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Review of Tours by Isabelle

Tours by Isabelle
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Small-Group Tour of Oak Alley and Laura Plantation from New Orleans
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Small-Group Louisiana Plantations Tour from New Orleans
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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!
Bayside, New York
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed August 10, 2010

jenny was our tour guide and i swear she didn't even take a breathe during the entire tour. she gave us continous information, there was never a second of silence. we visited brad pitt's houses and all the rebuilding. she is a survivor herself so she gave a good perspective on how things were at the time until now. nice air-conditioner van, bathroom stop, highly recommend!

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New York, NY
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great Plantation Tour!”
Reviewed August 2, 2010

We went on the plantation tour to Laura and Oak Alley and our guide, John, was fantastic and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this tour!

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New Haven, Connecticut
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Terrific post Katrina tour with local drivers that experienced the storm”
Reviewed July 27, 2010

I booked the post-Katrina tour based on the fact that Isabelle and her drivers are local, long term New Orleans residents. Having been a first responder to Katrina, and a recent volunteer with the habitat group in New Orleans, I wanted to experience how the impacted area was doing 5 years out. For this tour Isabelle was personally in touch with me, as I was requesting a front seat so I could have some photos to share with my students where I teach.... in an effort to have more people volunteer to help in the recovery of the area. She went the extra mile to accommodate my request and the time frame I requested. THE TOUR WAS EXCELLENT – Joseph was our tour guide for this 3+ hour experience. Pick was right on time, and drop off was back at your hotel or a location in the Frech Quarter. His knowledge about the area was outstanding, as he was able to provide historically accurate accountings about the "before and after" impact of the storm. It was apparent that Isabelle and her team made this a personal journey that brought the full impact of Katrina home to those on the tour. Unlike the large bus tours you will occasionally see, the personalized approach to this tour will help you more fully understand the incredible hardships so many people in the area still experience. If you decide to do one special thing while visiting New Orleans, take this tour to gain some knowledge about a natural disaster that won’t be forgotten.

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San Antonio, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“I highly recommend!”
Reviewed July 14, 2010

Fantastic! Our guide (Jenny) was prompt, attentive and professional. She shared a wealth of information and made the driving time fly by. We just loved learning from her and would not hesitate to use Tours by Isabelle again.

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190 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 327 helpful votes
“Trip Highlight”
Reviewed July 11, 2010

We really had a great time with this place.. our guide was informative, professional, and picked us up at our hotel.. We did the 8:30A-2P Plantation Tour.. we toured two plantations.. really, they basically just give a ride to the plantations, and give a narrative on the way, explaining history, Katrina, places, the area, and so on. Once you get to the plantations, you take the tours alongside everyone else. That being said, they pick you up at hotel , provide guidance, and keep you informed on the way to the places. Our guide was really informed, nice, and punctual. If you are going to use a tour company, this is the one to use. We talked to other guests at the inn and their experiences (with OTHER companies) were not good.. We liked our guide a lot. But if you're renting a car, we think you can drive to the plantations on your own.. We liked the information, however. We toured Oak Alley and Laura's Plantation.. both tours were great. Good company to deal with via phone.

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