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Experience New Orleans’ spiritual side on this 2‐hour walking tour of St Louis Cemetery No 1. A knowledgable local guide will lead you through a maze of haunting yet impressive mausoleums including that of Marie Laveau, the city’s most revered voodoo priestess. Learn about New Orleans’ distinctive above‐ground burial system and its rich – and evolving – voodoo tradition.

Highlights

  • Cemetery and voodoo walking tour in New Orleans
  • Tour one of the city’s most haunted cemeteries, St Louis Cemetery No. 1
  • Make a wish or cast a spell at the tomb of Marie Laveau, the infamous Voodoo Queen of New Orleans
  • Complimentary souvenir bag
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach

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What You Can Expect

New Orleans Cemetery and Voodoo Walking Tour

Tomb of Marie Laveau

Your rendez‐vous with the ghosts of New Orleans begins bright and early in the French Quarter. Hop aboard an air‐conditioned coach for a quick ride to St Louis Cemetery No 1, the oldest and most famous cemetery in New Orleans. Spanning just one square block, this cemetery houses thousands of the city’s famous and infamous dead in tombs and mausoleums of varying extravagance. Your guide will explain the reason for above‐ground burial and introduce you to several enormous society tombs, such as the Italian Mutual Benevolent Society tomb featured in the classic film Easy Rider.

You will learn about some of the site’s famous residents such as Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen Of New Orleans. Hear about her influence and popularity during her lifetime as a priestess and esteemed local citizen. Wander through the labyrinth of graves to Madame Laveau’s tomb, a spiritual destination for people from across the world, where you may follow the mythical tradition of making a wish or casting a spell.

As you experience the haunting magnificence of the cemetery, you’ll learn about the history and development of voodoo religion in New Orleans. Largely misunderstood as a dark art with a cult following, voodoo is an ancient African religion that has been widely influenced by other faiths including Catholicism. Voodoo still enjoys a formidable presence in New Orleans, evidenced by the presence of voodoo specialty shops, selling ritual materials such as herbs, oils, candles, voodoo dolls and gris‐gris – voodoo amulets. You’ll even receive your own complimentary gris‐gris bag to take home!

Your 2‐hour tour returns to the starting point in the French Quarter.

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Customer Reviews

wanda k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Go Grayline tours for this activity. Staff personable, professional and knowledgeable. Tour covered the cemetery the guide Midge was a fount of historical knowledge. Learned many things on this tour truly enjoyed this tour.

Huraiyah A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

So much fun, interesting history and facts.

Samantha E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Awsome tour, our tour guide Robi was brilliant, he gave us a very detailed interesting history of New Orleans

Paul B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Such a fascinating and informative tour! Robi our guide was exceptionally well prepared and clearly lover his city and his work sharing it and #39;s history.

drmuir

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Really interesting tour lots of facts and great tour guide.

Rocky

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

tour guide was very informitive. e very question she add a interesting answer. Funny and great. lot of good storys. Did not think is was going to be ask good as it was.

Vanessa E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Ms. Mary was fascinating, I learned so much!

hotgirl53

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

It was a very rainy day - but we had a great time. The tour guide did an awesome job in the rain. I would recommend doing this tour. It wasn't creepy - at first I thought It was going to be creepy - it wasn't - we enjoyed ourselves.

grinch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Midge was very informative and did not hurry us through the cemetery. Found the tour to be an excellent history lesson about New Orleans. Would definitely recommend to those who are history buffs.

JAMES C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Very interesting would recommend it

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