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St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 Tours

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St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
The St. Louis Cemetery consists of three cemeteries, and St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is New Orleans’ oldest and most famous resting place. On the National Register of Historic Places, the Roman Catholic cemetery was established in 1789, and most of the graves and vaults are above ground. 

The Basics
The final resting place of thousands, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 occupies one square block just outside the French Quarter. Many notable New Orleans residents are interred here, including Homer Plessy and Etienne de Boré. Famous voodoo queen Marie Laveau is also rumored to be entombed here. 
Most tours of the cemeteries are offered as a part of city sightseeing excursions via bike or bus. A guided walking tour through the burial ground is a true trip through Louisiana history and the only way to enter St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Roman Catholic Archdiocese has closed St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 to the public due to a rise in vandalism. Visitors must be accompanied by a licensed tour guide.
  • These cemeteries still host several funerals per year. Be respectful during an active burial. 
  • No pets are allowed on tours, with the exception of service animals.

How to Get There
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is located within walking distance of Treme and the French Quarter. The cemetery is accessible via the city's streetcars, buses, or by car, but since you are required to visit with a licensed guide, you may meet your party elsewhere and arrive at the site together.

When to Get There
New Orleans cemeteries are open daily but close weekdays around 3pm and even earlier on weekends. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is only accessible to those on guided tours with licensed tour companies.

Society Tombs
New Orleans cemeteries feature society tombs and wall vaults containing the remains of people who chose to be buried with their social organizations rather than their families. Examples include the French Mutual Benevolent Society, the New Orleans Musicians Tomb, and the Orleans Battalion of Artillery Tomb.
Address: 1300 St. Louis Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112, USA
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31 Tours and Activities to Experience St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

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New Orleans City Tour: Katrina, Garden District, French Quarter & Cemetery

New Orleans City Tour: Katrina, Garden District, French Quarter & Cemetery

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Gaze at the spectacular sights of New Orleans from the comfort of a luxury coach on an unforgettable 3-hour city tour. With a professional guide, cruise past historical highlights like the French Quarter and the Garden District while listening to illuminating commentary. See the the lakefront area and the 17th street canal where the canal bank was breached by hurricane Katrina, and delve into the city’s rich history as you take a tour of the best museums in New Orleans. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from your hotel in Downtown New Orleans on this informative tour.
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  • 4 hours
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New Orleans City and Cemetery Bus Tour

New Orleans City and Cemetery Bus Tour

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Relax and absorb the rich history of New Orleans from your window seat aboard our air-conditioned buses. This 2.5-hour, small-group tour will pick you up at your hotel and visit many of the most historic neighborhoods including Treme, The French Quarter, The Warehouse and Garden Districts, Faubourg St John and Marigny. Stop in one of the world-famous St Louis cemeteries for a sobering and spooky sidebar and escape the group for some solo adventuring before you return to the bus.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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New Orleans Super Saver: City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

New Orleans Super Saver: City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

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See the best of New Orleans by land and water on this combo city tour and riverboat cruise on the mighty Mississippi! The Steamboat NATCHEZ is taking some time off, but her sister vessel will be taking her place. You’ll get the same authentic riverboat experience of a leisurely, two-hour cruise on the mighty Mississippi, enjoying traditional live jazz, craft cocktails and all the beautiful New Orleans sites. On your city tour, enjoy a guided coach trip through the French Quarter, Garden District, and Jackson Square, where you’ll witness the city’s cultural history and diverse colonial heritage.
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New Orleans Sightseeing Tour

New Orleans Sightseeing Tour

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Experience the highlights of New Orleans on this sightseeing bus tour, including the bustling French Quarter, the opulent Garden District and St. Charles Avenue. Absorb the sights and sounds of the city as you learn about its fascinating history and eclectic contemporary culture from your friendly local guide.
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  • 3 hours
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New Orleans Small-Group Historical Sightseeing Tour

New Orleans Small-Group Historical Sightseeing Tour

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Discover New Orleans’ vibrant history through its dynamic history on this sightseeing tour. Enjoy a small group van ride through the city, viewing the diverse architectural wonders of the French Quarter, the Garden District, Esplanade Avenue, and Bayou St John. You’ll disembark for small-group walking tours of the St. Louis Cemetery No 3, City Park, and the Longue Vue House and Gardens—a masterpiece of architectural and horticultural history.
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  • 4 hours
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New Orleans Voodoo and Cemetery Tour

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New Orleans Voodoo and Cemetery Tour

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Discover the 18th-century origins of Voodoo in New Orleans on a walking tour with a local historian as your guide. Meander on foot through the French Quarter to Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1, the city’s oldest extant cemetery. Visit the grave of the notorious Marie Paris Laveau, known as the ‘Voodoo Queen,’ then see Catholic churches and stop by a Voodoo shop and museum.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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New Orleans City and Cemetery Sightseeing Tour

New Orleans City and Cemetery Sightseeing Tour

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Witness the extravagant and spiritual sides of New Orleans this 3‐hour city and cemetery sightseeing bus and walking tour. See culturally infused architecture in the French Quarter, stunning mansions in the Garden District, and the famous Lake Pontchartrain Causeway en route to St Louis Cemetery No 3. There, meander through a maze of haunting mausoleums including that of Marie Laveau, the city’s most revered voodoo priestess.
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St. Louis Cemetery #2 and Treme Walking Tour

St. Louis Cemetery #2 and Treme Walking Tour

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The only tour which combines TREME and St. Louis Cemetery #2. Our guides are the most accomplished in in New Orleans and have tremendous personal involvement with the subject matter.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
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New Orleans Sightseeing City Tour

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New Orleans Sightseeing City Tour

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Maximize time in New Orleans with a sightseeing bus tour. Explore beyond the beauty of the French Quarter to see other neighborhoods including the Garden District, Treme, and the 9th Ward. Learn about city culture and history as you travel along Frenchmen Street, Esplanade Avenue, and more. Hotel pick-up and drop-off are included.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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New Orleans City Tour with Swamp Tour Options

New Orleans City Tour with Swamp Tour Options

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Travel through the bayou on this three-hour New Orleans city tour with optional swap adventure. Journey with your professional guide in a comfortable air-conditioned minibus as you learn about the history, culture and highlights of southern Creoles. You'll see major city highlights, plus areas affected by Hurricane Katrina and have the opportunity to add an optional swamp tour to this already comprehensive trip.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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New Orleans History of Voodoo and Cemetery Tour

New Orleans History of Voodoo and Cemetery Tour

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Discover traditions of voodoo in New Orleans with this cemetery walking tour. Explore the French Quarter and visit a Voodoo museum to learn about its history. Go inside the gates of St. Louis Cemetery No.1, home to the tomb of voodoo queen Marie Laveau. See the above ground tombs and learn about how these “Cities of the Dead” came to be in New Orleans.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Oak Alley Plantation and 3 Hour New Orleans City Tour

Oak Alley Plantation and 3 Hour New Orleans City Tour

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Spend three hours getting an insider's look at this historic city. Rout the famous cemeteries, iconic plantation homes and Hurricane Katrina landmarks with you professional guide. Learn about Creole history and tradition as you explore the city during this tour that's perfect for first-time visitors, families and history lovers.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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St Louis Cemetery Walk-Around Tour

St Louis Cemetery Walk-Around Tour

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One is New Orleans’s unmissable attractions is St. Louis Cemetery, the oldest and most impressive graveyard in the city, so ensure you tick it off your list on this 1.5-hour tour. Alongside your guide, you’ll navigate a labyrinth of tombs and soak up the spooky atmosphere of the Gothic graveyard. See highlights such as the grave of Marie Laveau, a famous voodoo practitioner, and the future resting place of Nicolas Cage. This small-group tour is limited to 15 travelers to maintain an intimate atmosphere.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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New Orleans Area Custom Private Tour

New Orleans Area Custom Private Tour

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This is a private driving tour for your group only. During our private driving tour in this beautiful city we spend a minimum of 3 hours discussing how this area was built and how we currently handle things over 300 years later. We cover the rich history, many recent developments, the Mississippi river. Lake Ponchartrain, Katrina flooding, Creole and Cajun cultures, the Garden District (Mansions/Estates/Architecture), the iconic cemeteries, various neighborhoods, battle of New Orleans, civil war, our Port, and so much more. You will be in a comfortable and very clean SUV during your tour. I retired from executive sales and became a licensed tour guide in the New Orleans area in 2012, and have lived in the area all of my life. I have made it my mission to provide you with a customized private tour for just your group, that is passionate, and interesting, with a spirit of excellence. I have over 60 five star reviews on many travel websites. We promise you will laugh and learn!
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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New Orleans History and Sights Small-Group Bike Tour

New Orleans History and Sights Small-Group Bike Tour

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Avoid hours of walking between landmarks on an active and convenient bike tour through the heart of New Orleans. In addition to navigating for you, your guide provides little–known facts and anecdotes about the city’s must-see landmarks, from the Mississippi River to Congo Square. Bottled water and a small group size ensure a comfortable tour.
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  • 3 hours
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Private St. Louis Cemetery #2 Historical Walking Tour: Let the Dead Speak

Private St. Louis Cemetery #2 Historical Walking Tour: Let the Dead Speak

LET THE DEAD SPEAK! HISTORICAL NARRATIVES OF STRUGGLE, ACTIVISM AND ACHIEVEMENT St. Louis Cemetery # 2 is a vital symbol of Creole history and community. Along its aisles we will find pirates, dualists, nuns, war heroes, musicians, politicians and entrepreneurs all resting together. CREOLE HISTORY AND COMMUNITY St. Louis Cemetery #2, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail, is located in the Faubourg Tremé, a neighborhood developed in the early 19th century and occupied predominantly by the city’s “free people of color.” BLACK AMERICAN STRUGGLES AND ACHIEVEMENT Square #3 contains the largest number of monuments in one place noting the achievements and struggles of Black Americans in the 19th century. ANTEBELLUM MORTUARY ART Tomb design, the carved sculpture, and the ironwork surrounding the tombs comprise one of the finest collections of antebellum mortuary art found anywhere.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Creole Treme Pedicab Tour

Private Creole Treme Pedicab Tour

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The Treme neighborhood is one of New Orleans' most atmospheric districts, renowned for its colorful buildings and Creole heritage. On this tour, explore the quarter on a fun pedicab ride, and learn more about the city’s rich history, Jazz music, and cultural heritage from your private guide. Along the way, pass sights including St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, the Pitot House, Congo Square, and the Faubourg Marigny district.
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  • 2 hours
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New Orleans Esplanade Ridge Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

New Orleans Esplanade Ridge Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

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Explore the Creole Garden District on Esplanade Avenue at your own pace with this highly acclaimed self guided audio tour of New Orleans. Beginning at Ashton’s Bed and Breakfast, a one-time antebellum plantation house in the heart of the Faubourg St. John, you'll stroll down the beautiful central avenue of the city’s Creole Garden District, while discovering enticing stories of a neighborhood built by and for French Creoles in response to the encroaching Americanism that followed the 1803’s Louisiana Purchase. The tour is ready whenever you feel like taking a stroll. Using your smart phone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, the audio plays automatically at exactly the right time and place. If you prefer, you can download the tour and use it offline as well.If you've got an hour or so and want to explore the lush and historical sites that this New Orleans faubourg has to offer – this is the tour for you!  
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Private New Orleans City Tour

Private New Orleans City Tour

See the highlights of New Orleans with your own private guide on a half-day tour that can be tailored to your interests. Ride in a private van that accommodates up to 14 people, and hear live commentary as you take in the French Quarter, Garden District, 17th Street Canal, the Lakefront, and St Louis Cemetery No 1. Includes pickup and drop-off at centrally located hotels.
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  • 3 hours
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$640.00
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Private New Orleans City Tour with Destrehan Plantation Tour

Private New Orleans City Tour with Destrehan Plantation Tour

Maximize your time in New Orleans with a private full-day tour tour made for you! Kick off your 3 hour city tour with highlights of the Big Easy. City Tour includes a cemetery and stop in city park. You will have enough time for a 1 hour lunch at a local seafood restaurant. Then you will spend 2 hours at the oldest recorded plantation, Destrehan Plantation. Best of all, your private tour includes hotel pick-up and transport by air-conditioned vehicle.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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$1,380.00
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Private Citywide Driving Tour of New Orleans

Private Citywide Driving Tour of New Orleans

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Customized tours of New Orleans are our specialty. For a local, insider's glimpse of the city, authentic, unscripted...you have come to the right place. We will show you New Orleans through the eyes of a native. Though each excursion is tailored to your interests, notable stops will include the French Quarter and Jackson Square, historical neighborhoods such as the Faubourg Marigny & Treme, as well as the magnificent homes in the Garden District. Ride along St. Charles Avenue and the streetcar line, pass the ancient live oaks in Audubon Park, as well as a view of Tulane and Loyola Universities. Learn about our unique cemeteries and the history of our "Cities of the Dead", journey through the New Orleans City Park, one of the oldest urban parks in the nation, and along Bayou St. John, which flows through the heart of the city. History, architecture, voodoo, tales of piracy, whatever your taste, we can create the perfect tour for you!
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$320.00
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Angels, Oaks and Ironwork Driving & Walking Cemetery Tour

Angels, Oaks and Ironwork Driving & Walking Cemetery Tour

With the perfect combination of luxury transportation, and walking through some of the city’s most extraordinary cemeteries, join us for this one-of-a-kind exploration into the stunning architecture and history of these unique parts of New Orleans, and our very own Oaks of City Park.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$208.00
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Combination Private Citywide Driving Tour featuring Destrehan Plantation

Combination Private Citywide Driving Tour featuring Destrehan Plantation

Your private tour guide will take you on an overview excursion of the city, with an estimated duration of 3 hours. Make the most of your time in New Orleans and combine our Private Citywide Driving Tour with Destrehan Plantation.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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$480.00
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New Orleans Two Day Private Itinerary

New Orleans Two Day Private Itinerary

For those visitors who want someone to do the planning for them, handle the details and help visitors avoid unintended consequences, this is the tour for you. In addition to the tour as outlined, we will help you make a good hotel choice, make restaurant reservations, provide insight on local attractions, and efficiently use your time over a two-day period.
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  • 2 days
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$1,914.67
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