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Jul 17, 2019
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  • 9 hours (Approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
Overview Overview

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.

Inclusions & Exclusions Inclusions & Exclusions
Inclusions
  • Roundtrip transportation with professional guide
  • Transport by 14-passenger air-conditioned high roof van with guide giving live narration
  • Cajun Country Tour
  • Narrated swamp pontoon covered boat or fast and fun airboat tour
  • Cajun 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
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure & Return Departure & Return
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Must be centrally located, contact local supplier to confirm pick up point. Supplier will contact you to give an exact pick up time the day before your tour.

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Tour returns to the original departure point

Operates

Daily

What to Expect What to Expect

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Mississippi River, LA

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, 3645 Highway 18, Vacherie, LA 70090-7079

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, 2247 Highway 18, Vacherie, LA 70090-5409

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 Pickup Hotel Pickup

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.

Additional Info Additional Info
  • 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 and rain ponchos 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers
Cancellation Policy Cancellation Policy

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.

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Barbara J K

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03, July, 2019

Be sure to do this tour if you've never seen a bayou or a southern plantation. About an hour’s drive from NOLA, our entertaining and informative native guide/driver John brought us to the boat on the bayou. What an amazing place, with cypress trees, water hyacinth, alligators, herons, turtles and other wildlife. Our local guide/boat captain knew all about them. I was impressed. That was our first stop (restrooms and water too). Then came the plantation and a lunch buffet that was pretty good (gumbo, jambalaya, shrimp creole, red beans and rice, desserts, tea and optional mint julep). The plantation area is large and we had time to walk around for photos after the tour to see the slave quarters and really learn how hard their life was in the 1800’s. There’s also that gorgeous walkway with 300 yr old oak trees. Further away was another plantation, totally different style from the first and a different kind of guided tour, which I liked even more. Both had nice gift shops (restrooms and refreshments too). After that, we stopped to see a levee and look over the Mississippi River. All the way back in the van, our guide told stories of food, history, hurricane Katrina and his personal experience, shotgun houses, reality show film crews, and oh my. He had a great accent and was worth listening too, not like those guides that are just all facts and dates. He talked to us on the long drive back and gave us the history of the old cemeteries and the houses in the French Quarter. We got dropped off right at our hotel around 5pm. Perfect weather and good traffic, money well spent, especially with somebody else doing the driving.

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Julie T

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03, July, 2019

we thoroughly enjoyed the visit to both the plantations and the swamp. Laura Plantation was fascinating and the guide was excellent. It was a smaller plantation but so much to see. Oak Alley Plantation is magnificent and fits the idea of the ‘Big House’ . Lunch was delicious and the house although with less to see inside was amazing. The highlight was the airboat swamp tour. The allocators came right up to our boat. A very thrilling end to the day.

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Amanda M

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03, July, 2019

This was a great tour that let us experience some of the Louisiana culture outside of the city! Billy was our tour guide and was very knowledgeable and funny. I also appreciated how he communicated with us when the bus was running late due to flooded roads from heavy rain the evening before. We got to see alligators in the bayou, and then we got to tour two different plantations. It was very interesting to be where so much history took place. The lunch buffet was delicious, also!

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Barbara D

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03, July, 2019

Let’s start with our Tour Guide Billy! He was simply excellent, funny, knowledgeable and professional! What else can you ask for!
As for the tour, it was super interesting, both guides at the plantations where great (Jessica and Pam). The plantations where gorgeous and full of history. We really appreciated having all habitants perspectives and not just the owners. We highly recommend this tour!

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Megan S

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03, July, 2019

We booked the Swamp Boat Adventure and Plantations Full-Day Tour from New Orleans. It was an early start and our tour guide John was on time for the pick up in a brand new van. His narrative was very entertaining and kept everyone laughing and interested. Captain Eric very personable who took us on the airboat gator tour which was amazing. We got to see quite a few gators which was exciting. We then moved on to Oak Alley Plantation where our guide was Robert. He was enthusiastic in his telling of the history of the estate and certainly had an extensive knowledge when people asked questions. Lunch was traditional, gumbo, jambalya, etc We then moved on to Laura Plantation and our guide Kyle. Again an entertaining storyteller.

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Alexander M

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03, July, 2019

From pick up to drop off, this tour was amazing in its organization and breadth of experiences offered .
Steve our driver was an encyclopedia of New Orleans' history both old and current. Bryan our 'swamp tour man' was both entertaining and authentic (His family having been in the area since the 1700's).
The antebellum plantations were a trip back to a confused and confronting old America and lunch was delicious.
This tour is a 'must do' for anyone wanting a unique look into the American psyche.

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Ryan F

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03, July, 2019

This was such a great tour! It was amazing being picked up by your hotel and sat in a comfortable, clean, air conditioned private van for the whole tour. Joseph was a great guide and gave so many facts as he drove. It was really neat seeing the bayou on a boat and feeding the alligators marshmallows. The boat tour guide came off negative/bitter that he doesn't like people hating on the state, but his comments were unprovoked. Just take what he says with a grain of salt. The lunch and two plantation tours were also amazing. It was a really fun day!

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Toney H

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03, July, 2019

This tour was organized by the company Tours by Isabelle and within a few days of booking I received an e-mail asking where we were to be picked up. Pick up was prompt and the ride was fairly comfortable. Our guide was Muriel and she gave wonderful insight of the city, the history, the culture of the Cajuns/Cadiens/Acadiens from a variety of perspectives. As a teacher by profession, I would highly suggest this tour for educators and student trips. Also, if you are French-speaking, they offer tours in French.

The bayou boat ride was fun and we got see alligators and other wildlife. There was even a bald eagle.

I wanted to take this particular tour because I show my French students the Globe Trekker episode on New Orleans and they learn about the slavery and plantation life. The two featured plantations were Oak Alley and Laura. In the series, the representation of Oak Alley was that of Southern Belles and American aristocracy, which doesn't capture the whole story. I was pleasantly surprised by the tour being very honest about who ran the plantation and giving credit to the slaves who built it and the horrors they experienced. Laura plantation exceeded my expectations in that our docent gave a thorough history of the family and the feelings Laura felt about the plantation's past and her feelings toward slavery.

Again, if you are an educator or interested in the History of Louisiana, I would highly recommend this tour.

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Ronya G

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12, August, 2018

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.

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Anne C

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28, July, 2018

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!

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Erik

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14, May, 2018

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!

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Concordia C

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13, April, 2018

excellent tour, our guide was well versed on the local wildlife. We saw birds and animals and several gators lots of fun

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klista12

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11, April, 2018

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!

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tim36r

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10, April, 2018

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.

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Michael B

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10, April, 2018

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.

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Craig T

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08, April, 2018

Great day tour, our guide was very informative and funny. Lunch was great.

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Ken O

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03, April, 2018

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.

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Robert C

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31, March, 2018

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.

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Kristian W

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28, March, 2018

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.

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DORINDA D

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28, March, 2018

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.

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