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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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    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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    Swamp Tour (with hotel pickup)

    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 (with hotel pickup)

    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
    • Includes transportation to and from New Orleans
    • Experience an eclectic terrain that challenges your imagination
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    Cypress Swamps Small Airboat Tour - 2 Hours

    Join the guides of the New Orleans Tour Company as they help you learn more about the cypress swamps of Louisiana! Try not to strain your neck too much as you turn to see a large variety of wildlife, including alligators, owls, eagles, hawks, herons and turtles. You will have to watch out for the snakes, but you will always be safe with your guide. This a true adventure that will show you amazing moss-covered areas of the swamps you will never see again. Here is your chance to learn more about the wildlife and plant life that make the swamps special.
    Cypress Swamps Small Airboat Tour - 2 Hours

    2014 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans

    • Enjoy a fun airboat ride and tour for 6 passengers
    • Discover the mysteries of the cypress swamp
    • Learn more about the ecosystem from your knowledgeable guides
    • Discover wildlife and nature from a new perspective in the swamp
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    Swamp Tour Boat Adventure (Hotel Pickup)

    Don’t just watch Swamp People on the History channel… BE a Swamp Person! Take a New Orleans Swamp Tour and Wetlands Adventure! See the Cajuns of the Bayou living and surviving in harmony with the swamps. From the relaxed comfort of their covered New Orleans Swamp Tour boats, you will drift slowly past a 2000 year old Indian burial mound, a Cajun cemetery, and fishing village. You may see the wildlife that made the Barataria Swamps the “Crown Jewel” of the Louisiana Purchase. The slow drift of the tour boats through moss draped trees and small waterways will provide ample opportunity for viewing and photography. Birds, snakes, turtles, fur animals, and Gators (the Kings of the swamp) are easily spotted in spring, summer, and fall. Get out there and explore, you bad bushwacker you.
    Swamp Tour Boat Adventure (Hotel Pickup)

    Downtown New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans

    • Explore the amazing flora and fauna of the New Orleans’ swamps
    • Pass an old Indian burial mound, Cajun cemetery, and fishing village
    • Drift under moss draped trees and stop for photos and alligator sightings
    • Enjoy the narration of a local, professional tour guide
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    New Orleans Swamp Tour

    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 Swamp Tour

    9706 Barataria Blvd, Marrero

    • Explore New Orleans and the surrounding swamps with an expert local guide
    • 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 tour boat
    • 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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    Airboat Ride and Plantation Tour

    Get ready for an exhilarating two-hour airboat ride deep into secluded bayous in Cajun Country. You will see all sorts of wildlife on your journey - alligators, giant catfish and nutrias. Then, continue onto Destrehan Plantation for a glimpse into the historic past of New Orleans. The small-group atmosphere with maximum 13 people ensures a more personal experience.

    First, you will ride out to the quaint and remote Cajun Village close to Paradis, LA for a thrilling high-speed ride onboard small airboats, comfortably gliding over marshes, deep into secluded bayous for approximately 2 hours. You may even get to hold a baby alligator, feed giant catfish, or meet a nutria face to face. Then, travel to the Destrehan Plantation for a guided tour. This historic plantation, on Louisiana's Old River Road, is a lavishly restored Greek Revival antebellum mansion. Here you will have free time to enjoy lush gardens and majestic live oaks.

    Airboat Ride and Plantation Tour

    Downtown, New Orleans

    • Take an exhilarating two-hour airboat ride deep into secluded bayous in Cajun Country
    • Ride out to the quaint and remote Cajun Village close to Paradis, LA for a thrilling high-speed adventure
    • See all sorts of wildlife on your journey, like alligators, giant catfish and nutrias
    • Visit Destrehan Plantation for a glimpse into the historic past of New Orlean
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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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    Airboat Ride (4 hr)

    Take a thrilling airboat ride through the wetlands near New Orleans and plenty of alligators on this active, family-friendly tour! Travel over bayous and open waterways around the colorful, historic fishing village of Jean Lafitte, named after a 19th-century smuggler. Spy alligators in the wild -- as well as raccoons, native birds and large river rodents called nutria -- as your native guide provides commentary. Your 4-hour tour includes round-trip transport from New Orleans and 1.5 hours on the boat. This tour is an easy way to get out and experience the rich natural landscape around New Orleans. Travel by air-conditioned coach from central New Orleans to the nearby fishing village of Jean Lafitte, named after an 18th-century smuggler. Home to a variety of diverse cultures, this area surrounded by Lousiana bayous has been the site of extensive logging operations, sugar and rice plantations and animal trapping enterprises over the years. Today, the people's simple way of life is a marked contrast to the hustle-bustle of New Orleans.

    In Jean Lafitte, you can get some snacks (own expense) and check out an albino alligator exhibit before boarding your choice of a small or large airboat, a vessel that relies on an aircraft-type propeller mounted on its back to move it forward. Feel the wind in your hair as your move swiflty over the wetlands.

    Your native boat captain will talk about the history and culture of the area and point out wildlife as you travel. See lots of alligators lurking in the marshes, as well as local birds, raccoons and nutria -- giant river rodents that call the bayous home.

    Conclude your 4-hour family-friendly escape to the Louisiana wetlands with coach transport back to central New Orleans.
    Airboat Ride (4 hr)

    French Quarter, New Orleans

    • Experience the untamed side of New Orleans on an airboat tour through Louisiana’s famous wetland swamps
    • Explore marshes and travel deep into secluded bayous for amazing sights with your native guide
    • Cruise up to 45 mph while enjoying the lush scenery and looking for wildlife
    • Conclude your 4-hour family-friendly escape with coach transport back to central New Orleans
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