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

location New Orleans, United States, United States

9 hours

10 reviews

TicketSales Tour code: 2292GRAND

A grand mélange presentation of Cajun and Creole cultures starting with a boat tour of the cypress swamps. Visit Laura Plantation, built in 1804, and learn about Laura's personal family saga. Enjoy a traditional lunch in the elegant dining room of Houmas House Plantation, followed by a guided tour of this grand mansion. The small-group atmosphere ensures a more personal experience.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Bayou Segnette State Park, 7777 Westbank Expy, Westwego, LA 70094-4166

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, 2247 Highway 18, Vacherie, LA 70090-5409

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

Stop At: Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, 40136 Highway 942, Darrow, LA 70725-2302

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

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Departure Dates:

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

9 hours

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High-Speed Airboat 08:00

Code: GRD~08:00

Grand Tour of Cajun Country plus thrilling, 2-hour small airboat adventure through Louisiana bayous
Pickup included


USD $230.00

  • 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
  • Entry/Admission - Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site
  • Entry/Admission - Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
  • Gratuities
Additional Information:
  • 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 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Our tour vans are thoroughly cleaned after each tour, all door handles and interior surfaces wiped down with alcohol-based disinfectant daily. Our driver-guides wear masks and disposable masks are provided to guests upon request.

Voucher Info:
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Reviewed by: Maksim V, February 2021

We were able to see the swamps and two plantations along with learning a lot of new things about Louisiana and New Orleans. This was a full day tour, but it only seemed like an hour. We absolutely loved our guide Gisèle who was fantastic. And there were only 9 people in the group. Absolutely great experience and worth the cost.

Reviewed by: Andrew, December 1969

Awesome trip! Isabelle put together an amazing itinerary and we had such a good time. I’d highly recommend to anyone looking to experience New Orleans!

Reviewed by: Ariel, December 1969

This was amazing! Isabelle is very kind and knowledgeable, and I am so glad that my boyfriend and I were able to experience this! The swamp boat tour was great and we were able to see some gators and watch them eat chicken and marshmallows. The plantation tours were amazing and the tour guides at both locations were awesome! Lunch at the Houmas House was delicious!!! I highly recommend doing this tour with Isabelle! She is fantastic!

Reviewed by: Catherine, December 1969

Fantastic tour - Clean. Safe. Expertly organized and skillfully led. Even during these days of regulations, we highly recommend this tour. Isabelle took wonderful care of us while giving us an amazing Cajun Country Experience. Thank you, Isabelle, for giving us the VIP experience!

Reviewed by: dvslater, February 2021

Isabelle was amazing friendly and informative. She arrived on time and the van was clean and sanitized. Swamp tour was fun and our time at the plantation was beautiful . I will definitely return when a little warmer with my family so we can see more gators :)

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