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

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Experience Cajun Country: Swamp Boat Adventure and Plantations Full-Day Tour from New Orleans
from USD $220.22
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.
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In Brief

New Orleans, United States
United States
9 hours
Important InfoInfo
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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


  • Transport by 14-passenger air-conditioned high roof van with guide giving live narration
  • 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 with exact pickup time provided
  • Entry/Admission - Oak Alley Plantation
  • Entry/Admission - Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site


  • Gratuities

Departure Time

8:00 AM

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.

Returns To

Tour returns to the original departure point

Additional Information

  • 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 experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

We were picked up from our hotel and our driver/tour guide for the day was very informative about New Orleans and the passing scenery to our destination. The swamp boat tour with Captain Brian gave us a good look at the Bayou country. Unfortunately, with the cool weather no alligators were obligingly sunning themselves but we saw plenty of bird life. The lunch at Oak Alley plantation was really tasty giving you a sample of Creole cooking. We visited 2 plantations on the tour; Oak Alley with the old Live Oak drive looking toward the Mississippi river was magnificent. Our guide for the house was very entertaining and informative about what we were seeing. Laura plantation was very different but no less fascinating. Our guide here gave us an insight into the history of the Laura the house and the Family in the big house and the slaves working the plantation up to when Laura become a museum and open to the public.
• Submitted 13 Jan 2020
We had a fantastic time and Rene was super informative and fun! The whole trip from the swamp tour to the plantations tours were just perfect.
• Submitted 26 Dec 2019
everything about this full day tour was perfect. The tour guide, Ellen was knowledgeable and entertaining keeping us engaged during the couple of hour plus drive to and from the Swamp Boat Adventure and the two Plantations we visited. The food was delicious and appropriate with the local New Orleans's cuisine. Overall, 5 star tour
• Submitted 06 Dec 2019
This tour was very well organized and so much fun. It was a great way to see more of New Orleans and the surrounding areas that we otherwise would have missed out on. Our guide for the day was Kat. She always narrated our surroundings and the history of the area. First she took us to the Swamp tour portion where we had Bryan as our captain of the pontoon. The waterways and wildlife were very abundant. We thoroughly enjoyed the 2 plantation tours and lunch. Be sure to book with Tours by Isabelle. A small group tour and personal attention. Thanks Kat for a fun filled day.
• Submitted 14 Nov 2019
While visiting New Orleans, if you have a spare day and have gotten your fair share of the city, definitely worth taking to see the beauty of the Louisiana marshlands and nearby historical sites. I went in November, so on the swamp tour you’ll hardly see any gators at this time, but still enjoyable scenery. The meal provided is excellent and authentic. Plus, both plantation tours give you an idea of the regions history with excellent guides, exhibits, and unique architecture. Check it out if you have a chance, especially if you love the outdoors and Southern history.
• Submitted 08 Nov 2019
Ellen, our driver and tour guide picked us up at the hotel. She was very knowledgeable about facts regarding New Orleans. The swamp tour was great. Captain Brian was very informative, and who knew alligators enjoyed marshmallows. The food at Oak Alley plantations was very good-all the favorites of New Orleans. It was very eye-opening with the history they provided. The Laura Plantation had its own story, and interesting too. I enjoyed seeing the Satsuma, Banana and Fig trees. I would recommend this tour to anyone who enjoys learning and wanting to see something that has never been experienced.
• Submitted 29 Oct 2019
The tour was very informative especially the Laura plantation. It was full of history about slavery and the plantations itself. The lunch was great! If you have not tried Cajun food before this tour it was a good intro to the food. The Bayou tour was informative of the ways Louisiana was trying to prevent the loss of wildlife and the Bayou. Where can you find egrets, blue herons, bald eagles, and Spanish moss! Harvesting Spanish moss is no easy task. Gisele, our guide, was a informed historian. She answered questions and was most accommodating to our needs. She suggested other places tourists can visit while in New Orleans. I would recommend Tours by Isabelle because it was a small group.
• Submitted 28 Oct 2019
It was a wonderfull day and the guide EXCELLENT! Interesting history of this places. I learned more about the PLANTATION.
• Submitted 21 Oct 2019
Great and well organised tour. We had a ball on the airboat, saw lots of gators, a grand lunch tours of two plantations and learnt much from, gisele, the licenced professional tour guide, a must.
• Submitted 18 Oct 2019
It was our first time visiting New Orleans and we are so glad we did this tour! It gave us the chance to see some other places outside of the city. Our tour guide Joseph was great! He was very knowledgeable and provided us with a lot of really interesting facts about the city and its history. He was very accommodating and dropped us off close to our airbnb. We got to see many gators on the swamp tour. It was really cool to see 2 different plantations as each had their own charm. Oak Alley plantation was beautiful. They provided a really good lunch with traditional Louisiana cuisine. The next plantation we went to, the Laura plantation, is probably not one we would have picked from the pictures, but we were so glad to have the opportunity to go there. This ended up being our favorite stop of the day. The tour guide told the story of the plantation in a really creative way. I would definitely recommend this tour!!
• Submitted 17 Oct 2019
This tour took in 2 plantations and a swamp tour in an airboat. In the swamp tour, Roger was a great guide, and took us up close and personal with some alligators, as well as seeing the picturesque side of the swamps. The plantation highlight was the Laura Plantation. Our guide, Kyle, was terrific; lots of information, humorous, and obviously had a passion for his job. Joseph drove the bus for the day, organised everything well and provided lots of interesting information on th way.
• Submitted 16 Oct 2019
My wife and I had a great time on the tour! The tour guide Helen was really friendly and super knowledgeable. The swamp tour was a lot of fun and it was great to see some alligators. Highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 02 Oct 2019
During this tour we enjoyed small boat swamp experience, visit the Oak plantation and unforgettable tour with a deep history in Laura plantation. Highly recommend
• Submitted 23 Sep 2019
Cajun County Boat Adventure and the Plantation day tour were memorable experiences. Hearing and the reading of stories about the old south will come to life on this tour. The bayou swamp tour was interesting – alligators galore! The architecture of the plantation homes with their interior and exterior grandeur, the slave cabins, the dress and the people was well explained at the two plantations that we visited. Our main guide Ellen was excellent. She is a true native of New Orleans and knew every detail about everything, which she generously shared. This tour is highly recommended.
• Submitted 05 Aug 2019
The guide knew so much about the city, the boat ride was amazing and the plantations were beautiful! Food was very, very good. It was an amazing and beautiful experience. Highly recommended
• Submitted 29 Jul 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.
• Submitted 03 Jul 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.
• Submitted 03 Jul 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.
• Submitted 03 Jul 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!
• Submitted 03 Jul 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.
• Submitted 03 Jul 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.
• Submitted 03 Jul 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!
• Submitted 03 Jul 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!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
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.
• Submitted 12 Aug 2018

In Brief

New Orleans, United States
United States
9 hours

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