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Whitney Plantation Tour, New Orleans

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Activity Schedule

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  • Duration

    7.5 hours, including 2.5 hours of travel.

  • Start time

    12:00 p.m.

  • Meeting Point

    Steamboat Natchez Dock near the Gray Line "Lighthouse" Ticket Office, located in the French Quarter at Toulouse St. & the Mississippi River.

  • Ending Point

Key Highlights

  • Take a compelling look into the lives of Louisiana slaves and plantation owners
  • Visit the only Louisiana plantation museum that focuses on slavery
  • See fascinating exhibits, memorial artwork, and restored buildings
  • Experience hundreds of first-person slave narratives
  • See one of the best examples of Spanish Creole architecture in the world
  • Meet your friendly and knowledgable tour guide


Take a peek at the history of slavery in Louisiana on the Whitney Plantation Tour

Stand witness to the lives of slaves and plantation owners in Antebellum Louisiana! This restored plantation, spanning over 2,000 acres, represents the only plantation museum specifically focused on the history of slavery in America. Over a decade of restorations with a total cost of nearly 10 million dollars has brought this important relic of the past back to life! So come pay homage to the hardship, toil, and lives lost during this dark period in America’s history by taking a Whitney Plantation trip.

You’ll enjoy the informative commentary provided by your own tour guide and driver as you make your way through the Louisiana backroads! Then, once you’ve arrived at Whitney Plantation, you’ll have the opportunity to feast your eyes on the main house, which is one of the best examples of Spanish Creole architecture in the world! You’ll also experience exciting exhibits, original artwork commemorating the period, as well as some riveting, first-person slave narratives. It’s one of the most powerfully moving things to do in New Orleans!


Gray Line Whitney Plantation Tour

Your Gray Line Whitney Plantation Tour kicks off at 12:00 p.m. at the Steamboat Natchez Dock near the Gray Line “Lighthouse” Ticket Office. Here, you will meet your friendly and knowledgable tour guide and motor coach driver.

The tour starts in the French Quarter and proceeds for an hour and 15 minutes en route to Whitney Plantation. Along the way, you’ll see notable landmarks pointed out by your tour guide during this narrated motor coach ride. It’s also a great opportunity to check out Louisiana’s countryside.

Once you’ve arrived at Whitney Plantation, your tour guide will lead you through the architecturally important main house. You will also visit the pigeonnier, plantation store, barn, and slave quarters. Also, you can tour the 1884 Mialaret House, which enhances the feel of a working plantation. Finally, you can tour the grounds, some of which still grows a substantial amount of sugar.

At 6:15 p.m., your motor coach leaves Whitney Plantation on its way back to New Orleans. And, around 7:30 p.m., your motor coach arrives back at the Gray Line “Lighthouse” Ticket Office, completing the tour.


  • Tour Guide & Live Commentary in English
  • Transportation to and from Whitney Plantation

Please note

Sorry, but we will need you to print a paper version of your booking voucher (we're working on changing this ). At this time no refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organized activity to reconfirm.

So there’s no last-minute rush please arrive at the start point 10 mins early.

Due to the home's historic nature, access to the second floor is by stairs only. But, touring the grounds is an integral part of the Whitney Plantation experience.

To enter buildings, be seated in bars/restaurants or access restrooms inside, guests must be ready to show proof of vaccination, or a negative covid-19 test in the past 72 hours.

Masks are not required outdoors.

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