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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.


  • 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

Tracy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great time. Took our pre-teen boys and they really loved the airboat swamp tour. The plantations we visited were good. nice we got to see 2 of them with quite a contrast oak alley and laura plantation. Highly recommended tour!

Laura M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great tour! Our lead tour guide was Joseph - wow is he a fount of information! He really knows his stuff! Be aware if going on the swamp tour in November - or any of the cooler months - you won't see alligators or turtles. But, you will be out on the water and learn a lot of interesting facts about the local area and the wildlife. The tour of the two plantations are very well done - guides are extremely knowledgeable and informed. Extremely interesting history. The lunch they provide at Oak Alley is quite good. Salad, soups, red beans and rice, smoked sausage, baked chicken, corn, peas, bread and butter, and for dessert, cheesecake and bread pudding. There is a cash bar where you can order cocktails, or iced tea, lemonade and coffee are offered complimentary with lunch. There is a great gift shop at Oak Alley and also at Laura where you can get some neat items. I highly recommend this tour!

Harold O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The tour guide was very informative and accommodating. It was a good trip.

Janet F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

David was fantastic, friendly tour guide with tons of interesting tidbits of trivia and info to share along the way our journey to each of the plantations. The airboat ride through the bayou swamp was a hilarious hoot with Captain Gary at the helm. We had a memorable visit to Louisiana, and this tour was one of the highlights, well worth the effort and time.

Martha B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Fun day for the family. We love the fact that we were picked up from our hotel. We were able to see one Alligator, my boys (12 and 9) loved it.We were able to see lots of birds as well. Lunch was delicious! Lots of local treats. It is very interesting to see two unique plantations. Learned lots!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The tour was wonderful!!! Comfortable vehicle, a great tour guide- Allan, full of knowledge and patience. The sights were beautiful and interesting and the meal was very good. We had a lovely day and I highly recommend.

Cathy U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This is a great day tour, our tour guide was very entertaining. Laura plantation is so rich in history, Oak Valley is absolutely beautiful. Lunch served at Oak valley was delicious and definitely recommend it. We did not get to see many gators in the swamp but the views are worth it.

Aoife T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great tour, Gerry our driver was fantastic.

Ryan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Swamp tour was brilliant, great guide, the plantations were very informative and great scenery.

Floriane L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent tour. Muriel was our guide and she has got a very good knowledge of the region and history of Cajun. She explained a lot of different things on the way to the swamp boat tour. I was on my own so this tour was perfect for me. The little bus was very comfortable. The small group size is ideal for this type of tour. The food at the Plantation was very nice. The 2 plantations are complementary as they are very different to each others. I would have liked to spend a bit more time on the Oak Valley plantation to spend more time on the slave exhibition. I felt I had to follow the group willing to move on to the other plantation.
It was interesting to see the Bayou and outside New Orleans. This is a must to do if you have a full day.

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