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

Small Group Walking Tour of St. Louis Cemetery

Product ID: 104534
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An adventurous excursion through New Orleans’ oldest “city of the dead” filled with fascinating stories and unequaled photo opportunities! You will also hear the history of the culturally rich Treme neighborhood, where the cemetery has been since 1789.
About this activity
Duration 1.5 hours
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
  • Laugh and sigh at the stories of some of New Orleans' most interesting characters who rest in the city's oldest cemetery
  • Explore the crumbling tombs, monuments and statues erected to honor the long-forgotten dead
  • Visit a beautiful church that was erected in the 19th century as a mortuary chapel
  • Learn the history of Louisiana voodoo as you visit the tomb of Marie Laveau, the most famous voodoo queen in history
Full description
Your guide will send you a text the night before the tour so you will know who to look for. Tour groups are kept small so the whole experience is more like walking with friends than being herded around. The small group will meet at Arrow Cafe, a great little local spot on North Rampart Street along the Rampart-St. Claude streetcar line.

First, you will visit the candle-filled grotto of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, which was established in the early 1800s as a mortuary chapel. The church and the cemetery are located on the edge of the neighborhood once called Storyville, a red-light district where jazz, if not born there, grew into a vibrant, unforgettable musical form.

Then, you will enter the cemetery. Because the cemetery is so old and special, you can only enter it with an approved guide. Your expert guide will give you an explanation of the unique, above-ground interment practices, then lead you around the cemetery, pointing out interesting tombs and funerary symbols, and telling stories of the permanent residents of St. Louis #1

Finally, your guide will lead you to the Basin Street Station visitors center, where you can cool off, rest, check out the displays and film and pepper your guide with questions about New Orleans history, culture, and things to do. When the tour concludes, you will have a deeper understanding of what makes New Orleans special, some amazing photographs to show your friends, and a new friend in New Orleans.
Includes
  • Guided walking tour (maximum 12 people)
  • Entrance into the cemetery
  • An expert guide
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drink
  • Gratuity

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Arrow Cafe', 628 North Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol and drugs
Know before you go
• The cemetery has very little shade, so you may want to wear a hat or bring an umbrella or parasol in the summer
• The terrain is quite uneven so comfortable shoes and sturdy wheelchairs are a must
Customer reviews
Overall rating
5.0 / 5
based on 25 reviews
Review summary
Service
5.0/5
Organization
5.0/5
Value for money
4.9/5
Safety
4.9/5

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Lucky Bean Tours

Product ID: 104534