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New Orleans Cemetery, Voodoo, and French Quarter Walking Tour

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New Orleans, United States
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Overview

Rich history and voodoo legends make New Orleans one of the most fascinating places to visit, but if you see the sights alone, you could miss out on some of the key details that bring this vibrant city to life. This New Orleans voodoo tour takes you through the city and into St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 during daylight hours—perfect for those you don’t want to get too scared, but still want a look into the city’s mysterious past.
  • Follow a guide into St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 to see grave sites such as Marie Laveau's
  • Listen to your guide’s master storytelling as they dive deep into the city’s past
  • Learn the history behind above-ground burying and other New Orleans facts
  • Don't worry about getting lost with centrally located meeting points
Your journey through mystical New Orleans’ begins 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. Hear more from your guide about a largely misunderstood religion that still enjoys a formidable presence in New Orleans.

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 explains the reason for the above‐ground burial and introduces 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. 

Take a short break at the old train station. Then walk through Louis Armstrong Park where you visit Congo Square, a historical site from the 1800s. Here, slaves and free people met on Sunday to openly trade, socialize, play music, dance and practice voodoo rituals.

Please note that this tour covers about one mile of the city, so comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Royal Street
Meet your guide at the corner of Royal and Conti Streets in the French Quarter 30 minutes prior to tour to start your voodoo and cemetery walking tour of New Orleans.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
French Quarter
As you stroll through the streets of the French Quarter, learn about New Orleans history and the classic architecture around the city. Walk by shotgun homes — one of the most popular styles of Southern homes in the early 1860s — as well as Creole townhouses. Along the way, hear more about the city’s legendary voodoo practitioners such as Marie Laveau. Many New Orleans residents believe in the religion, and various ancient traditions and rituals are still observed.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Bourbon Street
Bourbon Street, located in the heart of the French Quarter of New Orleans, is known for its many bars and clubs. With over 17 million visitors annually, it’s no secret that it has become one of the main attractions of the city.
Stop At:  
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
From there, make your way to St Louis Cemetery No 1, where you can see Marie Laveau’s burial site and above-ground tombs. Your guide shares why above-ground burials are common in New Orleans as you meander through the labyrinth of graves to find Marie Laveau’s tomb. People come from all over the world to leave offerings, pay their respects, pray, and perform rituals around her decorated grave.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Louis Armstrong Park
Once you leave the cemetery, head to the old train station, which is now a visitor center, to take a quick break before going to Louis Armstrong Park (formerly Congo Square). Your guide shares stories of large gatherings that took place here in the 1800s, including voodoo rituals. Please note: Expect to walk at a leisurely pace and cover about one mile during your 2-hour tour. Comfortable walking shoes and water bottles are recommended.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free

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New Orleans tour
Lucy_H
, Mar 2020
Tour was excellent. The knowledge the guide has was very thorough & informative. Enjoyed ourselves very much.
star-5
The highlight of my trip to New Orleans! Thank you, Exu!!!
Deanna_H
, Mar 2020
I thoroughly enjoyed this tour! Exu was the most knowledgeable, amazing, and entertaining guide. She has a wealth of knowledge on New Orleans history, the cemetery, and on voodoo. This is exactly what I was looking for. I learned so much on this tour! I could have listened to Exu talk for hours on this subject. If I get a chance to go back to New Orleans I will definitely book this tour again especially if I could get her as the guide. I am now more interested than ever to learn even more. New Orleans has so much history and magic to it!
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Great tour IF you get a good guide
IndianaTraveler
, Mar 2020
This is my third time with this particular tour group. The first was several years ago. I found it so interesting and informative I looked forward to the second time, when we took our granddaughter to NOLA for her 21st birthday. The other time we took this tour was on March 5 this year, when we took my son and his fiancée. It has always been fun to get different guides so you get a different take on what you are touring. This year Jennifer (not good grandma Jennifer, but the OTHER Jennifer) was our guide. She had a very outgoing personality, was loud enough everyone in our group of about 20 could here her, and we got lots of information... but that is about the only good things I could say about her tour through St Louis One cemetery. Unlike any other tour guide I have seen in the past, she was very disrespectful to the dead. She also made crude jokes, said things that were negative to various religions, and made rude political comments about our President. Had this been the first time I had taken this tour, I would never have repeated it. If I EVER do this tour again I will be sure is is NOT with this tour guide!!! And by the way... I am not a prude. This guide just stepped way over the boundaries of a good guide.
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Great experience!
Morgan_B
, Mar 2020
Trevor was an awesome tour guide! He really knew his history and kept our attention with a little humor too. I highly recommend this tour if you’re looking to learn a little New Orleans history and see the cemetery.
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Cool tour!
Jennifer_A
, Mar 2020
Trevor was great and entertaining! You can see how passionate he is with his town. We have been to NOLA several times but this is the first time we took a tour. It was nice to learn a little more of the French Quarter.
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The Cemetery
Voodoo2
, Mar 2020
Excellent guide, very informative, be prepared for a long walk around the French Quarter! Great ideas on where to wine and dine.
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Boisterous and FUN!
LucyLou54
, Mar 2020
Jennifer T. was AMAZING! She was so energetic and had me laughing! Her knowledge of everything was astounding!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Awesome! We love hearing how much our guests are enjoying their time with us!! Thanks so very much for the awesome feedback :)
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The history and the magic of the city of New Orleans.
Lea_L
, Mar 2020
The tour and our guide was awesome! Our guide was very well versed in the history snd culture of New Orleans. He was funny and kept us engaged.
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Enjoyable tour
Arthur_F
, Mar 2020
Our guide Trevor was great. Full of knowledge on the subject. We had an obnoxious person on our tour and he handled the situation professionaly and politely. The tour itself is an easy walk so nothing to worry about. The stops were interesting and the information was great.
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AMAZING GUIDE!! fun and captivating
Randi_R
, Mar 2020
GUIDE WAS AWESOME!! I think his name was James but I could be mistaken. I thought it was going to be a SH_T SH_W - it was the weekend before Fat Tuesday- It was my first time to New Orleans- the streets were packed and parades were happening all around. He was great! You could tell he cared about NO and that he repected the city and all that the Marti gras has to offer and all that it has offer not during MG. He pointed out different areas where locals like to eat drink - little holes and fancy spots- he knew them all!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
It was James!! You called it right-- sometimes it is insanity here in NOLA, but I'm glad to hear your guide took extra care to make sure y'all had a great, safe time. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this awesome review!!

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