• Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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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 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.

Customer Reviews

Stefanie L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Allan the tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable about New Orleans and the history. His historical stories were interesting, animated and very interesting. Great experience

Nancy F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

It was very informative, I thought it would be spooky but was actually historical. Our guide was a fun charismatic young lady who is also an actress in one of the theatre where Caroline wonders. During our walking tour it poured rain and i think it added that NOLA edge to it. Lots of fun.

Tom O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

A great tour with a fantastic guide. Paul Doolan took us through the history, myths and facts of New Orleans in such a fascinating and inspiring way, that we definitely have to return to this amazing city for more. Being a great New Orleans native story teller, the horrors of slavery, origin of voodoo, New Orleans cemeteries, fun facts about the city and much much more was covered. I can highly recommend this tour, as it in just two hours gives You a unique insight and understanding of how New Orleans became what it is today.

Bre W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Best tour we did in NOLA! The tour guide was awesome! Don’t be a jerks like us and forget to bring cash to tip, she’s really good at her job!

Sherri L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

It was a little cold in New Orleans,but it just added to the atmosphere. This tour was informative and great fun. Wear comfortable shoes!

Hannah C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We had a great tour guide who was very knowledgeable, and enjoyed it very much.

Larry W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great tour.

dcahumada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

A very cheerful guide, it was freezing but she was warm and welcoming.

Heather G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We enjoyed this tour immensely and loved the history of the cemetery and its occupants. Our guide Mary Lynne was fabulous. She obviously takes the time to research information and has a fun and engaging way of presenting it. We enjoyed our time with her and believe that the tour was definitely made better by her presence. We would recommend this tour and if in NOLA again would certainly plan to tour some other attractions.

Sandy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Our guide, Skip, did an awesome job bringing the history of the city to life! I would highly recommend!

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