Your full‐day swamp and plantation tour begins with morning pickup from your downtown New Orleans hotel. Make sure to grab coffee and breakfast before boarding, then take in the idyllic scenery as you ride over the Mississippi River and deep into Cajun country.
A Cajun guide awaits at the water’s edge to take you on an unforgettable wildlife‐spotting expedition through remote cypress swamps. Along the way, hear fascinating information about the area and its wildlife population including reptile habits, healing plants, and exotic birds. Get great up‐close photos and learn about the history and mystery of the swamps and the Cajun people.
After your boat tour, head to Oak Alley Plantation and enjoy onboard commentary about the antebellum south. Tuck into a delicious inclusive lunch at the onsite Cajun restaurant before your guided tour of the plantation named for the postcard‐perfect promenade of knotty oak trees. Stroll up the romantic oak path and tour the opulent rooms of the ‘Big House,’ a restored example of antebellum elegance and Greek Revival architecture.
Continue to Laura Plantation, a Creole plantation with a distinctive and colorful manor house that contrasts starkly with the reserve of Oak Alley. Accompany your guide on a tour of the main home and the slave quarters, and learn more about the lives of the estate’s former inhabitants. Check out the surrounding sugarcane fields—a lush backdrop and stark reminder of the site’s dramatic past—before heading back to town where your tour concludes.
Please Note: Thrill‐seekers may upgrade to include a high‐speed airboat ride with the tour; however children younger than six are not allowed on the airboat