Swamp Boat Ride And Southern Plantation Tour From New Orleans

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Overview

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.

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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.

Inclusions for Swamp Boat Ride And Southern Plantation Tour From New Orleans

  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Local guide
  • Narrated round-trip transportation
  • Guided tour of plantation home
  • Local Taxes

Exclusions for Swamp Boat Ride And Southern Plantation Tour From New Orleans

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability

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.

Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • It was cool! Had a chance to hold baby alligator!

  • Very interesting tour. Not too long. Knowledgeable guides. Very good organization of everything. Not to mention the beauty of the places.

  • We had a great time on this 5 hour tour. The plantation was fine but the swamp tour was educational and entertaining and even though it was cold in NOLA while we were there we still got to see at least 5 or 6 gators in the swamp.

    Our guide Billy Jo was wonderful and our captain Tom was so knowledgeable and funny which made it a pleasure to be a part of.

  • The day we scheduled this tour the weather was rain sleet and snow not to mention windy and very cold. The tour should have been canceled and our money refunded. We were miserable especially on the swamp tour which was on an open boat. We were told the boat was designed to be used in all types of weather. When we returned to the dock we were told our bus had been used to take an earlier tour back to town. We had to wait for over an hour in a small gift shop the only place with heat and no place to sit until a bus arrived. I would find it hard to book another tour with a company that puts profit over common sense.

  • A wonderful 6 hours. Tour guide was lots of fun and knowledgeable. The plantation tour was very educational. Fun to learn some of the history of early plantation life. Our swamp boat captain was a colorful character. Despite being December we saw quite a few alligators, racoons, deer, egrets, an osprey. I got to hold a juvenile alligator on the boat. Wish there had been some food to buy other than snacks as the tour went from 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Your was very good. The plantation tour was very informative. Enjoyed the swamp tour as well, considering that this is December and chilly for gators, we still had a good tour, including learning about wildlife in the swamp.

  • Not only is the tour itself a wonderful experience the guides teach you a lot about New Orleans it's history etc. Thank you for a wonderful experience

  • We had an amazing tour! Our guide, Brandon, was very knowledgeable not only of the area but of history and environmental issues in general. His was an almost unscripted narrative, open to questions and side topics, that was extremely interesting and educational. By the end of our swamp ride he had pulled out his pets to pass around - snakes, turtles, an alligator, etc... that he allowed us to hold and photograph. It was great! Highly recommend this tour.

  • Excellent and very enjoyable tour.

  • The southern plantation tour was okay but we expected maybe a few plantations not just one. The swamp board ride was interesting as the guide was very knowledgable about the animals and history of the swamp we cruised in.

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