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French Quarter, Voodoo, and Cemetery History or BYOB Cemetery Insiders Tour

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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 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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French Quarter and Voodoo Tour or Cemetery Insiders Tour
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Food and drinks
With Cemetery Insiders option, the French Quarter and Voodoo Tour is not included
400 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during French Quarter, Voodoo, and Cemetery History or BYOB 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
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by French Quarter, Voodoo, and Cemetery History or BYOB Cemetery Insiders Tour .
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during French Quarter, Voodoo, and Cemetery History or BYOB Cemetery Insiders Tour ?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

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

See all safety measures taken by French Quarter, Voodoo, and Cemetery History or BYOB Cemetery Insiders Tour .

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Traveler Tips


  • "Also, weekends are crowded, but trust Stormy's process and you won't be lead astray." See review
  • "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

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Great tour
Shirley_N
, Apr 2021
William was a great guide. Very knowledgeable with a lot of interesting information to share. Heavy on the French Quarter history little bit of Voodoo information.
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False advertising
Phill-E
, Apr 2021
The only reason I purchased this tour was for access to the St. Louis Cemetery number 1 which is advertised on the website and in all communications about the tour BUT thus tour company has lost their contract with the Cemetery and they only tour public cemeteries.
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Great tour
Dave_R
, Apr 2021
The history of New Orleans. The part the Irish had in the area. Yellow fever and dates on the tombs.
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Very pleased
Yvette_Y
, Apr 2021
First trip to New Orleans. I enjoy walking tours of cities I visit. We did the New Orleans French Quarter & Voodoo tour. I wanted to hear history of New Orleans and booked a tour. Very pleased. William was great and very thorough.
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Great overview of current and past practices
Scott_W
, Apr 2021
Great insight into the New Orleans cemetery processes and local culture and history. Taylor provide a collection of great stories and insight into the use and practices in New Orleans.
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Wonderful! Amazing! So much Fun!
Jason_B
, Apr 2021
We had such a fun time! William was an amazing tour guide! I’ve been on many walking tours in both New Orleans and Charleston South Carolina. Never have I come across someone who knew so much about their city’s history ! William made our family’s experience absolutely amazing! William is a true scholar who shared with us so many wonderful stories. Thank you William from all of us!
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Entertaining
Vanessa_L
, Apr 2021
Our tour guide was a such good guy and very knowledgeable. Everything we were told about was very engaging and made me want to go home and look into it all even further.
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Great trip, very interesting & informative
Taylor_A
, Apr 2021
It was neat learning about the history of the city. Not just the history of voodoo or the burials, but also the prohibition and the origins of the New Orleans people.
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Great family experience!
Tanya_S
, Apr 2021
Our tour was great and kept the attention of our group that includes adults and teens. William was a wonderful guide and storyteller.
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Full of History
Monica_W
, Mar 2021
Our tour guide William was very knowledgeable and shared such wonderful stories about the History of New Orleans. He was kind, answered all questions and was so engaging. I wish the cemeteries had been open for touring.
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