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

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Ann L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Had a great time seeing the gators!

Margarita G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

I had the time of my life New Orleans air boat and plantation tour was awesome. i wish the air boat ride was longer however i love it
i plan to go back.

Sheila E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

We had a wonderful time. The tour guide was exceptional. The weather was extremely hot! Yet, the guide went out of his way to ensure that we had a great airboat ride! Our driver was also exceptional. The entire ride to and from the plantation and swamp he provided historical information on the city he loved! Highly recommended.

Eric L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

This was a great tour. The people at the tour company Isabella Tours are true professionals. Their van was very nice and they were prompt on the pickup at the hotel. Katha was our guide and she is an expert at her craft. I would recommend this to anyone.

Bryan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

Brilliant trip on the small airboat and would certainly recommend this company. Loads of gators and birds and beautiful scenery as you travel through the swamps surrounded by moss covered trees. Good fun.

Phyllis M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

Excellent tour. On the first part of the tour, Plantation and its history were fascinating. We were able to see a lot of alligators on the second part of the tour, but really alligator sightings depend on time of year.

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!

terry b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

This was a real blast, great guide, really knew his stuff and made the whole experience a lot of fun

Beverly B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

The Airboat swamp adventure turned out to be everything we could have wanted. Captain Jack was terrific and I would highly recommend this to everyone.

Fiona M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

The airboat tour was amazing! Captain Gary was experienced and Knowle able. Even got to hold a little female gator! Plantation tour was a bit of an anticlimax but gave a feel for plantation life in beautiful surroundings.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

Oh Captain Monkey....great experience despite it being the wrong season for lots and lots of gators. Captain Monkey found us lots of gators and other beautiful things to look at, seriously great fun and sooooo educational. The passion and respect for the environment was just amazing.....don't miss this one.

Marian N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

Our tour guide, Dylan, was awesome! He was very prompt and friendly. We learned so much about the city, in an entertaining way. The plantation was great and was hosting a fall festival, so we got way more than we planned for! The air boat/swamp tour was amazing and beautiful. I would recommend this tour to anyone!

Sandra R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

Great guilds for both. Enjoyed the small group rather then a large group

Thomas H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Great tour, the guide on the air-boat was areal character and was a laugh a minute. The plantation tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave us a real insight to life on the plantation.
Ellen the lady from Isabelle tours who picked us up from the hotel was also very knowledgeable and give us many ideas of things to do in New Orleans.
Great day out ,well worth the money.

DeAnn B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

The airboat swamp tour was awesome and the highlight of our trip. Captain Gary was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Ellen our driver was also very well informed about New Orleans and the surrounding area. We really enjoyed the experience and would highly recommend this tour.

Jack M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

Our driver/guide was very informative. Ellen drove well and kept up the banter. The airboat rides were exciting and beautiful. Capt. Gary gave us a most memorable ride thru the swamp. Saw lots of gators! Great day trip. The Plantation tour was historically informative. Our guide there, Ellen (plantation guide), was very knowledgeable and emotionally invested in her tour. She impressed me with her dignity. This was a highlight day!

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