We were picked up from the hotel and the driver gave us a wonderful history on New Orleans. I wish I could remember her name but she was excellent. The weather wasn't good when we went, cold and overcast but the boat operator, Alan, was very friendly and informative. We saw a little wildlife. Alan spotted an owl and alligator and got us up close and personal with them. I highly recommend this tour. We will definitely use them again on our return trip.
Had a great time on the Bayou with our guide Captain Monkey, We Saw lots of alligators since the weather was warm. This is a great trip for anyone who wants the Bayou experience!
Absolutely lovely, relaxing trip. Our guide was a lovely man, really friendly and knowledgeable.
Not just beautiful but an awsome ride! Captain Paul's knowledge and great personality made it perfect!!!
Had a wonderful trip! Lots of stories, wonderful views. The big gators were out for the sun, and turtles galore! Our boat captain made sure there wasn't a dull moment. It was a perfect start to our tour.
A relaxing day going back to another place and time. The grounds are beautiful, the oaks are magnificent and the home is lavish. I would have loved to stayed in a room there just to admire everything in the home, rather than just get a glimpse of it. The porch was inviting and the view from the porch provoked dreams of what it must have been like to wake up to and go to bed to this as your last vision each day. It was beautiful. I also enjoyed the scenic ride from New Orleans to Oak Alley Plantation. I wish we had a longer time to linger!
Excellent! Our guide, Elleen was very professional and knowledgable!
We would recomemd this tour to others
I would rate this tour 4 out of 5
The swamps were very interesting but disappointed not to see any alligators and it was extremely cold.
Definitely a highlight of our trip. Fun and informative!
Our driver was great. He had lived through the hurricane and shared his experiences with us. That was a first for us and we appreciated it. The tour was so interesting. It was our second tour in two years and this one was excellent. I would recommend taking the tour at the beginning of the vacation so you can see things to go back and visit.
Had a awesome time! I think everyone needs to check out this tour if there in New Orleans :)
My wife and I took the Grand tour which included Laura and Oak Alley Plantations and a boat tour of the bayous with an experienced hunter, trapper. It was a great counterpoint to the city tour the day before because it gave us a better understanding of life then and now in southern Louisiana.
The Laura Plantation was a surprise because it was not the grand colonnaded structure of Tara in "Gone With the Wind". It is an example of a creole plantation with a surrounding veranda on the second story living quarters. There were only four rooms. A very workman like living quarters for owners who only occasionally visited. Oak Alley was the "movie" type of plantation with three stories of living space and majestic columns at the entrance, It got its name from the two rows of 300 year old oak trees which frame the entrance from the river levee. As might be expected this plantation has been used in a number of feature films.
An included lunch was served to the rear of Oak Alley and was very good. The tour guide at Oak Alley was dressed in period costume and with pal skin and black hair done in falling curls, she looked as if she stepped out of one of the photos of former residents.
Slave quarters at the rear of the main buildings were replicas since the originals had long since decayed. The stark difference in living conditions was evident. The tour was informative and varied. The Laura folks could learn from the Oak Alley folks, though, because Oak Alley offered an experience while the Laura tour was almost perfunctory.
In the afternoon, we went to a small town on a major bayou where we were met by a lifelong resident and alligator hunter, Roland Torres. He was the real deal. No airs, just a good ole boy giving us city folk a taste of his world. We went in a covered bayou boat with Roland as our pilot and raconteur. He interspersed information with stories and lore. We were totally entertained and informed.
This was an excellent experience that I would recommend to anyone.
Awesome tour. Both plantations were marvellous with awesome local guides. The gumbo was supa yummy, the yummiest gumbo I've had in New Orleans. The swamp was alright, a bit disappointed that I didn't get the chance to see alligators but it was due to the cold weather.Beautiful swamp.
It was great. A good driver/ guide and a good guide for the swamp ride.
We loved it our guide was wonderful, he had a Very pleasant speaking voice and was easy to listen to and was very knowledgeable. Having the two different plantations gave a great perspective. Our Swamp tour guide was also an absolute delight. Everything ran on schedule was well thought out and was exactly what we expected. It was great to get out of the craziness for a day and see more than just the quarter. Also very grateful to be in a van not a bus with a sound system for the guide. Good job
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