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Itinerary
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, as well as tidbits about your guide’s experience as an alligator hunter and fur trapper. Spy nesting alligators, snakes, raccoons and nutria. Get great up‐close photos and learn about the history and mystery of the swamps and the Cajun people.

After your boat tour, prepare for a journey back to the antebellum south, before the American Civil War shook the foundation of plantation‐life. Enjoy lively onboard commentary as you pass Whitney, Josephine and Evergreen plantations en route to Oak Alley Plantation.

So named for the postcard‐perfect promenade of knotty oak trees, Oak Alley Plantation is centuries‐old jewel of the South that has enjoyed recent revival. Stroll up the romantic oaken path and tour the opulent rooms of the ‘Big House,’ a restored example of antebellum elegance and Greek Revival architecture, before continuing to the outlying buildings and enjoying a delicious inclusive lunch at the plantation’s Cajun restaurant. 

Then head to Laura Plantation, a Creole plantation with a distinctive and colorful manor house that contrasts starkly with the reserve of Oak Alley. Accompany your guide on a tour of the main home and the slave quarters, and learn more about the lives of the estate’s former inhabitants. Check out the surrounding sugarcane fields – a lush backdrop and stark reminder of the site’s dramatic past – before heading back to town. The coach will return to your hotel in the evening. 

Please Note: Thrill‐seekers may upgrade to include a high‐speed airboat ride with the tour; however children younger than 6 are not allowed on the airboat
Locations visited
Oak Alley Plantation
Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site
Tours by Isabelle
Overview
Discover New Orleans’ Cajun and Creole cultures on this full‐day swamp and plantation sightseeing tour. In a small group, head deep into the secluded bayous to witness Cajun living and spot native wildlife. Then visit Oak Alley Plantation and Laura Plantation to view stunning architecture, oak‐lined esplanades and sugar cane fields. Upgrade your ticket to include a 2-hour, high-speed airboat ride through the bayous.
Highlights
  • Grand tour of Cajun country
  • Narrated boat tour through the winding bayous in remote cypress swamps
  • Enjoy a traditional lunch at one of the oldest plantations in the south, Oak Alley Plantation
  • Guided tour of this grand mansion
  • Visit Laura, a Creole Plantation
  • Upgrade to the high-speed airboat option
  • Small-group tour with no more than 13 people ensures a personalized experience
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Giselle was the best tour guide at this magical place.

Our tour group was very intimate, there were only 3 of us. Our tour guide Giselle was very knowledgeable about the history of New Orleans and was very sweet. I was so excited to adventure on the bayou, and we were able to see a...More

1  Thank Lena G
Reviewed 12 July 2018
A NICE WAY TO SPEND A DAY

We had Tours By Issabella and our tour guide was named Anna. The ride out to the swamp tour was about an hour or so and all of the way Anna told us the history of wherever we passed. We got to the swamp tour...More

7  Thank Rich M
Reviewed 5 July 2018
Fun historical tour

Loved our tour guide...Gene. Bus and Airboat ride were comfortable. Oak Alley was pretty but just an okay tour. Lunch was small but good. Loved the Laura Plantation the guide was so informative and it was much more interesting than Oak Alley.

1  Thank Jill K
Reviewed 5 July 2018
Very enjoyable day, well worth the cost

Nancy S took us on a fabulous tour of 2 plantations, and a swamp tour with brunch. She was so knowledgeable and friendly. My husband uses a cane and she was so caring and attentive to help him as he was slower than the rest...More

2  Thank Carol M
Reviewed 29 June 2018
these guys are true proffesionals

thank you tours by isabelle you did exactly what it said on the can and more I travelled with my mum for a trip of the deep south and visited many places and took many tours I can honestly say that in john our tour...More

1  Thank Dean R
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