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Small-Group Tour of Oak Alley and Laura Plantation from New Orleans

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    Choose the morning or afternoon for your historic plantation tour and enjoy pickup from your downtown New Orleans hotel. Once aboard the bus, settle into a comfortable seat and prepare for a journey back to the antebellum 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 Ponchartrain and Great River Road en route to your first stop—Oak Alley Plantation.
    So named for the postcard‐perfect canopy of knotty oak trees that line its entry promenade, Oak Alley Plantation is a centuries‐old jewel of the South that has enjoyed a recent revival. Begin with a walk up the romantic yet imposing oaken path to the ‘Big House,’ a perfectly restored example of antebellum elegance and Greek Revival architecture. Meet knowledgable guides in period costumes and learn about the many lives that once occupied the plantation. Tour the opulent rooms of this classic southern home, the Civil War Encampment exhibit, and Slave Quarter exhibit, then take some free time to wander the enchanting grounds.
    Then continue along Great River Road, catching views and stories of Whitney, St. Joseph, and Evergreen plantations along the way. Arrive next at Laura Plantation, a Creole plantation whose distinctive and colorful manor house starkly contrasts the reserve of Oak Alley. Accompany your guide on a tour of the mansion, outbuildings and slave quarters, soaking up stories of Creole culture and West African folktales, said to be the inspiration for Br'er Rabbit stories. Meander through vibrant flower and vegetable gardens and marvel at the surrounding sugarcane fields—a lush backdrop and stark reminder of the site’s dramatic past before heading back to town. 
    Your tour ends with a drop‐off at your point of origin in the mid‐afternoon or evening.
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    Reviewed 7 June 2019

    Our tour with Gisele as our guide was fantastic ! She is extremely knowledgeable and fun. Oak Alley was great of course, but I much preferred the Laura Plantation visit. The tour was very detailed about the history of the Duparc family, the relationship between...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Sylvie P
    Reviewed 28 May 2019

    We took the Oak Alley and Laura Plantation tour. The driver / tour guide was great and explained us a lot through the drive to and from New Orleans. The actual tours in the plantations were done by local guides. One may consider saving the...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Y0ssiW
    Reviewed 8 May 2019

    We took this tour last week and it was a really good intro to the plantations, Oak Alley and Laura. Madeline, our driver, offered a lot of information about the area on the drive to the plantations. There were about 12 people in the van...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank fancyn1
    Reviewed 24 March 2019

    Highly recommend this tour if you like history and beautiful plantations. We had a great driver/guide. He told us interesting stories and history coming and going on the 40 minute bus drive that made the time fly by. Would like to have spent more time...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    1  Thank Eggburner
    Reviewed 28 May 2018

    Great tour, especially Oak Alley. Such a reach history, gorgeous huge oak trees. I highly recommend. we had plenty of time to look around, at Oak alley plantation they have gift shop, cafe you can eat.

    Date of experience: May 2018
    3  Thank Yulia S
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