The meeting point for your eerie Ghost and Vampire Walking Tour – New Orleans is at Toulouse Royale Gifts, 601 Royal Street, in the French Quarter. There is no hotel pick-up, so please make your own way to the meeting point and try to arrive there 15 minutes before departure time.
New Orleans is said to be America's most haunted city. The unbelievable hardships faced by the early settlers, the legacy of death from merciless disease, plus the manifold horrors of slavery, savage piracy and outrageous corruption make this allegedly a place of restless and unhappy spirits.
With your English-speaking guide, you will set off into the dusk to explore the French Quarter (also known as Vieux Carré), the oldest and creepiest part of town.
Your guide will show you reputedly haunted sites and tell you the city’s tragic history. Listen to terrible tales of the gruesome and horrific deeds of the slave owners, the decadent Creoles, and the city's most infamous and bloodthirsty characters. Among other strange stories, you will hear accounts of vampire-like crimes that are said to have occurred in the city.
You will visit Jackson Square, reputedly one of the most haunted places in town. The park at Jackson Square was the site of an early prison and several executions. It was also home to an early New Orleans church, destroyed by fire. From the haunted Cathedral and Presbytere, to Pirates Alley and the ghost of Jean Lafitte, to the eerie spirits at Le Petit Theatre, this two-block area has over a dozen documented hauntings.
Visit the Ursuline Convent and hear stories of the 'Casket Girls' sent out to marry the European colonists. Hear about mysterious goings on in the Convent attic.
Nearby is the 19th century Beauregard-Keyes House, from which numerous strange phenomena are reported. These include sounds of battle, strange orbs and lights, shots being fired and the smell of gun-powder, even ghostly tinkling on the piano.
Perhaps the most haunted and frightening location in the French Quarter is the LaLaurie Mansion. Here, in the 19th century a socialite Creole couple, Dr Louis and Delphine LaLaurie, secretly subjected their slaves to the most appalling torture on a regular basis. When a fire exposed what had been going on, the couple fled the town and were never seen again, but cries of agony from the tortured slaves are said to emanate from the mansion.
Your tour ends at the corner of Orleans Ave. & Chartres Street and you need to make your own arrangements for getting back to your accommodation.