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Whitney Plantation Tour

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New Orleans, United States
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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

Visit the Whitney Plantation Museum, a former indigo and sugar plantation on the River Road now dedicated to promoting an understanding of slavery in Louisiana. Learn about the realities of plantation life through museum exhibits and recorded narratives as you explore the restored structures and historical slave cabins. Download the Whitney Plantation app for the self-guided tour of Whitney Plantation Museum.
  • Tour of Whitney Plantation Museum from New Orleans
  • Visit Louisiana's only plantation solely dedicated to promoting an understanding of slavery
  • Get a unique perspective on the people who lived and worked at the National Historic Landmark estate
  • See the Spanish Creole main house and restored slave cabins
  • Learn about plantation life via recorded slave narratives
  • Round-trip transport provided from central New Orleans
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3 hours to spend touring Whitney Plantation
Round-trip transport from central New Orleans
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Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Gray Line New Orleans, 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Departure Time

12:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to the meeting point in the French Quarter, and travel outside the city along the Mississippi River to the famous River Road, home to many of Louisiana’s antebellum plantations. After crossing the Bonnet Carre Spillway, built to absorb river flooding, take in a great vista of Lake Pontchartrain and pass by the historical estates of Evergreen, St. Joseph, and Felicity that once conducted trade in crops like cotton, sugarcane, and indigo.

When arriving at Whitney Plantation, a National Historic Landmark founded more than 260 years ago, feel a sense of stepping back in time. Learn about the harsh realities and legacy of the people who lived and worked at Whitney on a self-guided tour of the estate, including original and restored slave cabins and other outbuildings. See the well-preserved Big House, considered one of the best remaining examples of Spanish Creole architecture in Louisiana.

Read about the lives of Louisiana’s enslaved people in their own words through first-person narratives recorded by the Federal Writers' Project, and explore museum exhibits that help tell the story of slavery in the American South. After absorbing the poignant and powerful history of the estate and its centuries of human stories, return to New Orleans in the late afternoon.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Mississippi River
Start the tour at the designated meeting point in New Orleans and journey to the historic Whitney Plantation, one of the antebellum estates located along the Mississippi River.
Pass By:  
Lake Pontchartrain
You'll cross the Bonnet Carre Spillway, a flood outlet for the river, and see a panoramic view of Lake Pontchartrain on your way to the plantation. Pass by the Evergreen, Felicity and St. Joseph plantations, where rich crops of sugar cane, cotton, and indigo from these fertile lands once traveled to various ports of trade.
Stop At:  
Whitney Plantation
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. 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. Please download the Whitney Plantation app for the self-guided tour of Whitney Plantation Museum. At the end of your 5-hour tour, you're returned to central New Orleans.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line New Orleans

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Whitney Plantation Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Whitney Plantation Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Whitney Plantation Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Whitney Plantation Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Whitney Plantation Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Whitney Plantation Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whitney Plantation Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Whitney Plantation Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Whitney Plantation Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Whitney Plantation Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "I'm a board member of the Slave Dwelling Project and a past board member of Coming to the Table, so have firsthand experience of the value of these kinds of dialogues, difficult conversations, to be sure, but necessary." See review
  • "It's about an hour outside of New Orleans, on the West Bank of the Mississippi river." See review

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Very Insightful!
Angel_W
, Feb 2021
Whitney Plantation was remarkable. It was an emotional stroll to a dark past that has truly been glossed over in school and the media as well. We learned so much. The staff was friendly and answered all of our questions. Our driver was absolutely the sweetest person ever! We lost track of time at one of the sites and it was time to go. He came to find us and we thought he would be angry for the hold up but instead he patiently walked us to the bus and offered us more plantation info along the way. Hope he’s the driver on our next tour!
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Don't take the bus if you do not have to. Drive to the Plantation yourself.
Heather_R
, Feb 2021
This tour is good if you do not have transportation while in New Orleans. We did not know that we could drive ourselves to the plantation. If you take the bus from the lighthouse you pay double. It is only $25 for a ticket to the plantation. We ended up paying way more taking this bus and the bus had no heat (on a day when it was the coldest it has ever been in New Orleans) so the transportation was horrible. You also only get 2 hours there, whereas if you go on your own, you can take as little or as much time as you want. In the future, now that I know we can go on our own, I would never use the transportation. The driver was great though. He was funny and knowledgeable and apologetic for the heat not working.
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Life changing self-guided tour
Tyler
, Jan 2021
Excellent people and exhibits. We loved the art and the guided tour on the app was amazing. So happy we chose this tour!
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The worst disappointment ever
AnaEsther_G
, Dec 2020
I'm very very saddened and disappointed about this experience. I waited for this particular tour with so much excitement, only to be completely let down. Because of covid no tour guide. You are to use your phone for the tour, sounds ok, but they didn't say we would need our phone, so of course we had no battery, no phone, no info, we were not able to understand anything nor hear any stories nor know anything about this plantation with so much to offer. We paid 138 dollars for a tour that is 25 ea. And we got no tour. So not only was it a waste of money but we wasted an entire day of our trip. Thanks. Next time let your customers know what is needed beforehand. I'm Def going to talk to my cc to see if anything can be done. It feels like my money was literally stolen.
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Informative
PGfrom_chi
, Dec 2020
Learning the history of the plantations from the slave perspective. Somber but eye opening tour. Recommended. Only complaint is people should be asked to keep conversation to a minimum while the information video is playing on the bus on the way to the plantation. I had to endure young teens chattering behind me which made me miss a bit of the information from the video.
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Emotional Tour
kimberly_j
, Dec 2020
It was an emotional glimpse into plantation life. I definitely learned some new things about slave life. Can’t believe slave descendants were still on the plantation in the 70s.
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A Powerfully Moving Experience
Elizabeth_P
, Nov 2020
We were skeptical about not having a live guide, but the audio guide was excellent! I loved hearing the actual voices of people who had personal experience, and also the option to “hear more” at many of the stops. The original buildings and beautiful sculptures combined to make it a powerfully moving experience. Highly recommend!
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God will provide
Glo
, Nov 2020
The sadness I felt about the stories of how they were treated like animals . And that how so many babies died when the mothers went into labor had their babies and then immediately had to return to the field and started to work
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Great Experience
Taira_A
, Oct 2020
The tour was a great experience. One that was very important to me, and the driver, Alton, added to that experience. He was awesome.
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Great experience of history
Silly
, Oct 2020
Very interesting audio tour. Too bad the main house is closed due to Covid-19. Still very worthwhile. Only 1 hr drive from downtown NOLA. Temp check on bus entry.
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