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Experience Cajun Country: Swamp Boat Adventure and Plantations Full-Day Tour from New Orleans

Location New Orleans
Departure Daily
From €164.67 per person
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  • Roundtrip transportation with professional guide
  • Transport by 13-passenger air-conditioned van
  • Cajun Country Tour
  • Narrated boat tour
  • Lunch at Oak Alley Plantation
  • Guided tour of Oak Alley Plantation
  • Guided tour of Laura Plantation
  • Hotel pickup
  • Gratuities (optional)

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.

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. 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.

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.

Upgrade to the High-Speed Airboat option, to experience a thrilling ride as you comfortably glide over marshes and into deep, secluded bayous.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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.

Conditions of Sale:
Once you have booked and received your travel voucher, the contact details for the travel service operator will be on this voucher under the heading 'Important Information'. Where applicable, you are required to call the travel service operator directly to advise of additional information such as:
  • Hotel for pick up
  • Weights for helicopter tours
  • Choice of times for tours
  • Special dietary requirements, meal choices etc.

Reviewed by Alex H , February 2017

The tour was awesome! Our tour guide Billy took us to the three different tours and shared wonderful information along the way. Billy was very personable and made the day enjoyable from the beginning to the end. I would book another tour with Tours by Isabelle if I were to return to NOLA.

Reviewed by Cyndee P , February 2017

This was an amazing tour. It does take all day so don't plan anything else on this day. However, you are doing 3 tours in one tour package. We went to the bayou and went on a swamp boat ride through the swamp first. It was very nice and our Cajun tour guide was awesome. Then we went to Oak Alley Plantation and had an awesome lunch followed by a tour of the Plantation. This is one of the most beautiful Plantations in the south. Then we went to Laura Plantation for a tour which was also amazing. It was a long day, but a great day. We thoroughly enjoyed it and I would highly recommend this tour.

Reviewed by accunningham56 , February 2017

This tour was awesome! My boyfriend and I loved this tour. Our driver was a lovely man named Carl and he gave a deep history of the area and was really accommodating in picking us up at our random airnb location instead of the typical French Quarter hotels. The Laura plantation tour was one of the highlights of our trip and we highly recommend it. The swamp tour was also awesome and really fun. Saw lots of alligators and our boat driver/guide was highly entertaining and knowledgeable. definitely recommend this tour to those wanting to get a lot out of a little time in New Orleans!!

Reviewed by Anna S , February 2017

Everything on time. Lunch was delicious. Food was high quality and homemade. Tour guide, Ellen, was excellent. Very knowledgeable, and a lovely person with good sense of humor. All tours provided great information, and I learned a lot. Landscape is at once enchanting and ghostly. A must for your trip to NOLA. Van was smaller than expected, but comfortable. Totally worth it. Go!

Reviewed by Laurie , February 2017

After a little more than an hour van ride we arrived at the swamp tour. The tour was great. We saw birds and turtles. No Alligators in February but we heard a lot of stories from our fantastic tour guide. The two mansion tours and lunch were fantastic as well. Our guide was very informative with many historical facts.

Reviewed by Fiona H , January 2017

Fantastic day out with brilliant guide - totally recommend this trip

Reviewed by Monica Lynn W , January 2017

So much history in this tour. Swamp ride was a bit cool and gators were in hibernation but our guide was very informative and just being in the swamp is a real experience.
Nice lunch at the Oak Alley plantation, true to the south. Both plantations are beautiful in there own way , our guides were very knowledgeable.
Highly recommend this tour, just be prepared this is a all day experience and the weather can change in a minute take a umbrella, good walking shoes and bottled water.

Reviewed by Lord Sebastian , January 2017

What an exciting day out, great tour with a lovely and very knowledgeable tour guide and a bayou river cruise with crocs snapping at the shores and the history of the plantations and a spectacular tour of one of the grandest old homes in the area.
On the way back we stopped at Morning Call cafe and had Beignets and coffee. A very nice day. Highly recommend this tour operator

Reviewed by Patricia S , January 2017

Joseph was our tour guide and he was great. Helped us understand the tour.

Reviewed by Elisa M , January 2017

This tour was the perfect blend of fun, historical and cultural education and somber reflection. The boat adventure through the bayou was lovely and awing- our guide was a native Louisianan of Creole descent who clearly understood the importance of the bayou to the local culture. And the plantation tours were just incredible. Somehow, the guides know how to present these sites in a way that astounds and embraces their relevance to the American experience without losing the force of the horror of slavery. Little compares with standing inside a bare one room structure used to house six or seven slaves. The sites are preserved in their original state, presenting the entire tableaux in haunting perspective. You get to see two very different plantations and learn about two very different histories. The whole tour was just amazing.