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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
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

Visit the Whitney Plantation Museum, a former indigo and sugar plantation on the River Road now dedicated to promoting an understanding of slavery in Louisiana. Learn about the realities of plantation life through museum exhibits and recorded narratives as you explore the restored structures and historical slave cabins. Download the Whitney Plantation app for the self-guided tour of Whitney Plantation Museum.
  • Tour of Whitney Plantation Museum from New Orleans
  • Visit Louisiana's only plantation solely dedicated to promoting an understanding of slavery
  • Get a unique perspective on the people who lived and worked at the National Historic Landmark estate
  • See the Spanish Creole main house and restored slave cabins
  • Learn about plantation life via recorded slave narratives
  • Round-trip transport provided from central New Orleans
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3 hours to spend touring Whitney Plantation
Round-trip transport from central New Orleans
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Departure Point

400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to the meeting point in the French Quarter, and travel outside the city along the Mississippi River to the famous River Road, home to many of Louisiana’s antebellum plantations. After crossing the Bonnet Carre Spillway, built to absorb river flooding, take in a great vista of Lake Pontchartrain and pass by the historical estates of Evergreen, St. Joseph, and Felicity that once conducted trade in crops like cotton, sugarcane, and indigo.

When arriving at Whitney Plantation, a National Historic Landmark founded more than 260 years ago, feel a sense of stepping back in time. Learn about the harsh realities and legacy of the people who lived and worked at Whitney on a self-guided tour of the estate, including original and restored slave cabins and other outbuildings. See the well-preserved Big House, considered one of the best remaining examples of Spanish Creole architecture in Louisiana.

Read about the lives of Louisiana’s enslaved people in their own words through first-person narratives recorded by the Federal Writers' Project, and explore museum exhibits that help tell the story of slavery in the American South. After absorbing the poignant and powerful history of the estate and its centuries of human stories, return to New Orleans in the late afternoon.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Mississippi River
Start the tour at the designated meeting point in New Orleans and journey to the historic Whitney Plantation, one of the antebellum estates located along the Mississippi River.
Pass By:  
Lake Pontchartrain
You'll cross the Bonnet Carre Spillway, a flood outlet for the river, and see a panoramic view of Lake Pontchartrain on your way to the plantation. Pass by the Evergreen, Felicity and St. Joseph plantations, where rich crops of sugar cane, cotton, and indigo from these fertile lands once traveled to various ports of trade.
Stop At:  
Whitney Plantation
Arrive at the Whitney Plantation, which dates back more than 260 years and is now a working museum dedicated to the understanding of slavery in the American South. Visit museum exhibits and restored buildings including historical slave cabins, some of which remain from the original 22 on-site. See the Big House, which is one of the finest surviving examples of Spanish Creole architecture in Louisiana, and learn about the daily life of former slaves at Whitney as recorded by the Federal Writers' Project. Please download the Whitney Plantation app for the self-guided tour of Whitney Plantation Museum. At the end of your 5-hour tour, you're returned to central New Orleans.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Check-in is 15 minutes prior to start time.
  • 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.
  • Guests visiting Whitney using a wheelchair will have access to the gift shop, restrooms, and museum. The plantation grounds are accessible; however, there are uneven gravel 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 first floor is accessible. Guests would be able to view the slave quarters, but would not have access to enter.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • 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 Whitney 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 Whitney Plantation Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Whitney 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 Whitney Plantation Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Whitney Plantation Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Whitney Plantation Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whitney 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 Whitney Plantation Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Whitney Plantation Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Whitney Plantation Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "I'm a board member of the Slave Dwelling Project and a past board member of Coming to the Table, so have firsthand experience of the value of these kinds of dialogues, difficult conversations, to be sure, but necessary." See review
  • "It's about an hour outside of New Orleans, on the West Bank of the Mississippi river." See review

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star-5
Fantastic and sobering tour
Taylor_
, May 2021
Whitney Plantation exclusively focuses of the lives of the enslaved. The tour was very sobering, profound, and impactful. The grounds are amazingly well-kept and I left feeling a mixture of feelings (I also cried during certain parts). The self guided tour was great with the amount of time we had to explore (around 2 hours for a 1 hour tour and time to spare). The pick up and drop off points were great as well. We were dropped off a little earlier than 6pm due to traffic, but that was fine.
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star-5
Great experience
Deashia_J
, May 2021
Very easy check in and simple self guided tour. Everyone was very helpful and the his ride was smooth and comfortable
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star-4
Great but Expensive for no tour guide
Daniel_F
, May 2021
We loved the whole experience. Bus driver was great and informative. But the experience lacks a tour guide.
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star-5
Amazing tour guide!
Susyqt
, May 2021
I loved it! Our tour guide/driver shared her personal experiences during Hurricane Katrina. She provided so much insight about the city and its beautiful cemeteries. The Whitney plantation is a must! Thank you! I wish I remembered her name. She was exceptional! Please give her a raise!!
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star-5
Easy and flexible
Steve_F
, May 2021
Most of us didn’t feel like dealing with an Uber, taxi, or have a car so using Viator made it easy. We also liked riding together and the flexibility of being able to cancel within a day or two if someone couldn’t make the trip. Highly recommend Whitney Plantation tour.
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star-5
A must do
Jessica_B
, May 2021
This was the highlight of our trip. It was painful learning about the history of our ancestors but I’m glad we went, we learned, and got to see everything in great detail.
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star-5
Experience of a lifetime!
Kim_F
, May 2021
Loved the informative walking tour. The details were spectacular! And the added info rounded out the whole experience. I have been recommending this to people!!
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Whitney Plantation Tour
Tamica_S
, May 2021
The tour bus broke down therefore our time was limited on the Whitney Plantation not allowing us to have the full experience even though it was promised. My family & I traveled 15 hours for this tour, needless to say I was VERY disappointed. Other than that the plantation experience that I did get was AWESOME!
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star-3
Average tour but still a must do to understand history of slavery
Sneha_B
, May 2021
We had a pick up and drop off from a central point by grey line tours. When I booked it said a guided your so I thought we would have a tour guide. But after boarding the bus, the driver had us download a app for the tour. So we were pretty much on our own at the plantation . But the app was good and gave us good details of the various exhibits. It was good to see some preservation on the country's dark history. Considering that this was the only place where it's preserved, I guess it was good education. But I believe they need to do a better job of talking about the history. Over all not a bad experience and would say do it so you know about slavery and how the slaves lived.
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star-5
Great experience
Payton_C
, Apr 2021
This was a great tour!! The self guided device they give is super easy to use!! The employees were nice as well!!
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