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New Orleans: Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour

4.9 / 5

28 reviews

Activity provider: Gray Line New Orleans
Water activity

New Orleans: Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour

Activity provider: Gray Line New Orleans
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From US$ 119 per person

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Visit the Oak Alley Plantation, built in 1839, and learn about its history on this guided tour from New Orleans. Later, enjoy a swamp boat ride and discover the legend of the Rougarou werewolf.

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Duration 7.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Visit the Oak Alley Plantation, which dates back to 1839
  • See the plantation's alley of oak trees, each over 250 years old
  • Learn about Oak Alley's history, former uses, and residents
  • Take a boat ride across the Manchac Swamp
  • Hear stories of the legend of the Rougarou werewolf
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Meet your guide in New Orleans, then leave the city behind as you travel back in time to the Oak Alley Plantation.

Passing by the impressive Lake Pontchartrain. See the plantation's quarter-mile-long alley of oak trees, each over 250 years old, and the cypress trees which border the Mississippi River. Explore the plantation with your guide, and listen to stories of its history dating back to 1839. Learn about the site's former uses and residents, and visit the plantation's on-site exhibitions, Slavery at Oak Alley, Blacksmith Shop, and Sugarcane Theater, to learn more about its past.  Afterwards, travel past several of the area’s plantations as you head to the Manchac Swamp. Explore this privately-owned wildlife refuge, and hear about the legend of the Rougarou werewolf. Take a boat ride across the swamp, and get up close to alligators and other wildlife.

  • Transportation
  • Oak Alley admission
  • Swamp tour and admission
  • Gratuities
  • Food or drinks (available to purchase at the swamp)

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Meeting point

Meet at the Gray Line Lighthouse at 400 Toulouse Street, New Orleans (behind Jax Brewery). Please be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to tour departure to exchange your voucher for a boarding ticket.

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Not allowed

  • Video recording

Know before you go

  •  Tour vehicles are equipped for wheelchair storage. If wheelchairs collapse and fold, they can be placed in the storage compartment on the bus. If the wheelchair is a scooter, then special arrangements need to be made with the local partner for an accessible bus. This must be arranged 48 hours prior to the tour date. Contact details will be on your voucher
  •  Please note, due to the plantation’s historic nature, access to the second floor is by stairs only
  •  Please note, videography is not permitted inside the plantation
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4.9 /5

based on 28 reviews

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This tour is a must-do for those who visit NOLA for the first time. It's well organized and of great value. The plantation is such a beautiful yet heart-wrenching place, which I think every American should visit once to have an idea of what it wasl like back then. The swamp tour was fun. We got to see lots of swamp animals like gators (lots of them because of the warm weather we got), turtles, cranes and racoons. Both John and Tom are knowledgeable and have a great sense of humor. I also want to shout out to the driver lady who got us there and back safe and sound. All and all, we had a great time and were glad we took this tour. It was the highlight of our trip so far. I highly recommend this tour and the guide.

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December 8, 2022

An experience to do! The plantation is amazing, the guide (ours was John) was fantastic, he told us so many stories about the city and Nola's life. The stop in the marshes was then perfect to end the day with the view of a super preserved place with many animals.

August 12, 2022

If I could leave more than five stars I would; it was a memorable tour. The plantation is a breathtaking, timeless place. Plus the ability to pass on the historical message appropriate to what it represented. The swamp tour was quite an adventure. The icing on the cake was Dionne our guide from the coach at the two attractions. A volcano of passion, competence and affability. I recommend everyone to have this experience.

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July 28, 2022

Product ID: 397950