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New Orleans Cemetery History Tour

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Discover the secrets buried in New Orleans’ oldest and most famous graveyard on a guided tour of St Louis Cemetery No. 1. It is only possible to visit this sacred place with a licensed guide, who will share its centuries-old history and lead you to the most legendary vaults and tombs, including the alleged final resting place of voodoo queen Marie Laveau. A must-do experience when visiting New Orleans!
  • Guided walking tour of St Louis Cemetery No. 1
  • Visit the oldest and best-known graveyard in New Orleans
  • See the legendary tomb of voodoo queen Marie Laveau
  • Learn about New Orleans' fascinating above-ground burial practices
  • See one of the most famous sites in the city, only accessible with an official guide
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
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Reverend Zombie's House Of Voodoo , 725 St Peter, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
This activity will end right where it started.
Featured in films like Easy Rider and surrounded by mythology, New Orleans’ St Louis Cemetery No. 1 perhaps the most well-known graveyard in America. Due to regulations by the local Archdiocese, it is now only possible to visit this legendary landmark on an official tour. Choose from a late morning or early afternoon tour, and meet your licensed guide at Reverend Zombie’s House of Voodoo in the French Quarter.

After a short walk to the cemetery, step inside the hallowed gates and listen as your guide shares the unique history of the Roman Catholic graveyard. Built in 1789, it’s the oldest in the city and the final resting place of many illustrious local citizens. Learn the reasons behind New Orleans’ unique above-ground burial practices, and see some of the most elaborate tombs, once designed to showcase a family’s wealth and status.

No visit would be complete without a stop before the supposed tomb of voodoo priestess Marie Laveau. Hear about the mystery surrounding the vault and the symbolic rituals that many visitors have followed hoping to benefit from Laveau’s power beyond the grave.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
French Quarter
Meet your guide in the French Quarter and head for St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
Learn about tomb architecture and burial procedures, and visit the tomb of New Orleans' most infamous Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau. This historical tour of the cemetery takes you back in time and recounts the days when wealth was measured by how expensive one's tomb was.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Haunted History Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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  • "Definitely bring water with because it is warm in the cemetery walls or purchase it at the gift shop before entering." See review
  • "Great for filling a couple of hours in the morning." See review

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star-4
Nice tour
Gayle_F
, Oct 2021
The majestic tree lined entrance. I was expecting the furnishings to be grander. I guess I was expecting Tara in “Gone with the wind”. Overall it was nice and I am glad we did the tour.
star-5
A lil complicated but we did it.
Isabel_v
, Apr 2021
Although we booked for cemetery with Marie Labeau tour, unfortunately that cemetery was not opened yet due to covid. We where given an option to do the other cemetery which we where ok to do. Unfortunately either messages wasn’t crossed, our meeting point wasn’t same place since cemetery tour was changed so we missed it. Spoke with the operator who was really nice about the whole thing & let us reschedule the next day. Well our luck it was pouring rain but rain or shine we did it. Our tour guid was very knowledgeable & explained everything. Sorry I forgot his name but it was on Saturday April 17th 1:15 tour Thank you.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thank you for the review. Glad you enjoyed the tour. We always try to please and leave everyone with a positive experience!
star-5
Great way to spend a morning
JTodd_H
, Mar 2021
Very interesting excursion. Great for filling a couple of hours in the morning. Thorn our guide was very informative. A great way to learn some of the more unusual history Louisiana...and the reasons behind the above ground burial practice.
star-5
Great Job Gabriel!
Tina_M
, Mar 2020
Absolutely loved the tour. Our guide Gabriel was punctual, informative and a pleasure to have. Looking forward to a future tour with Gabriel on a return trip.
star-5
Fun and Informative
Tabbi P
, Oct 2019
We had heard that visiting the cemetery was a must-do and a tour is the only way to do it. This tour went above and beyond in delivering. We learned a lot and were never bored. Gabriel was our tour guide. He took the time to answer all our questions. Definitely bring water with because it is warm in the cemetery walls or purchase it at the gift shop before entering.
star-5
Our tour guide, Ernie, was very...
Claudia W
, Apr 2018
Our tour guide, Ernie, was very knowledgeable and entertaining. You could tell he enjoys leading these tours.
star-5
Great way to learn a little NOLA...
Juan V
, Nov 2017
Great way to learn a little NOLA history. Ernie was a great guide. He was very well informed and imparted his knowledge in a fun, interesting manner. This tour involved a bit of walking and he was very considerate of those of us who were slow walkers.
star-4
Tour was great but new rules at the...
Dianne R
, Oct 2017
Tour was great but new rules at the cemetary require you to stay within view of your guide which makes it difficult to get good pictures. I did this tour 2 years ago and it wasn't like that.
star-5
My wife came down sick, unable to go...
Clarkkent987
, Aug 2017
My wife came down sick, unable to go so I went myself. The guide was incredible. He did a great job dispute the fact that as soon as we got to the cemetery gates, the heavens opened up with a massive thunder, lightning, wind ,, and heavy rain storm and would not stop.the cemetery was closed as they turned was away. Never got to see it. Guide walked us to nearby museum and talked us thru it. He did a great job dispute us never getting in. He refunded cash to all who bought tickets directly from him that day. I did not worry about refund as he did a great job. Would highly recommend this tour. Besides I found the walk back to the motel in the pouring pouring rain Fun!!
star-5
We had a blast on this tour. Our...
Julie L
, Jul 2017
We had a blast on this tour. Our guide was super knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor.

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