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Swamp Boat Ride and Southern Plantation Tour from New Orleans

By: Gray Line
  • 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
Swamp Boat Ride and Southern Plantation Tour from New Orleans
From US$89.00
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Standard Tour 1:00pm
Regular tour pricing; Tour departs at 1:00pm
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Standard Tour 11:00am
11:00am Departure
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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.
What to Expect
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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Mansions and Swamps

Took the tour in May 2018. Very interesting tour. Saw life inside and outside the mansion. Very interesting and worthwhile tour. The swamp was interesting as well. The boat Captain had many live examples of swamp species that we could handle. John the tour guide...More

Thank William H
Reviewed 1 week ago
Fun time!

This tour was a lot of fun. The only thing I wish was different was the amount of people they put on the tour. There were about 40 people with us, which seemed too much in my opinion. I get they wanting to maximize the...More

Thank dalzell8
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved our afternoon- knowledgeable guides on the bus, plantation tour and boat. We saw plenty of alligators as well as raccoons and birds. Great value for money!

Thank Kate F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Excellent and highly recommendable Tour

We had John as our tour guide with Grayline. He was excellent and very knowledgeable. You could tell that he really studied the history and background of the different attractions. He was great fun. Brandon was our boat captain. What a treat it was to...More

1  Thank Arthur T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Swamp boat and plantation

This was a great excursion!!! Ryan, our interpreter, was full of knowledge and made the trip fun! It was a great way to get out of town and see more of Louisiana! The plantation portion was interesting with the most beautiful grounds! The swamp tour...More

1  Thank Cindy K
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8 April 2018|
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Response from AmyRJamesH | Reviewed this property |
We departed at 11:30am and got back around 4-4:30 if I remember correctly. So yes, about 5-6 hours. Seems long but you wont be bored!
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