- 7 hours 15 minutes (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
Explore two historical Louisiana plantations on this day tour from New Orleans. You'll travel along the Great River Road, which winds along the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, to reach Whitney Plantation, Laura Plantation, and/or Oak Alley Plantation. Select your preferred combination of two out of the three plantations when booking.
- Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
- Ideal choice for families
- Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
- Step back in time on a history tour
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Live commentary
- Round-trip coach transportation from central New Orleans
- Entry/Admission - Oak Alley Plantation
- Entry/Admission - Whitney Plantation
- Food and drinks
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Entry/Admission - Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site
Gray Line New Orleans, 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Returns to original departure point
Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Great River Road, Louisiana
Your tour starts as you depart New Orleans by coach with a driver, who takes you out of the city and onto the Louisiana portion of the Great River Road, made up of many state and local roads that follow the Mississippi River all the way up to Minnesota.
You'll visit two plantations, depending on the option selected when booking. You have three choices.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, 2247 Highway 18, Vacherie, LA 70090-5409
Laura Plantation: The tour of this Louisiana Creole plantation is based on 5,000 pages of documents found in the French National Archives and in the memoir Memories of the Old Plantation Home, written by Laura Locoul Gore, which details 250 years of the people who lived and worked here. It's listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Oak Alley Plantation, 3645 Highway 18, Vacherie, LA 70090-7079
Oak Alley Plantation: Go back in time to 1839, when this plantation was built, and marvel at the long alley of 28 oak trees, each more than 250 years old, planted before the house was constructed. You can also check out the swampy area of cypress trees bordering the Mississippi River. Known for its Greek Revival architecture, this plantation is a U.S. National Historic Landmark.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Whitney Plantation, 5099 Highway 18, Wallace, LA 70049-2803
Whitney Plantation: Also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, Whitney Plantation opened its doors to the public in 2014 for the first time in its history, which dates back to 1803. The plantation opened as a museum dedicated to slavery in the South.
At the end of your two visits, your tour ends with return to your departure point in New Orleans.
Duration: 2 hours
Pass By: St. Joseph Plantation, 3535 Highway 18, Vacherie, LA 70090-7073
Historic plantation, circa 1830, that remains a family owned working sugar plantation today along with sister property Felicity Plantation, circa 1846.
Pass By: I-10 Bonnet Carré Spillway Bridge, St Rose, LA 70087, USA
View the spillway, a flood control operation in the Lower Mississippi west of New Orleans. The spillway, when open, allows floodwaters from the Mississippi River to flow into Lake Pontchartrain and thence into the Gulf of Mexico
Pass By: Lake Pontchartrain, New Orleans, LA
Although called a lake, this is actually a large lagoon and brackish estuary fed by fresh water rivers and connected to the Gulf of Mexico. Covering 630 square miles (1600 km2) it is one of the largest wetlands in North America.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Children 5 years and younger are free.
- You must be able to climb and descend stairs and walk on unpaved terrain.
- Wheelchair Access: If the guest needs a wheelchair lift equipped bus, then special arrangements need to be made with the supplier. This must be arranged 48 hours prior to tour date. Contact details will be on your voucher.
- Oak Alley Plantation: Guests visiting Oak Alley using a wheelchair will have access to the gift shop, restrooms, and museum. The plantation grounds are accessible; however, there are uneven gravel paths. The main house tour is not accessible to guest traveling in wheelchairs and is not required to be modified as it is a historic home; however, the first floor is accessible. Guests would be able to view the slave quarters, but would not have access to enter.
- Whitney Plantations: Guests visiting Whitney using a wheelchair will have access to the gift shop, restrooms, and museum. The plantation grounds are accessible; however, there are uneven gravel paths. The main house tour is not accessible to guest traveling in wheelchairs and is not required to be modified as it is a historic home; however, the first floor is accessible. Guests would be able to view the slave quarters, but would not have access to enter.
- Laura Plantation: Guests using a wheelchair at Oak Alley Plantation will have access to the gift shop, restrooms, and museum via a ramp. The plantation grounds are accessible; however, there are narrow and uneven dirt paths. The main house tour is not accessible to guest traveling in wheelchairs and is not required to be modified as it is a historic home; however, the basement is accessible. Guests would be able to view the slave quarters, but would not have access to enter.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
I chose the Whitney and Oak Alley. This is a long day of touring, but so worth it! I didn't want to spend any precious touring time eating at the oak alley cafe or restaurant, so I packed a lunch and ate on the bus between tours. Worked out extremely well. Everyone else on the bus was jealous as they either went hungry or didn't see as much.
Tour guide Mary rode along on the bus ride and was very informative. It was an hour to the the Whitney plantation, that dropped a group off there, took the others to the Laura plantation (just a few miles down the road). Came back for Whitney group, picked up Laura group and everyone rode to Oak Alley. Mary kept a running commentary on the bus and turned us over to wonderful guides at each plantation. We left oak alley at 230 and got back to New Orleans about 4 pm.
Whitney: incredibly beautiful, very moving and important lessons on the slave history. Everyone should go.
Oak Alley: quite pretty, very interesting live oak trees, beautiful home and gardens. Guided tour of the home (about 35 minutes) then free to wander slave quarters, gardens, sugar making information, cafe.
Amazing Whitney (and the brilliant informed and passionate tour guide, Ariana?) captured my heart. Going to Oak Alley was a less emotional experience but still very interesting.
this is a must see tour it was very emotional and informative alot of insite on the history of slavery and how people of color survied during such trying times
Did the two plantation tour. Our best tour guide Midge was very informative. The plantations were beautiful and sad all at the same time
The bus driver and the tour guide were so pleasant. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and provided us with detail information from the time we left New Orleans and arrived at the Laural Plantation.
The young man that was our guide at Laural was superb.
Did not enjoy the visit to Oak Alley as well. Guide didn't seem as informative.
We had to meet by 9AM at the Natchez boat by the French Quarter. Bus left on time, and our driver was very informative in his presentation on the way to the Plantations. Enjoyed everything about Laura Plantation, and then Oak Alley, which is just beautiful. My only recommendation is not to tell the group that the bus would arrive back at the boat dock at 4:15PM. With traffic, and rain, we left Oak Alley Plantation right at 3PM, did not arrive until 5:45. I would suggest dinner reservations be after 6:30PM, as I had to cancel my dinner plans due to not arriving back on time.
Great value! The tour guide was passionate and knowledge about the history behind. I had a good time!
I went to Oak Alley and Laura Plantation. Oak Valley has beatiful views of the Houses and the Oak are great. And you can walk in the field free, and there is a guide tour in the Big house of about 30 min. Laura has not such beatiful view or houses, but the place give you a real impression of the life there. You can visit the place only with the guide, but the stories are really great. It give you a real impression of the life of the slaves in the sugar plantation.
Excellent tour from beginning to end. The bus driver alone was hilarious, entertaining and extremely knowledgeable about everything New Orleans and Louisiana. We did the Whitney and Oak Alley plantations. Both had a very different feel and mood to them. The Whitney tour spent a great deal of time talking about the slave trade and lives of the slaves not only at that plantation but in general throughout history. The tour was fully escorted from beginning to end. The Oak Alley plantation was quite different in that it was more like a huge open-air museum with exhibits everywhere. The only guided tour was of the main, big house. No one was allowed to enter without a ticket and a guide. This tour emphasized the difference in the experience between the masters and the slaves and how they both lived their lives from their own perspectives. Again another excellent, eye-opening tour. Highly recommended, especially if you get Jude as your bus driver.
Go to Whitney! Passionate guides and touching experience! You can learn about slavery trough stories told by slaves.
Whitney Plantation was an amazing experience, it spoke the truth about slavery in a relevant way that reminds us that we have a responsibility today to make sure that we focus on education and family in order to not repeat the past mistakes. Our tour guide was passionate and knowledgeable. He kept us engaged and spoke with passion and clarity. Oak Alley was breath-taking beautiful and I appreciate that the tour guides now includes slavery as part of the history and discussion of the plantation tour. These two tours were like two sides of a coin. I know the Laura plantation tour speaks from an owner's perspective, as Whitney speaks from the slave's perspective. I would highly recommend that no matter what your second plantation you choose, make Whitney your first choice.
greatly enjoyed this day tour of 2 plantations. Bus driver very informative. Would do it again
Me encanto, es un tour muy cultural que debes de hacer si visitas Nueva Orleans.
Jude was an entertaining and informative driver. Visiting the Whitney Plantation was truly moving. I would recommend this plantation to anyone. But visiting nowadays, it is especially timely.
We chose the Laura and Oak Plantation tours. The bus driver from Gray Line, Ken was knowledgable, had a sense of humour
and communicated facts in an interesting manner. The tour guide at the Laura plantation was really great and educated us on the history from the owners and slaves perspective, different cultures and cuisines. The Oak Alley was more a tour of the Big House, but equally interesting. Enjoyed visiting the plantations, well worth it and highly recommend.
The bus driver was a delight and kept us informed and entertained the entire journey. The guides were wonderful, both young and very informative. The guide at the Laura plantation, working on her master's in history and poli sci, was absolutely AWESOME! VERY impressed with her breadth of knowledge and style of presentation.
It was fascinating to view the different plantation epochs/eras amd hear about plantation life in the different centuries.
I took both Whitney and Laura Plantations tour. The tour guide and bus driver from Grayline, Jude is a local New Orleans very knowledgeable about the history and nature of New Orleans. The tour guides in both plantation provide clear briefing on the historical facts. Whitney Plantation provides complete history of slavery in America. While Laura Plantation provides history of landlord in America.
The trip is fun and informative. Oak Alley and Laura have different features, and both beautiful. Pity we didn't have time for Whitney Planation which is said to have more informations on slavery.
We all learned alot on these tours.
Whitney was especially eye opening.