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From New Orleans: Swamp Airboat, 2 Plantation Tours & Lunch

4.7 / 5

27 reviews

Activity provider: Tours by Isabelle
Water activity

From New Orleans: Swamp Airboat, 2 Plantation Tours & Lunch

Activity provider: Tours by Isabelle

From US$ 255 per person

Experience a swamp tour by small airboat, followed by a guided visit to the Laura and Houmas House Plantations. Enjoy a gourmet Creole meal for lunch.

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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
You will be picked up from your hotel in New Orleans. Please contact the local partner at least 48 hours prior to the tour to confirm the exact pickup time.
Small group
Limited to 13 participants


  • Experience a ride on a fast airboat
  • Discover the interior of two plantations
  • Enjoy an elegant lunch at Houmas House Plantation
  • Relax as you stroll under 300 year-old oak trees
  • Learn about the rich Cajun and Creole cultures from your historian guide
Full description

After being picked up from your hotel in New Orleans in a 13-seater high-roof van, your enthusiastic historian driver-guide will take you on a scenic narrated drive out of New Orleans, preparing you for a pilgrimage back in time.  After crossing over the Mississippi River on a high bridge, you will arrive at a remote swamp to board a small airboat. With your Cajun boat captain, glide comfortably over marshes and deep into secluded bayous.

Discover the swamp’s fascinating fauna and flora, including alligators, turtles, and exotic birds.  Next, you will drive upriver through sugar cane fields to arrive at Laura Plantation. Enjoy a guided tour of this Creole plantation dating back to 1804. Hear the compelling stories of Laura's family saga, as well as stories of the West-African, enslaved people who worked on this sugar plantation.

At the end of the tour, visit the museum exhibit dedicated to "Slavery on Laura Plantation" in a restored overseer's cottage. Back on the old River Road, you will pass by Felicity Plantation, where "12 Years A Slave" was filmed, and St Joseph Plantation, where the "Queen Sugar" TV series was filmed. Stop in front of Oak Alley Plantation to admire its parallel rows of centuries-old oak trees. After crossing over the Mississippi River on the Sunshine Bridge, you will arrive at the iconic "Sugar Palace", Houmas House Plantation. Lunch will be served in their elegant dining room, with genuine Cajun cuisine.

Then, enjoy a guided tour of the mansion with a guide dressed in Antebellum costume. After the tour, enjoy some free time to stroll around the splendid gardens, before you return to New Orleans. Sample Lunch Menu (subject to seasonal changes) Luncheon includes home-baked bread and butter, iced tea or soft drink, dessert, and coffee.  Choice of Entrees: Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad (gluten-free without croutons): Served with tender romaine lettuce, croutons, and parmesan cheese Crown Jewel Hamburger: Grilled 7oz burger topped with cheese, bacon, mayo, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, and onion served with French fries Shrimp Po Boy: Shrimp, crispy fried and served on New Orleans French bread with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and Creole mayonnaise Breast of Chicken (gluten-free without grits): Skin-on breast of chicken, served with stone-ground grits, roasted veggies and rum-spiked Houmas House beehive honey glaze Vegetarian Pasta: Veggies and baby heirloom tomatoes with fettuccine pasta and parmesan cheese Choice of Dessert: White Chocolate Bread Pudding Turtle Creole Cream Cheese Cheesecake

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Roundtrip transportation
  • Enthusiastic historian driver-guide
  • Small airboat tour of Louisiana swamps
  • Entrance fees to visit 2 plantation mansions
  • Gourmet lunch with soft drinks, coffee and tea
  • Taxes
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems

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Important information

What to bring

  • Face mask or protective covering

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Non-folding wheelchairs

Know before you go

  • This is a small group tour for up to 13 people
  • Tour departs rain or shine. Ponchos and golf umbrellas are provided for those who forget to bring their own
  • Tour vans cannot accommodate non-collapsible wheelchairs, however, they can accommodate those able to use a van seat or those who can carry collapsed wheelchairs and walkers
  • Tour involves limited walking around the 2 mansions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 27 reviews

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We really enjoyed our tour of the two plantations and the airboat. Our guide was Rene and as we drove to the various places, he talked a lot about the area and gave us interesting facts and history in an interactive way that was very enjoyable. The airboat was great! Our tour guide did a great mix of fast and slow through the swamp and pointed out all the wildlife including a wild hog and four alligators. One swam right up to the boat! Both plantation tours were very interesting, with a lot of the history and stories of how things were. The guide at the Laura house was very knowledgeable about the history including slavery and sugar cane growing. Houmas house was beautiful and was more like the plantations seen in movies. I felt showing both was good. My only complaint was that for the buffet lunch at Houmas house, online it mentioned some items as being gluten free, but at the house the staff told me only three were gluten free so my lunch was more limited than I had anticipated.

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March 26, 2023

By far the most outstanding thing we have done yet! Professional, funny and informative. Giselle was AMAZING! Learned so much on our to each place and on the way home! Personalized service by Isabelle and Giselle. The airboat and out guide rocked too and the plantations so informative and a glimpse into the past. Highly recommend for fun and history- it may not all be good history but all the more important. Lunch was delicious too!!! Do it. You will not be disappointed

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March 26, 2023

Hands-down best tour experience! Rene was a wonderful kind guide and we had a great time. Only tour on our vacation that was all three timely, informative, and professional. Isabelle and her team show genuine care and respect for you and your experience unlike other tour companies that make you feel more like cattle. You will not be disappointed!!

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March 26, 2023

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