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Experience Cajun Country: Swamp Boat Adventure and Plantations Full-Day Tour from New Orleans

New Orleans, United States
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9 hours  (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


Go beyond the French Quarter and discover the unique Cajun and Creole cultures of New Orleans during this full-day swap and plantation tour. Venture deep into the bayous, with a small group limited to 14, to see Cajun living and spot wildlife like alligators and pelicans. Then, admire the beautiful architecture and learn about the history of Oak Alley and Laura plantations. Upgrade your ticket to include a high-speed airboat ride through the bayous.
  • Discover Creole and Cajun culture on a full-day tour from New Orleans
  • Narrated boat tour through the winding bayous in remote cypress swamps
  • Enjoy a traditional lunch at at a traditional southern plantation
  • Visit Oak Alley and Laura plantations
  • Upgrade to include a high-speed airboat ride in the bayous

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This deluxe tour fits in two of Louisiana's best-preserved plantations, plus a hearty Cajun lunch.
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

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, Oct 2019
Great and well organised tour. We had a ball on the airboat, saw lots of gators, a grand lunch tours of two plantations and learnt much from, gisele, the licenced professional tour guide, a must.
Great tour away from the city!
Ruth L
, Oct 2019
It was our first time visiting New Orleans and we are so glad we did this tour! It gave us the chance to see some other places outside of the city. Our tour guide Joseph was great! He was very knowledgeable and provided us with a lot of really interesting facts about the city and its history. He was very accommodating and dropped us off close to our airbnb. We got to see many gators on the swamp tour. It was really cool to see 2 different plantations as each had their own charm. Oak Alley plantation was beautiful. They provided a really good lunch with traditional Louisiana cuisine. The next plantation we went to, the Laura plantation, is probably not one we would have picked from the pictures, but we were so glad to have the opportunity to go there. This ended up being our favorite stop of the day. The tour guide told the story of the plantation in a really creative way. I would definitely recommend this tour!!
, Oct 2019
I wish the swamp part was longer... we all loved that. I would have had no problem with another hour or two there. Loved the plantations too... but the Swamp was amazing and the guide rocked.
A great way to visit Louisianna
, Oct 2019
This tour took in 2 plantations and a swamp tour in an airboat. In the swamp tour, Roger was a great guide, and took us up close and personal with some alligators, as well as seeing the picturesque side of the swamps. The plantation highlight was the Laura Plantation. Our guide, Kyle, was terrific; lots of information, humorous, and obviously had a passion for his job. Joseph drove the bus for the day, organised everything well and provided lots of interesting information on th way.
A day to remember
, Oct 2019
John, our tour guide was very professional and knowledgeable. He added his own life experience stories which made it very personal. I wasn't expecting the Laura plantation to be my favorite. It was an unexpected treat. The lunch at Oak Alley was delicious and the swamp tour did not disappoint. We saw so much wildlife, aka alligators, and were entertained with stories and information about the ecosystem. Very very interesting! I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting!
Great Tour
Rich M
, Oct 2019
My wife and I had a great time on the tour! The tour guide Helen was really friendly and super knowledgeable. The swamp tour was a lot of fun and it was great to see some alligators. Highly recommend this tour.
One of my favorite days!
, Sep 2019
My mother and I went on this trip and our tour guide was Gene. Gene was very informative and has such a passion for his city. The airboat ride was amazing! Our guide for that was also good and at one point we had 12 gators around us! The plantations were beautiful. Really enjoyed our guide for the Laura Plantation. Overall one of my favorite days down here in New Orleans!
Perfect experience of the deep south
, Sep 2019
This was a beautiful and excellently organized tour. Very comfortable drive with a small group, friendly driver, excellently guided visits to the beautiful locations with delicious plantation lunch ! A very friendly Isabel&her team, thank you ! Highly recommended !
Response from Host , Sep 2019
We appreciate your comment, so glad you agree that our "Grand tour" does live up to its name! Please come back soon! Isabelle
One of the best in NOLA
, Sep 2019
During this tour we enjoyed small boat swamp experience, visit the Oak plantation and unforgettable tour with a deep history in Laura plantation. Highly recommend
Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank you for your positive comment, we are so glad you enjoyed the three high points of our all day grand tour! Isabelle
Wonderfully Informative
, Sep 2019
The tour guide on the swamp boat tour was very knowledgeable. We could ask any question we wanted and he knew every answer. And his accent was charming. Our tour guide, Pam, for the Laura your was amazing! She really did re-enact the stories that she was telling. She didn't just tell a story she acted the story. Wonderful tours all the way around.
Response from Host , Sep 2019
Wow! So many nice words; "knowledgeable, charming, amazing, wonderful" ...Thank you for sharing your positive review! And we will let all of the people you complimented us on, know they were appreciated, for sure! Isabelle C.

Product code: 2292GRAND

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