• Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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Search for alligators on a swamp tour and stop for photo ops while aboard an airboat. Then visit 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, with round-trip hotel transport provided from New Orleans.

Highlights

  • 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

What You Can Expect

Combo Tour: Oak Alley Plantation and Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans

16 passenger Airboat

After hotel pickup in New Orleans, it's about a 35-minute 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.

Afterward, 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 40-minute 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 at your leisure. Grab lunch and beverages at the restaurant or cafe (own expense) before the return drive to New Orleans.

Customer Reviews

Hugh C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

From the minute we were picked up at our hotel to the time we were dropped off everything was terrific! Our driver out to the plantation, Brian, was an absolute comedian and a knowledgeable guide. The plantation itself was beautiful and the guide there was also well versed in the history of the house. Then came the swamp airboat ride, WOW. Captain Ernie was the best! He knows that swamp and that delta and knows his alligators. Plus the airboat ride is more thrilling than some things at Disney. This combo is a must do!

Julie J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Beautiful Plantation and our driver Brian was both knowledgeable and hilarious. Swamp boat tour was lots of fun and our guide knew where to find the alligators, even had trained one. He also knew a lot about the swamp vegetation etc...

Jessica P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

The plantation and tour are a must, especially if you have never been on an old plantation. Very eye opening and beautiful. The swamp tour, though, is what really wins this combo. Our tour guide older gentleman and I'm so mad I cannot remember his name was simply amazing. He was funny and personable. Taught us a lot about the gators and had some great anecdotes to share with the boat. Educational and super fun!

Ondreya W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Everything was great. The tour in the house was very short, but I really wanted time on the grounds. The trees are amazing. The air boat tour was fantastic. If you are going in the colder months, alligators hibernate, so don't be disappointed, but the birds were amazing.

Nick E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

I absolutely loved this tour. It was awesome to learn the history. The plantation was educational and the oak trees were breathtaking. the swamp boat tour was great. we went in October and the gators were still out. saw numerous gators. its an all day adventure but well worth it.

Heather D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Really great experience and the guides were great! A MUST do when visiting NOLA!

Karin S

4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

Tour itself wonderful! Saw gators! Transportation to and from a bit disorganized at times. Kudos to the captian and the awesome education he gave us about the swamp and gators! We would recommend this trip as a must do!

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