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Small-Group Airboat and Plantations Tour with Gourmet Lunch from New Orleans

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Go beyond the French Quarter and discover the unique Cajun and Creole cultures of New Orleans during this full-day swamp and plantation tour. Venture deep into the bayous, with a small group limited to 12, to see Cajun living and spot wildlife like alligators and pelicans on your high-speed airboat ride. Then, admire the beautiful architecture and learn about the history of Houmas House and Laura Plantation. Gourmet, unlimited buffet lunch at Houmas House is included.
  • Discover Creole and Cajun culture on a full-day tour from New Orleans
  • Enjoy a thrilling airboat tour through the winding bayous in remote cypress swamps
  • Savor an elegant lunch at at a traditional Southern plantation
  • Visit Houmas House and Laura Plantation

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This deluxe tour fits in a high-speed airboat ride, two of Louisiana's best-preserved plantations, plus an elegant lunch.
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Fast and fun airboat tour
Gourmet, unlimited buffet lunch at Houmas House
Tour of Houmas House and Laura Plantation
Hotel pickup with exact pickup time provided
Transport by 14-passenger air-conditioned van with live narration

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8:00 AM
Must be centrally located, contact local supplier to confirm pick up point. Supplier will contact you to give an exact pick up time the day before your tour.
Your full‐day swamp and plantation tour begins with morning pickup from your downtown New Orleans hotel. Make sure to grab coffee and breakfast before boarding, then take in the idyllic scenery as you ride over the Mississippi River and deep into Cajun country.

A Cajun guide awaits at the water’s edge to take you on a thrilling wildlife‐spotting expedition through remote cypress swamps.  Along the way, hear fascinating information about the area and its wildlife population including reptile habits, healing plants, and exotic birds. Get great up‐close photos and learn about the history and mystery of the swamps and the Cajun people.

After your airboat tour, head to Laura Plantation and hear personal stories of the men, women and children who lived there. Explore the West-African influence on the architecture and traditions of the Creole culture.

Continue on to Houmas House and enjoy onboard commentary about the antebellum south. Tuck into a delicious elegant lunch before your tour of the plantation.
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You'll start your day driving out to Cajun Country, where you'll go through wild cypress swamps, over the Mississippi River on an impressive suspended bridge, and along vast sugarcane fields, as the guide tells a unique story of the odyssey of the Cajun people. Next take a thrilling high-speed airboat ride as you comfortably glide over marshes and into deep, secluded bayous. Your Cajun guide, also an alligator hunter and fur trapper, will share his knowledge of the swamp including reptile habits, healing plants, and exotic birds. After your ride, explore his picturesque swamp zoo on Bayou Boeuf.
Stop At:  
Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site
Discover Laura, an 1804 Creole Plantation and learn about Laura's personal family saga. See how the West-African enslaved's work influenced all segments of the Creole culture, best seen today in cuisine, music, family-centered traditions, architecture and life-style. At Laura's Slavery Museum Exhibit, hear personal stories of individual men, women and children who lived there, illustrating how the lives of the enslaved, both Créole and American, were intertwined with those of their owners.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Houmas House and Gardens
After a short drive from Laura Plantation, you'll settle into a seated lunch in Houmas House' elegant dining room. After lunch, walk through the 250 year history of this estate and how a succession of owners and the Mississippi River grew this modest manor house into the estate it is today. A collection of art, furniture, and antique artifacts help tell the story of plantation life. 38 acres of gardens surround the mansion.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Service animals are permitted. Please advise at time of booking to arrange accommodations
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking in the special requirements field
  • Tour operates in all weather conditions. Umbrellas and rain ponchos are available for use if guests forget their own. If a tour cannot operate due to inclement weather you will be notified
  • Due to the nature of the airboat, children under the age of 5, pregnant women, people with back or neck issues or recent surgeries are not allowed to participate in the airboat portion of the tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tours by Isabelle
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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Airboat and Plantations Tour with Gourmet Lunch from New Orleans?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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  • "Check it out if you have a chance, especially if you love the outdoors and Southern history." See review
  • "Apparently, alligators do not like the cold and stay under water, so if it cool weather and you want to see alligators, probably shouldn't go during fall, cool weather." See review

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Good times!
, Jul 2022
Our guide Steve as well as Isabell from Isabelle’s tour company provided exceptional service and knowledgeable throughout the experience!
Great tour
, Jul 2022
What a trip. Everything we were hoping for and even more. Our guide Rene was awesome. Gained a new appreciation for the area.
Excellent tour by Isabelle
, Jul 2022
If this is your interest book the tour! the owner Isabelle was in contact with us from the very start, they were on time for pick up and provided lots of information on New Orleans and the Plantations. We had a wonderful day with the tour guide Rene.
Very knowledgeable tour...
, Jun 2022
Very knowledgeable tour guides to put you in the reflected period of time. Thanks to John our driver.
Excellent tour
, May 2022
Tour of the Laura Plantation and Houmas house were the highlights of our trip. Of course, the tour guide at the plantation was extremely knowledgeable. Steve, our driver was punctual, friendly and also knowledgeable about the history of the city and food. Must also add, the lunch at the Houmas house was very good, offering a variety of Cajun and Creole food.
A great day to taste the best of New Orleans
, May 2022
Isabelle runs a great tour and Gisele our guide was amazing, energetic and very funny. The food was amazing. We loved our day trip a great way to get a good taste of New Orleans and also Louisiana.
Airboat ride and River road.
, May 2022
Giselle was such a wonderful tour guide. She was informative, funny and ready to answer any questions. I was raised in Northern Louisiana and my wife was born in New Orleans. We learned things we never knew. What a great day we had.
Fantastic! A “must do!”
, May 2022
This tour was everything it promised and more! Our tour guide Gisele was amazing! She was so sweet, funny, and extremely informative! Most importantly the owner of the tour, Isabelle, was SO accommodating. We had an emergency back at home and missed the bus. She stayed in touch with us every step of the way until we were able to meet up with the tour!!
, Apr 2022
This was by far the best day of our trip to New Orleans. From the second we were picked up at our hotel (right on time) we felt welcomed by our tour guide Renee. He was WONDERFUL!!! He was so funny and so kind he made the van trips a fun experience. He was also so knowledgeable about everything…from the places we passed to the history of the city, he had stories and facts about everything. Our airboat tour was also incredible. We had so much fun with Dalton and he taught us a lot about the land and all the critters in it. Both plantation tours were so interesting, and our guides made the experience out of this world amazing. The grounds were some of the most beautiful places I have ever seen and both plantation homes were full of history. The stories told about the slaves and the people that lives in these homes brought tears to my eyes more than once. Tours by Isabell was the best company to work with and they kept me informed with all the detail up to the day before or excursion. This was truly one of the best experiences we could ask for as tourists to the area and I can’t speak highly enough about the company, or guide/driver Renee (SERIOUSLY HE WAS THE BEST) and, our overall experience.
Wonderful day! Our guide...
, Apr 2022
Wonderful day! Our guide Steve was very accommodating. Our tour guides were very knowledgeable. Isabelle is the best!!
Delightful tour
, Apr 2022
This was a great experience overall. It gave the opportunity to see rural Louisiana. The food was excellent. The highlight of the trip was the swamp tour on the airboats, but the entire trip was delightful.
, Apr 2022
The guides were phenomenal! We so enjoyed the quiet morning on the air boat - such peaceful experience in the nature. When we returned, other tours were arriving, so it felt very special to be alone in the morning with just our small tour. The guide at the Laura plantation was not just telling the stories, she was acting them out, dramatically, in a funny way, with lots of energy. Superb!! The last guide also was very fun. Lunch was delicious. And everything we learned while driving to and from from our guide Steve, was excellent. 100% well done!
Glad we did it.
, Apr 2022
Awesome adventure with a great tour guide. Learned a lot, must do experience. My favorite was the swamp and Laura House tours, with the wonderful lunch at the Dixie Cafe.
Great day exploring!
, Apr 2022
Great day with the family! Air boat, various plantations and a great lunch! All of us enjoyed the info shared while driving between locations. Great tour!!
Wonderful day spent learning and playing
, Mar 2022
SO interesting and a beatiful day! Tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the history. Driveline recommend! Airboats are too cool!
Great value for full day's experience
, Mar 2022
John, our driver is so knowledgeable, as were the plantation’s tour guides, which made our entire experience fun and educational. Didn’t see any gators on the bayou, it was a bit cold, but still a fun airboat ride.
Awesome Tour Package
, Feb 2022
This was such an awesome experience. Our driver was the best. We had a great time. Plantation Tour guides were very knowledgeable and fun on the tour. We highly recommend this package. Great value for the money.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thank you so much Miss Cindy, we will pass along the compliments! We hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in New Orleans and happy Mardi Gras! Isabelle
The plantation tour
, Feb 2022
The plantation tour was amazing with all the history!! The guides were all extremely knowledgeable and answered all of our questions.
Yes yes yes!
, Feb 2022
We had a wonderful time and especially loved our guide for the day, Guisele, and our airboat captain and plantation guides! Food was excellent as well! Would highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thank you so much Ms Elizabeth! I will forward your awesome review to all concerned! It was our pleasure to give you your Grand tour. Please come back soon to NOLA ! Isabelle C.
Great tour guide
, Jan 2022
Our tour guide was Gisele. She was great and so knowledgeable of the history. Our group was great and we had the best time!! Thank you ! We hope to be back again soon!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Awesome, thank you Ms Monica! We hope you come back to NOLA soon as well! Isabelle C.

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