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Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans

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From $55.00

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


    What's Included

    • Narrated boat cruise
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Local guide
    • Local taxes
    • Gratuities
    • Snacks and refreshments available for purchase on boat

    Departure & Return

    Departure Point

    • Gray Line New Orleans, 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

      Gray Line Lighthouse on the Steamboat NATCHEZ dock (Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River)

    Return Details

    This activity will end right where it started.

    What To Expect

    Choose a morning or afternoon pickup from the French Quarter and climb aboard your coach for the ride deep into Cajun country. Watch the changing scenery as the cityscape transitions into expansive wetlands. You coach delivers you to the launch point across the Mississippi River, where you’ll transfer to an open‐sided, covered boat and set off on the fun and educational ride.

    Your native guide will take you on a wildlife‐spotting expedition through this legendary Louisiana terrain. Glide along the water, viewing the lush greenery and abundant local wildlife, including nesting alligators, egrets, raccoons, snakes, and giant nutria. Some wildlife are more easily spotted during the warmer months of the year.  Get great photos and learn about the history and mystery of the swamps, including the culture and ingenuity of the Cajun people who have populated this region for almost 250 years. Your guides will share stories about Cajun music, bayou lifestyle, and culinary traditions — like the creation of Louisiana’s signature gumbo, as well as information about the region’s passionate efforts to preserve the wetlands.

    Your coach returns to the French Quarter by mid‐afternoon or evening.

    Mississippi River (Pass By)

    After a short coach ride across the Mississippi River, embark on a fascinating 2-hour boat trip through the swamps and bayous of New Orleans.

    Barataria Preserve (Pass By)

    You will travel through the Barataria Preserve, part of the Jean Lafitte National Park & Preserve system. The preserve offers a taste of Louisiana's wild wetlands, protecting 23,000 acres of bayous, swamps, marshes and forests.

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • In order to help preserve the French Quarter from vehicular traffic, it is requested that you please walk, if possible, to the convenient tour departure point - just a short stroll from most downtown hotels
    • Tour vehicles are equipped for wheelchair storage. If wheelchairs collapse and fold, they can be placed in the storage compartment on the bus
    • Electrical wheelchairs are permitted, but special arrangements need to be made with the supplier for a handicap-accessible bus. This must be arranged 72 hours prior to tour date. Contact details will be on your voucher.
    • Unfortunately, electrical scooters are not permitted
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
    Operated by Gray Line New Orleans

    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.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

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

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    Q:What is the departure point for the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?

    A:The tour begins at the Gray Line "Lighthouse" Ticket Office in the French Quarter at Toulouse Street & the Mississippi River - at the Steamboat Natchez Dock (400 Toulouse Street.)

    Jun 2021

    Q:Is there parking near the departure point for the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?

    A:There are public parking lots on Decatur Street that charge hourly rates. Some require prepayment through an automated kiosk on site. The parking lot closest to the tour departure point is Jax Lot # P401, 500 Decatur St.

    Jun 2021

    Q:What should I wear during the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?

    A:Casual, comfortable attire is best. Please wear comfortable shoes! Please avoid tank tops, cut-offs, or short shorts.

    Jun 2021

    Q:What type of boat is used during the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?

    A:This tour uses a comfortable, custom-built pontoon boat that is safe for the fragile local ecosystem.

    Jun 2021

    Q:How long is the actual cruise during the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?

    A:The cruise is approximately 2 hours long.

    Jun 2021

    Q:Can I bring my camera on the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?

    A:Absolutely! Bring your camera to capture the “bon temps” (good times) on the bayou!

    Jun 2021

    Q:Is food available during the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?

    A:Yes, snacks and refreshments are available for purchase.

    Jun 2021

    Q:Is the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans handicap accessible?

    A:Yes, however, be sure to list any special needs in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout and call the local operator at least 72 hours prior to your tour date to confirm suitable arrangements.

    Jun 2021

    Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?

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

    Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?

    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff

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    875 reviews
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    Awesome Tour
    cherieking74, May 2022
    We had a ball on our tour. Our guide T Earl Gator is the GOAT. He was very informative about the swamp, gators, and the bayou. One of the most memorable moments of our visit to New Orleans
    Swamp time
    Jermaine_M, May 2022
    Real cool time in the swamps A captain was very cool he he was a gator guy. Really enjoyed the experience of being on the bayou
    Friendly bus driver. ...
    Marisela_M, May 2022
    Friendly bus driver. The boat ride was very short. Very little information shared by “guide.” Not what was expected.
    Great family outing for all ages.
    dawn_s, May 2022
    This was very relaxing and exciting to see the alligators. Very kid friendly. The Captain was very knowledgeable. We enjoyed the music he played too. CCR was very fitting.
    Driver Anton was very...
    JagdishK_L, May 2022
    Driver Anton was very knowledgeable about the history. Gave us good information and restaurant info.
    Swampin’ it up
    Christopher_W, May 2022
    Was interesting to see the Bayou and nature and the alligators. Beautiful scenery and friendly staff
    Strolling down the bayou
    Sabrina_P, May 2022
    Really enjoyed being out on the water and hearing about the history of La Fitte from our tour guide! Overall, a really peaceful experience. We did the covered boat so it was nice to be shaded from the blazing sun.
    Fun experience
    MICHAEL_B, May 2022
    It was fun to get out on the water and see the beautiful scenery that the area has. We learned a lot about the history of the bayou area and got to see some alligators.
    Don’t book with Viator if you want to go on time.
    Sniggs_G, May 2022
    The tour was great and GreyLine was awesome to work with. However, Viator sucks!! We booked this trip over a month ago but Viator didn’t book with greyline until the day before so when we went to exchange our tickets the tour was sold out. GreyLine was amazing and got us on the next departing tour but it delayed our plans and was just annoying. Don’t book your trip through this app just book directly through GreyLine and enjoy the overall experience.
    Many alligators! But be careful on bus ride
    Takayuki_I, May 2022
    The boat trip on swamp was a great experience. You can see many alligators there. However, the bus ride to swamp was awful (30min each) as the road was quite bumpy and the guys was driving too fast = got sick by bus ride, not by boat!
    Not recommend.
    Selena_S, May 2022
    For a 4hours tour I was expecting to be on the boat for at least half of that and not just 1h30. Plus the tour guide gave marshmallow to the alligators and they was an albino alligator put in a very small pond of water in the hurt shop. This is animal cruelty.
    Great trip
    Sungmin_K, May 2022
    It makes us a great memories and all steps are very kind. I strongly recommend you this trip will give you inspiration.
    Great Tour
    Bruce_L, May 2022
    The guide was excellent.. His discussion of New Orleans history was great. Could have seen more swamps and gators. Our last swamp tour did more of that. I would still highly recommend the tour.
    Bayou and Swamp Tour
    Arthur_S, May 2022
    Loved the tour. Our guide was the best and his choice of music on the ride was perfect. There were alligators all over !
    Fun boat trip on the bayou.
    GEverett_B, May 2022
    Seeing the alligators most interesting learned a lot about the bayou The guide was most helpful and made the trip safe and enjoyable
    Best swap tour
    Glenda_M, May 2022
    Best swap tour because transportation is include our bus driver Ken is also a tour guide and he made the tour much more exciting the swap tour was great
    Alligators!! Oh my!!
    Karen_S, May 2022
    Got to see alligators up pretty close & a couple of dolphins!!! Great tour guide!!! Who would know alligators like marshmallows!!!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    So much fun
    Lauren_W, May 2022
    Tour was great. My guide was informative & funny. The breeze on the water was amazing. Learned. Lot about wildlife and NOLA.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Jay's 2k22 Swamp Tour
    James_J, May 2022
    The knowledgeable tour guide and the number of alligators oh and the snake sighting was awesome experience
    John_L, May 2022
    Wow! What a trip! Kin the driver to and from the location was entertaining and full of information. The swamp boat company was fantastic and nothing prepared me for the beauty of the landscapes or see alligators in their natural habitat.
    Response from Host, May 2022
    Thank you so much


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