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New Orleans French Quarter, Voodoo, Cemetery 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 and learn of the city's burial customs and traditions. 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

4840 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA

For the Cemetery Insiders Tour: Meet at G's Pizza 4840 Bienville Street 30 minutes prior to departure.

Return Details

701 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

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

Return Details

5056 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA

Ends near Charity Hospital Cemetery on Canal Street.

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
A block from Bourbon Street, Royal Street is known for its art galleries and shops.
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 #2
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
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Please note St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is closed to the public and no access will be granted
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Witches Brew Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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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 French Quarter, Voodoo, Cemetery 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 French Quarter, Voodoo, Cemetery Tour or Cemetery Insiders Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during New Orleans French Quarter, Voodoo, Cemetery Tour or Cemetery Insiders Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans French Quarter, Voodoo, Cemetery Tour or Cemetery Insiders Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during New Orleans French Quarter, Voodoo, Cemetery 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 French Quarter, Voodoo, Cemetery Tour or Cemetery Insiders Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Just keep in mind if you are not staying walking distance from your hotel to the Pick up point, then take a uber or cab." See review
  • "There's a restroom stop after the graveyard so you can still enjoy the tour with a short break." See review
  • "I reccomend doing the tour earlier in the day as there are fewer people around and it's easier to listen and enjoy." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Great experience by James
Dina_G
, Nov 2021
Loved the entire experience. James was great at making the tour interesting, informational, and entertaining. His love and knowledge for New Orleans was so evident. I recommend this tour to all visitors.
star-5
Wonderful tour!
Delphine_C
, Nov 2021
Wonderful tour. Our guide (Taylor) is very knowledgeable and personable. Such a great experience!! He made the tour interesting and mixed historical details with humor. We loved walking through St. Patrick’s #2 and learning about the different types of tombs.
star-5
Educational and interesting
Lisa_G
, Nov 2021
Very interesting facts were shared by William. Educational info about both the cemeteries and New Orleans as a whole.
star-5
The 3 cemeteries that we...
LaJada_C
, Nov 2021
The 3 cemeteries that we toured were very interesting. Our tour guide Trevor was awesome with informing us with the history.
star-5
Loved it!
Rory_C
, Nov 2021
Mary J was great! Very knowledgeable and fun. The tour was great. When we got to the final stop, there was a shadow on the balcony of the LaLaurie mansion that only my friend and I could see. It kept peeking out and floating up to the third floor windows, and back down to the balcony. Very interesting.
star-5
Great tour guide!
Dolores_V
, Nov 2021
This was our first time in New Orleans. William was great! We Loved all the information and history. I would definitely recommend this tour.
star-5
We had a nice time on our...
Jessica_S
, Nov 2021
We had a nice time on our cemetery tour. We recommend Trevor as a tour guide. He’s very knowledgeable!
star-5
The cemetery was very...
Dale_R
, Nov 2021
The cemetery was very cool! Wish we would have gotten to go in! The voodoo store was fun as well, you will definitely learn a lot from William!
star-3
I would have liked more...
Karey_L
, Nov 2021
I would have liked more stories about some of the individuals buried at tge cemeteries or more history of the times.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Hi Karey-- I'm sorry to hear our tour did not live up to your expectations. We'd love to know how we could have made this a 5-star experience for you. Please reach out to us at manager@witchesbrewtours.com. Thanks so much for your feedback!
star-5
Unique history
Raymond_J
, Nov 2021
Really learned about the burial practices in New Orleans thru the years. Trevor was a good guide. Would recommend to friends.

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