Grand Tour: Two Plantations & Pontoon Boat Cajun BayouTour
Grand Tour: Two Plantations & Pontoon Boat Cajun Bayou Tour: $176 per person
8:00 AM to about 5:00 PM
This tour runs when we reach a minimum of 6 people.
A grand mélange presentation of Cajun and Creole cultures, our best combination of two Southern Louisiana plantations and the Cajun bayou. This tour includes:
- Guided tours of both Oak Alley Plantation and Laura Plantation
- Meandering ride on a Cajun Bayou Pontoon Boat
Narrated scenic drive out of New Orleans and along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain to visit two plantations on the west bank of the Old River Road: our Driver-Guide prepares you for a pilgrimage back in time to the Antebellum South.
From the River Road, we see and hear all about Whitney, St. Joseph and Evergreen Plantations.
Hear dramatic details about the charmed yet tragic lives of four generations of Creole owners and their slaves. After touring the Maison Principale, your visit continues to grounds surrounded by sugarcane fields. On your way to the formal Jardin Français, the kitchen garden, and Laura’s new Banana Land, you’ll see 12 restored buildings. The National Register of Historic Places memorializes these buildings, which once were homes to slaves.
Laura Plantation Slave Quarters
This the exact location where sobering events of human slavery happened, and you’ll hear stories passed on by generations. The Laura Plantation tour concludes inside one of the 1840s slave cabins where sugarcane workers lived until 1977. Here, the ancient west-African folktales of Compère Lapin, better known as the legendary rascal Br’er Rabbit, were recorded.
Oak Alley Plantation
After Laura Plantation, a short drive upriver brings you to Oak Alley Plantation. A delicious lunch featuring Louisiana dishes is included at their Cajun restaurant. Menu:
- House Salad with Vinaigrette dressing
- Chicken & Sausage Gumbo
- Red Beans & Rice
- Flavorful Crawfish Etouffee with White Rice
- Home-baked Rolls & Butter
- Scrumptious Bread Pudding or Buttermilk Pie & Coffee.
Following lunch, your tour of Oak Alley Plantation begins. You will surely admire this Louisiana jewel of Greek Revival architecture. Guides will bring to life the stories of generations who lived on this land. They will share with you every detail of this mansion’s history since 1830. Free time to walk around under a spectacular canopy of 28 giant live oaks that thrive on the mansion’s grounds. Visit the “Slavery at Oak Alley” exhibit’s reconstructed slave quarters.
Oak Trees at Oak Alley Plantation
Cajun Bayou Pontoon Boat Tour
Next, we’ll climb aboard for a narrated tour of the Cajun Swamp (about one & a half hours) in a covered pontoon boat. The winding bayous of our remote cypress swamp will awe and inspire you. The “Bayou Boeuf” area offers some of the most spectacular wetland scenery of all Louisiana’s swamps, marshes, and bottomlands. Your Cajun pontoon boat captain is also a fifth-generation professional alligator hunter and fur trapper. He has carved a living out of the area’s swamps, lakes, and bayous since boyhood. With unsurpassed knowledge, he’s taught his three sons the art of making a living within their traditional Cajun Culture. He loves to share his knowledge of his swamp with his guests! You will learn about reptile habits and healing plants. Watch for dangerous snakes and spiders that hide out of sight, and exotic birds too!
After this slow and peaceful ride, explore his picturesque swamp zoo on Bayou Boeuf.
Pontoon Boat Cajun Bayou Tour