• Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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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

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; however children younger than 6 are not allowed on the airboat

Customer Reviews

j.luckerath

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great trip, from the pick up to the drop off.

kjstorm

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Our tour guide Billie was amazing!!! He was knowledgeable and funny.

Zoe C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This was one of the highlights of my trip to New Orleans. Gisele, the tour guide from Tours by Isabelle was just great. I highly recommend this tour, thank you!

James V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This tour was fantastic. We got more than we even expected. Our tour guide was excellent and super knowledgeable. We thought it was going to be a boring ride to and from the tour, but it was filled with a lot of historical info about New Orleans. The lunch was great, including a whole 4 course meal.

Lana S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Well worth the time and money. Learned a lot.

David H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great experience of Cajun Country

Karen P Spain

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Such a pleasure to hear about life on the bayou from someone who has lived there 75years. Wrong time for gators of course but the sights and sounds of the birdlife more than made up for it.

Carl A J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was another highlight of our trip. Billy kept us entertained, informed and on time the entire day. This was a fun, relaxed, super interesting full day. Not to be missed.

Lynne S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Our Tour Guide, Billy, as well as the Tour Guides of the Swamp Boat Tour and Plantations were very knowledgeable, shared historical facts, and were very willing to answer any questions. The Oak Alley Plantation was being cleaned during our tour so I was disappointed that we were not able to tour it. Our Tours by Isabelle had taken the initiative to contact us about the cleaning taking place and that we would be taken to another plantation. We had a lovely and delicious lunch at Oak Alley. I would recommend this tour to my family and friends.

George N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Our tour guide Giselle was terrific. She told us so much information of the area, plus was a fabulous driver. We didn't get to see any alligators due to the extreme cold, but the experience at the two mansions was great!

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