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New Orleans Cemetery and Voodoo Walking Tour

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Overview
Walk through New Orleans famously haunted St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 in the company of a guide on this spirit-focused tour. You'll learn all about the city’s haunted history, voodoo inclinations, and the priestess Marie Laveau. You’ll make your way through a maze of above-ground graves and mausoleums, and go home with your very own amulet.
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You'll start at
Gray Line New Orleans
400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USAThe Gray Line 'Lighthouse' ticket office is located at Toulouse St and the Mississippi River (Steamboat Natchez Dock), just one block from Jackson Square in the French Quarter.
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    St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    Haunting adventures await you during this cemetery and voodoo walking tour through New Orleans. Follow your guide through St Louis Cemetery No. 1, the oldest and most famous of the three St Louis cemeteries. You may recall it as the site from the classic movie Easy Rider or perhaps by its most notorious 'resident' Marie Laveau, the late Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. Your professional guide will recount the background of both the famous and infamous people who are buried there. You can make a wish or, if you dare, cast a spell at the tomb of Marie Laveau. Hear spooky stories of how this voodoo master was able to be in two places at once. You'll also learn about New Orleans’ unique above-ground burial custom and hear various society tombs--grand mausoleums built to entomb and commemorate members of professional, benevolent, and ethnic organizations. These macabre monuments include the Italian Mutual Benevolent Society tomb which provided the eerie backdrop for Easy Rider. Throughout your tour, you’ll get an in-depth view at the evolution of voodoo -- the practice of witchcraft with an African religious heritage. Often dismissed as a cult or superstition, plenty of New Orleans residents believe in its powers. Voodoo rites and traditions are still observed. Small shops sell tools of the trade with herbs, oils, powders, candles and more recognizable items such as voodoo dolls and gris-gris--voodoo amulets. By the end of your tour, you'll understand the meaning of the gris-gris as well as take home some voodoo charms of your own with the mysterious objects found in your souvenir bag!
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You'll end at
Gray Line New Orleans
400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USAThe Gray Line 'Lighthouse' ticket office is located at Toulouse St and the Mississippi River (Steamboat Natchez Dock), just one block from Jackson Square in the French Quarter.
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Highlights
  • Walking tour lets you get up close with a piece of New Orleans history
  • Guide commentary lets you learn about voodoo and the city's haunted history
  • Comfortable, convenient round-trip transport from the French Quarter included 
  • Take home a voodoo amulet to remember your tour
What to Expect
Meet your guide and group in the French Quarter, where you’ll board an air-conditioned vehicle for a quick ride to the St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, one of the city’s oldest. As you enter the cemetery, your guide will tell you about the reasons for above-ground burials and the use of mausoleums. Stroll through the cemetery, seeing some of its huge society tombs, and hear tales about New Orleans voodoo queen Marie Laveau. Stop by her tomb, which is a pilgrimage destination for people from across the world. In keeping with tradition, cast a spell or make a wish at her grave. Your guide will also teach you about the continuing practice and development of voodoo in modern New Orleans. Walk away from the tour with your very own gris-gris (voodoo amulet) to take home. Return to the French Quarter for drop-off at the end of your tour.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Gray Line New Orleans, 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Duration
2h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Transportation to and from the cemetery by air-conditioned coach
  • Local guide
  • Authentic souvenir gris-gris bag!
  • Entry/Admission - St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • During warmer months, we recommend that you wear lightly colored clothing. Caps/hats and umbrellas are also suggested.
  • In order to help preserve the French Quarter from vehicular traffic, it is requested that you please walk, if possible, to the convenient tour departure point, just a short stroll from most downtown hotels.
  • Wheelchair Access: If the guest needs a wheelchair lift equipped bus, then special arrangements need to be made with the supplier. This must be arranged 48 hours prior to tour date. Contact details will be on your voucher.
  • Alternate Routes: Due to uneven and narrow paths, alternate routes may be necessary for guests traveling in wheelchairs.
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Cindy VE wrote a review Mar 2020
Hamburg, Germany18 contributions1 helpful vote
I really liked the tour. Our guide was Charlie and he told a lot of stories. We were picked up by bus where all the Grayline tours in NOLA start.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Octoberlily wrote a review Mar 2020
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin11 contributions5 helpful votes
Gail was very friendly and greeted us all individually. At the ceremony she explained the history as well as where the families status currently. The stories were interesting and how she told them kept my 11 and 12 year old interested. The cemetery was very busy. Even
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Katiej9267 wrote a review Mar 2020
20 contributions10 helpful votes
Wow, this guy put so much effort, personality & knowledge into his presentation you couldn’t fail to be engaged or interested. He had great solid stories to tell & information to give us, he made it fun which for us was ideal, we didn’t want years & facts & figures quoting, we
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Kim D wrote a review Mar 2020
Montreal, Canada3 contributions1 helpful vote
We really expected that tour, eager to learn about voodoo traditions, legends and histories. We learned nothing that is not published in a basic NOLA tour guide. Sure we've seen Marie Laveau's supposed caveau, but we didn't learn anything about her. Our tour guide spoke more
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from GrandTour793596, Guest Relations Manager at New Orleans Cemetery and Voodoo Walking Tour
Responded 4 weeks ago
We are sorry you feel deceived. We do promote your learning of the history of burial rituals and the evolution of voodoo. We regret to hear you did not enjoy the historical narratives and found the information "basic NOLA." We encourage our guests to ask any questions during the tour if you wish to hear more on a particular topic or particular figure.
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Alisha L wrote a review Mar 2020
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JoAnn was our guide for this set of tours. If you could pick your tour guide for this tour i would highly recommend her. She has a very great energy about her and definitely knows her stuff. I’m so grateful my parents, fiancé and I were able to learn history of Marie Lavaue
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Date of experience: March 2020
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