Plantation/Swamp | Gray Line New Orleans

Plantation / Swamp Tour

This tour combines a visit to a River Road plantation and a cruise through the swamps of south Louisiana.

You'll experience a bygone era in one of the South’s most photographed settings-Oak Alley Plantation, built in 1839.

Marvel at the unbelievable quarter-mile-long alley of 28 magnificent oak trees, each over 250 years old and giving Oak Alley Plantation its name. 

Your guided tour of the home will reveal the intriguing stories of its history.  Over the years, Oak Alley has been the setting for such motion pictures as Interview with a Vampire, Primary Colors, and the wedding of Bo and Hope from the daytime soap opera, Days of our Lives.

Experience the following exhibits on 28 historic acres: Slavery at Oak Alley, East and West Gardens, Blacksmith Shop, and Sugarcane Theater.

Travel past Whitney, Evergreen, Felicity & St. Joseph Plantations, ghosts of the past that front the Mississippi River, where rich crops of sugar cane, cotton, and indigo from these fertile lands once traveled to far ports of trade.  On your journey to this historic setting, you'll also have the opportunity to enjoy a panoramic view of Lake Pontchartrain as you cross the Bonnet Carre Spillway (the flood outlet of the Mississippi River). 

You can purchase lunch, a snack, salad, or a sandwich in the Plantation Café to enjoy at the picnic tables or aboard the coach prior to the swamp tour.

Then it’s a short ride to the Manchac Swamp where you will cruise through a privately-owned wildlife refuge, home to the legend of  “Rougarou”, the Cajun werewolf. View the majestic cypress trees in Louisiana’s swamps bordering the Mississippi River

You might not find the “Rougarou”, but you’ll get up close and personal with some alligators in an area where time seems to standstill.

You can purchase drinks and snacks at “the swamp”. (Cost is not included in tour price).  Tour includes motorcoach transportation, guided tour of the plantation home, and narrated swamp boat cruise.


Tours Belles Bayou Swamp Tour

Tours Belles Bayou Plantation
Oak Alley Plantation
Oak Alley Interior

Note: Due to the plantation home’s historic nature, access to the second floor is by stairs only.
No video is allowed inside the plantation home.
Walking the grounds is an integral part of this experience.

Includes guided tour of plantation home, narrated boat cruise and motorcoach transportation.

Tour Details


7.75 hours (includes travel time + 5 hours site time; times are approximate)

Departure Time:

Mar 1 - Dec 31
9am and 11am Daily
Jan 1 - Feb 28
9am Daily
Mar 1 - Oct 31
9am and 11am Daily
Nov 1 - Dec 31
9am Daily
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure.

Departs From:

All tours begin at the Gray Line "Lighthouse" Ticket Office in the French Quarter at Toulouse Street & the Mississippi River - at the Steamboat Natchez Dock.


Adult: $109.00; $119.00 for bookings starting January 1, 2023
Child: $60.00 (ages 6-12); $65 for bookings starting January 1, 2023
Call for group pricing
  • Group rates apply to a minimum of 10 adults on our regularly scheduled tours.
  • Reservations are recommended 24 hours in advance.

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