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Swamp tour and Destrehan Plantation tour

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Availability: Daily
Duration: 5 hours
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Do this because
  • Destrehan Plantation tour lead by costumed guides
  • Oldest plantation home in the lower Mississippi Valley (1787)
  • Learn more about the site of the 1811 slave revolt
  • Swamp boat tour in the wetlands of Louisiana with alligator sightings
What to expect

Enjoy a 5-hour tour combining a visit to a River Road plantation and a cruise through the swamps of south Louisiana with professional guides.

On this tour you will:

  • visit the Destrehan Plantation, established in 1787, the oldest documented French Colonial style house in the lower Mississippi Valley
  • tour this majestic antebellum plantation home which watches over the banks of the Mississippi River, only a few minutes upriver from New Orleans
  • learn more about the history of the Destrehan family’s sugar dynasty, historic events that occurred at this site, and the unique architectural features of the plantation
  • see costumed artisans who will give you an insight to long-forgotten skills that were a vital part of everyday life centuries ago
  • ride to the Manchac Swamp where you will cruise through a privately-owned wildlife refuge, home to the legend of “Rougarou”, the Cajun werewolf
  • maybe not find the “Rougarou”, but you’ll get up close and personal with some alligators in an area where time seems to stand still
  • ... and more!
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What's included
  • Guided tour of the Destrehan Plantation
  • Guided swamp cruise
  • Admission fees
  • Roundtrip transportation to and from New Orleans
What's not included
  • Food and beverages are available at the swamp (cost is not included in tour price)
Reduced price
  • Children (ages 0-5): free
  • Children (ages 6-12): reduced

600 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Meeting point:
  • Gray Line Light House on the Steamboat NATCHEZ dock (Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River) Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River
What to remember
  • You must be able to climb stairs
  • Plantation House is handicap accessible by elevator
  • No video is allowed inside the plantation home
  • Tour vehicles are equipped for wheelchair storage. Please submit any special requests at least 48 hours in advance of your reservations
  • Children under 5 are complimentary
  • A minimum of 10 participants are required for this tour to operate
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This tour is available daily:

  • from March 1 to October 31, 2016 at 1:30pm
  • from November 1 to December 31, 2016 at 11:30am
    • All tours and cruises depart from the Lighthouse Ticket Office at Toulouse St. and the Mississippi River.
    • You will find the Gray Line offices directly behind the JAX Brewery, which is located at 600 Decatur St. The ticket office is directly in front of the Steamboat Natchez
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