Day trip

New Orleans: Destrehan Plantation, Houmas House & Lunch

Activity provider: Tours by Isabelle
Day trip

New Orleans: Destrehan Plantation, Houmas House & Lunch

Activity provider: Tours by Isabelle

From US$ 179 per person

Take a guided tour of the Destrehan Plantation, the 1811 Slave Revolt Exhibit, and Houmas House & Gardens. Stop for a gourmet Creole lunch in a grand dining hall.

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Duration 7.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Please contact the local partner 48 hours prior to your experience to confirm pickup details. Please be ready at your confirmed pickup time in front of your hotel or B&B.
Small group
Limited to 13 participants


  • Learn about the opulent splendor of the Antebellum South
  • Marvel at the contrast of architecture styles from the 1840s
  • Discover the interior of 2 different plantation mansions
  • Experience Louisiana cuisine with a gourmet lunch
  • See rural Louisiana with its sugar cane fields
Full description

After being picked up from your hotel in New Orleans in a 13-seater high-roof van, your enthusiastic historian driver-guide will narrate your scenic drive upriver to two historic plantations on the shores of the Mississippi River. On the journey, drive by the shores of Lake Pontchartrain and miles of cane fields extending from the Mississippi River to the back swamps. Learn about Louisiana's geography, geology, and incredible history en route.  The first stop is Destrehan Plantation the oldest documented plantation in the Mississippi River valley, constructed in 1787. Learn about the history of the site, see where Charles Deslondes led the 1811 Slave Revolt, and discover its dramatic outcome. Then you are driven further upriver on the old Mississippi River road, passing the ruins of the Tezcuco Plantation and hearing about its history. Soon afterward you will arrive at the "The Sugar Palace", more commonly known as Houmas House. Here, you will enjoy a gourmet Creole lunch in a grand dining hall. There are even refreshing Mint Juleps available for purchase if you wish to really experience the Southern Plantation life. After lunch, you will enjoy a guided visit to the Greek Revival mansion on this very opulent plantation. Your guides, in period dress, will lead you through rooms filled with period antiques and Louisiana artwork. Afterward, you will have time to stroll around the stunning gardens in the shadows of ancient oaks, before visiting the very gift shop. Sample Lunch Menu (subject to seasonal changes) Luncheon includes home-baked bread and butter, an iced tea or soft drink, a dessert, and coffee.  Choice of Entrees: Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad (gluten-free without croutons): Served with tender romaine lettuce, croutons, and parmesan cheese Crown Jewel Hamburger: Grilled 7oz burger topped with cheese, bacon, mayo, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, and onion served with French fries Shrimp Po Boy: Shrimp, crispy fried and served on New Orleans French bread with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and Creole mayonnaise Breast of Chicken (gluten-free without grits): Skin-on breast of chicken, served with stone-ground grits, roasted veggies and rum-spiked Houmas House beehive honey glaze Vegetarian Pasta: Veggies and baby heirloom tomatoes with fettuccine pasta and parmesan cheese Choice of Dessert: White Chocolate Bread Pudding Turtle Creole Cream Cheese Cheesecake

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Enthusiastic historian driver-guide
  • Narration
  • Entrance fees to visit both plantation mansions and gardens
  • Full gourmet lunch
  • Taxes
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tips

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Non-folding wheelchairs

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
  • Please inform local tour operator of food allergies or dietary restrictions at the time of booking
  • Tour vans cannot accommodate non-collapsible wheelchairs. 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

Overall rating

5 /5

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January 6, 2023

Great tour with guide Rene. Loaded with information and the mansions are beautiful. Food was surprisingly good!

September 18, 2022

it was the most interesting and informative tour that we took in New Orleans. Steve was great and very knowledgeable, especially about the origins of the food and the history of the area. We also appreciated that the bus was comfortable and not an icebox like other tour buses that we have taken. And the restaurant was very good.

May 28, 2022

Product ID: 393054