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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.

Highlights

  • 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

What You Can Expect

New Orleans' City of the Dead No. 1 Cemetery Tour

Prayer Tomb

Your journey through mystical New Orleans’ begins on Royal Street 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.

Customer Reviews

Edward D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Tour guides were terrific!! Historic background was interesting, as was the Cemetery itself. Highly recommended !!

Jaime H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Janine made this tour ridiculously great. She was super upbeat, rolled with the million questions our group had, and was a true joy to spend 2 hours with. Her knowledge and bursting love of the city and city of the dead were readily apparent, and she took the time to show us lots of specific things she thought we would enjoy based on our interests. We saw a ton of the cemetery and were all glad she suggested purchasing water before entering. If you are lucky enough to get her as a tour guide you will be treated to a true ambassador for the city she seems to know EVERYONE. She was also gracious in spending time after the tour to recommend places to eat, drink, and play, and made sure everyone on the tour had directions to where they were headed.

Andras Mark S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Veryo good tour, deliverd what we signed up for. Guide was friendly and well informed.

Charity C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Amazing! Highly recommened

debra b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our Guide was wonderful , The History Lesson was great. Would take again.

JOHN H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent tour. I'm sorry that I don't recall his name, but our guide was very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable of NOLA. I HIGHLY recommend this tour as it's SO MUCH MORE than just a cemetery tour. Great way to learn the history of this amazing city.

debra p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a fun and informative tour. We spent almost an hour in the cemetery. We were never rushed.

Tanika B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Stormy was a phenomenal tour guide, he was very personable and so informative. This tour was extremely educational and very interesting. I would recommend this company to anybody that wants an informative fun tour. Stormy went above and beyond for everybody on the tour and even recommended an amazing place for us to have dinner after the tour.

morgan.krump

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Awesome. But be prepared to have to pay extra cash for a cemetery few! Learned so much on this tour.

thomas m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Loved it, would do it again

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