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New Orleans Cemetery, Voodoo, & French Quarter Tour Or Cemetery Insiders Tour

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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 during daylight hours—perfect for those who don’t want to get too scared, but still want a look into the city’s mysterious past. The BYOB Cemetery Insiders option allows you to journey through three of New Orleans’ hallowed historical cemeteries. Bring your favorite beverage onboard the air-conditioned coach bus, and learn of the city's burial customs and traditions on your short drive to the cemeteries. While you pass through the aisles of tombs, you'll hear stories like one of thousands buried in the graveyard behind the Katrina Memorial. No matter which option you choose, this tour will leave you with feelings of trepidation and excitement, as well as an appreciation of New Orleans' incredible history.
  • 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
  • Journey through three historical New Orleans cemeteries with, if option chosen
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Voodoo, Cemetery, French Quarter Tour or Cemetery Insiders Tour( Tour inside 3 Cemeteries)
Gratuities
Food and drinks
With Cemetery Insiders option, the French Quarter and Voodoo Tour is not included

Departure Point

400 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Departure Point

801 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

Return Details

701 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

Return Details

801 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
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.

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.

To see cemeteries from inside the gates with your favorite beverage in hand, choose the BYOB Cemetery Insiders option. You'll experience three of New Orleans’ historical cemeteries and learn of the city's unique burial traditions.

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:  
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
Stop At:  
Jackson Square
Learn about the history of the first settlements in New Orleans, see the first apartment buildings in the United States, St. Louis Cathedral-- and more!
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Voodoo Authentica
Learn all about New Orleans Voodoo, the history, traditions, and our Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • All guides are licensed by the City of New Orleans.
  • Bring bottled water. Weather conditions can become increasingly hot in the summer months and drinking water is necessary to prevent dehydration.
  • Check In begins 30 minutes prior to tour departure. Tour departs on time. Late arrivals will not be refunded.
  • Children under 6 are free of charge.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Due to citywide shutdowns, there will be no bathroom or bar breaks. Please come prepared.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is closed to the public and no access will be granted
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Witches Brew Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Where is the departure location for the BYOB Cemetery Insiders Tour?
A:The group meets at 801 Rampart Street at Louis Armstrong Park.
Apr 2021
Q:
Where is the departure location for the Voodoo, French Quarter, Cemetery Tour?
A:The tour departs from the corner of Royal and Conti Streets directly across from Latrobe’s. (400 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130)
Apr 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for the Voodoo, French Quarter, Cemetery Tour or BYOB Cemetery Insiders Tour?
A:Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to tour departure and the tour departs on time. Late arrivals will not be accepted due to liability issues, as well as respect for the guests who arrived are already mid-tour.
Apr 2021
Q:
Do I have to make reservations in advance for the Voodoo, French Quarter, Cemetery Tour or BYOB Cemetery Insiders Tour?
A:Yes. The city of New Orleans regulates the tour guide industry and places a numerical limit on the number of guests each guide can lead at one time. If you do not make reservations, we cannot guarantee that there will be an available tour guide.
Apr 2021
Q:
Why does the BYOB Cemetery Insiders Tour not run in the night time?
A:The cemetery is owned and operated by the Catholic Archdiocese and they control the hours. The hours are Monday through Saturday until 3 pm and until 12:00 pm on Sundays and so there are no tours after these hours.
Apr 2021
Q:
What happens in cases of bad weather on the Voodoo, French Quarter, Cemetery Tour or BYOB Cemetery Insiders Tour?
A:Flooding, Tropical Storms, Hurricanes, Fires, and Cloud-to-Ground Lightning within the French Quarter are the only reasons a tour would be canceled. Tours are never canceled due to rain, cold, snow, sleet, or other inclement weather.
Apr 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during New Orleans Cemetery, Voodoo, & French Quarter Tour Or Cemetery Insiders Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Cemetery, Voodoo, & French Quarter Tour Or Cemetery Insiders Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during New Orleans Cemetery, Voodoo, & French Quarter Tour Or Cemetery Insiders Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Cemetery, Voodoo, & French Quarter Tour Or Cemetery Insiders Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during New Orleans Cemetery, Voodoo, & French Quarter Tour Or Cemetery Insiders Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Cemetery, Voodoo, & French Quarter Tour Or Cemetery Insiders Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during New Orleans Cemetery, Voodoo, & French Quarter Tour Or Cemetery Insiders Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 28 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Cemetery, Voodoo, & French Quarter Tour Or Cemetery Insiders Tour.

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  • "Just keep in mind if you are not staying walking distance from your hotel to the Pick up point, then take a uber or cab." See review
  • "There's a restroom stop after the graveyard so you can still enjoy the tour with a short break." See review
  • "I reccomend doing the tour earlier in the day as there are fewer people around and it's easier to listen and enjoy." See review

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star-4
Hot!!! No Shade!!!
Dana
, Jun 2021
I enjoyed the tour. Christina was excited, informative, and considerate from the moment that I met her to us walking away from the tour, hours later. Would have been a 5-star tour, but the company canceled my morning tour and offered for me to join the afternoon tour in the heat of the day. I didn’t want to explore the cemeteries in the heat.
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star-3
Missing the voodoo
Michelle_S
, Jun 2021
For a voodoo tour, I had hoped we would hear more about voodoo. The guide was a fantastic story teller but only talked about voodoo for the last 20 minutes of the tour. And he only really spoke of the religious aspect of it. I’d have like to hear more about the beliefs and practices of voodoo.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Hi there! We'd love to know who your guide was so we can share this feedback with them. Our guides are always working hard to adjust their tours for the best possible experience for their guests. Please reach out to us at manager@witchesbrewtours.com. Thanks so much!
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star-4
2 cemeteries good tour
Sarah
, Jun 2021
Great information. Nice to able to see 2 different cemeteries and ride on a comfortable bus. Wished the guide would have provided more NOLA information while on bus.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you for the feedback, Sarah! We will definitely share this with our guides!
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star-5
Very informative
Nicole_R
, Jun 2021
James really knew his New Orleans history. Taught about how the colony was formed and became part of the USA. Also showed us good places to eat with the history of the buildings and families.
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star-5
Good tour- just hot
Mallory_D
, Jun 2021
It was a good tour, wonderful guide. It was hot, but fun and knowledgeable. Messed up and didn’t book the tour with voodoo and cemetery, but it was good.
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star-5
Great Tour
Lisa_W
, Jun 2021
Great tour - just the right amount of time and convenient pickup location. Our tour guide was entertaining and knowledgeable.
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star-4
Interesting.
Ervin_C
, Jun 2021
The information yhat was shared. However, the information that was given on the website were misleading.
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New Orleans Haunted Tour
Lavater_RN
, Jun 2021
William was an awesome guide! He was an absolute wealth of information and we enjoyed the entire tour!!
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Wouldn’t touch it with a 10 ft pole...
Sheri_O
, Jun 2021
Even though we could not go in the cemetery William shared something some very interesting details that I had not heard, even though I have done a cemetery tour each time I have visited New Orleans
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star-5
Great tour
Yury_G
, May 2021
Excellent tour! Special thanks to James for his knowledge and charisma that made our trip awesome! No cemetery for us but it was still great.
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