Plantation/Swamp -Belles to Bayous | 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.

Tour Destrehan Plantation, established in 1787, the oldest documented French Colonial-style house in the lower Mississippi Valley.

This majestic antebellum plantation home watches over the banks of the Mississippi River, only a few minutes upriver from New Orleans.

Costumed docents will intrigue you with the history of the Destrehan family’s sugar dynasty, historic events that occurred at this site, and the unique architectural features of the plantation.

Daily trade demonstrations by costumed artisans give an insight into long-forgotten skills that were a vital part of everyday life centuries ago.

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.

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).

Tours Belles Bayou

Note: Access to the second floor of the plantation home is by stairs although an elevator is available if needed.
No video is allowed inside the plantation home.

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

Tour Details


5.5 hours (includes travel time)

Departure Time:

Mar 1 - Oct 31, 2019
1pm Daily
Nov 1 - Dec 31, 2019
11am Daily

Jan 1 - Feb 29, 2020
11am Daily
Mar 1 - Oct 31, 2020
1pm Daily
Nov 1 - Dec 31, 2020
11am Daily

Departs From:

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


Adult: $89.00 (2020 rate $92.00)
Child: $48.00 (ages 6-12) (2020 rate $50.00)
Group: $80.00 (2020 rate $82.75)
  • Group rates apply to a minimum of 10 adults on our regularly scheduled tours.
  • Reservations are recommended 24 hours in advance.