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Itinerary
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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Destrehan Plantation
Gray Line
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 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.
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
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Swamp

Enjoy the swamp tour very interesting. Plantation could have been better. Needed more on the out buildings as well as the production of sugar cane. To much time spent on the family of the plantation.

Thank Jeff L
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Down by the Bayou

This tour was rather informative. I was intrigued searching for this tour. The Destrehan plantation was beautifully restored. Beverly was our guide she was quite knowledge and eager to answer all questions. There was so much history about the French family and the slaves that...More

Thank Devenia D
Reviewed 1 week ago
Grayline Tour from New Orleans with Sweltering Heat

Top notch took care of everyone in sweltering heat. Safety was a major concern right from the start Billie Jo and Darren our hosts changed to a different bus with better AC right from start. The tour of the plantation was given by Rachael. She...More

1  Thank Dean L
Reviewed 1 week ago
Fantastic Day Out

Really loved our day visiting this beautiful plantation. Clean and cool drive to our first destination at the Plantations. The swamp boat was wonderful, loads of alligators and a cool beer to end this great boat trip. Would highly recommend this tour

Thank Carole M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Captain Tom is wonderful!!

I'll start with our bus driver Alton. He was super friendly. While we were waiting for the swamp tour to begin, we had the best time getting to know Alton. He is a great guy. The tour guide on the bus was friendly and funny...More

Thank Tammy B
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If it’s early October then yes, but it’s mid to late October, you might not see any because they hibernate from November-March.
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Yes the voucher redemption kiosk is at end of Toulouse right before you get to Natchez steam boat.
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