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Take a wild ride through the bayous of Cajun Country on this 2‐hour airboat adventure from New Orleans. In a small group, wind through tree‐lined swampland and spot abundant local wildlife, including nutria, alligators and giant catfish, and stop at Destrehan Plantation to get a taste of the elegant antebellum south.


  • Enjoy a scenic drive along the shores of Lake Ponchartrain
  • Tour Destrehan Plantation with costumed guides bringing history to life
  • Free time to explore the spectacular grounds of the plantation
  • Experience real Cajun Country on a high-speed airboat ride
  • Encounter local wildlife

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Small-Group Airboat Swamp Adventure and Plantation Tour from New Orleans

Small-Group Airboat Ride and Plantation Tour from New Orleans
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Your 5.5‐hour bayou and plantation tour begins with morning pickup from your downtown New Orleans hotel. Make sure to grab breakfast and coffee before boarding the bus for the 30‐minute ride to your airboat launch point. In a bayou‐side Cajun Village near Paradis, LA, you’ll transfer to a small airboat for an exhilarating 2‐hour ride. Skirt along the water, viewing the lush greenery and spotting (and maybe 
getting up close and personal) with local wildlife.      
Following your bayou adventure, enjoy a relaxing drive along Lake Pontchartrain to Destrehan Plantation, the oldest documented plantation home in the Mississippi Valley. As a costumed guide leads you through the restored antebellum mansion, hear stories of the estate’s former owners and slaves before  taking a self‐guided tour through vibrant gardens and down oak‐lined paths.
The tour bus will return you to your hotel in early‐ to mid‐afternoon.

Customer Reviews

Barbara P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Transportation to/from the airboat tour and plantation tour via Tours by Isabelle was stellar. Airboat driver Gary was excellent very knowledgeable and skilled. Loved every minute it was great fun!

David H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Loved this tour. No problems with pick up at our hotel. Being a small group the tour worked very well. Our guide Kat was friendly and knowledgeable. Plantation tour was very good and informative the tour guide there was fantastic. Airboat tour was sensational ...if you get the same boat driver as we had be prepared to get close and personal with his favorite alligators!!! We would definitely recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a highlight of our stay in New Orleans. Captain Gary made it fun and the cruise into the swamps will be one of my best memories of New Orleans. Even had an alligator swim to the boat.
More time was needed at the plantation. It was interesting and we would have enjoyed more of the history.

Kylie P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I only did the airboat ride of this tour and it was absolutely awesome!!!!!! My airboat guide was very knowledgeable and made sure everyone had a great time.

Jennifer F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The small airboat was the way to go and we had an excellent captain. Gary had spent his life on and around the swamp and this was evident in his abundant knowledge. We had lots of laughs and enjoyed the peacefulness when the motor stopped running. Thank you Gary for your environmentalist views as well and the perfect tour

Sharon R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A great experience in a group of only 7 of us.
The air boat ride was a highlight of our trip meeting our guide and driver/ pilot Garry who was fun and knowledgable, entertaining us with his local knowledge and very funny tales.
I would highly recommend the airboat tour, the plantation house is a must, it is an important part of this areas history.

Michael u

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The swamp tour guide was very entertaining and informative. The plantation tour was also very nice. Madeleine was great as our tour host.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Special Kudos to Madeleine and the local tour operator for taking such good care of us!

This tour is a long one with no meals available to buy, so bring snacks and water. Or do like some folks on our tour did and bring a cooler. The plantation and swamp adventure do not have anything more than sodas and candy, so if you don't want to go into diabetic shock, bring something to munch on in between tours.

The Destrehan Plantation was very interesting and if you're lucky enough to Candance as your Interpreter of History, you are in for a treat! I felt like we needed another 20 minutes at this location to go check out the grounds a little more and see the 1811 Slave Revolt exhibit after the official tour. But we were strapped for time and had to jump back in the van to head to our Swamp tour.

Swamp Adventures is super fun. Don't be surprised and squeal with fright, like I did when Levi the Gator sidles up to the boat as you are boarding it at the dock. Note...while I get the impression some of the gators who are named are like pets... they are not ... they are still wild animals. Rodney was our driver and he's super skilled at maneuvering this boat over and around tight spots. It was so amazing where he took us. And I love the feel of zooming around the swamp. Rodney also has a wicked sense of humor and totally got me when he put an alligator chick really close to my ear as I was looking at something else. I'm embarrassed to say that I screamed again, which caused the rest of the boat to scream as well since they didn't know what happened and we were all in a heightened sense of where is the gator or snake we thought we saw? We were of course, totally safe. Rodney was just messing with me. I loved it of course. And my mom totally jumped at the chance to hold the alligator chick she's braver than me.

You want to do this tour if you like history, nature and a little bit of adventure. Oh... and if you like boats and zooming around.

David L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Captain Gary was courteous and was able to show us a lot about the swamp. Joni and I had a great time and will do this again the next time we get down there. We were able to see gaters and a lot of birds. We also got to see several Nutrea.

peter r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Guides were wonderful. Had us on the edge of our swamp boat seat!

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