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Soak up the atmosphere of the bayou on this 8-hour cultural tour from New Orleans. Visit the Oak Alley Plantation House, dating from 1837, and view the stately row of 28 evenly spaced mature oaks that line the driveway. Follow your guide, dressed in period costume, through the mansion, the blacksmith shop and the onsite restaurant. Then, learn about life in the bayou's waterways aboard a swamp and wetlands boat tour. See the amazing variety of flora and fauna native to the area and hear about life in the Barataria Swamps from your native guides. Round-trip transportation from New Orleans is included.
The plantation visit was interesting but we could have used more time to explore all of the exibits. The 'swamp' tour was not so much of a swamp tour as a waterway tour. I think it would have been more enjoyable if there was more 'swamp' and less river.
We are sorry that we have time limitations on the plantation tour. We attempt to make the combo tour affordable, but to do so, it has to be time limited to about 2 hours at the plantation. The swamp tour has several parts, leaving the dock, high speed ride, Slow idle, Captain Narration and scenery. So it is not all interior swamps. We have balance all the above and make it a airboat tour and ride.
I didn’t go on the tour but I booked it for my elderly parents and they said they had a blast and both tours were worth the money, especially with the ease of the pick up/drop off service from their hotel. Thanks for giving them such a nice day to remember.
Overall, we had a nice day, however there were hiccups along the way so we did not fully enjoy the day. The tour company never showed up to pick numerous guests up at various hotel across New Orleans. The company then blamed us saying that the buses came and never saw us, which was very false considering we were outside of our hotel 10-12 minutes early from the original time that they had confirmed the night before. They then switch our tour completely without telling anyone because they said Viator did not provide them with our cell phone numbers at the time of the booking. We were forced to not do the airboat tour and instead do a pontoon boat tour, which is not what we wanted, so that was very disappointing. Oak Alley Planation is picturesque! It is absolutely beautiful. I do wish we had a little bit more time there to explore the grounds. The tour of the house is about 35-40 minutes with a guide. Definitely worth while to see!
Did the combo tour on 6/27/18. The swamp tour was very fun and informative. The guide did a good job and kept everyone engaged. The afternoon plantation was interesting too, however there was not enough time to fully enjoy the beauty of the plantation and take in all the info. After lunch and the guided tour only had about a half hour to explore and take photos. I would have gave 5 stars but there should be more time allowed at the plantation.
This tour was absolutely outstanding. We loved every minute of it. We had plenty of time to tour Oak Alley and take in all it's splendor and glory. Make sure you buy a Mint Julep to drink, it's delicious. After the tour of the house we were allowed to roam the grounds freely and explore the slave quarters.
The Swamp tour was so much fun. Our tour guide was a little quiet to start off with, but he soon warmed up to everyone and was quite numerous and friendly. The highlight was definitely being able to hold a baby alligator.
The plantation and swamp boat tours were wonderful. I would suggest attending both while in the area. It received a three star because of the Louisiana tour company. The late arrival at the plantation left the group rushed and only an hour at the plantation not enough for a tour and walking the grounds. The ride was very noisy and bumpy.