Adults: $90 Children: $70
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 Evergreen or Laura plantations. On your return to New Orleans, experience a different set of scenery as you pass through Louisiana’s wetlands and Lake Pontchartrain.
|Pricing||Adults $80 Children $60|
|Pickup||Tour picks up at most hotels between 7:45 and 8am|
|Tour Type||Bus Tour|
|Return||Tour gets back at 2pm|
|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.
- Tour Evergreen Plantation, setting of the film Django Unchained, and visit their 22 original slave cabins nestled in the shadow of an eerie row of live oak trees
- Evergreen is a US National Landmark and is the most intact plantation complex in the South with 37 buildings in the National Register.
- 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
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 twenty five people. Our drivers are all licensed tour guides who will cover many topics on your ride out, from the swamplands, to slavery, to the difference between Cajun and Creole people.
The tour gives guests options regarding what plantations they visit. Guests all visit Oak Alley Plantation with a choice between touring Evergreen Plantation or Laura 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. Evergreen Plantation is a US landmark and is home to the most original slave quarters in the United States. It is also where the movie “Django Unchained” was filmed only a few years ago.
The tour at Evergreen is a bit longer and covers much of their property. First tour the old kitchen and the home with its vast collection of art and antique furniture. Then your tour guide will take you down the long row of oak trees to the slave quarters, which remain unchanged. Learn about how slavery in Louisiana was different than slavery in the rest of the US due to the French influence. You will also see a list of slaves who used to live on the plantation along with their occupations.
If you chose 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 8am