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Oak Alley Plantation Tour

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New Orleans, United States

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

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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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

Departure Point

Gray Line New Orleans, 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Departure Time

12:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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

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

  • 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:
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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Oak Alley Plantation Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Oak Alley Plantation Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Build in plenty of extra time afterwards,since the timings for transfers and dropoffs were way underestimated or not included in the tour description!" See review
  • "It's about an hour by bus from New Orleans, which gives you about 2 hours on the estate which is about enough." See review
  • "Lively and entertaining guide on the drive to and from the plantation.Take a packed linch, there's little time to spare once you're there." See review

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Pretty Picture with an “invisible past”
Bianca_S
, Nov 2020
After going to the Whitney Plantation last year with my Mom where we learned all about what the life of a slave was like in Louisiana. From details to working in the sugar cane fields, the threats of not only the labor intensive work and the extreme heat but the other challenges and dangers that they faced while working in the fields from wild animals and the injuries that slaves often endured from the swinging machetes used to harvest the plant. We learned about how far away the slave houses actually were from the main house and that they were only on property for convenience of the slave tour. We learned about the very dangerous job of cooking down the sugar cane and the average life expectancy of a slave in Louisiana no matter what age you entered the plantation ( around 7 years). They had a beautiful memorial for the hundreds of slaves who lost their lives on the land. They gave detailed descriptions about the other various jobs that slaves had and had exhibits that also were very eye opening to the torture that they also endured sometimes daily. While we were personally GUIDED through the ENTIRE plantation offering different facts and answering questions. Finally when we got to the main house we were told all about the slaves who were basically engineers building the house specifically so that they basically have natural air conditioning and the level of details and skills the slaves had centuries ago. Finally offering some information about the family that owned the plantation. After we got on the bus to head back to New Orleans they drove us past the Oak Alley Plantation, so picturesque I knew that when I came back I would take some friends there with me to be able to have the experience that I just had at the Whitney Plantation, stunned with silence, overwhelmed with emotion and so grateful for the sacrifices many made before me so that I could be here today to take that tour. When arriving at Oak Alley, the group on the bus was dropped off and given a map and were told to find the starting point. Once we found the starting point 6 slave home exhibits stood that featured stories about the slaves that lived there, their favorite foods, their parents and sleeping conditions. One small exhibit was on display that featured a few shackles that were used to restrain slaves. The ONLY artifact that shed some form of light on how slaves were treated as less than human. While we guided ourselves through the stories I was so disappointed that I was basically leading my friends through the exhibit and sharing them all of the rid bits that I learned while at the Whitney Plantation. Finally making it to the main house after 20 minutes because that how long it took to get through the stories I think finally we will get a guide ( the main house if the only guided part of this plantation tour) once inside I spent 30 minutes talking about the family’s dinner table, their money and how they spent so much money building the house, the baby crib, and a bunch of other facts about the family that built the home, but not about the slaves. Finally I walked down Oak Alley, heart heavy that my friends did not get to have the same experience that I had at the Whitney Plantation. I wish I would have known that before I booked. If you want to take pictures on Oak Alley for $65, just pay a photographer because that’s the only highlight.
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star-5
Fantastic tour, solemn and sad but surround by beauty as well.
Nate_K
, Nov 2020
Learning about the history, the slave quarters, and the big house was fantastic. I very much enjoyed walking through the old oak trees as well.
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Worth the time
Jennifer_K
, Nov 2020
No guide on the bus and its a good hour each direction. Mostly highway and nothing interesting to see, bring a book or something. The docents at the Big House at Oak Alley are great. Very knowledgeable and friendly. The trees are amazing.
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The alley of Oaks
Laurie_N
, Sep 2020
On time and efficient! The bus was a little cold, I’d suggest a wrap. The plantation was beautiful and the tour guide was very informative! Had lunch, the fried green tomatoes are outstanding!!!
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star-5
Great half day tour!
kim_w
, Sep 2020
Great tour! Oak Alley is beautiful. The guides were very knowledgeable. The oak trees were gorgeous.
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Inferno Coach Ride
Yaremi_M
, Sep 2020
I’d like to start by saying that the tour of Oak Alley itself was great. The guides were knowledgeable and entertaining. The estate is beautiful. The downfall came on our return to New Orleans. The provider of the transportation is Grayline and it had no AC on the return trip. This is with over 90 degree weather on a sunny Louisiana day. The driver did not make an announcement that the AC was no longer functioning and proceeded to open the emergency hatch at the back of the coach to let in some air. This made for an incredibly hot, muggy, and noisy 1.5 hour drive back to New Orleans. I understand things are sometimes out of our control but the company should make every effort so that the travelers feel comfortable or at least compensated for not providing what was detailed in the trip inclusions.
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Walking the grounds
Rebekah_S
, Jul 2020
Oak Alley is so interesting and an important lesson of our US history. The bus driver was horrible. The area is beautiful and they actually take time to acknowledge the slaves and how the lived.
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Fun tour
Joni_R
, Mar 2020
We enjoyed our tour. Walked through the main house and visited some outbuildings. We saw a video about harvesting sugarcane and visited the gift shop and ice cream gallery. Fun tour!
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Walk back in time...
Marie
, Mar 2020
Beautiful location... Solemn thoughts while visiting. Worth the trip💕 Would recommend! Loved the fresh pralines⚜️
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a fun tour
Laura_S
, Mar 2020
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The guide, Brittany, did a great job giving us the history of the plantation and answered our questions.
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