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Small-Group Louisiana Plantations Tour with Gourmet Lunch from New Orleans

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Small-Group Louisiana Plantations Tour with Gourmet Lunch from New Orleans

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icon7 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Experience the elegance of New Orleans’ antebellum south on this full-day historical plantation tour. In a small group, visit Destrehan Plantation, then Houmas House Plantation, where you’ll view stunning architecture, oak‐lined esplanades, and former slave quarters while hearing fascinating – and often somber – pre‐Civil war histories from expert guides.  You'll also enjoy a private, unlimited gourmet buffet luncheon, served exclusively for your group at Houmas House.
  • Full-day tour to two antebellum plantations from New Orleans
  • Enjoy the antiques, artwork, and gourmet lunch at the Houmas House Plantation
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Small-group tour limited to 14 people for a more intimate experience
  • Learn of the 1811 Slave Revolt with guided admission to this separate exhibit at Destrehan
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Guided tour of Houmas House plantation
Unlimited gourmet buffet lunch with gratuity (vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free options)
Guided tour of Destrehan plantation
Hotel pickup and drop-off, with exact pick up time provided
Transport by air-conditioned 14-passenger van
Guided admission to 1811 Slave Revolt Exhibit at Destrehan
Beer, wine and cocktail drinks (available for purchase)
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8:30 AM

Please arrive 30 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

Please specify hotel at time of purchase. We pick up in New Orleans at any hotel, Bed & Breakfast or select Airbnbs, uptown (close to St. Charles Ave.), in (or close to) the French Quarter, and on the Westbank. We do not pick up by the airport, in New Orleans East, in Slidell, or on the North Shore. Supplier will contact you the day before your tour to give you an exact pick up time.
Your historic plantation tour begins with morning pickup from your downtown New Orleans hotel. Once aboard the tour van, settle into a comfortable seat for the ride along the shoreline of Lake Ponchartrain and Great River Road en route to Destrehan Plantation.

At Destrehan Plantation, the oldest documented plantation home in the Mississippi Valley, a costumed guide leads you through the restored antebellum mansion. Hear stories of the estate’s former owners and slaves, and explore a separate exhibit dedicated to the 1811 slave revolt, before taking a self‐guided tour through vibrant gardens and down oak‐lined paths.

Then, travel to Houmas House and immerse yourself in the story and splendor of the old South as you tour its lavish and traditionally decorated rooms, speckled with artwork and antiques. Indulge in a gourmet, unlimited buffet lunch and relax on the grounds of the famed plantation. After lunch, follow your guide and hear the architectural history of the home and see the room where Bette Davis stayed while filming the 1963 movie Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte.

Your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
San Francisco Plantation
This tour visits San Francisco Plantation on weekends only through September 1st, 2021. San Francisco Plantation features an 1856 gothic steamboat style mansion. Here, you will have a guided tour of a colorful authentically restored National Landmark. See the elaborate gingerbread work and flamboyant hand-painted ceilings. It is no wonder she is called 'the most opulent Southern Plantation'! Your tour guide, in period dress, leads you through details of the lives of generations of Creoles. As you will learn, they experienced many triumphs, but they also had their share of tragedies. After visiting the mansion, you can explore an original slave cabin and the old one-room schoolhouse.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Destrehan Plantation
This tour visits Destrehan Plantation weekdays only through September 1st, 2021, and every day of the week beginning September 2nd, 2021. Travel to the historic Destrehan Plantation on Louisiana's Old River Road for a guided tour. During your tour of Destrehan Plantation, professional guides will bring to life the stories of generations who lived on and worked this land. Your guides will share every detail of this mansion’s storied history with you. You’ll also hear tales of the lives of both its owners and slaves. They will also tell you about its wonderfully restored Greek Revival architecture.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Houmas House and Gardens
A short ride upriver through sugar cane fields brings you to Houmas House Plantation. Refreshing Mint Juleps are available for purchase on arrival. Enjoy a gourmet lunch (included) in the grand dining hall at Houmas House Plantation. Houmas House River Road Buffet Lunch Menu: * Chicken and Andouille Gumbo * Caesar Salad (GF) * Cornmeal Fried Catfish * Chili Glazed Roasted Chicken (GF) * Crawfish Étouffée * Red Beans, Sausage and Rice (GF) * Shrimp and Mushroom Pasta * Roasted Vegetables (GF) * White Chocolate Bread Pudding * Non-alcoholic Drinks and Coffee (included) After lunch, experience the southern splendor of this Sugar Palace. Your tour guide, in antebellum dress, will lead you into 16 rooms filled with period antiques and Louisiana artwork. Upon completion in 1840, Houmas House was the crown jewel of Louisiana's River Road. Its heroically columned Greek revival exterior is stunning. It was topped by a belvédère that surveyed the oak alley leading south to the sweeping bend in the river. From it, you could also see miles and miles of cane fields extending from the Mississippi River to the back swamps! Enjoy the breeze off of the Mississippi River and stroll the stunning grounds through the shadows of ancient oaks.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Service animals are permitted. Please advise at time of booking to arrange accommodations
  • Child rate applies to all children and infants
  • Gluten-free and Vegetarian lunch options available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tours by Isabelle
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small-Group Louisiana Plantations Tour with Gourmet Lunch from New Orleans?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Louisiana Plantations Tour with Gourmet Lunch from New Orleans.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Louisiana Plantations Tour with Gourmet Lunch from New Orleans?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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  • "good food - great sights - marvelous guide - enough free time to make it worthwhile." See review

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star-5
The most memorable experience of our trip
Louis_L
, Nov 2021
Steve was a great guide. He told us about the area and the history of the people. He made it very interesting and memorable. Both tour guides at the plantations were remarkable. I felt like I went back in time.
star-5
Very Enlightening
Marcelene_P
, Aug 2021
Giselle was our Tour Guide and she was delightful and informative. Enjoyed the tour very much learned a lot about the Plantation. Would do it again.
star-5
An amazing day on River Road
Gail_R
, Jun 2021
Excellent tour with an outstanding tour guide! Highly recommend Tours by Isabelle. All her guides are warm, knowledgeable, and professional. Will definitely use her company on my next trip to New Orleans. Always a great experience with her.
star-5
Great Tour With a Great Guide
Prentis_G
, Jun 2021
We loved every aspect of our trip. Giselle is a great host, full of knowledge and personality. I would recommend her to anyone looking to visit NOLA. She really makes the experience worth it.
star-4
Fun day focused on elite planter culture.
Trevor_M
, May 2021
Houmas House grounds are spectacular. Would have liked more focus on the slaves’ and free colored experience at both plantations. I wish the tour guide had provided some background information on the specific plantations on the tour but his knowledge of New Orleans was impressive.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Good afternoon Trevor and thank you for your nice review. We are so glad you found the grounds at Houmas House 'spectacular' and our historian-guide knowledge of NOLA'impressive'. We do include in this tour the guided slave quarters' walking tour at Laura Plantation and that part does focus on slavery, but maybe you weren't able to do that part? On your next trip down to New Orleans, please come and visit Whitney Plantation and Museum of Slavery as that tour is entirely focused on that important but dark side of Plantations' history. Thanks again, Cordially, Isabelle C.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
2 fabulous plantations
william_m
, Jan 2021
good food - great sights - marvelous guide - enough free time to make it worthwhile. all in all a very good tour
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Thank you so much William for this great 5-star review on our all day 2-Plantations tour, so glad you had a good time and enjoyed the lunch! Hope y’all come back down very soon to NOLA! Isabelle
star-5
This is a nice tour, it takes you...
Rhonda W
, Mar 2018
This is a nice tour, it takes you out of the city so you can see part of the country. The comparison between the two plantations is remarkable, especially Houmas House-really worth the visit. The hostess who guided us around the Houmas House was amazing.
star-4
The guide was interesting...
Maurice O
, Nov 2017
The guide was interesting, knowledgeable and helpful. The plantation homes provide an insite to life back in that era.
star-4
Great experience. Tour guide was on...
Barbara D
, Oct 2017
Great experience. Tour guide was on time to pick us up and shared info on the ride. best selection of 2 plantations as they were so different. Highly recommend this tour
star-4
Enjoyed the day seeing the plantations...
Jeanene H
, Feb 2017
Enjoyed the day seeing the plantations. Our driver was full of information and very nice.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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