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  1. United States
  2. Louisiana
  3. New Orleans
  4. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

New Orleans: 2-Hour Cemetery & Voodoo Walking Tour

Product ID: 10781
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Take a fascinating walk around New Orleans’s most famous cemetery and discover the truth about Voodoo.
About this activity
Duration 2 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore New Orleans most famous cemetery on this 2-hour walking tour
  • Discover why the cemetery is called the city of the dead
  • Visit the famous tomb of the Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau
Full description
In this 2-hour walking tour we will visit the Saint Louis Cemetery. It is the oldest existing cemetery in New Orleans, opened in 1789, and has only above-ground vaults.

Along the way you will learn about Voodoo rituals, and the history of Voodoo.

The St Louis cemetery is often called the city of the dead, because of the rows of above-ground tombs that line the cemetery, resembling city streets rather than a cemetery.

Early settlers in the area quickly realized that it was impossible to bury people as per custom in New Orleans because of the high water-table. When they dug a few feet down, the graves started to fill with water. So above-ground vaults that look like small houses were used.

The most famous tomb in the cemetery is that of the Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. Laveau had a strong following from 1830 until her death in 1881 and she is no less popular today; her tomb receives more visitors than that of Elvis Presley.

We will take a closer look at the misunderstood practice of Voodoo, investigating its West African origins and its Catholic influences and history.

Do not miss this unforgettable tour into an unseen side of New Orleans.
Includes
  • Tour guide
What’s Not Included
  • Drinking water, please bring some

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

601 Royal St. at Toulouse Royale Gifts on the corner of Royal and Toulouse st in the historic French Quarter. Please arrive 15 minutes before scheduled tour time

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
Please wear comfortable walking shoes
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.7 / 5
based on 24 reviews
Review summary
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4.8/5
Organization
4.6/5
Value for money
4.9/5
Safety
4.8/5

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Spirit Tours New Orleans

Product ID: 10781