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Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Visit a former plantation and ride through the swamp during this two-in-one tour. Start with a visit to Oak Alley Plantation for a tour of the antebellum mansion. Follow the oak-shaded paths to the blacksmith shop during your free time. Lunch is available to purchase at the restaurant on-site. Next, head to the dock for your swamp tour. Search for alligators and other wildlife and stop for photo ops while aboard an airboat. Round-trip hotel transport provided from New Orleans.
  • Full-day combo tour: swamp tour and Oak Alley Plantation
  • Ride an airboat around the waterway
  • Stop to snap pics of ‘gators and other swamp critters
  • Explore the plantation mansion with a costumed guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from New Orleans
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Hotel pickup and drop-off (Please indicate New Orleans Hotel and Valid cell phone number)
Food and drinks
Lunch
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from most New Orleans hotels. Please specify your hotel if it's not listed in the drop-down menu.

Departure Time

8:15 AM
After hotel pickup in New Orleans, you're driven to the Oak Alley Plantation, located among the Great River Road sugar plantations alongside the Mississippi River. On arrival, stroll under majestic, 300-year-old oak trees leading up to the antebellum Big House, and take a tour of the opulent mansion with a guide dressed in period costume. The Greek Revival architecture was built in 1837 and later restored in 1925.

Wander the 25-acre (10-hectare) grounds at your own pace during your free time. Visit the blacksmith shop, snap photos of antique farm equipment, or peruse exhibits on slavery and the Civil War. Grab lunch and beverages at the restaurant or cafe (own expense) before the tour moves to the swamp.

Next, board the bus and drive to the site of your swamp tour. On arrival, board a 16-passenger airboat with stadium-style seating for a high-speed adventure through the swamp. You'll have unobstructed views of wildlife, including an up-close look at the star attraction: alligators. 

Your captain is experienced at searching out these reptiles, even during hibernation in colder months. The airboat, propelled by a large fan that blows air from the back of the vessel, can produce speeds of up to 35 mph (56 kph). You'll ride in just inches of water into parts of the swamp that are inaccessible to traditional boats or vehicles.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Great River Road
The Oak Alley Plantation is located 70 miles or about 1 hour 10 min from the French Quarter. Travel along Great River Road and marvel at the antebellum mansions.
Stop At:  
Oak Alley Plantation
You will spend approximately 2 hours at the plantation. The house tour will be about 35 minutes in length. The Oak Alley plantation house tour is provided by Plantation tour guides. The remainder of your time will be spent with self-exploration of the grounds. If you use your time wisely, you can grab a sandwich at the gift shop for lunch and still have time to walk the grounds. You'll then be brought to the swamp tour dock for your next adventure.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Barataria Preserve
On this tour, you will experience the best of both: an informative swamp tour and high speed thrill airboat ride. You will travel at high speeds in the airboat then slow down and stop for pictures. Your Captain will give you a tour of a life time explaining the culture, animals, and the swamps. You may even experience a close encounter with some of the local swamp life. You will return to you hotel around 5:00pm. Please note: the order of the combination tours may change based upon availability and weather.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Confirmation received at time of booking
  • Children Must be at least 48 inches
  • Air-boats are not recommended for people with back or neck problems and pregnant women.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Louisiana Tour company

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans.

Traveler Tips


  • "It was cold so we only saw some small gators, but both adventures are worth the trip" See review
  • "there is an opportunity to get food and drinks at this plantation." See review

Reviews

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HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
KAREN_H
, Sep 2020
We were very fortunate as Oak Alley just recently reopened. Beautiful place & very few guests. We got incredible pictures! The food at the restaurant was DELICIOUS!! Our airboat swamp tour was definitely the highlight of our trip!! Our guide was our favorite guide EVER & he is what made the experience so GREAT!!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Thank you for the great recommendation!
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Bad start-Great Finish
Elizabeth_H
, Jul 2020
There needs to be more time for the Plantation or an option to drive yourself to either locations. I would recommend a minimum of 3 hours for that. The swap tour was the best I’ve ever been on! Would recommend 10/10 for them!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
I'm sorry for your short experience at Oak Alley Plantation. Unfortunately, we do not own Oak Alley, and we only offer the transportation portion. However, we will forward your feedback. We are glad that you did enjoy the swamp tour! Thank you for the positive review!
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Great Time!!
Aalia_H
, Mar 2020
This was my friend and I's first trip to New Orleans and we knew that we wanted a plantation and swamp tour to be apart of our trip. I am so glad we went with this tour company!! They picked us up at our hotel and we immediately set out for the swamp tour (large airboat) which was such a fun experience ~ saw many gators with a very knowledgable and funny tour guide. And from there we headed to Oak Alley where we witnessed what life would have been like. It was an all-around great experience!! Highly recommend this tour!!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
We appreciate the recommendation and are so glad that you had a great experience all around! Thank you!
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Plantation experience
Lori_G
, Mar 2020
We visited Oak Alley Plantation in early March. It was a unique experience for us, as we live in Phoenix, AZ. We enjoyed the storytellers, particularly regarding the plantation life from a slave perspective. It was very sobering and poignant. The grounds were beautiful and the trees were magnificent. The restaurant served some of the most delicious food we had our whole trip. The only disappointment was the mint julep at the “big house”.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thank you for your positive review! Unfortunately, we do not own the plantation- they are a separate entity. We only transport our guests there and back.
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Great Day Out.
P-F
, Feb 2020
What an amazing day - 2 very different ways of experiencing some of New Orleans delights all wrapped up in one trip. History & nature together - this day out gets you close up to both aspects. Well Done.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thank you for the positive recommendation! We are so glad that you had a great day on tour!
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Incredible! Not to be missed!
Tamara_V
, Feb 2020
What an incredible place to be able to see! The tour guide was amazing! He knew so much! It’s a shame you weren’t aloud to take photos inside the house but the guide made sure he let us know when we could take photos! My partner and I had a beautiful full breakfast at the restaurant before visiting the house, the atmosphere and surroundings were perfect and so relaxing! I’d definitely not miss this tour!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
We are so glad that you had such a wonderful experience! Thank you for taking the time to write us a positive review!
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Swamp was fantastic! Plantation OK.
Alexandra_R
, Feb 2020
The swap/ air boat tour was absolutely fantastic! Would recommend to anyone! The plantation was ok, the garden was lovely but you cannot visit every room of the house and one level is closed off.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
We are so glad that you had a great swamp tour! However, we are sorry that the plantation was not what you expected. Unfortunately, we do not own the plantation. We only provide the transportation to and from the plantation. Thank you and we appreciate the feedback!
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Alley of History
Roxana_S
, Feb 2020
It was a beautiful place staff was extremely kind. But lots of construction/landscaping. The restaurant was fulll. Grat experience, but not a five star experience.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
We are sorry that you didn't get a five-star experience. Unfortunately, we do not own the plantation, and we only provide the transportation to and from. Thank you and we appreciate the feedback!
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The Swamp tour 👌
fredvero
, Feb 2020
The Oak alley plantation was a interesting culture expérience, but the Swamp tour will be something i will always remember, it’s was fun and trilling.
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Oak Alley plantation
hntipton65
, Jan 2020
Jessica was amazing! So knowledgeable about the plantation history! What a beautiful place, I only wish we had more time.

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