“How Should I Dress?” ..”What Should I Bring?” ..A Rundown of What to Expect on your Cajun Encounters Tour

We’ve been getting tons of feedback from both veteran and new tour-goers alike, and it is an honor to hear from such a dynamic and adventurous group of people.

In between the great comments, amazing tour photos, and usual feedback submitted, there are a few common questions that we’d like the chance to answer here on our blog.  We’ll try to answer the most common questions submitted, but if you don’t see your query below, don’t worry! Just write us directly and you should hear from us very soon.

  • “How should I dress for my tour?”

Dress how you would normally! Keep in mind that our tours are operated within the general New Orleans area, so it is usually warm outside. However, as with any city, it is best to check the local weather beforehand to get an idea of what is in store.

For swamp tours, we have both covered and uncovered boats. This means that can get just the amount of sun you wish throughout your excursion.

In addition, each of our tours, (swamp, plantation, city/cemetery and rebirth), require a some walking, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes.  You might wish to apply sunscreen and bug repellent, for added protection.

  • “What should I bring along for my tour?”

First and foremost – bring a camera! You will be visiting some pretty unique places, and you’ll want to share your experience with friends and family back home. As the old saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

You might wish to bring a snack for longer tours, and something to entertain the young ones while they are in transit to the next tour spot. Bring a little spending money, as you’ll be able to find some tough-to-find souvenirs. Some people also like to bring along notepads to take notes.

Most importantly, bring an open mind and your full attention! This is the chance to see, feel and hear some of the most historic and unique places in the Creole South! Take advantage!

  • “What if it rains or the weather is bad?”

New Orleans has a humid, sub tropical climate, so let’s just say “we’re prepared.”

The city/cemetery tours and rebirth tours are devised to be bus tours, for the most part, so you will get to see everything just as you would on a non-rainy day. There are a few stops, but you do not have to get out and look around if you do not wish to. Instead, you can take in the surroundings from the bus’s very large windows.

For the plantation tours, you do not have to go outside if you do not wish to. As with the city/cemetery tours, you will be able to take in the sites via the large bus windows on the way there, and for each plantation, there are both indoor and outdoor sections of the tour.

As mentioned above, we have procured both covered and non-covered boats for our swamp tours, so guests are covered in the case of rain . As with any boat tour, be prepared for a bit of splashing from the sides of the boat during fast travel, but this is not the kind of splashing that will ruin your outfit.  Of course, if it is a safety hazard, we will work with tour goers to find another tour time, tour, or other way to ensure that everyone has the best experience while in New Orleans. Generally speaking though, swamp tours are meant to be adventurous, and what’s more adventurous than taking in the swamp during a little drizzle?

  • “I want to see something not covered on your regular tour, do you take special requests?”

Certainly! However, to ensure that other guests on the tour receive the best experience possible, we ask that guest with extensive special requests book a private tour. (Our tours are jam-packed with things to see! Sometimes minor deviations in travel routes can cause tours to run over schedule. By booking a private tour, we can make sure that our tour planning specialists devise a route to get you the best for your buck!)

In any case, we at Cajun Encounters know that we can provide the best experience possible throughout your visit to New Orleans.  If you think you’d like to go on a tour, just give us a call.

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