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New Orleans: Cemetery Bus Tour At Dark with Exclusive Access

1. New Orleans: Cemetery Bus Tour At Dark with Exclusive Access

Experience the spooky side of New Orleans on a tour of the city and one of its most haunted cemeteries. Listen to chilling tales from your local guide and learn about the darker parts of the city's history. Begin your tour in the heart of the French Quarter. Meet your guide and board the air-conditioned bus. Along the way learn about Voodoo and hear some ghost stories before entering a private, above-ground, exclusive cemetery. Next, follow your guide to a burial ground of spirits who met their unfortunate fate in a tragic pandemic event. Finish off the tour by stopping by a haunted mansion, the Coven House from "American Horror Story" to take a quick picture before completing your tour.

New Orleans: Night Cemetery and Ghost BYOB Bus Tour

2. New Orleans: Night Cemetery and Ghost BYOB Bus Tour

A visit to New Orleans famous “Cities of the Dead” is a must-do for anyone visiting this city. Hauntingly beautiful and elaborately ornate, these cemeteries also hold stories of ghosts, past and present, which will chill you to the core. This cemetery tour is offered under the cover of night. You'll leave the French Quarter behind as your bus creeps along Esplanade Avenue to what used to be the edge of town, but is now the bustling neighborhoods of Mid-City and City Park. There are 42 cemeteries in the New Orleans area, and throughout this experience you will visit several of them. Your guides will discuss the unique burial rituals and practices during the stroll, as you are offered an up-close and personal look at some of the most popular cemeteries.

New Orleans: Cemetery Walking Tour

3. New Orleans: Cemetery Walking Tour

Explore a unique collection of 5 culturally and architecturally diverse cemeteries in New Orleans. These cemeteries are located on what was once the northern (lakeside) boundary of the city of New Orleans, which explains the density and variety of cemeteries in this area. It is also where the remains of unidentified bodies from Hurricane Katrina are buried. Meet your guide outside Bon's Street Food where the bus will pick you up to start the tour. Enjoy exclusive access to the Old Fellows Rest Cemetery. From the Odd Fellows Society Cemetery you will make your way to the Masonic Cemetery. Then on to the cemeteries. Learn about the trials and tribulations of the city’s early Irish immigrants in St. Patrick Cemetery as well as the devastating effects of yellow fever in the Charity Hospital Cemetery. Experience stunning architecture while admiring some of the city’s most extravagant tombs in Greenwood & Cypress Grove cemeteries. Conclude your tour with an in-depth overview of the lasting effects of Hurricane Katrina while paying respect to the many lives lost in the Hurricane Katrina Memorial Cemetery.

New Orleans: Garden District Food and History Tour

4. New Orleans: Garden District Food and History Tour

Visit three food stops that highlight Cajun and Creole flavors and history on this guided walking tour of New Orleans. Delight your senses with a full meal of Cajun and Creole specialties that is spread out over 3 local eateries. Sip on a beverage with your food.  Start at the Lafayette cemetery, and listen as your guide tells you the unique funeral customs and traditions of New Orleans. Explore the architecture of the Garden District, home to historic mansions, colorful shotgun houses, and beautiful oak trees.  Check out local shops on Magazine Street before arriving at your first food stop which include an indulgent taste of Creole fusion and the multicultural influences that shaped the 300-year-old city. Learn about Cajun people and Find out what influence they had on the culinary culture of Louisiana. The first two food stops include either a choice from a menu of craft beers from local breweries, a cocktail, house sangria, a mimosa, or a non-alcoholic beverage.  Along the way, visit locally-owned shops and an art gallery before finishing on a sweet note at the dessert stop for specialty, filled beignets, and a cafe au lait. Finish with plenty of recommendations for local fun and flavors. 

New Orleans: 3-Hour City Bike Tour

5. New Orleans: 3-Hour City Bike Tour

Explore New Orleans in a fun and eco-friendly way on a small-group bike tour that winds through the Big Easy’s oldest and most distinctive neighborhoods. Cycle along a flat and leisurely route from the famous French Quarter to less-visited neighborhoods like Esplanade Ridge, City Park, and Bayou St. John, learning about the city’s rich history and modern culture along the way. After getting fitted on a bike in the French Quarter, ride through this storied neighborhood. Then go beyond the touristy boundaries to explore more of the city, following leafy Esplanade Avenue to the green expanse of City Park, visiting St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, and other interesting locations along the way. After visiting St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, cruise past swampy vistas in City Park. You'll traverse through Bayou St. John, a historic waterway that was used by Native Americans and French settlers alike, and learn why it was so instrumental in the city's founding. This bike tour includes visits to the French Quarter, Faubourg Marigny, Esplanade Avenue, St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, City Park, Bayou St. John, Mid-City, the Lafitte Greenway, Louis Armstrong Park, and Congo Square.

New Orleans: Cemeteries Insiders Walking Tour

6. New Orleans: Cemeteries Insiders Walking Tour

Join a local guide for a walking tour through 3 of New Orleans’ hallowed historical cemeteries. Follow your guide through the maze of above-ground tombs in Masonic Cemetery #1, St. Patrick Cemetery #2, and the Katrina Memorial at Charity Hospital Cemetery. During your tour, learn more about New Orleans' unique burial customs and traditions. Discover the history of the Masons at the Masonic Cemetery #1 and see unique tombs. In St. Patrick Cemetery #2, learn about New Orleans' connection to the Irish immigrants. Finally, arrive at Charity Hospital Cemetery where you will learn about the thousands of people buried in the graveyard behind the Katrina Memorial.

New Orleans: Garden District Tour with Elms Mansion Access

7. New Orleans: Garden District Tour with Elms Mansion Access

Immerse yourself in the opulence of the Old South in this tour of New Orleans’ prettiest neighborhood with an expert local guide. Your historic Garden District tour begins on a sweet note with a behind-the-scenes visit to an old praline-makers shop. Here you will learn how New Orleans’ most famous confection was brought to the city from Europe, and will even be able to taste one hot out of the copper pots. Next, you’ll hop onto a street car with all-inclusive tickets and zip down St. Charles Avenue, en-route to the Garden District. This area of grand mansions and wide, tree-lined streets is home to some of the best-preserved, pre-Civil-War mansions in America, as well as a slew of celebrity homes. Your guide will introduce you to the history of the area, as you see the grand mansions built by wealthy plantation-owners and now owned by famous people such as Beyonce and Sandra Bullock. Along the way, you’ll stop off at one of America’s most unique graveyards, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. You’ll also learn about the practical difficulties of running a cemetery below sea level. For the highlight of the tour, you will step inside the Elms Mansion, a 150-year-old Italianate home that is one of the most impressive in the city. As you tour the opulent rooms, you will learn about the businessmen and plantation owners who built these stately residences, and the wealthy world that they created in New Orleans before the Civil War. Your tour ends in the mansion’s beautiful garden, with an ice cold glass of lemonade or sweet tea in the shade of the largest magnolia tree in the south.

New Orleans: Garden District and French Quarter Bike Tour

8. New Orleans: Garden District and French Quarter Bike Tour

Explore the French Quarter and the Garden District by bike on this bike tour of New Orleans. Start your bike tour at the Mississippi River overlooking Jackson Square and ride through the historic heart of New Orleans. Cycle through the French Quarter, stop outside historic landmarks, and learn about the history of New Orleans. Next up is the Garden District. Hear about New Orleans pre-and post-Civil War history and gain insights into Southern life throughout these eras. Pass by opulent mansions built in the 1800s and filming locations throughout the Garden District. Visit one of New Orleans's above-ground cemeteries and learn about how the lives of loved ones are commemorated in New Orleans culture and traditions.

New Orleans: Heart of the City Bike Tour

9. New Orleans: Heart of the City Bike Tour

On this “Heart of the City” small group bike tour, trace the colonial history of New Orleans and its cultural treasures. Hop on a professionally maintained bicycle and set off with a guide and group of no more than 10 to explore the most famous neighborhoods in the city. Pedal through the flat, storied streets of the French Quarter, Faubourg Treme, and other historic areas while learning about New Orleans history from your expert guide.   Pedal at a leisurely pace along the banks of the Mississippi River and through the oldest parts of New Orleans. Cruise through Louis Armstrong Park and Congo Square into the legendary St. Louis Cemetery No. 2. Stop along the way to hear about New Orleans heritage, especially the development of jazz and the colorful innovators who created it.

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What people are saying about New Orleans

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,288 reviews

Geoff was amazing. An incredible mix of intelligence, compassion, humor, and respect. We had a great time with adults and kids in attendance (the youngest was 10). Geoff educated us without being condescending. He respected divergent views, which is sorely needed in this divisive world. D was a lovely addition as the big ol’ teddy bear driver. Thank you for keeping us safe.

The trip was awesome. Getting to see the cemetery at night was amazing. Our tour guide Fernando was entertaining and knowledgeable. This was a fun way to see the cities of the dead.

A super experience, super entertaining and with very enjoyable, understandable and serious information at the time it should be. John is an amazing guide.

The cemeteries that we visited were beautiful and not creepy at all. There is great history in those tombs

My wife and I had a great time. We saw lots of beautiful houses and learned a lot of interesting things.