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New Orleans Cemetery History Tour

New Orleans, United States
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Discover the secrets buried in New Orleans’ oldest and most famous graveyard on a guided tour of St Louis Cemetery No. 1. It is only possible to visit this sacred place with a licensed guide, who will share its centuries-old history and lead you to the most legendary vaults and tombs, including the alleged final resting place of voodoo queen Marie Laveau. A must-do experience when visiting New Orleans!
  • Guided walking tour of St Louis Cemetery No. 1
  • Visit the oldest and best-known graveyard in New Orleans
  • See the legendary tomb of voodoo queen Marie Laveau
  • Learn about New Orleans' fascinating above-ground burial practices
  • See one of the most famous sites in the city, only accessible with an official guide
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
Featured in films like Easy Rider and surrounded by mythology, New Orleans’ St Louis Cemetery No. 1 perhaps the most well-known graveyard in America. Due to regulations by the local Archdiocese, it is now only possible to visit this legendary landmark on an official tour. Choose from a late morning or early afternoon tour, and meet your licensed guide at Reverend Zombie’s House of Voodoo in the French Quarter.

After a short walk to the cemetery, step inside the hallowed gates and listen as your guide shares the unique history of the Roman Catholic graveyard. Built in 1789, it’s the oldest in the city and the final resting place of many illustrious local citizens. Learn the reasons behind New Orleans’ unique above-ground burial practices, and see some of the most elaborate tombs, once designed to showcase a family’s wealth and status.

No visit would be complete without a stop before the supposed tomb of voodoo priestess Marie Laveau. Hear about the mystery surrounding the vault and the symbolic rituals that many visitors have followed hoping to benefit from Laveau’s power beyond the grave.


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Fun and Informative
Tabbi P
, Oct 2019
We had heard that visiting the cemetery was a must-do and a tour is the only way to do it. This tour went above and beyond in delivering. We learned a lot and were never bored. Gabriel was our tour guide. He took the time to answer all our questions. Definitely bring water with because it is warm in the cemetery walls or purchase it at the gift shop before entering.
Our tour guide, Ernie, was very...
Claudia W
, Apr 2018
Our tour guide, Ernie, was very knowledgeable and entertaining. You could tell he enjoys leading these tours.
Great way to learn a little NOLA...
Juan V
, Nov 2017
Great way to learn a little NOLA history. Ernie was a great guide. He was very well informed and imparted his knowledge in a fun, interesting manner. This tour involved a bit of walking and he was very considerate of those of us who were slow walkers.
Tour was great but new rules at the...
Dianne R
, Oct 2017
Tour was great but new rules at the cemetary require you to stay within view of your guide which makes it difficult to get good pictures. I did this tour 2 years ago and it wasn't like that.
My wife came down sick, unable to go...
, Aug 2017
My wife came down sick, unable to go so I went myself. The guide was incredible. He did a great job dispute the fact that as soon as we got to the cemetery gates, the heavens opened up with a massive thunder, lightning, wind ,, and heavy rain storm and would not stop.the cemetery was closed as they turned was away. Never got to see it. Guide walked us to nearby museum and talked us thru it. He did a great job dispute us never getting in. He refunded cash to all who bought tickets directly from him that day. I did not worry about refund as he did a great job. Would highly recommend this tour. Besides I found the walk back to the motel in the pouring pouring rain Fun!!
We had a blast on this tour. Our...
Julie L
, Jul 2017
We had a blast on this tour. Our guide was super knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor.
Great! Our guide knew the history of...
Shannon Z
, Jan 2017
Great! Our guide knew the history of the cemetery that we went too and gave great information about the various parts of the cemetery...I would highly recommend this tour!
We did the tour and our tour guide...
, Sep 2016
We did the tour and our tour guide was Ernest, he was very informative about not only the history of the cemetery, but the city. The tour started and ended on time and wasn't too terribly much walking. I would highly recommend.

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