Experience the grandeur of New Orleans’ antebellum history and the mystic of the bayou on this 2‐day combined swamp and plantation sightseeing tour. Learn about a bygone era at Oak Alley Plantation, where you’ll view stunning architecture, oak‐lined esplanades, and enduring sugar cane. Then head deep into the secluded bayous to witness Cajun life and spot native wildlife.
Oak Alley Plantation Louisiana
New Orleans swamp tour
Combine the Swamp and Bayou tour and the Oak Alley Plantation tour
Take a boat trip into the swamps and bayous
Marvel at the unbelievable quarter-mile long alley of 28 oak trees, each over 250 years old
Swamp and Bayou Tour: Choose a morning or afternoon pick‐up from the French Quarter and climb aboard your coach for the 3.75‐hour tour. Make your way to the dock across the Mississippi River and deep into Cajun country, where knowledgable native guides will take you on an unforgettable wildlife‐spotting expedition. Spy nesting alligators, snakes, raccoons and nutria. True animal enthusiasts will love the getting an up close (an interactive) at the Bayou Nature Wildlife Show. Get great up‐close photos and learn about the history and mystery of the swamps and the Cajun people, including the origin of their famous gumbo dish.
Your coach returns to the French Quarter by mid‐afternoon or evening.
Oak Alley Plantation Tour: This 4.5‐hour tour departs at noon year‐round from the French Quarter. Grab a seat in the comfortable coach and journey back in time to the pre‐Civil War era.
Feel the spirit of the Old South as you arrive at Oak Alley Plantation and stroll though a postcard‐perfect canopy of 28 knotty oak trees – each over 250 years old! – that line the promenade to the mansion. Built in 1839, the ‘Big House’ is a perfectly restored example of antebellum elegance and Greek Revival architecture. Your knowledgable guides, donning period costumes, provide colorful commentary about the estate and some of its former inhabitants. Tour the opulent rooms of this classic southern home that has been the setting for Interview with a Vampire and Primary Colors, then continue on your own to wander the enchanting grounds or grab a refreshment in the cafe and ice cream parlor (own expense). Then relax as your coach returns to the French Quarter, arriving by late afternoon.Important Note: Each leg of the tour must be taken on a separate day. The Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour operates twice daily, and the Oak Alley Plantation Tour departs daily at noon. At checkout, note which date you would like to take each separate tour in the special requirements box.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Swamp and Plantation Tour combo
, Sep 2019
This was an excellent bargain for the 2 things that I most wanted to do while in New Orleans. The narrator on the Plantation Tour was excellent, providing lots of history and general information. The Swamp Tour was great - we saw lots of alligator and heron. The boat captain was excellent.
Only issue was that this was a new offer and since it crossed 2 days, the Grey Line people were a bit confused and their system was down on the first day. It took a little while, but they got it straightened out!
My friend and I were very impressed with the guides & drivers . The swamp tour was so fun, even in the rain! Oak Alley was beautiful. We just wish we had more time there. Even though we arrived at the main house at 2 PM, as instructed, we were not let in until after 2:30. We had to rush to the bus after the house tour. This made us miss some more of the property that we wanted to see . Both tours were well worth the time & money!
Two iconic activities to do while visiting New Orleans, and the bus trips saved us having to drive to them, particularly as it was mid-summer so very hot and humid. We enjoyed the boat ride and saw lots of alligators, plus birds and tortoises. We also enjoyed the Oak Alley Plantation trip, with the opportunity to see the grand house and other plantation buildings. There was a tour of the mansion with guides in beautiful period costume, which was very interesting and a welcome relief from the heat, as the building is air-conditioned. It was quite a sobering experience to see the tragic contrast between the lives of the plantation owners and their slaves. Recommended!
Bit disappointed. The swamp tour produced only alligator sightings, which is always great. But the description led me to think that there would be other wildlife, i.e., birds, snakes, raccoons, etc. We was one small egret. Our captain fed the alligators, though I can't imagine feeding them marshmallows is a good thing! When we were in Florida, we took an air boat tour which allowed us to view the alligators in their natural habitat. We were not allowed to feed them, which I thought was nice in respecting the natural relationship between man and nature. We were, however, allowed to feed the captive gators that they kept in their sanctuary, and the food consisted of well-rounded pellets made up of fish and other natural foods that make up a wild alligator's diet.
Oak Alley Plantation is stunningly beautiful and somber at the same time. The stark contrast between the majestic home and the slave quarters was visible and palpable. I was happy for the learning experience that helped all of us, including my 12-year-old son, understand just how our country was built on the backs of painful labor executed by slaves. The bus driver shared many stories on the ride to the plantation and seemed knowledgeable. However, there were a few discrepancies in his stories that my son questioned me on, i.e., the bus driver indicated that Archimedes was an Egyptian, to which my son said to me, I thought he was Greek? There were other small discrepancies that he whispered about, which caused the bus driver to reprimand us publicly over the loud speaker for talking. This embarrassed my son and quashed his spirit. We truly were whispering. But I did explain to my son that we needed to be respectful and considerate nonetheless, and we sat in silence for the remainder of the trip. But in truth, his questions didn't take up more than minutes of an hour-long ride to the plantation. In large part, we were completely silent the rest of the time.
Our Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing was canceled due to weather conditions. However, the Oak Alley Plantation Tour was great. Hearing about the amazing story of the first and last owner along with a glimpse of the slaves' lives were spectacular. The oak trees are magnificent. The property is so grand.
This sight has a nice bathroom, giftshop and snack/bar area. Bought Pecan oil for taking home but forgot that the airlines only allow 3 oz. I bought the smallest size and was able to bring it home altho I believe it was still more than 3 oz.
The boat on the swamp was very good and the captain very informative and personable, but the schedulling was terrible. We departed on the bus right on time but when we arrived at the boat duck we waited for 35 minutes to board the boat. On the return we waited another 30 minutes before returning to New Orleans. Neither time for no apparent reason. I wish the operators would ralize that as vacationers our time is limited and we have a lot better things to do than waste an hour waiting for who knows what.
The swamp tour was great. Fun and very interesting. Glad I was in a real boat instead of any air boat.
The plantation tour was a disappointment. Much too rushed - long bus ride, quick tour of plantation house and no time to explore the grounds and out buildings which looked interesting. If you have a car go on your own.
If you don't do anything else in New Orleans you must take this tour. First the Swamp and Bayou tour. You board the boat and you get to see the nature and its best! Beautiful trees, flowers etc. Then you get to see the alligators. Yes they come right up to the boat where you if you want feed the alligators marshmallows off of long stick! The guide was really good explaining the difference between the a bayou and a river!
Oak Ally very moving experience the mansion is original and we learned about the family who lived there. In front of the mansion is this row of Oak trees. The guide explained what each room was used for and how the house was ventilated.
There was also a self guide tour of the slave quarters. Oak Alley Plantation was built and maintained by slaves. Their housing condition were horrendous in contrast to the residents of the main house. In memorandum the last hut has the name of the slaves who resided at Oak Plantation! If you want to know the history of this region this is a must tour!
Packaging these two tours over two day's time was a good idea and a good deal. My family was looking to not pack too much stuff into each day on this trip, as we wanted also time to relax. The swamp tour was great. Our guide was really good. I definitely recommend the pontoon-type boats over the noisy and honestly obnoxious air boats that were zipping around us when we were out there. The plantation tour was a little too short. We had just barely two hours time to take in everything offered at Oak Alley and be back on the bus. This was not quite enough time to see everything, let alone explore the gift shop and/or enjoy the restaurant. This is the only reason I give 4 stars instead of 5.