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Oak Alley and Laura Plantation Tour with Transportation from New Orleans

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Oak Alley and Laura Plantation Tour with Transportation from New Orleans

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Steep yourself in American history on this half-day tour of Oak Alley and Laura plantations that comes with convenient transport from downtown New Orleans. Both 19th-century plantations offer fantastic views of the Mississippi River. Snap shots of the famous canopied path of southern oaks that give Oak Alley its name, and gain insight into the women-run Laura plantation, where slave cabins still stand.
  • Tour of Oak Alley and Laura plantations from New Orleans
  • Visit Laura, a historic sugar plantation, with slave quarters
  • Stroll through Oak Alley plantation, a National Historic Landmark
  • Admire Oak Alley’s oak trees that are 300 years old
  • Choose from two departure times to suit your schedule
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Transportation from the French Quarter - meet at 9:30 am outside Homewood Suites French Quarter
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Homewood Suites by Hilton New Orleans French Quarter , 317 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA

Please be outside of the Homewood Suites French Quarter at 317 N. Rampart St. at the beginning of the pickup window. Your shuttle departs promptly. Pickup begins at 9:30AM.

10:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Near public transportation
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 33 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Cajun Encounters Tour Co.
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 a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on sanitisation during Oak Alley and Laura Plantation Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
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star-5
Great tour!
Paula_W
, Aug. 2022
Rene was a great driver and guide. Kyla at Laura was really good and informative. I love Oak Alley and have actually stayed in one of their cottages. I do wish we’d had the extra 20 minutes that we had after the tour added to the 30 minutes before the tour so we could have eaten in the restaurant. The sandwiches in the cafe are okay but the restaurant has a larger variety.
star-5
Rene is a great tour...
Dave_O
, Jul. 2022
Rene is a great tour guide and a conscientious driver. (Weather was challenging in the rain). Both Laura and Oak Alley we’re beautiful plantations with remarkable history. If you book both tours you will feel rushed at Oak Alley.
star-4
Our bus guide, Rene, was...
Christie_G
, Jun. 2022
Our bus guide, Rene, was personable and pleasant. He went above and beyond to make sure everyone had a nice ride and had the correct information. The tours were both informative and interesting. Oak Alley was a bit rushed and had it been more crowded even having time to get some lunch would have been impossible. I would suggest allowing more time to explore the grounds and that would have improved my experience a lot.
star-4
The Laura plantation...
Clifton_J
, Nov. 2021
The Laura plantation guide was excellent añd personable unlike the Oak Alley presenter. The Oak Alley tour was poorly planned and executed. Not enough time at Oak Alley for tour II n your own.
star-5
Our tour bus guide, Nate,...
Allison_S
, Oct. 2021
Our tour bus guide, Nate, was very friendly and we enjoyed his stories and jokes. Laura Plantation was our favorite tour. It had a more warm and inviting feel. Oak Alley was more formal. Both places are beautiful and would recommend to see when in the New Orleans area.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Highly recommend
Michael_R
, Oct. 2021
The history and storytelling. Guides were great and made the experience enjoyable. Would definitely recommend.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Great Adventure
Kathleen_O
, Aug. 2021
I had already visited both of these places back in the 1990’s and it was very nice to go back and rediscover them and learn more facts and refresh my memory of those that I’d forgotten.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-2
great and awful at the same time
Steve_G
, Aug. 2021
I am going to review this in two separate pieces. I'll start with the terrible. First of all, they insist over and over that you arrive before the pickup time, but it turns out the time is just a window and so 14 people were standing at our stop for 35 minutes waiting, since we all got there at least 10 minutes early and pickup was 25 minutes after the time we were told. The driver was a NIGHTMARE. Dwayne told us over and over and over how much he did NOT want to do the plantation tour. He never shut up during the whole ride, but he spent most of the time telling us about his personal life - all his daughters' car accidents, for instance. Who cares?! He did point out where Andrew Jackson was buried - then said "he's some military guy. Google it." I mean, really? He also did NOT enforce the mask policy on the bus, so half the people weren't wearing them, which was very upsetting. The plantations, however, were wonderful. Especially Laura. Our guide, Crystal, was amazing and really made the place come to life. I'd never been to a Creole plantation and we all found it really interesting. Even my 13-year-old niece was really into it. The second plantation, Oak Alley, was also interesting. Our guide there was a little bland, but we happened to run into a guy giving a talk at the (reconstructed) slave houses and he was really fantastic. Overall, I'd say the tour was worth it, but a) try to get a real pickup time from the company and b) make sure you do NOT get Dwayne as your driver.
icon Response from Host , Aug. 2021
Thank you for taking time to share your experience with us. We sincerely apologize for the negative experience you had with our driver, Dawayne. We are passing along your review to upper management and they will be addressing this issue with Dawayne personally. We are so glad you enjoyed your tours at the plantations and hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in New Orleans!
star-4
1 thumbs up
KJH
, Jul. 2021
Laura tour gave more stories to the history of the plantation. Both for the owners and the slaves. Explained about the harsh lives and how the lives intertwined. Oak alley is beautiful, but no talk about lives of the slaves.
star-5
Laura/Oak Alley Tour
Debra_M
, Jul. 2021
Laura Plantation guide was fantastic. Oak Alley was a bit rushed, wish we had more time there. Overall am so glad we chose this tour. The bus driver, and both guides at both plantations were very informative and told us fun stories of the past.
star-5
Highly recommend!
Gina_L
, Jul. 2021
This tour was amazing! The guide at Laura- his name is Logan, was excellent! Our driver was fun and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this tour and tour bus company.
star-4
Depends on what you’re looking for… history or beauty?
Chantel_W
, Jun. 2021
Laura’s tour was so historical and interesting. Oak Alley was GORGEOUS, but less history was shared.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Worth it
Jeng_C
, May 2021
Both plantations are worth the visit. Guides on site are knowledgeable in the history of the specific plantation. Wish we have more time to explore
star-4
Laura Plantation
William_M
, May 2021
Definitely Laura Plantation was the highlight. Logan the tour guide brought the plantation to historical life. Oak Alley was just ok compared to Laura
star-4
I enjoyed the day and seeing some of our history
Derek_K
, May 2021
Cajun Encounters transportation was on time and punctual and getting the tours of the two plantations was seamless. Sunshine had excellent energy and gave good recommendations for how to tour the grounds and avoid crowds. Plantations themselves tend to vary in terms of how they present their information, especially in how they bring up the slave side of the story and honor and respect their contributions and struggles. The Laura Plantation did a good job at this, but the Oak Alley Plantation did not. The tour guide at Laura was also outstanding and natural, but the tour guides at Oak Alley were very robotic, scripted, and unnatural. Both plantations were very beautiful and it was a good way to see parts of our dark history as a country that are important to remember and never forget.
star-5
Great tour
Robert_M
, May 2021
The narrator, Michael at the Laura Plantation was superb, very informative of all the past history, people and events that led to many decisions that affected many lives. He explained the culture and made the place alive. Oak Alley was the most impressive regarding the views of the plantations and oaks. The history was interesting, but not as impressive as the narrator at the Laura Plantation.
star-5
Wonderful Trip
Aleksandr_E
, Apr. 2021
The tour guides on both plantations were knowledgeable and ready to answer to the questions . The pick up and the drive were easy and on time
star-5
Experience was sad but good very informative
Angela_H
, Apr. 2021
The tour bus driver Sunshine , she was so sweet and made sure we were comfortable, the tour itself was nice , very I formative , being a black woman seeing it was sad for me but a unforgettable experience. Would definitely recommend
star-4
Good tours, pickup/dropoff very disorganized
Lisa_A
, Apr. 2021
Nice tours. Would recommend. Bus pickup was very late & microphone didn’t work so we missed all commentary. Dropoff was in different order than pickup so it was hard figure out. I was told to go all the way across town from where I was staying for my pickup when there was one 4 blocks from me. I pd $25.00 just to get to pickup stop!! I got off at the closer one.
star-5
Great tours!
Brian
, Mar. 2021
Great tours! You could easily spend hours at the Oakley Plantation but the tour guide at the Laura plantation was excellent and knowledgeable. The Oakly tour is the big house only and rest is self guided, the Laura is a fully guided tour. You can’t go wrong with either one!

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