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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

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

Helen J United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

amazing tour really unusual. tour guide was full of facts. we did the 9am tour and would recommend it as it starts to get really hot and there is little shade. loved it

Rbuddrus

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our guide was absolutely wonderful. She was a wealth of knowledge on all things NOLA and we learned a lot on the cities history. The cemetery tour itself was very well organized and informative.

Terri L United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Ok, we were late - I called the ticketing box-office and they held the bus for us! So there's a bonus there.
The tour was great, we enjoyed the history of the cemeteries in NOLA, as well as some of the celebrity facts. I do recommend you go on the morning tour, it's hot and humid in October...
I think we ticked off the guide once or twice, we were at the end of the group, and stopped to have our turn at taking pictures...the rest of the group had moved on, and we were separated - she had to come and find us... Anyway we got some really great photos and loved this tour.

Anne B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Informative and inciteful tour on such an extremely hot day! Have wanted to see the above ground tombs for years now. Good on you Midge our guide for putting on a brave face and slogging on in the heat. Well worth the 2 hour excursion.

carolinerochford

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very good, tour guide Robi excellent. I learnt so much about customs and religion. Would definitely recommend this trip.

Paul P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A trip. Our tour guide Midge was fantastic. Very informative and fun tour. Would definitely do it again. Thank you

Noel S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The tour was very informative and interesting.

mto6948

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very interesting and the guide shared her knowledge with us so that we all got to experience the ambiance of the cemetery and history of New Orleans

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