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clock-o9 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

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.
  • 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
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

Reviews

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R
, Aug 2018

On day two in New Orleans we took this tour. It was probably one of the best days we spent in New Orleans. Gisele was our tour guide and she was full of wonderful information. We did our swamp tour first where we got to see several alligators. We then headed to Oak Alley plantation where we had an amazing lunch followed by a tour of a beautiful French plantation. We then headed to Laura plantation which is a authentic Creole plantation not far down the road. Both plantations were like night and day from each other. Gisele gave us so much information about Ariel landmarks and even showed us some other plantations on the drive back into town. Overall I totally recommend this trip. It was money well worth spent.

A
, Jul 2018

Billy was our tour guide and a top notch tour guide he is! Swamp Boat Adventure was beautiful and informative about the wildlife, history and life in the bayou. Many visits by alligators looking for their marshmallows. Also cranes and a huge bullfrog. Beautiful, antique drawbridge at the beginning of the tour. Oak Alley was amazing. After a lifetime, I finally got to see and get a picture of a Southern Magnolia tree in bloom! The Cajun lunch buffet was beyond expectations! A good sampling of numerous Cajun foods unknown to us New Englanders. Laura Plantation was fascinating--especially the construction. We had some history of the residence from the Sinister Criminal Intentions Tour we took on the evening we arrived. We all learned a lot about plantation life and life in the South. Thank you for such a great tour!

S
, Jun 2018

Loved the boat tour, only our small group in the boat and the guide was very interesting and knowledgeable. Both plantations were gorgeous. Lunch was good, but it is a set menu. We were not fond of our driver, Johnny, he was a pretty aggressive driver and a bit rude when he was gathering our group at each location.

D
, Jun 2018

First off, Tours by Isabelle is basically a tour organizer, meaning, this company will organize transport and contract outside tour vendors and consolidating it into a day's worth of tours. This is important to understand since I am reviewing both the company itself and its tours it contracted. We had a guide that stayed with us the whole day and was also our driver employed by Tours by Isabelle. The first stop was the swamp tour which was run by another company not sure what the company was and we had a guide from that company take us on the airboat. Second stop was Oak Valley plantation led by their own guide again followed by lunch at the plantation. Last stop was Laurel Plantation their in-house guide was the best of the three. Trip ended and I was back at my hotel at around 5:30pm.

Transportation: Comfortable, clean van. No complaints here. 5/5

Our Guide By Tours by Isabelle: He was okay. He was knowledgable but not exactly captivating information. He would just drop facts here and there but without much thought or theme to it so the experience was not amazing. His driving was safe and he was nice overall 2/5.

Swamp Tour: Our guide was nice and friendly. The information was good and solid. It was raining so the experience was not as good as it could have been but they can't help that. Overall 4/5

Oak Valley: The guide just listed off info and the tour itself was only about 30 minutes long. The food was solid. Overall 4/5

Laurel Plantation: The guide here was very good Kyle and he provided a very good tour. Overall 5/5

The total tour itself was well organized and despite the rain everything ran on time and they seemed like they had a lot of contingency plans. So Tours by Isabelle gets 3/5 overall.

k
, Jun 2018

excellent

E
, May 2018

This was a fantastic way to see some history and nature just outside New Orleans. Our guide was wonderful, and we got to see Alligators right off the side of the boat. The plantations are beautiful, but a sobering reminder of our country's history. It was a wonderful way to spend a little time outside of busy New Orleans, and is a great addition to any trip to the Big Easy!

R
, Apr 2018

Excellent tour - highly recommended for anyone who doesn't mind getting their shoes a bit dirty in the swamps and playing around with the crocs... LOL just kidding! It's a fabulous site to go check out the plantations!!

T
, Apr 2018

Gene the driver was knowledgeable and engaging throughout the entire tour. Providing ongoing historical information personal stories of New Orleans.

C
, Apr 2018

excellent tour, our guide was well versed on the local wildlife. We saw birds and animals and several gators lots of fun

k
, Apr 2018

Even though this tour is a full day,, it is amazing and worth the price.
My swamp boat captain Derek was a joy! He goes above and beyond to make sure we had a beautiful ride on the bayou. saw plenty of alligators, he lets you drive the boat,, he tells stories and is a credit to this tour operation.
Both plantations were lovely.. I learned a lot about life in the past. Had a perky speaker ,, Bree,, she had great knowledge and shared it all with us!
Ginny, took us all around ,, she was the van operator and I would like to note.. that she gave the entire tour in English and in French ,, and didnt miss a beat. Another wonderful tour operator,, I thought she would get tired of speaking 2 languages but she was amazing.. If you can walk a lot,, take this tour!


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