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New Orleans: Ghosts, Vampires, & Voodoo French Quarter Tour

1. New Orleans: Ghosts, Vampires, & Voodoo French Quarter Tour

Listen to stories of witchcraft and keep watch for spirits on a guided city walking tour of New Orleans. Explore the historical French Quarter, as you indulge in stories of magic, ghosts, vampires, and voodoo practitioners from your expert guide. Travel to several of the city's venerated neighborhoods, soaking up stories about the witches, ghosts, vampires, and Voodoo practitioners who have contributed to the city's colorful past. Meet your local guide and set off on a journey through New Orleans’ haunted history. Pass outside well-known sites such as Muriel’s Restaurant and the Old Ursuline Convent. See the exterior of the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, where bloodletting and leeching took place in the 19th century. From the outside, see the house where Jacques Saint Germain — who was rumored to be a vampire — once lived. Plus, hear chilling tales of LaLaurie House and its mistress, Madame LaLaurie. Let your guide entertain you with local folklore as you continue past the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum. The final stop of your activity is outside Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar, where your spooky experience will end.

New Orleans: Cemetery Bus Tour At Dark with Exclusive Access

2. New Orleans: Cemetery Bus Tour At Dark with Exclusive Access

Experience the spooky side of New Orleans on a tour of the city and one of its most haunted cemeteries. Listen to chilling tales from your local guide and learn about the darker parts of the city's history. See how an EMF reader is used in real life. First, grab a cocktail or beer at your meeting location before the tour. Then your tour guide will lead the way with an EMF Reader and explain how to use them to search for paranormal activity. Then, travel to two different locations and explore haunted New Orleans cemeteries at night. Our guides will have EMF readers to help locate any spirits or paranormal phenomena.  Finally, see the videos of documented ghosts and spirits that haunt several locations from your tour. Conclude your tour by following your guide to a burial ground of spirits who met their unfortunate fate in a tragic pandemic event.

New Orleans: French Quarter Ghost and Murder Tour

3. New Orleans: French Quarter Ghost and Murder Tour

Learn about the ghostly history of New Orleans on this tour of the French Quarter. Visit famous landmarks, hear fascinating stories, and immerse yourself in the haunted world of this atmospheric district. Make your way to the French Quarter to meet your historian guide. Visit places like the infamous Lalaurie Mansion (as seen on 'American Horror Story Coven'), May Bailey's Brothel (as seen on Travel Channels 'Ghost Adventures'), and many other sites. Embark on the only ghost tour in New Orleans with access inside a haunted building. Enjoy a tour that is kid and alcohol friendly. Take a leisurely stroll through the haunted history of New Orleans´ French Quarter with frequent stops and restroom breaks.

New Orleans: Dead of Night Ghosts and Haunts Bus Tour

4. New Orleans: Dead of Night Ghosts and Haunts Bus Tour

Climb aboard the tour bus and be taken on a night-time ride to the most haunted locations in New Orleans. Escape into the darkness with your knowledgeable guide. Over the two-hour tour, you will cross one of the most notorious streets in America, once referred to as 'the port of missing men' and listen to the stories of murder, betrayal and strange urban legends. Learn why New Orleans really is the most haunted place in America! You will be transported around the city on a comfortable, air-conditioned bus.

New Orleans: Adults Only Haunted Ghost Tour

5. New Orleans: Adults Only Haunted Ghost Tour

Sink your soul into the seductive spirits of murder, suicide, and the paranormal on this unique walking tour in New Orleans. Uncover the dark history of the city through the nightmarish tales of your guide. Begin near Congo Square, the birthplace of jazz and New Orleans voodoo, and hear about the square's darker side. Partake of elixirs, leave offerings of baubles and beads, and pray its enough to keep the demons of New Orleans from leaving you in a spiraling quagmire of insanity. Raven’s Omen will burn through the hottest hell as it sends the chill of death to your soul. Unearth the Devil’s Empire and feel its lifeless grip as the pulse of New Orleans sends you further into the shadows. Is it voodoo posession, madness, or PTSD? Hear the story of Zack and Addie to find out.

New Orleans: 2-Hour Ghosts & Vampires Walking Tour

6. New Orleans: 2-Hour Ghosts & Vampires Walking Tour

Take a thrilling walking tour through the haunted streets of New Orleans’s French Quarter and uncover the mysteries of this spooky city. Led by guides and storytellers, hear the grisly ghost stories behind every turn. Take a walk through the dark streets of the city’s most famous neighborhood. Hear about Madame Lalaurie and her love of torture and learn why you should fear the Mad Butcher. Discover if there are vampires in the Ursulines Convent and what happened to the beautiful Octoroon Mistress. To steady your nerves, enjoy buy-one-get-one-free hurricane drinks the hour prior to each tour. Just head to the Voodoo Lounge and grab your 2-for-1 cocktail as you prepare to embark on the most gruesome journey of your life. You will get a lot of great laughs with a little chill up your spine.

New Orleans: French Quarter Ghost and Legends Walking Tour

7. New Orleans: French Quarter Ghost and Legends Walking Tour

Descend into the dark history of New Orleans on a guided walking tour through the French Quarter. Feel a chill as you pass the sites of hauntings, including the Lalaurie Mansion. Hear the horrible tales behind each turn from your guide. Meet at Rev. Zombie’s Voodoo Shop and follow your guide to the darkest corners of the city. Delve deep into the terrible past of the French Quarter as you visit the locations of documented sightings. Pass historic buildings with dark roots, including the Napoleon House and the Lalaurie Mansion. Walk in the footsteps of sinister characters who call New Orleans home, and learn about the city's lesser-known history from your guide. Make a stop at a haunted bar and hear the story behind its chilling reputation.

New Orleans: Guided Nighttime Ghost Hunt Tour

8. New Orleans: Guided Nighttime Ghost Hunt Tour

Explore the darker side of New Orleans on an interactive ghost hunting tour led by real paranormal investigators. Discover why The Big Easy is the most haunted city in America and visit 2 haunted locations to capture evidence of the ghosts that reside there. Join your guide in the French Quarter and listen to terrifying tales of the supernatural as you set out to visit 2 haunted properties. But don't just stand outside these buildings, step inside and experience the hauntings yourself. Use real ghost hunting tools and try to pick up on the paranormal activity that takes place here. Capture audio, video, and photo evidence of otherworldly entities and end the night with a better understanding of the spirit world in New Orleans.

New Orleans: Ghost, Crime, Voodoo, and Vampires Guided Tour

9. New Orleans: Ghost, Crime, Voodoo, and Vampires Guided Tour

At Hottest Hell Tours we evolve our tours weekly as new stories are unearthed and the spirits guide us - no two tours are exactly the same. A night with one of our local experts can cover murder, music, mayhem, and more. Choose between a standard tour, or an option with HELLVISION, where we bring handheld projectors to visually recreate some of the most frightening scenes of the past. All travelers meet under the glowing arch of Armstrong Park, where some of the earliest gatherings of Voodoo and Hoodoo practitioners took place. Depending on your guide, you might take a short walk near the old Parish Prison, the haunting site of The American Mafia. Here we reveal the hidden history of organized crime in North America, from the largest mass lynching in U.S. history, to one of the nation’s most notorious and unsolved cases of serial murder: the dreaded Axe-man. For those who love more recent macabre moments, tour-goers might request the tragic, ripped-from-the-headlines reality of a pair of star-crossed lovers whose relationship ended in dismemberment and demonic possession. On any given night we might visit Marie Laveau’s house, the famed Voodoo Queen who once ruled New Orleans from the shadows. Or maybe you’ll hear about the scandal of the Sultan’s Palace, the scene of an infamous orgy turned into a grotesque blood bath. A stroll to Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop brings you to one of the oldest bars in North America, still haunted by boozed-up patrons from its treacherous past. From there, all roads lead to Madame Lalaurie. Travel through the black and blood red history of the city once called “The Hottest Hell,” guided by living experts who can curate the tour of your dreams - or nightmares - depending on your mood.

Spooky Family Ghost Tour

10. Spooky Family Ghost Tour

Taking the whole family on vacation to New Orleans? The charming city isn’t just for adults! The supplier offers a kid-friendly and just-scary-enough Ghost Tour of NOLA that the whole family can enjoy. All ages of chill-seekers will love this guided tour of the French Quarter, a neighborhood brimming with eerie secrets and supernatural activity. As you walk to some of the most haunted locations in the city, experience spooky stories and unexplained events—all made appropriate for adults and kids alike. You and the little ones will go on a storytelling adventure through the beautiful- and haunted- French Quarter that your kids will talk about the whole way home! 

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I recommend taking this tour at night to get the full experience. I can’t remember our guides name but I think it was Peter. What I can say is this tour is all about the guide you have. He was really into story telling and involved the guests to share their stories which added to the creepiness around the cemetery at night. It was a nice pace with story telling the entire time of ghost experience.

Our guide Richie, was very knowledgeable with the history of New Orleans. She was also very fun. I learned and saw a lot on this tour. If you are looking to see a ghost and learn some history this is the tour you need.

Our tour guide, Rob was an excellent story teller and did well keeping the crowd engaged.

Stella, our tour guide, was amazing and had great stories and anecdotes.

Dartania was a great and thoughtful guide, we really loved our tour