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Oak Alley Plantation Tour with Transportation from New Orleans

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

The 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.

This activity will end right where it started.
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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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:
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
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Oak Alley Plantation Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
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 with Transportation from New Orleans.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Oak Alley Plantation Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
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 with Transportation from New Orleans.

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  • "Not everyone is allowed inside at the same time, and there is no photography allowed inside." See review
  • "A pleasant getaway from NOLA, Oak Alley is a little over an hour drive." See review

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star-4
Very good experience
Ramon_C
, Aug 2022
The plantation is a great experience, operator service was very good, however and that is why I removed one star the bus broke and we had to wait one hour for another bus
star-4
A good tour
Carolyn
, Aug 2022
We enjoyed the commentary by Kin, our bus driver. He offered a lot of history and local info. The grounds are beautiful although the history a bit unsettling.
star-2
Ride is too long, driver needs to dispense with the behavior lectures
B_C
, Jul 2022
We felt like we were on a 3d grade field trip with a strict teacher who lectured us, as if we were children, on all the the things we could or couldn’t do. We’re adult, mature customers; not imbeciles. Also, extended diatribe towards end of bus ride back was obviously paid verbal endorsements for certain restaurants. Lastly, I felt like there was a ulterior motive on the chosen videos. Just let the people visit the plantation and come to their own conclusions about the injustices perpetrated there 150 years ago.
star-5
Great experience
Ronald_E
, Jul 2022
The history of the original owners and the last owners. The artifacts and the way people lived back then and the harsh treatment of the slaves.
star-5
Oak lawn
Jan_M
, Jul 2022
Great tour guide. Did slave quarters on our own. Good for or grandsons to experience life in the 1800
star-5
Plantation Tour
Janice_G
, Jul 2022
Enjoyed the bus ride as had informative videos on the slave life and New Orleans. The plantation was beautiful and house tour very interesting.
star-4
Great experience!
Andrea_R
, Jul 2022
Very informative and enjoyable. We could have used a little more time to walk the property. Maybe just 30-60 minutes more.
star-3
Not focused on the slavery experience
Femi_S
, Jul 2022
So all in all it was a decent excursion, however, it was mostly focused on the slave owner’s history and the construction of the main house versus the plight of the slaves…which isn’t what I was expecting. I wanted a tour that focused more on the experiences of the slaves.
star-5
Fun Afternoon!
Kevin_B
, Jul 2022
Really fun exploring the plantation and learning about the history of it on the way over. Excellent tour guides!
star-5
Beautiful plantation....
Claire_B
, Jul 2022
Beautiful plantation. Tour guide was very informative. Bus ride was comfortable, and driver friendly and professional.
star-5
Lots of history
Briana_B
, Jul 2022
Beautiful grounds, friendly, knowledgeable staff. The tour is told from the perspective of the Slave holders and the Big House.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fantastic tour too Oak Alley Plantation
Charles_G
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide Alton shared his plethora of knowledge about the history of New Orleans along the way to and from the plantation. It was an awesome experience.
star-5
Fantastic history lesson was a plus
Michelle_D
, Jun 2022
Our guide, Charlie added so much extra knowledge to my trip. The bus trip was about 1. 1/2 hours but Charlie spent that time to give valuable information.
star-5
Superb visit
Catherine_N
, Jun 2022
Dione our coach guide was brilliant and very knowledgeable about the history of New Orleans...I could gave listened to her all day long..The guide Jackie in the house was the same. If I would be critical of the coach part it was we were told to be back at 3.45 we got back to the coach ar 3.40 and thankfully 2 other trip people said to wait for us as they almost left without us and we were not late back? However they did leave without 4 other people so we had to go back for them.
star-5
Great trip
Gerardus_V
, Jun 2022
Great experience. The plantation was well kept and the oak trees are beautiful. A piece of real American history. The bus ride out was very informative with Alton our guide.
star-5
The Plantation was more than I expected
Francis_G
, Jun 2022
Our driver was excellent . Very informative . Plantation guide and the property were excellent . Restoration was impressive
star-5
Tour guide was great. I...
Richard_F
, Jun 2022
Tour guide was great. I would recommend the tour. History about plantations was very interesting. Took the Grayline bus tour.
star-5
Oak Alley Plantation An Unforgettable View
Marissa_N
, Jun 2022
The tour guide on the bus was very friendly and informative about the historical plantations and the crops like the sugar cane and soy beans. When you arrive they do a tour of the mansion and seeing the way The people that were enslaved lived. We seen the famous Oak trees around the homes in the plantations, they were In full bloom and beautiful flowers around the mansion along with the views of the garden and how it would have all looked. The inside of the mansion was gorgeous and breath taking with real historical evidence of the people who lived and owned at the plantation.
star-5
Fun time, worth it!!!
Heather_W
, Jun 2022
Bus driver was knowledgeable and friendly. Appreciated his passion for history and the plantations. Bus was air conditioned and clean :) Oak Valley Tour guide Tony was superb, very knowlegeable as well. Beautiful grounds!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
So glad you joined us.
star-2
Broken Bus
Elizabeth_R
, Jun 2022
This trip started off great! Oak ally was wonderful! Our bus driver was wonderful! But on the way back our bus did not have any air 🥵we drove for 40 minutes on an inclosed bus with no ventilation NO AIR with about 50 ppl! It was 100* outside! PLUS humidity! I shld get my money back
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Just like a personal car, things may break without advance warning. But we regret this happened to you. Please share your reservation name and date so we can pursue this for you. guestexperiences@glnosc.com

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