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New Orleans: St. Louis Cemeteries 1 & 2 Walking Tour

Product ID: 299255
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Explore two of the oldest and most interesting cemeteries in New Orleans. Located on the edge of the French Quarter, St. Louis Cemetery #1 and the off-the-beaten-path St. Louis Cemetery #2 will provide beautiful photos and great stories.
About this activity
Duration 2 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the unforgettable stories of New Orleans' earliest settlers
  • Capture the most interesting photos of the beautiful but decaying "Cities of the Dead"
  • Explore two cemeteries, one a must-see for tourists and one a hidden jewel
  • See two tombs reputed to be the burial place of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau
Full description
Meet your guide at a local coffee shop for a two-hour small group adventure through two of New Orleans’ stunning centuries-old cemeteries on the edge of the French Quarter. 

First, go to St. Louis Cemetery #2 and hear stories of civil rights pioneers, music legends, important architects, and outrageous characters who are interred here. Some highlights will be the “wishing vault”, believed by some to be the burial place of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, and the final resting place of Dominique Youx, a notorious pirate who helped Andrew Jackson defend the city in 1812. Your guide will delight you with the best stories New Orleans has to offer.  

Leaving Cemetery #2, walk through an area of Treme, the traditional New Orleans neighborhood where jazz grew into a unique musical genre. Rebuilt after Katrina, this neighborhood was once the notorious Storyville, a red-light district that made Bourbon Street look tame. Walking through these streets, you’ll start to understand the most important aspects of New Orleans culture: love of a good time, of jazz, and a spirit of resilience and determination to emerge from adversity even stronger.  

Enter St. Louis Cemetery #1, the oldest cemetery in the city. Here, you’ll see the “official” resting place of Marie Laveau, and you can decide for yourself which one really holds the Voodoo Queen. Visit the tomb of Paul Morphy, the first American world chess champion, and the graves of so many other fascinating characters. Throughout it all, your guide will tell you unforgettable stories of New Orleans’ history. You’ll come away with great memories, great stories, and great pictures.  

The tour ends at Basin Street Station, a comfortable visitors’ center on the edge of the French Quarter.
Includes
  • Guided walking tour
  • Expert local guide
  • Louis Cemetery #1 admission fee
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet inside the Daily Grind Coffee Shop, located at 1500 Canal St, New Orleans.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Umbrella
  • Comfortable clothes
Not allowed
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol and drugs
Know before you go
• Surfaces are uneven in the cemetery, so comfortable walking shoes and/or sturdy wheelchairs are recommended
• After a rain, the ground in the cemeteries can be quite muddy. Leave the fancy shoes at home!
• You'll receive your guide's contact information for further recommendations of what to do in New Orleans
• Upon booking, please make sure to provide a working, serviced phone number where you can be reached during your stay in New Orleans
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Product ID: 299255