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New Orleans: Destrehan Plantation & Airboat Combo Tour

4.9 / 5

14 reviews

Activity provider: Tours by Isabelle

New Orleans: Destrehan Plantation & Airboat Combo Tour

Activity provider: Tours by Isabelle

From US$ 175 per person

See two Louisiana’s most fascinating sights on this half-day tour: visit a historic antebellum plantation home followed by an exciting 2 hour small airboat ride through the Louisiana swamps, hopefully catching a glimpse of an alligator.

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Duration 5.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
We can pick up in New Orleans at any hotel, Bed & Breakfast, private residence or restaurant downtown, uptown (close to St. Charles Ave.), in (or close to) the French Quarter, and on the Westbank. We do not pick up at the airport, in New Orleans East, in Slidell, or on the North Shore.


  • Enjoy a fast and fun 2-hour ride in a high speed airboat
  • Experience the natural beauty and mystery of the Louisiana Swamps
  • Step back in time to visit a classical antebellum plantation home
  • See alligators and other swamp wildlife
  • Ride in comfort with a small group in a 13 passenger tour van
Full description
Enjoy our Louisiana tour, which brings you from the historical sites of the Destrehan plantation to the remote swamps in Cajun Country. Narrated short scenic drive out of the city and along the shores of Lake Ponchartrain to Destrehan Plantation on the East bank of the Old River Road: a pilgrimage back in time to the Antebellum South. First you will be brought on a tour of Destrehan Plantation where guides in period costumes will bring to life the stories of generations who lived on and worked this rich land – both owners and slaves. They will share with you every detail of this mansion's history since 1787. Enjoy some free time to walk around under a spectacular canopy of live oaks around the mansion and the slave quarters. We then drive down to a remote swamp in Cajun Country for a thrilling high-speed 2-hour ride onboard 6-passenger airboats, comfortably gliding over marshes, deep into secluded bayous. You may even get to hold a baby alligator, feed giant catfish, or meet a nutria face to face.
  • Round-trip transportation
  • Driver-guide
  • Airboat Ride
  • Guided tour of Destrehan Plantation
  • 1811 Slave Revolt Exhibit admission at Destrehan
  • Food & Beverages
  • Gratuity
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • Pregnant women
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

Know before you go

  • It is recommended you wear sunglasses for eye protection and sunscreen
  • Warm clothing is needed in the winter. Due to the high speed of the boat, it will get breezy and cool during the ride
  • Children younger than 5 years old are not allowed on this tour
  • In case of inclement weather: hard rain or lighting, airboat ride may be postponed or covered boat ride may be substituted when necessary
  • Foreign language tour guides and escorts are available for French and Spanish speakers at additional cost upon request
  • This tour requires a minimum of 4 people to run
  • Lunch is not included but there is the opportunity to purchase snacks and drinks at the gift shops
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 14 reviews

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Fun, beautiful and informative.

We had a wonderful time. We were picked up promptly and enjoyed the half hour ride as the driver told us a lot of history and culture. The plantation was so historical, with period pieces inside, and beautiful grounds outside. I appreciated the short video about that particular plantation so we understood the history, which was very interesting. The bayou tour was fun, despite the rainy day. They provided rain gear and the guide told lots of stories along the way. We even saw an alligator up close. The boat ride varied from very fast to slow as we navigated through the bayou. It was worthwhile and we enjoyed the experience.

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May 12, 2013

The combination package was well organized and stress free. You get in the van and everything is taken care of for you from there. Just wish there had been a little more time to look around at the plantation as there was a lot to see.

April 18, 2022

Great driver, funny boat man, amazing plantation

Driver was great gave us loads of history about New Orleans and that Beyone's Lemonade was filmed at the plantation we visited. The airboat driver was very funny and named all of the alligators and let all of us feed them. Plantation tour guide was very informative.

October 2, 2017

Product ID: 14410