• Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
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Experience the grandeur of New Orleans’ rich and conflicted past on a small‐group plantation tour. Take a 6‐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

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 6‐hour tour ends with a drop‐off at your point of origin in the mid‐afternoon or evening.

Customer Reviews

Twinkie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This small group about 12 people tour takes you to two Plantations- Oak Alley American style and Laura French-Creole. Oak Alley is beautiful, although I found Laura more interesting. You are taken on tours through the houses which are very good for history and information. Stories of the enslaved and how they were treated are very sad.You also see some other plantations from the road. Our driver John was full of stories and continually pointed things out throughout the trip. There is a good cafe at Oak Alley with food. Souvenir shops at both.Highly recommend this tour

ELIZABETH D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

small group was great

Renata S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Everything was perfect! Very interesting, positive and informative!

John T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

I can't recommend this tour highly enough. Our guide was especially informative, talkative, and knowledgeable. She knew so much and passed it along to us in a warm, cheerful, friendly manner. I loved seeing these two plantations and learned a lot about the history and culture of New Orleans while there.

Judith O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great guide Gene. Excellent visits to Clara and Oak Tree, very well narrated. Many thanks

Victoria C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This was a beautiful tour very informative, the guide at the Laura Plantation was an amazing girl born in new orleans and studing history of the area , very emotional I loved it.

laninaki

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Our guide had a TON of information about both plantations.

riburney

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This tour was amazing!

Thomas F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Really enjoyed our tour. Driver and tour guides at the plantations were so entertaining and knowledgeable. Had a great day.

gpfreedman United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Excellent tour and tour guides at both plantations. The knowledge of history by the tour guides was fantastic. I truly enjoyed the tour and the ground were beautiful. It's important to know history and a good tour. Used Tours by Isabelle and that tour guide was really good in pointing out sites along the way to/from the plantations.

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