• 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 Cemetery No. 1 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

Debra T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Mr Paul was a blast, his love for NOLA was a delight and we learned a lot!

Ruth G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Loved it. Guide was very knowledgeable about the city and the history. Guide interacted with us throughout the tour and answered all questions that were asked. I highly recommend and would sign up again next time in New Orleans just because of the knowledge.

Terry O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Stormy was a fantastic guide who truly loves the city and its' history. Infectious positive attitude made the tour one to remember. And he sings!

priscilla3527

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Stormy was an excellent guide. You could tell that he LOVED his job and respected the community. He even did a song and dance for us. We lucked out and only about 1/3 of our group showed up that WWE did a doozy on some folks. A smaller tour is ideal, i really couldn't have imagined what our tour would have been like if it were at its full capacity of 40! Also, weekends are crowded, but trust Stormy's process and you won't be lead astray.

Cindy L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Fantastic tour purchased through Viator but the actual tour company was Witches Brew. Our guide, Alan Berg has his degree in history and was very knowledgeable. His manner of sharing history was very engaging and interactive with the group. His honesty in how it was was genuine. I'd ask for Alan as our guide on future tours. This tour was so much more than the cemetery. While that part was great, we learned so much along the way to the cemetery that I didn't expect.

Susan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Our tour guide was animated, seemed interested in the topic and was engaging. It was raining non-stop through the tour, she made the best of it though and offered us the full tour despite the weather. This is more of a landmark/ sight seeing tour we wanted, there was no mention of haunted houses.

Dakotah B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Very interesting and our tour guide I don't remember her name was amazing!! She was very knowledgeable and kept us enraptured the entire time! 10/10 would do again!!

Tammy P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Don't miss this when you visit New Orleans! The guide provided a lot of great information on New Orleans history. Really enjoyed it. Our guide indicated that the early morning tours are better to avoid crowds.

Albert B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Loved our Tour Guide Sarah. It was very informational and she always kept our interest in seeing and learning about all the different locations in our walking tour.

Michele

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Guide was knowledgable and did a great job explaining much of NO history to us. Cemetery tour is a must see when visiting NOLA!

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