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Swamp Boat Ride and Southern Plantation Tour from New Orleans

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New Orleans, United States

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icon5 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

Experience the civilized and the wild on a plantation tour and educational swamp boat ride from New Orleans. On this half-day journey, visit Destrehan Plantation to experience the early 19th Century South including a Slave Revolt Museum. Next, head into the marshy swampland for a boat ride and some wildlife spotting. Enjoy guided commentary as you snap photos of alligators, raccoons, snakes and native birds.
  • Boat ride on Louisiana swamp and southern plantation tour from New Orleans
  • Take a short coach ride across the mighty Mississippi River
  • Travel a scenic private swamp and capture photos of wildlife such as alligators, raccoons and snakes
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Destrehan Plantation
Air-conditioned vehicle
Narrated round-trip transportation by a local guide
Guided tour of plantation home
Gratuities
Food and drinks (available to purchase)
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Gray Line New Orleans, 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Departure Time

1:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your tour offers a morning or afternoon start time, when you’ll be picked up by an air‐conditioned coach in the French Quarter. Admire the scenery of the Lake Pontchartrain shoreline as you head first to Destrehan Plantation, the oldest documented plantation home in the lower Mississippi Valley. At the plantation, follow your costumed guide through the restored French Colonial style mansion. Hear stories of the Destrehan family sugar dynasty and the estate’s many former inhabitants before you explore the grounds, including vibrant gardens and the 1811 Slave Revolt Museum.

After your plantation tour, return north by coach to Lake Pontchartain and Manchac Swamp, where you’ll board an open‐sided, covered boat – good for touring during any season! This privately‐owned swamp is a great venue for uninterrupted wildlife spotting. Glide along the water, viewing the lush greenery and with abundant local wildlife, including alligators, egrets, raccoons, snakes and giant nutria. Get great photos and gain insight about local history and wetland preservation from your passionate native guides. 

This tour returns you by coach to the French Quarter in the late‐afternoon or evening.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Destrehan Plantation
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.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Cajun Pride Swamp Tours
This privately owned wildlife refuge ensures that you won’t encounter any other boats during your peaceful journey into the swamp. Local Cajun captains share personal tales of their own swamp explorations and fascinating information on the plants and wildlife you'll encounter. The primitive beauty of moss draped cypress tress and abundant wildlife guarantees some amazing pictures!
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Lake Pontchartrain
Although called a lake, this is actually a large lagoon and brackish estuary fed by fresh water rivers and connected to the Gulf of Mexico. Covering 630 square miles (1600 km2) it is one of the largest wetlands in North America.
Pass By:  
I-10 Bonnet Carré Spillway Bridge
View the spillway, a flood control operation in the Lower Mississippi west of New Orleans. The spillway, when open, allows floodwaters from the Mississippi River to flow into Lake Pontchartrain and thence into the Gulf of Mexico.
  • 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.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line New Orleans

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 Swamp Boat Ride and Southern Plantation Tour from New Orleans?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Swamp Boat Ride and Southern Plantation Tour from New Orleans.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Swamp Boat Ride and Southern Plantation Tour from New Orleans?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Swamp Boat Ride and Southern Plantation Tour from New Orleans.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Swamp Boat Ride and Southern Plantation Tour from New Orleans?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Swamp Boat Ride and Southern Plantation Tour from New Orleans.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Swamp Boat Ride and Southern Plantation Tour from New Orleans?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Swamp Boat Ride and Southern Plantation Tour from New Orleans.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Swamp Boat Ride and Southern Plantation Tour from New Orleans?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Swamp Boat Ride and Southern Plantation Tour from New Orleans.

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Traveler Tips


  • "I encourage others to bring lunch a long, plenty of time for picnic." See review
  • "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." See review
  • "Do not come to New Orleans without doing this tour." See review

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Plantation / Swamp day out
Shirley_B
, Mar 2020
Our tour guide Jim was extremely knowledgeable, very polite, professional and friendly, our day trip was both educating and fun. Thank you also to our driver Donald who drove us there and back safely on the very clean and very comfortable luxury tour bus. We enjoyed it that much we booked the voodoo cemetery trip for the next day.
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Fun and Interesting
Rebecca_W
, Mar 2020
Super fun and worth the money! Jim was a great guide. I highly recommend bringing sunscreen and cash.
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Just ok
ROBERT_B
, Mar 2020
The tour was crowded. The swamp tour was great. If I could of redo the day, I would of went on the swamp tour only.
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star-5
Great afternoon
David
, Mar 2020
Absolutely amazing tour. George was a great driver; Jim an excellent guide and kept us interested throughout the journey. Whilst the plantation wasn’t the biggest house, its history was fascinating and very well put across by the guide (despite the large group size). The highlight was the swamp - Captain Bishop was a real character and we were able to see a lot of wildlife.
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Bus tour aspect left a lot to be desired
VMM
, Mar 2020
The plantation and swamp boat tours were both great, as were the guides. The Grayline tour aspect left a lot to be desired. The tour guide had a few microphone problems and quickly gave up on using the microphone, choosing to give her tour only to the few people in the front of the bus. We thought she would then come back and give the same speech to those of us in the back, but she did not and never even mentioned or apologized for the microphone issues. I booked this tour hoping to get my children an overview of the area and a good history lesson, but they definitely missed out on that on the bus. Our Cajun Pride tour guide, Bishop, was great, as were the plantation guides.
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star-5
Great Tour
Jackie_J
, Mar 2020
Very educational- the speakers were so knowledgeable. Loved our tour guide also. He also was knowledgeable but made the tour fun.
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Great!
Lizda_S
, Mar 2020
Great tour guides and seamless experience! Loved that we were able to buy wine and take it on the swamp ride!
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Osprey flying by!
Deborah
, Mar 2020
Our guide Jim was great. As was our bus driver Dwayne and our Swamp Boat captain was terrific. Beautiful swamps. Saw many gators and birds.
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Underwhelming
Edgar
, Mar 2020
The plantation tour was underwhelming to say the least. The tour was split into two groups and a worker from the plantation leads the tour, our tour guide seemed very cold and rushed into everything. The tour took almost the entire time that you have at the plantation so there was not much time to explore the grounds. The swamp boat ride was a little better and entertaining, did see a lot of small crocodiles and turtles which.
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Swamp tour is a must!
Caitlin_C
, Mar 2020
The plantation was nice. The highlight of the tour was the swamp boat ride. Spent almost an hour and 45 minutes riding through the swamp. The tour guide was great!! He had the boat laughing. He let us hold and take pictures with an alligator too.
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Product code: 3780SWPL

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