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Address: 12621 River Road, New Orleans, LA 70131
Phone Number:
+1 504-398-0365
08:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

locally owned and family run New Orleans tour company,first class, small...

locally owned and family run New Orleans tour company,first class, small scale, personalized service since 1979. Experienced and knowledgeable Driver-Guides on board comfortable, top of the line 13 passenger vans enthusiastically will make you fall in love with Louisiana!

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Small-Group Tour of Oak Alley and Laura Plantation from New Orleans
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Small-Group Bayou Airboat Ride with Transport from New Orleans
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Whitney Plantation, Museum of Slavery and St Joseph Plantation Tour

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NOLA City & Katrina Tour ~ Amazing

Cannot speak highly enough of this tour company. Whilst they were a little pricier than other options, the boutique service, comfortable smaller van and expertise of our tour... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Cannot speak highly enough of this tour company. Whilst they were a little pricier than other options, the boutique service, comfortable smaller van and expertise of our tour guide made it all worthwhile. We were a large family party of 10 travelling from Australia including kids (6, 9 & 10), parents and grandparents, and so took up the majority of... More 

Thank DNWCTaylor
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We did the Grand tour which was very informative with Ellen sharing her local knowledge of her wonderful NOLA area. Would highly recommend this company and this tour due to size of tour (numbers) and quality itinerary. A great day out seeing old NOLA.

Thank Glenn A
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I took the tour of St. Joseph and Whitney Plantation. Our driver, Jerry was very informative. He was a careful driver and a real trooper, since NOLA had heavy fog on the morning of the tour. The St Joseph plantation appears to be a family-owned and working plantation, whereas the Whitney plantation focuses primarily on slavery. The tour guide, Ali... More 

Thank Donna1925
Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My son and I joined Isabelle's for plantation tour in January 2017. We visited two plantations, St. Joseph and Whitney, which were an interesting contrast. St. Joseph is maintained by descendants of the owners, and displays memorabilia of the former owners' family. The tour was conducted by a lady who seems to be a relative of the family, talking about... More 

Thank BrooklynGirl1121
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the tour to Laura and Oak Alley Plantations in Jan. 2017. Our driver, John, picked up the two of us from our hotel, we were the first, and then he picked up the other 10 people. My husband and I were lucky, we are claustrophobic and we would not have been able to sit in the back of... More 

2 Thank lynnsbanks
London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The tour is really expensive and not worthwhile at $150 pp. The tour is handled by Isabelle's but really they sub-contract the boat and plantation parts to other tour providers. If you had a car you could visit both places by yourself. Isabelle provides a driver, who collects you at your hotel/Airbnb and explains, whilst driving, the history of the... More 

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Isabelle C, Owner at Tours by Isabelle, responded to this review

Hello and thanks for taking the time to tell us about your experience on our 1/2 day Plantation and Airboat tour. I am glad you found the Destrehan Plantation tour itself to be fine and the pick up service at your AirBnB to be convenient. We have a 94% approval rating of "Very Good" to "Excellent" on Trip Advisor and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked a tour with Tours by Isabelle via Viator for Thurs 5th Jan. The excursion was for a boat trip down the Bayou (swamps) and tours of 2 different types of plantation houses - Laura, a traditional, colourful Creole home and Oak Alley Plantation, a traditional, palatial western style home. Enitially, we were unsure whether to book as it... More 

Thank Sammy P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were able to set up a last minute tour of Oak and Laura Plantations as well as the bayou. Tours by Isabelle was very accommodating for a family of 5. Great historical and local information from Joseph for adults and teenagers, who was an awesome guide. Loved the beautiful plantations. Amazing history. Although the bayou was beautiful, we did... More 

Thank HooiserAggie
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Other reviews have shared the factual and great aspects of the tour. Tour is run very professionally and our guide Ellen was a gem. Informative and highly interactive with the group. A few things to consider... if he weather looks like it won't cooperate change your tour date. The fog the day we went impacted our ability to enjoy the... More 

Thank BigMikeFoodie
Pasadena, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Plenty of choices to reserve sightseeing excursions in advance and instead of renting a car or navigating your own way, this company will send a knowledgeable driver to come get you and drop you off at your hotel and take you to the places you sign up to see. We wanted to see two very different plantation tours, and along... More 

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