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Guided Tours of Oak Alley and Laura Plantations

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Highlights

  • Flexible package lets you fit the visits around your own schedule
  • Learn about the vanished world of the Creole plantations
  • Brer Rabbit is linked to Laura Plantation. Find out why!
  • Laura Plantation is among the ′top 25 most popular house museums in the U.S ′ (American Academy of Architecture and Design)

Overview

Take a journey back to the vanished era of the Antebellum South when you tour two historic plantations.

Journey along Louisiana's Great River Road to view the beautiful Greek Revival mansion and the magnificent avenue of ancient trees at Oak Alley. Move on to Laura Plantation to learn even more about plantation life in its heyday, gain insights into the unique Louisiana Creole society and follow the dramas and tragedies of the family who owned the estate.

You will see the slave quarters and discover the extraordinary degree to which the Southern economy depended on slave labor. And you will uncover an amazing link between Laura Plantation and the Brer Rabbit stories.

If you’ve read or watched Gone With The Wind, and even if you haven’t, this tour is a ‘must’.

This is a flexible package, allowing you to see all the venues in one day or spread the visits out over a period of time. It's your call.

Itinerary

Capture the essence of the Old South when you visit the historic Oak Alley and Laura Plantations from New Orleans. You need to make your own arrangements for getting to the plantations, which are about 1 hour’s journey from New Orleans. There are many transportation options available to you. Please consult your hotel concierge for assistance or look up www.neworleanstransportation.com on the Internet.

For this package you can organise the schedule to suit yourself. You can either choose to visit all the places on the Bucks County tour in one day or spread them over several days.

When you see Oak Alley, a former sugar plantation, you’ll think you’ve stepped onto a set from Gone With The Wind! The magnificent white Greek Revival house has a porch lined with Doric columns and is approached by a splendid avenue of 300 year old oaks. Not surprisingly, this is the most famous and (possibly the most photographed) plantation house in Louisiana.

The mansion was built in 1839 by Jacques Telesphore Roman III and so is younger than the avenue of 28 oaks. Historical documents describe the epic tale of five families and over 100 slaves that called this plantation their home.

The Oak Alley guided tour lasts 30 minutes and begins on the hour and half-hour. The self-guided tour of the plantation grounds is approximately 30 minutes.

Just a mile away is Laura Plantation, a different but equally fascinating experience. Four generations of families, freed and enslaved, lived here. Much is known about the delightful house and its inhabitants thanks to the memoirs of Laura Locoul Gore, after whom the plantation is named.

Originally known as DuParc, the plantation was established in 1755. The current house was built in 1805 by a French Créole family. The guided tour of Laura Plantation takes 1 hour, and there are no self-guided tours.

Your guide will give you a detailed picture of daily life on an 18th and 19th century plantation and intriguing insights into Creole society, the non-Anglo-Saxon culture and lifestyle that flourished in Louisiana before 1803. You will also discover an unexpected link between the plantation and the tales of Brer Rabbit!

Your tour will include the following: • Features associated with Laura Locoul's Memories of the Old Plantation Home.
• The newly restored Big House, its raised basement and galleries, men's and women's parlors, service rooms and common rooms.
• The 200-year-old sugar plantation homestead with a visit to the three gardens: Jardin Français, the kitchen potager & BananaLand grove.
• One of the slave cabins, built in 1840, where the ancient west-African tales of Compair Lapin, better known in English as ‘Brer Rabbit’, were recorded.

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

Daily,except some holidays

Duration

2 -3 hours

Start time

Start time: Oak Alley Plantation: open daily 9:00am - 5:00pm. Guided tours start on the hour and half hour beginning : 10:00am. Last tour at 3:30pm or 4:30pm depending on the day
Laura Plantation; open daily 10:00am - 5:00pm. Guided tours at 10:00am, 11:15am, 12:30pm, 1:45pm, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration: 2 -3 hours

Meeting point

You must arrive at each destination using your own transportation.
There are many transportation options available to you. Please consult your hotel concierge for assistance or look up www.neworleanstransportation.com on the Internet
The addresses for the plantations are:
Oak Alley Plantation, 3645 Highway 18 (Great River Road), Vacherie, Louisiana 70090
Laura Plantation, 2247 Highway 18 (Great River Road), Vacherie, Louisiana 70090

Ending point

The tour ends at your convenience

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Inclusions

  • English-speaking guides
  • Admission to Oak Alley Plantation including guided tour of the mansion plus self-guided tour of the Plantation grounds
  • Complimentary Oak Alley Plantation Japanese Magnolia print (11"H X 14"W) with any Oak Alley Gift Shop purchase
  • Admission to Laura Plantation including guided tour and six complimentary postcards of the Laura Plantation

Exclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation

Do/Dont's

The tours take you outdoors as well as indoors, so dress for the weather with comfortable shoes. Read about Louisiana history and culture beforehand, especially ‘Memories of the Old Plantation Home’ by Laura Locoul Gore

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Please note

Your package is valid for one year after purchase, so you can either choose to visit both plantations in one day or spread them over two days

For Oak Alley Plantation you should redeem your booking voucher at the ticket booth at the main gate.

For Laura Plantation you can redeem your voucher at the front desk

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Useful information for your visit to Laura Plantation is given below:
  • • Arrive 15 minutes before the tour you wish to join
  • • Photography is allowed inside and out.
  • • Cell phones must be muted for the duration of the tour.
  • • Allow at least 90 minutes for your visit, allowing time for restrooms, refreshments and the Laura Plantation Store.
  • • Laura is open rain or shine. Hand fans and umbrellas are here for your use at no charge.
  • • Laura is a smoke-free attraction. Cigarettes, cigars and pipe smoking are not permitted on-site.
  • • The grounds and first floor of the Big House are wheelchair and stroller accessible
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