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Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Discover the mystique of the swamps and bayous on a sightseeing boat tour from New Orleans. Travel deep into the secluded bayous across the Mississippi River to witness Cajun life and spot native wildlife. Your guide will provide commentary on Cajun culture and the myth‐laden swamps while you snap photos of alligators, raccoons, snakes, turtles, and native birds.
  • New Orleans swamp and bayou sightseeing tour
  • Take a boat ride through swamps and bayous and watch for alligators, raccoons, snakes, turtles, birds, and more
  • Learn all about Cajun culture from your guide
  • Round-trip transportation form the French Quarter is included
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Narrated boat cruise
Air-conditioned vehicle
Local guide
Local taxes
Gratuities
Snacks and refreshments available for purchase on boat
Gray Line New Orleans , 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Gray Line Lighthouse on the Steamboat NATCHEZ dock (Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River)

This activity will end right where it started.
Choose a morning or afternoon pickup from the French Quarter and climb aboard your coach for the ride deep into Cajun country. Watch the changing scenery as the cityscape transitions into expansive wetlands. You coach delivers you to the launch point across the Mississippi River, where you’ll transfer to an open‐sided, covered boat and set off on the fun and educational ride.

Your native guide will take you on a wildlife‐spotting expedition through this legendary Louisiana terrain. Glide along the water, viewing the lush greenery and abundant local wildlife, including nesting alligators, egrets, raccoons, snakes, and giant nutria. Some wildlife are more easily spotted during the warmer months of the year.  Get great photos and learn about the history and mystery of the swamps, including the culture and ingenuity of the Cajun people who have populated this region for almost 250 years. Your guides will share stories about Cajun music, bayou lifestyle, and culinary traditions — like the creation of Louisiana’s signature gumbo, as well as information about the region’s passionate efforts to preserve the wetlands.

Your coach returns to the French Quarter by mid‐afternoon or evening.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Mississippi River
After a short coach ride across the Mississippi River, embark on a fascinating 2-hour boat trip through the swamps and bayous of New Orleans.
Pass By:  
Barataria Preserve
You will travel through the Barataria Preserve, part of the Jean Lafitte National Park & Preserve system. The preserve offers a taste of Louisiana's wild wetlands, protecting 23,000 acres of bayous, swamps, marshes and forests.
Pass By:  
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
Barataria Preserve is part of the Jean Lafitte National Park & Preserve system, which preserves significant examples of the natural and cultural resources of the Mississippi Delta region.
Stop At:  
Adventures of Jean Lafitte
Enjoy your swamp cruise narrated by local captain.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • In order to help preserve 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
  • Tour vehicles are equipped for wheelchair storage. If wheelchairs collapse and fold, they can be placed in the storage compartment on the bus
  • Electrical wheelchairs are permitted, but special arrangements need to be made with the supplier for a handicap-accessible bus. This must be arranged 72 hours prior to tour date. Contact details will be on your voucher.
  • Unfortunately, electrical scooters are not permitted
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 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.

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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 and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation 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 and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation 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 and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation 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 and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation 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 cruise during the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:The cruise is approximately 2 hours long.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my camera on the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:Absolutely! Bring your camera to capture the “bon temps” (good times) on the bayou!
Jun 2021
Q:
Is food available during the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:Yes, snacks and refreshments are available for purchase.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans handicap accessible?
A:Yes, however, be sure to list any special needs in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout and call the local operator at least 72 hours prior to your tour date to confirm suitable arrangements.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation 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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What is the policy on sanitization during Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation 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 and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans.

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  • "Part of the trip the water came over the front floor of the boat, so be watchful of leaving your items on the floor." See review
  • "The inside of the boat floor got a little wet, so be careful of the shoes you wear." See review
  • "Gotta see a lot of wildlife and it's was worth it." See review

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star-4
Great experience.
Nuria_d
, Nov 2021
We enjoyed a great time with our kids. We saw Alligators despite it was a bit cold day. We would recommend it
star-3
You should make sure you...
Stuart_J
, Nov 2021
You should make sure you let people know that they will not be getting into any swamp thought we would be on an air boat. Did see several gators made it worth the trip.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-4
Relaxing
Wendy_T
, Nov 2021
This was a very relaxing tour. Unfortunately we didn’t see much wildlife and the tour guide explained a lot of them haven’t been around since Hurricane Ida. The highlight was our tour guide showing his rescue alligator, Allie :)
star-5
Great Tour
Jerry_H
, Nov 2021
Seeing the large alligators sunning. The guide was great at knowing where the alligators were. He also had a small alligator with him, which he allowed us to hold and take photos with. He also was able to show us the damage from Hurricane Ida. He was funny and it was a very enjoyable day.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Best of New Orleans in November
Katherine_G
, Nov 2021
The tour-guide was very friendly and knowledgeable! He made the tour very memorable by adding more flavor when driving and during sightseeing!
star-4
I have been on 4...
Sherry_C
, Oct 2021
I have been on 4 different swamp tours and each one has been different. We saw lots of alligators. Love the tour guide but could barely understand him with the strong Cajun accent, which I understand as he is a Cajun. I prefer to have a tour guide who is a native and not someone who learned the history of NOLA from a book. Again, strong accent that made it difficult to understand. He needs a voice coach. Otherwise it was fine. I would recommend the other swamp tours I have been on over this one.
star-5
Wonderful trip
Patricia_D
, Oct 2021
I see and alligators and feeding them. The history behind Hurricane Katrina and Ida. We will do it again.
star-5
Definitely worthwhile
Mike_Z
, Oct 2021
We saw several alligators and other wildlife as well. The guide was informative and entertaining. The bayou itself is beautiful also.
star-3
Okay, lots of gators!
Nan_T
, Oct 2021
Unfortunately, I don’t remember either the bus driver’s name or the boat driver/tour leader’s name, which I guess tells you I was a bit underwhelmed by this tour. Pleasant. Many gators!
star-5
Excellent way to see the...
Peter_B
, Oct 2021
Excellent way to see the scenery and wildlife. Both bus and boat tour guides were very knowledgeable and shared their own twists to make the outing more fun.

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