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    Plane Ride with Champagne and Chocolate

    Board your sightseeing plane at the Flight Academy of New Orleans, sit in your window-side seat, and then take to the skies over the city’s sights. Gaze out of your window and watch the runway slip from your view as New Orleans’ urban sights take center stage. A maximum of three passengers are permitted per flight, making this a great way to spend quality time with a loved one or close friends. Gaze down at the French Quarter at the distinct architecture, and listen to your guide’s stories about the city and its sights. Peer past the skyscrapers of the Central Business District to see Mercedes-Benz Superdome where New Orleans Saints American football team play. Loop around the iconic stadium, and have your camera ready to capture bird’s-eye sights of the Port of New Orleans and its tailing 2-mile (3-km) wharf. Glide a short distance from downtown New Orleans to the bayous of Louisiana, the slow-moving streams of water that form around the Mississippi River. After admiring sunset views of the county’s famous wetlands, head back over the city and touch down at the start point where your VIP experience finishes. Once high in the air above the Mississippi River, it’s time to pop the Champagne and eat your chocolates! One full bottle of Champagne and chocolates (type and amount varies) is included per couple, so sit back, sip on the bubbles and enjoy your sweets as you cruise above New Orleans.
    Plane Ride with Champagne and Chocolate

    5701 Walter Beech St, New Orleans

    • Combine aerial views of New Orleans with cheese and a bottle of wine on this sightseeing flight
    • Glide above the French Quarter and Central Business District with commentary from your pilot
    • See top New Orleans attractions such as Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the Mississippi River
    • Customize the route with your pilot according to personal preferences
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    Night Sightseeing Flight

    See the bright lights of New Orleans at night on a sightseeing flight over the city! While listening to commentary from the pilot, relax in a small sightseeing plane. Gaze down at illuminated city attractions such as the Port of New Orleans, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Mississippi River and more, and admire nighttime views of the French Quarter. If there is a sight that you particularly want to see, simply let the pilot know! The itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to the sights that your group wants to see. Board your four seat airplane at the Flight Academy of New Orleans, take a seat, and then soar into the air above the city. Watch the flashing lights of the runway fade as the white lights of the city dominate the nightscape stretched before you. As you soar through the skies above the Mississippi River, listen to your pilot’s tales about the city and its countless sights. Hear about different New Orleans neighborhoods as you pass above the French Quarter, and admire the streetlights casting a glow on its architecture. Peer past the lit-up skyscrapers of the Central Business District and soar around Mercedes-Benz Superdome, where New Orleans Saints American football team play. Loop around the domed stadium and have your camera ready to capture sights of the Port of New Orleans with its 2-mile (3-km) wharf. Glide a short distance from downtown New Orleans to admire aerial views of Southern Louisiana’s bayous—the slow-moving streams of water around the Mississippi River. After admiring the nighttime views of the county’s famous wetlands, loop back into the city and touch down at the start point where your experience finishes.
    Night Sightseeing Flight

    5701 Walter Beech St, New Orleans

    • Take flight over the illuminated New Orleans attractions at night with a professional pilot
    • Learn the history and cultural backgrounds of the city with live commentary
    • Enjoy a bird's eye view of the French Quarter, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and the Port of New Orleans
    • Gaze out Louisiana’s beautiful bayous around the banks of the Mississippi River from a window-side seat
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    Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour

    Nowhere is Louisiana’s wildlife more abundant than in the swamps and bayous of New Orleans . After crossing the Mississippi River, take a boat ride through these swamps and bayous and be on the lookout for alligators, raccoons, snakes, turtles and native birds. Hear stories from your guide about local Cajun culture and the mysteries of the swamps and bayous. After a short coach ride across the Mississippi River, embark on a fascinating 2 hour boat trip through the swamps and bayous of New Orleans! Watch the timeless beauty of Southern Louisiana unfold as you travel through the bayous and swamps in a custom built, all-weather boat.

    Your local guide will reveal the mysteries of this iconic Louisiana terrain as you observe the nesting grounds of native wildlife. Discover how the seafood from the bountiful waters provides a wide assortment of delectable local dishes! Observe the nesting grounds of alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria, and many species of snakes. Some wildlife are more numerous during the warmer months of the year.

    Along the way, learn all about Cajun culture and ingenuity — hear how Cajun people turned soup into gumbo, a famous Louisiana dish; the washboard into a musical instrument; and, of course, the swamps into a natural paradise. Your guide will also explain how these lush, untamed swamps and bayous are slowly disappearing. Learn about the efforts made to preserve and restore Louisiana's vanishing wetlands for future generations to enjoy. You'll return safely from the bayous with a return coach ride to the French Quarter in New Orleans.
    Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour

    French Quarter, New Orleans

    • Take a boat ride through the famous swamps and bayous of New Orleans
    • Be on the lookout for indigenous alligators, raccoons, snakes, turtles and native birds
    • Enjoy a coach ride through the area, then hear stories from your guide about local Cajun culture
    • See fascinating sights and listen as your guide unveils mysteries of the iconic swamps and bayous
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    City & Bayou Barataria Swamp Tour

    If you want to know The Big Easy inside out, you’d better come on this exciting, full-day excursion! After being picked up at your hotel in a luxury mini-coach, you’ll pass through the streets of the French Quarter, and learn about its fascinating history from your knowledgeable guide. Then, you’ll travel down Esplanade Avenue, lined with Creole mansions, where you’ll stop for a short cemetery tour at St. Louis #3, home to New Orleans’ most elaborate tombs. From there, you’ll follow the St. Charles Streetcar line and explore the Garden District, home to such celebrities as Nicolas Cage and Sandra Bullock! Afterwards, you’ll venture into the Barataria Swamps and Wetlands to explore the Cajuns of the Bayou in the comfort of your covered Swamp Tour Boat. You’ll see a 2,000 year old Indian Burial Mound, wildlife of the swamps including gators, and so much more!
    City & Bayou Barataria Swamp Tour

    2014 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans

    • Explore the streets of the French Quarter, the historic Esplanade Avenue, the Garden District, the Barataria Swamps, and more!
    • Enjoy a quick stop in City Park where you can purchase refreshments
    • Witness the rich ecology of the Bayou swampland, home to snakes, fur animals, gators, and more
    • Cover nearly 300 years of New Orleans history, culture, architecture, and culinary habits on this must-do tour
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    Private Gondola Tour

    An airy laugh. Batting eyes. Blossoming amore. Some guy standing behind you with a knowing smile. Add a pinch of Venice to your New Orleans jambalaya with a romantic gondola getaway! Settle into a handcrafted Venetian love boat, and sluice your way through City Park’s alluring lagoons. You’ll have a full fifty minutes to soak in a puddle of pheromones, gasp at surreal sights, and lose yourselves in each other’s irises. Add to the ambiance with recorded Italian tunes, and dine on little nibbles of encouragement: cheese, crackers, and cioccolato! Bring your favorite wine or champagne, and make a toast to fluttering hearts! Or, bring a few guests and make it an altogether different sort of experience! Each gondola can ferry up to four additional passengers for a small extra fee. Say, that’s just enough room for a poet, a sketch artist, a sitar player, and your mom!
    Private Gondola Tour

    8 Friedrichs Ave, New Orleans

    • Escape into the lagoons of City Park with a romantic gondola tour
    • Take in the sights as you listen to soothing Italian music
    • Bring your favorite wine or champagne, and dine on complimentary snacks
    • Treat yourself and your significant other to a stirring New Orleans experience
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    Maya Snorkel Adventure

    Need some more wonder in your life? It might be time to take the plunge. Into the Great Maya Reef, that is! Maya Snorkel Experience will take you down -- not too far, but far enough into their beautiful and humongous aquarium tank to see their marine life including cow-nose rays. There are hundreds of species of tropical fish just waiting to make your acquaintance! It’s a whole other world down there. It’s so nice you might never want to leave! But you must. Wish as you might, you’re no Arthur Curry.
    Maya Snorkel Adventure

    1 Canal St, New Orleans

    • Become part of the exhibit and have a meet-and-greet with spectacular marine life
    • Enjoy life just a bit below the surface, courtesy of your snorkel gear
    • See cownose rays and hundreds of beautiful tropical fish
    • Spend quality (and quiet) time with friends or family
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    Swamp Tour

    This is one tour that bog(gle)s the mind. That’s because you’ll be penetrating deep into the Louisiana swampland for some guided backwater fun! You’ll be riding as a passenger in a small boat capable of handling the shallow waters and narrow passages of maze-like cypress waterways, ensuring an adventure that will take you worlds away from the clamor of New Orleans. You’ll have the opportunity to capture stunning photographs of an otherworldly quality in an seldom touched environment. Best of all, these area is overflowing with exotic southern wildlife, including alligators, turtles, feral hogs, egrets, and numerous water-dwelling birds. Your native guide will also offer you plentiful insights into the swamp ecology and natural history of area, making for an informative and well-rounded excursion. It’s muddy, but it’s good.
    Swamp Tour

    41490 Crawford Landing Rd, Slidell

    • Embark on a guided swamp adventure on a small craft penetrating deep into the wild
    • Spot a host of wildlife unique to the area, from osprey to alligators
    • Experience an eclectic terrain that challenge your imagination
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    New Orleans Airboat Tour (Hotel Pickup)

    You’re not gonna get to know the swamps of N’Awleans any better than this locally-owned family-run business that’s been doing their thing since ‘89! Take this tour to get to know the lay of the land, and along the way you’ll discover the creatures and characters that call the place their home. Your guide will be a local captain who has lived the Cajun Life, living in harmony with the ecosystem on a daily basis, so you’re in good hands! Don’t forget your camera, because along the way you’ll have several chances to encounter the region’s wildlife. You just might run into Brown Pelicans, Osprey, Bald Eagles, Swamp Raccoons, Owls, Gulls, Herons, and -- gasp -- Gators! Fingers crossed! All tour boats are fully-narrated and protected from the sun and rain. Meaning: Rain or shine, you’ve got no excuse to miss this tour!
    New Orleans Airboat Tour (Hotel Pickup)

    9706 Barataria Blvd, Marrero

    • Explore New Orleans and the surrounding swamps with 6 passengers total and an expert local guide -- they’ll even pick up you and your passengers from your hotel!
    • Learn about life on the bayou and enjoy the thrill of cruising through the swamps
    • Catch a few crocodiles as you gaze over the waters from the safety of the airboat
    • Get to know the swamps like a local with a local captain from a locally-owned family business that started in ‘89!
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    Swamp Boat Adventure and Plantations Tour

    A grand mélange presentation of Cajun and Creole cultures starting with a boat tour of the cypress swamps. Enjoy a traditional lunch at one of the oldest Plantations in the south, Oak Alley Plantation, followed by a guided tour of this grand mansion. Later in the afternoon visit Laura, a Creole Plantation and her historic slave quarters surrounded by sugar cane fields.

    You'll start your day driving out to Cajun Country, where you'll go through wild cypress swamps, over the Mississippi River on an impressive suspended bridge, and along vast sugarcane fields, as the guide tells a unique story of the odyssey of the Cajun people.

    Next you'll take a narrated boat tour (about 1.5 hours) on winding bayous in remote cypress swamps. Your Cajun guide, also an alligator hunter and fur trapper, will share his knowledge of the swamp including reptile habits, healing plants and exotic birds. After this peaceful ride, explore his picturesque swamp zoo on Bayou Boeuf. A delicious lunch is included at Oak Alley Plantation's Cajun restaurant with a chance to experience traditional cuisine of this region.

    After lunch be prepared for a pilgrimage back in time. From the River Road you will see and hear all about Whitney, Josephine, and Evergreen Plantations. A guided tour of Oak Alley Plantation to admire this jewel of Greek Revival architecture. Free time to walk under a spectacular canopy of 28 giant live oaks.

    Next visit Laura, a Creole Plantation and her historic slave quarters surrounded by sugar cane fields. The guided tour transports you with dramatic detail into the charmed yet tragic lives of four generations of Creole owners and their slaves.

    Swamp Boat Adventure and Plantations Tour

    Downtown, New Orleans

    • Experience a grand presentation of Cajun and Creole cultures on a full day tour
    • Cruise through the wild cypress swamps on a boat tour
    • Enjoy a traditional lunch at one of the oldest Plantations in the south, Oak Alley Plantation
    • Visit Laura, a Creole Plantation, and hear stories of her slave quarters and sugar cane fields
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    Swamp Boat Ride and Plantation Tour

    See a variety of wildlife on a swamp boat ride and explore an authentic southern plantation on this tour from New Orleans. See alligators, egrets, raccoons and snakes during your ride around a private Louisiana swamp after taking a tour of Destrehan Plantation, the oldest documented French Colonial style house in the Lower Mississippi Valley. Your tour will begin with a tour with a 1.5-hour visit to Destrehan Plantation, where you will learn the history of the Destrehan family sugar dynasty, see a Slave Revolt Museum that dates back to 1811, and admire the architecture of a French Colonial style plantation. After your plantation tour, take a comfortable coach in central New Orleans and ride across the Mississippi River to Manchac Swamp, where you'll board your custom-built, covered boat. This Louisiana swamp is privately owned so you'll be able to take in your fascinating surroundings with fewer distractions. In addition to sharing some local history, your guide will explain why wetlands like this one are disappearing and what's being done to save them. Feel free to walk around your boat to capture photos of the swamp's abundant wildlife, including alligators, egrets, raccoons, snakes, and nutria -- a giant rodent. Your 4.5-hour tour of Louisiana's colorful scenery and history concludes at its starting point in New Orleans.
    Swamp Boat Ride and Plantation Tour

    French Quarter, New Orleans

    • Take a swamp boat ride to explore an authentic southern plantation
    • See alligators, egrets, and snakes during your ride around a private Louisiana swamp
    • Take a tour of Destrehan Plantation, the oldest French Colonial house in the Lower Mississippi Valley
    • Hear commentary about the wetlands and the plantation from your expert guide
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