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  • Location:New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

New Orleans French Quarter, St Louis Cemetery No 1, and Voodoo History Walking Tour

Learn about the supernatural side of New Orleans, including the city's most famous voodoo queen, on this walking tour that takes you to the French Quarter and the St Louis Cemetery No 1. Discover the architecture of the French Quarter and visit the grave of Marie Laveau, the powerful priestess who practiced the religion in and around the quarter in the 1800s. New Orleans’ history and culture is ever-present in the colorful homes, above-ground tombs, and voodoo legends that you discover on this mesmerizing tour.


  • 2-hour architecture and cemetery walking tour in the French Quarter, New Orleans
  • Walk by shotgun homes and Creole townhouses in the French Quarter with your expert guide
  • Learn the origins of voodoo and its association with the Big Easy
  • Hear the story of the famous Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, Marie Laveau
  • Visit Marie Laveau’s grave at St Louis Cemetery No 1
  • Learn about the burial traditions and cemeteries of New Orleans

What You Can Expect

New Orleans French Quarter, St Louis Cemetery No 1, and Voodoo History Walking Tour

French Quarter Architecture

Meet your guide on Royal Street in the French Quarter to start your voodoo and cemetery walking tour of New Orleans. As you stroll through the streets of the French Quarter, learn about New Orleans history and the classic architecture around the city.

Walk by shotgun homes — one of the most popular styles of Southern homes in the early 1860s — as well as Creole townhouses. Peek in several courtyards as your guide shares history about how they were used. Along the way, hear more about the city’s legendary voodoo practitioners such as Marie Laveau. Many New Orleans residents believe in the religion, and various ancient traditions and rituals are still observed. You'll pass by one of the small shops that sell herbs, candles, oils and amulets used for voodoo rites.

From there, make your way to St Louis Cemetery No 1, where you can see Marie Laveau’s burial site and above-ground tombs. Your guide shares why above-ground burials are common in New Orleans as you meander through the labyrinth of graves to find Marie Laveau’s tomb. People come from all over the world to leave offerings, pay their respects, pray, and perform rituals around her decorated grave.

Once you leave the cemetery, head to the old train station, which is now a visitor center, to take a quick break before going to Louis Armstrong Park (formerly Congo Square). Your guide shares stories of large gatherings that took place here in the 1800s, including voodoo rituals.

After, walk back to the French Quarter to end your tour.

Please note: Expect to walk at a leisurely pace and cover about one mile during your 2-hour tour. Comfortable walking shoes and water bottles are recommended.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Tour guide was VERY knowledgable and we learned a lot we didn't already know. I have Ben on similar tours, but they did not give the details that he did! I would definitely recommend this tour to others!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

enjoyed tour and guide was great very informed we enjoyed his knowledge sharing and he seemed to really enjoy his work would highly recommend to others my daughter and granddaughter has been on same tour and loved it

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Our tour guide was simply amazing and shared her personal stories about the area and cultural history. It was one of the best tours I've been on :)

theresa a
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Awesome tour!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Very interesting tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating. Would definitely recommend this tour if you're interested in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 history as well as the French Quarter.

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

really enjoyed this walking tour. It was hot but Skip keep us moving and engaged. Recommend this tour to anyone visiting New Orleans

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

Excellent tour and tour guide....would definitely recommend.

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2015

Interesting from historical perspective,saw architecture I had not seen ,or paid attention to before. Cemetery very good.Little as to Voodoo

3 star rating: Worth doing February 2015

Good tour. Learned a lot about the history of Cemertary and Marie laveau. Lots info on the style of houses and interesting tidbits about some of the past. Jayme our guide was great at giving us time for photos .

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better August 2015

basically cemetery tour very little of voodoo

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