Oak Alley and Laura Plantation Tour
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM or 12:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Isabelle in front of Oak Alley Plantation
Laura Plantation's slave quarters
Lunch is not included.
Our 13 passenger tour van with an excellent Driver-Guide will pick you up and begin your scenic drive out of New Orleans. Driving along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, we prepare you for a pilgrimage back in time to the Antebellum South.
After a 90 minutes narrated ride, arrive to visit two Louisiana plantations on the West Bank of the Old Mississippi River Road:
Guided tour of OAK ALLEY PLANTATION to admire this Louisiana 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 around the mansion. Visit the "Slavery at Oak Alley" exhibit's reconstructed slave quarters
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.