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Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Tour with Boat Ride from New Orleans provided by Gray Line

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Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Tour with Boat Ride from New Orleans

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Explore Louisiana’s beautiful and mysterious bayous on this covered boat tour departing from New Orleans. You’ll visit secluded Mississippi River swamps—keep an eye out for alligators and other wildlife—with a guide who’s familiar with the area and its Cajun culture. Included round-trip transportation from the French Quarter saves you time and money.
You'll start at
Gray Line New Orleans
400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USAGray Line Lighthouse on the Steamboat NATCHEZ dock (Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River)
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  • Pass by Mississippi River
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    Adventures of Jean Lafitte
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    Swamp cruise narrated by local captain
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You'll end at
Gray Line New Orleans
400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USAGray Line Lighthouse on the Steamboat NATCHEZ dock (Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River)
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  • 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
  • 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 experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Vi R wrote a review Nov 2019
Seattle, Washington4 contributions1 helpful vote
Really a good tour, but it runs closer to 3 or 3.5 hours, including transportation from New Orleans. We even saw an alligator in the wild, and the boat driver had a baby alligator that we could hold.
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Date of experience: November 2019
JustJazz29 wrote a review Nov 2019
11 contributions3 helpful votes
I waited too late to book another tour so I ended up having to book this tour. I would defiantly have preferred an airboat over this boat. The tour was kind of boring in my opinion. I went in November so it was not likely that we’d see any alligators. To our surprise we saw 2,
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Date of experience: November 2019
Jamie D wrote a review Nov 2019
Pocomoke City, Maryland6 contributions
Our ride with Captain Anson was awesome! He did a great job of explaining the details of the bayou as well as all the animals that live there, all while keeping us entertained with his great sense of humor! We were able to see 4 alligators (2 were huge!), plus tons of turtles
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Response from AdrienneGLNOSC, Guest Relations Manager at Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Tour with Boat Ride from New Orleans
Responded 21 Nov 2019
Thank you Jamie!
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Brenda G wrote a review Nov 2019
1 contribution
Loved it, the only negative was the air boats buzzing around us. They were so loud I believe they scared off most of the wildlife. It would be better if they went out at separate times.
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Date of experience: November 2019
Laura Taylor wrote a review Nov 2019
Florence, New Jersey7 contributions
This boat tour of the Bayou is the best one out there! No noisy fans propelling the boat - you’re on a nice size pontoon boat that isn’t extremely noisy although you’ll pass many other noisy boats during the tour. The guides are very knowledgeable about the bayou and it’s
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Date of experience: November 2019
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  • Duration: 4h
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