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Oak Alley Plantation Tour

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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.
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Gray Line New Orleans
400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USAThe 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.
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    Oak Alley Plantation
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    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).
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    Pass by Lake Pontchartrain
    Pass by I-10 Bonnet Carré Spillway Bridge
    Pass by St. Joseph Plantation
    Pass by Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site
You'll return to the starting point
  • Tour Oak Alley, one of America’s most famous and well-preserved plantations
  • Learn about southern plantation life before the Civil War
  • Tour the elegant ‘Big House’ with a costumed guide
  • Pickup and drop-off from a convenient French Quarter location is included
What to Expect
Depart New Orleans from a convenient French Quarter pickup point and ride in a comfortable air-conditioned coach around Lake Pontchartrain and along the Mississippi down River Road. As the bustle of city life fades away, experience the peace and quiet of Louisiana swamp country. Reach the plantation by driving through the "Oak Alley" of giant trees that are more than 250 years old. Tour the perfectly restored rooms of the 1839 Greek Revival mansion, which you may recognize from movies like Interview with a Vampire and Primary Colors. A costumed guide shares Oak Alley’s fascinating history, including stories of Creole plantation life before the Civil War. Spend some free time exploring the grounds, including an exhibit about the slaves who built the plantation and lived there.
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Departure Point
Gray Line New Orleans, 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
4h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Guided tour of plantation home
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Local guide
  • Local taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Oak Alley Plantation
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch
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Additional Info
  • 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.
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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My husband and I were recently in New Orleans and I have always wanted to go on the plantation tour so we did that. Getting to both the swamp tour and the plantation tour means riding for an hour or so in a coach. Highest commendations to the coach drivers on both tours
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This plantation was super easy to find. We arrived early to beat the crowd- when we were leaving, the tour buses were coming in. Plan to spend at least 1.5 hours here especially if you take the inside tour- highly suggest. You can freely walk around the outside but inside, you
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This excursion was a fabulous history lesson of the sugar cane industry in New Orleans! And Grayline’s tour guide, JoAnn, and bus driver, Vanessa, were what made the tour a “10”! Being born and raised in New Orleans, JoAnn’s knowledge added so much to the round-trip bus ride
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Our guide, JoAnn, was great. She shared her deep knowledge about all things New Orleans with sincere enthusiasm. I will certainly recommend this tour to other first-time visitors to NO.
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Our guide Jim was great! Learned a lot about New Orleans and also had fun throwing beads on the bus :-) the plantation is beautiful!
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By: Gray Line
Lynda J
Oak Park, Illinois
A sobering, essential experience for everyone
This plantation is the only one in the New Orleans area that is devoted to explaining the horrors of enslavement
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Lesley P
Leek, United Kingdom
Whoop whoop
Long anticipated trip on the Mississippi on a steam paddle boat. "Mark Twain" is one of my favourite authors.
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Natchez River cruise
Expecting a circle tour of the city, the Mississippi flows a 200 degree circle of NO), and the port, was
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Ottawa, Canada
Loved our Dinner and Tour!
Spending an evening on the iconic Natchez Steamboat was a great way to kick off our time in NOLA. The group size
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Mary Beth L
What's For Din-din?
Having a captive audience, they could have had low quality food. But, the food was GREAT! Great roast beef,
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Brianna J
Steamboat Natchez was a great experience! Getting tickets was easy. We did the cruise without the lunch and we
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George Thomas
Great tour guide and driver
Jim was n outstanding tour guide very knowledgeable with New Orleans history. He was very entertaining. Our driver
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Bronx, New York
DO this plantation tour if you are only doing one!
Most slaves were starved to death amidst what is by today's standard BILLION $ industry. The tour guide was
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Judy B
Irvine, California
Enjoyed the food and Jazz band!
The buffet was delicious and the band was great! The length of the cruise was just right! We had a nice meal and
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Pat H
Excellent tour and excellent coach drivers
My husband and I were recently in New Orleans and I have always wanted to go on the plantation tour so we did
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Key Details
  • Duration: 4h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Languages Offered: English
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