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New Orleans City and Cemetery Sightseeing Tour

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New Orleans, United States

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

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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Local guide
Transport by air-conditioned mini-coach
Pickup and drop off outside of Doubletree Hotel (300 Canal St.) ONLY
Gratuities
Food and drinks

Departure Point

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New Orleans, 300 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Return Details

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.
Itinerary
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.

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
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
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans City and Cemetery Sightseeing Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during New Orleans City and Cemetery Sightseeing Tour?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans City and Cemetery Sightseeing Tour.
Q:
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
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans City and Cemetery Sightseeing Tour.
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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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Q:
What is the maximum group size during New Orleans City and Cemetery Sightseeing Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers.

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Lots to Learn
nosxefx
, Feb 2020
Learned a lot about the history, traditions & stories about NOLA. Tour guide was fantastic. Would recommend for sure.
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Disappointing
Happiness606001
, 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.
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Very informative.
Cruiser21415277027
, 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!
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Our guide, Man Bun Guy was awesome...
jwillard
, Feb 2018
Our guide, Man Bun Guy was awesome! The tour was paced perfectly and very informative.
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This was an amazing tour. Learned so...
Sue
, Aug 2017
This was an amazing tour. Learned so much about New Orleans.
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A great way to get an overview of...
Rachelle S
, Mar 2017
A great way to get an overview of the city when you arrive. It's all minibus based so suitable for those who can't walk far. There was a brief coffee stop in city park and we went through French quarter, 9th district, garden district and up to city park and past Audubon park and the Universities. We stopped at Metairie cemetery not Louis number one, I think because of new restrictions on access, but you can drive through Metairie and it is bigger. Our tour guide, Jason, was knowledgeable and entertaining. I had booked the 730am trip but it got cancelled that morning and I was put on the 11am pick up - Cajun tours were able to pick up at the Omni royal Orleans hotel where I was staying. I got back for the steamboat Natchez cruise at 2.15.
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I was a bit dissapointed in this...
nikki
, Mar 2017
I was a bit dissapointed in this tour. One of the reason why I booked it was because I thought we were going to the St. Louis cemetery. I wanted a tour of the city and a history briefing but really wanted to go to that particular cemetery. However, Jason was awesome and I enjoyed everything else.
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The vendor providing this tour...
dae24124
, Feb 2017
The vendor providing this tour should have been honest and cancelled it. Because it was close to Mardi Gras, many roads were blocked off because of parades, so she could not navigate the streets. She was delayed picking everyone up and when we got on she told us we could not go in the French Quarter because of road closures. By the time we negotiated the streets, the cemeteries were closed, so no walking tour. She pulled over, told a story or two while we looked from the highway through the fence... that was it. Then again, because of road closures, we got stuck in the Garden District, u turning, and driving back and forth trying to get out of the area. She could not figure out how to get out of the neighborhood. When the time was up, she just stopped talking to us and for over an hour we just drove around. Did I mention it was pouring? Well, she couldn't figure out how to get back to the hotels. Most on the tour got off far away from their stops, and eventually we did too, running through the rain for at least 15 minutes making our way back to the hotel. Total time of tour was from 2:30 until we finally just jumped off and ran at 7 p.m. We understand that she can't control the weather or the traffic... but knowing that the roads had been like this for weeks, we would have expected that either they would have figured out a route, or they would have cancelled the tour! We would have found something else to do!! Terrible, and would never recommend.
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The city tour part of the tour was...
ralph.schmidt
, Aug 2016
The city tour part of the tour was worthwhile. Our guide, Rene, has a good knowledge of the city. He was very accommodating dropping us on Canal St so we had a short walk to our restaurant. The cemetery part of the tour was lacking. It was a very short visit to St. Louis Cemetery 3. A more extended visit to one of the more famous cemeteries would has made tour special.
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Our driver; Jason did a great job...
Richard C
, Jul 2016
Our driver; Jason did a great job. He was knowledgeable and entertaining. We got to see all the major points of interest of New Orleans as well as its cemeteries. A little history and culture lesson was also provided. Great tour.
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