St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 Guided Tour - New Orleans

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 1 Hrs
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    9am, 10:30 am, and 12:00 pm depending on option chosen
  • Departure Details :
    Basin Street Station Visitors Center, Meet outside the visitors center on the sidewalk at the bottom of the drive on Basin Street.
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable


Immerse yourself in history on a small-group, one-hour tour of the St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. Learn about the history of New Orleans as you see the famous wall oven vaults and family and society tombs, we also discuss the famous people buried in the cemetery and the legends of Marie Laveau and Easy Rider.

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Meet your guide at the Visitors Center across the street from the cemetery and begin with learning about the geographical challenges of New Orleans. The city is primarily below sea level, including the major canals in the city designed to prevent flooding and the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Then, walk to the oldest above-ground cemetery in the city, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. You are required to be with a guide in the cemetery and cannot walk freely through it without your guide.

Hear about the original cemetery in the French quarter and why it was moved. Discover the historical significance of it and the need to protect its architectural integrity. Discuss the burial processes, famous people who are buried in the cemetery, and see the supposed tomb of Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau.


  • Walking tour
  • Entrance fees
  • Professional guide


  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Dress code is smart casual, be prepared for any and all types of weather as tour operates rain or shine

A moderate amount of walking is involved

Due to uneven surfaces, this tour may be difficult for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair

Photography is allowed and recommended but you may not place your camera or equipment on any tombs or cemetery property

No alcohol, food, or drink is permitted in the cemetery except for water

It is mandatory for all guests to remain within the group and not stray or wander off alone; you may not stand on or lean on tombs; These rules are strictly enforced by the Archdiocese of New Orleans

You may not touch graves or anything in the cemetery while on the tour

The local supplier reserves the right to end your tour if you are intoxicated, belligerent, or do not follow guidelines

You may visit the gift shop for souvenirs and water

NOTE: St. Louis #1 is an ACTIVE cemetery and may have funerals at the time of your scheduled tour and may be closed to the public, if this situation arises, we will visit St. Louis #2.

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