New Orleans Cemetery Tours
This post covers the various New Orleans cemetery tours that are available to you, including our pay-what-you-like tours, self-guided options and bus tours that visit a cemetery.
- Walking Tours
- Tours by Bus
- Haunted/Voodoo Tours
- Night Bus Tours
- Guide To NOLA Cemeteries
- Things to do in NOLA
GUIDED CEMETERY TOURS
Just about every tour company in New Orleans offers some type of cemetery tour. Most are focused on the history and burial practices of each cemetery, but others combine elements such as ghost stories and Voodoo practices (see the section below).
We at Free Tours by Foot offer daily tours of both St. Louis Cemetery #1 and Lafayette Cemetery #1. See our current schedule of public tours.
Our tours are appropriate for children, but please use discretion.
While St. Louis Cemetery #1 can only be visited with a guided tour, we had created a self-guided version for you to use to get a sense of what you will see.
We also offer a self-guided and an audio tour version of our Lafayette Cemetery #1 Tour for you to use anytime you want.
There really are too many companies to list here. Check out this more extensive list of tour options.
Save Our Cemeteries
Save Our Cemeteries is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to cemetery preservation in New Orleans. They are the only tour organization in New Orleans solely dedicated to cemeteries.
They are also the only company to regularly offer tours that include St. Louis Cemetery #2, a slightly younger neighbor of St. Louis #1, itself full of lesser-known but still fascinating local history.
Sporadically, they’ll offer tours of Metairie Cemetery, one of the largest and most ostentatious in the city.
Their tours in Lafayette Cemetery #1, unlike those offered by most companies, cover only the cemetery – not the surrounding neighborhood. We have a self-guided, GPS-enabled audio tour of Lafayette #1.
Reviews: Save Our Cemeteries is consistently rated 4.5 out of 5 stars across TripAdvisor, Yelp, and Google. Reviewers offer high praise for the organization’s mission and for the guides’ knowledge.
The occasional negative review tends to concern presentation – some from guests who did not find the storytelling engaging, some from guests who came hoping for stories about ghosts, voodoo, or other subjects the company chooses not to include.
Reservations: Reservations are not required, however, recommended.
Schedule and Pricing: Prices listed below are for online reservations; walk-up prices, when space is available, are an additional $5/person.
A portion of every ticket price is dedicated to the organization’s work of cemetery preservation and restoration. Tours are advertised as lasting 90 minutes, possibly extending to as much as two hours.
- St. Louis Cemetery #1: 10:00 am daily, 11:30 am and 1:00 pm Monday-Saturday ($20/person)
- Lafayette Cemetery #10:30 am daily ($15/person)
- St. Louis Cemetery #1 and #2 Combo: 12:30 pm Friday, Saturday, and Monday, as well as the second and fourth Wednesday of every month ($20/person)
- St. Louis Cemetery #2: 10:00 am fourth Sunday of every month and second and fourth Monday of every month ($20/person)
TOMBS BY TWILIGHT (evening tour of St. Louis Cemetery #1): Fourth Saturday of every month (time varies between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm depending on sunset) ($45/person, including a drink and appetizer at starting location)
Metairie Cemetery: Variable, a couple of times per year.
BUS TOURS THAT VISIT A CEMETERY
There are several bus companies that include a stop at a cemetery and provide the opportunity to walk around the area. These tours are daytime tours. Read about these companies on our bus tour comparison page.
We also list 1 night ghost and cemetery bus tour option on our ghosts of New Orleans page.
Some companies offer longer tours than others, but you can expect to spend between 15-20 minutes in a historic cemetery looking around and learning. Walking tours are a far better choice if you really want to learn about the cemeteries.
CitySightseeing, the hop-on-hop-off bus service offers a free, 1-hour walking tour of Lafayette Cemetery #1 when you purchase a 3-day bus pass, though the walking tour is included for free with the purchase of the Sightseeing Pass.
HAUNTED AND VOODOO CEMETERY TOURS
All of the options listed below will take you to at least one cemetery and provide information about how people are buried along with some of the religious practices maintained in New Orleans.
What sets these tours apart from the walking tours in the previous section is that these tours tend to have more of a focus on aspects of voodoo practices and ghost stories.
French Quarter Phantoms
- $20 per person
- Availability: Mon-Sat @ 11 am & 1 pm
- Sunday Availability: 10 am
- Duration: 2 hours
- Purchase or learn more
This tour has received an overall rating of 4 ½ out of 5 stars or better (read reviews here).
A majority of customers have been impressed with the service this company provides, suggesting that their tour guides are fun and informative. Several guests said they appreciated the opportunity to learn about the seedier side of New Orleans history.
Alternatively, you may also want to check our New Orleans Ghost Tours post for additional tour options from French Quarter Phantoms.
New Orleans Ghost Adventure Tours
This company offers a voodoo and cemetery tour which includes a trip to St. Louis Cemetery #1.
In addition to learning about how people are buried and why the tombs are actually above ground, you’ll also discover some of the voodoo rituals that are practiced in New Orleans. This tour also includes a visit to the grave of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, one of the most historic figures in the history of this city.
- Price: $27 per person
- Availability: Monday – Saturday
- Duration: 2 hours
- Purchase or learn more
Ratings for this service are very respectable, and the tour has received an overall score of 5 out of 5 stars (read reviews here).
Customers really appreciate the opportunity to learn the truth about voodoo. Many note that their tour guide is knowledgeable and informative, providing an excellent experience for guests.