Guided tour

2-Hour French Quarter and Cemetery Tour

2-Hour French Quarter and Cemetery Tour

From US$ 20 per person

On the top of the list of things to do in the city of New Orleans: explore the Cemetery and the French Quarter on this riveting tour.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Arrive at the oldest cemetery in operation in New Orleans
  • Marvel at the beautiful architecture
  • Visit Armstrong Park, formerly known as Congo Square, where Voodoo rituals took place in days gone by
  • Hear about French Quarter stories
Full description
This is on the top of the list of things to do in New Orleans! Meeting in the French Quarter, you will learn of history from long ago, as well as the many types of architecture and how immigrants influenced history, paint colors, and the architecture! Although this is the oldest cemetery in operation in New Orleans, your guide will disclose the first burial grounds in the city and another cemetery, which was in use before St. Louis #1. You will hear of burial customs, not commonly used in the United States. Prepare yourself!  The architecture in the cemetery is amazing! There are many different types of architecture, as well as burials in this cemetery.  See the massive Society tombs (the Italian, the French, the Batalion of Artillery, the Spanish, the Portuguese and many more!), the tomb of Homer Plessy, Bernard Marigny (the richest, youngest person to live in the city of New Orleans, the also brought the game of craps to America!), and the Protestant section (in a Catholic cemetery). You will be intrigued by the history and burial practices in this City of the Dead! A 10 minute break for refreshments (not included in tour price) at the old train station, now a welcome center, will prepare you for continuing in the French Quarter in the last hour of your tour. Time permitting, your guide may take you through the center with history of the train station as well as Katrina information. You will visit Armstrong Park, formerly known as Congo Square, where Voodoo rituals took place in days gone by. Sometimes you may hear the drumming from a Voodoo practitioner! Thursdays you may participate in the Farmer's Market, by locals. You will next explore more French Quarter stories and the site of Marie Laveau's home, where she raised her children and practiced her Voodoo!  Onward to Jackson Square! You are now on the original ground where the city of New Orleans began! St. Louis Cathedral history is a must, as it is the oldest continuously operating Catholic cathedral in the United States! After finishing the tour make sure to visit for mass or the free tour of this amazingly beautiful cathedral. The history of the flanking buildings on Jackson Square carry wonderful, surprising stories of the Baronnes Pontalba and Spanish rule. These include the Cabildo, the Presbytere and the Pontalba Apartment buildings. Andrew Jackson sits boldly on his horse in the middle of Jackson Square, which was dedicated to him in 1851.
Includes
  • Licensed friendly, local tour guide
  • Museum & Restaurant recommendations
  • Gratuity
  • Refreshments
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • People with respiratory issues
  • People with a cold
  • People over 80 years
  • People with low level of fitness
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meet oustide of 710 St Louis Street, New Orleans, LA 70116, across from Antoine's Restaurant. Meet 15 minutes prior to departure. Please make sure you are on time, as no one may join after the tour departs.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Umbrella
  • Food and drinks
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Breathable clothing
  • Hand sanitizer or tissues
  • Face mask or protective covering

Not allowed

  • High-heeled shoes
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Drones
  • Intoxication
  • Vaping
  • Bikes
  • Flash photography
  • Glass objects
  • Littering
  • Unaccompanied minors
  • Video recording
  • Skateboards
  • Firework
  • Explosive substances
  • Skates
  • Making noise
  • Audio recording
  • Nudity
  • see-through clothing

Know before you go

  • Please wear appropriate tour clothing and shoes
  • This is a 1.5-hour walking tour
  • This tour rolls rain or shine (except in inclement weather)
  • Make sure you are well hydrated.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3 /5

based on 3 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    2/5
  • Service
    3/5
  • Organization
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Angel was an awesome tour guide. Really funny and very knowledgeable about the city!

May 17, 2018

Did not care for Angel our guide. Spent too much time in the cemetery

Could not understand the guide as she kept turning away when she spoke . Also she inserted her our personal experiences into the tour which had nothing to do with the history or architecture of the area. She was also just recovering from an illness and kept coughing. We also spent too much time in the cemetery. It was interesting but was a little lengthy.

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October 24, 2018

October 27, 2018

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