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Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans

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6 hours (Approx.)
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Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Overview

Go beyond New Orleans to tour two grand Louisiana plantations on the banks of the Mississippi River. First visit St. Joseph Plantation, a Creole style family-owned working sugar cane plantation. Then take short drive down the Great River Road, admiring other plantations from afar and learning their unique stories. Stop for a photo in front of Oak Alley Plantation's famous oak-lined esplanade before arriving at your last stop, Laura Plantation. Hear personal stories of those who lived there, and explore its sweeping sugarcane fields and historically significant slave quarters. This small-group tour allows a limited number of people to ensure a more personalized attention from your guide.

Highlights

  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • All entrance fees included
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Small-group tour

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Average 4.55 out of 5 stars based on 313 verified reviews from Cool New Orleans and TripAdvisor

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Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans
SandeeK_12, Jan 2022 Verified
We were so impressed with the personalized service received from Isabelle and her staff. We completely enjoyed the plantation tour that we took as well as the airboat adventure we booked through her. It was such a major convenience to be picked up at our hotel and taken to the tour locations. We did the plantations tours of Laura Plantation and Destrehan Plantation. The docents were so knowledgeable and knew the history of each property. Rene our tour guide for the plantation tour was exceptional and is a New Orleans native with quite the family history in this part of the country. Hearing his stories was amazing and we really appreciated his advice on local cuisine and jazz venues. We highly recommend any tour from Isabelle as you will feel like you are part of the family and welcomed as such. Thank you Isabelle!
Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans
T6327MXdanielb, Jan 2022 Verified
Renée was a great tour guide highly recommend. Very informative and knowledgeable about the history of new orleans.
Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans
Go369266, Dec 2021 Verified
Rene was amazing. Very knowledgeable, I just cannot say enough about him and the experience. Very much worth it! I’ll definitely do Tours by Isabelle and request him when I come back!
Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans
Matthew_P, Nov 2021 Verified
Today, we did a plantations tour with Ellen. She picked us up in a new, spotlessly clean van and gave us a great overview commentary of NOLA and the areas that we passed through. She also offered recommendations and answered all the questions we had regarding restaurant recommendations in the French Quarter and beyond.Merci bien, Isabelle and Ellen, for making our tour a fun and memorable day!
Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans
Jim M, Oct 2021 Verified
My wife and I contacted Isabelle, owner of Tours by Isabelle, the day prior to our scheduled Tuesday tour. Isabelle told us that she had been trying to reach us because there was only one other party of 2 that wanted to take a tour, but the tour was a different one than the one we scheduled. There was nobody else scheduled for the tour we were interested in. How sad it was to learn that! The Covid-19 coronavirus was obviously taking it’s toll on tourism in New Orleans. Isabelle then offered to provide us a private tour in her vehicle for an additional amount, rather than the planned 14-passenger van that we expected to be nearly full of fellow tourists. The additional amount was very reasonable so we agreed, and she told us she would pick us up at 11:30am the next day. Isabelle also told us that St Joseph Plantation was closed because of damage from Hurricane Ida, but she had booked another tour to Destrehan Plantation to go along with visiting Laura Plantation. That change was fine with us.Promptly at 11:30am on Tuesday, Isabelle picked us up at our hotel, showed us a large plastic-laminated map of the metropolitan area on one side and the locations to which we would be traveling on the other, and we were on our way. As we made the approximately one hour drive to Laura Plantation, Isabelle explained to us the types of industries, the types of vegetation, and a brief history of the areas we were passing through and answered our questions. Isabelle also told us something we had never heard before: The City of New Orleans is an island!When we arrived at Laura Plantation, we joined only one other couple in the tour of the plantation hosted by guides in period dress. The hour-plus tour began by describing the history of the plantation and its owners while we toured the main house where we saw several rooms with period furnishings. We then toured the grounds behind the main house and learned about the slaves that were on the plantation and also toured a small building that once housed slaves. We learned that in 1872 the plantation was renamed in honor of Laura Locoul, a great granddaughter of the original plantation owner whose “Memoires of the Old Plantation Home” describe the plantation and those who lived there.Isabelle then drove us for about 40 minutes to Destrehan Plantation where we had another guided tour hosted by guides in period dress and, with again, only one other couple. In the Plantation Home, we saw a number of rooms with period furniture and learned that the original Home was completed in 1787 making it the oldest Plantation Home in the lower Mississippi River Valley. Our small group also saw some other buildings and slave cabins on the grounds. The Destrehan Plantation property closed at 4:30pm, and Isabelle had us back to our hotel by 5:30pm as she had originally estimated. Isabelle then texted me 9 pictures of my wife and me in various situations while we participated on the two tours. What a nice surprise!We strongly recommend that anybody who wants to see 2 plantations in the Lower Mississippi River Valley in one day choose Tours by Isabelle. Isabelle has been a small business tour owner for over 40 years since she first arrived in New Orleans, and she knows the City of New Orleans and the surrounding area very well. Also, if Tours by Isabelle is an option for another Cool New Orleans tour you are considering, we recommend you choose Tours by Isabelle. You will be very glad you did!If you want to take a tour in the New Orleans area, this would be a good time to do it. The crowds are small, but the locals, like Isabelle, are very eager and capable to provide visitors engaging and long-remembered experiences.
Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans
Loree, May 2021 Verified
Rene our driver was great and so informative. Kristyn at Laura was incredible and so full of poise. Very informative. St. Joseph's was also informative but different since it was from a descendant's POV. Hard to hear the truth of the past but important to learn.
Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans
helmersc18, Feb 2020 Verified
Excellent tour of two very different plantations! Guides are well-versed in the history, portraying the lives of both the “big house” and the “back of the house” in a respectful and illuminating the way of life of this time period!
Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans
lionheart716, Feb 2020 Verified
Madeline was our driver/guide on the bus, and she is fabulous. She knows her history and is spell-binding in how she tells her stories. The tours at each of the plantations were given by staff at each location, and were just okay. We had more time at Oak Valley, so I brought a bagged lunch that I enjoyed under the massive oaks.
Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans
Heather R, Nov 2019 Verified
It was a great tour. It was nice to get to see two very different plantations . The guide at Laura was the best.
Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans
Ellen J, Oct 2019 Verified
The Oak Alley tour of the house is nice but exploring the grounds etc is even better. We would have liked more time here as there was so much to see and do. The Laura plantation was excellent and it was a lovely experience to do these tours with a small group.

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