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Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans

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Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Visit a former plantation and ride through the swamp during this two-in-one tour. Start with a visit to Oak Alley Plantation for a tour of the antebellum mansion. Follow the oak-shaded paths to the blacksmith shop during your free time. Lunch is available to purchase at the restaurant on-site. Next, head to the dock for your swamp tour. Search for alligators and other wildlife and stop for photo ops while aboard an airboat. Round-trip hotel transport provided from New Orleans.
  • Full-day combo tour: swamp tour and Oak Alley Plantation
  • Ride an airboat around the waterway
  • Stop to snap pics of ‘gators and other swamp critters
  • Explore the plantation mansion with a costumed guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from New Orleans
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Hotel pickup and drop-off (Please indicate New Orleans Hotel and Valid cell phone number)
Food and drinks
Lunch
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from most New Orleans hotels. Please specify your hotel if it's not listed in the drop-down menu.

Departure Time

8:15 AM
After hotel pickup in New Orleans, you're driven to the Oak Alley Plantation, located among the Great River Road sugar plantations alongside the Mississippi River. On arrival, stroll under majestic, 300-year-old oak trees leading up to the antebellum Big House, and take a tour of the opulent mansion with a guide dressed in period costume. The Greek Revival architecture was built in 1837 and later restored in 1925.

Wander the 25-acre (10-hectare) grounds at your own pace during your free time. Visit the blacksmith shop, snap photos of antique farm equipment, or peruse exhibits on slavery and the Civil War. Grab lunch and beverages at the restaurant or cafe (own expense) before the tour moves to the swamp.

Next, board the bus and drive to the site of your swamp tour. On arrival, board a 16-passenger airboat with stadium-style seating for a high-speed adventure through the swamp. You'll have unobstructed views of wildlife, including an up-close look at the star attraction: alligators. 

Your captain is experienced at searching out these reptiles, even during hibernation in colder months. The airboat, propelled by a large fan that blows air from the back of the vessel, can produce speeds of up to 35 mph (56 kph). You'll ride in just inches of water into parts of the swamp that are inaccessible to traditional boats or vehicles.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Great River Road
The Oak Alley Plantation is located 70 miles or about 1 hour 10 min from the French Quarter. Travel along Great River Road and marvel at the antebellum mansions.
Stop At:  
Oak Alley Plantation
You will spend approximately 2 hours at the plantation. The house tour will be about 35 minutes in length. The Oak Alley plantation house tour is provided by Plantation tour guides. The remainder of your time will be spent with self-exploration of the grounds. If you use your time wisely, you can grab a sandwich at the gift shop for lunch and still have time to walk the grounds. You'll then be brought to the swamp tour dock for your next adventure.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Barataria Preserve
On this tour, you will experience the best of both: an informative swamp tour and high speed thrill airboat ride. You will travel at high speeds in the airboat then slow down and stop for pictures. Your Captain will give you a tour of a life time explaining the culture, animals, and the swamps. You may even experience a close encounter with some of the local swamp life. You will return to you hotel around 5:00pm. Please note: the order of the combination tours may change based upon availability and weather.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Confirmation received at time of booking
  • Children Must be at least 48 inches
  • Air-boats are not recommended for people with back or neck problems and pregnant women.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Louisiana Tour company
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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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 sanitization during Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

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

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "I highly recommend doing this tour and hopefully, you'll get the awesome operators i had" See review
  • "You only have around 2 hours for the plantation tour, but we found that it was enough time to take the tour, walk the grounds and have dinner at the restaurant (which was very good)." See review

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Oak Alley and swamp airboat ride was fun
Paula_G
, Jan 2022
Everything went smoothly with booking process and we were very pleased with the Oak Alley Plantation…bring your camera, the oak trees and grounds are stunning! There is a restaurant on the grounds as well as a quick serve counter and gift shop. We also enjoyed the large swamp airboat ride. While I did find the guide a bit robotic at first, once he started talking about the life of alligators and importance of marshlands as filters, etc., he became very passionate about the subjects and it was very interesting.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for the five-star review, Paula!
star-4
Gators in the Winter
B_S
, Jan 2022
The air boat ride was the best part of this combo tour. Learned a lot about tge area and our guide even found us some gators (50°f and raining) The plantation tour was rushed and cramped.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for the positive feedback!
star-4
Two great experiences bundled into one
Simone_L
, Jan 2022
The swamp tour was great with an unexpected high number of sightings of gators for winter. Our Captain was passionate about his love of the swap it's occupants and it's conservation! Oak Alley was everything we were hoping for and as incredible as the house was the Oak trees were for me the highlight. Plenty of time to walk around and take it all in with a mint julep in hand.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for the positive review, Simone!
star-4
Fun
Jim_M
, Dec 2021
Nice tour. Airboats were lots of fun. Lots of gators. Good guide. Very interesting. Would do it again
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for the positive feedback, Jim!
star-5
Swamp Tour
Julie_W
, Dec 2021
The airboat tour was amazing. The guide touched and feed so many gators! The plantation was beautiful and gave you a good perspective on them at era. The food was delicious too!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank you for the five-star review, Julie!
star-5
Swamp & Plantation Tours
Martha_L
, Dec 2021
Both tours were full of interesting information and the guides were very informative. Considering that the cold weather makes large alligators 🐊 hibernate, we still got to see plenty of smaller ones and the plantation was an outstanding true sample of a slave era home.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank you for the awesome review, Martha!
star-5
Excellent trip!
Lori_R
, Dec 2021
The swamp boat tour with Brad was excellent! He was super knowledgeable! The plantation tour was excellent and shoed the contrasts between the live of the slaves and the plantation owner’s family. Very importantly, it reminds of is the horrors of slavery.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank you for the excellent review, Lori!
star-5
Awesome Captain Adams on...
Chip_S
, Nov 2021
Awesome Captain Adams on swampboat, very informative. Described wetlands and habitat. I last visited Oak Alley 20 years ago. Kudo's to the foundation. The grounds and new gardens are awesome
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank you for the awesome review, Chip!
star-5
Awesome NOLA Experience!
Alison_J
, Nov 2021
Amazing experience! Shuttle from hotel was right on time, I called their customer service line to ask where to stand for shuttle pick-up and assistant was polite and easily answered my questions. I traveled alone and felt completely comfortable the entire time. We did the air boat ride first and it was awesome! Our guide Dewey, was a knowledgeable, fun, and down-to-earth guy. (Dress warm for the air boat ride if it's at all chilly out! Would recommend also wearing a rain jacket or windbreaker. They did have blankets to rent at the gift shop, which I am very happy I took advantage of.) After the air boat, we loaded back onto the shuttle for the ride to the plantation. We spent about 2 hours at the plantation with a 45 minute guided-tour included. This was a very good time frame for the site. I did not feel rushed, and I had amble time to wander on my own. There's a cafe and large gift store on site with some great food and gift options and outdoor eating space. This was my first time using a Viator-booked event and will definitely use their excursions in the future.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank you for the awesome review, Alison!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Get out of the city, you won’t regret it!
Jennifer_T
, Nov 2021
Wonderful day! Both tours were great, and a nice complement to each other. Our driver was a gem and shared her personal Katrina story with us. Overall just a unique, one of a kind excursion. My family and I loved it!!!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you for the great review, Jennifer!

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