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

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New Orleans, United States

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
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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

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.
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 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.
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
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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
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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
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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.

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Fantastic Tour!
, Jun 2021
This was a wonderful tour and a “Must Do” if you are visiting NOLA! It was an entire day full of history and experiencing the bayou. The lunch at the plantation house was delicious. Renee, our tour guy was funny and incredibly knowledgeable about the history and geography of Louisiana. Isabel, the organizer, is very professional and attentive. Thank you so much for an amazing day!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you so much! We love your words here: "Fantastic, Wonderful, Must-Do, Funny, Professional"...Yes this work is quite a passion for us and we are blessed with true historians in our team... So very glad you enjoyed your Grand tour! You'all come back soon! Isabelle C.
Wonderful Day Exploring outside of the French Quarter
, Jun 2021
We had a wonderful day on the airboat + 2 plantations! Each part of the tour was so well planned and everything was on time. Gisele was an amazing guide to all of the locations and gave a wealth of knowledge about everywhere we traveled to. The airboat for us was the highlight of the trip - so fun to see the alligators up close! The visits to Laura Plantation and Houmas House were so interesting to see the two types of plantations and the differences between the two. Make this a must-do if you have a whole day available while visiting New Orleans - you won't regret it!
Great adventure everyone should put on their bucket list!
, May 2021
This was great fun. It was slightly rainy and cold so not as many animals out as would have been in warmer weather BUT still an absolutely amazing experience. I highly recommend it! Our Captain was born and raised and so knew all about the swamplands and creatures.. also the gators responded to his voice which was really cool!
Supper tour
, May 2021
Close encounters with aligators and interesting conversation with boat captain. The plantation tours were fantastic, with a supper meal at the last plantation(Humas House). Would recommend this to all my friends.
Wonderful Tour
, May 2021
Oh my gosh it was so enjoyable. Rene was great as our tour guide. He was so knowledgeable. Airboat was fun and a learning trip. Laura planation was beautiful and the history was interesting.
Swamp boat Adventure & Plantation Tours.
, May 2021
Rene was an excellent guide. The swamp boat adventure was okay, but the tours of both the Laura Plantation and Houmas House were both excellent. The buffet lunch was also wonderful. Rene’s knowledge of the area is extensive.
I could not recommend this tour more
, May 2021
Amazing tour! The whole experience was seamless, every guide was knowledgeable and personable, and I loved the small tour size. I could not recommend this tour more!! And lunch was delicious :)
Swap and Plantation Education
, May 2021
ALL of it was a 5 star plus. We had a fabulous time. All of our guides were well informed, helpful, kind, flexible and went out of their way to be accommodating to everyone. Isabelle thank you so very much for all of your text messages keeping us in the loop. I HIGHLY recommend this tour everyone!!
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thank you so much Miss Jacqueline, I am so glad you had a fabulous time. We really appreciate this very nice review. I will forward your comments to our whole team! Please come back very soon to New Orleans! Isabelle C
Fun Full Day Adventure
, Apr 2021
We loved this tour! We were in New Orleans for a week and it was so nice to have a day where we didn’t have to plan time schedules, we just went along for the ride! Our tour guide, Ellen, was super fun and shared a ton of history, stories and restaurant tips with us. The airboat ride and tour guide was a highlight of our whole trip and made us want to buy an airboat of our own...until we heard the price! The two plantations were so different, we definitely didn’t feel like we were on the same tour, hearing the same stories. The Laura Plantation was great and we had a fantastic guide. The Houmas House was beautiful, the grounds were lovely and the lunch was delicious! I highly recommend this tour for a fun and educational adventure that you won’t soon forget!
A Wonderful Day!
, Apr 2021
Incredible tour. Gisele our tour guide was simply wonderful. I would highly recommend this full day tour. Well worth the additional cost. Make sure to check out the Turtle Bar at the Hamas House.

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