Wednesday, October 11, 2006
The macabre and mysterious meet the fun, adventurous and thrilling destination activities available through Viator.com
San Francisco, CA. -- October 11, 2006 - The Halloween tradition that started as a pastoral and agricultural festival in Ireland, when the deceased revisited the mortal world, is typically only celebrated once a year. However, human nature continues to inspire a curiosity about everything from the "unexplainable" to tales of lingering souls, and Viator.com can match the macabre with the brave traveler looking for an experience far beyond "the beaten path."
Ghosting in Europe – home of the original Halloween tradition
Roman folk traditions of restless lost souls hovering in the streets at night, or fading away through the windows of buildings in the heart of the Eternal City are explored during the Ghosts in Rome Walking Tour, starting at $44.04 per person. Rome is explored in the presence of Beatrice Cenci, Donna Olimpia, Count Cagliostro's wife and the beautiful Costanza De Cupis. The Florence Ghosts Walking Tour, starting at $22.31 brings history alive including the rise and fall of the Medici, while discussing other murders and mysteries of Florence that bring a chill to the night's air. A cloaked guide leads the Late Night Walking Tour of Edinburgh, Ghost Hunter Trail , starting at $8.93 per person. The experience starts at the Mercat Cross, scene of punishment and public executions, considers satanic acts perpetrated by the Wizard of the West and visits the haunted underground vaults beneath the South Bridge.
That Voodoo Magic
The old French Quarter is the backdrop for the New Orleans Ghost Tour starting at $17.00 per person. Grim and ghastly deeds perpetrated in the old French Quarter, sights of documented hauntings, and a haunted bar are explored along the way. The Garden District Ghost Tour , starting at $17.00 per person explores the darker side of the Antebellum section of New Orleans, including eerie tales of ghostly manifestations and movie sites from 'Interview with the Vampire", "Double Jeopardy", and "Dracula 2000." The New Orleans Ghosts and Spirits Walking Tour , starting at $22.00, visits several "haunted" sites including the Bourbon Orleans Hotel - formerly a theater, ballroom, orphanage and convent, where uninvited guests are often spotted. Brave travelers must pay homage to the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, Marie Laveau, at her grave, on the Cemetery and Gris-Gris Walking Tour, starting at $20.00 per person. Voodoo seekers learn the evolution of Voodoo during a stroll through St. Louis Cemetery, as well as the mystery of "gris-gris."
The West Coast Ghost
The San Francisco Chinatown Ghost Walking Tour, starting at $22.00 per person, brings outsiders inside the extrasensory realm on a tour led by lamplight down Chinatown’s historic and mysterious streets and alleyways. Infused with ancient mythology and folklore, as well as the Goddess Kwan Yin and the hungry spirits, this experience also features a slice of "magic moon cake." The Vampire Tour of San Francisco, starting at $20.00 per person, explores the gothic side of Nob Hill including The Grace Cathedral, The Nob Hill Cafe, Huntington Park, The Pacific-Union Club, and The Fairmont Hotel. The ‘Director of Undertakings’ hosts the Dearly Departed Tour in Los Angeles , starting at $35.00 per person, and tells tales of tinsel town tragedies, in the comfort of the Dearly Departed Tomb Buggy. Ghoulish stops include last gasp locations of Frank Sinatra, River Phoenix, Bela Lugosi, and Mae West, among other local haunts.
Trick or Treat
The Haunted Vegas Tour and Show, starting at $46.25 per person, investigates the haunting grounds of Bugsy Siegel, Liberace, Redd Foxx and Elvis as well as documented activity of the paranormal variety throughout the city. The tour concludes with "Haunted Vegas" starring "Zamora" from the Ripley's television programs. The ‘trolley of the doomed’ transports travelers during the Ghosts and Gravestones Tour in Boston starting at $28.80 per person. A 17th Century grave digger, just dying to regale his riders with tales of unfortunate souls and macabre events takes his fares through the dark side of Boston including the "Hub" and 17th Century burial grounds. Georgia has its own share of mystery with the Ghosts and Gravestones Tour Savannah, starting at $22.50 per person. This excursion of the city with a supernatural flavor includes the only house in Savannah to undergo an exorcism as well the Colonial Park Cemetery.
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