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Discover New Orleans’ Cajun and Creole cultures on this full‐day swamp and plantation sightseeing tour. In a small group, head deep into the secluded bayous to witness Cajun living and spot native wildlife. Then visit Oak Alley Plantation and Laura Plantation to view stunning architecture, oak‐lined esplanades and sugar cane fields. Upgrade your ticket to include a 2-hour, high-speed airboat ride through the bayous.

Highlights

  • Grand tour of Cajun country
  • Narrated boat tour through the winding bayous in remote cypress swamps
  • Enjoy a traditional lunch at one of the oldest plantations in the south, Oak Alley Plantation
  • Guided tour of this grand mansion
  • Visit Laura, a Creole Plantation
  • Upgrade to the high-speed airboat option
  • Small-group tour with no more than 13 people ensures a personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

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

Select the High Speed Airboat option for an exhilarating thrill ride!

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, as well as tidbits about your guide’s experience as an alligator hunter and fur trapper. Spy nesting alligators, snakes, raccoons and nutria. Get great up‐close photos and learn about the history and mystery of the swamps and the Cajun people.

After your boat tour, prepare for a journey back to the antebellum south, before the American Civil War shook the foundation of plantation‐life. Enjoy lively onboard commentary as you pass Whitney, Josephine and Evergreen plantations en route to Oak Alley Plantation.

So named for the postcard‐perfect promenade of knotty oak trees, Oak Alley Plantation is centuries‐old jewel of the South that has enjoyed recent revival. Stroll up the romantic oaken path and tour the opulent rooms of the ‘Big House,’ a restored example of antebellum elegance and Greek Revival architecture, before continuing to the outlying buildings and enjoying a delicious inclusive lunch at the plantation’s Cajun restaurant. 

Then head 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. The coach will return to your hotel in the evening. 

Please Note: Thrill‐seekers may upgrade to include a high‐speed airboat ride with the tour.

Customer Reviews

Alex H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

The tour was awesome! Our tour guide Billy took us to the three different tours and shared wonderful information along the way. Billy was very personable and made the day enjoyable from the beginning to the end. I would book another tour with Tours by Isabelle if I were to return to NOLA.

Cyndee P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This was an amazing tour. It does take all day so don't plan anything else on this day. However, you are doing 3 tours in one tour package. We went to the bayou and went on a swamp boat ride through the swamp first. It was very nice and our Cajun tour guide was awesome. Then we went to Oak Alley Plantation and had an awesome lunch followed by a tour of the Plantation. This is one of the most beautiful Plantations in the south. Then we went to Laura Plantation for a tour which was also amazing. It was a long day, but a great day. We thoroughly enjoyed it and I would highly recommend this tour.

accunningham56

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This tour was awesome! My boyfriend and I loved this tour. Our driver was a lovely man named Carl and he gave a deep history of the area and was really accommodating in picking us up at our random airnb location instead of the typical French Quarter hotels. The Laura plantation tour was one of the highlights of our trip and we highly recommend it. The swamp tour was also awesome and really fun. Saw lots of alligators and our boat driver/guide was highly entertaining and knowledgeable. definitely recommend this tour to those wanting to get a lot out of a little time in New Orleans!!

Anna S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Everything on time. Lunch was delicious. Food was high quality and homemade. Tour guide, Ellen, was excellent. Very knowledgeable, and a lovely person with good sense of humor. All tours provided great information, and I learned a lot. Landscape is at once enchanting and ghostly. A must for your trip to NOLA. Van was smaller than expected, but comfortable. Totally worth it. Go!

Laurie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

After a little more than an hour van ride we arrived at the swamp tour. The tour was great. We saw birds and turtles. No Alligators in February but we heard a lot of stories from our fantastic tour guide. The two mansion tours and lunch were fantastic as well. Our guide was very informative with many historical facts.

Fiona H New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Fantastic day out with brilliant guide - totally recommend this trip

Monica Lynn W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

So much history in this tour. Swamp ride was a bit cool and gators were in hibernation but our guide was very informative and just being in the swamp is a real experience.
Nice lunch at the Oak Alley plantation, true to the south. Both plantations are beautiful in there own way , our guides were very knowledgeable.
Highly recommend this tour, just be prepared this is a all day experience and the weather can change in a minute take a umbrella, good walking shoes and bottled water.

Lord Sebastian United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

What an exciting day out, great tour with a lovely and very knowledgeable tour guide and a bayou river cruise with crocs snapping at the shores and the history of the plantations and a spectacular tour of one of the grandest old homes in the area.
On the way back we stopped at Morning Call cafe and had Beignets and coffee. A very nice day. Highly recommend this tour operator

Patricia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Joseph was our tour guide and he was great. Helped us understand the tour.

Elisa M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour was the perfect blend of fun, historical and cultural education and somber reflection. The boat adventure through the bayou was lovely and awing- our guide was a native Louisianan of Creole descent who clearly understood the importance of the bayou to the local culture. And the plantation tours were just incredible. Somehow, the guides know how to present these sites in a way that astounds and embraces their relevance to the American experience without losing the force of the horror of slavery. Little compares with standing inside a bare one room structure used to house six or seven slaves. The sites are preserved in their original state, presenting the entire tableaux in haunting perspective. You get to see two very different plantations and learn about two very different histories. The whole tour was just amazing.

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