Swamp / Plantation Combo Tour
This tour combines the best of New Orleans sightseeing tours with the excitement of the Bayou and the luxury of Oak Alley Plantation. Step out of the present and into the past by stepping onto the grounds of Oak Alley Plantation. The 1839 plantation features Greek-revival style architecture. This National Historic Landmark is located on 25 acres of sprawling land and features a gift shop and Oak Alley Restaurant. This tour will take you on a guided visit to the plantation and will entertain you with the captivating stories surrounding the home and its history.
Then it's back to the present where you'll be whisked from the luxury of the plantation to the raw beauty of nature on the swamplands and bayou. You'll take an amazing boat trip into the famous swamps and bayou of Louisiana. Your guides will take you for the ride of your life as they explain the mysteries of the area as you soar through the water in a custom swamp boat. After your ride, you'll sit down to an amazing wildlife show that features local animals like alligators, snakes, snapping turtles, and nutria. Have a blast as you learn the efforts Louisiana is making to preserve native wetlands, how the Cajuns created gumbo out of soup, and other amazing local facts. And keep an eye out for alligators!
About Oak Alley Plantation
Located along the Mississipi River, the Oak Alley plantation was built in 1837 and was named the Oak Alley plantation due to its 800-foot row of southern oak trees that lead to the main house which were planted long before the house was built in the early 18th century. The first owner was Valcour Aime, a French Creole that grew sugarcane and was known as one of the wealthiest men of the South. He soon traded the property to Jacques Roman, his brother-in-law. Roman began building the mansion and completed it in 1839. After Roman died in 1848, many owners could not afford the upkeep of the property and by the 1920s the house was in need of major restoration. The property was acquired in 1925 by Andrew and Josephine Stewart and they began to majorly restore the house and they were the very last residences of the house before it was given to the Oak Alley Foundation in 1972 when Josephine passed away.
About Bayou Manchac
The Bayou Manchac is over 18-miles long and is located in the southeast area of Louisiana. It was originally named the Iberville River by the French discoverers. This bayou is a very important waterway in Louisiana as it links both the Amite River and Mississippi River. They originally tried to navigate the swamp for a shortcut between the two rivers in the early days of discoveries but most attempts had failed.
- What is included in the admission price?
Includes admission to the Oak Alley Plantation and a guided swamp tour.
- What methods of transportation does the Swamp / Plantation Combo Tour use?
The tour uses a Gray Line tour bus to get to the plantation and boat to traverse through the swamp.
- Approximately how long does the Swamp / Plantation Combo Tour last?
It lasts approximately 5 1/2 Hours.
- For what ages is the tour appropriate?
Appropriate for all ages.
- What type of dress & footwear are recommended?
Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.
- Where does the Swamp / Plantation Combo Tour depart from?
The tour departs from the Gray Line ticket office in the French Quarter at 400 Toulouse Street New Orleans, LA 70130
- Is photography / video recording allowed on the Swamp / Plantation Combo Tour?
Both photography and video cameras are permitted. But no video is allowed inside the plantation home.
- Is the Swamp / Plantation Combo Tour handicap accessible?
Yes, please submit any requests to the Gray Line tour at least 48 hours in advance of your tour so they can supply a vehicle with wheelchair access.