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Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Tour with Boat Ride from New Orleans

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US$ 51.00
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Nowhere is Louisiana’s wildlife more abundant than in the swamps and bayous of New Orleans. Take a boat ride through these swamps and bayous and be on the lookout for alligators, raccoons, snakes, turtles and native birds. Hear stories from your guide about local Cajun culture and the mysteries of the swamps and bayous.
  • Travel deep into the Louisiana swamps with a guide 
  • Safely search for alligators under the guide’s supervision 
  • Stay dry in rainy weather with a covered boat 
  • Convenient round-trip transportation from the French Quarter included 
  • Choose from multiple departure times to fit your schedule
What to Expect
Your tour starts with pickup in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Relax on the bus ride out to the bayous, leaving the navigation and driving to someone else. Once you reach the area, board a covered boat with your guide, and take to the swampy waters. Listen as your guide informs you about the area’s history and ecology, and get the opportunity to spot alligators and other wildlife native to the bayous.  Some wildlife are more easily spotted during the warmer months of the year. Learn about the local culture, such as the origin of gumbo, and how the area’s residents work hard to guarantee the survival of the wetlands. Snap pictures of the swamps to take home, and gain a better understanding of this beautiful, often-misunderstood area. Your tour ends with a drive back to the French Quarter.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Gray Line New Orleans, 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Narrated boat cruise
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Local guide
  • Local taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Adventures of Jean Lafitte
  • Gratuities
  • Snacks and refreshments available for purchase on boat
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Additional Info
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 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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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

As advertised. Fun and informative. Breezy on the boat. Sometimes harmless fish jump in the boat. Lots of alligators.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Bevery83
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

worth money to do. We paid cheaper for a big boat. I like it better than a smaller boat that cost $79 because smaller boat does not have shade covering us from the Sun. I would have been burned without the roof. Pick up by...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Tyrone C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went to New Orleans just for 2 days. I decided to take a tour to the bayous and swamps of Louisiana. The best tour I have ever taken. I really recommend it to anyone trying to visit Louisiana and know more about the bayous...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank O3390MYalejandrav
AdrienneGLNOSC, Guest Relations Manager at Gray Line, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

How can we get a better response than your "EXCELLENT TOUR". It is very appreciated.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The seating is 3 to a bench, so it can be difficult to see the bayou. Throwing marshmallows to get gators to come close to the boat seems like the alligators are trained. While the guide/driver of the boat allows the opportunity to hold a...More

Thank donaldjohn4
AdrienneGLNOSC, Guest Relations Manager at Gray Line, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are a bit confused when you said the boat went nowhere. Can you share at guestexperiences@glnosc.com the day and name on your reservation so we can address this with the guide on the swamp boat.

Reviewed 6 August 2019

Our driver picked us up at the hotel and gave us a great deal of info about the city of New Orleans before we headed out for the eco tour, which was wonderful. Our river guide was extremely knowledgeable about all things swamp — birds,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank GlobeTrotting781656
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16 August 2019|
Response from jerry012742 | Reviewed this property |
There is a nice restaurant and gift shop at the launching/departing site.
12 August 2019|
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Response from jerry012742 | Reviewed this property |
it was last year, in May. We were very uncomfortable with it.
23 June 2019|
Response from keith10000 | Reviewed this property |
We booked the trip before leaving the UK. You get a voucher & exchange it for the tickets at the Tour Operator's kiosk on the waterfront in NO. Bus then picks you up at an agreed time
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