• Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 155.00 View price calendar

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Explore Louisiana wildlife and culture outside of the Big Easy on this 8-hour day trip from New Orleans to the country town of Vacherie. Zoom across a swamp on a 6 or 9-passenger open-air speedboat with ample opportunities for viewing wild animals in their natural habitat, and then tour an antebellum plantation home with a classic allee of oaks when you return to shore.

Highlights

  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • All entrance fees included
  • Hotel pickup included

What You Can Expect

Combo Oak Alley Plantation and 6 or 9 Passenger Airboat Tour from New Orleans

6 passenger Airboat

Meet you guide at your hotel in New Orleans between 8:30 and 9 a.m. and drive 35 minutes into the countryside to reach Oak Alley Plantation. Step on board a 6 or 9 passenger airboat with graduated stadium-style seating to begin the first part of your tour.

Travel through shallow waters at up to 35 miles per hour (56 kilometers per hour), while you learn about the surrounding wildlife from a guide with extensive knowledge about the local ecosystem. Zoom through marsh, swamp, and lake waters en route to alligator habitats where you can see these ancient reptiles up close and learn about their lives. Look up periodically to catch sight of the bird species that also call the area home, including bald eagles, pelicans, ospreys, and owls.

At the end of the boat tour, return to shore to tour the 19th-century Oak Alley Plantation, a typical antebellum plantation house. Walk down a classic allee of live oaks hung with Spanish moss on your way to the house, and then meet your docent for a guided tour inside. Afterward, spend a free hour wandering the 25-acre property or eating at the restaurant and café on site (own expense). The tour will conclude when your driver takes you back to your hotel in New Orleans.

Customer Reviews

Dana R L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

The double-booking (Plantation Tour and Air Boat Swamp Tour) is the way to go. The Plantation Tour was beautiful, informative and educational. The swamp tour, with talks about the flora and wildlife, as well as an exhillerating ride through the Louisiana swamp was great. What a memorable day this was!

Charlotte J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This trip was amazing! Really informative tour of the plantation, and the airboat ride was really excellent. Lots of great photos of alligators and thrill rides with the small airboat travelling at speed.

lsnow43

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

I really enjoyed the oak alley plantation. However since it's a combo tour it would have been nice to have a little more time at the plantation. The docents were excellent at explaining the history. The slave quarters have been reconstructed. Be aware that there are approximately 22 steps to go up to the second floor of the plantation house. If you are unable to go up the stairs, they did say they provide a video of it for you to watch. All in all it is worth the time to see. There were a lot of people there when we attended as a steam boat had docked on the Mississippi river and those guests were touring as well. The oaks are majestic. The second half of the tour was an absolute thrill for me. The smaller airboat tour allowed us to get up close and personal with the swamp, marsh, cypress and gators. Our tour guide Rocky rocked our tour. I couldn't believe all the gators we found. You will not be disappointed. I loved the speed of the airboat. So if you have a need for speed and a interest in the area you will love it. We even held a baby gator!

John N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Airboat Capt. B.Bop is a great guide. This was our first time in the swamps and an airboat. The and #34;kid and #34; knows his stuff. We thank him for his education, humor, and common sense. The plantation tour should be on every US citizen American history requirement. It opens your eyes. Love bus driver Brian!

valcamitoc

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Highly recommend the combo tour! As soon as we got in the bus the driver was lively, funny and yet informative about NOLA's history. Oak Alley was beautiful a great place to take pictures and get a little bit of history if your into that. The mint julep2 parts bourbon there will get you going and was refreshing. Time given to walk around the place was too short though. Next was the 6 passenger air boat which was AWESOME i would highly recommend getting the smaller boat because you get more focus and get the chance to hold and the big alligators and even a baby alligator which was something if you get the stay in the bigger boats you might not get to experience.

Sharon G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

snowguys

4 star rating: Recommended December 2017

Lucky us- it had snowed in Louisiana the day before our trip so our driver had to find a detour to the plantation- and she succeeded! Not enough time at oak alley(due to said detour). Was nice. Loved speeding on the airboat and seeing swamps etc

Katie S

4 star rating: Recommended May 2017

Airboat tour fantastic, brilliant guide and exhilarating ride! Plantation tour overcrowded, way too many groups onsite and too many in our group. Would have learnt more or as much by reading up and visiting individually. Disappointing.

Georganna J

4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

Plantation is beautiful! Definitely recommend the 6-passenger Swamp Airboat Tour!! So much fun and our guide MARTY was FABULOUS!!!
Only problem is that we felt like we had more time on the bus than anything else. Would have liked more time at the Plantation and on the Airboat!

patrick55ny

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2016

The Oak Alley plantation were nice. And the small 6 passengers airboat tour were great. We see a lot of allegations.. The only ting when they pick us up in the hotel. I told the driver we are on the combo tours with the plantation and airboat. But he told us only for the plantation.

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