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
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.
Reviews by Viator travelers
A fun day
, Sep 2019
We really enjoyed both the plantation and airboat tours. The guides were all friendly and knowledgeable.
Oak Alley is visually stunning, I have a love affair with the oaks all around the south. I appreciated that the tour focused on how the plantation owners lived but more importantly showcased the work of the slaves and the disparity of the two life styles. How their culture and skills shaped what we have today.
The airboat tour was AMAZING. First time in the swamp and first time on an airboat, both were a blast and didn't disappoint. Gorgeous scenery and lots of gators including one that was about 13 feel long. Loved it.
If there was one negative it's the pick up process. You're shuffled from bus to bus but I'm not sure how it could be better, just part of the process.
Highly recommend this tour
Thank your for taking the time to write us a positive review! We are happy to know that you enjoyed both of the tours. As for the pick up process, we only have a 30 minute window to pick up different guests from different hotels. So on a busy day, we try to speed it up by having as many buses as possible to pick up everyone and then possibly transferred to one specific bus because not every bus leaves the city. We appreciate your patience and understanding!
All guides were knowledgeable and fun! The ride was over an hour, but they keep us entertained. Just be sure to take your own beverages and snacks. There is no stops on travel to plantation or swamp ride.
The weather was kind to us as we first visited the Oak Alley Plantation. GREAT first hand view of plantation conditions with lots of history. Beautiful gardens, spectacular huge oak trees and an up close view of slave living conditions albeit a bit sanitized. Nice gift shop with lots of free praline and other samples. Swamp tour included LOTS of gators who swam right up to the boat for their share of marshmellows. The swamp was very lush with lots of birds and greenery. Great trip.
I have been on many tours but this was the best one ever. The Bus Driver/Tour Guide was really good, very funny and entertaining. The plantation was great and the swamp tour excellent.
All round a really great day. Thanks!!!!
We took the tour on 26th and it doesn't seem to be worth. There's no notification about picking up and the bus was late. Seats were not that comfortable and it was freaking cold because the bus driver turned on the A/C to like 50F. My wife caught cold because of that. The transportation costed roughly 80 per person but there's quite limited sightseeing introduction provided.
Oak Alley and its docents made the tour very interesting. We enjoyed the grounds as well and the historical slave cabins. Swamp Boat guide, Ernie, was fantastic. I learned so much about the bayou and alligators. Being late in the season we were fortunate to see many small gators.