Walking Tour Of St. Louis Cemetery 1 - New Orleans

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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. 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.

Inclusions for Walking Tour Of St. Louis Cemetery 1

  • Walking tour
  • Entrance fees
  • Professional guide

Exclusions for Walking Tour Of St. Louis Cemetery 1

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

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

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.

Cancellation Policy
All sales related to this product are final and non-refundable. In case you wish to cancel the reservation you will be charged 100% cancellation fees.

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5 Traveler Reviews

  • Chad was an excellent guide from Tours by Steven. Thoroughly enjoyed by family of 4 2 old, 11 and 14 year old

  • This tour was great! The cemetery is a MUST see, and Chad was a great guide! He gave is so many amazing details, and really knew a lot about the cemetery, as well as the history of New Orleans. We would highly recommend this tour!

  • This was an informative tour where I learned many things about entombment above ground. The guide Chad gave a great overview of the cemetery, the origins of above ground entombment and history on some of the fascinating aspects of this cemetery.

  • My family was really happy with this tour by Steven, who was full of information and clearly well researched. Tour began at the Visitor's Center, at the wall map where he explained what happened when Katrina hit. Because there was a funeral happening at Cemetery 1 that morning, we toured Cemetery 2 first, then we went to 1 for highlights. This was fine with us. I liked that the tour was at 9am, as it was before the heat of day and allowed us to book a lunch time activity. A cemetery tour was not at the top of my list for NOLA, but I'm glad we did this tour.

  • This was our second tour with Tours by Steven and we were not disappointed! The tour was small in size and Chad was an amazing guide. He started the tour by explaining the burial process and the history of the cemetery. He then guided us through the cemetery while pointing out many interesting tombs for their architecture and the historical significance of their occupants. We were encouraged to ask questions and he took us to see any tomb or area we requested at the end. Highly recommend this tour!

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