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Bare Bones Express

The tombs of St. Louis Cemetery tell the colorful and historic stories of those who impacted the city, be it politician, musician, voodoo priestess, gambler or Mardi Gras indian.

Established in 1780, St. Louis Cemetery is the oldest extant cemetery in New Orleans. Originally positioned outside city limits and double its present size, the sacred ground is a Catholic cemetery with a small area that was once part of a larger section for Protestants.

Named after Louis IX, King of France in the mid-thirteenth century and namesake to St. Louis Cathedral, the tombs of St. Louis Cemetery tell the colorful and historic stories of those who impacted the city, be it politician, musician, voodoo priestess, pirate, gambler or Mardi Gras Indian.  

With Bares Bones, you are guaranteed history that is accurate and entertaining. You can also be guaranteed a small group experience! While you may be one of 28 on other excursions, expect to be one of only 16 participants exploring the tombs with your Bare Bones Guide.

"Rebekah was extremely knowledgeable, took the time to answer questions and also had a great sense of humor, which kept us all engaged. She also negotiated through the cemetery with other tours around like a champ, and gave enthusiastic talks about the burials sites, which compared to the other tours seemed much better. "

Trip Advisor Member 
Logan Z
October 2016

"We took the hour long tour of the Cemetery and it was awesome! Very informative- our guide was Jonathan and he was amazing! He was so knowledgeable and his personality made the cemetery come alive! He couldn't have been more friendly or personable- I highly recommend this to anyone."

Trip Advisor Member
Kenny C 
December 2016

Bare Bones Tour of St. Louis No. 1 Cemetery in New Orleans

Bare Bones Tour of St. Louis No. 1 Cemetery in New Orleans

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A very enjoyable ride! Mules are very well trained/relaxed. We even pet ours after the ride. I was amazed at how strong these animals are. They are treated very well by the company. As for the tour, our guide was very informative and enjoyable. We took the one hour tour that goes to the graveyard. You won't want to miss this! Very good information on why and how New Orleans buried their dead above ground as well as some very cool mausoleums. If you like history at all, this is for you. Also, since 2015 you cannot visit protected burial grounds without a tour guide. There is parking you can pay for around on Decatur Street that will run you around $40 for 9-10 hours if you're staying awhile. Once you see carriages on Decatur St, you're there!

Jessica H of Alexandria, Louisiana - TripAdvisor.com

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