Get a taste of antebellum Louisiana on this morning or afternoon half-day tour from New Orleans to two of the finest plantations on the Mississippi River: San Francisco Plantation and Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. Learn about the pre-Civil War history of these sights from your guide as you walk under spectacular oak canopies, admire the well-preserved mansions and tour former slave quarters.' Limited to 13 people, this small-group tour ensures a personalized experience.
After morning or afternoon pickup from your New Orleans hotel, enjoy a scenic, narrated drive along Lake Pontchartrain. Cross the Mississippi on a high suspended bridge and head a short distance upriver along the Great River Road to beautiful San Francisco Plantation, a family-owned, Steamboat-gothic style plantation. Learn about the colorful lives of the owners and their families as you tour the mansion, former slave cabins, a blacksmith's shop and schoolhouse.
Next, head a bit farther upriver to Houmas House Plantation and Gardens and savor a mint julep (own expense) before your mansion tour. Admire the columned exterior of the Greek Revival-style mansion, nicknamed the 'Sugar Palace.' Then follow your guide through 16 lavish rooms filled with period furnishings and artwork from Louisiana artists. Stroll among gorgeous old oak trees and savor the warm breeze before hopping in your van for the drive back New Orleans. Your 5.5-hour tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.