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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
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.
When we showed up to take the tour that we purchased on viator the Grey Line manager told us the the noon tour was full and that she wasn’t responsible for tours purchased through third party sites. We asked for a refund but she said she hadn’t received the money from viator yet so she had no money to refund us. We accepted a later tour and sat in the sun and waited an hour for that tour. On the hour long bus ride there, the A/C only worked in half of the bus. It was miserable. Susan the tour guide’s solution was that she could “turn off the a/c all together.” We were like please don’t do that! She said we would get a new bus for the ride back but we didn’t. Also, something else that wasn’t mentioned is that on our trip to oak alley our bus drops off another group at a different plantation. Oak Alley is beautiful but don’t buy this tour!
Oak Alley Plantation is absolutely stunning. The oak lined walkway is exactly what you picture a southern plantation to be. The tour of the big house was disappointing, though. Our tour guide literally memorized his lines and delivered them as a monotone script. I thought he was going to put himself to sleep! I wish we could’ve seen more of the big house...we didn’t see the kitchen and we were only allowed to pop our heads into the nursery. The mint juleps were delicious!
Our bus driver Gerald was fantastic! He was so animated and took 2 different routes there & back. We got stuck in rush hour on the way back for about an extra 45mins (just plan for this with dinner reservations). The bus left at precisely 12pm and we got back about 5:20pm.
The oak trees were everything I could hope for and more! It was crazy hot so we stopped on-site for a Mint Julep & Arnold Palmer with gator bites, all amazing!!
The plantation is nice, and the tour is self-paced around the house. The house tour runs every 15 minutes or so. The tour covers the bus ride to and from and the fee to see the plantation. Everything else you need to provide. Would be nice to at least have water provided on the bus.
If you want to take pictures with the Oak Alley this tour is for you. Otherwise go somewhere else.
We were leaving at noon. The tour guide on the bus was hard to follow. It took us about an hour to get to Whitney Plantation where we dropped off some people and after that another 20 min to get to Oak Alley Plantation.
They give you a map that you can follow. It took about 15-20 min to go around the house to the Oak Alley and take some pictures. Very beautiful!
Tours of the Big House start every 10 min. The tour could be twice as quicker, half of it is just looking around on your own. The total time on the grounds was around 2 hours so after the tour not much time was left to explore the estate. No costumes by the way.
We went to eat something quickly at the restaurant. Very quick and great service, nice meal. Liked it a lot. We told them that we don't have much time and they did their best.
We had about 20 min left to look at the slavery exhibition and it was time to leave.
There was no time for the Sugarcane Theater, Blacksmith Shop, Rose Garden or the souvenir store. So if you are interested in that forget about lunch.
Great Tour except for the ride to and from. Pretty boring, the host just sat in his seat basically reading from note cards. The plantation itself was just beautiful though and all the staff were very friendly and informative