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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

smansell

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Would highly recommend this tour was very informative and our tour guide was awesome.

Jean L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a wonderful and informative tour. We got to hear about plantation life and see the furnishings of two very different plantations. Our guide, Logan, at Laura Plantation told us stories that were so interesting it made us want to learn more. Our driver picked us up right on time and gave us information about the city all the way out to the plantations and back again. We would highly recommend this tour!!

Thomas B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent trip. Jerry did a great job.

Charles B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was very informative and eye opening. To hear the history of the plantations and walk through them was a amazing experience.

Lyle F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was great and the driver was very pleasant and knowledgeable. We enjoyed it very much.

Susan O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip with a very knowledgeable guide. If I return to New Orleans I'll definitely look in to a trip with you again.

TERRY G W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We really enjoyed both plantations tours. The local guides were very knowledgeable and shared a lot of historical facts which made the tour very informative. The Mint Julep at the Oak Alley Plantation was really good on a hot, summer day!

Cathy K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We loved this tour because it showed us two different styles of plantations. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and fun. I highly recommend this tour as a must do while in New Orleans.

KF G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Ursula K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had a terrific trip to the plantations with tours by Isabelle. Our driver Joseph was so knowledgeable.
Learn so much about Louisanan and New Orleans history. Very friendly and respectful. I was with
my mother who is 90 and he took great care of us. Please RECOMMEND THEM.

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