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New Orleans Cemetery, Voodoo, & French Quarter Tour Or Cemetery Insiders Tour

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Overview

Rich history and voodoo legends make New Orleans one of the most fascinating places to visit, but if you see the sights alone, you could miss out on some of the key details that bring this vibrant city to life. Choose from two options - the voodoo walking tour takes you through the city during daylight hours—perfect for those who don’t want to get too scared, but still want a look into the city’s mysterious past. The BYOB Cemetery Insiders option allows you to journey through three of New Orleans’ hallowed historical cemeteries. Bring your favorite beverage onboard the air-conditioned coach bus, and learn of the city's burial customs and traditions on your short drive to the cemeteries. While you pass through the aisles of tombs, you'll hear stories like one of thousands buried in the graveyard behind the Katrina Memorial. No matter which option you choose, you will leave you with feelings of trepidation and excitement, as well as an appreciation of New Orleans' incredible history.
  • Listen to your guide’s master storytelling as they dive deep into the city’s past
  • Learn the history behind above-ground burying and other New Orleans facts
  • Don't worry about getting lost with centrally located meeting points
  • Journey through three historical New Orleans cemeteries, if option chosen
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Voodoo Walking Tour or Cemetery Insiders Tour (Tour inside 3 Cemeteries)
Gratuities
Food and drinks
With Cemetery Insiders option, the French Quarter and Voodoo Tour is not included

Departure Point

301 Basin St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA

For the French Quarter tour: Meet outside of Backatown Coffee on Basin Street 30 minutes prior to departure. The guide will depart on time.

Departure Point

801 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

For the Cemetery Insiders Tour: Louis Armstrong park (Look for the big arch that says "Armstrong Park")

Return Details

701 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

Tour ends at Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter.

Return Details

801 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

Louis Armstrong Park

Your journey through mystical New Orleans’ begins in the French Quarter. Choose a morning or afternoon start time and meet your friendly local guide for a narrated walk through the French Quarter. Discover the architectural diversity of the area as you pass French and Spanish‐inspired buildings, gorgeous Creole townhouses, ‘Entresol’ houses and shotgun homes. Catch a glimpse of a cloistered courtyard and hear of its utilitarian function.

As you stroll, enjoy tales of New Orleans’ voodoo history and peek into a small shop that specializes in voodoo ritual materials such as herbs, oils, and amulets. Hear more from your guide about a largely misunderstood religion that still enjoys a formidable presence in New Orleans.

Take a short break at the old train station. Then walk through Louis Armstrong Park where you visit Congo Square, a historical site from the 1800s. Here, slaves and free people met on Sunday to openly trade, socialize, play music, dance and practice voodoo rituals.

To see cemeteries from inside the gates with your favorite beverage in hand, choose the BYOB Cemetery Insiders option. You'll experience three of New Orleans’ historical cemeteries and learn of the city's unique burial traditions.

Please note that this tour covers about one mile of the city, so comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Royal Street
Meet your guide at the corner of Royal and Conti Streets in the French Quarter 30 minutes prior to tour to start your voodoo and cemetery walking tour of New Orleans.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
French Quarter
As you stroll through the streets of the French Quarter, learn about New Orleans history and the classic architecture around the city. Walk by shotgun homes — one of the most popular styles of Southern homes in the early 1860s — as well as Creole townhouses. Along the way, hear more about the city’s legendary voodoo practitioners such as Marie Laveau. Many New Orleans residents believe in the religion, and various ancient traditions and rituals are still observed.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Bourbon Street
Bourbon Street, located in the heart of the French Quarter of New Orleans, is known for its many bars and clubs. With over 17 million visitors annually, it’s no secret that it has become one of the main attractions of the city.
Stop At:  
Louis Armstrong Park
Once you leave the cemetery, head to the old train station, which is now a visitor center, to take a quick break before going to Louis Armstrong Park, home of Congo Square.) Your guide shares stories of large gatherings that took place here in the 1800s, including voodoo rituals. Please note: Expect to walk at a leisurely pace and cover about one mile during your 2-hour tour. Comfortable walking shoes and water bottles are recommended.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jackson Square
Learn about the history of the first settlements in New Orleans, see the first apartment buildings in the United States, St. Louis Cathedral-- and more!
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Voodoo Authentica
Learn all about New Orleans Voodoo, the history, traditions, and our Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
See the oldest cemetery in New Orleans from the outside. Here about the different types of above ground tombs and the entombement process.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Masonic Temple Cemetery
With the Cemetery Insiders upgrade, you'll tour the inside of this cemetery, founded in 1865 by a local chapter of Free Masons.
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • All guides are licensed by the City of New Orleans.
  • Bring bottled water. Weather conditions can become increasingly hot in the summer months and drinking water is necessary to prevent dehydration.
  • Check In begins 30 minutes prior to tour departure. Tour departs on time. Late arrivals will not be refunded.
  • Children under 6 are free of charge.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Due to citywide shutdowns, there will be no bathroom or bar breaks. Please come prepared.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is closed to the public and no access will be granted
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Witches Brew Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Where is the departure location for the BYOB Cemetery Insiders Tour?
A:The group meets at 801 Rampart Street at Louis Armstrong Park.
Apr 2021
Q:
Where is the departure location for the Voodoo, French Quarter, Cemetery Tour?
A:The tour departs from the corner of Royal and Conti Streets directly across from Latrobe’s. (400 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130)
Apr 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for the Voodoo, French Quarter, Cemetery Tour or BYOB Cemetery Insiders Tour?
A:Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to tour departure and the tour departs on time. Late arrivals will not be accepted due to liability issues, as well as respect for the guests who arrived are already mid-tour.
Apr 2021
Q:
Do I have to make reservations in advance for the Voodoo, French Quarter, Cemetery Tour or BYOB Cemetery Insiders Tour?
A:Yes. The city of New Orleans regulates the tour guide industry and places a numerical limit on the number of guests each guide can lead at one time. If you do not make reservations, we cannot guarantee that there will be an available tour guide.
Apr 2021
Q:
Why does the BYOB Cemetery Insiders Tour not run in the night time?
A:The cemetery is owned and operated by the Catholic Archdiocese and they control the hours. The hours are Monday through Saturday until 3 pm and until 12:00 pm on Sundays and so there are no tours after these hours.
Apr 2021
Q:
What happens in cases of bad weather on the Voodoo, French Quarter, Cemetery Tour or BYOB Cemetery Insiders Tour?
A:Flooding, Tropical Storms, Hurricanes, Fires, and Cloud-to-Ground Lightning within the French Quarter are the only reasons a tour would be canceled. Tours are never canceled due to rain, cold, snow, sleet, or other inclement weather.
Apr 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during New Orleans Cemetery, Voodoo, & French Quarter Tour Or Cemetery Insiders Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Cemetery, Voodoo, & French Quarter Tour Or Cemetery Insiders Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during New Orleans Cemetery, Voodoo, & French Quarter Tour Or Cemetery Insiders Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Cemetery, Voodoo, & French Quarter Tour Or Cemetery Insiders Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during New Orleans Cemetery, Voodoo, & French Quarter Tour Or Cemetery Insiders Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Cemetery, Voodoo, & French Quarter Tour Or Cemetery Insiders Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during New Orleans Cemetery, Voodoo, & French Quarter Tour Or Cemetery Insiders Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 28 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Cemetery, Voodoo, & French Quarter Tour Or Cemetery Insiders Tour.

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star-5
Great Tour With Sandra
Michelle_E
, Aug 2021
Our Tour Guide Sandra was Awesome!!!! She Very Knowledgeable About the History of New Orleans......I would reserve another tour with Sandra next time I'm in New Orleans
star-5
Must do!
Carmen_C
, Aug 2021
Sandy D. gave us the BEST tour ever! Great and very informative experience! Definitely a must do!!!!
star-5
Great tour. Worth the time!
Alena_D
, Aug 2021
Our tour guide Taylor was awesome. Gave us great history on every sight we went to. Would do this again!!
star-5
Great experience would definitely recommend
David_M
, Aug 2021
Very Good experience and Great day! Sandra D was a wonderful guide full of Information and fun. Thank you for the time.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Bad
jessi_d
, Aug 2021
We couldn't find the location. We called a couple of times for directions and nobody answered. We missed the tour. So sad.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hi Jessi, I am sorry to hear you were unable to make it. Our reservationists return calls as soon as we can, as we have a high volume of incoming calls, especially on weekends. We do give guests 30 full minutes to arrive and do our best to be available for directions. We would be happy to set you up free of charge with another tour the next time you are in town. Please reach out to us at manager@witchesbrewtours.com. Thank you for your feedback.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Great experience!
Peter_B
, Aug 2021
Kristy did a great job. Very interesting, handled the group well, very engaging. The city was surprisingly crowded but she handled it well and was able to find quiet places to tell us the history.
star-1
Don’t go on this tour!!!!
Deidre_A
, Aug 2021
Will never do a tour again with your group. Taylor, our guide kept making snide comments about our bus drivers’ limited mental capacity and made the tour his personal soapbox for his own communistic political leanings. No interesting stories about the tombs, no personal interest stories about famous people buried in New Orleans. My family of four were are very dissatisfied and felt ripped off for the big ticket prices we paid.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
I'm so sorry to hear you did not enjoy your experience on this tour! We'd love to help make this better for you-- please reach out to us at manager@witchesbrewtours.com so we can. Thanks so much.
star-5
Interesting and learn about the history of the dead in New Orleans.
Jacquelyn_D
, Aug 2021
Cemetery Insiders Tour allowed us to view historic cemeteries and learn about the history and current practices unique to New Orleans. Went during the morning hours in August and the heat was oppressive. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and left it up to the group to determine how much time we spent, based on our comfort level. Could have spent more time milling about if it were not so uncomfortable. My kids from 8 - 14 enjoyed learning interesting facts and information.
star-4
A cool experience
Megan_N
, Jul 2021
Jeremy was very personable with his jokes and experiences while living in New Orleans. His personal flair made it more memorable.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Interesting and Informative Tour
Carl_F
, Jul 2021
Our guide, Graham, provided detailed and informative historical information. He provided photos and book recommendations.

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