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Oak Alley Plantation Tour

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  • 4 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Experience the grandeur of New Orleans’ antebellum south on a half‐day tour of Oak Alley Plantation. Take a journey through time to the manicured estate and into the gorgeous home, built in 1839. View stunning architecture, oak‐lined esplanades, and enduring sugar cane fields while learning about the plantation’s fascinating – and often somber – histories from expert guides.
  • Tour of Oak Alley Plantation
  • One of the most photographed plantations ever
  • Guided tour reveals the fascinating stories of the home and history of the Oak Valley Plantation
  • Experience a bygone era in one of the South's most beautiful settings - Oak Alley Plantation

What's Included

  • Guided tour of plantation home
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Local guide
  • Local taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
    The Gray Line 'Lighthouse' ticket office is located at Toulouse St and the Mississippi River (Steamboat Natchez Dock), just one block from Jackson Square in the French Quarter.

Return Details

  • Returns to original departure point

What To Expect

Your historic plantation tour departs mid‐day from the French Quarter. Settle into a comfortable seat on the air‐conditioned coach and prepare for a journey back to the Old 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 Pontchartrain and Great River Road en route to Oak Alley Plantation, one of the most photographed plantations ever.

Upon arrival, stroll though a postcard‐perfect canopy of 28 knotty oak trees – each over 250 years old! – that line the promenade to the mansion. Built in 1839, the ‘Big House’ is a perfectly restored example of antebellum elegance and Greek Revival architecture. Your knowledgeable guides, donning period costumes, will provide colorful commentary about the estate and some of its former inhabitants. Tour the opulent rooms of this classic southern home that has been the setting for Interview with a Vampire and Primary Colors, then continue on your own to wander the enchanting grounds or grab a refreshment in the cafe and ice cream parlor (own expense). Then relax as your coach returns to the French Quarter, arriving by late‐afternoon.

Oak Alley Plantation

Experience a bygone era in one of the South's most beautiful settings - Oak Alley Plantation, built in 1839. Marvel at the unbelievable quarter-mile long alley of 28 magnificent Oak trees, each over 250 years old. Perhaps the most photographed plantation ever, Oak Alley has been the setting for such motion pictures as "Interview with a Vampire", "Primary Colors" and the wedding of Bo and Hope from the daytime soap opera, "Days of our Lives". Your guided Oak Valley Plantation tour will reveal the stories of the home and its history. View the Majestic Cypress Trees in Louisiana's swamps bordering the Mississippi River. You can purchase a snack, salad or sandwich in the Cafe and Ice Cream Parlor to enjoy at the picnic tables or aboard the coach (not included in price).

2 hours 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Lake Pontchartrain (Pass By)

Although called a lake, this is actually a large lagoon and brackish estuary fed by fresh water rivers and connected to the Gulf of Mexico. Covering 630 square miles (1600 km2) it is one of the largest wetlands in North America.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • In order to help preserve the French Quarter from vehicular traffic, it is requested that you please walk, if possible, to the convenient tour departure point - just a short stroll from most downtown hotels.
  • Wheelchair Access: If the guest needs a wheelchair lift equipped bus, then special arrangements need to be made with the supplier. This must be arranged 48 hours prior to tour date. Contact details will be on your voucher.
  • Alternate Routes: Due to uneven and narrow paths, alternate routes may be necessary for guests traveling in wheelchairs.
  • Guests using a wheelchair at Oak Alley Plantation will have access to the gift shop, restrooms, and museum via a ramp. The plantation grounds are accessible; however, there are narrow and uneven dirt paths. The main house tour is not accessible to guest traveling in wheelchairs and is not required to be modified as it is a historic home; however, the basement is accessible. Guests would be able to view the slave quarters, but would not have access to enter.
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Operated by Gray Line New Orleans

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • 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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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:Where is the departure point for the Oak Alley Plantation Tour?

A:The tour begins at the Gray Line "Lighthouse" Ticket Office in the French Quarter at Toulouse Street & the Mississippi River - at the Steamboat Natchez Dock (400 Toulouse Street.)

Jun 2021

Q:Is there parking near the departure point for the Oak Alley Plantation Tour?

A:There are public parking lots on Decatur Street that charge hourly rates. Some require prepayment through an automated kiosk on site. The parking lot closest to the tour departure point is Jax Lot # P401, 500 Decatur St.

Jun 2021

Q:What should I wear for the Oak Alley Plantation Tour?

A:Casual attire is appropriate. Walking portions may be on uneven sidewalks and streets, so please wear comfortable shoes. During warmer months we recommend lightly colored clothing. Caps/hats, umbrellas, and sunscreen are also suggested.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I take photos/videos during the Oak Alley Plantation Tour?

A:For the most part, yes. However, flash photography and/or video is not allowed inside the house. Your tour guide will be sure to inform you.

Jun 2021

Q:How long is the actual tour at the Oak Alley Plantation?

A:You will spend approximately 2.25 hours at Oak Alley Plantation.

Jun 2021

Q:Is the Oak Alley Plantation Tour handicap accessible?

A:Yes. Please notate any requirements in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout so that an appropriate vehicle can be arranged. NOTE: Portions of the Plantation are only accessible by stairs.

Jun 2021

Q:Is food available during the Oak Alley Plantation Tour?

A:Yes, you can purchase a snack, salad or sandwich in the Plantation Café to enjoy at the picnic tables or aboard the coach.

Jun 2021

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Oak Alley Plantation Tour?

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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Oak Alley Plantation Tour?

A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:What is the social distancing policy during Oak Alley Plantation Tour?

A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Oak Alley Plantation Tour.

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Traveler Tips

Not everyone is allowed inside at the same time, and there is no photography allowed inside.
A pleasant getaway from NOLA, Oak Alley is a little over an hour drive.
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Great tour
Yvett_M, Jan 2022
The oak alley plantation is a great tour. Very informative! If you are going to come to New Orleans this is a perfect tour to learn some history.
Highly recommend
Tammy_K, Jan 2022
Alton our tour guide was a treasure of knowledge. The tour did not disappoint. This tour allowed plenty of time at the plantation.
Wonderful experience!
Marci_O, Jan 2022
Wonderful trip! Beautiful home, knowledgeable guide, somber slave quarters. I would have liked more time. We did not get to the Cafe or gift shop - no time. Would have like to see more of the home as well. The mint julip stand was a nice touch on a hot day!
Our tour bus driver Alton was fabulous!
Tammy_V, Jan 2022
The absolute best part of my tour trip was the drive to and from the plantation. Alton was our tour bus driver and he was wonderful! He was full of information and stories, you never felt like you missed something as he repeated the info. He was so friendly!
Highly recommend!
Shinjini_N, Dec 2021
The bus ride was longish but the experience was sooo amazing. Our hostess Elizabeth was the best! She gave a detailed history about the city and the plantations and the history of slavery in this city. She was the cutest. And the plantation itself was just so beautiful. Loved the house tour which was very historic and informational (given by the house tour guide Angie). Highly recommend!
History comes alive…
Kristy_M, Dec 2021
The bus driver was a wonderful tour guide. It is about 90 minutes scenic drive to the plantations in air conditioned comfort. Oak Alley is remarkably well preserved. The history comes alive as you tour the grounds.
Too little time
Michelle_R, Dec 2021
I loved the plantation, everithing was great the only thing is time was limited! Bearly had time to see the grounds and tour of the house, wait in line for bathroom and run to the bus!
Not worth the cost without a guide
Bhavana_R, Dec 2021
The plantation is beautiful and the driver (George) was great, but this tour wasn’t worth the cost. We did not have a guide for the bus ride, so did not get the full experience of the tour. Pre-pandemic, this tour included a guide bit they haven’t brought back the guides yet the cost remains the same. The guide at the plantation claimed that he was having a tough day and was stumbling over his words. Most of the time, he was incomprehensible.
Disappointing Experience
Vickie_K, Dec 2021
The tour feel short for us for several reasons. First of all the bus was very bouncy and rattled like crazy. Do not eat a big meal before boarding!! There were also too many people on our tour all trying to see the big house at the same time. We found it impossible to understand our tour guide due to his thick accent so we missed most of the history. Overall a disappointing way to spend a big chunk of our day. The house and grounds were very nice and dressed beautifully for Christmas.
Great! Powerful! Tragic!
DrMike_S, Dec 2021
The person who is doing the narration did a wonderful job of showing the juxtaposition the position of lifestyles from those who oppressed and those enslaved. She used proper terminology that respected the life's of those enslaved but the overall history explained was priceless.


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