Cost: Option A) with Airboat
$200. ($ 205. if booked after 1/1/16) PER PERSON
Cost: Option B) with Cajun Bayou Boat
$166. ($ 171. if booked after 1/1/16) PER PERSON
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Oak Alley Plantation
The Creole "Big House" at Laura
Cajun Bayou Boat
This tour runs when we reach a minimum of 6 people.
A grand mélange presentation of Cajun and Creole cultures, our best combination of two Southern Louisiana plantations and a Cajun bayou. This tour includes:
- The Oak Alley and Laura Plantation Tour with guided tours of both plantations.
- Choice of boat tour in the bayou
Narrated scenic drive out of New Orleans and along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain to visit two plantations on the west bank of the Old River Road: our Driver-Guide prepares you for a pilgrimage back in time to the Antebellum South.
From the River Road we see and hear all about WHITNEY, ST JOSEPH and EVERGREEN PLANTATIONS.
At LAURA, the Creole plantation, the guided tour transports you with dramatic detail into the charmed yet tragic lives of four generations of Creole owners and their slaves. After touring the Maison Principale, the visit moves onto the grounds, surrounded by sugarcane fields and 12 buildings on the National Register, winding into the plantation gardens: the formal Jardin Français, the kitchen garden and Laura's new BananaLand. This part of the tour places visitors at the exact locations where stories recalling the sobering events of human slavery happened. The tour concludes inside one of the 1840s slave cabins where sugarcane workers lived until 1977 and where the ancient west-African folktales of Compère Lapin, better known as the legendary rascal Br'er Rabbit, were recorded.
Then a short drive upriver brings you to OAK ALLEY PLANTATION where a delicious lunch featuring Louisiana dishes is included at their Cajun restaurant. Menu: House Salad with Vinaigrette dressing, Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, Red Beans & Rice, a flavorful Crawfish Etouffee with White Rice, Home-baked Rolls & Butter, topped off by a scrumptious Bread Pudding or Buttermilk Pie & Coffee.
Guided tour of OAK ALLEY PLANTATION to admire this jewel of Greek Revival architecture. Guides in period costumes will bring to life the stories of generations who lived on this land, they will share with you every detail of this mansion's history since 1830. Free time to walk around under a spectacular canopy of 28 giant live oaks on the grounds.
Drive south to a Cajun village in the Louisiana swamp for your choice of fast and fun ride on a small 6 to 13 passenger A) Airboat ride or a slow and peaceful covered B) Cajun Bayou Tour to complete this Grand Adventure!
*In case of lightning, the AIRBOAT tour may be shortened, postponed, or replaced with the Cajun Bayou tour because it is a covered boat.
**Children under the age of 5, pregnant women, people with back or neck issues or recent surgeries are not allowed on airboats for insurance reasons.
***Glasses (any type) are recommended for eye protection on the airboats, we provide ear protectors.