Grand Tour: Two Plantations & Airboat Swamp Tour
Grand Tour: Two Plantations & Airboat Swamp Tour: $210 per person
8:00 AM to about 5:00 PM
This tour runs when we reach a minimum of 6 people.
A grand mélange presentation of Cajun and Creole cultures. This is our best combination of two Southern Louisiana plantations and a Cajun Bayou Swamp Tour. This tour includes:
- Guided tours of both Oak Alley Plantation and Laura Plantation
- Thrilling Airboat Swamp Tour in Cajun Country
Our small group van and excellent Driver-Guide will pick you up to begin a scenic drive out of New Orleans. As we journey along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, we prepare you for a pilgrimage back in time. After a wonderful, 90-minute narrated ride, you’ll arrive in the Antebellum South to tour Laura & Oak Alley Plantations. Following a break for lunch, you’ll experience Cajun Country for a thrilling high-speed Airboat Swamp Tour!
Hear dramatic details about the charmed yet tragic lives of four generations of Creole owners and their slaves. After touring the Maison Principale, your visit continues to grounds surrounded by sugarcane fields. On your way to the formal Jardin Français, the kitchen garden, and Laura’s new Banana Land, you’ll see 12 restored buildings. The National Register of Historic Places memorializes these buildings, which once were homes to slaves.
This is the exact location where sobering events of human slavery happened, and you’ll hear stories passed on by generations. The Laura Plantation tour concludes inside one of the 1840s slave cabins where sugarcane workers lived until 1977. Here, the ancient west-African folktales of Compère Lapin, better known as the legendary rascal Br’er Rabbit, were recorded.
Laura Plantation Slave Quarters
Oak Alley Plantation
After Laura Plantation, a short drive upriver brings you to Oak Alley Plantation. A delicious lunch featuring Louisiana dishes is included at their Cajun restaurant. Menu:
- House Salad with Vinaigrette dressing
- Chicken & Sausage Gumbo
- Red Beans & Rice
- Flavorful Crawfish Étouffée with White Rice
- Home-baked Rolls & Butter
- Scrumptious Bread Pudding or Buttermilk Pie & Coffee.
Following lunch, your tour of Oak Alley Plantation begins. You will surely admire this Louisiana jewel of Greek Revival architecture. Guides will bring to life the stories of generations who lived on this land. They will share with you every detail of this mansion’s history since 1830. You will have some free time to walk around under a spectacular canopy of 28 giant live oaks thriving on the mansion’s grounds. Visit the reconstructed slave quarters and the “Slavery at Oak Alley” exhibits.
Oak Trees at Oak Alley Plantation
High-speed Airboat Cajun Swamp Tour
Next, we’ll drive south to a Cajun village in the Louisiana swamp. It’s time for a fast and fun ride on a small (6 to 13 passenger) Airboat. You will glide comfortably over marshes, deep into secluded bayous. Your professional Airboat Captain will tell you about the swamp’s fascinating fauna and flora. Hold on as you alternate between high-speed bursts and gentle cruising! There will be numerous stops with fantastic photo opportunities. You may even get to spot a bald eagle, see baby alligators, feed giant catfish, or meet a nutria face to face.
There’s Nothing Like an Airboat for a Fast Swamp Tour!
- In case of inclement weather, the Airboat tour may be shortened, postponed, or replaced with a Cajun Bayou, Covered Pontoon Boat Tour.
- Children under the age of 5, pregnant women, people with recent surgery, and people with back or neck issues are not allowed on airboats for insurance reasons.
- We provide ear protection.
- For eye protection, please wear any type of glasses.
- The order of your tour activities may change depending on availability and weather conditions.