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St Louis Cemetery of New Orleans Small-Group Storytelling Tour

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  • Walking tour of St Louis Cemetery
  • Explore the historic spot with a storytelling guide
  • Learn some of New Orleans' most-fascinating tales
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St Louis Cemetery of New Orleans Small-Group Storytelling Tour
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Enjoy an adventurous afternoon excursion through New Orleans oldest "city of the dead" filled with fascinating stories and unequaled photo opportunities! This is the one where it all started!
From US$25.00
11am
Explore New Orleans' oldest cemetery, filled with the best stories of our most interesting ancestors! The photo opportunities are unequaled and the legends are unforgettable!
From US$25.00
9am Tour
Enjoy an adventurous morning excursion through New Orleans oldest city of the dead filled with fascinating stories and unequaled photo opportunities! This is the one where it all started!
From US$25.00
Overview
Walk through the crypts and tombs of St Louis Cemetery on a walking tour of the historic New Orleans graveyard. You'll visit a candle-filled grotto, discover funerary symbols and unique internment practices, and learn stories about the cemetery's most famous 'residents.' Group size is limited to 14 people to ensure personal service from the guide, and this tour is a great way to explore Treme, the culture-rich New Orleans neighborhood that's among the oldest in the city.
What to Expect
The guide sends you a text message the night before the tour so you will know who to look for and have their contact information. Meet your guide at a great local coffeehouse on North Rampart Street along the Rampart-St. Claude streetcar line.

The candle-filled grotto of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, which was established in the early 1800's as a mortuary chapel will be the first stop. The church and the cemetery are located on the edge of the neighborhood once called Storyville, a red-light district where jazz grew into a vibrant and unforgettable musical form.

Then, you will enter the cemetery. Because of the fragile condition of this protected site, only approved guides are allowed in the cemetery. Your expert guide will give you an explanation (don't worry, not a demonstration!) of New Orleans' unique, above-ground interment practices. Your guide will lead you around the cemetery, pointing out interesting tombs and funerary symbols, and telling stories of the permanent residents of St. Louis.

Some of the most famous stories include a driven mayor, a tortured chess master, a Voodoo queen, a movie star, a civil rights pioneer, a gambling, dueling playboy, plantation barons, jazz geniuses, yellow fever victims, artists, and builders. These are some of the many characters who have given New Orleans its unique flavor and who now rest in this cemetery.

The tour concludes at Basin Street Station visitors center, where you can cool off, rest, check out the displays and film, and ask about New Orleans history, culture, and things to do. After this tour, you will have a deeper understanding of what makes New Orleans special as well as some amazing photographs to show to your friends.
Reviews (14)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cemetery Tour with Heart

We met Peak at a local coffee shop and walked a short distance to the cemetery. The only way you can get in is with a guide, so try to find any tour and book it in advance. Peak offered some amazing insights and told...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank TexasDaveYeehaw
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
In Depth History Lesson

Libby our guide contacted us the day before our tour to confirm that we knew the time and place of the tour. Just the beginning of a personalized tour by a well informed and gracious tour guide. The history and anecdotes of the personalities of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jerry16
Libby B, Manager at Lucky Bean Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for touring St, Louis Cemetery #1 with me and for taking the time to write a great review! We look forward to every opportunity we get to share the stories of the oldest cemetery in New Orleans, especially with people like...More

Reviewed 25 August 2018
Libby Knows Her Crypts ! ! !

What a great way to spend a morning. Libby brought charisma, knowledge, expertise, and a vast array of interesting stories, folklore, and even a little gossip thrown in to make our walk around St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 memorable. Thank you Libby for the experience.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank rtayloe
Libby B, Manager at Lucky Bean Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2018

Hey guys! You were so much fun! We really laughed on that tour! Thank you for reviewing, and I hope next time y'all bring the rest of the gang for another fun tour.

Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile
Fun, interesting, and personal

My friends and I were visiting from Ohio and decided to go on this small group storytelling tour through the cemetery. I really wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was SO HAPPY with the tour!! Libby was awesome! She obviously really knows her stuff,...More

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Libby B, Manager at Lucky Bean Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2018

The roller derby ladies!!! I loved that tour! Thank you so much for reviewing and posting all those pictures! I also use the picture of your group in front of the Les Amis tomb on my website and it is a great memory for me....More

Reviewed 10 August 2018
Great stories!

I learned so much about Louisiana history in an entertaining and enjoyable way. I would definitely recommend the tour to people who live here as well as visitors. Fascinating! Now I want to go on more Lucky Bean tours! I will be recommending this tour...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank MeadowLn
Libby B, Manager at Lucky Bean Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2018

Thank you for reviewing! Louisianans are our toughest audience, so we are especially proud of this review! I am so happy that we were able to explore the cemetery of our ancestors with you and I look forward to welcoming your friends when they visit!

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Yes you just walk around the cemetery and the whole tour is roughly 45 minutes.
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