If you're looking for a classic tour of the City of New Orleans, look no further than our New Orleans City and Estate Tour. This relaxing, leisurely look at the city from one of our comfy top of the line tour vans will take you through all the major historic neighborhoods in the city, from Uptown and the Garden district through the CBD, from the river to the lake, and includes several stops that give you a chance to look even closer at New Orleans City Park, St Louis Cemetery no. 3, and the gorgeous historic home and gardens of Longue Vue House. Longue Vue has its own particular history in this unique city. The home, established by the Stern family, was built over the course of three years, from 1939 to 1942. Mrs Edith Stern, the formidable matriarch of the family, cared deeply about preserving history in New Orleans and set up a foundation to keep her home open as a museum after her death. She was very particular about how the home was to be displayed, and as you walk through the rooms you will see everything in exactly the place she specified, from large pieces of furniture to small details that give insight into the lives of the family that lived there. You can learn more about Longue Vue House, and the beautiful grounds around the house, here. Call 1-888-223-2093 or visit our Reservations page to request a spot on the New Orleans City and Estate Tour!
There are many wonderful things to see in the swamp all year round, but after the gators the birds are by far the biggest attraction. Among the many species on display in and around the bayous are great egrets, snowy egrets, cattle egrets, tricolored heron, little blue heron, green heron, black-crowned night heron, yellow-crowned night heron, ibis, cormorants, and anhinga. You can also see bald eagles and barred owls in the winter and spring, and of course there are always the ducks, geese, and many different songbirds–there is no shortage of winged things in these parts! Learn more about the birds of Louisiana and where to find them by visiting the Louisiana Department of Wildlife’s bird listing, which can be found here. Call 1-888-223-2093 for more information on visiting the swamps and seeing the avians for yourself!
The French Quarter was once called the Vieux Carré, meaning old square. Although most now simply refer to it as the French Quarter, or just the Quarter if you’re a local, there are still those who prefer the old name. Despite the fact that the name means old square, the French Quarter is actually a rectangle. The famous downtown neighborhood is made up of and area measuring 13 blocks by 20 blocks. The entire rectangular section of town is on the national register of historic places and, as such, is architecturally protected with very strict regulations regarding any remodels or even updates to existing structures. We conduct walking tours of the French Quarter by special request. E-mail or call 1-888-223-2093 for more information on exploring this famous historic site.
There are many sights to see in the swamps of Southeast Louisiana besides the gators. The US Wildflower Database currently lists more than 250 different species of wildflowers, more than half of which can be found in the swamps around New Orleans! Swamp tours are a great chance to get to check out these beauties up close and to learn more about the indigenous species from our wonderful local boat captains. The airboat tours are fast and exciting and give you a chance to get up close and personal with the swamp as you are seated close to the water in a narrow boat. The bayou boat, by contrast, gives you a peaceful, meandering tour of the swamp, allowing you to take your time as you drift past the scenery. Find out more information on our swamp tours here and the full US Wildflower Database for Louisiana here!
One of our most popular tours for years has been our Grand Tour. This all-day outing includes a little bit of everything: swamp, plantation, cuisine, and plenty of history! The tour features visits to two plantations, Laura Plantation and Oak Alley Plantation. The two make an excellent pairing as they provide two very different views of plantation life in antebellum New Orleans, despite being just minutes apart on the great River Road. Oak Alley Plantation gives visitors a chance to see the classic American-style plantation, with Greek revival architecture and newly reconstructed slave cabins. Laura Plantation offers a unique opportunity to take a look inside a Creole plantation, with markedly different architecture and a contrasting management and family lifestyle when compared to the American neighbors. While stopped at Oak Alley Plantation lunch is served in the Oak Alley cafe, featuring many local dishes including Bananas Foster, gumbo, jumbalaya, and crawfish etouffe! The trip is rounded out with a swamp tour on either an airboat, or fan boat as they are sometimes called, or a slow and peaceful bayou boat. Either way, cypress trees, gators, and other swamp critters are on display, and our boat captains are full of entertaining tales of life on the swamp. A full day that truly includes a little something for everyone, the Grand Tour is one of our most beloved tours. Find more details on the Grand Tour or give us a call at 1-888-223-2093 to make your reservation!
In July, local TV station WGNO featured some friends of ours in a spot on local swamp tour company, Swamp Adventures. We love the captains over at Swamp Adventures, especially Captain Gary, and are delighted to see them getting some publicity! You can meet them for yourselves and get a guided tour to and from the swamp, or even throw in a plantation, on our airboat or airboat and plantation tours.