mexico
Pass By:  
Lake Pontchartrain
Although called a lake, this is actually a large lagoon and brackish estuary fed by fresh water rivers and connected to the Gulf of Mexico. Covering 630 square miles (1600 km2) it is one of the largest wetlands in North America.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children 5 years and younger are free.
  • You must be able to climb and descend stairs and walk on unpaved terrain.
  • Wheelchair Access: If the guest needs a wheelchair lift equipped bus, then special arrangements need to be made with the supplier. This must be arranged 48 hours prior to tour date. Contact details will be on your voucher.
  • Oak Alley Plantation: Guests visiting Oak Alley using a wheelchair will have access to the gift shop, restrooms, and museum. The plantation grounds are accessible; however, there are uneven gravel paths. The main house tour is not accessible to guest traveling in wheelchairs and is not required to be modified as it is a historic home; however, the first floor is accessible. Guests would be able to view the slave quarters, but would not have access to enter.
  • Whitney Plantations: Guests visiting Whitney using a wheelchair will have access to the gift shop, restrooms, and museum. The plantation grounds are accessible; however, there are uneven gravel paths. The main house tour is not accessible to guest traveling in wheelchairs and is not required to be modified as it is a historic home; however, the first floor is accessible. Guests would be able to view the slave quarters, but would not have access to enter.
  • Laura Plantation: Guests using a wheelchair at Oak Alley Plantation will have access to the gift shop, restrooms, and museum via a ramp. The plantation grounds are accessible; however, there are narrow and uneven dirt paths. The main house tour is not accessible to guest traveling in wheelchairs and is not required to be modified as it is a historic home; however, the basement is accessible. Guests would be able to view the slave quarters, but would not have access to enter.
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line New Orleans

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  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Double Plantation Tour in New Orleans?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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  • "Sunscreen, hat and water is recommended at Whitby which is outside for a major part of the tour." See review

Reviews

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A insightful, yet entertaining day out
nekliolios
, Mar 2020
Booked Whitney and Laura. Our guide Jim was amazing. Very knowledgeable, entertaining and accommodating. Everything you need from the perfect guide. We chose Laura over Oak Alley and we didn't regret it. Crystal who guided us through the Laura plantation really brought the history of the family to life. And we still managed to take a quick snap of the impressive trees at Oak Alley. Highly recommended.
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Jim Made this tour amazing!
Sam_K
, Mar 2020
Such an amazing experience! One of our favorite parts was our tour guide Jim, he really knew his history and was very entertaining to listen to.
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Worth every dollar!
Jozephine_C
, Mar 2020
Loved the tour at Whitney, the tour guide Harriet was really informational, and her family ties made it a great experience. I also loved our bus driver Ken/Kendrell. He was very funny and entertaining and he brought a lot of good insight as we were driving.
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Must see excursion into Plantation life.
Tammi_K
, Feb 2020
Tour guide Nancy was awesome! She was SO knowledgeable and funny and I learned SO much in the time I was with her! She is a keeper! I believe every human should visit Whitney Plantation. The tour gives each of us a realistic view of the horrors of slavery. Laura Plantation also provides a glimpse of family life and tribulations of the time. I am so thankful I went!
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2 is better than 1
mariya_k
, Feb 2020
Doing 2 vs 1 is DEFINITELY a better idea. Whitney, that was much more from the slaves perspective. We got to see original stuff from history. Guide was very informative and interesting. Oak is self guided. It's gorgeous and big. Thankfully, they have guides around the premises doing random small tours/stories which makes it much better. Hard to enjoy as much without a guide. If you're not really into history or don't want to spend a whole day, you can skip it. I enjoyed it but it wasn't the BEST thing I ever did you know?
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star-5
Perfect view of the contrasting plantation life of the era
Gary_J
, Feb 2020
We saw both sides of history while visiting both Whitney and Oak Alley plantations. The heart wrenching view of life from the enslaved peoples at Whitney contrasted with the grandiose life style of Oak Alley enlightened us even more as to the reality of that era. The sculptures of the children at the Whitney plantation intensified the view into the life of the slaves. These tours are not to be missed if you visit New Orleans.
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Good, but not the best NOLA attraction
Alice V
, Jan 2020
We found the prattle of the bus driver to be canned, not very humorous, and generally uninformative. The guides at the plantations did a much better (albeit also canned) job and provided interesting information.
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we couldn't hear anything on the bus by speaker trouble
38michellechateau
, Jan 2020
I visited two plantations, Oak, and Whitney. these places were awesome! I could learn a part of American history. I recommend you to visit there. But we couldn't hear anything on the bus by speaker trouble, so on the bus, we feel stressed.
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Whitney and Oak Valley
Sherpa58501538517
, Dec 2019
This is approximately a 7 hour tour which goes quickly. started at the Whitneh plantantion which describes the plantation from the viewpoints of the enslaved people and finishing off with the oppulent Oak Valley plantation. We spent about 2 hours in each location which went quickly. Really enjoyed the this combo as it gave an indepth perspective of life in the plantation during that period of time. I would certainly like to others there in the future.
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Double Plantation Houses Tour
Kazza2005
, Nov 2019
Excellent tour with driver George and guide Nancy who was very informative and gave us lots of information about New Orleans city as we headed out to the Plantations along with the history of the slave trade. She has a great sense of humour and her passion of travel and love of her job shone through. Highly recommended tour.
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