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New Orleans: Oak Alley, & Laura or Whitney Plantation Tour

1. New Orleans: Oak Alley, & Laura or Whitney Plantation Tour

Visit two plantations and explore their unique landscape and architecture. View informative exhibitions, learn about their history as you tour the historic sites, and benefit from pickup from your accommodation in New Orleans. Start with a visit to the famous Oak Alley Plantation. Witness the quarter-mile avenue of 28 giant live oak trees leading to the house. Pause at the Slavery at Oak Alley exhibition and explore the stories of those who were enslaved at the site. Learn about the daily lives of slaves including their healthcare, punishment, and life after emancipation. Choose between visiting the Laura or Whitney Plantation for the second part of your tour. Select Laura to see a plantation complete with a big house kitchen garden, Jardin, and banana groves. Browse for local arts and crafts in the shop, and visit the plantation's new museum as part of your tour. Alternatively, decide to visit the Whitney Plantation, home to the first slavery museum. View exhibits demonstrating the lives of the slaves who worked on plantations. See the oldest detached kitchen and the best-preserved Creole cottage in Louisiana as part of your visit.

New Orleans : Garden District Architecture Walking tour

2. New Orleans : Garden District Architecture Walking tour

Explore the Garden District with the help of a local guide who will tell you about the history of Louisiana's great planter families. You'll see the lavish homes as a shining symbol of their success. People like Scarlett O'Hara, who lived on the plantation in the summer and in the city in the winter months, in the heart of New Orleans, or Anne Rice, author of the novel "Interview with the Vampire" who lived nearby (Brevard House at 1239 1st Street.) You'll get a sense of the mysterious atmosphere that emanates from these imposing houses lined up next to each other. All that they have seen, the secrets of the aristocracy of the time that they sheltered. The era of masters and slaves, the segregation of the South, the Civil War, the abolition of slavery... The romantic impulses against the cruel historical reality. Your guide will tell you the history and anecdotes about this popular cemetery, and you will learn about the rites of burial above ground. Due to a temporary closure we will not be able to enter.

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Meeting spot was perfect! Our group was small & our guide, Rene, was awesome! Loves New Orleans & wants everyone he meets to love it too! Cafe du Monde was crazy busy at the end of our tour but quick thinking took us down the street to Cafe Beignet, which was just as enjoyable & allowed our group to sit & enjoy treats together.

Renee was a fabulous tour guide. He was knowledgeable, fun and really knows the city inside and out. The tour was money well spent—-we learned a lot, were shown things we would not have found on our own and enjoyed Renee’s enthusiasm and love of New Orleans1

Jett was knowledgeable

The only thing I wish is we could have stayed in the museum longer and had a tour with guide of the events of Katrina.

I got a great overview & history of the French Quarter, just enough history for my 1st visit to NOLA.

Museums were a highlight. History of New Orleans is always fun.