Voodoo and Cemetery Tour

Why We Love This

  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Excellent value for money
  • Family friendly
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city

New Orleans Ghost Adventures

Discover the 18th-century origins of Voodoo in New Orleans on a walking tour with a local historian as your guide. Meander on foot through the French Quarter to Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1, the city’s oldest extant cemetery. You’ll visit the grave of the notorious Marie Paris Laveau, known as the ‘Voodoo Queen,’ then visit Catholic churches and stop by a Voodoo shop and museum.

What You'll Do

Meet your voodoo historian guide in the French Quarter to begin your walking tour.

Voodoo (or voudou) is a Haitian folk religion which consists of various African magical beliefs and rites that have become mixed with Catholic elements. The origin of the word 'Voodoo' means 'spirit - an invisible, mysterious force that can intervene in human affairs.

During this tour, you will make your way through the historic French Quarter to St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, the final resting place of history’s most revered Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau. Guests will have the added bonus of visiting a Voodoo museum and will have the opportunity to purchase Voodoo 'magic' potions at Marie Laveau’s Voodoo Shop before heading into the cemetery.

There are three St. Louis Cemeteries in New Orleans, but the oldest extant cemetery in the city is St. Louis Cemetery Number 1. It is still the site of several burials a year. Here you will notice that the cemetery's graves are above ground tombs, referred to as 'Cities of the Dead' because they resembled small houses and make the cemetery look like a city in itself.

To ensure the historic preservation of this local landmark, recent rules set by the Catholic Archdioesces of New Orleans require all visitors to this cemetery to be accompanied by a licensed tour guide.

What You'll Do

Meet your voodoo historian guide in the French Quarter to begin your walking tour.

Voodoo (or voudou) is a Haitian folk religion which consists of various African magical beliefs and rites that have become mixed with Catholic elements. The origin of the word 'Voodoo' means 'spirit - an invisible, mysterious force that can intervene in human affairs.

During this tour, you will make your way through the historic French Quarter to St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, the final resting place of history’s most revered Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau. Guests will have the added bonus of visiting a Voodoo museum and will have the opportunity to purchase Voodoo 'magic' potions at Marie Laveau’s Voodoo Shop before heading into the cemetery.

There are three St. Louis Cemeteries in New Orleans, but the oldest extant cemetery in the city is St. Louis Cemetery Number 1. It is still the site of several burials a year. Here you will notice that the cemetery's graves are above ground tombs, referred to as 'Cities of the Dead' because they resembled small houses and make the cemetery look like a city in itself.

To ensure the historic preservation of this local landmark, recent rules set by the Catholic Archdioesces of New Orleans require all visitors to this cemetery to be accompanied by a licensed tour guide.

Cancellations & Refunds

Can be canceled up to 48hrs in advance

Duration

2 hours

Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking
A moderate amount of walking is involved
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Departure Point

JAX Brew House
620 Decatur St. Suite 1A
Corner of Decatur St. and St. Peter St. 
Across from Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter

Inclusions

All taxes, fees and handling charges
Local taxes
Local guide
Walking tour

Exlusions

Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Gratuities (optional)
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point: JAX Brew House
620 Decatur St. Suite 1A
Corner of Decatur St. and St. Peter St. 
Across from Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter

"This was a great experience..."

November 2, 2017 - 

This was a great experience - highly recommend!


"We had a great guide..."

September 20, 2017 - 

We had a great guide and learned so much about the myths of voodoo. Quite different than what we thought we knew. We also enjoyed the trip over to the St. Charles cemetery. Our guide was a professor at one of the local colleges and teaches a class on the history of New Orleans. The correct information is vital for tourists because we believe what is being told to us on these tours. We also learned so much about the French quarter and the architecture of the buildings. A very interesting couple of hours and very glad we did this.


"The tour guide was very..."

October 17, 2016 - 

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. This tour was good but not great. I personally would have appreciated a bit more history while we were walking. It seems we walked a lot and learned a little. I think there are more exciting tours this company offers then the Voodoo and Cemetery.


"Our tour guide was very..."

September 6, 2016 - 

Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommend just for the tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 alone.


"Christine was our guide and..."

August 15, 2016 - 

Christine was our guide and she was truly spectacular. I loved learning about the different types of voodoo and how it intertwines with Catholicism and see parts of the Quarter I had not explored in the past.


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