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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.
  • 3-hour tour of New Orleans’ sights and cemeteries
  • See historic landmarks and impressive architecture throughout the French Quarter and Garden District
  • Learn about the city's history, culture and famous figures from a knowledgeable guide
  • Walk around the notorious St Louis Cemetery No. 3, a sea of above-ground tombs
  • Visit the grave of Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans
  • Choose from several morning and afternoon tour times
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Transport by air-conditioned mini-coach
Pickup and drop off outside of Doubletree Hotel (223 Tchoupitoulas St.) ONLY
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Departure Point

223 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Please be outside of the Doubletree Hotel (Tchoupitoulas St. entrance - look for rainbow pay phone) at the beginning of the pickup window. Your shuttle departs promptly. Pickup begins at: 9:00AM Tour (Picks up at 8:30AM) 11:45AM Tour (Picks up at 11:15AM) 3:00PM Tour (Picks up at 2:30PM)

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Returns to original departure point
Your city and cemetery sightseeing tour begins at central meeting location in New Orleans. Sit back and relax as you wind through the historic French Quarter, enjoying a guided tour of the area’s cultural and architectural history. Cruise past French and Spanish‐inspired buildings, gorgeous Creole townhouses and shotgun homes, a highly popular Southern style in the 1860s. Glimpse cloistered courtyards and the occasional voodoo specialty shop that vends voodoo ritual materials such as herbs, candles, oils and amulets. Your guide will offer tales of New Orleans’ voodoo history and more insight into the largely misunderstood religion that still enjoys a formidable presence in the city. 

Leaving the French Quarter, you’ll pass Jackson Square, an honorary landmark to New Orleans’ war hero Andrew Jackson. See Louisiana’s Cabildo and Presbytere museums and the Pontalba Apartments, the oldest apartment buildings in the United States!

Next, continue to the famous Tremé neighborhood, known historically as a rich cultural melting pot and jazz hotspot, and more recently as the setting for the popular HBO series Tremé. Then visit the opulent Garden District to view a beautifully preserved collection of gorgeous antebellum mansions and pristine gardens. From here, get a great view of Lake Pontchartrain Causeway – the world’s longest bridge.

You’ll soon arrive at St Louis Cemetery No 3, the oldest and most famous cemetery in New Orleans. Marvel at the thousands of 18th‐ and 19th‐century tombs and mausoleums of varying extravagance. Your guide will explain the reason for above‐ground burial and introduce some of the site’s famous residents such as Marie Laveau, New Orleans’ beloved voodoo priestess. Wander through the labyrinth of graves to locate her tomb, a spiritual destination for people from across the world.

At the end of your tour, you'll be dropped back off at the original starting location.
Stop At:  
French Quarter
Board a mini-coach outside your New Orleans hotel and start your 2.5-hour tour with a drive to the French Quarter, where you’ll find some of the city’s most classic architecture and interesting history. Drive past Creole townhouses and shotgun homes, a highly popular style of Southern homes in the early 1860s. Peek into courtyards and pass by small shops selling herbs, candles, oils and amulets used in ancient voodoo traditions and rituals.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Jackson Square
A highlight of the French Quarter is Jackson Square, a stately park and US National Historic Landmark.
Pass By:  
Garden District
Pass through the neighborhood of Tremé and the lovely Garden District, home to one of the country's best-preserved collections of Southern mansions. Here you’ll see the longest bridge in the world, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.
Stop At:  
St. Louis Cemetery No. 3
Next, take a walking tour one of the city’s most haunted cemeteries, St Louis Cemetery No. 3, featuring above-ground tombs from the 18th and 19th centuries. Learn about the theories behind this unusual burial custom as you stroll the grounds, and hear stories about famous figures from New Orleans' past. At the end of your 2.5-hour tour, you'll be driven back to your hotel.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • During warmer months, we recommend that you wear lightly colored clothing; caps/hats and umbrellas are also suggested
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cajun Encounters Tour Co.
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.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during New Orleans City and Cemetery Sightseeing Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during New Orleans City and Cemetery Sightseeing Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during New Orleans City and Cemetery Sightseeing Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during New Orleans City and Cemetery Sightseeing Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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, Jun 2021
Renee was amazing. Really enjoyed the tour. We enjoyed the stories and the history of each area told by a local.
A perfect way to start a visit to New Orleans
, Jun 2021
This was a perfect option to escape the rain and humidity! Derrick was fluent and knowledgeable about the city. It also gave us a general overview which gave us ideas of what we wanted to see more of in a short visit!
A history lesson in comfy bus.
, Jun 2021
The driver was fun and knowledgeable. It was an awesome experience. I appreciated the air conditioning 🤪.
Highly Recommend
, Jun 2021
Our guide Derrick was interesting and knowledgeable. The tour took us to places and taught us facts about the city we wouldn't otherwise know. It enriched our visit!
Fantastic Tour!
, May 2021
Great tour! A lot of history was explained and saw beautiful sightings. I definitely will be returning and going to the other locations in new Orleans! Fantastic tour!
Lots to Learn
, Feb 2020
Learned a lot about the history, traditions & stories about NOLA. Tour guide was fantastic. Would recommend for sure.
, Aug 2019
My daughter ( who was going to school in New Orleans) and I wanted to get an overview of the city and visit Marie Laveau's burial site. The bus left earlier then scheduled from its pickup point but we were lucky to catch it nearby. The driver/guide had a wonderful creole accent but was very difficult to understand. so the city tour was not enjoyable. We visited A cemetery - but not the one where Laveau was buried so this was OK but in the end pointless. Overall a very disappointing tour.
Very informative.
, Mar 2019
Our guide was Darius Brown and he was just awesome. He was funny, educational and just downright delightful. He got us though the parade traffic jams and made sure we got our beignets. Thank you Darius!
Our guide, Man Bun Guy was awesome...
, Feb 2018
Our guide, Man Bun Guy was awesome! The tour was paced perfectly and very informative.
This was an amazing tour. Learned so...
, Aug 2017
This was an amazing tour. Learned so much about New Orleans.

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