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    Louisiana Plantations Tour

    Get a taste of antebellum Louisiana on this half-day tour from New Orleans to two of the finest plantations on the Mississippi River! 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 St Joseph Plantation, a family-owned, Creole-style sugar plantation that's been operating since 1877. 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, to admire the columned exterior of the Greek Revival-style mansion, nicknamed the 'Sugar Palace.' Stroll among gorgeous old oak trees and savor the warm breeze before hopping in your van for the drive back New Orleans. 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 St Joseph Plantation, a family-owned, Creole-style sugar plantation that's been operating since 1877. 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.
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    Laura Plantation Tour

    Louisiana Tour Company
    The Laura Plantation -- once run by four Creole women, (most notably, Laura) has been home to many over the years. But now the grounds are home only to visitors who seek the remnants of the past. Cross the threshold of the front portico and you'll enter the harrowing history of slavery, viewing the quarters where humans were once entrapped into labor and hearing stories of all aspects of the plantation life. You'll also hear other facts about how the book "Brer Rabbit" was written on the grounds, and how The Laura Plantation was nearly destroyed by fire back in 2003 and rebuilt to its original design using materials from antique homes that had been disassembled and sold off into pieces. What a history! Don't miss this incredible antebellum adventure.
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    Laura Plantation + Swamp Tour (Tour Boat)

    Louisiana Tour Company
    You're not gonna get to know the swamps of N'Awleans any better than this locally-owned family-run business that's been doing their thing since '89! Your first stop will be The Laura Plantation -- once run by four Creole women, and most notably, Laura -- There you'll enter the harrowing history of slavery, viewing the quarters where humans were once entrapped into labor, and hearing stories of all aspects of the plantation life. You'll also hear other facts about how the book "Brer Rabbit" was written on the grounds, and how The Laura Plantation was nearly destroyed by fire back in 2003 and rebuilt to its original design using materials from antique homes that had been disassembled and sold off into pieces. What a history! But you're not getting away from this one without a trip through the Bayou! Next up is the swamp -- Take this tour to get to know the lay of the land. Your guide will be a local captain who has lived the Cajun Life, living in harmony with the ecosystem on a daily basis, so you're in good hands!
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    Fly a Plane in New Orleans!

    Learn how to fly a plane in New Orleans on an exhilarating 50-minute flying lesson that includes sights of the mighty Mississippi River, the historical French Quarter and Mercedes-Benz Superdome! The must-do experience includes 20 minutes of on-ground tuition, followed by 30 minutes in the air under the watchful eye of the pilot -- an instructor certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Help control the plane during takeoff and landing, and enjoy your airborne time to take control and maneuver the plane through the skies! No license or prior experience is necessary. Meet your pilot at the Flight Academy of New Orleans, and spend the first 20 minutes of your experience learning about the pre-flight procedure that all pilots do before flying. Study the instrument panel to work out the different controls, learn about the engine start sequence, and chat through the basics of flying such as taxiing the aircraft and preparing for takeoff.Then, head out to the ramp to step aboard your small sightseeing plane and take your seat in the cockpit. Under the watchful eye of the pilot sat at your side, launch the aircraft into the sky, and then enjoy roughly 30 minutes of free flying through the air. Learn how to maneuver the plane up and down, to the right and to the left as you soar through the skies around New Orleans, above the plantations and swampland that typify the city's outskirts, and then above New Orleans itself. Gaze down at Mercedes-Benz Superdome--home stadium of New Orleans Saints American football team--and the bright lights of the city laid in front of you. Weave through the skies above the French Quarter, and see the mighty Mississippi River snaking through town. When it's time to return to ground, listen to your pilots instructions for touchdown, and then help guide the plane back to the runway. After touching down, your pilot will sign your logbook that officially records your flight over New Orleans.Note: There are a max of two observers allowed ($115 per observer must be paid on location). Please provide the names of your observers in the Special Requests field, they are not guaranteed unless they have been confirmed.
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    Swamp Boat Ride and Plantation Tour

    See a variety of wildlife on a swamp boat ride and explore an authentic southern plantation on this tour from New Orleans. See alligators, egrets, raccoons and snakes during your ride around a private Louisiana swamp after taking a tour of Destrehan Plantation, the oldest documented French Colonial style house in the Lower Mississippi Valley. Your tour will begin with a tour with a 1.5-hour visit to Destrehan Plantation, where you will learn the history of the Destrehan family sugar dynasty, see a Slave Revolt Museum that dates back to 1811, and admire the architecture of a French Colonial style plantation. After your plantation tour, take a comfortable coach in central New Orleans and ride across the Mississippi River to Manchac Swamp, where you'll board your custom-built, covered boat. This Louisiana swamp is privately owned so you'll be able to take in your fascinating surroundings with fewer distractions. In addition to sharing some local history, your guide will explain why wetlands like this one are disappearing and what's being done to save them. Feel free to walk around your boat to capture photos of the swamp's abundant wildlife, including alligators, egrets, raccoons, snakes, and nutria -- a giant rodent. Your 4.5-hour tour of Louisiana's colorful scenery and history concludes at its starting point in New Orleans.
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    Oak Alley and Laura Plantation Tour

    Go beyond New Orleans to tour two grand Louisiana plantations on the banks of the Mississippi River. Watch guides in period costume bring to life the history of Oak Alley Plantation, named after a double row of live oaks planted nearly 300 years ago. Then tour the Creole Laura Plantation with its sweeping sugarcane fields and historically significant slave quarters. Admire several other plantations on the Great River Road from afar, and learn their unique stories. On your ride out to Oak Alley Plantation, you will see and hear all about Whitney, Josephine, and Evergreen Plantations. Your guided tour of Oak Alley Plantation will allow you time to admire this jewel of Greek Revival architecture. The quarter-mile canopy of giant live oak trees, believed to be nearly 300 years old, forms an impressive avenue leading to the classic Greek-revival style antebellum home. Next visit Laura, a Creole Plantation and her historic slave quarters surrounded by sugar cane fields. The guided tour transports you with dramatic detail into the charmed yet tragic lives of four generations of Creole owners and their slaves.
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    Oak Alley Plantation Tour

    Feel the gentle breeze of southern hospitality on a tour that takes you back to a time of mint juleps, gracious living and the glory of the Old South. Oak Alley is your destination on this 4.5 hour tour, that takes you into the stunning plantation home, built over 165 years ago. Listen to fascinating and amusing stories of the home and its history, presented by your professional guide. Experience a bygone era in one of the South's most beautiful settings - Oak Alley Plantation, built in 1839. Marvel at the unbelievable quarter-mile long alley of 28 magnificent Oak trees, each over 250 years old. Perhaps the most photographed plantation ever, Oak Alley has been the setting for such motion pictures as "Interview with a Vampire", "Primary Colors" and the wedding of Bo and Hope from the daytime soap opera, "Days of our Lives". Your guided Oak Valley Plantation tour will reveal the fascinating stories of the home and its history. View the Majestic Cypress Trees in Louisiana's swamps bordering the Mississippi River. You can purchase a snack, salad or sandwich in the Cafe and Ice Cream Parlor to enjoy at the picnic tables or aboard the coach (not included in price). Feel the gentle breeze of Southern hospitality on a tour that takes you back to the glory of the Old South!
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    Half-Day Airboat Combo Tour

    Set out on an exhilarating airboat ride deep into secluded bayous in Cajun Country on an active, family-friendly tour! Travel over bayous and open waterways around the colorful, historic fishing village of Jean Lafitte, named after a 19th-century smuggler. Spy alligators in the wild -- as well as raccoons, native birds and large river rodents called nutria -- as your native guide provides interesting commentary. Continue your adventure of the deep south as you make a trip to Destrehan Plantation, a lavishly restored Greek Revival antebellum mansion on Louisiana's Old River Road, for a glimpse into the historic past of New Orleans. Here you will have free time to enjoy lush gardens and majestic live oaks. This tour is a great way to explore the most iconic New Orleans sites while your ship is docked! Once you've disembarked your ship at the Port of New Orleans, your guide picks you up and takes you to the quaint and remote Cajun Village close to Paradis, LA. Here, you embark on a high-speed ride onboard small airboats, comfortably gliding over marshes and venturing deep into secluded bayous for approximately 2 hours. You may even get to hold a baby alligator, feed giant catfish, or meet a nutria face to face!Then, travel to the Destrehan Plantation for a guided tour. This historic plantation, on Louisiana's Old River Road, is a lavishly restored Greek Revival antebellum mansion. Here you will have free time to enjoy lush gardens and majestic live oaks.
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    Garden District Walking Tour

    Admire the posh homes of New Orleans' Garden District on this morning walking tour. Observe impressive examples of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture including mansions belonging to Anne Rice, Sandra Bullock and John Goodman. See where Confederate leader Jefferson Davis died, witness the above-ground burial ground at Lafayette Cemetery, and learn about the history of the Garden District from your guide. Your tour includes roundtrip transportation from the French Quarter and refreshments at Magazine PoBoy Shop. Your tour begins in the French Quarter, where you'll board a comfortable, air-conditioned coach and travel to the quieter and more genteel Garden District. This elegant historical area, known for its marvelous examples of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture and lovely gardens, was once the site of a number of plantations. Learn from your guide how in the 19th century it was sold off piece by piece primarily to wealthy Americans who built the lavish mansions that still dominate this district.  See mansions belonging to local author Anne Rice, actress Sandra Bullock, actor John Goodman, and former New Orleans Saints' quarterback -- and father of Peyton and Eli -- Archie Manning. Stop for an exclusive tour of a stately Garden District home built around the end of the American Civil War in 1865. Admire an unusual cast-iron fence resembling a row of cornstalks and learn the legend of how a southern colonel had it made in the mid-1800s to comfort his homesick Iowan wife. You'll also see where Confederate leader Jefferson died at age 81 and stop to walk around Lafayette Cemetery, one of New Orleans' many above-ground cemeteries. Hear about how the high water table and frequent flooding in the city helped drive the creation of these 'cities of the dead' as you capture photos of the elaborate tombs and statuary. Enjoy light refreshments at Magazine PoBoy Shop before heading back to the French Quarter by coach at the end of your 2.5-hour Garden District tour.
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    Oak Alley & Laura Combo Plantation Tour

    New Orleans Tour Company
    How would you like to see two amazing plantations in one day? This tour will take you to see both the Oak Alley and Laura Plantation! Stroll through 28 beautiful oaks to the doors of Oak Alley, a Greek Revival mansion built in 1837. Tour the slave quarters of the Laura Plantation, where the Br'er Rabbit story was first recorded. Sit down for some lunch as your knowledgeable guides unveil the history of antebellum New Orleans. There will be plenty of photo ops as you see the stately homes and grounds.
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