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Swamp Boat Ride and Southern Plantation Tour from New Orleans

By: Gray Line
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
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Swamp Boat Ride and Southern Plantation Tour from New Orleans
From US$89.00
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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.
What to Expect
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.
Reviews (186)
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Reviewed 5 days ago
great entertainment and educational

Our tour guide Billie Jo set the bar for guides. She was so warm and informative and even went to buy us food which we thought would be available on site. The plantation tour was excellent and our guide was dressed in costume and they...More

1  Thank rosasP1245HW
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
Relaxing, fun and educational! :-)

A quick bus ride from New Orleans, this was a great tour and I really recommend it. Ryan was our bus tour guide and gave us a brief history of New Orleans on the way to Destrehan Plantation. Jim at the plantation was a very...More

1  Thank Natalie A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Great tour guide

Tour guide BillieJo was excellent. Plantation tour was very good and interesting, would have loved more information about slave life. Swamp tour was entertaining but could have been half hour shorter.

1  Thank Rachel H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Fun & interesting

The plantation was so informative. It was a meaningful trip back in time. A dark time in our history. The swamp tour was so fun! Captain Tom was fun & entertaining. It was crazy the number of alligators we saw. Also saw raccoons!

1  Thank Annette K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Thank you BilliJo!

My husband and I went in this tour a few days ago. We got to the plantation and took the tour there and once it was over we were informed that our bus’s transmission had died. We were not able to make it to the...More

4  Thank Erin T
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All tours begin at the Gray Line "Lighthouse" Ticket Office in the French Quarter at Toulouse St. &the Mississippi River - at the Steamboat Natchez Dock.
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