October 10, 2012
San Francisco, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2012)—Ghost hunters, lovers of the paranormal and toddlers and tweens alike will all find a treat among the Top 5 most popular Halloween-inspired tours announced today by Viator.com—the leading resource for researching and booking more than 10,000 tours and activities worldwide. Along with their tally of the hottest mayhem and macabre for 2012, Viator has many mystical and magical experiences all over the world, sure to frighten and delight, while exposing the traveler to aspects of their destination they may not have known existed (or do they??).
#1—It’s a Tie! Spooky Snoopy and Halloween Horror—For a limited time each year, theme parks across the United States fire up the cauldrons and treat visitors to Halloween-themed experiences. Activities like the Monster Dance Party and Costume Parade and the Peanuts Halloween Spooktacular have shot Snoopy’s Costume Party in Camp Spooky at Knott’s Berry Farm into the prime haunting position for families with small children. Viator’s Knott’s Berry Farm General Admission Ticket in Anaheim, California saves all fairy princesses, pirates and superheroes (and their parents) 25% on admission. For those seeking a serious “scream park” experience, the award-winning Halloween Horror Nights® at Universal Orlando® Resort transforms the park into a nightmarish labyrinth of terrifying haunted houses, outrageous live shows, and electrifying scare zones. As mutants, maniacs and monsters roam freely on Horror Nights, this activity is not recommended for small children.
#2—The Bones of Rome—No bones about it (well, plenty actually), the Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small Group Walking Tour takes to the subterranean burial chambers, winding catacombs and ancient crypts of the Eternal City, to explore a unique and mystifying side of the city.
#3—More than Fog Hovers over the City by the Bay—Travelers meet at The Cannery at Fisherman’s Wharf and gear up to board a vintage 1955 open-top Mack Fire Engine truck to explore the haunted world of San Francisco’s Presidio, a former World War II military post that becomes a haunted playground for ghosts after dark during the Fire Engine Ghost Tour of San Francisco’s Presidio!
#4—Where Ghostly Gondolas Glide—Echoes of distant footsteps await travelers who embark on the Venice Ghost Walking Tour, which takes to the labyrinth of Venice to explore the sleeping canals and abandoned squares at night to discover some gruesome and haunting tales of the city’s past.
#5—Gothic Ghouls of Germany—Medieval haunts await travelers brave enough for the Munich Ghost Walking Tour including sights of public executions and witch-burnings, the Gothic Frauenkirche Cathedral and the shadowy alleyways of Munich’s Old Town (Altstadt), listening to nightmarish tales of torture and murder.
More Graves, Ghosts and ...Tequila!?
Yes, tequila! The Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones Culinary Tour in San Diego puts a spicy spin on the sinister side of the city, coupling the well-known haunted Whaley House with some delish tacos and some elixir to calm the nerves. Other ghastly experiences throughout the U.S. include Boston Ghosts and Gravestones Tour guided by a 17th-century grave digger; the New Orleans Cemetery and Voodoo Walking Tour; the Chicago Ghost Hunting Tour (think mobsters, murder and underworld crime); and the Haunted Austin and Bat Bridge Segway Tour, home to one of the world’s largest urban bat colonies (vampires anyone?).
Across the UK and Europe, travelers have a host of hauntings at their disposal, not the least of which are the streets of London, where the Jack the Ripper Tour and London Ghost Walk will have travelers shaking in their Wellies as they walk along the “death trail” and discuss evidence, suspects and more. For more mayhem, brave travelers throughout Europe can consider the Skip the Line: Catacombs of Paris Small-Group Walking Tour where they’ll be greeted by a sign that says “Stop! Here is the empire of death;” the Murder and Mystery Walking Tour of Edinburgh to visit scenes of many horrific tortures, murders and supernatural happenings; The Original Stockholm Ghost Walk and Historical Tour; and the Dublin Gravedigger Ghost Tour, transporting travelers back 600 years to the times of the old Augustinian Priory with its plague house (an impound for those plagued by the plague).
For more of the scariest and spookiest ways to explore a destination, as well as the latest deals, promotions, contests and Viator news, travelers should visit www.viator.com and the Viator Travel Blog as well as Viator’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
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