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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

ian.biddlecombe

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great and acknowledgeable tour driver/guide. Most excellent day, visiting these two residences. Great overview of life as a slave in these two plantations. OAK ALLEY was awesome! Great photo's to remember our fantastic day there! We were picked up and dropped off back to our local hotel in New Orleans - great service Viator!
Ian and Margaret - CANADA

Lida M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

What a fantastic tour with Ellen, our tour guide! We were each picked up on time in a new large van. Ellen provided great info about NOLA along the way to the swamp and plantations. FYI: alligators hibernate in winter so you won and #39;t see any. Lunch at Oak Alley was excellent and OA is a must see!

Nancy J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour is a must when you visit New Orleans and you have the time. You will never regret doing this tour such a great experience!
Wonderful tour guides at each place and the history is unbelievable. A must - you will never regret it.

Rana M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

An excellent day trip, not to be missed. The Laura Plantation is lovely, and the history is worth hearing. Our guide was pleasant and friendly. And when you think this can't be topped, you reach Oak Alley. This estate is breath taking, from the main plantation home to the wondrous Oak Alley itself. We had a few minutes before our plantation home tour and we sat on the rocking chairs, with a cup of lemonade, and admired the alley way. Truly heavenly.

Lori B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Oak Alley was so beautiful and the tour of Laura was so informative. I thoroughly enjoyed both and our guide was great.

Fernando M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This tour was fun and educative. My family is very pleased with it.

Ebogan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Picked up on time, very interesting and well explained. Had a fabulous guide at Laura Plantation Katie. We used to live in NOLA but were unaware of this important piece of history. Also had great communication from Viator prior to trip.

Kathryn W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Excelllent tours and a great guide made the experience terrific

Suhey S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We went during the month of October and had the best time ever! Ellen was a wonderful guide, and extremely knowledgeable about the region and the plantations. It was an amazing time, I highly recommend this trip!

Lana M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Very pleasant and informative tour led by Gisele. She is very passionate about her adopted city and supplied very interesting information in a very charming manner. Pick up was on time. The van was comfortable. Mike worked well. Zisele also brought city maps and statistics regarding Katrina, that were just stunning and helped to understand how the tragedy had happen and why there was so much destruction and so many victims. This tour is listed as plantations tour, but we had learned a lot about the history of New Orleans and creole culture from Gisele. Tours of the plantations were led by professional guides who work for those museums. Both guides were good.

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