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“Great Service & Extremely Informative”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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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!
Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great Service & Extremely Informative”
Reviewed January 14, 2011

I recently visited New Orleans with a group of ten friends. We booked 3 different tours (Katrina, Airboats, and Plantation) with Isabelle. The tours took a little bit of coordination since not all ten of us went on every tour. Isabelle and her staff were very helpful in planning and coordinating the tours to accommodate our variant schedules. The tour guides were locals who seemed to have lived in New Orleans for generations. They were very knowledgeable about anything you might want to know about their city. From them, we got an insider's take on the people, beliefs, and culture in New Orleans. Isabelle's tours have the warmth of visiting New Orleans with a friend who lives there, instead of just being bused around and given facts like the typical tourist experience.

Visited December 2010
3 Thank ckingadventure
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Fort Worth, Tx
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“This tour was well worth it.”
Reviewed January 11, 2011

Although I called at the last minute I decided to do this tour by viewing the reviews on Trip Advisor. I am so glad I did. I can't remember the name of the guide but I have to say she was very knowledgeable and gave us so much information. That was our last day there if not I would have done another tour. There is more to New Orleans then the French Quarter. I was very pleased and glad I did it.

Visited January 2011
2 Thank LaReinaAmparo
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Tucson, AZ
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Tour of Plantations”
Reviewed January 6, 2011

I recently visited New Orleans and scheduled an afternoon tour of 2 plantations outside the city. John was our guide, a true "Creole," first generation American born and raised in New Orleans. Not only was he very informative but his 'nativeness' brought so much more to the tour. He was friendly, down to earth and very helpful. As I discovered most New Orleaneans are. The plantations were a study of opposites: Laura Plantation is a traditional Creole home, with ginger bread details but very modest and functional - just a place to come to work the sugar cane fields during season. Run by women might I add. The Oaks Alley Plantation was extravagant and quite modern for the time. Its antebellum design and sheer grandeur was impressive. Built to woo a socialite from the city it was a place to see and be seen.
The drive to the plantations was also very interesting to see the "swamp areas' outside the city.
Highly recommended.

Visited December 2010
2 Thank rwyant
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Ottawa, Illinois
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57 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Informative well run tour”
Reviewed January 4, 2011

Diane, our guide, did an excellent job of answering questions. Information was given in a pleasant interesting way. Seemed to be more expensive than some other tours, but we were very pleased with it.

Visited December 2010
2 Thank Linda36508
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San Jose, CA
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“There's a lot to learn about New Orleans outside of the Quarter”
Reviewed January 1, 2011

This tour, which was a last minute decision at the end of a week in New Orleans, was the most meaningful and fascinating thing I did all week. Initially, I was hesitant to go thinking I would end up feeling depressed. In the end it gave me a feeling of connection to the City and it's residents that I didn't get from all the wonderful meals and even the music. I came away with great respect for the fortitude and love residents who went through Katrina have for their home town. My guide was amazingly knowledgeable and shared her personal experiences which made the tour even richer.

3 Thank MelissaAliasSJ
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