River Road Excursion
We'll rendezvous at your hotel for an introduction then travel 1 hour drive up River Road to a French Colonial style plantation. You can choose, *Destrehan Plantation, Laura Plantation, Oak Alley or Whitney Plantation. Many affluent plantation owners, had a "townhouse" in New Orleans. Family members would come to town for business, and most importantly, for Mardi Gras. After the social season, the family would return to their plantation, upriver. We'll follow in the footstep of one of these families, once there, one of the plantation's own guides will lead us through the colorful home. Can't choose? We recommend *Destrehan Planation. In addition to the main house, there are demonstrations most days. The demonstrations may include African American herbal remedies, historical carpentry or bousillage, depending on the day. We'll take time to learn about these River Road traditions. There is the option to make a full day of it and visit two plantations, let us know if you want to see more!
Meet at your hotel.
Drive approximately one hour to a plantation. Destrehan is only about 45 mins.
The tour of the plantation is an embedded tour, with the plantations own guides. You will join a public tour, of up to 32 people ( but usually far fewer)
note: If you would like to do tour with just your group let us know and we can make arrangements - there is an additional fee which goes directly to the Laura Plantation.
Return to New Orleans. During the drive there and back he way I'll share information and we will make it fun!
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your hotel.
End location: Your hotel.
Duration: 4 hours
Honda Odyssey van with air conditioning-
known affectionally as "Homer".
Transportation plus entry to one plantation. You may choose between Destrehan Plantation, Oak Alley, Laura Plantation and Whitney Plantation. Please note: The tours are embedded tours, with the plantation's own guides. You will join a public tour, of up to 32 people. All transportation is private. Whitney Plantation is closed on Tuesdays. All Whitney Plantation tours are based on ticket availability.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10 USD - Snacks or drinks.
If you do not want to join a public tour tour we can make arrangement for private tours at some of the plantations. Prices vary. Laura Plantation is an additional $600 for any size of private tour. Destrehan is an additional $15 per person. Whitney does not offer private tours.
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Great day with Cassandra, she knows her history and the places for good food along the way