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Small-Group Half-Day Airboat Swamp Adventure & Plantation Tour from New Orleans

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Small-Group Half-Day Airboat Swamp Adventure & Plantation Tour from New Orleans

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Take a wild ride through the bayous of Cajun Country on this airboat adventure from New Orleans. In a small group, wind through tree‐lined swampland and spot abundant local wildlife, including nutria, alligators, and giant catfish, and stop at Destrehan Plantation to get a taste of the elegant antebellum south.
  • Enjoy a scenic drive along the shores of Lake Ponchartrain
  • Tour Destrehan Plantation with costumed guides bringing history to life
  • Free time to explore the spectacular grounds of the plantation
  • Experience real Cajun Country on a high-speed airboat ride
  • Encounter local wildlife
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Transport by 14-passenger air-conditioned van, with exact pick up time provided
1.5-hour airboat ride
Tour of Destrehan Plantation
Food and drinks

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Please specify hotel at time of purchase. We pick up in New Orleans at any hotel, Bed & Breakfast or select Airbnbs, uptown (close to St. Charles Ave.), in (or close to) the French Quarter, and on the Westbank. We do not pick up by the airport, in New Orleans East, in Slidell, or on the North Shore. Supplier will contact you the day before your tour to give you an exact pick up time.
Your bayou and plantation tour begins with morning pickup from your downtown New Orleans hotel. Make sure to grab breakfast and coffee before boarding the bus for the ride to your airboat launch point. In a bayou‐side Cajun Village near Paradis, Louisiana, you’ll transfer to a small airboat for an exhilarating ride. Skirt along the water, viewing the lush greenery and spotting local wildlife.      

Following your bayou adventure, enjoy a relaxing drive along Lake Pontchartrain to Destrehan Plantation, the oldest documented plantation home in the Mississippi Valley. As a costumed guide leads you through the restored antebellum mansion, hear stories of the estate’s former owners and slaves before taking a self‐guided tour through vibrant gardens and down oak‐lined paths.

The tour bus will return you to your hotel at the conclusion of the tour.
Stop At:  
Destrehan Plantation
Travel to the historic Destrehan Plantation on Louisiana's Old River Road for a guided tour. During your tour of Destrehan Plantation, professional guides will bring to life the stories of generations who lived on and worked this land. Your guides will share every detail of this mansion’s storied history with you. You’ll also hear tales of the lives of both its owners and slaves. They will also tell you about its wonderfully restored Greek Revival architecture.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Swamp Adventures LLC
Glide comfortably over marshes, deep into secluded bayous as your professional Airboat Captain will tell you about the swamp’s fascinating fauna and flora. Hold on as you alternate between high-speed bursts and gentle cruising! There will be numerous stops with fantastic photo opportunities. You may even get to spot a bald eagle, see baby alligators, feed giant catfish, or meet a nutria face to face!
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Service animals are permitted. Please advise at time of booking to arrange accommodations
  • Child rate applies for all children and infants
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • 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
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.
  • 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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What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Half-Day Airboat Swamp Adventure & Plantation Tour from New Orleans?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Don’t get sick
, Jun 2022
Got sick and they wouldn’t refund it. I even asked if they would just give me a different day. I would have ended up in the emergency room in the heat.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Ms Elizabeth, You confirmed you were OK with your pick up time on the day before the tour, then at 5:16 am, less than 3 hours prior to your tour, you texted us about feeling sick, worried about the heat and wishing to cancel. As to the heat, our vans are very nicely air-conditioned, so are the Plantation homes we visit. On the airboat, the heat is very much mitigated by the large fan blades propelling it, and it is always cooler on water than land! That tour was not going out the next day, this left us with no option to re-schedule you. We had to pay for your places on the Airboat ride as well as the Plantation visit, plus it was too late for us to resell the 2 seats. As we discussed over the phone and by text messages, we are just the local tour company in New Orleans, you booked with Viator/Trip Advisor, and they set the 24 hours /no refund cancellation policy, we have absolutely no control over it, they are the ones with your payment info. Thank you for giving me a chance to explain. Cordially, Isabelle C.
Great tour
, Jun 2022
Great tour. The boat was first and really great fun if you like alligators. I’d advise bringing wipes and spare clothes as you get muddy. The plantation is ok and you learn some history which is always good. Our guide Steve made the trip really memorable. I would advise asking for his tour when you book.
Ragin Canjun extravaganza
, May 2022
The airboat high tailing it through the swamp!! Feeding the alligators marshmallows. It was funny how it attracted them.
, Apr 2022
Being in nature provided much needed tranquility. The temperature was perfect the alligators, birds greenery…aww
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This was a lot of fun!...
, Mar 2022
This was a lot of fun! While traveling to the swamp boat destination you get to hear some more about the city and see some of the sights. The swamp boat ride and the plantation tour were a lot of fun and very interesting to learn about not only the history, but gators too!!
Lively and Informative
, Mar 2022
Gisele was a fabulous tour guide. She was pleasant and knew a lot about Louisiana history. We had a wonderful time and highly recommend.
Great day trip. ...
, Dec 2021
Great day trip. Really learned a lot from our guide Gisselle. She was very knowledgeable about the history of New Orleans and the French influence.
Fabulous time
, Nov 2021
Experienced the trip with my family from out of town. Renee was a true NOLA native and went way beyond expectations. Loved the plantation tour and actually learned a few things about my home state. Highly recommend.
Can’t wait to go again. A must do
, Oct 2021
This was the best day of my trip. Isabelle picked up everyone in the group on time and provided plenty of fun facts and information. The tour guide for the airboat venture and plantation were first rate experiences. The gators were everywhere we went in the wetland and our operator made the experience so much fun. Warning you will be very close to these marvelous creatures so make sure you are prepared fir this encounter. The plantation was rich with history and presentation of the home was fabulous.
Yes! We fed an alligator!
, Feb 2021
What a great trip! Our host was phenomenal! Giving us a history lesson on New Orleans and the surrounding area as we drove out to the swamp. At the swamp, our new tour guide was excellent giving us lessons on swamp life and showing us the treat of a few alligators up close! Wild life was amazing including seeing the Bald Eagle. Touring the plantation was so fascinating! I would have liked to learn more about the family and their daily lives but I understand the need to discuss the enslaved peoples endeavor.
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Boat ride in swamp. beautiful!
, Aug 2020
our guide was very informative. boat not only the water, the nature but the history. the boat was refreshing wind on a hot day! the alligators loved our visit as it was filled with snacks! The head phones were a nice touch to hide the noise. the boats were very clean!
Fear, Fun, and Knowledge
, Jun 2020
This trip is a MUST!!!! I experienced a few emotions such as your fun, fear, and knowledgeable. This trip is a must go on any time you visit New Orleans Louisiana
icon Response from Host , Jun 2020
Thank you so much Miss LaTonya, it was for sure my pleasure to organize this trip for you! ‘Fun, fear and knowledge’ should definitely be part of your experience when history and alligators come so close to you! Isabelle
Fantastic plantation & swamp tour
, Apr 2020
I did this tour with a group of friends before we had to return to the UK early as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. Isabelle was a great and very knowledgeable tour guide. She even offered to put us up if we got stuck! This is a great combination tour to learn more about the plantation history and then the thrill of the airboat experience where we saw plenty of alligators. Thanks again to Isabelle. I highly recommend and have great memories to take me thoughts current challenging circumstances.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2020
Hello Gilliam and Thank you so very much for this wonderful review! You know, your tour was actually the very last one we were able to arrange before the outbreak! We have, of course, been completely shut down since that beautiful day out with your friendly ladies' group! It was truly a pleasure to host you all and please do come back again to Louisiana once things open back up! Sending you all our best wishes from sunny New Orleans! Red Beans and Ricely Yours, Isabelle,
Fun group adventure
, Oct 2019
What a fun day visiting a plantation and taking an airboat on a swamp around New Orleans. We got to see and feed the alligators, and even pet one. Our guide made it fun and informative.
This is definitely the way to see...
Susan S
, Jul 2018
This is definitely the way to see the swamps in the New Orleans area. Our guide provided an exciting but safe ride full of alligators, scenery, and stories. The 6 of us had a fabulous time.
Such a great experience. Would do...
, May 2018
Such a great experience. Would do this again in a second. Our driver was knowledgeable, respectful of the environment, kid focused pictures with alligators! and obviously loved what he does. The Plantation Tour part was interesting but really didn't come alive for us. I think our tour guide was new.
We found the plantation tour very...
Margaret W
, May 2018
We found the plantation tour very good with a great guide who gave excellent explanations with a good mixture of humour. The swamp tour was exciting especially meeting 'Francois' the alligator. My only complaint there was no where to buy a good lunch only snacks. Came back somewhat hungry!
We had a wonderful experience and...
, Mar 2018
We had a wonderful experience and would highly recommend this tour to everyone. Guides were informative and pleasant.
The small-group was not really...
Gianmaria P
, Mar 2018
The small-group was not really small. The airboat swamp tour took place in a big boat with 12 persons. I paid a higher price to have the chance to do it in a small group but they put together two little bit of disappointment. A part from this nice tour.
Great fun. We came across little...
, Nov 2017
Great fun. We came across little gators but unfortunately not much else. Once the boat got up some speed it was fun. The plantation visit was interesting.

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