Visit a Plantation, tour a Wildlife Refuge & a historic bayou, learn Cajun cooking and more!
- Duration: 2 days
- Capacity: 2-person minimum | 10-person maximum
- Where to meet: Pick-up from your hotel in New Orleans by your driver.
- Person (Min: 2, Max: 10)
About the Two-Day Cajun Country Trip
There is so much to see and experience in Cajun Country, and we packed as much as we can into just 2 days! Take an epic swamp tour, visit a plantation, learn to make jambalaya while discovering the music, food, and culture that make this area so unique.
- Guided two-hour motorboat swamp tour in the Lake Martin wildlife refuge
- Two-hour Cajun cooking class or a private seafood boil with our local chef at the hotel
- Overnight accommodations at Lafayette’s coziest Bed & Breakfast (Lakeside Cajun Cottages Available in Breaux Bridge for an additional $100)
- Guided one and a half-hour walking tour of the historic Whitney Plantation
- All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners included, local beer or cocktail served with dinner
- Local driver and guide
- Convenient personal pick-up/drop-off, transportation by third party
8:30 a.m. – Our driver picks you up at your hotel in New Orleans for the drive north up to Cajun Country. Snacks and bottled water are provided. Listen to traditional Cajun music, take in the sights, and let our trip leader fill you in on the Louisiana lifestyle. Informational packets on the history and culture of Louisiana are also available. The drive is roughly two hours.
11 a.m. – We arrive at Lake Martin. Our knowledgeable local guide takes you out on their motorboat for a two-hour eco-tour in one of Louisiana’s most pristine swamps. Huge cypress trees give shelter to alligators, turtles, egrets, osprey, roseate spoonbills, and more. Our guides are expert naturalists and know all about the species that live out here and where to find them. Learn about the importance of these unique ecosystems and the threats that they currently face.
1 p.m. – We cruise over to our cozy B&B where we will stay the night. Our standard accommodations are at T Frere’s House, a beautiful colonial farmstead built in 1880. Unwind in their beautifully renovated rooms, and then relax with a book in the courtyard or sip a cocktail in their elegant sunroom. If you prefer to be by the water we offer cabins on a private lake out in the country in Breaux Bridge. Have a drink under the live oak trees and wake up to the frogs and birds chirping in the morning mist. The serenity of this location cannot be beaten!
5 p.m. – Our local Cajun Chef arrives on site to demonstrate traditional Louisiana cooking. If you are in a learning mood, our chef can teach you how to make traditional specialties like crawfish étouffée and Cajun jambalaya. If you are in more of a relaxed state of mind, let our chef cook you up a seafood boil for dinner while you take in the sights and sip on a cold beverage. A traditional Southern cocktail or local craft beer is included with dinner.
7 p.m. – If you are still feeling lively, take a short ride over to a music venue for local music and dancing. Lafayette has a legendary music scene, and there are plenty of great spots to go if you feel like busting a move and meeting some locals. Live music depends on night of the week and availability…
9 a.m. – Wake up to the most important meal of the day! The innkeeper at T Frere’s cooks up a mean breakfast. If staying at Breaux Bridge, we visit a tasty cafe nearby.
10 a.m. – If you are interested in boudin, pork cracklins, and various other Cajun culinary treats, take a drive with us over to the Best Stop Market. They make everything in-house and are considered by most chefs to be the best in the state. Apart from pork and turkey products, they also sell a variety of sauces, seasonings, and pickled vegetables. We have a cooler available for anything you need to keep chilled.
10:30 a.m. – We begin the two-hour drive south. Take in the beautiful country scenery and learn the history of the area.
12:30 p.m. – We hope you’re hungry! B&C Seafood in Vacherie is known for their amazing gumbo and specialties made with locally caught seafood. Snack on alligator bites and frog legs, or chow down on a huge soft-shell crab po’ boy. Owner Tommy Breaux is a well-known entrepreneur in the area, and if you’re lucky, he entertains you with one of his fishing stories. It’s a 45-minute drive to this location.
2:00 p.m. – Take a tour of the beautiful Whitney Plantation, located along the Mississippi on historic River Road and originally founded in 1752. After 16 years and $8 million worth of renovations, Whitney reopened its gates in 2014. It is the only museum in America dedicated to telling the story of the African slave trade and what life was like for the people who worked on these plantations. It is a beautiful property and an important educational experience for anyone interested in the history of Louisiana. View a short film and article by the New Yorker here: http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/telling-the-story-of-slavery
3:30 p.m. – Depart from Whitney Plantation for a 45-minute drive back to New Orleans.
4:30 p.m. – Our trip leader drops you off at your hotel, providing you with any last minute information you need and advice for your travels. Can you believe how many sights, sounds, and flavors you experienced in 48 hours?
Optional: Instead of Whitney Plantation, visit the Tabasco museum and explore the factory at your own pace on the self-guided tour. Visit the Country Store to taste all their products and browse a variety of awesome Tabasco branded souvenirs. Then hop back in the van with us for a driving tour of the Jungle Gardens: 170 acres of lush semitropical landscape, filled with alligators, deer, and snowy egrets. Learn about the history of the gardens and the explorer and conservationist who created this amazing property. We will eat our picnic lunch in the gardens.
What Makes This An Ecotour?
We are one of the few swamp tours in Louisiana that doesn’t feed alligators. We are a 100% carbon neutral ecotour company, and we believe in respecting the environment and trying to mitigate the threats that face this valuable region of wetlands.