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Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans

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    After hotel pickup in New Orleans, drive to the site of your swamp tour. On arrival, board a 16-passenger airboat with stadium-style seating for a high-speed adventure through the swamp. You'll have unobstructed views of wildlife, including an up-close look at the star attraction: alligators. 
    Your captain is experienced at searching out these reptiles, even during hibernation in colder months. The airboat, propelled by a large fan that blows air from the back of the vessel, can produce speeds of up to 35 mph (56 kph). You'll ride in just inches of water into parts of the swamp that are inaccessible to traditional boats or vehicles.
    Afterward, you're driven to the Oak Alley Plantation, located among the Great River Road sugar plantations alongside the Mississippi River. On arrival, stroll under majestic, 300-year-old oak trees leading up to the antebellum Big House, and take a tour of the opulent mansion with a guide dressed in period costume. The Greek Revival architecture was built in 1837 and later restored in 1925.
    Wander the 25-acre (10-hectare) grounds at your own pace during your free time. Visit the blacksmith shop, snap photos of antique farm equipment, or peruse exhibits on slavery and the Civil War at your leisure. Grab lunch and beverages at the restaurant or cafe (own expense) before the return drive to New Orleans.
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    All reviews entire trip picked up from our hotel hotel pickup canal street tour starts baby alligator fantastic job oak alley the bus swamp tour ernie bourbon educating plantation alligators nola
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    We had such a great time! We went on a Thursday in late July and it was perfect. No huge crowd anywhere whatsoever. We were picked up from our hotel in Bourbon Orleans, were driven by several friendly and professional people who also gave brief...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank annamgcw
    MIlton W, Owner at Louisiana Tour Company, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Our staff strives really hard to make sure that you have a flawless trip. Thank you so much for the very positive review.

    Reviewed May 25, 2019

    The tour starts out a little slow as we opted in for a hotel pick-up. While the pick-up was on time we did have to transfer to a second larger bus and this had us waiting along Canal Street for a bit. Once we were...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank GreenwithGray
    MIlton W, Owner at Louisiana Tour Company, responded to this reviewResponded May 27, 2019

    Thank you for the great review. Capt Ernie will appreicate the mention.

    Reviewed May 21, 2019

    There was a lot of travel time from the city to the plantation, and then from the plantation to the fan boats, so I recommend taking snacks (including water), lathering up with sunscreen, and using the bathroom before you get on the bus (if you...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank EvergreenandGray
    MIlton W, Owner at Louisiana Tour Company, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2019

    Thank you for taking the time to give us the stellar review.

    Reviewed May 6, 2019

    This tour is great the plantation was amazing and the boat ride was cool. The bus ride was very rough if you sit in the back. It is about a 1.5 drive from New Orleans to the plantation then you spend about 1.5 wondering the...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Sandrenia K
    MIlton W, Owner at Louisiana Tour Company, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2019

    We do appologize for the long ride from the French Quarter to Oak Alley or Laura plantation. The road that we have to travel is not within our control and I do agree that the State of Louisiana has not kept up with road maintenance....More

    Reviewed March 23, 2019

    Summary: The tours were great but too rushed and be prepared to spend lots of times on the bus. Some things aren't specified in the tour description. You don't know whether you're going on the plantation or swamp tour first, it's up LTC based on...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank ReneeR1213
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