Our small groups and custom built boat make this a completely unique swamp experience. We are the only tour in the area that doesn’t feed the Gators!
- Duration: 2 days
- Optional add-on: For an additional $50, start two hours earlier and visit Whitney Plantation on your first day before lunch.
- Where to meet: Pick-up from your hotel in New Orleans by your driver.
About the Historic Plantation Overnight + Atchafalaya Swamp Tour
Immerse yourself in Louisiana’s history, culture, and nature on this two-day tour that takes you to the luxurious Nottoway Plantation and Atchafalaya Basin, the country’s largest swamp, with an experienced local guide.
- Two-hour guided small boat tour in the largest river swamp in the USA
- One-hour guided tour at Nottoway Plantation, built in 1850
- Luxurious accommodations at Nottoway Plantation
- Dinner and breakfast at The Mansion restaurant
- Lunch at B&C Seafood, a Cajun joint with Lousiana’s freshest catch
- Lunch at Fat Daddy’s (or a delicious pack lunch of your choice)
- Water bottles and local snacks
- Convenient personal pick-up/drop-off, trip leader, and transportation by third party
10:45 a.m. – Pick-up from your hotel in New Orleans by your driver. The trip leader travels with you and is your guide to Louisiana culture. They bring water bottles, snacks, and reading materials for the drive.
12:00 p.m. – Lunch at B&C Seafood – We hope you’re hungry! This down-home Cajun spot is known for its amazing gumbo and specialties with locally caught seafood. Snack on alligator bites and frog legs, or chow down on a soft-shell crab po’ boy. Owner Tommy Breaux is a well-known entrepreneur in the area.Check out photos from his hunting and fishing trips and historic local memorabilia.
2:15 p.m. – Arrive at Nottoway Plantation, settle in, and explore this historic sugar cane plantation along the famous River Road. The property includes a historic mansion, tennis courts, fitness center, salon and spa, outdoor pool, hot tub, and beautiful grounds featuring ponds, gardens, and courtyards. The rooms are luxurious and have high-speed wifi and big screen TVs.
4:00 p.m. – Guided tour of the big house, a 53,000-square-foot palatial Greek and Italianate-style mansion. It was completed in 1859 and features 64 rooms and extravagant features such as 12 marble fireplaces and 22 massive exterior columns. Learn about the family who lived here and what life was like for a famously wealthy family in the 1800s.
7:00 p.m. – Dinner at The Mansion at Nottoway, a restaurant with incredible views of the property and a gourmet menu. Soups, salads, steaks, and seafood are expertly prepared by local staff and delivered with top quality service.
(Rest up for your big swamp day tomorrow!)
8:30 a.m. – Enjoy the hearty breakfast buffet at The Mansion.
9:30 a.m. – Leave for Atchafalaya Basin, the country’s largest river swamp containing nearly one million acres of rare and endangered wetlands.
10:30 a.m. – Guided motorboat swamp tour with Dean or Albert Wilson. Albert’s father is an expert naturalist and activist…..He has passed on his knowledge to Albert, who is a knowledgeable and fantastic guide.
1:30 p.m. – Lunch at Fat Daddy’s (or pack lunch based on your preferences). This popular local joint specializes in po’ boys and fried seafood platters.
2:30 p.m. – Leave for New Orleans. Your guide fills you in on the history of the area as you drive. Enjoy the country scenery and keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles and ospreys.
4:30 p.m. – Drop-off at your hotel in New Orleans after enjoying a relaxing and educational experience you can’t find anywhere but Southern Louisiana!
Optional add-on: ($50 per person) Whitney Plantation is a historic sugar cane farm built in 1752 and has been restored to be the only memorial to the slave trade in the US. This educational and in-depth experience is important for anyone visiting the Deep South. Watch this video to learn more: http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/telling-the-story-of-slavery