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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: Houmas House Plantation Tour

    2. New Orleans: Houmas House Plantation Tour

    Visiting the Houmas House Estate is more than just a house tour. It's a fully immersive experience educating guests on the architecture, the culture, and the agriculture of this Louisiana Plantation and how the Mississippi River shaped the southern United States. Here you will get a glimpse into the life on a sugarcane plantation in the 1800s. Located on the lower Mississippi River, just an hour drive from New Orleans, the mansion has been beautifully restored to the antebellum era, reflecting the wealth this sugarcane farm boasted in the 1880s. A guided mansion tour, led by costumed guides, walks you through the 250-year history, showing the architectural evolution of this manor house and how it became a grand estate. Rare and period artwork and artifacts are displayed and used to explain plantation life. You can also take a self-guided tour of the expansive gardens, which is an adven...

    Never disappoints! We've been several times and keep seeing and hearing new and interesting things. Our tour guide knew a lot about the history of the house and area. Made for a very information tour of the house.

  • New Orleans: Oak Alley Plantation & Swamp Cruise Day Trip

    3. New Orleans: Oak Alley Plantation & Swamp Cruise Day Trip

    Experience 2 typical Louisiana features—plantation homes and bayous—on a guided day trip from New Orleans with hotel pickup. Tour Oak Alley Plantation, with entry tickets, included, and look out for wildlife on a boat trip through the swamplands.

    Start with a pickup from your French Quarter hotel. Head out of New Orleans and travel to Oak Alley Plantation, one of the best-known in the area. Built in 1837-39, the plantation is famous for its alley of 28 evenly spaced live oak trees.

    Take a guided tour of the historical plantation and gain an educational insight into the times of slavery.

    Afterward, enjoy a fully narrated boat tour of the swamps. Keep a lookout for alligators, turtles, water birds, and other local wildlife. Listen as your captain tells stories of local Cajun and Creole history, and the people who live in the Bayou area.

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    The swamp tour was lots of fun and I would recommend taking one. Fun to cruise the bayou waters. Something a tourist doesn't do everyday. Seen lots of alligators along with many raccoons running around. Our guide was very informative and fun loving. Cannot remember his name ( had a salt and pepper beard tho lol).

  • New Orleans: Laura Creole Plantation Guided Tour

    4. New Orleans: Laura Creole Plantation Guided Tour

    Experience the disappearing world of Creole Louisiana on a 75-minute guided tour of the Laura Plantation main house, gardens and slave quarters. Located on the West bank of the Mississippi in the heart of Plantation Country – the main house dates from 1805 and has been restored to the time when it functioned as both a family home and the office for the sugar plantation. Visit the raised basement and galleries, men's and women's parlors, service rooms and common rooms. Walk through the 200-year-old sugar plantation homestead, including 3 gardens: Jardin Français, the kitchen potager & BananaLand grove. Continue the tour on the grounds with 12 buildings on the National Register, including animal barns, overseers' cottages and the 1829 Maison de Reprise. Hear intimate stories about four generations of free and enslaved members of the Creole families who lived here. Gleaned from handwritt...

  • From New Orleans: Oak Alley Plantation Tour

    5. From New Orleans: Oak Alley Plantation Tour

    Benefit from pick-up at your accommodation in New Orleans, and then make your way to the Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie. Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, Oak Alley was named for the 28 huge oak trees that line the road leading up to – and pre-dating – the plantation house. Admire the Greek Revival architecture of the house, built in the 19th century for one of the wealthiest families of the South. See original features, including antique farm machinery, and avail of amenities such as a restaurant and souvenir shop. Be led by a guide wearing authentic plantation-style clothes and hear about the first example of Antebellum restoration along the legendary River Road.

    Plantation was great! The tour of the house was awesome! And we had a great driver!

  • New Orleans: Destrehan Plantation & Swamp Combo

    6. New Orleans: Destrehan Plantation & Swamp Combo

    Destrehan Plantation is an antebellum mansion, in the French Colonial style, modified with Greek Revival architectural elements. It is located in southeast Louisiana, near the town of the same name, Destrehan. This plantation is about 45 minutes away from downtown New Orleans.   Welcome to the New Orleans Swamp Tours and Wetlands Adventure. See the Cajuns of the bayou living and surviving in harmony with the swamps. Here, the waterways are their highways. From the relaxed comfort of the covered New Orleans Swamp Tour boats, you will drift slowly past a 2000-year-old Indian burial mound, a Cajun cemetery and fishing village. You may see the wildlife that made the Barataria swamps the crown jewel of the Louisiana Purchase. Here, birds, snakes, turtles, fur animals and gators are the king of the swamp and easily spotted in spring, summer and fall. Your captains are natives of the Baratari...

    This combo was great and perfect for a short day trip. With transport is so easy, especially if you're unfamiliar with the town.

  • From New Orleans: Whitney Plantation Tour

    7. From New Orleans: Whitney Plantation Tour

    In 2014, Whitney Plantation opened its doors to the public for the first time in its 262-year history, as the only plantation museum in Louisiana with a focus on slavery. Through museum exhibits, memorial artwork, restored buildings and hundreds of first-person slave narratives, visitors to Whitney will gain a unique perspective on the enslaved people who lived and worked here. The early owners of Habitation Haydel, later known as the Whitney Plantation, became wealthy producing indigo before the plantation transitioned to sugar in the early 1800s. Whitney is also significant because of the number of historic outbuildings which were added to the site over the years, thus providing a unique perspective on the evolution of the Louisiana working plantation. The Big House is one of the finest surviving examples of Spanish Creole architecture and one of the earliest raised Creole cottages i...

    Tour guide was amazing! Gave lots of history on New Orleans throughout the drive to Whitney plantation. Whitney was also a great experience.

  • New Orleans Oak Alley Plantation Half-Day Tour

    8. New Orleans Oak Alley Plantation Half-Day Tour

    Feel the gentle breeze of Southern hospitality while you are transported back to the glory of the Old South! This half-day guided tour will reveal the exclusive and fascinating stories behind the old New Orleans. Sit back and relax as you're transported around this historic and beautiful area.  Oak Alley is perhaps the most photographed plantation ever; it has been the setting for such motion pictures as “Interview with a Vampire,” and “Primary Colors.” Because of its sublime visual impact and implication in the history of New Orleans, this is a great educational tour to experience with friends or family. After we have explored the plantation, treat yourself to a refreshing snack in the on-site café and ice cream parlor. This is a relaxing way to end your tour, sitting at the picnic tables enjoying the views of the live oak trees stretching from the mansion to the gently flowing Missis...

    Very interesting tour. The grounds were beautiful. They did a very good job of highlighting the lives of the slaves.

  • From New Orleans: Tour of Destrehan Plantation

    9. From New Orleans: Tour of Destrehan Plantation

    Established in 1787 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Destrehan Plantation remains the oldest documented plantation home in the lower Mississippi Valley. After being picked up, take a short 35-minute drive to the plantation house for a 1-hour guided tour and then take 45 minutes to explore the grounds on your own. The plantation’s history consists of many notable people and events. The plantation served as a home to Marie Celeste Robin de Logny and her husband Jean Noel Destrehan, the most successful sugar producer in St. Charles Parish and one of the driving forces in Louisiana Statehood. The plantation exhibits an original document signed by President Thomas Jefferson and Secretary of State James Madison, appointing Jean Noel to the Orleans Territorial Council responsible for creating Louisiana’s civil law of government.   Destrehan Plantation was the site where...

  • New Orleans: Plantation Visit and Pontoon Swamp Tour

    10. New Orleans: Plantation Visit and Pontoon Swamp Tour

    Take a guided narrative tour down to Plantation Country in a 14-passenger bus and explore Laura, Oak Alley, or Whitney Plantation. Enjoy a convenient pickup between 8:00 and 8:30 AM from downtown hotels and head out for a 90-minute tour of the plantation of your choice. At the Laura Plantation, awarded the title of top travel attraction in Louisiana, you’ll visit the Big House, the French Garden, the Kitchen Garden, the Banana Grove, and the original 1840s slave cabins. Take time to browse through local arts, crafts, and souvenirs in the historic Laura Plantation gift shop. Don’t forget to visit the new museum exhibit about the inhabitants’ daily lives on the sugar plantation.   Oak Alley Plantation includes visits to the gracious interiors of the Big House as well as to the Oak Alley exhibit, that shares the stories of those who were enslaved on this sugar plantation from approximatel...

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The swamp tour was lots of fun and I would recommend taking one. Fun to cruise the bayou waters. Something a tourist doesn't do everyday. Seen lots of alligators along with many raccoons running around. Our guide was very informative and fun loving. Cannot remember his name ( had a salt and pepper beard tho lol).

This was an excellent tour. It is self guided with a device and headphones but I loved that because I could go at my own pace. Our bus tour guide John was awesome and told us so much about new Orleans! Definitely recommend this place to visit.

Tour guide was amazing! Gave lots of history on New Orleans throughout the drive to Whitney plantation. Whitney was also a great experience.

Swamp tour was excellent. Plantation tour wasn't really what we thought it would be. Would have maybe picked a bigger plantation.

Very interesting tour. The grounds were beautiful. They did a very good job of highlighting the lives of the slaves.