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Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Discover the mystique of the swamps and bayous on a sightseeing boat tour from New Orleans. Travel deep into the secluded bayous across the Mississippi River to witness Cajun life and spot native wildlife. Your guide will provide commentary on Cajun culture and the myth‐laden swamps while you snap photos of alligators, raccoons, snakes, turtles, and native birds.
  • New Orleans swamp and bayou sightseeing tour
  • Take a boat ride through swamps and bayous and watch for alligators, raccoons, snakes, turtles, birds, and more
  • Learn all about Cajun culture from your guide
  • Round-trip transportation form the French Quarter is included
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Narrated boat cruise
Air-conditioned vehicle
Local guide
Local taxes
Gratuities
Snacks and refreshments available for purchase on boat

Departure Point

400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Gray Line Lighthouse on the Steamboat NATCHEZ dock (Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River)

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Choose a morning or afternoon pickup from the French Quarter and climb aboard your coach for the ride deep into Cajun country. Watch the changing scenery as the cityscape transitions into expansive wetlands. You coach delivers you to the launch point across the Mississippi River, where you’ll transfer to an open‐sided, covered boat and set off on the fun and educational ride.

Your native guide will take you on a wildlife‐spotting expedition through this legendary Louisiana terrain. Glide along the water, viewing the lush greenery and abundant local wildlife, including nesting alligators, egrets, raccoons, snakes, and giant nutria. Some wildlife are more easily spotted during the warmer months of the year.  Get great photos and learn about the history and mystery of the swamps, including the culture and ingenuity of the Cajun people who have populated this region for almost 250 years. Your guides will share stories about Cajun music, bayou lifestyle, and culinary traditions — like the creation of Louisiana’s signature gumbo, as well as information about the region’s passionate efforts to preserve the wetlands.

Your coach returns to the French Quarter by mid‐afternoon or evening.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Mississippi River
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.
Pass By:  
Barataria Preserve
You will travel through the Barataria Preserve, part of the Jean Lafitte National Park & Preserve system. The preserve offers a taste of Louisiana's wild wetlands, protecting 23,000 acres of bayous, swamps, marshes and forests.
Pass By:  
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
Barataria Preserve is part of the Jean Lafitte National Park & Preserve system, which preserves significant examples of the natural and cultural resources of the Mississippi Delta region.
Stop At:  
Adventures of Jean Lafitte
Enjoy your swamp cruise narrated by local captain.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • 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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line New Orleans
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the departure point for the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:The tour begins at the Gray Line "Lighthouse" Ticket Office in the French Quarter at Toulouse Street & the Mississippi River - at the Steamboat Natchez Dock (400 Toulouse Street.)
Jun 2021
Q:
Is there parking near the departure point for the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:There are public parking lots on Decatur Street that charge hourly rates. Some require prepayment through an automated kiosk on site. The parking lot closest to the tour departure point is Jax Lot # P401, 500 Decatur St.
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I wear during the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:Casual, comfortable attire is best. Please wear comfortable shoes! Please avoid tank tops, cut-offs, or short shorts.
Jun 2021
Q:
What type of boat is used during the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:This tour uses a comfortable, custom-built pontoon boat that is safe for the fragile local ecosystem.
Jun 2021
Q:
How long is the actual cruise during the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:The cruise is approximately 2 hours long.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my camera on the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:Absolutely! Bring your camera to capture the “bon temps” (good times) on the bayou!
Jun 2021
Q:
Is food available during the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:Yes, snacks and refreshments are available for purchase.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans handicap accessible?
A:Yes, however, be sure to list any special needs in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout and call the local operator at least 72 hours prior to your tour date to confirm suitable arrangements.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans.

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  • "Part of the trip the water came over the front floor of the boat, so be watchful of leaving your items on the floor." See review
  • "The inside of the boat floor got a little wet, so be careful of the shoes you wear." See review
  • "Gotta see a lot of wildlife and it's was worth it." See review

Reviews

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star-4
My experience
Cedrick_T
, Jan 2022
I enjoyed the boat ride along with the history lessons and the bayou was nice to explore. I also enjoyed the amount of time we traveled
star-1
Terrible experience
Nichole_H
, Jan 2022
My kids were disappointed. We thought we would see a lot of alligators/ crocodiles but we saw only 1 in the very beginning.. false advertisement
star-5
Kind and Informative Guide on the Bayou
Jeanne_F
, Jan 2022
I had the honor of visiting the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, about 30 minutes south of New Orleans. I went on a tour with GrayLine's local Cajun guide who offered visitors the opportunity to learn about the swamp, its culture, and the ecosystem. This portion of the Bayou is part of 23,000 acres of wetlands, forests, bayous, swamps, and marshes. I learned a lot from the guide who was super entertaining and kind. would definitely recommend for any NOLA trip.
star-2
Do better
Olivia_H
, Jan 2022
Very disappointed with our tour. I had been on a swamp tour with another company previously, so I figured they would be pretty similar, but I was very wrong. Upon arriving, it was rainy and cold (that's no ones fault), but we still decided to go. Obviously when you go on these tours, there's no guarantee you're going to see any alligators or wildlife, but you do expect to have fun and gain some knowledge along the way. Our tour guide was TERRIBLE. I think our trip overall was about an hour and 15 minutes, I think he spoke twice. It was basically a river cruise of everyone just sitting there. No interaction with the guests, nothing to make the trip more enjoyable. I think we just got stuck with a bad day and a bad guide. Definitely not worth 55 dollars that's for sure.
star-5
So much fun
Lori_R
, Jan 2022
The tour guide was hilarious! He was so knowledgeable about the bayou, its inhabitants, and the ecosystem. He kept cracking jokes and was very entertaining. He was a bit crude but the humor went over my 8 year olds head. ie- crawfish have 4 peckers, and he showed us lol. Overall it was a great time.
star-4
Lots of gators!
Marci_O
, Jan 2022
We went the last couple days of December realizing that the gators would be hibernating but were able to see a dozen or so! Amazing! The only thing we would improve on is the intercom system. A lot of static added to a hard to understand Cajun driver. Great tour!
star-5
Just Perfect
Jeanny_C
, Jan 2022
Our conductor was informative and went above and beyond. We’re lucky to see alligators in the middle of winter. This was my second time going and will be back again.
star-5
Alligators Galore!
Violet_H
, Dec 2021
What a beautiful adventure! I cannot believe how many alligators we saw! My husband adored this trip!
star-5
My favorite thing in New Orleans!
Ashley_S
, Dec 2021
The bus driver, Alton was fabulous! He talked to us the entire bus ride telling us facts about the city. Very interesting! Then our captain was awesome! He was funny and informative and made the experience one to remember. We saw about 6 gators and a bald eagle. We learned about the most recent hurricane and saw it’s damage. We took a pontoon boat and it did not disappoint! We were able to see everything and get back into some pretty tight spots. It was awesome!
star-5
Get out of the French Quarter already!!
Julia_S
, Dec 2021
Saw beautiful plants and wildlife, herons and gators and much more. Guide was knowledgeable and great on the water, very experienced. Highly recommend!!

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