Guided tour

Louisiana: Laura, Oak Alley, or Whitney Plantation Tours

4.6 / 5

17 reviews

Activity provider: N’awlins Luxury Tours

Louisiana: Laura, Oak Alley, or Whitney Plantation Tours

Activity provider: N’awlins Luxury Tours

From US$ 78 per person

Explore 1 of 3 plantations Laura, Oak Alley, or Whitney Plantation. Gain a unique perspective on the lives of the owners and enslaved people who lived there.

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Duration 5.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Pickup is available from selected hotels in New Orleans.
Small group
Limited to 13 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy the best history tour in the United States at the Laura Creole Plantation
  • Take stunning photographs at Oak Alley
  • Learn about the lives of slaves at the Whitney Plantation
Full description
Choose to visit the Laura Creole Plantation and see The Maison Principale (Big House), The French Jardin, The Plantation Kitchen Garden, The Banana Grove, and the original 1840s Slave Cabins where The Legendary Tales of Compair Lapin (known in English as Br’er Rabbit) were first recorded. Take time to browse through local arts, crafts, and souvenirs in the historic gift shop. Visit the new museum exhibit and learn about the daily lives of free and enslaved people on the sugar plantation. Take the option to explore the Oak Alley Antebellum Plantation, named after the avenue of 28 giant oaks which leads up to the house. Step inside to gracious interiors that echo the romance of another era, where gleaming hardwood floors and shimmering chandeliers reflect both streams of sunlight, and the venerable history of this magnificent home. Discover the story of those who were enslaved on this sugar plantation from approximately 1835 to the end of the Civil War. See The Confederate Commanding Officer’s Tent exhibit and The Sugar Cane Theater which tells the story of sugar's impact on the people of Oak Alley, through video and exhibit. Or take the opportunity to explore the Whitney Museum Plantation, a site of memory, with the focus on lives of the slaves and their legacies. Experience the world of an 1830's sugar plantation through the eyes of the enslaved people who lived and worked here. Enjoy a 90-minute walking tour and gain a unique perspective on the lives of the enslaved people, learning their stories through the real oral histories recorded by the Federal Writers Project during the Depression. See the earliest and best preserved raised Creole cottage in Louisiana, all built by slaves. Admire the original structures and authentic representations nestled in a working sugar cane field.
Includes
  • Plantation entrance fee
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Lunch and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • Masks are required while indoors

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  • Please allow 30 minutes for pick-up
  • Tour is approximately 5.5 hours long (travel time included)
  • Please dress for weather conditions
  • Van is not wheelchair accessible
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 17 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Safety
    4/5

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It was an amazing experience. There is definitely a lot to learn and digest. After a few days I still find myself pondering the lives of slaves. This is definitely a place I would recommend. Though there are other plantations Whitney focuses on the lives of slaves. I would also recommend going through a tour company. They pick us at the hotel. On the 1 hour drive up the bus driver Edward shared anecdotes and history on New Orleans. When we arrived at Whitney we went through the self guided audio tour. They give you all you need and directions are clear. We walked through the plantation while listening to the audio tour. There were guided tours available but that was separate. Definitely a place to go.

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July 15, 2022

We visited the Whitney Plantation & I would definitely recommend this as the most truly informative experience on how things really were for the slaves & the relationships with there 'Masters'! The Tour Guide made it very interesting for us, answering any questions that were put to him. Be prepared for some harrowing tales but the survival initiatives of the slaves was quite remarkable.

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March 3, 2020

Great experience! It was nice to see a bit of history nicely preserved.

June 23, 2022

Product ID: 201475