Louisiana Plantation Tour


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Activity Level



First Time Visitor, Museums / Culture, Shore Excursion, Youth and Family


Kid Friendly: Yes. In that this is a private tour, the makeup of your group age-wise is up to you. We will cheerfully serve everyone of all ages.

You must provide any safety seats required by law.

Friendly: Yes.
The 7 passenger van has a low entry point.

We welcome visitors with limited mobility but ask that you discuss your needs and limitations with us before booking to ensure that we can accommodate your needs.

This tour is priced for 4 people, but we can accommodate larger groups for a higher cost.

Maximum travelers: 4



English (fluent)

Private Driving Tour from New Orleans to Nearby Plantations

Visiting antebellum plantations along the Mississippi River gives visitors to New Orleans a glimpse into the grace, grandeur and tragedy of early southern history.

Your guide will give you an understanding of the economic and cultural worlds that built, not only Louisiana, but so much of the United States we know today. Learn about industries such as oil, cotton, sugar, lumber, indigo and citrus and how they allowed Louisiana to become an import/export world power.

Two Plantations will be visited on one side of the river from the following group: Destrehan, San Francisco, Houmas House on the East bank; or Whitney, Laura and Oak Alley on the West bank.

The decision of which side of the river to drive is determined by many factors, often related to length of tour, distance and other plantation-specific considerations.

Your group will join others (at each plantation) at the discretion of plantation management.

The Tour lasts between 6-8 hours, depending on which plantations are chosen and other factors.


9am: The tour will depart from your hotel.

East bank Selection:

At approximately 9:30 we will arrive at Destrehan Plantation and depart around 11am.

We will arrive at Houmas House at about 11:30 and depart around 12:30pm.

As a group we will decide to have a sit down lunch or not; a picnic lunch is an option too.

Depending on your decision with respect to lunch, we will arrive at Houmas House around 1 or 2pm and depart around 3:30pm.

We should return to the city around 4:30-5pm although we could be later because of weather, traffic, pace of the group and other factors. Please do not make early evening plans.

West bank Selection:

We will arrive at Laura around 10am and depart around 12:30pm.

Depending on your decision about lunch we will arrive at Oak Alley around 1:30-2:30pm.

We will depart Oak Alley around 4pm and return to the city around 5:30pm.

Weather, traffic and festivals may delay our return. Please do not make early evening reservations or commitments before 6:30pm.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Each guest will be picked up at their hotel.

End location: Each guest will be returned to their hotel.

Duration: 6 hours

Weather, traffic, local festivals and plantations chosen could length the duration of the tour.


The vehicle used is a 7 passenger minivan. We try to limit the number of adult passengers to 5 to ensure comfort. Larger groups can be accommodated in a larger vehicle at an additional charge.

What’s Included

Other: A licensed, native and insured tour guide, a local docent at each plantation, admission to each plantation and transportation to and from your hotel.

To guarantee personal attention, the number of guests is limited to 4 persons; exceptions are made for families and larger groups (additional admission fees will be applied on larger tours).

Estimated Local Cash Needed

20 Dollars - This is a per person estimate. If desired, guests can enjoy lunch at one of the plantations or in a nearby restaurant.

What’s Extra

Other: Custom tours for larger groups available. Please contact me for details.

Gratuities for two plantation tour docents; approximately $5 per guest would be appreciated.

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Dominick was responsive, responsible and most importantly very knowledgeable about everything New Orleans!
Kimberly Schultheiss

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