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New Orleans French Quarter, Voodoo and Cemetery Tour

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New Orleans, United States

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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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 and into St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 during daylight hours—perfect for those you don’t want to get too scared, but still want a look into the city’s mysterious past.
  • Follow a guide into St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 to see grave sites such as Marie Laveau's
  • 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
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.

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 explains the reason for the above‐ground burial and introduces 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. 

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.

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
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 New Orleans French Quarter, Voodoo and Cemetery 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 New Orleans French Quarter, Voodoo and Cemetery Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during New Orleans French Quarter, Voodoo and Cemetery Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans French Quarter, Voodoo and Cemetery Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during New Orleans French Quarter, Voodoo and Cemetery Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by New Orleans French Quarter, Voodoo and Cemetery Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Wear walking shoes of course, it's a lot of walking and standing, as it is a walking tour." See review
  • "Also, weekends are crowded, but trust Stormy's process and you won't be lead astray." See review
  • "fun and historic a perfect match TIP: there is no shade so dress in light clothing and bring water!" See review

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Tour
Hayley_H
, Jul 2020
Because of COVID the cemetery was closed which was disappointing but given that they still did great
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Thanks so much for the review, Hayley! We do apologize for the cemetery closure-- we'd be happy to have you back when they're open again. We'd even be willing to give you a discount on your tickets! Please reach out to us at manager@witchesbrewtours.com to discuss. Thanks!
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Tour guide
Jeff
, Jul 2020
Wish i was told the cemetery was closed but the tour guide was awesome. The reason we wanted to go on tour was so we could see cemetery
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Bad customer service Viator, Not the tour company
Mindy_M
, Jul 2020
I wasn’t told in advance that the cemetery was closed and nobody will get back with me about a refund. Even though we didn’t go at all. It was a cemetery tour. Never again.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Hi Mindy! We have not been contacted by you regarding a refund as far as I can tell-- I do apologize that you were unaware of the cemetery closure in advance. I would be happy to issue a refund for you-- please reach out to us at manager@witchesbrewtours.com. Thanks so much.
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Learned a lot about New Orleans
Todd_R
, Jul 2020
James our guide was very knowledgeable and informative took us on a great tour of the city of New Orleans
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French Quarter
Debon_D
, Jul 2020
Graham was awesome! I was a little disappointed we couldn’t go to the St Louis Cemetery but it wasn’t his fault. Graham was very knowledgeable about the city and I learned a lot
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Awesome Tour and Guide!
Tammy_W
, Jul 2020
I enjoyed this tour sooo much, James was absolutely wonderful and so knowledgeable of NO history. He could tell he enjoys doing his job and sharing NO history! The tour was amazing!!
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Great time
Anthony_O
, Jul 2020
James was a wealth of information about all thing New Orleans. He made it fun and interesting the entire time. It was worth the money. best walking tour in have had!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
That's wonderful! We're so happy to hear you had such a great time on your tour with James-- thank you for the awesome feedback!!
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New Orleans History
April_K
, Jul 2020
Graham was a great tour guide. He gave a lot of history of the city. Hopefully when I return the grave site will be open to experience.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Thank you, April! Please reach out to us next time you're here and we can offer you a discounted cemetery tour since you weren't able to experience it this time!
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Best Guide in town
Clyde_H
, Jul 2020
James was a great guide, very knowledgeable and made sure we were hydrated and comfortable. We learned a lot about New Orleans and the roots of their traditions. Would absolutely recommend it for my friends and family.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
We love James! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your tour with us :)
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Great walking tour
Dawn_D
, Jun 2020
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and informative. It was a great experience just to learn about the history.

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