Combo Plantation Tour From New Orleans - Whitney, Laura or Oak Alley Plantation

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Get a taste of the past when you choose to visit 2 of 3 plantations on this insightful tour on the Old River Road. On your journey to these historic plantations, you'll also have the opportunity to enjoy a panoramic view of Lake Pontchartrain as you cross the Bonnet Carre Spillway (the flood outlet of the Mississippi River).

In 2014, the Whitney Plantation opened its doors to the public for the first time in its 262 year history as the only plantation museum in Louisiana with a focus on slavery. Through museum exhibits, memorial artwork, restored buildings and hundreds of first-person slave narratives, visitors to Whitney will gain a unique perspective on the enslaved people who lived and worked here. Whitney is also significant because of the number of its historic outbuildings which were added to the site over the years, thus providing a unique perspective on the evolution of the Louisiana working plantation. The Big House is one of the finest surviving examples of Spanish Creole architecture and one of the earliest raised Creole cottages in Louisiana. The Whitney Plantation Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places. As a site of memory and consciousness, the Whitney Plantation Museum is meant to pay homage to all slaves on the plantation itself and to all of those who lived elsewhere in the United States.

At Laura: A Creole Plantation (1805), step beyond the myths of the American South and walk in the footsteps of 4 generations of one Louisiana Creole family, both free and enslaved. Immerse yourself in a story told by knowledgeable, passionate guides about REAL people, free and enslaved, and how they REALLY lived on this circa 1805 sugar plantation. Tours recount first-hand, personal stories discovered in the U.S. and France of four generations of free and enslaved Louisiana Créole women. Fully guided experience includes the Big House, gardens and original 1840s slave cabins, inhabited by descendants of enslaved West-Africans until 1977. Museum exhibit "From the Big House to the Quarters: Slavery on Laura Plantation" presents detailed biographies of enslaved women and children, as well as the enslaved men who escaped the farm to fight in the Union Army. The ever-evolving story transports you beyond the myths of the American South into the lost world of Louisiana Créoles. Visit this historic sugar farmstead and experience what has been called “the best history tour in the U.S.”

When you get to Oak Alley you'll experience a bygone era in one of the South’s most beautiful settings-built in 1839. Marvel at the unbelievable quarter-mile long alley of 28 magnificent Oak trees, each over 250 years old, and view the Majestic Cypress Trees in Louisiana’s swamps bordering the Mississippi River. Your guided tour will reveal the fascinating stories of the home and its history. Perhaps the most photographed plantation ever, Oak Alley has been the setting for such motion pictures as Interview with a Vampire, Primary Colors, and the wedding of Bo and Hope from the daytime soap opera, Days of our Lives.

Activity Highlights
→ 7.25 hour tour of your choice of 2 of 3 Plantations.
→ FREE motorcoach transportation
→ Experience a plantation in the depths of the Old South.
→ Learn about the fascinating stories of the homes and their history.
→ Great for couples, families and seniors.

Booking Details:

The tour will meet at the Lighthouse Ticket Office located on Toulouse St. @ the Mississippi River in the French Quarter. Please have a valid photo ID available for verification and arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure. It is best to confirm the tour and time prior to departure.

Departure Details
The tour will meet at the Lighthouse Ticket Office located on Toulouse St. @ the Mississippi River in the French Quarter. It is best to confirm the tour time prior to departure.

Duration: 7.25 Hours

Inclusions
● Taxes
● 7.25 narrated tour
● Motorcoach transportation

Exclusions
● Gratuities (optional)
● Food & Beverage

Restrictions
● Due to the historic nature of the plantation, access to the second floor is by stairs only. Walking the grounds is an integral part of this experience. No photography is allowed inside the plantation home.
● Transfers must be used in conjunction with optional tours.

Additional Information
● Children under 6 (not occupying a seat on tours) are free of charge but charged for food on cruises.
● Schedule and availability are subject to change. Call the number provided on your booking voucher to confirm schedule at least 48 hours prior to departure.
● Above rates are per person and include all taxes. Rates do not include gratuity to drivers and/or guides.

Cancellation Policy
Customers may cancel at least 48 hours prior to their arrival date to receive a full refund minus a $5 service fee. Customers that cancel after the 48 hour period will not be eligible for a refund. If weather is unfavorable and the vendor calls off the tour, the customer may reschedule for a later time/date or a full refund will be issued. Customer may make changes to the reservation without any fees as long as it's outside the 48 hour cancellation period.
Customers booking 10 or more tickets will be considered a group. The cancellation policy for groups is different. Groups of 10 or more will have a 50% non refundable deposit kept on any cancellations or changes regardless of how far out they are made. Groups of 10 or more will have to pay a $2 gratuity per person, select ticket during check out. Customers are required to sign a contract and a copy of the signed contract is due within 7 days of booking to confirm your reservations, otherwise your order will be cancelled. A final guaranteed passenger count is due 72 hours prior to your tour. Decreases making total due less than the 50% deposit will not receive any refund of original deposit. Any decreases to passenger count within 72 hours will not be refunded. No shows will not be refunded. Additional tickets may be purchased on site based on availability however tickets will be reserved for the final guaranteed passenger count. If you would prefer to book your group booking via phone please call 800-450-7139 and ask for the groups department.
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  • Gene Hillard USA about 2 months ago

    Oak Alley

    The tourof the main house is to rushed. They bring in the next group so quick that you do not have time for pictures. They were rather harsh in moving the group along. They seemed more interested in quantity of groups over the quality of the tours.

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  • Management Response, about 2 months ago

    Oak Alley manages the tours of the house. In certain seasons it is undoubtably busy and we apologize if they seemed unhospitable on the tours. We will certainly talk with them.

  • Danielle USA about 3 months ago

    Excellent

    Enjoyed the Plantations, tour guides were great and the tour guide on the bus was very informative.

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  • Liam USA about 4 months ago

    Great locations, bad bus trip

    I rate the actual plantations at 5, but I rate the transportation company low. Reason being the bathroom was out of service according to the bus driver. I found it difficult to believe given the overall condition of the bus, which was very well kept. It seemed to me the bus driver only said that so he ( or someone else) wouldn’t have to clean the bathroom later. There were at least 25 people on the bus with me, most of which were in their fifties. We all had to ‘hold it’ both on the way to and from the plantation sites. This is simply inaceptable and the transportation company should provide basic needs like a working bathroom

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  • Kayla USA about 5 months ago

    Wonderful!

    We really enjoyed our tour of Laura and Oak Alley. Our bus driver was very knowledgeable and friendly. He shared a lot of interesting facts. The tour guides shared a lot of interesting information about the plantations and shared all sides of life on the plantation. Both locations were beautiful even in January. Laura was our favorite. We felt we got more information and didn't feel as rushed as we did at Oak Alley. Although, we did sit down to eat at Oak Alley which took up some time. A little more time at the second location to account for food would have been preferred, but still, everything was worth the cost.

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