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Spooktacular Trips

Halloween comes around but once a year and it makes everything seem that little bit spookier! If the thought of trick-or-treaters, jack-o-lanterns and spray cobwebs terrify you then these creepy tourist spots will surely give you goosebumps...

 

Pripyat - Ukraine

Abandoned over 30 years ago, this town, situated two hours from Kiev, was built specifically for the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. In May 1986 there was an explosion at the power facility, just a few miles from the town, and although the town was initially thought not to be in any danger it was evacuated a few days later. The amusement park, with the now infamous dodgems and ferris wheel, has come to embody the eerie atmosphere that encompasses the town. 

Experience Pripyat on our Moldova, Ukraine & Romania Explorer tour.

 

 

 

Hashima Island - Japan

Located off the coast of southern Japan, Hashima Island, or more commonly known as Gunkanjima (Battleship) Island is another location built for its workers that was quickly abandoned, although this time due to the depletion of the islands coal reserves. The area is strangely calm, and presents itself as a perfect hideaway, which is why you may recognise it as the villians lair from the James Bond movie, Skyfall.

Visit Hashima Island on our NEW Southern Japan Experience tour.

 

 

Pompeii - Italy

The ancient Greco-Roman city of Pompeii was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79CE. As you roam the historic streets of this once bustling city you get a first-hand view of what life was like before devastation hit. Along with the well preserved houses, bakeries and temples, the not-so-squimish can also see the preserved bodies of some of the victims of the eruption.

Walk the streets of Pompeii on our Italy Uncovered tour.

 

 

Witches Hill - Lithuania

A potential favourite for all you fans of witches, goblins, fairies and devils out there! The Witches Hill near the village of Juodkrante in Lithuania is filled with wooden statues of the fabled creatures to celebrate the fairytales of olde that told of how they would come out at night to party, drink, dance and gamble before returning to their magical homes at sunrise. It was said that humans who dared to visit the hill during the dark risked being frightened and tormented by the other-worldly beings.

See the wooden carvings on Witch Hill on our Cycle the Baltics tour.

 

 

Day of the Dead - Mexico

The holiday which runs between the 31st Octboer and the 2nd November originated in Mexico but is now celebrated all over Latin America. Although the theme of the celebrations is death, they are actually colourful and joy-filled as they are used to show love and respect for deceased family members.

If you time it right, then celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on our Best of Mexico tour.

 

 

Voodoo - West Africa

The voodoo religion has 30 million followers in West Africa, and is one of the most misunderstood faiths in the world. Although sometimes the line between voodoo and juju (witchcraft) can be blurred, the religion is actually more about showing respect to their ancestors. Creating decorated shrines and leaving offerings of food and wine to ancestors who live in the spirit world is seen as the way to a healthy and prosperous life.

Experience voodoo culture on our Ghana, Togo & Benin - Festivals and Traditions tour.

 

 

Catacombs of Palermo - Sicily

This one is certainly not for the faint-hearted! The Catacombs of Palermo, Sicily have numerous examples of mummification on display throughout the cemetery of the Convent of the Capuchin Friars. The macabre spectacle highlights the customs and traditions of the people of Palermo from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century.

Make the most of your free time and visit the Catacombs during our Highlights of Calabria & Sicily tour. (Please note a visit to the tombs isn't included in the tour itinerary).

 

 

Bran Castle - Romania

What better way to end our list than with Count Dracula's castle? Well the castle was actually home to Vlad the Impaler, who used to impale his enemies rather than behead them. The blood-drinking fictional character of Dracula was based on the exceptionally cruel Vlad and whilst his home does have a certain spooky quality to it, you can't deny the fairtale beauty of the exterior.

Take a tour of Bran's Castle on our Cycle Romania tour.

 

 

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