San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 28, 2010
As Halloween is upon us, the team at Viator.com, the leading resource for researching and booking more than 5,500 trip activities and experiences at the best prices, has consulted the Ouija board to make their suggestions for ways travelers in the U.S. and Europe can experience the spirit of Halloween on an upcoming trip. Many popular destinations from London to New Orleans have an element of the macabre as part of their history and when well-explored with a professional guide (or vampire…), can make for a unique and sometimes chilling destination experience.
Watching an episode of True Blood or taking in a Twilight flick just might not be enough to quench a thirst for vampires. Travelers headed to the Big Easy will enter the dark and mysterious world of the undead during the New Orleans Vampire Tour visiting the locations throughout the French Quarter associated with these creatures of the night, including the Vampire Tavern. The San Francisco Vampire Walking Tour explores the Gothic side of Nob Hill to discover the role vampires played in the City by the Bay's history with spooky stops at places like Grace Cathedral, Huntington Park and the Fairmont Hotel.
Graveyards often mark an important part of a destination’s culture and history and with tales of ghosts and ghouls added in can make for a chilling tour stop.
- The Boston Ghosts and Gravestones Tour is led by a 17th Century gravedigger aboard the Trolley of the Doomed with visits to Copp’s Hill Burying Ground and tales of the Boston Strangler.
- The Cemetery and Gris-Gris Walking Tour in New Orleans explores the most haunted above-ground cemetery, St. Louis No. 1, final resting place of Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau.
- The Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small Group Walking Tour descends into Rome’s subterranean burial chambers, winding catacombs and ancient crypts where human bones create the décor.
- The London Bridge Experience and the London Tombs combines a comprehensive history of the Bridge with a terrifying trip into the catacombs (formerly a Plague Pit) to be confronted by the zombies and ghosts who remain.
- The Paris' Pere LaChaise Gravestone Walking Tour strays from the Eiffel Tower to walk among thousands of graves including those of American musician Jim Morrison, English author Oscar Wilde, and French writers Balzac and Proust.
It isn’t hard to find a ghost; you just need to know where to look. Viator has a selection of haunted huntings led by aficionados of the ghastly sure to bring the Halloween spirit to life any time of year.
- San Francisco’s Chinatown Ghost Walking Tour explores neighborhood passageways lit by lamplight where the local spirits and supernatural phenomena are known to thrive after twilight.
- Glide effortlessly (not unlike a ghost) during the Atlanta Ghosts and Legends Segway Tour and hear tales of Civil War ghosts, the legend of Humbug Square and Georgia’s haunted houses.
- The Boston Ghost Cruise recreates the stories of haunted sites in Boston Harbor with tales of the Sea Serpent of Mass Bay and Boston's most infamous ghost - the Lady in Black, performed by a professional troupe of Ghouls.
- The Ghost and Mystery Walking Tour of Rome brings the most enthralling historical and supernatural mysteries to life during a nighttime stroll through the Eternal City’s dark heart.
- Embark from the Rialto Bridge for the Venice Ghost Walking Tour and descend into the city’s labyrinth for ghost stories, legends and lore, little-known to most visitors.
- Things get sinister during the Jack the Ripper Tour and London Ghost Walk trailing the blood-soaked footsteps of that infamous murderer down gas-lit alleyways led by an expert “Ripperologist,” an expert Blue Badge guide.
- The Edinburgh Ghost Hunter Night Walking Tour begins at the Mercat Cross, scene of public executions, followed by tales of the satanic acts perpetrated by the Wizard of the West Bow and a visit to the haunted underground vaults beneath the South Bridge.
Many of these spirited destination activities have a fun, family-friendly flavor, but travelers with children should be careful to choose an experience the entire family will enjoy. For even more inspiration as well as the latest news on special promotions, deals, contests and suggestions, travelers can visit the Viator Travel Blog (http://travelblog.viator.com) as well as Twitter (http://twitter.com/ViatorTravel) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/ViatorTours).
Viator is the world's leading online resource for travel experiences, providing access to more than 5,500 tours, attractions and activities in 450-plus destinations in 75 countries. Viator - the Latin word for traveler - offers travelers a one-stop shop to plan, research and book trip activities with helpful resources like more than 200,000 traveler reviews and photos, star ratings, suggested itineraries and the Viator Travel Blog. Viator's in-house travel experts have picked respected and trusted local operators to ensure a quality experience, value and service, all backed by Viator's low-price guarantee. Founded in 1995, Viator sells its products directly to consumers at http://www.viator.com and through its global network of more than 1,000 affiliates that include major hotel and airline companies, online travel agencies, city-specific sites and more. Through its collection of company operated and affiliated sites, including seven European-language sites, Viator welcomes more than 2.5 million visitors per month. Viator is headquartered in San Francisco with regional offices in Sydney, London and Las Vegas.
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