Day trip

From New Orleans: St. Joseph and Laura Plantations Tour

Activity provider: Tours by Isabelle
Day trip

From New Orleans: St. Joseph and Laura Plantations Tour

Activity provider: Tours by Isabelle

From US$ 139 per person

Enjoy a small-group guided tour of 2 plantations. Learn about their history and architecture, as well as the dark stories that lurk behind their grand façades.

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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Please meet in front of your hotel or B&B at the agreed pickup time. Please call the local partner at least 48 hours before your tour to receive your exact pickup time.
Small group
Limited to 13 participants


  • Tour the St Joseph Plantation, the location for the movie "12 Years a Slave"
  • Experience a guided tour of Laura, a Creole plantation
  • Learn about slaves as you visit the cabins of Laura Plantation
  • Stop in front of Felicity, Oak Alley, and Evergreen
  • Discover rural Louisiana outside of New Orleans
Full description
After being picked up from your hotel or B&B in New Orleans in a 13-seater high-roof van, your historian driver-guide will narrate the scenic drive upriver to 2 historic plantations on the shores of the Mississippi River. On the way, drive along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, through swamps, and sugar cane fields.  After crossing the Mississippi River on a high suspended bridge, drive along the famous River Road and stop to admire the mansions, outer buildings, and oak trees in front of both Evergreen Plantation and Oak Alley Plantation. Your first stop is at St Joseph Plantation for a guided visit of this family-owned, working sugar cane plantation. Here one of the owners will show you around the home and farm which has been in operation since 1877. This plantation, and their sister property "Felicity Plantation" are also the location where "12 Years a Slave" was filmed. Then, continue downriver to Laura, a Creole plantation from 1804. Learn about the 4 generations of women who ran this plantation. Learn how the work of the West-African slaves influenced all segments of the Creole culture, best evidenced today in the local cuisine, music, family-centered traditions, architecture, and lifestyle. At Laura's Slavery Museum Exhibit, hear personal stories of individual men, women, and children who lived there, illustrating how the lives of the enslaved, both Créole and American, were intertwined with those of their owners. On your return drive back to New Orleans, pass by the famous Whitney Plantation, and old cypress swamp groves.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional driver/tour guide
  • Narration
  • Quality audio system to hear the tour guide clearly
  • Entrance fee to St Joseph Plantation
  • Entrance fee to Laura Plantation
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This is a small group tour for up to 13 people
  • Tour departs rain or shine. Ponchos and golf umbrellas are provided for those who forget to bring their own
  • Tour vans cannot accommodate non-collapsable wheelchairs. However, tours can accommodate, on a limited basis, those able to use a van seat, and those who can carry collapsed wheelchairs and walkers
  • Tour involves limited walking around the 2 houses
  • You will be required to contact the local tour operator at least 48 hours before the tour to confirm the exact pickup time
Customer reviews

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Both tours were excellent. Jacob and Pam know the history of the plantations so well. We learned a great deal. We highly recommend this tour.

May 15, 2022

April 17, 2021

Product ID: 393055