- 5 hours (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
Visit the Whitney Plantation of New Orleans and step back in time as you explore the 18th-century plantation museum, the only one of its kind in Louisiana. On this 5-hour guided tour you’ll see museum exhibits, memorial artwork, and restored buildings. Learn about an important part of American history as recorded from first-person slave narratives.
- Step back in time on a history tour
- Ideal choice for families
- Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
- Fully narrated tour
- Guided tour
- Round-trip transport from central New Orleans
- Entry/Admission - Whitney Plantation
- Food and drinks
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gray Line New Orleans
Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide at the designated meeting point in New Orleans and journey to the historic Whitney Plantation, one of the antebellum estates located along the Mississippi River. You'll cross the Bonnet Carre Spillway, a flood outlet for the river, and see a panoramic view of Lake Pontchartrain on your way to the plantation. Pass by the Evergreen, Felicity and St. Joseph plantations, where rich crops of sugar cane, cotton, and indigo from these fertile lands once traveled to various ports of trade.
Arrive at the Whitney Plantation, which dates back more than 260 years and is now a working museum dedicated to the understanding of slavery in the American South. With your guide, visit museum exhibits and restored buildings including historical slave cabins, some of which remain from the original 22 on-site. See the Big House, which is one of the finest surviving examples of Spanish Creole architecture in Louisiana, and learn about the daily life of former slaves at Whitney as recorded by the Federal Writers' Project.
At the end of your 5-hour tour, you're returned to central New Orleans.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Check-in is 15 minutes prior to start time.
- 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.
- 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.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
This tour was number one on my list of things to do when visiting New Orleans. The logistics went without a hitch and our tour guide on the bus was very knowledgeable. On the way to the museum she gave us some background history and on the way back she played some music and gave us recommendations on where to go for dinner. The actual museum was amazing, but felt rushed. Our tour guide explained that she had been gone for 6 months and read from her prompt, which felt a bit awkwards at times, because she would say, "um" a lot and forget where she was at in her notes. At times, she would forget names of people and places as well as dates. I saw livelier tour guides and would have preferred that. I'm glad that we saw the Whitney first. Because we were able to see it from the perspective of the enslaved, I left off visiting the other plantations until our next visit.
A must see. Very educational I found the structures and the words from the enslaved very moving. Overwhelming
This was my first visit to a Plantation. I chose Whitney because it focuses on the slavery aspect of plantation life. It was a great tour. Eye opening, educational and totally activated my tear ducts. Our guide was very knowledgeable and funny.
I recommend to this tour to everyone, families included.
This was a very informative and educational tour. Highly recommend. The ride time is an hour each way however the tour guide from Grayline gave us a great narrative along the way and the route was different coming and going. The Whitney tour guide was amazing.
The guide at the plantation was extremely informative and clearly very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend the tour.
You can't help but get caught into the details of how enslaved people went through. You go through a range of emotions but appreciate those who keep this place alive for visitors to experience.
This was such a great tour. It pulled on my heartstrings to see the names and hear stories of past slaves who lived on the plantation. However, the perspective provided is rarely provided in American schools, museums, historic tours, etc...I highly recommend visiting.
We got caught in a traffic jam and I called your rep to tell her and they left without us. So we didn't get to go
I heard about the Whitney Plantation tour from a tour guide unrelated to the Whitney. I signed up, and it was completely worth it. It was a very humid day with thunder, giving the tour a sort of ominous atmosphere. It's about an hour outside of New Orleans, on the West Bank of the Mississippi river. The bus guide gave us lots of great info about the countryside we were driving through and general history about Louisiana. We were met by our Whitney tour guide who walked us through the plantation, giving us plenty of time to explore. I've been on other tours of plantations and this is the only one done through the eyes of the enslaved. It was very emotional at times. I highly recommend this tour.
Driver and Tour Guide were OUTSTANDING!
Thank you, Ken and Ali for an afternoon we will never forget.
I reviewed the recommendations and comments for the different plantation tours outside of New Orleans, and I chose to visit the Whitney Plantation. The meeting locations is easy to find which is a plus. Our bus driver was like a tour guide and told us about the history of New Orleans. He also provided recommendations. The tour itself was very informative and eye-opening. Our tour guide, Cheryl, grew up within a mile of the plantation. Her family was sharecroppers in the area, and she had a unique perspective of slavery and the plantation. There were many original and historically significant buildings. You can tell the owner of the plantation really wants to tell the story of the slaves who worked and lived at Whitney.
Excellent tour, unfortunately it was raining but the wisdom and care that goes into telling this story is extremely moving. I'd advise anyone to go.
It was clear that our interpreter loved her job. She was so knowledgeable about the history of the Whitney Plantation, of the family who lived there and the conditions of the slaves who worked at the plantation. On this tour I heard stories regarding the treatment of their slaves that were not only new to me but which are burned into my memory of the atrocities of slavery. I highly recommend this tour.
This was a great experience and we had a wonderful tour guide. I highly recommend this.
Knowledgeable buss driver, a native New Orleanian, who has been driving for years. The Whitney itself is a revelation, a working plantation that saw 100,000 slaves pass through its gates. Our tour guide was a school teacher, also very knowledgeable, who was able to hold the group in rapt attention. I highly recommend the tour.
The plantation was a good experience. Our guide was fine however she did not use appropriate words to explain information using 'grandulated' instead of 'granulated' when speaking about sugar, mis-speaking words to mean one thing when they actually mean something else.
The tour was stated as a five hour tour, however it really is not that long. I guess they build in time for traffic which should be explained before one purchases tickets. Also, the actual cost of the tour is high, given the fact that if you bought the ticket at the site it would be 22. 00 while the tour ticket price is over 60.00 per person.
This is a heart wrenching look at what it meant to be enslaved and the collusion and economics that made it acceptable. Our tour guide was highly knowledgeable and able to expand on topics when people asked for more details. It has been 3 months since the tour and I am still processing what we learned that day. I highly recommend this tour.
Very informative and thought provoking tour. It was heavy and emotional but definitely worth doing!