- 5 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
See a variety of wildlife on a swamp boat ride and explore an authentic southern plantation on this tour from New Orleans. See alligators, egrets, raccoons and snakes during your ride around a private Louisiana swamp after taking a tour of Destrehan Plantation, the oldest documented French Colonial style house in the Lower Mississippi Valley.
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Local guide
- Narrated round-trip transportation
- Guided tour of plantation home
- Local Taxes
- Entry/Admission - Destrehan Plantation
- Food and drinks (available to purchase)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gray Line New Orleans
Returns to original departure point
Your tour will begin with a tour with a 1.5-hour visit to Destrehan Plantation, where you will learn the history of the Destrehan family sugar dynasty, see a Slave Revolt Museum that dates back to 1811, and admire the architecture of a French Colonial style plantation.
After your plantation tour, take a comfortable coach in central New Orleans and ride across the Mississippi River to Manchac Swamp, where you'll board your custom-built, covered boat. This Louisiana swamp is privately owned so you'll be able to take in your fascinating surroundings with fewer distractions.
In addition to sharing some local history, your guide will explain why wetlands like this one are disappearing and what's being done to save them. Feel free to walk around your boat to capture photos of the swamp's abundant wildlife, including alligators, egrets, raccoons, snakes, and nutria -- a giant rodent.
Your 5.5-hour tour of Louisiana's colorful scenery and history concludes at its starting point in New Orleans.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Infants must sit on laps
- In order to help protect 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.
- Wheelchair Access: If the guest needs a wheelchair lift equipped bus, then special arrangements need to be made with the supplier. This must be arranged 48 hours prior to tour date. Contact details will be on your voucher.
- Alternate Routes: Due to uneven and narrow paths, alternate routes may be necessary for guests traveling in wheelchairs.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
I enjoyed the tour. It gave me a good impression of what life was at the plantation and is around the swamp. Alton was an excellent driver and Midge was a great tour guide . I live in the Pacific Northwest, so the south is a different environment than what I live in.
This tour was great, even on a cloudy and rainy day! Plantation tour was interesting, and the trees were absolutely gorgeous. The swamp tour had an excellent guide, that wanted you to have a good time and see as many animals as possible, even if on an imperfect weather day.
Destrehan Plantation Plantation is the first stop. It is a beautiful restoration that has been undertaken by the local historical society. It was in a total shambles. The history is very interesting and was very well presented by our guide Katherine. Well worth the trip.
Next stop was Cajun Pride Swamp Tours. Brandon was our captain. He was very knowledgeable. He brought small turtles crawfish etc including a baby alligator for a real hands on experience.
Brandon was a hoot! Plus loved having the reptiles on the boat was a great educational and fun experience. Plus I got to hold a gator!!! Helllllurrrr
This tour was simply AMAZING! You will see the Destrehan plantation and learn about the family. You will also see hand-made and hand-carved pieces of furniture that are simply out of this world. You will see how people lived in previous generations. And you'll see amazing landscapes and trees that are hundreds of years old.
You will end the tour with a SUPER FUN swamp boat ride. I wasn't sure what to expect, but the swamp tour was SO MUCH fun. Make sure you get Captain Tom. Definitely take this tour! You'll miss out on a lot of history, culture and fun if you don't take it.
Great tour! Everything very well organized. Great combination of activities. Swamp tour was super fun!
Do not come to New Orleans without doing this tour. We got to hold a baby alligator, which was amazing!! And we got to learn amazing facts about about life here in the early period of time.
Our swamp boat ride was my favorite part of this tour. Brendan our captain/guide was very knowledgable about the swamp, it's creatures, it's history. He made the tour interesting by making it interactive. He shared his pets, a crawfish, several turtles, a couple of snakes and a baby alligator. While he passed each of these critters around he told us all about them. You could chose how up close and personal you wanted to be. We did see gators and turtles in the swamp also a clever blackbird and a raccoon.
The plantation tour was interesting. Our docent/guide was very informative about life on the plantation. It was a nice balance between tour and free time to explore the out buildings. I would highly recommend this tour.
Our guide was very knowledgeable and spoke to us about different aspects of NOLA as the bus took us to the plantation and out to the swamp. The plantation tour was good and we had enough time to see a good bit of history. On the boat of the swamp tour we saw raccoons and turtles and lots of alligators. Great way to spend the day !
The plantation was surreal, a great history lesson. So odd to think it was surrounded at one time with fuel storage. The swamp tour was incredible. We had a warm day in February so the alligators were literally floating up out of the mud to warm up, dozens of them on land in the water. Our boat captain brought his menagerie of pets on board so we were able to hold turtles, snake, crawfish and an alligator. Absolutely wonderful and hysterical. Would definitely recommend.
Plantation tour was great, swamp boat ride was excellent. Highly recommended.
What a great experience! The tour was full of history and knowledge. The Plantation was beautiful and the swap was full of alligators, turtles and some raccoons. I highly recommend this tour for all ages. Our tour guide, can't remember his name and our bus driver were funny and enjoyable. The only thing missing was being infromed that food can be brought with us. It is a long tour and other than vending machines we didn't have anything to eat and were starving. Beer and wine were for sale at the swamp tour so that was a big plus. We had excellent weather and enjoyed every bit of our experience.
I highly recommend both of the tours. ALL of the tour guides were very knowledgeable and made it a very enjoyable experience for my dad and me. Ryan on the Grey Line bus started us off and was very informative and entertaining. The plantation tour was very informative and the swamp boat tour guide was excellent.
Awesome. George our tour guide was very knowledgeable about Nola history. Swamp tour with Brandon was excellent. He was very knowledgeable about wildlife. He had various animal furs, talked about the animals, passed around real animals including a baby alligator for us to hold and take pictures with
The guide was great, very knowledgeable and personable. Highly recommend this tour.
Sandy was a wealth of information during drive to each location. Jim clearly loves what he does, and provided excellent tour of the plantation. Tim the boat captain made the swamp tour fun. He pointed out all the various ways to clean, eat or sale swamp critters. Was worth the time! I encourage others to bring lunch a long, plenty of time for picnic.