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Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans provided by Gray Line

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Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Updated 22/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 22/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Explore Louisiana’s beautiful and mysterious bayous on this covered boat tour departing from New Orleans. You’ll visit secluded Mississippi River swamps—keep an eye out for alligators and other wildlife—with a guide who’s familiar with the area and its Cajun culture. Included round-trip transportation from the French Quarter saves you time and money.
  • You'll start at
    Gray Line New Orleans
    400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
    Gray Line Lighthouse on the Steamboat NATCHEZ dock (Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River)
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Mississippi River
  • 1
    Adventures of Jean Lafitte
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    Swamp cruise narrated by local captain
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  • You'll end at
    Gray Line New Orleans
    400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
    Gray Line Lighthouse on the Steamboat NATCHEZ dock (Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River)
    See address & details
  • Travel deep into the Louisiana swamps with a guide 
  • Safely search for alligators under the guide’s supervision 
  • Stay dry in rainy weather with a covered boat 
  • Convenient round-trip transportation from the French Quarter included 
  • Choose from multiple departure times to fit your schedule
What to Expect
Your tour starts with pickup in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Relax on the bus ride out to the bayous, leaving the navigation and driving to someone else. Once you reach the area, board a covered boat with your guide, and take to the swampy waters. Listen as your guide informs you about the area’s history and ecology, and get the opportunity to spot alligators and other wildlife native to the bayous.  Some wildlife are more easily spotted during the warmer months of the year. Learn about the local culture, such as the origin of gumbo, and how the area’s residents work hard to guarantee the survival of the wetlands. Snap pictures of the swamps to take home, and gain a better understanding of this beautiful, often-misunderstood area. Your tour ends with a drive back to the French Quarter.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Gray Line New Orleans, 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Narrated boat cruise
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Local guide
  • Local taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Adventures of Jean Lafitte
  • Gratuities
  • Snacks and refreshments available for purchase on boat
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • In order to help preserve the French Quarter from vehicular traffic, it is requested that you please walk, if possible, to the convenient tour departure point - just a short stroll from most downtown hotels
  • Tour vehicles are equipped for wheelchair storage. If wheelchairs collapse and fold, they can be placed in the storage compartment on the bus
  • Electrical wheelchairs are permitted, but special arrangements need to be made with the supplier for a handicap-accessible bus. This must be arranged 72 hours prior to tour date. Contact details will be on your voucher.
  • Unfortunately, electrical scooters are not permitted
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Traveller rating
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Popular mentions
Kerstin A wrote a review Oct 2020
Staunton, Virginia21 contributions6 helpful votes
The Bayou boat tour was amazing! The swamp was beautiful! Our guide took us out to the swamp that the Princess and the frog was based on. It was gorgeous! Our guide was very informative and laid back. He fed the alligators marshmallows in order to get them to come up to our
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Anna1202_12 wrote a review Mar 2020
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania24 contributions24 helpful votes
I was really disappointed by this tour. We had to deal with air boat noise surrounding us, which was awfully loud and annoying, we had music in our own boat, for what reason I don’t know. I was expecting a quiet educational ride and it was all the opposite. I would not recommend
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Alison C wrote a review Feb 2020
Ireland26 contributions4 helpful votes
Unfortunately I found this tour to be terrible. On the bus to the swamp, a voiceover was played of some (what I assume to be interesting) history but the noise of the bus was so loud it was impossible for anyone to hear what was being said. It was a cold wet day and not the best
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rizlaur wrote a review Feb 2020
Sun City West, Arizona6 contributions
So today happened to be cold ... A high of 59 for the day so we knew it would be chilly on the water. What we didn't anticipate was having to wait when we arrived at the boat dock outside in the cold for an hour & 15 minutes for the swamp tour to begin with no information or
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Dale H wrote a review Feb 2020
Orange, Australia412 contributions72 helpful votes
I really enjoyed this tour. Our bus driver Alton was knowledgeable and fun which made the bus trip go quickly. We got really lucky for this time of year and was able to spot a number of alligators out sunning themselves or swimming next to the boat. The swamp really is quite
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About the operator

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By: Gray Line
Good times had
The staff made this tour great, wish the bar took cards instead of cash only. Or at least if someone could have let
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Great food and excellent music
Nice attraction, the boat is beautiful and have excellent live music, the dinner was really good and flavorful. Add
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Quality Plus
Quality is when something exceeds your high expectations. The Natchez staff hit a quality home run. We hosted our
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Step back in time and enjoy one of the best attractions NOLA has to offer!
We took this mini cruise new years eve 2020 as a way to bid farewell to the hell that was 2020 as a whole and the c
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Dinner cruise
The entire trip was marginal at best. The food was average. The staff rushed us to finish dinner to allow for the n
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Iyeshia J
Not what I expected
The cruise tour was not what I expected. I opted not to do the dinner option. Simply because the variety was not to
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Kevin Clark, Grammy Awarding Winning Jazz Dude Does This Tour!
Super informative tour of New Orleans and the French Quarter. Our guide was Kevin Clark, the band leader for Dukes
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Beautiful historical experience
Absolutely loved this cruise on the Mississippi River. Staff were fun and friendly. Smaller number of people on the
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Pretty good
The trip was well worth it. I did not get the food option, however I did buy a few drinks at the bar. The only thin
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Nice River Cruise
December morning Mississippi River Cruise. Not very crowded. Live three man Jazz band on the return trip. The guide
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Christmas Eve Dinner
NOT WHAT WE EXPECTED! We are from Texas and the food here is waaay different! But let me tell you it was AWESOME! E
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Lovely evening
Lovely experience. My husband and I really enjoyed our Christmas Eve dinner here. Super friendly staff!
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Hard pass
This was very disappointing! It was advertised as a sight seeing tour- well, it was dark, so we were unable to see
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Glad we chose to let someone else drive!
The Celebration of the Oaks was drive thru only this year due to COVID. We were visiting and not renting a car so
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Nice relaxing cruise
We got on to see the Mississippi and were not disappointed on that score. The jazz trio Steamboat Stompers was also
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