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We recommend a tour of Destrehan Plantation, Oak Alley Plantation and/or Laura Plantations.
Enjoy the history and culture of the colonial era Louisiana. All tours include round trip transportation from the your hotel and entrance fees. Travel time is 1 hour 15 minutes, about 70 miles outside of New Orleans. The plantation tours are conducted by Plantation Guides.
OAK ALLEY PLANTATION TOUR – House tour about 40 minutes
This is one of the most magnificent plantation tours because of the 28 evenly spaced, huge Oak Trees that go from the river road to the Plantation House. It looks like the movie, “Gone with the Wind”. The Greek Revival home, dates back to 1837. Located on the grounds, is a restaurant, blacksmith shop, Souvenir Shop and antique farm equipment. It is a comprehensive plantation experience. The tour of the Oak Alley’s house is conducted by guides in authentic plantation style apparel. Walking is required for this tour. Plantation house to the restaurant & Souvenir Shop is about 1 block in distance. There are benches along the path, shaded by the Oaks.
Oak Alley Plantation: Pick up begins at 8:30am, return to your hotel about 2pm. The tour of Oak Alley Plantation is about 40 minutes. Approximate time at the plantation is about 2 hours.
LAURA PLANTATION TOUR – House & ground tour is about 1 hour 15 minutes
This is considered by many in the tour industry as the best historical plantation tour in the Mississippi Valley. The plantation was run by four Creole women, most notable, was Laura, from where the plantation gets it’s name. The women ran the plantation over 60 years, using slave labor to do it. You will get to view and enter the slave quarters, as part of this tour. On this tour, you will hear stories of all aspects of the plantation life. The book “Bier Rabbit” was written here. The Plantation house was nearly destroyed by fire back in 2003, but it was rebuilt to the original design using building materials from antique homes that was disassembled and sold off in pieces. The rebuilding process, is a story in itself.
Pick up begins at 8:30am, return to your hotel about 2pm. The tour of Laura Plantation is about 1 hr 15 minutes. Approximate time at the plantations is about 2 hours.
DESTREHAN PLANTATION AND SWAMP TOUR BY BOAT OR AIRBOAT in a short 6 hour trip
Pick up begins at 8:30am with a short 30 minute ride to Destrehan Plantation. You will spend 1 hour 20 minutes viewing the oldest standing plantation in the Mississippi Valley that is surrounded by majestic, 300 year old Oak Trees. The house has been beautifully restored to it’s original glory. The plantation house and grounds has a professional tour guide that will enlighten and entertain you on this trip through history. A Slave Quarter museum is a part of your tour of the plantation grounds.
Then off for a Cajun Blast!
Enjoy the best that the Cajuns have to offers. Experience the Barataria Swamps by Tour Boat or Airboat. See gators up close. The swamp tour returns back to the dock by 1:50pm. Arrival back at your hotel is usually by 2:45pm.