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Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour from New Orleans

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icon7 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Experience the civilized and the wild on a plantation tour and educational swamp boat ride from New Orleans. On this full-day journey, visit Oak Alley Plantation where you'll learn about antebellum life and stroll down its iconic tree-lined esplanade. Next, head into the marshy swampland for a boat ride and some wildlife spotting. Enjoy guided commentary as you snap photos of alligators, raccoons, snakes and native birds.
  • Boat ride on Louisiana swamp and southern plantation tour from New Orleans
  • Take a short coach ride across the mighty Mississippi River
  • Travel a scenic private swamp and capture photos of wildlife such as alligators, raccoons and snakes
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Oak Alley Plantation
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Narrated round-trip transportation by a local guide
Guided tour of plantation home
Swamp boat tour
Gratuities
Food and drinks (available to purchase)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gray Line New Orleans , 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Departure Point: Near the French Quarter Directions: The Gray Line 'Lighthouse' ticket office is located at Toulouse St and the Mississippi River (Steamboat Natchez Dock), just one block from Jackson Square in the French Quarter.

9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Your tour offers a morning start time, where you’ll board your air‐conditioned coach in the French Quarter. Admire the scenery of the Lake Pontchartrain shoreline as you head first to Oak Alley Plantation, one of the most beautiful plantation homes in the lower Mississippi Valley. As you marvel at the unbelievable alley of 28 magnificent Oak trees, your guide will reveal the fascinating stories of the home and its history.

After your plantation tour, return north by coach to Lake Pontchartrain and Manchac Swamp, where you’ll board an open‐sided, covered boat – good for touring during any season! This privately‐owned swamp is a great venue for uninterrupted wildlife spotting. Glide along the water, viewing the lush greenery and with abundant local wildlife, including alligators, egrets, raccoons, snakes and giant nutria. Get great photos and gain insight about local history and wetland preservation from your passionate native guides. 

This tour returns you by coach to the French Quarter.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Oak Alley Plantation
Your 1.5 hour Oak Alley experience will include a docent guided tour of the plantation home, a self guided tour of the grounds and many photo opportunities along the way. Save room for a Mint Julep or refreshment from the snack bar.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Cajun Pride Swamp Tours
This privately owned wildlife refuge ensures that you won’t encounter any other boats during your peaceful journey into the swamp. Local Cajun captains share personal tales of their own swamp explorations and fascinating information on the plants and wildlife you'll encounter. The primitive beauty of moss draped cypress tress and abundant wildlife guarantees some amazing pictures! Enjoy a beverage and snack from the open air pavilion.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Lake Pontchartrain
Although called a lake, this is actually a large lagoon and brackish estuary fed by fresh water rivers and connected to the Gulf of Mexico. Covering 630 square miles (1600 km2) it is one of the largest wetlands in North America.
Pass By:  
I-10 Bonnet Carré Spillway Bridge
View the spillway, a flood control operation in the Lower Mississippi west of New Orleans. The spillway, when open, allows floodwaters from the Mississippi River to flow into Lake Pontchartrain and thence into the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • In order to help protect the French Quarter from vehicular traffic, it is requested that you please walk, if possible, to the convenient tour departure point -- just a short stroll from most downtown hotels.
  • Wheelchair Access: If the guest needs a wheelchair lift equipped bus, then special arrangements need to be made with the supplier. This must be arranged 48 hours prior to tour date. Contact details will be on your voucher.
  • Alternate Routes: Due to uneven and narrow paths, alternate routes may be necessary for guests traveling in wheelchairs.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 250 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line New Orleans
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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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.
Q:
What is the departure point for the Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour from New Orleans?
A:The tour begins at the Gray Line "Lighthouse" Ticket Office in the French Quarter at Toulouse Street & the Mississippi River - at the Steamboat Natchez Dock (400 Toulouse Street.)
Jun. 2021
Q:
Is there parking near the departure point for the Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour from New Orleans?
A:There are public parking lots on Decatur Street that charge hourly rates. Some require prepayment through an automated kiosk on site. The parking lot closest to the tour departure point is Jax Lot # P401, 500 Decatur St.
Jun. 2021
Q:
What should I wear during the Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour from New Orleans?
A:Casual, comfortable attire is best. Please wear comfortable shoes! Please avoid tank tops, cut-offs or short shorts.
Jun. 2021
Q:
What type of boat is used during the Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour from New Orleans?
A:This tour uses a comfortable, custom-built pontoon boat that is safe for the fragile local ecosystem.
Jun. 2021
Q:
How long is the actual boat ride during the Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour from New Orleans?
A:The cruise is approximately 2 hours long.
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Q:
Can I take photos/videos during the Oak Alley Plantation Tour?
A:For the most part, yes. However, flash photography and/or video is not allowed inside the house. Your tour guide will be sure to inform you.
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Q:
How long is the actual tour at the Oak Alley Plantation?
A:You will spend approximately 2.25 hours at Oak Alley Plantation.
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Q:
Is the Oak Alley Plantation Tour handicap accessible?
A:Yes. Please notate any requirements in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout so that an appropriate vehicle can be arranged. NOTE: Portions of the Plantation are only accessible by stairs.
Jun. 2021
Q:
Is food available during the Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour from New Orleans?
A:Yes, you can purchase a snack, salad or sandwich in the Plantation Café to enjoy at the picnic tables or aboard the coach.
Jun. 2021
Q:
What is the policy on sanitisation during Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour from New Orleans?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour from New Orleans.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour from New Orleans?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour from New Orleans.

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  • "The swamp tour had an excellent guide, that wanted you to have a good time and see as many animals as possible, even if on an imperfect weather day." See review
  • "If you are undecided, give it a go you won't be disappointed!!" See review

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star-5
Learn a little
Michael_K
, Aug. 2022
So much fun AND a little educational. Louisiana is one is the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen in my life.
icon Response from Host , Aug. 2022
On behalf of our staff - Thank you for visiting Louisiana
star-5
Natural scenery of New Orleans
yajing_w
, Aug. 2022
The tour guide Tom is excellent full of energy and very responsible. Driver George is a great too. I like the alligator part the most. We got to hold the baby alligator and take pictures with it. It’s a very special experience with the beautiful animal!
icon Response from Host , Aug. 2022
Our Louisiana dinosaurs are exciting regardless the size.
star-5
Must see !!
Jeanine_C
, Aug. 2022
Elizabeth was a great guide & Antoine was a wonderful driver. Captain Dan was entertaining & informative!! Up close gators & even held a baby on the boat
icon Response from Host , Aug. 2022
Come back any time
star-5
Outstanding
Jerry_W
, Aug. 2022
Jim was our tour guide and he was fantastic. You need a great tour guiltiest a full 7.5 hour adventure. Worth every penny!
icon Response from Host , Aug. 2022
And have more adventures for you when you return.
star-5
Great and knowledgeable...
Michael_D
, Aug. 2022
Great and knowledgeable tour guide Jim and excellent safe driver Donald. Comfortable clean bus with great air conditioning.
icon Response from Host , Aug. 2022
Jim and Donald send their thanks as well
star-5
Fun day on the Plantation and to see the Alagators
Mary_B
, Jul. 2022
It was Going though the house very nice to see all the old Antiques and to see how they lived back then and see how things were made
icon Response from Host , Aug. 2022
Wonderful
star-5
Great experience
Tammy_H
, Jul. 2022
Tom was great! Very funny & informative. Even fed the gators. That was so cool. Dione was a great tour guide. She was a wealth of knowledge.
icon Response from Host , Aug. 2022
We will surely share this with Tom and Dionne
star-5
Awesome tour
Robert_W
, Jul. 2022
Tour guide (John) was great, driver (George) was great also. The Plantation portion of the tour was very cool. But the swamp boat portion was very awesome. My family and I had a great time. Well worth the money.
icon Response from Host , Aug. 2022
We hope you return for another tour
star-5
Great tour guide very...
Lloyd_R
, Jul. 2022
Great tour guide very knowledgeable, as well as entertaining. The bus driver was courteous and I did well under pressure
icon Response from Host , Aug. 2022
Thank you
star-5
Our tour guide Elizabeth...
Jessica_C
, Jul. 2022
Our tour guide Elizabeth was very knowledgeable and alot of fun. The swap tour was our favorite part. We got to see raccoons and lots of alligators! Make sure you take sunscreen and H2O!
star-5
John was knowledgeable. ...
Mardene_C
, Jul. 2022
John was knowledgeable. It was nice having ample time to look around the plantation. Captain Danny was knowledgeable and fun. Only downside was not being able to hear very well on the bus over the sound of the air conditioning, especially during the film.
star-5
Tour guide was very...
Tammy_F
, Jul. 2022
Tour guide was very knowledgable, fun and kept us entertained throughout the tour! Loved the mardi gras party on the bus on the way back!
star-5
New Orleans Plantation and Swamp tour package
Debbie_H
, Jul. 2022
Tour guide Elizabeth was amazing and George the bus driver was great. We also enjoyed captain Bishop’s antics and style on the swamp tour. We had an absolute great day. Highly recommend to those interested in history and swamp life. You get up close views of the alligators.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Great experience
simon_w
, Jul. 2022
I had a great time. Jim the tour guide was excellent and so was monty the bus driver. I would highly recommend and lots to learn. Something for everyone.
star-5
Go for the combo!
Heather_P
, Jul. 2022
This was a very informative and fun tour. The plantation is beautiful and staff was friendly. The boat ride was a great thing as well. My daughter loved both!
star-5
A Great Day to Learn
Gail_W
, Jul. 2022
Tour guide Charlie was a wealth of information from New Orleans to Oak Alley to the bayou. He is very knowledgeable and shared this knowledge in a very interesting dialogue as we went along. Our bayou guide, Danny, was equally knowledgeable and presented the information in an entertaining way. Bus driver, George gave a smooth and safe ride! Overall, an excellent day of learning more bout this region.
star-3
Skip the Swamp Tour
Edith_M
, Jul. 2022
The Oak Alley and tour guide Dionne were awesome. I'm torn that the review lumps both the oak alley and swamp tour because i definitely would recommend Oak Alley and Dionne - I CANNOT recommend the Swamp Tour. Omg... he basically went a few meters in his backyard swamp to point out alligators and raccoons. A lady had to get oft the boat since it was so hot and there was no air circulation. If he actually put some gas in that boat - some air circulation would've helped. We did a show and tell of his pet turtles and baby alligator.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Loved this Tour!
Fred_H
, Jul. 2022
Great history at Oak Alley. Fun in the rain on the swamp boat ride with great narration and viewing of many Gators.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Yesteryears what people thought they knew
Robert_P
, Jul. 2022
Our tour guide had a voice of a commentator that could be on a documentary. He was very knowledgeable and I was really moved by the information he shared
star-5
Wonderful tour!
Thomas_G
, Jul. 2022
Elizabeth and Kindrell were awesome. Very knowledgeable and helpful. They made the trip a lot of fun. Captain Tom on the swamp tour is an absolute gem. That guy loves the swamp, knows so much about it, and is just all around fantastic. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience and highly recommend trying it out.

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