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Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Experience the grandeur of New Orleans’ rich and conflicted past on a small‐group plantation tour. Take a journey through Laura Plantation and St. Joseph Plantation, spying other historic plantations as you travel the Great River Road. View stunning architecture and enduring sugar cane fields while learning about the plantations’ fascinating—and somber—histories from expert guides.
  • Guided tours of Laura and St. Joseph plantations from New Orleans
  • Tour the gardens and historic slave quarters at Laura Plantation
  • Hear stories of St. Joseph's history and tour its active sugar cane farm with a family member or owner
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Transport by air-conditioned 14-passenger van, with exact pick up time provided
Guided tour of St. Joseph Plantation
Guided tour of Laura Plantation
Fun and historical live narration by our great driver-guide to prepare you for your experience
Gratuities
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Please specify hotel at time of purchase. We pick up in New Orleans at any hotel, Bed & Breakfast or select Airbnbs, uptown (close to St. Charles Ave.), in (or close to) the French Quarter, and on the Westbank.

We do not pick up by the airport, in New Orleans East, in Slidell, or on the North Shore.

Supplier will contact you the day before your tour to give you an exact pick up time.

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—St. Joseph Plantation.

Arrive at St. Joseph Plantation, a Creole style, family-owned working sugar cane plantation since 1877. The tour gives you a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the many interesting people who have called this plantation 'home.' Many tours are guided by family members themselves. It is a relaxed, intimate visit to an ancestral home, grounds, and dependencies (including original slave cabins). The movie 12 Years A Slave was filmed there.

Next, a short ride through sugar cane fields brings you to Laura Plantation, a Creole plantation with distinctive and colorful architecture. 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.

Your tour ends with a drop‐off at your point of origin in the mid‐afternoon or evening.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Lake Pontchartrain
Your trip back in time to the Antebellum South begins with pickup from your New Orleans hotel. Travel with your small group by van along the shores of Lake Ponchartrain as your guide shares facts and stories about plantation culture.
Stop At:  
St. Joseph Plantation
Arrive at St. Joseph Plantation, a Creole style, family-owned working sugar cane plantation since 1877. The one-hour tour gives you a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the many interesting people who have called this plantation 'home.' Many tours are guided by family members themselves. It is a relaxed, intimate visit to an ancestral home, grounds, and dependencies (including original slave cabins). The movie 12 Years A Slave was filmed there.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Oak Alley Plantation
Stop for a photo in front of Oak Alley's famous oak-lined esplanade.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site
A short ride through sugar cane fields brings you to Laura, a Creole Plantation with historic slave quarters surrounded by sugar cane fields. The guided tour transports you with dramatic detail into the charmed yet tragic lives of four generations of Creole owners and their slaves.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Child rate applies to all children and infants
  • Service animals are permitted. Please advise at time of booking to arrange accommodations
  • Tour cannot accommodate wheelchairs of any kind
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tours by Isabelle

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans.

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  • "It is easy to miss, but check it out if you like that kind of thing." See review
  • "There is a good cafe at Oak Alley with food." See review

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A must do!!
helmersc18
, Feb 2020
Excellent tour of two very different plantations! Guides are well-versed in the history, portraying the lives of both the “big house” and the “back of the house” in a respectful and illuminating the way of life of this time period!
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Enjoy the plantations!
lionheart716
, Feb 2020
Madeline was our driver/guide on the bus, and she is fabulous. She knows her history and is spell-binding in how she tells her stories. The tours at each of the plantations were given by staff at each location, and were just okay. We had more time at Oak Valley, so I brought a bagged lunch that I enjoyed under the massive oaks.
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Wonderful!!
aacker84
, Jan 2020
We loved the tour to the plantations!! Muriel was a great guide!! Very informative and good natured!! The weather wasn’t cooperating at all!! Was a very foggy and dreary day!! So sad we could not see but a few yards in front of us!!
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Gisella was awesome
Heather R
, Nov 2019
It was a great tour. It was nice to get to see two very different plantations . The guide at Laura was the best.
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Really interesting and informative
ellenjoyce13
, Oct 2019
The Oak Alley tour of the house is nice but exploring the grounds etc is even better. We would have liked more time here as there was so much to see and do. The Laura plantation was excellent and it was a lovely experience to do these tours with a small group.
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Change of venue!
KateA658
, Aug 2019
Although we had selected Oak Alley and Laura we were offered Wilson and St Joseph's rather than cancel. What great alternatives! Wilson had the history of the slaves (and the memorials), and St Joseph had an excellent tour of the plantation house (some by descendents). Great combination. A tip though, have a large breakfast as neither have a cafe just snacks. Don't let it put you off it was great and the trip there and back really informative too.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you Ms KateA658 for this positive revue! We are so happy you enjoyed the St Joseph and Whitney Plantations combination! Yes indeed, being given a personal tour by the descendants of the former place is quite special, I agree! Please come back soon!
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star-5
Excellent tour
MP_Woodbridge
, Jun 2019
Giselle, the driver for our Tours by Isabelle Plantation Tour was an excellent driver/tour guide. She was a lot of fun and provided quite a bit of the history of New Orleans and the plantations. Our 2 plantation tours were both excellent but if you can only do one it should be Laura.
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A Great Tour Guide
Roving19163837078
, Jun 2019
While the visit to the two plantations were both beautiful and informative, it was our tour guide Gisèle that made the day more special. She is very knowledgeable of the culture and history of the area and loves her job. She was great!
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The tour was coordinated by Tours by...
Jim H
, May 2018
The tour was coordinated by Tours by Isabelle. Our driver/guide was John - a very likable Cajun who provided plenty of local flavor and stories, although we did hear some of the same things on the way back to NOLA that we heard on the way to the plantations. We were scheduled to be picked up at 8:30. The day before we got a call that it was moved up to 7:50 because they had to pick up several other parties. It turns out that we were next to last to be picked up and some of the people were picked up as early as 7:30. On the way to the first plantation Laura, John is calling it to find out when it opens. He didn't know. It turns out it was 10:00 so we drove around to kill time before we got there. Isabelle needs to plan this better. The Laura tour was excellent. The tour is well planned with a thorough history of the plantation and plenty of stories about its owners, etc. It included the main house and several out buildings and provided a good picture of life in its heyday. Our guide was very good sorry- I don't remember his name. They have a small museum in the back of the gift shop that was chock full of good information. It is easy to miss, but check it out if you like that kind of thing. The Oak Alley plantation house was more impressive, but the tour was lacking. We were lead through several rooms in the house and then we were free to roam the grounds. Our guide sounded like a recording - as if she had recited this tour a hundred times. The tour was large and she would start her spiel in each room before everyone even had a chance to enter the room. When I asked her to wait for everyone, she was not interested. She said they could ask questions if they need to. I guess they were on a strict time schedule. The grounds were interesting and there was some very good information in the slave quarters that is worth seeing. John was really nice to return us to anywhere in NOLA that we wanted to be dropped off and even gave is a bit of a driving tour of the Jackson Square and Frenchmen Street areas before doing so. If you do this, be aware that lunch is not really planned and you will return to the city after 2:00. There is a little restaurant at Oak Alley where you can get a sandwich and you will likely to want to do that during the time you have to explore the grounds there.
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We had a great time and our driver...
obie1023
, Apr 2018
We had a great time and our driver was very knowledgeable about the history of NOLA as well as both plantations. It was a full day and worth the price on Viator!
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