Guided Combo Tour: Oak Alley, Laura Plantation and Honey Island Swamp
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
- Guided plantations tour: Spend the day along the old Mississippi River Road, visiting Louisiana’s most famous plantations and engage with highly-knowledgeable guides, dressed in full antebellum-era outfits, who are ready to teach you the history and significance of these beautiful monuments.
- Laura, a Creole Plantation: Built in 1805, this historic landmark ran as a sugarcane plantation for 180 years, and has a unique history–stemming from the four women who owned it. Stroll through the “Big House”, slave quarters, and marvel at the glorious views.
- Oak Alley Plantation: Deriving its name from the spectacular quarter mile tunnel of 28 oak trees, that frame the plantation as you approach, this magnificent mansion is definitely a must-see destination with its stunning views of the Mississippi River.
- Guided Honey Island Swamp boat tour: Hop aboard an eco-friendly, 22-passenger water craft and cruise down the murky Louisiana Bayou! Considered to be one of the most pristine swampland habitats remaining in the United States, this marshland’s 70,000 acres house an array of protected wildlife such as wild boars, water snakes, eagles, owls, and bears.
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off included: You needn’t worry about getting lost! We pick you up from your hotel, and take you where you need to go. Simply let us know the name and address of your hotel, during booking, and we’ll make sure a GoBe guide is there to meet you.
- Bring the little ones: Tour is suitable for children of all ages, and children 3 and under are free and don't require a reservation.
About This New Orleans Tour
The Laura and Oak Alley plantations are the result of humans making their mark on nature. In the early 19th century, settlers found Louisiana’s fertile riverfront soil to be the perfect habitat to grow and harvest sugarcane, one of the most important cash crops of the era.
Not long after came the plantations. The boxy buildings surrounded by columns and neat fences are typical of the antebellum-style construction that was popular with southern landowners. Though the structures are similar and both face the mighty Mississippi, they maintain individuality: Laura’s main house built on brick columns and Oak Alley’s namesake row of centuries-old oak trees are defining characteristics of these architectural gems.
The second part of this exciting combination package is decidedly un-human: a boat ride through Honey Swamp, one of the most undisturbed areas of wetland in the region. Other than your helpful guide and fellow travelers, there’s nothing but swampy waters, wild flora, and some of the most exciting animals on this side of the Mississippi.
It’s tough to choose which dimension of New Orleans is more fascinating – the storied plantations still bursting with southern charm and cultural history, or the rugged swamps that make up one of the most distinct wildlife habitats in the country. The good news is, on this exciting combination experience, you won’t have to choose.
Legendary Creole pianist Antoine “Fats” Domino was born to the descendants of Louisiana slaves: his grandparents worked on plantations just outside of New Orleans, and for a time, Fats’ parents actually lived in a cluster of buildings that were once slave quarters at Laura Plantation. When Hurricane Katrina rocked New Orleans in 2005, Domino’s family home was flooded and rumors of his passing swept the media – luckily, the famous R&B performer was okay, and efforts to rebuild the home began soon after.
Please meet in the lobby/reception area of your hotel. Be sure to indicate the name of your hotel at check-out so we know where to meet you. Your guide will be holding a sign with GoBe or your name on it.
You will be visiting 2 different plantations. No food is included in this tour but you will have free time at each for snack purchases. Tours may be taken on the same day or different days. However, during Daylight Saving Time, same day touring for this combination may not be available. Please ask for details. As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind.
Prepare for approx. 2 miles of walking with an easy pace. Expect uneven surfaces, steps and inclines. All venues may not be fully accessible. Bring assistance if your mobility is limited or you use a wheelchair. Must enter/exit boat without assistance.
Boat Tour, Cultural, Scenic, Family Friendly, Wilderness/Wildlife
Coach and 22-pax Swamp boat.
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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