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New Orleans French Quarter, Voodoo Tour or Cemetery Insiders Tour

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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 is a walking tour that 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 the 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 Walking our (Tour inside 3 Cemeteries)
Gratuities
Food and drinks
With Cemetery Insiders option, the French Quarter and Voodoo Tour is not included
  • 301 Basin St , 301 Basin St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA

    READ CAREFULLY: For the French Quarter tour: Meet outside of Backatown Coffee on Basin Street 30 minutes prior to departure. IF YOU PURCHASED THE CEMETERY INSIDERS OPTION YOU MEET AT 4840 BIENVILLE, not 301 Basin.

  • G's Pizza , 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.

  • This activity ends in a different location. See details below:
  • Jackson Square , 701 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

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

  • Hurricane Katrina Memorial , 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 5 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 travellers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travellers
    • 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 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.

    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 French Quarter, Voodoo Tour or Cemetery Insiders Tour?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

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

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

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    Traveller 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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    2,361 reviews

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    star-5
    Learning about the...
    Stacy_J
    , May 2022
    Learning about the cemeteries and the burials . It was something we wouldn’t have done, interesting and different.
    star-2
    I’ve been to NOLA before...
    Heather_L
    , May 2022
    I’ve been to NOLA before on a walking tour and it was much better than this one. Our guide went into a bunch of history that had nothing to do with NOLA. He also was very political. I get tired of hearing about politics, especially while on vacation.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Hi Heather, we'd love to hear more about your experience-- please reach out to us at manager@witchesbrewtours.com. Thanks!
    star-3
    Just Okay
    Bethany_C
    , May 2022
    Pace of the tour was great, especially because of the heat. But the tour itself was lacking from the description on the website. Great info about the cemetery ( even though you dont go in) almost nothing about voodoo and the tour ended on the corner of the french quarter, in the total opposite direction of where we started, so we had to find our way back.
    star-2
    Just ok
    MELISSA_J
    , May 2022
    I enjoyed the mass grave and hurricane Katrina memorial. The 1st cemetery we weren't allowed in and the other two were ok. Stories not very interesting and was hoping for some older cemeteries.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Hi Melissa-- most of these cemeteries are from the mid 1800s and currently there are very few cemeteries open to the public in the city! I'm sorry to hear the tour did not reach your expectations-- we are working hard to try to get all cemeteries in the city open to the public!
    star-5
    Cemetery insiders tour
    Jessica_S
    , May 2022
    William is very smart and knowledgeable about New Orleans and it’s history. He also an amazing story teller! He makes the tour very interesting and fun!
    1 traveller found this review helpful
    star-5
    Trevor is great
    Alexandria_C
    , Apr. 2022
    Trevor was super amazing at explaining everything to us! I recommend having him as your tour guide!!
    star-4
    Lots of history
    Julie_R
    , Apr. 2022
    A lovely slow walk around the three cemeteries with William our knowledgeable guide. Questions allowed.
    1 traveller found this review helpful
    star-5
    Great time
    Ronnie_L
    , Apr. 2022
    Great stories and very interesting learning about the process of the burials and funerals. Also Sandra’s personality was fantastic
    star-5
    Great tour with a added history lesson!
    Jill_H
    , Apr. 2022
    Trevor was an absolute delight! We loved everything about this tour. He was very knowledgeable and had answers for all of our questions. Would highly recommend this tour
    star-5
    Lots of interesting info....
    Erica_E
    , Apr. 2022
    Lots of interesting info. Glad we went. The pizza were we met is fantastic. I would recommend this tour.

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