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Oak Alley Plantation Tour

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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Experience the grandeur of New Orleans’ antebellum south on a half‐day tour of Oak Alley Plantation. Take a journey through time to the manicured estate and into the gorgeous home, built in 1839. View stunning architecture, oak‐lined esplanades, and enduring sugar cane fields while learning about the plantation’s fascinating – and often somber – histories from expert guides.
  • Tour of Oak Alley Plantation
  • One of the most photographed plantations ever
  • Guided tour reveals the fascinating stories of the home and history of the Oak Valley Plantation
  • Experience a bygone era in one of the South's most beautiful settings - Oak Alley Plantation
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Guided tour of plantation home
Air-conditioned vehicle
Local guide
Local taxes
Gratuities
Lunch
Gray Line New Orleans , 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

The Gray Line 'Lighthouse' ticket office is located at Toulouse St and the Mississippi River (Steamboat Natchez Dock), just one block from Jackson Square in the French Quarter.

This activity will end right where it started.
Your historic plantation tour departs mid‐day from the French Quarter. Settle into a comfortable seat on the air‐conditioned coach and prepare for a journey back to the Old South, before the American Civil War shook the foundation of plantation‐life. Enjoy lively onboard commentary from your guide as you trace the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain and Great River Road en route to Oak Alley Plantation, one of the most photographed plantations ever.

Upon arrival, stroll though a postcard‐perfect canopy of 28 knotty oak trees – each over 250 years old! – that line the promenade to the mansion. Built in 1839, the ‘Big House’ is a perfectly restored example of antebellum elegance and Greek Revival architecture. Your knowledgeable guides, donning period costumes, will provide colorful commentary about the estate and some of its former inhabitants. Tour the opulent rooms of this classic southern home that has been the setting for Interview with a Vampire and Primary Colors, then continue on your own to wander the enchanting grounds or grab a refreshment in the cafe and ice cream parlor (own expense). Then relax as your coach returns to the French Quarter, arriving by late‐afternoon.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Oak Alley Plantation
Experience a bygone era in one of the South's most beautiful settings - Oak Alley Plantation, built in 1839. Marvel at the unbelievable quarter-mile long alley of 28 magnificent Oak trees, each over 250 years old. Perhaps the most photographed plantation ever, Oak Alley has been the setting for such motion pictures as "Interview with a Vampire", "Primary Colors" and the wedding of Bo and Hope from the daytime soap opera, "Days of our Lives". Your guided Oak Valley Plantation tour will reveal the stories of the home and its history. View the Majestic Cypress Trees in Louisiana's swamps bordering the Mississippi River. You can purchase a snack, salad or sandwich in the Cafe and Ice Cream Parlor to enjoy at the picnic tables or aboard the coach (not included in price).
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Lake Pontchartrain
Although called a lake, this is actually a large lagoon and brackish estuary fed by fresh water rivers and connected to the Gulf of Mexico. Covering 630 square miles (1600 km2) it is one of the largest wetlands in North America.
Pass By:  
I-10 Bonnet Carré Spillway Bridge
View the spillway, a flood control operation in the Lower Mississippi west of New Orleans. The spillway, when open, allows floodwaters from the Mississippi River to flow into Lake Pontchartrain and thence into the Gulf of Mexico.
Pass By:  
St. Joseph Plantation
Historic plantation, circa 1830, that remains a family owned working sugar plantation today along with sister property Felicity Plantation, circa 1846.
Pass By:  
Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site
Historic Creole sugar cane plantation, circa 1805, and plantation complex with 12 buildings on the National Register.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • In order to help preserve the French Quarter from vehicular traffic, it is requested that you please walk, if possible, to the convenient tour departure point - just a short stroll from most downtown hotels.
  • Wheelchair Access: If the guest needs a wheelchair lift equipped bus, then special arrangements need to be made with the supplier. This must be arranged 48 hours prior to tour date. Contact details will be on your voucher.
  • Alternate Routes: Due to uneven and narrow paths, alternate routes may be necessary for guests traveling in wheelchairs.
  • Guests using a wheelchair at Oak Alley Plantation will have access to the gift shop, restrooms, and museum via a ramp. The plantation grounds are accessible; however, there are narrow and uneven dirt paths. The main house tour is not accessible to guest traveling in wheelchairs and is not required to be modified as it is a historic home; however, the basement is accessible. Guests would be able to view the slave quarters, but would not have access to enter.
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line New Orleans
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 good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • 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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Where is the departure point for the Oak Alley Plantation Tour?
A:The tour begins at the Gray Line "Lighthouse" Ticket Office in the French Quarter at Toulouse Street & the Mississippi River - at the Steamboat Natchez Dock (400 Toulouse Street.)
Jun 2021
Q:
Is there parking near the departure point for the Oak Alley Plantation Tour?
A:There are public parking lots on Decatur Street that charge hourly rates. Some require prepayment through an automated kiosk on site. The parking lot closest to the tour departure point is Jax Lot # P401, 500 Decatur St.
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I wear for the Oak Alley Plantation Tour?
A:Casual attire is appropriate. Walking portions may be on uneven sidewalks and streets, so please wear comfortable shoes. During warmer months we recommend lightly colored clothing. Caps/hats, umbrellas, and sunscreen are also suggested.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I take photos/videos during the Oak Alley Plantation Tour?
A:For the most part, yes. However, flash photography and/or video is not allowed inside the house. Your tour guide will be sure to inform you.
Jun 2021
Q:
How long is the actual tour at the Oak Alley Plantation?
A:You will spend approximately 2.25 hours at Oak Alley Plantation.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is the Oak Alley Plantation Tour handicap accessible?
A:Yes. Please notate any requirements in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout so that an appropriate vehicle can be arranged. NOTE: Portions of the Plantation are only accessible by stairs.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is food available during the Oak Alley Plantation Tour?
A:Yes, you can purchase a snack, salad or sandwich in the Plantation Café to enjoy at the picnic tables or aboard the coach.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Oak Alley Plantation Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Oak Alley Plantation Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Oak Alley Plantation Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Oak Alley Plantation Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Oak Alley Plantation Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Oak Alley Plantation Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Oak Alley Plantation Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Oak Alley Plantation Tour.

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  • "Not everyone is allowed inside at the same time, and there is no photography allowed inside." See review
  • "A pleasant getaway from NOLA, Oak Alley is a little over an hour drive." See review

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Excellent driver!
Gowtham_U
, Dec 2021
Really enjoyable and informative experience. I wanted to especially thank Alton, who was our coach driver. He kept the whole coach entertained throughout the journey to and from the plantations, with his incredible knowledge and facts of New Orleans and the wider area! I learned more from him in those few hours than I had the whole trip!
star-5
Great
Liesa_B
, Dec 2021
Very nice tour of a beautiful plantation home and the surrounding grounds and their history. The tour guide was very nice and informative.
star-4
Beautiful and Educational
Carol_H
, Dec 2021
I came back again and loved it. I would recommend it for some educational purposes or just for fun but there's a lot to learn about plantation life here.
star-5
Beautiful and Informative!
Bailee_B
, Nov 2021
This tour was great. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. I would mention his name but I’ve forgotten it. The plantation is beautiful and the 30 min house tour is worth it. Gives a glimpse of how different things were back then. Definitely recommend!
star-3
Just purchase tickets at Plantation
Joclyn_S
, Nov 2021
The plantation itself was amazing! And the restaurant on site is a must! Little bit chilly out, but still a great time! Directions from Viator were confusing and I ended up paying for transportation without receiving it. Lots of money wasted. 5 stars for the plantation! 0 for Viator.
star-5
Fantastic trip outside NOLA!
Saswato_R
, Nov 2021
Oak Alley Plantation was a great half day trip outside NOLA. It's an incredible yet sobering experience to see/hear about its history. House tour was interesting. The nature and scenery is breathtaking. Great trip for everyone to learn and experience. The shuttle ride is about 1.5hrs from and back to the French Quarter. Comfortable ride through the countryside of Louisiana.
star-5
I loved the ride through...
Michael_O
, Nov 2021
I loved the ride through the countryside on the way to Oak Alley. I thoroughly enjoyed the walk around the grounds, and the tour was excellent!
star-5
Good historical visit
thomas_S
, Nov 2021
Guide Steven gave an excellent presentation at slave housing area. Provided a detail of how the sugarcane plantation operated.
star-5
Realistic Portrayal of the Time
Paul_K
, Nov 2021
The slave exhibit was fantastic. It was presented in a forthright manner and didn’t gloss over it. We really appreciated it.
star-5
Beautiful and sad
Boni_P
, Nov 2021
Beautiful but heartbreaking at the same time. I appreciate that there was a lot of information about the enslaved people. The bus had a video on the way there explaining more about Creole plantations which was interesting.

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