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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

Departure Point

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.

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 250 travelers
  • 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 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.
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.)
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 face masks and attendee health during Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour from New Orleans?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour from New Orleans?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour from New Orleans.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour from New Orleans?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
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
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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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Terrific Trip
Rachel_M
, Sep 2021
Wonderful tour guide and tour! Just enough information and direction, while still allowing us time to explore by ourselves. Very well put together and super convenient since transport is included. Guide was both very knowledgeable, well connected to the area, and engaging. He really brought the history to life. We ran into a thunderstorm right before the swamp tour, and our guide waited it out for 30/40 mins rather than giving up and canceling. We ended up having a wonderful boat ride once the rain clouds cleared. 10/10 would recommend.
star-5
The plantation experience...
Shardae_S
, Aug 2021
The plantation experience was great, very informational. Loved that the location had food and drink available for our extra needs.
star-5
Highly recommended
Dustin_N
, Aug 2021
Historic and authentic view of the Oak Alley plantation and bayou. As a lifelong goal, I would highly highly recommend!
star-5
Highly recommend
Neitcha_T
, Aug 2021
Great tour. Dionne was so knowledgeable about the history of the area. Enjoyed the beautiful live oaks. Captain Danny was very entertaining and made the swamp tour fun.
star-5
Great!
sl_
, Aug 2021
It's on the pricey side but I'd say it's worth it, since the pick up location (French Quarter) is convenient and very far from the attractions, which have pricey tickets themselves. Dionnie, our guide one the bus, is very knowledgeable. The captain for the swamp boat tour is amazing. We did see a lot of gators, including cute baby gators! I'd suggest picking someday with great weather for your tours. The day we did the tours was extremely hot, so plantation tour wasn't too enjoyable, and the gators were less active :(
star-5
Great Experience
Karan_K
, Aug 2021
Jim was an excellent tour guide. Oak Alley was nice an informative. Capt Danny was also excellent. We enjoyed the tours and would recommend it.
star-5
Super cool!
roberta_d
, Jul 2021
Elizabeth was awesome! The swamp was absolutely the best, we saw so many different creatures and we even got to hold a 2y.o. alligator!!
star-5
Great
Allison_H
, Jul 2021
Our tour guide Elizabeth was amazing and informative. Great place to visit. Go early in the day and take an umbrella.
star-5
Fun and educational
Marianela_F
, Jul 2021
This was fun and a learning experience. It was very moving to see the plantation and take the chance to observe closely the unbelievable injustices that happened there. Everything was wonderfully organized, and the swamp tour a blast!!! Captain Daniel did a great job entertaining us and showing us the surroundings. Not even the rain was able to stop us!!! I recommend this tour!
star-5
Awesome
Andrew_D
, Jul 2021
The tour guide are knowledgeable and took time to answer all questions and even sat with my family with a little one on one

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