Historic Plantation Tour
On New Orleans Native Tours’ Plantation Tour, our licensed tour guide picks you up at your hotel and we will travel through the majestic cypress swamps and across the Mississippi to River Road. This area is known for its hundreds of plantations. You will visit antebellum mansions where Louisiana’s upper class made their fortune in harvesting sugarcane, which was known as “white gold”; and where slaves endured day to day hardships under the colonial laws of the Code Noir.
The Plantation Tour will travel along the River Road where you will see Columbia Plantation, Whitney, Felicity, and St. Joseph. You will visit Oak Alley and Laura Plantation. On your return to New Orleans, experience a different set of scenery as you pass through Louisiana’s wetlands and Lake Pontchartrain.
|Pricing||Adults $82.50 Children $54|
|Pickup||Tour picks up at most hotels between 10:30am and 11am|
|Tour Type||Bus Tour|
|Return||Tour gets back at 6pm|
|Reservations||Recommended 24 hours in advance|
|For Group Rates||Call 855-YOU-TOUR|
|Private Tours||May be arranged at other departure times|
- Visit Oak Alley known for its spectacular 300 year old canopy of 28 grand live oaks. Tour the big house, stroll the grounds at your leisure, shop in the gift shop, and enjoy one of their refreshing Mint Juleps.
- Walk through Laura: A Creole Plantation, with one of their expert historians and learn about the creole culture through the lives of four generations of the Duparc-Locul family
- Enter the slave cabins and visualize the lifestyle of a slave in Louisiana back in the 1800s
New Orleans Native Tours’ Plantation Tour includes hotel pick up within the downtown New Orleans area. Travel to the plantations on one of our comfortable minibuses with small groups, never more than thirty people.
Guests visit Oak Alley Plantation first and Laura: A Creole Plantation for their second tour. This New Orleans Plantation Tour has a unique route allowing passengers to view not only the plantations visited, but also four others such as Columbia, Whitney, Felicity, and St. Joseph Plantations.
Many plantation tours leave no time to walk around and take pictures before the guided tour. Once arriving at Oak Alley our guests are given plenty of time to explore the grounds on their own. With your map, and maybe a mint julep in hand, check out the blacksmith shop, slave quarters, gift shop, and other sites on the grounds. While walking around recognize spots where scenes from “Interview with a Vampire” and other movies were filmed. Enjoy the guided tour of the Greek Revival home with one of the many experienced guides. While walking through the different rooms learn how people kept cool without air conditioning, as well as how they kept the mosquitos at bay.
At the conclusion of the guided tour, which lasts close to an hour, head out to see a second plantation.
The tour at Laura Plantation is a bit longer and covers much of their property. When touring Laura: a Creole Plantation, you will experience the traditional French architecture with its bright colors. The tour includes detailed information found in the diary of Laura who lived and ran the plantation. Your guide will take you through their gardens back to their slave quarters. Learn about what it was like to live on the plantation from a slave’s point of view. After the tour spend some time in the gift shop before returning to the city.
The return trip will take you back to New Orleans on a different route, in order to cross the Mississippi River over a different bridge and to drive along Lake Pontchartrain and our vast wetlands.
Tour begins at 11am