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Whitney Plantation Tour

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Visit the Whitney Plantation of New Orleans and step back in time as you explore the 18th-century plantation museum, the only one of its kind in Louisiana. On this 5-hour guided tour you’ll see museum exhibits, memorial artwork, and restored buildings. Learn about an important part of American history as recorded from first-person slave narratives.
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400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USADeparture Point: Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River in New Orleans Address: Light House at the Steamboat NATCHEZ Dock. Toulouse St. and the Mississippi River (at the Steamboat Natchez Dock), just one block from Jackson Square in the French Quarter.
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  • Pass by Lake Pontchartrain
    Pass by Mississippi River
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    Whitney Plantation
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    Arrive at the Whitney Plantation, which dates back more than 260 years and is now a working museum dedicated to the understanding of slavery in the American South. With your guide, visit museum exhibits and restored buildings including historical slave cabins, some of which remain from the original 22 on-site. See the Big House, which is one of the finest surviving examples of Spanish Creole architecture in Louisiana, and learn about the daily life of former slaves at Whitney as recorded by the Federal Writers' Project. At the end of your 5-hour tour, you're returned to central New Orleans.
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You'll return to the starting point
  • Visit the historic Whitney Plantation on a day trip from New Orleans
  • Louisiana’s only plantation focused on the history of slavery
  • Learn about plantation life through recorded narratives and exhibits
  • Transport from New Orleans is included, so no need to rent a car
What to Expect
Board a coach in the French Quarter and leave New Orleans behind for the swampy shores of Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River. Arrive at Whitney Plantation, a one-time sugar and indigo plantation that dates back more than 260 years. Unique among Louisiana’s historic plantations, Whitney is dedicated to promoting an understanding of slavery in the American South. Hear firsthand accounts of the hardships of plantation life through narratives recorded by the Federal Writers’ Project, and browse historic artifacts in a series of exhibits. See some of the surviving slaves cabins, which stand in sharp contrast to the stately Big House, considered one of Louisiana’s best surviving examples of Spanish Creole architecture. Several memorials and pieces of art dedicated to the memory of enslaved people offer a chance to reflect before the return drive to New Orleans. The tour ends at the original departure point.
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Departure Point
Gray Line New Orleans, 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Guided tour
  • Round-trip transport from central New Orleans
  • Entry/Admission - Whitney Plantation
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Check-in is 15 minutes prior to start time.
  • If the guest needs a wheelchair lift equipped bus, then special arrangements need to be made with the supplier. This must be arranged 48 hours prior to tour date. Contact details will be on your voucher.
  • Guests visiting Whitney using a wheelchair will have access to the gift shop, restrooms, and museum. The plantation grounds are accessible; however, there are uneven gravel paths. The main house tour is not accessible to guest traveling in wheelchairs and is not required to be modified as it is a historic home; however, the first floor is accessible. Guests would be able to view the slave quarters, but would not have access to enter.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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It seems like an unfinished museum most of the time is spent reading plaques there are very few things to see. It was so expensive for what is there. The top floor of the home was closed to visitors. I only had time to view one plantation and I am so disappointed. I will not
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Response from AdrienneGLNOSC, Guest Relations Manager at Whitney Plantation Tour
Responded 1 week ago
The Whitney plantation is geared around the life and stories of the enslaved people who lived there. We are not sure what tour you took, but we offer a double plantation tour (choice of 2 plantations) as well one that is a plantation and swamp and another which is two plantations, brunch, and a swamp. If you visit again perhaps another choice would meet your expectations.
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This plantation does not avoid the realities of life for the slaves. Excellent layout and tour guide. Deeply moving figures and memorials within authentic buildings.
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Response from AdrienneGLNOSC, Front Office Manager at Whitney Plantation Tour
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you Martyn
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We drove out to the plantation from New Orleans. This was such an awesome place. We were 5 young adults from AUstralia and we learnt so much at this plantation. Our guide was amazing and I would highly recommend this tour.
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The Whitney Plantation is a moving and informative memorial to the lives destroyed through slavery. They provide many glimpses into the impact of slavery on so many lives.
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Response from AdrienneGLNOSC, Public Relations Manager at Whitney Plantation Tour
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for the review.
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However you do this site, give yourself enough time. We were on a two-hour Gray Line tour, but that's a separate story. I could have easily spent the day. If you go, I hope you are lucky enough to get the tall, bearded man as your guide, but he's not really a guide -- he's a
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If you go on this tour, go with Joel!!! Super knowledgeable and witty. It was fun and educational. I also
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Not what we thought it would be
When we booked this dinner cruise we didn't know that there were two seatings for dinner. We were at the first
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Las Vegas, Nevada
Bus tour to plantation
Our driver Earlene kept us at ease, wi fearful driver on these tight crowded streets. Our guide Jim was excellent,
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Christine & Gina’s Roadtrip 2020
The guide was amazing, the boat ride was informative & we saw lots of wildlife. The bus ride by circle line showed
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Nice Harbor Cruise
When you purchase your tickets you will get to choose what time you will eat dinner. I would suggest the 1st
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Steward G
Grove City, Ohio
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Not only is this a relaxing cruise it is very educational! We learned so many things on this cruise. All things
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Our tour guide, Gail, was phenomenal, as was our driver! Gail told us some amazing history, kept us engaged, and
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This is a beautiful plantation. Everyone should be reminded how terribly the slaves were treated. It is so sad to
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Great excursion
My husband, our kids (in their 20s), and I throughly enjoyed this. We would not hesitate to recommend this to
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Ken was the best!
This tour was incredibly fun, the departure from the French Quarter was very convenient, I thought it'd be a
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Judith W
Family vacay in NOLA
Be prepared to wait in a long line, but moves nice and fast once they open the entrance. They will take a picture
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Nice way to spend an afternoon
We brought our 2 older kids (aged 20 & 18) for an afternoon lunch cruise. We really enjoyed the views of the river
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Lovely experience
I spent my time with my family in New Orleans for 3 days a few days before Christmas. The steamboat Natchez is
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Top tour
This is a top tour. Great fun. Really recommend. Well organised. Saw lots of alligators, racoons and wild pigs.
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Greenville, MS, United States
A Must Do
Very well put together excursion. Not only was it entertaining, but educational. The narrator was outstanding! We
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