Cemetery walking tours are an awesome way to learn about the history of New Orleans and our unique customs and culture. You may not hear ghost stories on these tours but you will hear true stories that are stranger than fiction!

Marie Laveau tomb prior to renovation in Nov 2014

Marie Laveau tomb prior to renovation in Nov 2014

St. Louis #1 Cemetery Tour

This is a walking tour of the oldest existing cemetery in New Orleans, consecrated in 1789, and resting place of Creoles who resided in the French Quarter, Marigny and Treme neighborhoods. Meander through the narrow alleys and learn about our French and Spanish culture, New Orleans' transformation into an American city, cemetery design and construction, wrought and cast iron ornamental enclosures, and traditional burial practices that are still followed. Highlights include Marie Laveau’s tomb, the Italian Society tomb featured in the indie film Easy Rider, Homer Plessy’s tomb, and the future tomb of actor Nicholas Cage. 

The Archdiocese of New Orleans requires that visitors to St Louis #1 Cemetery be accompanied by authorized tour guides. We are pleased that the Archdiocese permits Welcome to New Orleans Tours LLC to conduct tours in this historic cemetery. The Archdiocease collects a portion of the tour fee for cemetery maintenance.

St. Louis # 1 Cemetery Tours are 1 hour. Cost: $25/person

To book a tour and to arrange a convenient place to begin the tour, please contact Sheila at 504-909-9368 or info@welcomeneworleanstours.com. You may also book online.

St. Louis #1 Cemetery Tour

Jefferson Fire COmpany #22 tomb

Jefferson Fire COmpany #22 tomb

Lafayette #1 Cemetery Tour in the Garden District

Lafayette Cemetery #1 is the first city-owned/operated cemetery in New Orleans. First burial was in 1833. It is the home of yellow fever victims, politicians, firemen, prominent American businessmen who lived in the Garden District mansions, and Italian and German immigrants who populated the shotgun houses of the Irish Channel nearby. 

Learn about tomb design and construction techniques, decorative ironwork, funerary symbols and burial practices that have continued today.  Lafayette Cemetery #1 is a popular site location for film and TV productions, including "Interview with a Vampire," "Double Jeopardy" and "NCIS New Orleans."  

Lafayette Cemetery #1 Tours are 30 minutes. Cost: $15/person

To book a tour and to arrange a convenient place to begin the tour, please contact Sheila at 504-909-9368 or info@welcomeneworleanstours.com. You may also book online.

Lafayette Cemetery #1 Tour

Also available! Custom Tours of Metairie, St. Roch and Cypress Grove Cemeteries