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After hotel pickup in New Orleans, it's about a 35-minute 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 40-minute 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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Oak Alley Plantation
Search for alligators on a swamp tour and stop for photo ops while aboard an airboat. Then visit Oak Alley Plantation for a tour of the antebellum mansion. Follow the oak-shaded paths to the blacksmith shop during your free time. Lunch is available to purchase at the restaurant on-site, with round-trip hotel transport provided from New Orleans.
  • Full-day combo tour: swamp tour and Oak Alley Plantation
  • Ride an airboat around the waterway
  • Stop to snap pics of ‘gators and other swamp critters
  • Explore the plantation mansion with a costumed guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from New Orleans
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile
Full Day!

We got picked up from our hotel at 8:30 on the dot, and quickly picked up several others, then transferred to a larger bus. We drove to Oak Alley first, and spent a couple of hours exploring the plantation. We did feel a bit rushed,...More

Thank MrsCain811
Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile
Misold and over charged

We booked in a booth and be calked up To confirm the pricing. On boarding the bus this had increased by $24. Not a great start snd they should have honoured the price quoted.

Thank Seb B
Reviewed 15 May 2018
Don't miss this

When you think of a Plantation this is it! Take the time to do a tour...worth your time and drive. The guides love their job.

Thank Jenna D
Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile
Anniversary trip

We booked our combo trip on a smaller airboat with a guided tour of Oak Alley. The airboat ride and swamp tour was great as was our tour guide Rocky. He was friendly, entertaining and informative. I would skip the plantation tour. It’s just a...More

2  Thank Cathy H
Reviewed 2 March 2018
Fantastic Day

We will never forget this day, one of the best days of our holiday. We was collected from our hotel on time and collected another 10 people from a couple of other hotels. We then drove to Oak Alley which was a beautiful place and...More

Thank Angela T
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