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After boarding an air-conditioned coach in the French Quarter, follow the Lake Pontechartrain shoreline to Destrehan Plantation, the oldest plantation in the lower Mississippi Valley. Tour the carefully restored French colonial mansion with a costumed guide, learning about former inhabitants and the southern sugar cane industry. You'll also have a chance to explore the gardens and a museum dedicated to the 1811 slave revolt.

Continue on to the Manchac Swamp for a wildlife tour in a covered boat that provides protection from weather in all seasons. Learn about swamp culture and the endangered ecosystem from a guide as you look for alligators, raccoons, snakes, birdlife, and giant rodents. The swamp is privately owned, so you don't have to worry about crowds.

Return to the convenient French Quarter drop-off point in the late afternoon or evening.
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Destrehan Plantation
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Experience the wilds of the Louisiana swamp plus hear the fascinating history of a Southern plantation all in one day with this great-value combo tour. Visit Destrehan Plantation, the oldest of its kind in the region, where you’ll learn about antebellum life while touring the restored mansion and grounds. Then ride in a covered boat through Manchac Swamp, a privately owned habitat for alligators, egrets, and other wildlife.
  • Get a dose of southern antebellum culture and swamp life in one day
  • Tour the historic Destrehan Plantation with a costumed guide
  • Glide through a private Louisiana swamp on a wildlife-watching boat
  • Get outside of New Orleans without renting a car; transport is included
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
A good combo

It was interesting but I wasn't wow'd like I'd hoped to be. The plantation tour left much to be desired. Many items were not authentic. The presentation was flat with a lot of hesitation. Ryan the tour guy on the bus was entertaining. Captain Allen...More

Thank 3philo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

These are must do tours while in New Orleans! The tour guides are knowledgeable and funny. Perfect mix of history and interesting facts. Highly recommend!

Thank Tyler S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
I got to hold baby alligator

Our tour guide, Brandon, made the boat trip fun and exciting with the anecdotes about the swamp. He was funny and serious. He made sure that we all had the opportunity to hold some swamp animals.

Thank Jennifer B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Great day out

Went on this tour today the swamp tour with our guide Justin was awesome we got to see gators and hear about the bayous and loved the ride in the fan boat had the small boat as there was 8 in our party. Then on...More

Thank Tanya D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
A great tour

We had Billijo as our guide and really knowledgeable and friendly, very enthusiastic. The plantation house was amazing to see and learn the history then the swap tour was great fun with plenty to see

Thank Lucy W
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Prashant S
26 July 2018|
Response from Rebecca S | Reviewed this property |
If it’s early October then yes, but it’s mid to late October, you might not see any because they hibernate from November-March.
Nicole B
7 July 2018|
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Response from 718trix | Reviewed this property |
Yes the voucher redemption kiosk is at end of Toulouse right before you get to Natchez steam boat.
Megan T
5 June 2018|
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Response from Scott O | Reviewed this property |
There is a Grey Lines ticket kiosk at the boarding area for the Natchez steamboat, on the waterfront at the end of Toulouse St, across from the Shops at Jax Brewery building, about 1 block upriver from Jackson Square. It's... More
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