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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

Departure Point

400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

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
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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
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What is the social distancing policy during Oak Alley Plantation Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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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.

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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

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  • "Ride was comfortable poured rain for half the trip but so nice even using umbrellas didn’t bother our group… btw try the mint julep 😮" See review

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Bus tour
Lawanda_H
, Jul 2021
The bus ride there and back was very informative. Alton is the best. He know New Orleans!! Seeing the slave houses and the big house was very interesting. It was amazing to see how they had to live and what they had do to maintain the owners house and crops.
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Not good!
Chris_M
, Jul 2021
You all need to share that the ‘four hour’ tour you promised IS: 2.5 hours in a bus to get there, a 40 MINUTE guided tour of the house and the rest of the time you ARE ON YOUR OWN. It is a gross misrepresentation! We could have taken our own car and seen all of the plantations along the way for a LOT LESS money!
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star-4
Enjoyed trip/history. Would have liked more time there than the two hours given
Tom_K
, Jul 2021
Alton was very informative for the drive to and from Oak Alley. Enjoyed tour and history of the plantation. Could have used a bit more time exploring the area. Did not realize the hour and a half bus ride to and from
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star-5
Loved!!
Dawn_C
, Jul 2021
Absolutely loved this tour, would do it again in a heartbeat. There’s a little bit of everything to enjoy.
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star-5
FANTASTIC!!!
Kbro
, Jul 2021
We took the 1:00 tour, and our female driver was wonderful! We really enjoyed hearing about Katrina, as you never hear the whole story.
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star-5
A Nice Escape from NOLA
Diane_G
, Jul 2021
A pleasant getaway from NOLA, Oak Alley is a little over an hour drive. However, Dameta, our driver was very entertaining and gave us a first hand account of NOLA during Katrina. She also pointed out various highlights along the way. The plantation is aptly named with beautiful trees lining the entrance. While waiting for your house tour, you can get drinks...the lemonade was so refreshing on a hot and humid day. When done with the house you can walk the grounds, learn about sugar cane, and visit the enslaved people's quarters. If you still have time there's a cafe and gift shop. Very enjoyable afternoon.
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star-5
great experience
Denisse_R
, Jul 2021
We had a great time at Oak Alley Plantation. The bus house was gorgeous and the tour very informative. We also went to the slave houses exhibit and took a bunch of pictures around the house. I’d highly recommend this tour.
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star-1
Would not recommend.
Lisa_B
, Jul 2021
Short tour very crowded and not what was expected. The description of the tour was far different than the reality.
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star-5
Must do
joncindy123
, Jul 2021
Alton, our bus driver and narrator , was excellent. He gave us lots of interesting information . The bus was comfortable and clean . Oak Alley is very impressive.
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Picturesque
Rebecca_W
, Jul 2021
The “Big House” is stunning! There are so many picturesque places on the property that make you never wanna leave. Only thing we didn’t like was you can’t take pictures of the inside of the house. It would have been nice to be able to have pictures of the beauty inside the house. Other than that the tour and plantation was amazing.
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