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Experience the elegance of New Orleans’ antebellum south on this full-day historical plantation tour. In a small‐group, visit San Francisco Plantation and Houmas House Plantation, where you’ll view stunning architecture, oak‐lined esplanades, and former slave quarters while hearing fascinating – and often somber – pre‐Civil war histories from expert guides. You'll also enjoy a private luncheon, served exclusively for your group at Houmas House.
Full-day tour to two antebellum plantations from New Orleans
Enjoy the antiques, artwork, and lunch at the Houmas House Plantation
Hotel pickup and drop-off included
Small-group tour limited to 14 people for a more intimate experience
Your historic plantation tour begins with morning pickup from your downtown New Orleans hotel. Once aboard the tour van, settle into a comfortable seat for the ride along the shoreline of Lake Ponchartrain and Great River Road en route to your first stop – San Francisco Plantation.
Explore the plantation's 1856 gothic steamboat style mansion. Here, you will have a guided tour of a colorful authentically restored National Landmark. See the elaborate gingerbread work and flamboyant hand-painted ceilings.
Your guide leads you through details of the lives of generations of Creoles. After visiting the mansion, explore an original slave cabin and the old one-room schoolhouse.
Then, travel to Houmas House and immerse yourself in the story and splendor of the old South as you tour its lavish and traditionally decorated rooms, speckled with artwork and antiques. Indulge in a traditional lunch and relax in the ground of the famed plantation. After, follow your guide and hear the architectural history of the home and see the room where Bette Davis stayed while filming the 1963 movie Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte.
Your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
Reviews by Viator travelers
This is a nice tour, it takes you...
, Mar 2018
This is a nice tour, it takes you out of the city so you can see part of the country. The comparison between the two plantations is remarkable, especially Houmas House-really worth the visit. The hostess who guided us around the Houmas House was amazing.
Our plantation tour of the San Francisco and Houmas plantations was wonderful. I planned this as a part of my 40th birthday trip to New Orleans, and it did not disappoint! Well worth it! Our shuttle driver, Joseph, was great full of interesting information and history of the area. Houmas plantation was on point exquisite the grounds, main house, and extra buildings are gorgeous plus, our docent/historical interpreter, Susan, was awesome. Note: my husband and I had, honestly, the BEST sazerac and mint julep on THE PLANET at Houmas's Turtle Bar, THE BEST EVER my husband tends to be a cocktail snob!! I have to give this tour a 4.5 stars versus 5 stars on the account of the San Francisco plantation, it just needs some polishing an example: I was distracted by the docent's head and oral piercings which I'm sure falls upon San Francisco plantation itself and not Viator...
This was a great tour...not the original one booked with Annabelle Tours but Annabelle Tours put us on this tour and it was great. The tour guide and driver was very knowledgeable, gracious, and accommodating.
The San Francisco plantation was unexpectedly small, thus a bit disappointing. The Houmas House plantation was quite exquisite, the grounds were immense and beautiful. Classic moss hanging from the trees, statues in the midst of beautiful gardens and so on. We had one of our best meals of the trip at their restaurant. There were no slave quarters, except two small ones that were not original to San Francisco, which was a let down as we really didn't get a feel for life from that aspect. Our guide, Guy, was wonderful. Very knowledgeable, about everything really, personable, kind and friendly. I don't know if it was the poor condition of the roads, the shocks on the vehicle or both but the ride was way too rough and bumpy for any level of comfort.
A great way to taste a little bit of southern history. We did enjoy. However, the tour was so jam packed with information the result was a rushed experience. The guide talked too fast and began talking in rooms before the group was in the room because she openly admitted she had to complete our tour in an hour so she could do the next tour!!. The consensus of our group of ten was that if the guide would talk slower and more directly to the crowd it would have been a more valuable tour--even if less information was given. Her punch lines were spoken very softly and MOST of our group did not hear them. Overall, it was a good tour and I would recommend. Slow it down and give less information more directly to the audience.