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Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans

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Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans

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icon8 hours  (approx.)
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Overview

Visit a former plantation and ride through the swamp during this two-in-one tour. Start with a visit to 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. Next, head to the dock for your swamp tour. Search for alligators and other wildlife and stop for photo ops while aboard an airboat. 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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8:15 AM
Pickup from any major downtown New Orleans hotel. If you hotel is not listed please list in comments area. For pickups, there will be a 30 minute window. Pickup will be between 8:15 AM and about 8:45 AM. Please be on the lookout for a bus that says Alert Transportation.
After hotel pickup in New Orleans, 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 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. Grab lunch and beverages at the restaurant or cafe (own expense) before the tour moves to the swamp.

Next, board the bus and 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.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Great River Road
The Oak Alley Plantation is located 70 miles or about 1 hour 10 min from the French Quarter. Travel along Great River Road and marvel at the antebellum mansions.
Stop At:  
Oak Alley Plantation
You will spend approximately 2 hours at the plantation. The house tour will be about 35 minutes in length. The Oak Alley plantation house tour is provided by Plantation tour guides. The remainder of your time will be spent with self-exploration of the grounds. If you use your time wisely, you can grab a sandwich at the gift shop for lunch and still have time to walk the grounds. You'll then be brought to the swamp tour dock for your next adventure.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Barataria Preserve
On this tour, you will experience the best of both: an informative swamp tour and high speed thrill airboat ride. You will travel at high speeds in the airboat then slow down and stop for pictures. Your Captain will give you a tour of a life time explaining the culture, animals, and the swamps. You may even experience a close encounter with some of the local swamp life. You will return to you hotel around 5:00pm. Please note: the order of the combination tours may change based upon availability and weather.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Confirmation received at time of booking
  • Children Must be at least 48 inches
  • Air-boats are not recommended for people with back or neck problems and pregnant women.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Louisiana Tour company
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "I highly recommend doing this tour and hopefully, you'll get the awesome operators i had" See review
  • "You only have around 2 hours for the plantation tour, but we found that it was enough time to take the tour, walk the grounds and have dinner at the restaurant (which was very good)." See review

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star-5
Great experience
Greta_P
, Jul 2022
Overall the tour was awesome but it was annoying we had to take 4 different buses. The drive to the Plantation was about an hour (loved the tour/experience) however i don’t think it’s enough time to explore the grounds, eat and do the tour. We had to hurry up and eat at the restaurant and finish exploring the grounds. You have about 1.5 hours to do the tour. Don’t forget to eat or grab sm to go because you will be hungry. We then drove back up north, transferred to another bus which took about 1.5 hours. The swamp tour was sooo fun. We did the airboat and it’s so much better than the big general boat. Our boat tour guide was great, he was driving around and making us get splashed. He was able to lift a gator from the water and let us see him upclose. It did rain so we got rained on, we were soaked and a bit chilly (when driving a high speed) but we still loved it so much!! The drive back was about 30 mins to drop numerous people off. Also the buses windows seems old and rattled the entire time.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for the five-star review, Greta!
star-5
Wonderful
Lance_T
, Jul 2022
Wonderful experiences and very informative tour guides, highly recommended. The plantation was beautiful and I enjoyed how they told both sides of the story, how it was for the enslaved people. The airboat ride was so much fun! And it was interesting to see the different areas of the bayou
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for five-star review, Lance!
star-5
Great Experience
Mary_D
, Jul 2022
It was a great tour of the swamp. Airboat is the way to see and experience the swamp. It was cool to see the wildlife especially the gators. The Oak Alley Plantation was beautiful. It was well worth the trip, just wish there was more history on the slaves and how things were ran in that time frame.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for the five-star review, Mary!
star-5
Really enjoyed this tour....
Racheal_S
, Jul 2022
Really enjoyed this tour. Swamp was excellent as well. Your guides were great. Must try if you visit
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for the five-star review, Racheal!
star-5
Fantastic full day excursion
Jena_N
, Jul 2022
Bus driver to plantation tour was excellent Tour was moving and educational and just the right amount of time Swamp tour was great, saw alligators and learned a lot about the changing landscape due to hurricane Ida
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for the five-star review, Jena!
star-5
Amazing Day! A must do if in the area!
KELLY_D
, Jun 2022
I had a FANTASTIC trip! This was a perfect day trip from New Orleans. I felt like I got to see so much of the interesting and beautiful countryside. The Swamp Tour was the best part! Our guides were fantastic and the airboat was a blast!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for the five-star review, Kelly!
star-4
Do it!
Cassandra_M
, Jun 2022
Great experience and well worth the heat! Our drivers were so nice! If you get motion sick, recommend not riding the bus as these roads are bumpy. Not at anyone’s fault. We also did the swamp tour and Capt Jack was very knowledgeable about the gators. Loved the environment.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for the positive feedback!
star-5
Amazing!
Anne_K
, Jun 2022
Amazing tour! The busdriften/tourguide who drive ud almost all day, was amazing - funny and told a lot of good stories. The swamp was a highlight! 10/10 would recommend this trip
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for the five-star review, Anne!
star-5
Well worth the money
Sandra_H
, Jun 2022
The plantation is amazing. Huge oak trees make for great pictures. The swamp tour was so much fun. Captain Ernie was really informative. The whole tour was a great learning experience.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for the five-star review, Sandra!
star-5
Our favorite tour during our trip to Nola 10/10
Taylor_W
, Jun 2022
The airboat was hands down my favorite part of our Nola trip. Sit up front and you might get to pet an alligator! Even though it was raining on our tour, we had a lot of fun. The plantation was interesting and the history lesson during the tour was nice. Definitely carve out time for the restaurant and gift shop at the end.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for the five-star review, Taylor!
star-4
Swamp tour was an amazing...
Mireya_A
, Jun 2022
Swamp tour was an amazing experience and our guide was awesome! Plantation was really informative and beautiful!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for the positive feedback, Mireya!
star-4
Fun, informative, long.
Cachet_E
, Jun 2022
We loved the swamp tour portion the most! Our guide was very informative and personable. It was such a great experience and beautiful scenery. We seen plenty of alligators!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for the positive feedback!
star-5
Oak Alley Plantation and Airboat Tour
Penny_G
, Jun 2022
Plantation was beautiful. Airboat was perfect. Both tour guides were very informative and we learned quite a bit. Very eye opening. Would do it again.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for the five-star review, Penny!
star-5
Go!
Heather_B
, Jun 2022
Oak Alley Plantation was lovely and interesting. The MVP was the bayou tour on the large airboat! Ernie was fun and informative. I appreciated his concern about the environment and animal life. Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for the five-star review, Heather!
star-4
Airboat fantastic, Plantation tour ok.
Marsha_S
, Jun 2022
Airboat ride was unreal. Great captain that really enjoyed his job. Saw lots of alligators, and even got to hold a couple baby gators. Was very fun. The Plantation tour was decent. Very bumpy ride there. Bus driver gave us wrong time for the big house tour. Very good restaurant.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for the positive feedback, Marsha!
star-5
Awesome place
Yong_H
, May 2022
They explained history well great experience we had and beautiful gardens my friends coming here next year I will definitely recommend this place than you!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for the five-star review, Yong!
star-4
Airboat YES!!!! Plantation tour…
Robin_N
, May 2022
The Air Boat experience was AMAZING and would do it again in a heartbeat!! The plantation tour was Okay. The grounds and garden were just beautiful! For the amount of time spent on traveling, I expected the tour to be amazing as well! Not the tour guide’s fault by any means, it was just not what I expected.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for the positive review, Robin!
star-5
Awesome alligator encounter
Warren_O
, May 2022
The plantation tour was very nice. Quite informative. The ride back to the swamp tour was horrendous. So bumpy. We were almost thrown out of our seats. Certainly not safe! The airboat ride was wonderful! So exciting and the guide got us up close and personal with the alligators! Unforgettable!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for the five-star review, Warren!
star-4
Good tours but need better drivers or a better plan
Sarah_H
, May 2022
Had no plan for pickup in the morning. How about trying a route planner/ optimizer? You put in the addresses and it spits out the best route! Some people did not get picked up until after 9am, with a 8:15-8:45 pickup time. Traffic was not an issue lack of a planned route was. Gary was great, very entertaining and loved that he shared his personal experience during Katrina. Recommend have a small cooler of bottled water for sell! It was 1000 degrees! The plantation was very pretty but had almost no time explore the grounds and get lunch. The tour was a bit lacking and the guide was hard to understand. Found it odd that they didn’t mention that the plantation had been used in some films to include Interview with the Vampire. The air boat tour was a lot of fun and the captain was very knowledgeable about the area and the gators. Very educational, loved it! Showed up 20 minutes late for pickup from airboat tour. Had people baking in the hot sun instead of telling people which bus to get on. Try printing a sign with hotel names, a marker board, or sending a text with the bus number to get on. Inappropriate music playing on the bus when we switched buses from plantation to airboat tour. Driver was rude when I said could you let us on the bus so we can be in the shade and AC. If we need to switch buses it is too easy to switch. There were several older folks that did not need to be standing on the hot pavement in the full sun!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for the positive review, Sarah!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Fun, but needed more time!
lnurselm
, May 2022
The Plantation Tour was rushed. It would have been nice to have more time to walk around after the House tour. The actual tour was very good. We needed to eat lunch at the restaurant before the next tour (Swamp Tour) and we barely had time to finish. The Swamp Airboat tour was a lot of fun.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for your feedback! Due to the distance of the Oak Alley Plantation, that is the best we can do for guests that want do the combo in one day.

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