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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

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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

leslie.davidson0822

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Very informative. We enjoyed this tour very much. The walking was very brisk and we often fell behind the group so sometimes it was difficult to hear everything.
The tour guide was great though in making sure we had something to do afterwards.
All in all, we would totally recommend this!

Melissa C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Fantastic tour! I was expecting to just have a tour of the Cementary, but go so much more than we bargained for. We learned a lot of interesting facts and stories about the history of New Orleans. Rose does an excellent job telling the history of New Orleans with excitement and mystery, she's a great story teller and keeps you listening and wanting to hear more. This was great tour at a very reasonable price.

Gabriel M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This tour was awesome. I learned so much about some of the history, not only of the French Quarter, but odds and ends about the slavery there, the influence of the architecture, etc. I only took the tour because one is required to enter the cemetery, but I enjoyed the rest of the tour as well. Rose, the tour guide, was intelligent and witty. My only complaint is that I didn't feel we were able to spend enough time in the cemetery, which I understand because of how only tours are allowed through. It just felt a little rushed. I prefer taking my time in cemeteries.

Leslie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Our tour guide Rose was awesome !....She was very knowledgeable....funny...and just gave a great tour !

Laurel T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great tour, small group very knowledgeable!! It was great to learn the history and see the beauty of such a wonderful city!

Kenny M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Unfortunately we only did about 1/3 of the tour due to not being prepared for the weather rain. What we saw and heard was from the guide was great. We will definitely put this back on the list for our next trip!

sweetkiss76

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great tour! But be ready to do some heavy walking.

Helen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Excellent value for money. John was very informative and open to any questions you may have. He really took care of the group and ensured everyone could hear him.

Rlb

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Wonderful storytelling, extremely informative, Rose was charasmattic and entertaining. Stressed interesting and compelling sights and stories aside from Burboun Street mayhem.

Jackie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

For the price it is definitely worth it. Probably would even pay more. Jon was super informative. It was a small group of just 4 so you could hear him with no problems even in the busy day time streets. It and #39;s quick paced as he has a lot to tell you in the 2 hours and a lot of distance to travel.

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