New Orleans St. Louis #1 Cemetery, Voodoo, and French Quarter Tour

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New Orleans St. Louis #1 Cemetery, Voodoo, and French Quarter Tour
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Discover St. Louis Cemetery #1 " where Marie Laveau" ( The Voodoo Queen) is laid to rest along with 100,000 other souls....Our Above Ground Tombs gives you a glimpse of our rich history in New Orleans... All Tours are lead by Master Story Tellers that will captivate you as you learn why we bury above ground, the history & culture of Voodoo as well as rich French Quarter history and architecture. You will visit Marie Laveau's Tomb & the gravesite of Nicholas Cage just to mention a few. " Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1".....
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In Brief

New Orleans, United States
United States
2 hours
Important InfoInfo
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Stop At: Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

Stop At: French Quarter, New Orleans, LA

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

Pass By: Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA

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, 425 Basin St 3421 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112-3535

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

Stop At: Louis Armstrong Park, 901 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116-3086

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


  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - St. Louis Cemetery No. 1


  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • $1 fee for cemetery entrance, collected on day of tour by tour guide

Departure Point

400 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Returns To

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

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Tour guide will collect $1 from each customer for entrance to the cemetery. This fee is charged by the New Orleans Archdiocese.
  • All guides are licensed by the City of New Orleans
  • Note: It is illegal to vandalize/mark tombs in the cemetery. You will be fined and could be subject to arrest
  • Bring bottled water. Weather conditions can become increasingly hot in the summer months and drinking water is necessary to prevent dehydration
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Check In begins 30 minutes prior to tour departure. Tour departs on time. Late arrivals will not be refunded.
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

I was quite taken with the cemetery. Our guide William was very informative. He explained everything in detail. He also answered all our questions in detail
• Submitted 26 Dec 2019
It’s definitely a good tour. Not too much walking. Tour guide Trevor is very nice , funny and informative guy. Doesn’t rush at all. 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. Nearby parkings are expensive around $45 to 70.
• Submitted 09 Dec 2019
The tour was very well done and informative. Fred, the guide for the tour, was extremely knowledgeable and kind. He explained a lot of interesting historical facts while walking towards the cemetery. I reccomend doing the tour earlier in the day as there are fewer people around and it's easier to listen and enjoy.
• Submitted 04 Dec 2019
James is exceptionally knowledgeable about New Orleans history and culture. His descriptions of past and present day inhabitants and events made for a fascinating tour.
• Submitted 19 Nov 2019
Our tour guide William was excellent! He was knowledgable about New Orleans and its rich history. I'd recommend this tour for anyone looking to learn more about New Orleans beginnings, unique cemeteries, and vast voodoo culture.
• Submitted 08 Nov 2019
William was a fabulous guide on this tour. He was informative and unifying, bringing each member of the group into discussions related to the history of voodoo and other noteworthy topics in Cemetery 1 during our walking tour. Although we did other tours, with other tour guides, our trip would not have been complete without the stories imparted upon us by William. Loved his costume for Halloween too.
• Submitted 06 Nov 2019
Terrific guide with lots of information about Marie Lavoe and the history of Congo Square. I would highly recommend.
• Submitted 04 Nov 2019
Even though our guide was slightly hard to understand with her thick accent, we had an amazing tour. It was informative, friendly and definitely worth the money.
• Submitted 04 Nov 2019
We had James lead the tour and he is the best-very friendly and knowledgeable about the stops of the tour and gives local info on things to do and where to eat in Nola. I highly recommend this tour- Go in the morning at 9am and join James!
• Submitted 04 Nov 2019
James was an amazing tour guide. He added so much history to this tour and gave a really flavor of all New Orleans has to offer!
• Submitted 28 Oct 2019
not my usual idea of a trip but our guide was very knowledgeable about New Orleans and the Graveyard showing us many strange and unusual things on the way, including the grave of Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. Even Nicolas Cage's grave, fine but he's not dead lol
• Submitted 25 Oct 2019
I had Christie as my tour guide and she was very funny and informative. We went a few days after the Hard Rock Hotel building collapse and being able to see the building from the graveyard was powerful imagery. Would definitely recommend.
• Submitted 21 Oct 2019
It was a fantastic introduction to the city. Learnt a lot about this place, being the 1st visit with the family. Our guide was awesome.
• Submitted 15 Oct 2019
William is an excellent guide with a lot of local knowledge. Downtown he stopped regularly to tell us many interesting facts. At 100+ he was mostly able to keep us in the shade of tombstones while telling his creepy stories at the cemetery.
• Submitted 16 Sep 2019
William our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history of New Orleans and the St Louis Cemetery. Although it was unbearably hot, my husband and I had a great time. Would definitely recommend this tour
• Submitted 26 Aug 2019
Fred was great! Bring water and a hat! It was very hot on the day we took this tour, but we still had a great time. Good overview of the cemetary and how voodoo came to NOLA.
• Submitted 19 Aug 2019
Interesting, learned a lot about the cemeteries and the town. A lot of walking to be prepared for the heat and take water
• Submitted 02 Aug 2019
Fred was an amazing tour guide!! He always found shade for us to stand in and was very knowledgeable. The tour was great and very informative! We would do it again!
• Submitted 31 Jul 2019
The guide was a history professor, very knowledgeable, considerate and observant. I was alone on the tour and he was nice enough to check on me a few times to make sure I was doing ok, and at the end, even asked if I would be ok getting back to where I was going on my own. The tour itself was a lot of fun! He made the experience awesome
• Submitted 29 Jul 2019
This was our first tour in NOLA. It was a great introduction to the history and culture of this fascinating city. William was insightful, entertaining, and full of knowledge and anectodal add-ons. He was also very kind about trying to keep us in the easy task (wear sunscreen!, take water!) I highly recommend this excellent tour of the oldest Cemetery in New Orleans.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
James was a great tour guide. I only wish we were visiting longer so I could take another tour. My teenagers even enjoyed the tour!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
The tour was great! Our tour guide was very informative and didn’t rush us. I would recommend to anyone. I will say dress light, it was very hot.
• Submitted 02 May 2019
The tour lasted about 1-1/2 hrs very informative. She had a strong accent which she stated in the beginning. You had to listen carefully. She added a bit of humor Marta was her name I believe.
• Submitted 08 Apr 2019
Informative and fun tour of the cemetary and architecture. Our guide William had a good personality and answered all questions.
• Submitted 29 Mar 2019

In Brief

New Orleans, United States
United States
2 hours

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