The most popular combo tour in New Orleans! See all NOLA's most interesting areas on your 3 Hour City Tour before heading down south to Bayou Barataria for your Covered Swamp Boat Bayou Tour with expert guides.
- Adult: $93
- Child (4-12): $50
- 10AM Daily
- Short Cemetery Tour of St. Louis #3
- Restroom/Snack Stop
- Free Hotel Pickup & Drop-off. Click to map to search hotels:
After being picked up at your hotel in a luxury, climate-controlled mini-coach, you'll pass through the streets of the French Quarter and hear its fascinating history. In the Ninth Ward you'll see the rebirth of the area most affected by Hurricane Katrina and the devastating levee failures.
You'll travel historic Esplanade Avenue lined with Creole mansions where you'll stop for a short cemetery tour at St. Louis #3, home of some of New Orleans' most elaborate tombs. You'll have a second stop in City Park (nearly twice as big as New York's Central Park) for refreshments, restrooms or a quick snack.
From there you'll follow the St. Charles Streetcar line and wind your way through the historic Garden District: home to such celebrities as Archie Manning (where famous quarterbacks Peyton and Eli grew up), Sandra Bullock, John Goodman, Nicolas Cage and author Anne Rice.
Covering nearly 300 years of New Orleans history, culture, architecture and culinary habits, this a must-do tour. You'll have a great understanding of this special city. Afterward, you'll know exactly where to go and what to do.
Then venture into the Barataria Swamps and Wetlands!
See the Cajuns of the Bayou living and surviving in harmony with the swamps. Here, the waterways are their highways. From the relaxed comfort of our covered Swamp Tour Boat, we 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. Here birds, snakes, turtles, fur animals, and Gators--Kings of the Swamp--are easily spotted in Spring, Summer, and Fall.
Gators do hibernte during the cold winter months, but lie on the bayou banks on warmer days. So even in Winter, our native Captains can sometimes find a sunning Gator on our tour. The slow drift of our tour boats through moss draped trees and small waterways will provide ample opportunity for viewing and photography.
The swamp tour boats are fully narrated and our captains are natives of the Barataria Swamps with a background of gator hunting, fishing and trapping. They will entertain and amaze you with the ecology of the swampland.
Swamp tour boats are specially designed for your comfort with a roof, restroom, cushioned seats, and windows that can be raised or lowered during cold or rainy weather, along with plenty of standing and walking room. These tours are Entertaining, Educational and Exciting! It provides you with a relaxing view of our beautiful swamps.
Hotel pickup for the French Quarter and Downtown area is 9:30AM and guests will be dropped back by 5-5:30PM.
- Complimentary Hotel Pickup & Drop-off
- Local, knowledgable and licensed guide!
What’s not Included
- Gratuities (Customary)
- Food and Drink available for purchase
Know Before You Go
- Pick-up begins 30 minutes prior to tour time from French Quarter & CBD/Downtown Hotels. Hotel Pick-up Map (click here)
- Detailed check-in/pick-up information, including google map link, address, etc. is included on your e-mailed e-ticket.
What to Bring
- Big Ol’ Smile
- Sense of Adventure
- Cash (for gratuities)
|Tour Duration||6.5 hours|
My pickup time says "between 8:30AM-9AM?" Why the 30 minute window?
Coaches have to navigate throughout the Downtown?CBD (central business district) and French Quarter streets to pickup at the various hotels. Most tours have separate coaches for either area, though some tours use one coach. With the wide range of hotel stops, pedestrians and vehicle traffic it is impossible to give an exact time.
We ask for your cell phone contact number during the booking process so that the driver may get in touch with you directly, should he/she be running behind or is at your hotel and is waiting. To expedite the process, we ask our guests to be ready at the earliest pick-up time, and we certainly appreciate your understanding and patience.
Do any tours include snacks, meals or drinks?
No tours provide any snacks, drinks or meals. However, guests are always welcome to bring drinks and snacks on the coaches (please don't make a mess and dispose of your trash!) and for longer combo tours, guests are also welcome to bring their own lunches and if you advise us in the "comment" section of your order checkout, please mention that you'd like a cooler available.
During City Tours, there will be a short (approx. 20 minutes) break for guests to use the restroom or purchase snacks or drinks. At the airboat and swamp tour dock locations, there are also snacks and drinks available for purchase. On the Plantation Tours, Oak Alley has a full-restaurant as well as snack bar and several areas on the grounds for guests to purchase drinks in the warmer months. Laura Plantation offers light snacks (think chips, cookies, crackers) and drinks (water, sodas).
What is the pickup area for the tours? I don't see my hotel on the pickup list..
We've provided a handy map for you to search! The pickup area is shaded yellow.Click the map to search hotels:
We are only able to arrange hotel pickup in the French Quarter and Downtown/CBD area, as well as some of the Uptown area, out to approximately the 2100 block.
While not all hotels and properties are listed on our dropdown pickup menu (hotels and properties change names and owners frequently), rest assured, if you're located in the pickup area, we'll get'cha!
For those staying outside of the pickup area, we recommend quick & easy parking at the parking lot directly across from the Westin Canal Place, 100 Iberville St. Walk across the bricked street and have a seat under the awning and we'll pick you up there and drop you back. The lot is just a short walk from the French Quarter, Jackson Square and the French Market and other sights like like the riverfront park, ferry terminal and Audubon Aquarium.
Review by Dennis
Our guide, Gary was awesome!!!!, his pride and knowledge of New Orleans was evident and appreciated (Posted on 3/30/2016)
Review by Melinda
Great way to see and learn about the city and the swamps. We had a great time on both tours and highly recommend the combo tour! (Posted on 9/8/2015)
Review by longley
I enjoyed the trip, from the city to the swamp. What was not to like.? (Posted on 7/8/2015)
Review by Beth & Leonard Boerger
The city tour was very informative and educational. Our guide, David was super! We were so fortunate on the Bayou tour. I was delighted that we had a covered, quiet boat instead of the boat with the loud fan and seats in the sun. Again, our guide was the best! He interacted with the wild alligators and had a small pet alligator on the boat for everyone to hold. He educated us about alligators and the bayou. We had ages 8-65 on our tour and everyone had a marvelous time! (Posted on 6/30/2015)
Review by Denise
I really enjoyed the swamp tour. The operator was very informative and really related how people live and depend on the swamps. The city part of the tour did take us everywhere they advertised such as the ninth ward, garden city, a cemetery. However, I felt that there was too much concentration on the architecture of the homes. I wanted more of the history of the different places that we visited on the city tour. (Posted on 5/17/2015)