Recent Searches
Clear

Travel update: We’re doing our best to help keep you safe and your plans flexible. Learn more.

Read More

Small-Group Louisiana Plantations Tour with Lunch from New Orleans

star-4.5
|
New Orleans, United States

Select Date and Travelers

Number of travelers
0 Infants1 Infant2 Infants3 Infants4 Infants5 Infants6 Infants7 Infants8 Infants9 Infants10 Infants11 Infants12 Infants13 Infants0 Children1 Child2 Children3 Children4 Children5 Children6 Children7 Children8 Children9 Children10 Children11 Children12 Children13 Children1 Adult2 Adults3 Adults4 Adults5 Adults6 Adults7 Adults8 Adults9 Adults10 Adults11 Adults12 Adults13 Adults
Free Cancellation
up to 24 hours in advance
Loading available options...


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

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
More questions?
(888) 651-9785

Overview

Experience the elegance of New Orleans’ antebellum south on this full-day historical plantation tour. In a small‐group, visit San Francisco Plantation and 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 luncheon, served exclusively for your group at Houmas House.
  • Full-day tour to two antebellum plantations from New Orleans
  • Enjoy the antiques, artwork, and lunch at the Houmas House Plantation
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Small-group tour limited to 14 people for a more intimate experience
Transport by air-conditioned 14-passenger van
Guided tour of Houmas House plantation
Lunch with all taxes and gratuity (Vegetarian and gluten-free options)
Guided tour of San Francisco plantation
Hotel pickup and drop-off, with exact pick up time provided
Beer, wine and cocktail drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
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.

Departure Time

8:30 AM
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 your first stop – San Francisco Plantation.

Explore the plantation's 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.

Your guide leads you through details of the lives of generations of Creoles. After visiting the mansion, explore an original slave cabin and the old one-room schoolhouse.

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 traditional lunch and relax in the ground of the famed plantation. After, 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
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:  
Houmas House Plantation 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 8 travelers

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small-Group Louisiana Plantations Tour with 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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Louisiana Plantations Tour with Lunch from New Orleans.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Louisiana Plantations Tour with Lunch from New Orleans?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Louisiana Plantations Tour with Lunch from New Orleans.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Small-Group Louisiana Plantations Tour with Lunch from New Orleans?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Louisiana Plantations Tour with Lunch from New Orleans.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Small-Group Louisiana Plantations Tour with Lunch from New Orleans?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Louisiana Plantations Tour with Lunch from New Orleans.

Traveler Photos

Traveler Tips


  • "This is a nice tour, it takes you out of the city so you can see part of the country." See review

Reviews

4.5
star-4.5
44 Reviews
5 stars
29
4 stars
11
3 stars
3
2 stars
1
1 star
0
Reviews by Viator travelers
Showing 1-10 of 44 reviews
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.
star-4
Our plantation tour of the San...
Whitney G
, Feb 2017
Our plantation tour of the San Francisco and Houmas plantations was wonderful. I planned this as a part of my 40th birthday trip to New Orleans, and it did not disappoint! Well worth it! Our shuttle driver, Joseph, was great full of interesting information and history of the area. Houmas plantation was on point exquisite the grounds, main house, and extra buildings are gorgeous plus, our docent/historical interpreter, Susan, was awesome. Note: my husband and I had, honestly, the BEST sazerac and mint julep on THE PLANET at Houmas's Turtle Bar, THE BEST EVER my husband tends to be a cocktail snob!! I have to give this tour a 4.5 stars versus 5 stars on the account of the San Francisco plantation, it just needs some polishing an example: I was distracted by the docent's head and oral piercings which I'm sure falls upon San Francisco plantation itself and not Viator...
star-4
Houma House was amazing, San Francisco...
Jack C
, Jan 2017
Houma House was amazing, San Francisco was good but not great.
star-4
Good half-day tour. Van only seated...
Ana-Liza Q
, Dec 2016
Good half-day tour. Van only seated 13, so group size ideal. No time for lunch or anywhere to stop and get water, so recommend bringing/packing food, if necessary.
star-5
This was a great tour...not the...
Ellyn A
, Jul 2016
This was a great tour...not the original one booked with Annabelle Tours but Annabelle Tours put us on this tour and it was great. The tour guide and driver was very knowledgeable, gracious, and accommodating.
star-4
The San Francisco plantation was...
Diana B
, Jul 2016
The San Francisco plantation was unexpectedly small, thus a bit disappointing. The Houmas House plantation was quite exquisite, the grounds were immense and beautiful. Classic moss hanging from the trees, statues in the midst of beautiful gardens and so on. We had one of our best meals of the trip at their restaurant. There were no slave quarters, except two small ones that were not original to San Francisco, which was a let down as we really didn't get a feel for life from that aspect. Our guide, Guy, was wonderful. Very knowledgeable, about everything really, personable, kind and friendly. I don't know if it was the poor condition of the roads, the shocks on the vehicle or both but the ride was way too rough and bumpy for any level of comfort.
star-3
A great way to taste a little bit of...
Martha K
, Mar 2016
A great way to taste a little bit of southern history. We did enjoy. However, the tour was so jam packed with information the result was a rushed experience. The guide talked too fast and began talking in rooms before the group was in the room because she openly admitted she had to complete our tour in an hour so she could do the next tour!!. The consensus of our group of ten was that if the guide would talk slower and more directly to the crowd it would have been a more valuable tour--even if less information was given. Her punch lines were spoken very softly and MOST of our group did not hear them. Overall, it was a good tour and I would recommend. Slow it down and give less information more directly to the audience.

Product code: 2292ADEAST

Explore Similar Things to Do