Meet your friendly guide at the Port of New Orleans or at your downtown New Orleans hotel. From your pickup location, 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 as you pass Whitney, St. Joseph, and Evergreen plantations 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 a centuries‐old jewel of the South that has enjoyed a recent revival. Your guided tour leads up the romantic yet imposing oak path to the ‘Big House,' a perfectly restored example of antebellum elegance and Greek Revival architecture. Tour the opulent rooms of this classic southern home before continuing to the Civil War Encampment exhibit and Slave Quarter exhibit.
Then take a quick drive to 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 main home and the slave quarters, soaking up stories of Creole culture and the charmed, yet tragic, lives of the Duparc family and their slaves. Marvel at the surrounding sugarcane fields—a lush backdrop and stark reminder of the site’s dramatic past before heading back to town.
Your tour ends with a drop‐off at your original starting point.
Worry‐free Shore Excursion: If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.