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Swamp Boat Ride and Southern Plantation Tour from New Orleans provided by Gray Line

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Swamp Boat Ride and Southern Plantation Tour from New Orleans

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
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Updated 06/22/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 06/22/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Experience the wilds of the Louisiana swamp plus hear the fascinating history of a Southern plantation all in one day with this great-value combo tour. Visit Destrehan Plantation, the oldest of its kind in the region, where you’ll learn about antebellum life and see a Slave Revolt museum while touring the restored mansion and grounds. Then ride in a covered boat through Manchac Swamp, a privately owned habitat for alligators, egrets, and other wildlife.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    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.
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    Destrehan Plantation
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    Cajun Pride Swamp Tours
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
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    Pass by
    Lake Pontchartrain
    I-10 Bonnet Carré Spillway Bridge
  • You'll end at
    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.
    See address & details
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Highlights
  • Get a dose of southern antebellum culture and swamp life in one day
  • Tour the historic Destrehan Plantation with a costumed guide
  • Glide through a private Louisiana swamp on a wildlife-watching boat
  • Get outside of New Orleans without renting a car; transport is included
What to Expect
After boarding an air-conditioned coach in the French Quarter, follow the Lake Pontechartrain shoreline to Destrehan Plantation, the oldest plantation in the lower Mississippi Valley. Tour the carefully restored French colonial mansion with a costumed guide, learning about former inhabitants and the southern sugar cane industry. You'll also have a chance to explore the gardens and a museum dedicated to the 1811 slave revolt. Continue on to the Manchac Swamp for a wildlife tour in a covered boat that provides protection from weather in all seasons. Learn about swamp culture and the endangered ecosystem from a guide as you look for alligators, raccoons, snakes, birdlife, and giant rodents. The swamp is privately owned, so you don't have to worry about crowds. Return to the convenient French Quarter drop-off point in the late afternoon or evening.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Gray Line New Orleans, 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Duration
5h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Narrated round-trip transportation by a local guide
  • Guided tour of plantation home
  • Entry/Admission - Destrehan Plantation
  • Entry/Admission - Cajun Pride Swamp Tours
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • 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 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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bernie h wrote a review Mar 2020
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Our tour guide was Jim (with one m). Very good tour guide, witty and funny and very informative. Bus driver was also a very good driver. The plantation tour was a bit of a let down as we were expecting more of the way of life at that time in history. The main house was nicely
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from AdrienneGLNOSC, Guest Relations Manager at Swamp Boat Ride and Southern Plantation Tour from New Orleans
Responded Mar 30, 2020
Thank you for the great review - of the tour, Jim (with one M) the driver and the swamp boat captain. They appreciate knowing they have provided a great experience for our guests
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Joanne from NJ wrote a review Mar 2020
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We had a great tour with our guide Jim and driver Donald. Tour was so much fun and informative. Learned so much ,Especially enjoyed Mardi Gra parade on way back. Can not say enough about Jim'
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Matt L wrote a review Mar 2020
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Had a nice day out of the city. The plantation wasn't what I thought it would be. I was expecting more about plantation life and slavery but was more about a dead rich white dudes family history. The swamp tour was fantastic and Bishop was entertaining and educational. I hope
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2KaTTs wrote a review Mar 2020
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This was a five-and-a-half hour tour to the Destrehan plantation, plus a swamp boat ride. Our driver George kept us on time (we never felt rushed) and guide Jim kept us entertained with his extensive knowledge of the area and its history. The guides at the plantation were also
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Michelle L wrote a review Mar 2020
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania10 contributions1 helpful vote
My husband and I did this tour and loved the swamp tour. Bishop did our swamp tour and he was great! Very knowledgeable about the wildlife and he had lots of interesting information. The plantation tour was fine... just nothing very special. The guy on our bus, John, was
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Whitney tour
Good but not worth the money We wish we had driven to the plantation and driven to the 3 or 4 other plantations Wi
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Great
The food was great and the customer service was amazing. The boat tour was great. The tour guide shared a lot of go
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Wowflfox
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Nice to see once, I’d try a different Plantation next time.
We were expecting a grand home & beautiful gardens.... which were mediocre. The slave quarters were re-creations an
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Horror story!!!!
My wife and I had booked tickets for a Sunday afternoon Jazz brunch Cruise about 2 months in advance. The day of t
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Fun and relaxing
Night view on the water. The dinner was really good. Staff was kind and courteous. All around fantastic experience.
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Relax with entertainment, history, and great food
Lunch cruise was relaxing and full of history and great food! Certainly a great break from the walking around NOLA.
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Good
The boat ride and music was very good. The brunch was good but dissatisfied with the service. There was a group of
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One and done
It wasn't bad, but it was no big deal either! We did have a few laughs at the narrator. Repeating himself over and
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Loved every aspect of the experience. Great atmosphere and pleasant staff! Captain and hostess were professional a
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