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The airboat was very fun. The guide was knowledgeable and personable. We also saw lots of alligators! Tour at oak alley was full of info about the house but would have liked more stories about the people who lived there. Would have enjoyed a smaller group for the plantation tour as well. The grounds were beautiful. I liked having time to explore on our own. Caesar, our bus driver tried his best to give us info along the drive and stop at some other plantations for pictures.
Both the Oak Alley Plantation and Swamp were great places to visit with interesting stories and engaging tour guides.
Having said that we did experience a couple of hiccups. One of the issues we had was with the timing of the house tour of Oak Alley. The plantation not the tour company that was transporting us booked our tour group with another group later after we arrived. This effectively meant that the house tour took a lot longer than necessary as there were too many people in the group about 50. It also meant that we couldn't do the house tour first and then spend the remaining time in the gardens and looking at the slavery exhibit properly. It really restricted us and we would have liked further time at the plantation. We also experienced some transportation issues. Effectively we travelled on four different buses during the day as the company collects people and splits them depending on which tour you are doing. At one stage no one knew who was meant to be driving us back to New Orleans, which was very frustrating. The idea of collecting people from hotels in one area and then reshuffling them at a central location to get the right bus for their tour makes sense, but once you are on that bus you should not have to change again.
The combo tour for the airboat swamp tour and Oak Alley plantation did not disappoint. We were picked up at our hotel in the French quarter- on time, and proceeded to area to embark on a 16 person air boat. The guide, Kenny, couldn't be more enjoyable, funny, and knowledgeable. We didn't see many gators, but that was somewhat expected, as the weather was a bit cool and overcast, but Kenny did deliver, knowing where there would be one. Once in the swamp area, all of those that wanted to participate in holding a small gator could do so I did . All in all, and experience that should be had if visiting the NOLA area.
Once departed from the swamp area, we proceeded to Oak Alley plantation, another must see in the NOLA area. We again had a pleasant and knowledgeable guide, who provided a about 45 min. tour of the main house. After the tour, we had time to walk the grounds, and as the weather cooperated turning sunny and warm, made for a pleasant time. there is an opportunity to get food and drinks at this plantation.
After the plantation, we were delivered back to our hotel, at the time that was stated for the tours. Again, a well worth tour if in the NOLA area.
From the minute we were picked up at our hotel to the time we were dropped off everything was terrific! Our driver out to the plantation, Brian, was an absolute comedian and a knowledgeable guide. The plantation itself was beautiful and the guide there was also well versed in the history of the house. Then came the swamp airboat ride, WOW. Captain Ernie was the best! He knows that swamp and that delta and knows his alligators. Plus the airboat ride is more thrilling than some things at Disney. This combo is a must do!
The plantation and tour are a must, especially if you have never been on an old plantation. Very eye opening and beautiful. The swamp tour, though, is what really wins this combo. Our tour guide older gentleman and I'm so mad I cannot remember his name was simply amazing. He was funny and personable. Taught us a lot about the gators and had some great anecdotes to share with the boat. Educational and super fun!
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