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2 hours (Approx.)
Immerse yourself in legend and mysticism on this 2‐hour voodoo walking tour through New Orleans. Admire culturally infused architecture as you pass through the French Quarter en route to St Louis Cemetery No 1. There, meander through a maze of haunting yet impressive mausoleums including that of Marie Laveau, the city’s most revered voodoo priestess. Learn of her contribution to New Orleans’ rich – and continued – voodoo tradition.
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
Your journey through mystical New Orleans’ begins on the corner of Royal and Conti Streets in the French Quarter. Choose a morning or afternoon start time and meet your friendly local guide for a narrated walk through the French Quarter. Discover the architectural diversity of the area as you pass French and Spanish‐inspired buildings, gorgeous Creole townhouses, ‘Entresol’ houses and shotgun homes. Catch a glimpse of a cloistered courtyard and hear of its utilitarian function.
As you stroll, enjoy tales of New Orleans’ voodoo history and peek into a small shop that specializes in voodoo ritual materials such as herbs, oils and amulets. You’ll hear more from your guide about alargely misunderstood religion that still enjoys a formidable presence in New Orleans.
You’ll soon arrive at St Louis Cemetery No 1, the oldest and most famous cemetery in New Orleans. Spanning just one square block, this site houses thousands in crypts and mausoleums of varying extravagance. Your guide will explain the reason for above‐ground burial and introduce some of the site’s famous residents such as Marie Laveau. Wander through the labyrinth of graves to locate her tomb, a spiritual destination for people from across the world.
Your return to the French Quarter passes by the old train station and through Louis Armstrong Park where you’ll visit Congo Square, a historical site from the 1800s where slaves and free people met on Sunday to openly trade, socialize, play music, dance and practice voodoo rituals.
Your tour ends in the French Quarter in mid‐ to late‐afternoon.
Please note that this 2‐hour covers about one mile of the city, so comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Viator Traveler's Reviews
, Aug 2018
We had a great experience today with our tour guide Paul D! He was friendly, respectful, interacted with everyone in the tour group and was extremely well-versed in his knowledge and facts of New Orleans. His facts were well-researched, and he cited his references. He integrated SO MUCH culture, social issues, history, and relevant information into the tour. Passionate with his love of the city and culture. Definitely got more than our money's worth on this tour - wonderful time. LOVED it!! I give Paul and the tour my highest recommendation. Something that our family will always remember.
Very disappointing. Out tour guide suffered from an acute case of white guilt who seemed like he was a founding member of the black lives matter group. All he talked about in graphic detail were the injustices suffered by slaves at the hands of white people, and how African civilizations were so incredibly advanced but decimated and brutalized by white America. You forget that this was supposed to be a tour about cemeteries and the dead because those subjects are seldom mentioned. A number of people were shaking their heads in contempt and a few just left the tour completely to get away from this man's rantings. Stay clear of this tour.
Our guide was entertaining and knowledgeable. Our group was about 10 people. It was an interesting tour, with guide providing detailed information. Outdoor temperature was not bad. This was tour that I had wanted to go on for a long time. Recommend it though might be a tad grueling in summer heat.
Good tour guide was patient and informative. We had a few participants who fairy stepped their way around. I feel like we probably missed out on a lot of information because these people required a rocket in their backside to move. Pretty good otherwise. Guide was able to give us directions and information at the end of the tour about other things to do in NOLA which was great.