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Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans

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Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans

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icon4 hours  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Narrated boat cruise
Air-conditioned vehicle
Local guide
Local taxes
Gratuities
Snacks and refreshments available for purchase on boat
Gray Line New Orleans , 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Gray Line Lighthouse on the Steamboat NATCHEZ dock (Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River)

This activity will end right where it started.
Choose a morning or afternoon pickup from the French Quarter and climb aboard your coach for the ride deep into Cajun country. Watch the changing scenery as the cityscape transitions into expansive wetlands. You coach delivers you to the launch point across the Mississippi River, where you’ll transfer to an open‐sided, covered boat and set off on the fun and educational ride.

Your native guide will take you on a wildlife‐spotting expedition through this legendary Louisiana terrain. Glide along the water, viewing the lush greenery and abundant local wildlife, including nesting alligators, egrets, raccoons, snakes, and giant nutria. Some wildlife are more easily spotted during the warmer months of the year.  Get great photos and learn about the history and mystery of the swamps, including the culture and ingenuity of the Cajun people who have populated this region for almost 250 years. Your guides will share stories about Cajun music, bayou lifestyle, and culinary traditions — like the creation of Louisiana’s signature gumbo, as well as information about the region’s passionate efforts to preserve the wetlands.

Your coach returns to the French Quarter by mid‐afternoon or evening.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Mississippi River
After a short coach ride across the Mississippi River, embark on a fascinating 2-hour boat trip through the swamps and bayous of New Orleans.
Pass By:  
Barataria Preserve
You will travel through the Barataria Preserve, part of the Jean Lafitte National Park & Preserve system. The preserve offers a taste of Louisiana's wild wetlands, protecting 23,000 acres of bayous, swamps, marshes and forests.
Pass By:  
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
Barataria Preserve is part of the Jean Lafitte National Park & Preserve system, which preserves significant examples of the natural and cultural resources of the Mississippi Delta region.
Stop At:  
Adventures of Jean Lafitte
Enjoy your swamp cruise narrated by local captain.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • In order to help preserve the French Quarter from vehicular traffic, it is requested that you please walk, if possible, to the convenient tour departure point - just a short stroll from most downtown hotels
  • Tour vehicles are equipped for wheelchair storage. If wheelchairs collapse and fold, they can be placed in the storage compartment on the bus
  • Electrical wheelchairs are permitted, but special arrangements need to be made with the supplier for a handicap-accessible bus. This must be arranged 72 hours prior to tour date. Contact details will be on your voucher.
  • Unfortunately, electrical scooters are not permitted
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line New Orleans
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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the departure point for the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:The tour begins at the Gray Line "Lighthouse" Ticket Office in the French Quarter at Toulouse Street & the Mississippi River - at the Steamboat Natchez Dock (400 Toulouse Street.)
Jun 2021
Q:
Is there parking near the departure point for the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:There are public parking lots on Decatur Street that charge hourly rates. Some require prepayment through an automated kiosk on site. The parking lot closest to the tour departure point is Jax Lot # P401, 500 Decatur St.
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I wear during the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:Casual, comfortable attire is best. Please wear comfortable shoes! Please avoid tank tops, cut-offs, or short shorts.
Jun 2021
Q:
What type of boat is used during the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:This tour uses a comfortable, custom-built pontoon boat that is safe for the fragile local ecosystem.
Jun 2021
Q:
How long is the actual cruise during the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:The cruise is approximately 2 hours long.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my camera on the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:Absolutely! Bring your camera to capture the “bon temps” (good times) on the bayou!
Jun 2021
Q:
Is food available during the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:Yes, snacks and refreshments are available for purchase.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans handicap accessible?
A:Yes, however, be sure to list any special needs in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout and call the local operator at least 72 hours prior to your tour date to confirm suitable arrangements.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans.

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  • "Part of the trip the water came over the front floor of the boat, so be watchful of leaving your items on the floor." See review
  • "The inside of the boat floor got a little wet, so be careful of the shoes you wear." See review
  • "Gotta see a lot of wildlife and it's was worth it." See review

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star-5
Fun trip outside the city
Jane_T
, Aug 2022
This is a fabulous tour from NOLA to the bayou south of town. Easy to find meeting place and a top notch bus start the tour on a positive note. Shows that there is much more to this area than just the city. Swamp ride is fun and informative.
star-5
Fun experience
StehanieNichole_R
, Aug 2022
Great guide! Keep your eyes open - so much to see. Learning experience for all ages. Expect to get wet!
star-5
We enjoyed it!!
Peter_W
, Aug 2022
Lots of the reviews here are negative but honestly it was really really nice. The boat ride was not boring at all, our guide was really great and knowledgeable and it truly felt like people in the area including the tour company love the animals/environment and want to protect them. Yes they are feeding marshmallow but not a huge amount is given. The tour was based on the environment and the effect of the hurricane that were quite devastating.
star-3
Good gators, loud airboats
Nathanael_B
, Aug 2022
Seeing the gators was cool, but the airboats from the other companies were obnoxiously loud and seem to drive off the wildlife. It would be nice if there were some way to avoid those airboats!
star-2
Disappointing not worth the $
Mervyn_M
, Aug 2022
Very disappointing, the tour operator and guides were friendly and professional however the tour itself was very boring. More like a river cruise up some very wide boring river to see one or two alligators then a boring look at an old cemetery and then back to dock the boat. You don't actually go into any swamps, just bobbing around looking at nothing and trying to make it sound exciting. The other passengers I spoke to agreed. Even the airboats had the same experience. We chose to do this over the Florida Everglades, wish we hadn't.
star-1
The most horrible and...
Inna_R
, Jul 2022
The most horrible and ridiculous tour ever. Don’t waste your money. You are not gonna see any alligators or other stuff as they promise
star-4
Nice family trip. Well organized. Gotta do it once.
Pamela_L
, Jul 2022
Our bus driver, Alton, was great! Fun and friendly. Informative and accommodating. He made the trip fun. Our boat guide was not as friendly.
star-3
Family Time
Tritobia_G
, Jul 2022
Seems the alligator. Wish we could have seen more than 2 but it was still good. Our tour guide wasn’t talkative enough either.
star-5
A well organized event and an amazing experience!
Neha_R
, Jul 2022
The entire experience was worthwhile. We used the Grayline service for the transport to and back from the French quarters. The driver, Kin, was amazing and acted as a tour guide giving us information about the amazing city. The captain was equally knowledgeable about the river and alligators. Overall, had a great experience at the swamp and bayou at New Orleans.
star-5
Great tour
Ronald_E
, Jul 2022
Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly highly recommended. Plan on coming back to do the air boat ride the next time
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
We will welcome you back
star-5
Great driver and tour guide
Paul_K
, Jul 2022
Seeing the crocodiles close up, about 6 feet from the boat! Great experience as we don’t see too many crocodiles in London
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
No crocodiles in London?
star-3
The tour was kinda boring...
Latesha_H
, Jul 2022
The tour was kinda boring but our boat driver was the best. He gave us a great breakdown on the history and feed the gators so we could see them.
star-2
Nice but not special scenery. Opportunity lost without commentary on vegetation, birdlike etc
Peter_B
, Jul 2022
Some nice scenery but without a commentary for context I can see this for kms along many roads. Saw alligators because they feed them marshmallows- a no no for us. Noisy air boats all around us.
star-5
Loved it!
Iris_M
, Jul 2022
I loved the boat, tour guide, presentation, professional and above all the experience! Very detailed presentation and humble staff! This is a must do if you come to NOLA!!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Our staff aims to please.
star-4
Good tour
Arthur_A
, Jul 2022
Good swamp tour - tour guide was very knowledgeable. Better than the airboat tour - quieter ride, plus there was a canopy which was a definite plus when it started to rain.
star-5
Swamp the best
Evans_C
, Jul 2022
It was awesome and I loved the tour guide. They know so much history about the New Orleans. I will Definitely recommend swamp and bayou to my family and friends.
star-5
Swamptacular Tour
Brianne_J
, Jul 2022
The swamp/ bayou tour was relaxing and exciting. I was able to enjoy the breeze with my eyes closed, while rolling on the Mississippi River. The guided tour was entertaining and the music was delightfully fitting. I saw approximately 6 alligators which was indeed exciting!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Brianne we appreciate the fun review
star-5
Seeing the alligators and...
yolanda_W
, Jul 2022
Seeing the alligators and the swamp was amazing and peaceful. I will recommend this tour to learn the history and mysteries of the swamp and bayou. A 5 star experience.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for the 5 star rating
star-3
Not much nature or wildlife
Arnd_K
, Jul 2022
Very talkative, friendly and funny bus driver. Swamp tour was a bit disappointing, alligators were lured with march mellows. Almost no birds, Guide could not tell Blue Herin from vulture. Quite boring except for the bus ride.
star-5
GREAT DAY
Traci_G
, Jul 2022
Played oldies and classic rock when not telling us stories of the area and bayou. Great tour for the price!!

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