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  • New Orleans: Oak Alley Plantation & Airboat Swamp Combo

    1. New Orleans: Oak Alley Plantation & Airboat Swamp Combo

    Discover Louisiana on a guided day trip from New Orleans to the historical Oak Alley Plantation, with entry tickets included, and a bayou airboat ride. Benefit from round-trip transportation from your New Orleans hotel.

    Start your experience with hotel pickup, and relax on the drive to Oak Alley Plantation. Enjoy a guided tour of the plantation home by guides in period dress while you hear and learn about the times of slavery. 

    Take in the house's Greek Revival architecture, the antique farm equipment exhibits, and walk around the grounds where 28 evenly spaced, huge oak trees grow. Browse the blacksmith shop and souvenir shop, or stop for a snack (at your own expense) in the restaurant.

    Continue onto Barataria Basin for an airboat tour of the bayou swamplands, where your local captain will guide you through the swamp...

    The airboat ride was interesting & exciting and we enjoyed the plantation and presentations there. Because of the 3 plus hours on the road it would have been nice to learn more about the area while on the road instead of just riding in silence

  • New Orleans: High-Speed Bayou Swamp Airboat Tour

    2. New Orleans: High-Speed Bayou Swamp Airboat Tour

    Catch a high-speed airboat and jet out into Louisiana’s backwaters on a guided tour of the famous bayous. Explore the local swampland from the comfort of your tour boat on a high-speed adventure with your captain guide. Tune in as your guide tells the story of local Cajun culture, the bayous backwaters themselves, and wildlife that inhabits them. Enjoy the beautiful scenery with soft waterway landscapes and moss-draped trees. Catch a glimpse of the local flora and fauna, including the much-sought-after alligator, plus other wildlife such as fish, raccoons, birds, deer, and even snakes.

  • Swamp Tours South of New Orleans by Airboat

    3. Swamp Tours South of New Orleans by Airboat

    Climb aboard a unique airboat to explore Louisiana’s wetlands south of New Orleans in a truly unique fashion. Located just 30 minutes from downtown New Orleans, Airboats Adventures operate airboats that can zip through the bayou and squeeze into tiny canals hidden deep in the swamp. For 105 minutes, the captains at Airboat Adventures share some of the most beautiful and secluded areas of Louisiana. Wildlife such as alligators, turtles, and birds are common sights, but you never know what else might come out to visit! Round-trip transfers are available from New Orleans for guests without a car. Upon arrival, check-in to the Airboats Adventures facilities, before departing on the airboat to zip across the swamps. Grab a snack at the gift shop, or check out Sugar and Flour, the only albino alligators on the bayou. Picnic tables are available both inside and out, where you can relax before...

    It was nice. Sunscreen and hat is needed for sure. Very cool gators but didn’t get to hold a baby one like mentioned. It was disappointing but maybe next time and they should probably update the listing about that.

  • From New Orleans: High-Speed Bayou Swamp Half-Day Airboat Tour with Transfer

    4. From New Orleans: High-Speed Bayou Swamp Half-Day Airboat Tour with Transfer

    Explore Louisiana’s country bayou landscapes on a high-speed swamp tour. Leave behind the bustling “Big Easy” for half a day, with roundtrip transportation included. After a hotel pickup, head down to the bayou wetlands, where you will board your high-speed airboat with your captain guide. Enjoy the local flora and fauna from the comfort of your airboat as you zip along the water. Listen as your guide tells you the tidbits about the swampland, the local area’s Cajun culture, and draw your eyes to the diverse wildlife that call these bayous home. Keep a special eye out for various types of snake, raccoon, fish, deer, birds, and perhaps even spot an alligator if you’re lucky. After your high-speed guided boat tour, hop back in your vehicle to be dropped off back at your New Orleans accommodation.

  • New Orleans: High Speed 16 Passenger Airboat Ride

    5. New Orleans: High Speed 16 Passenger Airboat Ride

    Embark on a high-speed adventure through the swamps and marshes just 35 minutes from New Orleans and experience the amazing scenery by airboat. Slow down or stop to take pictures and get a personal tour from your local captain. Avail of airboats with stadium-style seating so that the person in front does not obstruct your view. Be amazed as alligators come so close to the boat that you can stare into their reptilian eyes! Encounter magnificent birdlife, including bald eagles, pelicans, ospreys and owls. Every tour is unique and you never know what will be around the next corner! Reach speeds of up to 35 miles per hour, propelled by a huge fan that blows air from the back of the boat in excess of 200 miles per hour. Ride in shallow water and access areas where traditional boats cannot go.

    We had a great time. Saw lots of gators and our captain was very funny and made the trip amazing. We will be back!!! Highly recommended

  • From New Orleans: Swamp Airboat, 2 Plantation Tours & Lunch

    6. From New Orleans: Swamp Airboat, 2 Plantation Tours & Lunch

    After being picked up from your hotel in New Orleans in a 13-seater high-roof van, your enthusiastic historian driver-guide will take you on a scenic narrated drive out of New Orleans, preparing you for a pilgrimage back in time.  After crossing over the Mississippi River on a high bridge, you will arrive at a remote swamp to board a small airboat. With your Cajun boat captain, glide comfortably over marshes and deep into secluded bayous. Discover the swamp’s fascinating fauna and flora, including alligators, turtles, and exotic birds.  Next, you will drive upriver through sugar cane fields to arrive at Laura Plantation. Enjoy a guided tour of this Creole plantation dating back to 1804. Hear the compelling stories of Laura's family saga, as well as stories of the West-African, enslaved people who worked on this sugar plantation. At the end of the tour, visit the museum exhibit dedicate...

  • New Orleans Half-Day Plantation & Airboat Combo Tour

    7. New Orleans Half-Day Plantation & Airboat Combo Tour

    Enjoy our Louisiana tour, which brings you from the historical sites of the Destrehan plantation to the remote swamps in Cajun Country. Narrated short scenic drive out of the city and along the shores of Lake Ponchartrain to Destrehan Plantation on the East bank of the Old River Road: a pilgrimage back in time to the Antebellum South. First you will be brought on a tour of Destrehan Plantation where guides in period costumes will bring to life the stories of generations who lived on and worked this rich land – both owners and slaves. They will share with you every detail of this mansion's history since 1787. Enjoy some free time to walk around under a spectacular canopy of live oaks around the mansion and the slave quarters. We then drive down to a remote swamp in Cajun Country for a thrilling high-speed 2-hour ride onboard 6-passenger airboats, comfortably gliding over marshes, deep i...

    Driver was great gave us loads of history about New Orleans and that Beyone's Lemonade was filmed at the plantation we visited. The airboat driver was very funny and named all of the alligators and let all of us feed them. Plantation tour guide was very informative.

  • New Orleans Airboat Adventure Tour

    8. New Orleans Airboat Adventure Tour

    Climb aboard a flat-bottomed airboat and prepare for an exploration of Louisiana's wetlands just south of New Orleans. Head 30 minutes from downtown and experience some of the most beautiful and secluded areas of the state while catching glimpses of alligators, turtles and birds. Set out on a 20,000-acre (8,095-ha) track of tidewater cypress swamp close to the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Your boat is powered by an aircraft propeller to allow a fast, fluid trip through the shallow marshes. Feel the wind on your face as you zip into bayous lined with mossy cypress and tupelo-gum trees as your pilot points out a stunning variety of wildlife. Prepare to see plenty of alligators in the warmer months (and warmer days in winter) and your guide may even feed the gators, affording you amazing photo opportunities. As you zigzag through the soggy wetlands, keep your eyes o...

    We took the small airboat. It was able to go down small passageways - and also go very fast in open water! We saw lots of alligators. Our guide Steve knew just where to go to keep us mostly out of the rain.

New Orleans hop-on hop-off tours: Everything you need to know

Exploring the Big Easy is better on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing trip. New Orleans is a feast for every sense, as the city has been practicing fun for hundreds of years. Even funerals are festive. Visit a voodoo queen’s gravesite at St. Louis Cemetery and see what the tarot cards reveal at Jackson Square. Indulge in po-boys at Domilise's counter or go for upscale fancy dining at Commander’s Palace. Get your Mardi Gras going through Bourbon Street. And everywhere you turn, fantastic music sets your soundtrack.

Why should I take a New Orleans hop-on hop-off tour?

A hop-on hop-off bus is a great way to see all the neighborhoods of New Orleans. Cover over 300 square miles with ease. From the top level of a double-decker bus, you can scope out your next stop. It can get hot in the summer, so the air conditioning below offers a cool break. Hurricane season lasts from summer to fall, so bring an umbrella. Don’t let a little rain ruin your fun!

Whether you’re a planner or prefer to go with the flow, a hop-on hop-off bus is ideal. The perks of a hop-on hop-off journey can continue even after it ends. You’re in charge. Explore where you want. Sit and relax when you don’t - you’ll still see so much.

The audio commentaries are informative, but maybe you prefer live info. The local guides share their tales of the Crescent City in addition to tips on where to go and what to do. You might discover a new favorite restaurant or get the scoop on which clubs have the best scene.

What attractions could I visit on a hop-on hop-off New Orleans tour?

Feed your senses everywhere in New Orleans. Food, music, history, voodoo – whatever your pleasure. There are fascinating experiences all over NOLA.

Tipitina’s

Take a musical tour through history. Jazz, blues, rock, punk - every flavor of music has been played here. Most of the action happens at night, so you may want to come back after the trip. Check the schedule ahead of time as you might be surprised by the next line-up.

Jackson Square 

The site of the Louisiana purchase is now one of the most iconic sights in the city. Artists show off their talents. Fortune tellers may tell you something you didn’t know. You may even get to catch a film or TV show in action.

Garden District

Opulence is an understatement in the Garden District. You’ll see magnificent homes and quaint little cottages. Wander through Magazine Street along the Mississippi. Discover the cute Free Little Libraries or shop for vintage clothes in a vintage rowhouse.

French Quarter 

Day and night, the Quarter is hopping. Get a Hurricane to-go at a watering hole to sip along your way down Bourbon Street. Hungry? How about Oysters Rockefeller at Antoine’s? Or maybe fried chicken and jambalaya at Coop’s? Ask the guide for their favorite spot for an authentic experience.

Café du Monde

Coffee and donuts will take on new meaning at this iconic New Orleans institution. Freshly baked beignets and soothing hot chicory, that is. These sweet treats are available 24/7, but you may want to take a few with you on the bus for a sugar rush after all that exploring.

St. Louis Cemetery #1 

New Orleans buries their dead above ground in ornate, intricate tombs. Even the voodoo queen Marie Laveau needs a place to rest. You can’t wander without a guide, so check if a ticket is included. If not, there are on-site tours scheduled.

Mardi Gras World 

Get in a Mardi Gras mood any time of year. Try on a costume and join a krewe or watch teams at work on new floats. It really is Mardi Gras every day here.

Anything special to know about hop-on hop-off New Orleans tours?

The New Orleans hop-on hop-off tickets are available for one or more days. Often, the longer tickets include walking tours of various neighborhoods. Check the offerings and schedules so you don’t miss these free add-ons. If you want to visit a cemetery, make sure to arrange for a tour guide. Otherwise, you might not get in. If you’re traveling during June through November, you might not experience a hurricane, but it may rain. A travel umbrella or rain gear may be a good idea.



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What people are saying about New Orleans

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 185 reviews

Wonderful experience, took us to all the places we wanted to see. Frequent busses endured minimal wait times. Great tour guides provided interesting information all around the tour of city highlights

Our guide was funny and knowledgeable. Very entertaining! The tour actually showed us more of new orleans. We had no idea some of it was there. Next time we are doing the 3 day!

Chris was an excellent guide. He interjected the right amount of humor with the history of New Orleans. We would highly recommended him as your tour guide.

Mr. Elroy is the best driver and Christopher was the best tour guide.

This tour was very nice. I'd defiantly do it again