New Orleans

New Orleans French Quarter, Voodoo, and Cemetery History Tour

Badge of ExcellenceNew Orleans, United States

From $26.99

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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. This 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. You'll leave 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 a centrally located meeting point

What's Included

  • A guided walking tour with a licensed, 5-star guide.
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • This tour does not enter any cemeteries.

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 301 Basin St
    301 Basin St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA

    Meet outside of Backatown Coffee on Basin Street 30 minutes prior to departure.

End point

  • Jackson Square
    701 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

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

What To Expect

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.

Please note that this tour covers about one mile of the city, so comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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.

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Bourbon Street (Pass By)

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.

Additional Info

  • 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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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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

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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.
There's a restroom stop after the graveyard so you can still enjoy the tour with a short break.
I reccomend doing the tour earlier in the day as there are fewer people around and it's easier to listen and enjoy.
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Pat_B, Mar 2023
Chris was an amazing tour guide, had a great personality and took his time showing us all the sights.
Witches, Voodoo and Brew tour
Donna_G, Mar 2023
William the tour guide was awesome! Only downside was that a bunch of ppl showed up late and joined our tour, and it was too many ppl and slowed the tour down.
Great tour!
Danielle_J, Mar 2023
Great stories! Tour guide was awesome!! Really loved the way he connected history and told it in a fun way.
Good tour bad experience
Hal_B, Mar 2023
Following tour was walking back to car and was about 20 yds from a shooting.Ended up behind metal trash receptacle.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Hi Hal-- I'm not sure what this review is intended to say. Please reach out to us at Thank you.
Alexandria_B, Mar 2023
Slightly misleading as you don’t actually get to tour the cemetery. I was looking for more of a haunted history tour but this was moreso just a history tour. If you are a history buff this is for you.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Hi there-- we do state clearly that these tours cannot enter cemeteries so I do apologize for the confusion! We do offer a haunted tour (our ghost, voodoo, vampire and French Quarter tour may be a better fit for you!)
Rich with history!
McKenzie_D, Jan 2023
Robert was an amazing tour guide through this peak at the city. He was very informative and very fun to listen to. Would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a background on NOLA and the amazing history and culture that founds this city.
Highly recommend
Rhianna_S, Jan 2023
Robert our tour guide was great! He made it so interesting. I loved walking through the neighborhoods and learning about the history.
Natashia_H, Dec 2022
Enjoyed learning more of the history behind the legends and myths of NO and the French quarters. The whole family enjoyed the tour.
Rossella_D, Nov 2022
William was an excellent guide sharing info on voodoo origin and traditions. I enjoyed the tour even in the rain.
Fantastic Tour!
Carolyn_T, Nov 2022
Very informative & entertaining! Quite a bit of walking but well worth it. Covered areas and history not covered in other tours.
Voodoo, Congo Square, and French Quarter
Courtney_R, Nov 2022
First time in NOLA and took my mother on this tour. William was fascinating and engaging and knew a lot about the history of this town. The voodoo aspect of the tour was new to us and interesting to listen to. Don’t know how this compares to other tours as it’s the only one we did, but we enjoyed it and learned a lot. Didn’t delve into the supernatural, just stuck to facts and history. This tour would be suitable for children, family, solo. Thanks William!
Great tour
Eric_P, Nov 2022
Great knowledge of history and area, fun experience. Would recommend, especially those on first visit to NOLA.
Loved the experience no regrets
Nicole_F, Nov 2022
Very interesting lots of history our guide was frank and he was very nice and patient gave lots of information he was detailed and did not rush. I recommend this tour worth every penny
Voodoo & Graveyards
David_M, Nov 2022
Our guide William was a wealth of information. It’s impossible to see everything during a brief stay. William conveyed his love for New Orleans and genuine stories about people than shaped the history of New Orleans and beyond.
Very informative tour. ...
Nathan_P, Nov 2022
Very informative tour. Covers a lot of history from the beginnings of the music history, voodoo, and great history and burial processes in an old famous cemetery.
Taylor was very...
Sue_D, Oct 2022
Taylor was very knowledgeable and made the experience memorable. He provided a lot of unique historical facts and clearly loves what he’s doing. One of the highlights of our trip.
James was a wonderful guide!
Jason_G, Oct 2022
James was a master storyteller. He shared wonderful and thoughtful commentary. We would highly recommend his tours to anyone visiting.
Misleading- Not Allowed Into Cemetery
Taryn_M, Oct 2022
Misleading tour, expected to go into cemetery 1 but was told immediately that we were not allowed in. We instead stood around empty beer bottles and trash across the street from it while the tour guide (who was very nice and engaging) pointed to the cemetery wall and told us to ‘imagine it’.
Jason_D, Oct 2022
For a cemetery tour, being told at the start that we weren’t allowed in the cemetery was quite a disappointment. While it was interesting, the rest of the tour wasn’t worth the price of admission.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Hi Jason-- we do state on our tour page and description that this tour doesn't enter any cemeteries. We do understand that frustration, as we love our cemeteries too!
Fantastic historical tour
Kristin_W, Oct 2022
William was so knowledgeable and fun. I love history and his information exceeded my expectations. I would recommend this tour!