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Small-Group Airboat and Plantations Tour with Gourmet Lunch from New Orleans

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  • 9 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
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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 swamp and plantation tour. Venture deep into the bayous, with a small group limited to 12, to see Cajun living and spot wildlife like alligators and pelicans on your high-speed airboat ride. Then, admire the beautiful architecture and learn about the history of Houmas House and Laura Plantation. Gourmet, unlimited buffet lunch at Houmas House is included.
  • Discover Creole and Cajun culture on a full-day tour from New Orleans
  • Enjoy a thrilling airboat tour through the winding bayous in remote cypress swamps
  • Savor an elegant lunch at at a traditional Southern plantation
  • Visit Houmas House and Laura Plantation

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This deluxe tour fits in a high-speed airboat ride, two of Louisiana's best-preserved plantations, plus an elegant lunch.

What's Included

  • Fast and fun airboat tour
  • Gourmet, unlimited buffet lunch at Houmas House
  • Tour of Houmas House and Laura Plantation
  • Hotel pickup with exact pickup time provided
  • Transport by 14-passenger air-conditioned van with live narration
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

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Start time

08:00 AM

Pickup details

Must be centrally located, contact local supplier to confirm pick up point. Supplier will contact you to give an exact pick up time the day before your tour.

What To Expect

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 a thrilling 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 airboat tour, head to Laura Plantation and hear personal stories of the men, women and children who lived there. Explore the West-African influence on the architecture and traditions of the Creole culture.

Continue on to Houmas House and enjoy onboard commentary about the antebellum south. Tuck into a delicious elegant lunch before your tour of the plantation.

Luling (Pass By)

You'll start your day driving out to Cajun Country, where you'll go through wild cypress swamps, over the Mississippi River on an impressive suspended bridge, and along vast sugarcane fields, as the guide tells a unique story of the odyssey of the Cajun people. Next take a thrilling high-speed airboat ride as you comfortably glide over marshes and into deep, secluded bayous. Your Cajun guide, also an alligator hunter and fur trapper, will share his knowledge of the swamp including reptile habits, healing plants, and exotic birds. After your ride, explore his picturesque swamp zoo on Bayou Boeuf.

Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site

Discover Laura, an 1804 Creole Plantation and learn about Laura's personal family saga. See how the West-African enslaved's work influenced all segments of the Creole culture, best seen today in cuisine, music, family-centered traditions, architecture and life-style. At Laura's Slavery Museum Exhibit, hear personal stories of individual men, women and children who lived there, illustrating how the lives of the enslaved, both Créole and American, were intertwined with those of their owners.

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Service animals are permitted. Please advise at time of booking to arrange accommodations
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking in the special requirements field
  • Tour operates in all weather conditions. Umbrellas and rain ponchos are available for use if guests forget their own. If a tour cannot operate due to inclement weather you will be notified
  • Due to the nature of the airboat, children under the age of 5, pregnant women, people with back or neck issues or recent surgeries are not allowed to participate in the airboat portion of the tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Airboat and Plantations Tour with Gourmet Lunch from New Orleans?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

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Traveler Tips

Check it out if you have a chance, especially if you love the outdoors and Southern history.
Apparently, alligators do not like the cold and stay under water, so if it cool weather and you want to see alligators, probably shouldn't go during fall, cool weather.
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Tour of the bayou and plantations
JanisM_A, Nov 2022
The airboat was fun. Steven our tour guide shared history of the area outside of New Orleans proper. I was unaware of the extent of the sugar industry in the area. We learned about flood mitigation and how to cook.
A nice day outside the city
Stefanie_K, Sep 2022
Gisele was a wonderful guide. It ended up being a very small group and Gisele made us feel so welcome. The swamp boat portion of the tour was great. It was amazing to see so many alligators around the boat and fun to ride the airboat. The plantations were beautiful and very informative and realistic about a dark time in our history.
History and culture with a taste of the south.
Colleen_U, Aug 2022
From the guide on our air boat tour, to the guides on the plantations and the most amazing guide ever, Renee this was the best 8 hours to learn so much more about New Orleans! It was worth the entire day spent Lear Inc in addition to a fabulous lunch. If you are looking to learn about the American Plantation versus French this is the one! Just an amazing day.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Excellent tour by Isabelle
Tracey_M, Jul 2022
If this is your interest book the tour! the owner Isabelle was in contact with us from the very start, they were on time for pick up and provided lots of information on New Orleans and the Plantations. We had a wonderful day with the tour guide Rene.
1 traveler found this review helpful
A great day to taste the best of New Orleans
Hedy_C, May 2022
Isabelle runs a great tour and Gisele our guide was amazing, energetic and very funny. The food was amazing. We loved our day trip a great way to get a good taste of New Orleans and also Louisiana.
Airboat ride and River road.
dennise_p, May 2022
Giselle was such a wonderful tour guide. She was informative, funny and ready to answer any questions. I was raised in Northern Louisiana and my wife was born in New Orleans. We learned things we never knew. What a great day we had.
Laci_E, Apr 2022
This was by far the best day of our trip to New Orleans. From the second we were picked up at our hotel (right on time) we felt welcomed by our tour guide Renee. He was WONDERFUL!!! He was so funny and so kind he made the van trips a fun experience. He was also so knowledgeable about everything…from the places we passed to the history of the city, he had stories and facts about everything. Our airboat tour was also incredible. We had so much fun with Dalton and he taught us a lot about the land and all the critters in it. Both plantation tours were so interesting, and our guides made the experience out of this world amazing. The grounds were some of the most beautiful places I have ever seen and both plantation homes were full of history. The stories told about the slaves and the people that lives in these homes brought tears to my eyes more than once. Tours by Isabell was the best company to work with and they kept me informed with all the detail up to the day before or excursion. This was truly one of the best experiences we could ask for as tourists to the area and I can’t speak highly enough about the company, or guide/driver Renee (SERIOUSLY HE WAS THE BEST) and, our overall experience.
Delightful tour
Nathaniel_M, Apr 2022
This was a great experience overall. It gave the opportunity to see rural Louisiana. The food was excellent. The highlight of the trip was the swamp tour on the airboats, but the entire trip was delightful.
Great tour
Rea_M, Dec 2021
Steve our main bus tour guide with tours by Isabelle was great. Both plantation tours were excellent. The swamp tour was very interesting. Definitely a must tour when visiting New Orleans.
Wonderful Day Exploring outside of the French Quarter
Sara_H, Jun 2021
We had a wonderful day on the airboat + 2 plantations! Each part of the tour was so well planned and everything was on time. Gisele was an amazing guide to all of the locations and gave a wealth of knowledge about everywhere we traveled to. The airboat for us was the highlight of the trip - so fun to see the alligators up close! The visits to Laura Plantation and Houmas House were so interesting to see the two types of plantations and the differences between the two. Make this a must-do if you have a whole day available while visiting New Orleans - you won't regret it!
1 traveler found this review helpful
The whole day was very...
darcel48423, Nov 2021
The whole day was very well organized. The airboat ride was a fun adventure. We saw a lot of wild life up close, and learned many new things about the swamp and plantation life. The gourmet lunch was delicious. Our main tour guide shared a lot of New Orleans history. She also saw to our comfort and enjoyment of our day! Thank you
Fun Full Day Adventure
Stephanie_V, Apr 2021
We loved this tour! We were in New Orleans for a week and it was so nice to have a day where we didn’t have to plan time schedules, we just went along for the ride! Our tour guide, Ellen, was super fun and shared a ton of history, stories and restaurant tips with us. The airboat ride and tour guide was a highlight of our whole trip and made us want to buy an airboat of our own...until we heard the price! The two plantations were so different, we definitely didn’t feel like we were on the same tour, hearing the same stories. The Laura Plantation was great and we had a fantastic guide. The Houmas House was beautiful, the grounds were lovely and the lunch was delicious! I highly recommend this tour for a fun and educational adventure that you won’t soon forget!
Swamp and plantations tour
Alan_J, Apr 2021
A well put-together excursion. We enjoyed everything about it. We were able to see several alligators. The two plantations we visited were amazing.
Great day!!!
Amy_S, Apr 2021
Amazing tour! Our guide, Rene, was on time, organized, informative & fun!!! Is driving was safe & I felt well taken care of. It rained the day of our trip, but Rene was prepared with heavy duty ponchos & the trip was still a great success in spite of the inclement weather. My favorite parts: seeing alligators in their natural habitat ( who knew they liked marshmallows!!), the history of the Laura plantation, the yummy lunch and gorgeous gardens at Houmas House & getting to see a different side of Louisiana history outside of NOLA. I highly recommend this your & company. Well worth it!!
Beautiful and informative
Karla_G, Mar 2021
I loved going to the swamps and seeing the alligators up close and the beauty of it all. The plantation tours were also very interesting although heartbreaking. Enjoyed how beautiful the homes were and was very touching to see the slaves quarters and the sad history.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Awesome Trip
Andrew_B, Dec 2020
Awesome trip! Isabelle put together an amazing itinerary and we had such a good time. I’d highly recommend to anyone looking to experience New Orleans!
Response from Host, Dec 2020
Thank you so much Andrew for this wonderful review. It was a pleasure organizing your special visit and welcoming you to Nola! Hope you all get to come back soon... Isabelle C.
Awesome experience!
Ariel, Dec 2020
This was amazing! Isabelle is very kind and knowledgeable, and I am so glad that my boyfriend and I were able to experience this! The swamp boat tour was great and we were able to see some gators and watch them eat chicken and marshmallows. The plantation tours were amazing and the tour guides at both locations were awesome! Lunch at the Houmas House was delicious!!! I highly recommend doing this tour with Isabelle! She is fantastic!
Response from Host, Dec 2020
OMG, thank you so much Ms Ariel, such a nice and detailed review! I was so glad to be able to give you your Grand tour and that the rain held up 'til the end of the day for you! I l loved that the temperature on that day allowed for Captain Loren to get the 'gators to come to the boat for you all! It was great to have met you both. Please come back down to NOLA to visit soon! Isabelle C.
Great experience!
Maksim_V, Nov 2020
We were able to see the swamps and two plantations along with learning a lot of new things about Louisiana and New Orleans. This was a full day tour, but it only seemed like an hour. We absolutely loved our guide Gisèle who was fantastic. And there were only 9 people in the group. Absolutely great experience and worth the cost.
Response from Host, Nov 2020
Wow, thank you so much Maksim for this great review! Yes indeed, very small groups has always been our way of touring, and now more than ever! We are so happy you loved our guide too! Please come back to NOLA very soon and have a safe trip back from the Big Easy to the Big Apple! Isabelle C.
A Must Do!
223suzannb, Nov 2019
This tour was very well organized and so much fun. It was a great way to see more of New Orleans and the surrounding areas that we otherwise would have missed out on. Our guide for the day was Kat. She always narrated our surroundings and the history of the area. First she took us to the Swamp tour portion where we had Bryan as our captain of the pontoon. The waterways and wildlife were very abundant. We thoroughly enjoyed the 2 plantation tours and lunch. Be sure to book with Tours by Isabelle. A small group tour and personal attention. Thanks Kat for a fun filled day.
For those looking for a day trip to the countryside
Benjamin_A, Nov 2019
While visiting New Orleans, if you have a spare day and have gotten your fair share of the city, definitely worth taking to see the beauty of the Louisiana marshlands and nearby historical sites. I went in November, so on the swamp tour you’ll hardly see any gators at this time, but still enjoyable scenery. The meal provided is excellent and authentic. Plus, both plantation tours give you an idea of the regions history with excellent guides, exhibits, and unique architecture. Check it out if you have a chance, especially if you love the outdoors and Southern history.


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