1. United States
  2. Louisiana
  3. New Orleans
  4. Lake Pontchartrain

New Orleans: Two Plantations, Brunch and Swamp Tour

Product ID: 146757
Immerse yourself in the cultural history of South Louisiana, complete with opulent plantations and man-eating swamps. This day excursion includes tours of Oak Alley and Laura Plantations, country brunch and a swamp cruise deep into Cajun country.
About this activity
Duration: 8.5 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets.
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a day long adventure through Plantation and Cajun country
  • Savor a delicious plantation brunch featuring a selection of country favorites
  • Marvel at the south’s most beautiful settings
  • Relive memories of those who lived and worked on the Creole plantation
  • Cruise the Manchac Swamp with your native Cajun captain and get up close to wildlife including alligators
Full description
On the grounds of Oak Alley, enjoy a sumptuous plantation country brunch featuring crawfish etouffee, chicken & smoked sausage gumbo, oeuf du jour (egg dish of the day), Cajun smoked sausage, fresh fruit and yoghurt and other offerings. Tour the big house and walk the grounds in one of the South’s most beautiful settings. Perhaps the most photographed plantation ever, Oak Alley has been the setting for many motion pictures and the soap opera, Days of our Lives.

A few minutes down River Road, enter the world of Creole Louisiana and experience Laura Plantation. This tour is based upon 5,000 pages of documents found in the French national archives and upon Laura’s "memories of the old plantation home," in which she details 250 years of true-life stories of the Creole women, slaves and children who lived and worked here.

Travel past Whitney, Evergreen, Felicity & St. Joseph plantations, ghosts of the past that front the Mississippi river, where rich crops of sugar cane, cotton and indigo from these fertile lands once traveled to ports of trade. Then it’s a short ride to the Manchac Swamp. Cruise through a wildlife refuge, home to the legend of “Rougarou”, the Cajun werewolf. You might not find the “Rougarou”, but you might get up close and personal with some alligators!

On your return to the Crescent City, enjoy a panoramic view of Lake Pontchartrain as you cross the Bonnet Carre’ Spillway (the flood outlet of the Mississippi river).
Includes
  • Transportation to and from the New Orleans French Quarter
  • Delicious plantation brunch featuring a selection of country favorites
  • Guided tours of Oak Alley & Laura Plantations
  • Swamp cruise with native Cajun guide
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Soft Drinks and Alcoholic Beverages (available for purchase)

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Please arrive at the Gray Line Lighthouse- 400 Toulouse Street (behind Jax Brewery) at least 15 minutes prior to tour departure in order to exchange your voucher for a boarding ticket.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat
• The local supplier provides handicap access for wheelchairs but not scooters or walkers. Vehicle lifts meet all ADA requirements and are equipped for wheelchair storage (based on availability). If wheelchairs can collapse and fold, staff will assist in accommodating the chair in a safe place on the vehicle. Handicap reservations must be made 48-hours in advance to secure availability. Contact information will be provided on your voucher
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 6 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4 / 5
  • Organization
    4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4 / 5
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This tour was well worth the expense. The only negative thing was that exchanging our voucher for our tickets was NOT smooth. The person at the ticket booth could not find our reservation. However, she did go ahead and issue the tickets. I don't know if that means she finally found the reservation or she accepted the receipt I was holding in my hand as proof that we did indeed have reservations.

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March 11, 2020

Had a great time. Lot's of fun and learned about Louisiana history in an entertaining way. Our guide, I believe her name was Susan was wonderful. Friendly, engaging and intuitive. Just the right amount of info and quiet times to soak in the view or listen to the music that enhanced the ride. I especially loved her sharing her own personal experience during Katrina. The cities endurance and positive outlook really shined through. I also loved that she sat with us at brunch. It was cozy. Special shout out to our driver Donald and the guide at Laura Plantation who was marvelous. I appreciate that they did not sugarcoat the history of slavery but told it like it was. The swamp tour was fun. The gators are small and didn't see any wild pigs but we got to hold a baby gator and the corny jokes were a good laugh.

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December 24, 2019

This was an excellent tour. My only complaint is that it wasn't quite enough time to explore the plantations as much as I would have liked. I would definitely do one of these tours again but probably one with fewer stops. It was a lot to fit into one day. Aside from that, the Oak Alley tour was good, a little more historical. The house & grounds very beautiful. The Brunch at Oak alley was excellent. The Laura Plantation was historical but a more personal tour, more info on the family & their colorful history. Swamp tour was great too even though it was too cold for any gators to be out. They do have an enclosure with baby gators and they will let you hold one too. A lot of different types of birds sighted, some raccoons and a snake. Beautiful variety of plant life as well. Swamp guide was a colorful character with great stories and a healthy sense of humor. If you are looking to see a little bit of everything in one day this is a great way to do it.

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November 22, 2019

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Product ID: 146757