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Whitney Plantation Tour

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New Orleans, United States
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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

Travel back in time to the era of the antebellum South on an afternoon tour from New Orleans to the Whitney Plantation, a former indigo and sugar plantation on the River Road now dedicated to promoting an understanding of slavery in Louisiana. Learn about the realities of plantation life through museum exhibits and recorded narratives as you explore the restored structures and historical slave cabins. Please download the Whitney Plantation app for the self-guided tour of Whitney Plantation Museum.
  • Tour of Whitney Plantation from New Orleans
  • Visit Louisiana's only plantation solely dedicated to promoting an understanding of slavery
  • Get a unique perspective on the people who lived and worked at the National Historic Landmark estate
  • See the Spanish Creole main house and restored slave cabins
  • Learn about plantation life via recorded slave narratives
  • Round-trip transport provided from central New Orleans
3 hours to spend touring Whitney Plantation
Round-trip transport from central New Orleans
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Gray Line New Orleans, 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Departure Time

12:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to the meeting point in the French Quarter, and travel outside the city along the Mississippi River to the famous River Road, home to many of Louisiana’s antebellum plantations. After crossing the Bonnet Carre Spillway, built to absorb river flooding, take in a great vista of Lake Pontchartrain and pass by the historical estates of Evergreen, St. Joseph, and Felicity that once conducted trade in crops like cotton, sugarcane, and indigo.

When arriving at Whitney Plantation, a National Historic Landmark founded more than 260 years ago, feel a sense of stepping back in time. Learn about the harsh realities and legacy of the people who lived and worked at Whitney on a self-guided tour of the estate, including original and restored slave cabins and other outbuildings. See the well-preserved Big House, considered one of the best remaining examples of Spanish Creole architecture in Louisiana.

Read about the lives of Louisiana’s enslaved people in their own words through first-person narratives recorded by the Federal Writers' Project, and explore museum exhibits that help tell the story of slavery in the American South. After absorbing the poignant and powerful history of the estate and its centuries of human stories, return to New Orleans in the late afternoon.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Mississippi River
Start the tour at the designated meeting point in New Orleans and journey to the historic Whitney Plantation, one of the antebellum estates located along the Mississippi River.
Pass By:  
Lake Pontchartrain
You'll cross the Bonnet Carre Spillway, a flood outlet for the river, and see a panoramic view of Lake Pontchartrain on your way to the plantation. Pass by the Evergreen, Felicity and St. Joseph plantations, where rich crops of sugar cane, cotton, and indigo from these fertile lands once traveled to various ports of trade.
Stop At:  
Whitney Plantation
Arrive at the Whitney Plantation, which dates back more than 260 years and is now a working museum dedicated to the understanding of slavery in the American South. Visit museum exhibits and restored buildings including historical slave cabins, some of which remain from the original 22 on-site. See the Big House, which is one of the finest surviving examples of Spanish Creole architecture in Louisiana, and learn about the daily life of former slaves at Whitney as recorded by the Federal Writers' Project. Please download the Whitney Plantation app for the self-guided tour of Whitney Plantation Museum. At the end of your 5-hour tour, you're returned to central New Orleans.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Check-in is 15 minutes prior to start time.
  • 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.
  • Guests visiting Whitney using a wheelchair will have access to the gift shop, restrooms, and museum. The plantation grounds are accessible; however, there are uneven gravel 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 first floor is accessible. Guests would be able to view the slave quarters, but would not have access to enter.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • 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

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

  • 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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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 Whitney Plantation Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Whitney Plantation Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Whitney 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
See all safety measures taken by Whitney Plantation Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Whitney Plantation Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Whitney Plantation Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whitney Plantation Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Whitney Plantation Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Whitney Plantation Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Whitney Plantation Tour.

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  • "I'm a board member of the Slave Dwelling Project and a past board member of Coming to the Table, so have firsthand experience of the value of these kinds of dialogues, difficult conversations, to be sure, but necessary." See review
  • "It's about an hour outside of New Orleans, on the West Bank of the Mississippi river." See review

Reviews

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Great Experience
Taira_A
, Oct 2020
The tour was a great experience. One that was very important to me, and the driver, Alton, added to that experience. He was awesome.
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Great experience of history
Silly
, Oct 2020
Very interesting audio tour. Too bad the main house is closed due to Covid-19. Still very worthwhile. Only 1 hr drive from downtown NOLA. Temp check on bus entry.
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Great tour
Colin_B
, Apr 2020
Our guide Harriet was fantastic. The tour was very moving and informative. Would highly recommend it.
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Slavery in southern Louisiana
Good
, Apr 2020
The museum on the plantation is very insightful to the lives and suffering of slaves. The focus on children in slavery is a new angle I had not thought about.
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Unhappy with this tour not the Plantation
James_I
, Mar 2020
We reserved a 5 hr tour of Whitney Plantation for our Anniversary. 5 mins before we were to leave we were told that we weren’t going to Whitney but to Oak Alley due to electricity issues. 1hour of tour was drive time. Arriving at Oak Alley we stood in line for most of out tour time to actually see the “Big House” due to their decision to drop tour number to 8 people at a time due to Covid-19. We then only had approximately 25 minutes to actually tour the grounds. We were unable to enjoy as our tour company said we had to be back on the bus for the 1 hour trip back to drop off. We felt that we were really ripped off as we paid $110.00 for a true 5 hours of tour time. Our guide Susan and bus driver George were good. Will never pay this much for such a tour if the only tour time is only 1hour.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
We regret to hear you did not enjoy the tour and apologize that we could not tour Whitney this day with its electrical challenges. We do not assume guests want to cancel, so we provide the option to tour another plantation. Our tour price and tour time include local guide narration and transportation/travel time. It is unfortunate you faced a wait line to enter the "Big House," but Oak Alley welcomes many visitors. Thank you for your review, so we may improve our clarity of tour information.
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Must go Tour
Ayanna_F
, Mar 2020
Very Very informative. I absolutely love that this tour was about the slaves, period! This is not a feel good tour about the beauty of the plantation. Yes, the plantation is absolutely gorgeous, but the beauty was designed off the sweat and whippings of the slaves.
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Tour guide was very educational
Shay
, Mar 2020
So so many reviews of other plantation tours. I am so happy we went this one. I didn’t want to just tour a beauty of a plantation while ignoring the misery of the slaves on the plantation. We absolutely loved this tour.
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Intriguing look back!
LCross
, Mar 2020
From our knowledgeable driver, Kendrell, to our candid and most informative tour guide, Anna, we were thoroughly impressed. The grounds and upkeep were awesome. Thank you for doing your part to preserve history.
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Good new information
Maria_S
, Mar 2020
Driver and tour guide were very knowledgeable and engaging. Highly recommend this tour for those whose interest lean in this direction.
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Very interesting tour
SusieB
, Mar 2020
This tour was rich in history ....stories were told to illustrate the hard times that the enslaved people endured. Only complaint was that our tour guide spoke way too fast...took some time to assimilate especially when in the church as it echoed. Overall would recommend if you really want to get the whole picture of plantations and slavery.
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