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Small-Group Airboat and Plantations Tour with Gourmet Lunch from New Orleans
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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

Go beyond the French Quarter and discover the unique Cajun and Creole cultures of New Orleans during this full-day swamp and plantation tour. Venture deep into the bayous, with a small group limited to 12, to see Cajun living and spot wildlife like alligators and pelicans on your high-speed airboat ride. Then, admire the beautiful architecture and learn about the history of Houmas House and Laura Plantation. Gourmet, unlimited buffet lunch at Houmas House is included.
  • Discover Creole and Cajun culture on a full-day tour from New Orleans
  • Enjoy a thrilling airboat tour through the winding bayous in remote cypress swamps
  • Savor an elegant lunch at at a traditional Southern plantation
  • Visit Houmas House and Laura Plantation

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This deluxe tour fits in a high-speed airboat ride, two of Louisiana's best-preserved plantations, plus an elegant lunch.
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Fast and fun airboat tour
Gourmet, unlimited buffet lunch at Houmas House
Tour of Houmas House and Laura Plantation
Hotel pickup with exact pickup time provided
Transport by 14-passenger air-conditioned van with live narration
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8:00 AM

Please arrive 30 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

Must be centrally located, contact local supplier to confirm pick up point. Supplier will contact you to give an exact pick up time the day before your tour.
Your full‐day swamp and plantation tour begins with morning pickup from your downtown New Orleans hotel. Make sure to grab coffee and breakfast before boarding, then take in the idyllic scenery as you ride over the Mississippi River and deep into Cajun country.

A Cajun guide awaits at the water’s edge to take you on a thrilling wildlife‐spotting expedition through remote cypress swamps.  Along the way, hear fascinating information about the area and its wildlife population including reptile habits, healing plants, and exotic birds. Get great up‐close photos and learn about the history and mystery of the swamps and the Cajun people.

After your airboat tour, head to Laura Plantation and hear personal stories of the men, women and children who lived there. Explore the West-African influence on the architecture and traditions of the Creole culture.

Continue on to Houmas House and enjoy onboard commentary about the antebellum south. Tuck into a delicious elegant lunch before your tour of the plantation.
Itinerary
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You'll start your day driving out to Cajun Country, where you'll go through wild cypress swamps, over the Mississippi River on an impressive suspended bridge, and along vast sugarcane fields, as the guide tells a unique story of the odyssey of the Cajun people. Next take a thrilling high-speed airboat ride as you comfortably glide over marshes and into deep, secluded bayous. Your Cajun guide, also an alligator hunter and fur trapper, will share his knowledge of the swamp including reptile habits, healing plants, and exotic birds. After your ride, explore his picturesque swamp zoo on Bayou Boeuf.
Stop At:  
Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site
Discover Laura, an 1804 Creole Plantation and learn about Laura's personal family saga. See how the West-African enslaved's work influenced all segments of the Creole culture, best seen today in cuisine, music, family-centered traditions, architecture and life-style. At Laura's Slavery Museum Exhibit, hear personal stories of individual men, women and children who lived there, illustrating how the lives of the enslaved, both Créole and American, were intertwined with those of their owners.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Houmas House and Gardens
After a short drive from Laura Plantation, you'll settle into a seated lunch in Houmas House' elegant dining room. After lunch, walk through the 250 year history of this estate and how a succession of owners and the Mississippi River grew this modest manor house into the estate it is today. A collection of art, furniture, and antique artifacts help tell the story of plantation life. 38 acres of gardens surround the mansion.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Service animals are permitted. Please advise at time of booking to arrange accommodations
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking in the special requirements field
  • Tour operates in all weather conditions. Umbrellas and rain ponchos are available for use if guests forget their own. If a tour cannot operate due to inclement weather you will be notified
  • Due to the nature of the airboat, children under the age of 5, pregnant women, people with back or neck issues or recent surgeries are not allowed to participate in the airboat portion of the tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tours by Isabelle
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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small-Group Airboat and Plantations Tour with Gourmet Lunch from New Orleans?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Airboat and Plantations Tour with Gourmet Lunch from New Orleans.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Airboat and Plantations Tour with Gourmet Lunch from New Orleans?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Traveler Tips


  • "Check it out if you have a chance, especially if you love the outdoors and Southern history." See review
  • "Apparently, alligators do not like the cold and stay under water, so if it cool weather and you want to see alligators, probably shouldn't go during fall, cool weather." See review

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star-5
Birthday day weekend
Alice_M
, Nov 2021
The most memorable was swamp tour my husband enjoyed the most. It was interesting to know the history or the plantation tour
star-5
Gisele was amazing, and made the tour worth the time.
Mark_W
, Nov 2021
Did the airboat tour with two plantation visits, and enjoyed it very much. The airboat trip was nice, but was looking more for the grip your seat and hang on for dear life kind of ride. The water level was kinda low, and it was dang cold out, so I can understand why we weren’t going too fast, and stopping frequently to look at nothing. The Lara plantation was lack-luster in my opinion. Cool history with it though. The Houma house plants was amazing!! From the house to the grounds, to the trees, this place was what I had envisioned of an old plantation home. Our guide was Gisele, and this woman was a walking library of everything that had ever happened in this area!! Wow!!! This is one of the most knowledgeable Guides that I have ever met, and a funny sense of humor. She made the whole experience very enjoyable, and I would recommend asking for her personally, because it was very apparent that she loves the history of this city, and knows a whole lot about it all. A great guide!!
star-5
Enjoyable day with a fantastic guide
Krystyna_B
, Nov 2021
I was impressed with Isabelle's company from our first interaction. We were kept well informed through clear text messages. I was delighted that we could be picked up from our Airbnb. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Giselle. She is professional, knowledgable, and just plain delightful! The airboat ride was fun. Lindy at the Laura plantation gave an incredible tour. Lunch at Houmas House was delicious and plentiful. A fantastic day - highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you so much! I will forward your nice comments to everyone! Cordially, IsabelleC.
star-5
Gréât tour!! Highly recommend!
Angela_H
, Nov 2021
This was a very well planned, organized yet relaxing tour of the bayou and a couple of plantations. Our teenagers loved it too!
star-3
Two really good and one not good.
Andrea_K
, Nov 2021
The Airboat was great the Laura plantation was really informative. The Houma House was just not as great. Would much prefer something else that is unique and more historic. I noticed a few “homages” to the confederacy and don’t feel it is appropriate. Had a few other complaints as well, too much for this review. Would not recommend the Haumahouse. The others, yes.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you for your review Ms Andrea, I am so glad you thought the Airboat part of the tour was great and that Laura Plantation was good and informative as well. I am sorry you did not like Houmas House and found some of its artifacts and historical items offensive. We do tour several other unique historical plantations as well, such as Whitney Plantation and its Museum of Slavery, Felicity and St Joseph Plantations where "Twelve Years a Slave" was filmed. Please call us next time you are in NOLA as we'd love to have you on one of these tours next time. Isabelle C.
star-5
The whole day was very...
darcel48423
, Nov 2021
The whole day was very well organized. The airboat ride was a fun adventure. We saw a lot of wild life up close, and learned many new things about the swamp and plantation life. The gourmet lunch was delicious. Our main tour guide shared a lot of New Orleans history. She also saw to our comfort and enjoyment of our day! Thank you
star-5
Fun and informative day!
Michelle_S
, Oct 2021
My husband I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. We loved the mix of swamp airboat rude and two completely different styles of plantations. Rene did a fabulous job and along with having fun we learned some historical things that we were not aware of. Rene also shared favorite restaurants, bars and jazz clubs. I highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you Ms Michelle, I am so glad you had such a great fun time! I will share your nice comment with René. Yes indeed: history and fun are a great mix, with a spattering of information as to where to hear the best music, and eat some of NOLA's famous wonderful food! Please come on down to visit us again very soon! Isabelle C.
star-5
Go on this complete tour!
Maxxwell_S
, Oct 2021
Gisele, our tour guide was amazing! Kept the conversations going, gave great stories about the area as well as her own experiences. Renee (Laura Plantation), for being a young lady she knew a mountain of information. She was articulate, friendly, and a great tour guide. The Houmas House lunch was so good!!! Staff is so friendly and felt like I was a part of the family. The Home tour had so much to offer with history as well as a nice part regarding an honorable man who freed his slaves. The Ragin Cajun group gave us a great time on the airboat ride. We saw tons of gators and the boat capt made sure we not only got the fast ride, but also the leisure bit to not miss out on the wildlife.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Llooking for something terrific? This is even better.
Victor_B
, Aug 2021
This tour consisted of three parts; an airboat tour of the swamp in the morning, a visit to Laura plantation in the early afternoon, and visit to Houmas House in the mid-afternoon. The airboat tour was a blast and Rodney, our captain, was informative and funny. We learned a lot about the ecology of the swamp and the different plants and animals, especially the alligators, who came right up to the side of the boat. Touring Laura plantation gave us a very real look back at the wealth and brutality of life on a sugarcane plantation. Our guide, Logan, really helped to drive the experience home. At our final stop, Houmas House, we had a wonderful buffet lunch. We explored the grounds which included an oriental garden, the alley of oaks, and even a walk to the top of a levee with a view of the Mississippi. During the entire trip, our tour guide Giselle was fun, welcoming and engaging. She tied everything together with a beautiful bow. I really can't say enough good things about this experience. It exceeded our expectations and I would recommend it one hundred percent.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Oh my goodness, Victor, what a great description of our Grand tour! We will forward your nice compliments to Rodney, to Logan and to the management at Houmas House...And of course to our guide: Gisele! Thank you ! Please come back our way very soon! Isabelle C.
star-5
Best money spent
Dustin_S
, Aug 2021
Best money spent all trip. They kept it exciting while educating you at the same time. And the lunch is amazing!!
1 traveler found this review helpful

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