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St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 Tours

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St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
The St. Louis Cemetery consists of three cemeteries, and St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is New Orleans’ oldest and most famous resting place. On the National Register of Historic Places, the Roman Catholic cemetery was established in 1789, and most of the graves and vaults are above ground. 

The Basics
The final resting place of thousands, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 occupies one square block just outside the French Quarter. Many notable New Orleans residents are interred here, including Homer Plessy and Etienne de Boré. Famous voodoo queen Marie Laveau is also rumored to be entombed here. 
Most tours of the cemeteries are offered as a part of city sightseeing excursions via bike or bus. A guided walking tour through the burial ground is a true trip through Louisiana history and the only way to enter St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Roman Catholic Archdiocese has closed St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 to the public due to a rise in vandalism. Visitors must be accompanied by a licensed tour guide.
  • These cemeteries still host several funerals per year. Be respectful during an active burial. 
  • No pets are allowed on tours, with the exception of service animals.

How to Get There
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is located within walking distance of Treme and the French Quarter. The cemetery is accessible via the city's streetcars, buses, or by car, but since you are required to visit with a licensed guide, you may meet your party elsewhere and arrive at the site together.

When to Get There
New Orleans cemeteries are open daily but close weekdays around 3pm and even earlier on weekends. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is only accessible to those on guided tours with licensed tour companies.

Society Tombs
New Orleans cemeteries feature society tombs and wall vaults containing the remains of people who chose to be buried with their social organizations rather than their families. Examples include the French Mutual Benevolent Society, the New Orleans Musicians Tomb, and the Orleans Battalion of Artillery Tomb.
Address: 1300 St. Louis Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112, USA
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New Orleans Sightseeing Tour

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Experience the highlights of New Orleans on this sightseeing bus tour, including the bustling French Quarter, the opulent Garden District and St. Charles Avenue. Absorb the sights and sounds of the city as you learn about its fascinating history and eclectic contemporary culture from your friendly local guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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New Orleans City Tour: Katrina, Garden District, French Quarter & Cemetery

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Gaze at the spectacular sights of New Orleans from the comfort of a luxury coach on an unforgettable 3-hour city tour. With a professional guide, cruise past historical highlights like the French Quarter and the Garden District while listening to illuminating commentary. See the the lakefront area and the 17th street canal where the canal bank was breached by hurricane Katrina, and delve into the city’s rich history as you take a tour of the best museums in New Orleans. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from your hotel in Downtown New Orleans on this informative tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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See the best of New Orleans by land and water on this combo city tour and riverboat cruise on the mighty Mississippi! The Steamboat NATCHEZ is taking some time off, but her sister vessel will be taking her place. You’ll get the same authentic riverboat experience of a leisurely, two-hour cruise on the mighty Mississippi, enjoying traditional live jazz, craft cocktails and all the beautiful New Orleans sites. On your city tour, enjoy a guided coach trip through the French Quarter, Garden District, and Jackson Square, where you’ll witness the city’s cultural history and diverse colonial heritage.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Maximize time in New Orleans with a sightseeing bus tour. Explore beyond the beauty of the French Quarter to see other neighborhoods including the Garden District, Treme, and the 9th Ward. Learn about city culture and history as you travel along Frenchmen Street, Esplanade Avenue, and more. Hotel pick-up and drop-off are included.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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New Orleans Cemetery & Paranormal Investigation Bus Tour

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New Orleans Small-Group Historical Sightseeing Tour

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Discover New Orleans’ vibrant history through its dynamic history on this sightseeing tour. Enjoy a small group van ride through the city, viewing the diverse architectural wonders of the French Quarter, the Garden District, Esplanade Avenue, and Bayou St John. You’ll disembark for small-group walking tours of the St. Louis Cemetery No 3, City Park, and the Longue Vue House and Gardens—a masterpiece of architectural and horticultural history.
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New Orleans City Tour with Swamp Tour Options

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Travel through the bayou on this three-hour New Orleans city tour with optional swap adventure. Journey with your professional guide in a comfortable air-conditioned minibus as you learn about the history, culture and highlights of southern Creoles. You'll see major city highlights, plus areas affected by Hurricane Katrina and have the opportunity to add an optional swamp tour to this already comprehensive trip.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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St. Louis Cemetery #2 and Treme Walking Tour

St. Louis Cemetery #2 and Treme Walking Tour

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The only tour which combines TREME and St. Louis Cemetery #2. Our guides are the most accomplished in in New Orleans and have tremendous personal involvement with the subject matter.
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New Orleans Area Custom Private Tour

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New Orleans Area Custom Private Tour

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This is a private driving tour for your group only. During our private driving tour in this beautiful city we spend a minimum of 3 hours discussing how this area was built and how we currently handle things over 300 years later. We cover the rich history, many recent developments, Lake Ponchartrain, Katrina, Creole and Cajun cultures, the Garden District (Mansions/Estates), the iconic cemeteries, various neighborhoods, and architecture, civil war history, the Mississippi river, our Port, and so much more. You will be in a comfortable and very clean SUV during your tour. I retired from executive sales and became a licensed tour guide in the New Orleans area in 2012, and have lived in the area all of my life. I have made it my mission to provide you with a tour that is private for just your group, that is passionate, that is interesting, with a spirit of excellence, and which can be customized just for your group. We promise you will laugh and learn!
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Angels, Oaks and Ironwork Driving & Walking Cemetery Tour

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Hoodoo da Voodoo

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Small Group, no more than 16 people guaranteed. Discover the true Voodoo and how wrong Hollywood has got it. Learn the origins of all Voodoo and the 3 main practices in New Orleans--African, Hatian, and New Orleans Voodoo. Visit Congo square, one of the many places our voodoo rituals took place and still do today. Then visit our second oldest standing City of the Dead (St. Louis #2). Hear about our burial practices, tomb construction and symbolism, and the stories of the dead and famous housed in the cemetery. People like Marie Laveau's grandson, the daughter of Delphine LaLaurie, Ernie Cado, Leah Chase (the inspiration for Princess Tiana) and the Wishing Vault. ​ Tour duration approximately 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours, including break. ​ Tour Guide gratuities NOT included in tour price.
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Private New Orleans Historical Sightseeing Tour

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Discover New Orleans’ historic architecture, atmospheric neighborhoods, and 19th-century cemeteries on this private tour. Travel by private vehicle and enjoy the undivided attention of your guide as you explore the French Quarter, Bayou St John, and the Garden District. Stop along the way to stroll around St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, admire views along the Mississippi River, and tour the early 20th-century estate and gardens of Longue Vue House.
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  • 4 hours
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Private New Orleans City Tour

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See the highlights of New Orleans with your own private guide on a half-day tour that can be tailored to your interests. Ride in a private van that accommodates up to 14 people, and hear live commentary as you take in the French Quarter, Garden District, 17th Street Canal, the Lakefront, and St Louis Cemetery No 1. Includes pickup and drop-off at centrally located hotels.
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  • 3 hours
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US$640.00
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New Orleans Esplanade Ridge Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

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Explore the Creole Garden District on Esplanade Avenue at your own pace with this highly acclaimed self guided audio tour of New Orleans. Beginning at Ashton’s Bed and Breakfast, a one-time antebellum plantation house in the heart of the Faubourg St. John, you'll stroll down the beautiful central avenue of the city’s Creole Garden District, while discovering enticing stories of a neighborhood built by and for French Creoles in response to the encroaching Americanism that followed the 1803’s Louisiana Purchase. The tour is ready whenever you feel like taking a stroll. Using your smart phone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, the audio plays automatically at exactly the right time and place. If you prefer, you can download the tour and use it offline as well.If you've got an hour or so and want to explore the lush and historical sites that this New Orleans faubourg has to offer – this is the tour for you!  
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Combination Private Citywide Driving Tour featuring Destrehan Plantation

Combination Private Citywide Driving Tour featuring Destrehan Plantation

Your private tour guide will take you on an overview excursion of the city, with an estimated duration of 3 hours. Make the most of your time in New Orleans and combine our Private Citywide Driving Tour with Destrehan Plantation.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$480.00
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Private New Orleans City Tour with Destrehan Plantation Tour

Private New Orleans City Tour with Destrehan Plantation Tour

Maximize your time in New Orleans with a private full-day tour tour made for you! Kick off your 3 hour city tour with highlights of the Big Easy. City Tour includes a cemetery and stop in city park. You will have enough time for a 1 hour lunch at a local seafood restaurant. Then you will spend 2 hours at the oldest recorded plantation, Destrehan Plantation. Best of all, your private tour includes hotel pick-up and transport by air-conditioned vehicle.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$1,380.00
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New Orleans Small-Group Bike Tour

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See New Orleans beyond just the French Quarter on a bike tour that gets you out into less-touristy neighborhoods like Faubourg Tremé and Storyville. Learn about the city's multicultural origins and follow the evolution of jazz, stopping to hear local lore and snap photos at landmarks like Congo Square and the famous St. Louis Cemetery No. 2. The flexibility of both a small group size and two-wheeled tour is a great way to expand your view of the Big Easy.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$45.00
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New Orleans Two Day Private Itinerary

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For those visitors who want someone to do the planning for them, handle the details and help visitors avoid unintended consequences, this is the tour for you. In addition to the tour as outlined, we will help you make a good hotel choice, make restaurant reservations, provide insight on local attractions, and efficiently use your time over a two-day period.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$1,914.67
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St. Louis Cemetery #2 Historical Walking Tour: Let the Dead Speak

St. Louis Cemetery #2 Historical Walking Tour: Let the Dead Speak

LET THE DEAD SPEAK! HISTORICAL NARRATIVES OF STRUGGLE, ACTIVISM AND ACHIEVEMENT St. Louis Cemetery # 2 is a vital symbol of Creole history and community. Along its aisles we will find pirates, dualists, nuns, war heroes, musicians, politicians and entrepreneurs all resting together. CREOLE HISTORY AND COMMUNITY St. Louis Cemetery #2, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail, is located in the Faubourg Tremé, a neighborhood developed in the early 19th century and occupied predominantly by the city’s “free people of color.” BLACK AMERICAN STRUGGLES AND ACHIEVEMENT Square #3 contains the largest number of monuments in one place noting the achievements and struggles of Black Americans in the 19th century. ANTEBELLUM MORTUARY ART Tomb design, the carved sculpture, and the ironwork surrounding the tombs comprise one of the finest collections of antebellum mortuary art found anywhere.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$165.00
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