- 9 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
A grand mélange presentation of Cajun and Creole cultures starting with a boat tour of the cypress swamps. Enjoy a traditional lunch at one of the oldest Plantations in the south, Oak Alley Plantation, followed by a guided tour of this grand mansion. Later in the afternoon visit Laura, a Creole Plantation and her historic slave quarters surrounded by sugar cane fields. The small-group atmosphere with maximum 13 people ensures a more personal experience.
- Roundtrip transportation with professional guide
- Transport by 14-passenger air-conditioned van
- Cajun Country Tour
- Narrated swamp boat or airboat tour
- Lunch at Oak Alley Plantation
- Guided tour of Oak Alley Plantation
- Guided tour of Laura Plantation
- Hotel pickup
- Entry/Admission - Oak Alley Plantation
- Entry/Admission - Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site
Traveler pickup is offered
Tour departs from any downtown New Orleans or French Quarter hotel/Airbnb. Must be centrally located, contact local supplier to confirm
Tour returns to the original departure point
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Mississippi River, Louisiana
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 you'll take a narrated boat tour (about 1.5 hours) on winding bayous in remote cypress swamps. 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 this peaceful ride, explore his picturesque swamp zoo on Bayou Boeuf. Upgrade to the High-Speed Airboat option instead of the swamp boat, to experience a thrilling ride as you comfortably glide over marshes and into deep, secluded bayous.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie, Louisiana
A delicious lunch is included at Oak Alley Plantation's Cajun restaurant with a chance to experience traditional cuisine of this region. After lunch be prepared for a pilgrimage back in time. From the River Road you will see and hear all about Whitney, Josephine, and Evergreen Plantations. A guided tour of Oak Alley Plantation to admire this jewel of Greek Revival architecture. Free time to walk under a spectacular canopy of 28 giant live oaks.
Duration: 3 hours
Stop At: Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, Vacherie, Louisiana
Next visit Laura, a Creole Plantation and her historic slave quarters surrounded by sugar cane fields. The guided tour transports you with dramatic detail into the charmed yet tragic lives of four generations of Creole owners and their slaves.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
- 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 are available for use if guests forget their own. If a tour cannot operate due to inclement weather you will be notified
- Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
- 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.
- Tour cannot accommodate wheelchairs of any kind
If you cancel at least 3 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
On day two in New Orleans we took this tour. It was probably one of the best days we spent in New Orleans. Gisele was our tour guide and she was full of wonderful information. We did our swamp tour first where we got to see several alligators. We then headed to Oak Alley plantation where we had an amazing lunch followed by a tour of a beautiful French plantation. We then headed to Laura plantation which is a authentic Creole plantation not far down the road. Both plantations were like night and day from each other. Gisele gave us so much information about Ariel landmarks and even showed us some other plantations on the drive back into town. Overall I totally recommend this trip. It was money well worth spent.
Billy was our tour guide and a top notch tour guide he is! Swamp Boat Adventure was beautiful and informative about the wildlife, history and life in the bayou. Many visits by alligators looking for their marshmallows. Also cranes and a huge bullfrog. Beautiful, antique drawbridge at the beginning of the tour. Oak Alley was amazing. After a lifetime, I finally got to see and get a picture of a Southern Magnolia tree in bloom! The Cajun lunch buffet was beyond expectations! A good sampling of numerous Cajun foods unknown to us New Englanders. Laura Plantation was fascinating--especially the construction. We had some history of the residence from the Sinister Criminal Intentions Tour we took on the evening we arrived. We all learned a lot about plantation life and life in the South. Thank you for such a great tour!
This was a fantastic way to see some history and nature just outside New Orleans. Our guide was wonderful, and we got to see Alligators right off the side of the boat. The plantations are beautiful, but a sobering reminder of our country's history. It was a wonderful way to spend a little time outside of busy New Orleans, and is a great addition to any trip to the Big Easy!
excellent tour, our guide was well versed on the local wildlife. We saw birds and animals and several gators lots of fun
Even though this tour is a full day,, it is amazing and worth the price.
My swamp boat captain Derek was a joy! He goes above and beyond to make sure we had a beautiful ride on the bayou. saw plenty of alligators, he lets you drive the boat,, he tells stories and is a credit to this tour operation.
Both plantations were lovely.. I learned a lot about life in the past. Had a perky speaker ,, Bree,, she had great knowledge and shared it all with us!
Ginny, took us all around ,, she was the van operator and I would like to note.. that she gave the entire tour in English and in French ,, and didnt miss a beat. Another wonderful tour operator,, I thought she would get tired of speaking 2 languages but she was amazing.. If you can walk a lot,, take this tour!
What a great way to experience the Cajun area. Our tour guide Ginnie provided history and information all of the time we were travelling. Next we went deep in the swamps by airboat not only seeing alligators but also learning about their survival struggles and conservation initiatives.
Next was a buffet of local foods followed by tours of 2 plantations.
This turned out to be the perfect way to see more of the area around New Orleans without having to rent a car.
Great tour the highlight being the Laura Plantation.
We had a great tour guide on the bus Gene Reyes he had great info on the tour and New Orleans generally.
Great day tour, our guide was very informative and funny. Lunch was great.
What a pleasant trip! John was a great driver and all the tour guides were informative. Celeste at the Laura plantation was particularly energetic and fun.
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our tours and experience with Viator during our wonderful stay in New Orleans! Using Viator made it all very easy and convenient.
This was a well run and worthwhile tour which was good value for money. The pick-up was well organised and the guides were very knowledgeable. It's a full day tour taking in two plantations, their stories being quite interesting. A nice lunch is included. There's also a swamp tour - I recommend upgrading to the airboat ride as it's a LOT of fun. I would have no hesitation recommending this tour.
What a great day! We were fortunate to have Ginnie, our tour guide/driver, who provided us with so much information of the area, including all the history we would need to appreciate the area. Those that provided the tours at all 3 sites were so knowledgable and obviously proud of their roles in ensuring we had a positive experience. The lunch at Oak Alley was far better than we could have expected. It is a long day but we covered alot of territory and would highly recommed this tour ran by Tours by Isabelle.
The tour was very enjoyable. The guide Kat Fields was well prepared, informative and very helpful. The swamp boat part as great.
Giselle was a very knowledgeable and classy guide. She made the best of our tour getting off to a 30-minute delayed start, and kept us entertained and laughing for the entire day. We got to see baby gators, a few mamas and some beautiful birds along the way on our airboat. I'd suggest a hooded windbreaker for the ride, but what a ride! The plantations were great, and vastly different from each other. I have to hand it to Camille at Laura Plantation. She packed so much information and entertainment into our tour of that Creole plantation, she was AMAZING.
The tour guide was very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. The tour itself was very good. However, due to the early morning time around 9 am and the month March, there were no many alligators when we went on the air boat. Nevertheless, it was worth doing so anyway. Overall, this is a great tour at a very reasonable price.
Loved visiting the two Plantations which were very different from one another. The lunch was delicious and fit nicely into the whole day. Enjoyed the boat trip on the bayou and even saw a couple of alligators who normally are scarce this time of year.
Everything’s was perfectly orchestrated and the really long day I was promised was eventually extremely comfortable.
The comments of our guide were really great, the swamp tour quite interesting (maybe a little bit calm) and the two plantations, absolutely extraordinary! Unmissable!
This was a really fun and interesting adventure outside the city. I always love to see and learn new things in/around NOLA and I really love some time in the swamps and bayous. I had never been to any of the plantations, despite traveling here many times. This trip is a full day and it is nice they include lunch at Oak Alley. One of the best parts was being in a small group/small comfy van, not a big bus.
We were lucky with great weather for early March and saw many birds and turtles and alligators on a perfect weather day. Captain Brian knows a lot about the natural environment of the bayou, so the boat tour was informative and fun. We visited Oak Alley first, which is a gorgeous property and they have some good exhibits to teach about sugar plantations and the Civil War in the area, as well as plantation history. It was nice to have lunch and sip a mint julep while strolling the grounds. The Laura plantation was our final stop and really a highlight. The Creole plantation is very different than what you would think and our tour guide Renee was filled with great facts about the history and family, lives of the enslaved people that had lived there and Louisiana history. Very well done tour and glad we saw it after Oak Alley. Our driver Billy was also filled with facts about New Orleans, which he shared as he drove us to and from our tour stops, even varying the route so we saw some different things on the drive. Really glad I did this tour!