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

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

Go beyond the French Quarter and discover the unique Cajun and Creole cultures of New Orleans during this full-day swamp and plantation tour. Venture deep into the bayous, with a small group limited to 8, to see Cajun living and spot wildlife like alligators and pelicans. Then, admire the beautiful architecture and learn about the history of Houmas House and Laura Plantation. Upgrade your ticket to include a high-speed airboat ride through the bayous.
  • Discover Creole and Cajun culture on a full-day tour from New Orleans
  • Enjoy a boat tour through the winding bayous in remote cypress swamps
  • Savor an elegant lunch at at a traditional Southern plantation
  • Visit Houmas House and Laura Plantation
  • Upgrade to include a high-speed airboat ride in the bayous

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This deluxe tour fits in two of Louisiana's best-preserved plantations, plus an elegant lunch.
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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
Lunch at Houmas House
Tour of Houmas House and Laura Plantation
Hotel pickup with exact pickup time provided
Gratuities

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
Your full‐day swamp and plantation tour begins with morning pickup from your downtown New Orleans hotel. Make sure to grab coffee and breakfast before boarding, then take in the idyllic scenery as you ride over the Mississippi River and deep into Cajun country.

A Cajun guide awaits at the water’s edge to take you on an unforgettable wildlife‐spotting expedition through remote cypress swamps.  Along the way, hear fascinating information about the area and its wildlife population including reptile habits, healing plants, and exotic birds. Get great up‐close photos and learn about the history and mystery of the swamps and the Cajun people.

After your boat tour, head to Laura Plantation and hear personal stories of the men, women and children who lived there. Explore the West-African influence on the architecture and traditions of the Creole culture.

Continue on to Houmas House and enjoy onboard commentary about the antebellum south. Tuck into a delicious elegant lunch before your tour of the plantation.

Please Note: Thrill‐seekers may upgrade to include a high‐speed airboat ride with the tour; however children younger than six are not allowed on the airboat.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Bayou Segnette State Park
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.
Stop At:  
Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site
Discover Laura, an 1804 Creole Plantation and learn about Laura's personal family saga. See how the West-African enslaved's work influenced all segments of the Creole culture, best seen today in cuisine, music, family-centered traditions, architecture and life-style. At Laura's Slavery Museum Exhibit, hear personal stories of individual men, women and children who lived there, illustrating how the lives of the enslaved, both Créole and American, were intertwined with those of their owners.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
After a short drive from Laura Plantation, you'll settle into a seated lunch in Houmas House' elegant dining room. After lunch, walk through the 250 year history of this estate and how a succession of owners and the Mississippi River grew this modest manor house into the estate it is today. A collection of art, furniture, and antique artifacts help tell the story of plantation life. 38 acres of gardens surround the mansion.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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 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
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • 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 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tours by Isabelle

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Experience Cajun Country: Swamp Boat Adventure and Plantations Full-Day Tour from New Orleans?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Experience Cajun Country: Swamp Boat Adventure and Plantations Full-Day Tour from New Orleans.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Experience Cajun Country: Swamp Boat Adventure and Plantations Full-Day Tour from New Orleans?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Experience Cajun Country: Swamp Boat Adventure and Plantations Full-Day Tour from New Orleans.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Experience Cajun Country: Swamp Boat Adventure and Plantations Full-Day Tour from New Orleans?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Experience Cajun Country: Swamp Boat Adventure and Plantations Full-Day Tour from New Orleans.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Experience Cajun Country: Swamp Boat Adventure and Plantations Full-Day Tour from New Orleans?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Experience Cajun Country: Swamp Boat Adventure and Plantations Full-Day Tour from New Orleans.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Check it out if you have a chance, especially if you love the outdoors and Southern history." See review
  • "Apparently, alligators do not like the cold and stay under water, so if it cool weather and you want to see alligators, probably shouldn't go during fall, cool weather." See review
  • "Even though this tour is a full day,, it is amazing and worth the price." See review

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Great day!!!
Ashoema
, Apr 2021
Amazing tour! Our guide, Rene, was on time, organized, informative & fun!!! Is driving was safe & I felt well taken care of. It rained the day of our trip, but Rene was prepared with heavy duty ponchos & the trip was still a great success in spite of the inclement weather. My favorite parts: seeing alligators in their natural habitat ( who knew they liked marshmallows!!), the history of the Laura plantation, the yummy lunch and gorgeous gardens at Houmas House & getting to see a different side of Louisiana history outside of NOLA. I highly recommend this your & company. Well worth it!!
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Giselle was amazing! We...
scott_s
, Apr 2021
Giselle was amazing! We enjoyed her stories and her accent just added to the trip. The swamp tour and the last Plantation were awesome! A great day!
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Great Day Outing
Dawn_G
, Mar 2021
Was a lovely tour. Gisele was funny, smart, and kind. Every detail was thought of and our comfort was her first priority. Gisele was very knowledgeable and we learned so much with her.
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Beautiful and informative
Karla_G
, Mar 2021
I loved going to the swamps and seeing the alligators up close and the beauty of it all. The plantation tours were also very interesting although heartbreaking. Enjoyed how beautiful the homes were and was very touching to see the slaves quarters and the sad history.
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Great overall experience!
Aubrey_W
, Mar 2021
This tour hit a lot on our list. All of the hosts and guides were awesome and the pacing and length of the tour were just right. Giselle was a great guide and the ride out to our tours was very comfortable. Both plantations were very interesting and educational. The swamp tour was exciting while safe. The food at Houmas House was delicious. I highly recommend this tour experience.
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What wonderful experience!!!!!!
Kerry_C
, Mar 2021
Giselle was our guide for the day and she was fantastic. Loren drove the airboat through the swamps, that was very cool. Everyone was very pleasant. The vans were clean and comfortable. The whole day went smoothly. I would highly recommend tours by Isabelle and I would not hesitate to use them again. Thank you all for a wonderful experience. Giselle was the best.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for this, Kerry, I will definitely forward your comments to Loren and Gisèle! We are so happy you had a fantastic day on our Grand Combination tour! Please come back soon to NOLA ! Isabelle C.
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Awesome
Yen_V
, Jan 2021
The whole trip was fantastic! The boat ride, plantations and lunch as well as the knowledge that Isabelle imparts along the way. Covid precautions were do very well too.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Thank you so much Ms Yen for this VERY nice review! Yes, knowledge + safety is what we definitely strive to provide for our guests! Please do come back down to visit NOLA soon! Isabelle C.
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Great time
Phoenix
, Jan 2021
Isabelle was amazing friendly and informative. She arrived on time and the van was clean and sanitized. Swamp tour was fun and our time at the plantation was beautiful . I will definitely return when a little warmer with my family so we can see more gators :)
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A VIP Cajun Country Experience!
Catherine_T
, Dec 2020
Fantastic tour - Clean. Safe. Expertly organized and skillfully led. Even during these days of regulations, we highly recommend this tour. Isabelle took wonderful care of us while giving us an amazing Cajun Country Experience. Thank you, Isabelle, for giving us the VIP experience!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
Thank you so much Ms Catherine, you made my day yesterday by coming on this Plantation and Airboat tour with your family, and again today by writing this very sweet review! We are so very glad you enjoyed your tour! Happy New Year to you all!
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Awesome Trip
Andrew_B
, Dec 2020
Awesome trip! Isabelle put together an amazing itinerary and we had such a good time. I’d highly recommend to anyone looking to experience New Orleans!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
Thank you so much Andrew for this wonderful review. It was a pleasure organizing your special visit and welcoming you to Nola! Hope you all get to come back soon... Isabelle C.
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