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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
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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Hotel pickup and drop-off
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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A lot to digest
msepter1107
, Apr 2021
Excellent and a lot to digest! It was self-guided due to COVID, but there were a few people scattered on the tour to help with questions. Take the time to listen to the app narration and read the displays.
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star-4
Powerful Experience at the Whitney but Bus Ride was Lackluster
Melissa_C
, Apr 2021
The self-guided tour at the Whitney was very informative. Our bus driver/tour guide shared some tidbits along the route to and from the Whitney but I wish he was able to go a bit deeper into the history along the way. Sometimes he repeated the same fact twice.
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I do hope proceeds earned go to benefit direct defendants of this plantation
Melinda_L
, Apr 2021
The wall of stories very touching made my daughter cry. I was able to decipher the authenticity of some of the buildings and inauthenticity of other. It says something also the only buildings you can walk inside uninhabited is the church and the jail
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star-4
Powerful Experience
Marlon_B
, Mar 2021
The tour itself was very impactful. The app made it very educational. Overall, it was a tremendous experience. Not sure why we only got 2 of the full 3 hours at the plantation.
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A raw look at brutality and resilience
Leah_S
, Mar 2021
Jim made the bus ride to & from the planation an engaging experience on top of the actual planation tour. He has the gift of oration giving bonus tales of history that would relate to our upcoming tour without duplicating the information we would learn there. The audio tour at the plantation was well done. The "voices" of historians and witnesses gave life to the monuments and building that can often feel like just skeletal remains of the past. The combination of raw testimonials against the visual reminders left you with an deeper understanding of the brutality and resilience that should never be forgotten.
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star-3
Whitney Plantation is a must - find another tour group to visit.
Amanda_Z
, Mar 2021
The plantation itself was great. I highly recommend spending an afternoon (or longer, if you have it!) I believe this review is rating Viator the tour company itself. The bus to the plantation was comfortable and air conditioned. They played a video, that was made in what had to be the early 90s, but it was informative and you could choose to watch it or not. I’ve heard of other tour companies offering some insight into the fields you drive by- which would be an interesting addition that could be added. Again, the tour of Whitney plantation was great. You use an app, and guide yourself through the plantation. I preferred this method of tour, so you’re able to stop at each stop as long as you’d like and replay the audio and extra info sections. Back to the tour company. They had two tours on this bus route, and we were dropped off first. In the tour description, it listed you would have 3 hours at the plantation. You actually got 2. The bus driver said to be back to the bus by 3pm, and warned against getting left behind, as you wouldn’t be able to find a ride back to the city. Being that I only had two hours, and it was a beautiful day outside, I spent my time in the plantation as long as I could (instead of waiting for 3pm while sitting on a bus). I could hear the bus outside, and at 2:50, I began to make my way back. It took me a few minutes, but as I exited the plantation to where the bus was, it was pulling way. I jogged over, the bus driver put the bus in park, and I checked my phone for the time, convinced I missed something. It was 2:53. 7 minutes before the time we were supposed to be back. I got on the bus, and said something to the driver about them almost leaving, and sat down in my seat. He called someone, and walked through the bus counting heads. He was talking to (who I assume was) the dispatcher, saying he had 2 or 3 extra people at this stop. How do you not know how many people you should have on your bus before leaving a place EARLY that would have left someone at that stop, with no where to go? I am grateful I made it just in time, but participants beware - your three hour tour is actually two, and the two hours given should definitely be shortened another 15 or 20 minutes, to make sure you don’t get stranded. The ride home was uneventful, with the exception of the bus driver (who earlier let us know he’s a driver - not a tour guide) explained how hard covid has been and everything, and tips are appreciated. I have absolutely no issue tipping when service is provided, but this one seemed like a stretch.
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star-3
Good black slave history lesson
Susan_J
, Mar 2021
This is an excellent lesson on the history of slavery but it you want to see a mansion inside this is not it.
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star-5
Sobering and Heavy
Erika_J
, Mar 2021
Due to COVID, we had a virtual experience via the Whitney Museum app. Despite this I found it to be a sobering experience. Even the area we traveled towards to get to the plantation felt heavy. I would love to go back with a proper tour guide that makes the experience more personal. I enjoyed it!
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star-3
A Mixed Review
Al_B
, Mar 2021
The best part of this tour were the memorials to the enslaved people of Louisiana. The German Coast Uprising memorial was incredible, and the Field of Angels was very moving. The Wall of Honor and the walls of the enslaved children honored in the Allees Gwendolyn Midlo has were also moving. I found the figures of the Children of Whitney around the plantation to be particularly griping and moving. I was disappointed that the tour was not allowed access to the big house itself. And really there were only two building that were open - the outdoor kitchen and one home of an enslaved family. I personally think a dioramma of the plantation set around 1850 would have been helpful to envision the plantation prior to the Civil War. The app that provided the audio tour was well done. Even though It would have been nice to have had a tour guide, this was not possible due to COVID. The audio tour was an acceptable replacement for the conditions.
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star-5
Educational trip
Theresa_M
, Mar 2021
Not what we expected but very interesting and educational. I liked how tour ended with narrator saying wasn't meant to make anyone feel angry or guilty just informed. We can't cancel history.
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