1Go Window Shopping for Prostitutes: Red Light District Tour, Amsterdam
There are several tour companies here that will lead visitors into the steamy night to see erotic museums, sex shops, and the fancy ladies who display themselves for sale in storefront windows in the infamous Red Light District. Visit Warmoestraat, the hardcore leather neighborhood and try on some handcuffs- you know, just for fun.
Hear the facts and fiction about this legendary district from your tour's knowledgable guides, and then return to the safety of your hotel room knowing that you have dipped your toe into the sordid waters. (Source | Photo)
2See Unexplainable Artwork Created by Aliens: Crop Circles Tour, England
From crop circles, balls of light, and weird energy fields to the mysterious Stonehenge rock formations, there are tour groups that specialize in giving Crop Circle Tours. Fly over the circles with your tour group in a small plane and walk through them while hearing stories about the UFO connection.
One company's website requires a liability waiver and warns that these weird energies may cause cameras and laptops to permanently malfunction. It specifically asks people with pacemakers not to participate. Go if you dare. (Source | Photo)
3Walk in the Footsteps of Murderer Charles Manson: The Helter Skelter Tour, Los Angeles, California, USA
The Helter Skelter Tour concentrates on the Manson Family and its notorious murders of the 1960's. Van loads of tourists get to see first hand the Manson murder locations and follow the route that the murderers actually took while leaving the scene.
The tour stops at a driveway to see the actual water spigot where one of the killers stopped to wash Sharon Tate's blood from his hands, and also drives by the restaurant where Ms.Tate had her last meal. Morbidly intriguing, this is a far cry from viewing the Hollywood Sign. (Source | Photo)
4Get Lost in Bob Marley's Cloud of Ganja Smoke: Bob Marley Bus Adventure, Jamaica
These tours have become known as "Ganja Tours" because they go to the Rastafarian populated area of Jamaica called Nine Mile, and often include a secret tour of a working marijuana plantation. At the Bob Marley compound, where Marley is buried, visitors have the option to purchase the profitable weed, still illegal in Jamaica, through a hole in a wall.
Although the marijuana connection is not boasted about in their brochures or websites, most of these tours come with an age restriction of 18 years old and up for obvious reasons.
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5Meet a Voodoo Priest and Take Part in a Spooky Ceremony: Mystical Tour, Haiti
Tour groups are taken first to see a live voodoo show and then are introduced to voodoo priests and practitioners. The tour then invites the "intellectually curious travelers" of the group to take part in an actual voodoo ceremony which may or may not involve ritual live animal sacrifices. If you are brave and have wishes that need mystical granting this may be a tour for you.
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6Visit Mob Hangouts and Murder Sites: The Vegas Mob Tour, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
This guided bus tour takes guests to actual locations where bloody murders and mob related criminal activities took place. Hear stories about the darkest secrets of this city while visiting the hangouts of hit men and their notorious crime bosses. Once you learn about the dangerous history of this sinful city you may never look at it the same way again.
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7Explore a Real Life Nuclear Wasteland: Chernobyl Tour, Ukraine
Groups are driven through government checkpoints into the Exclusion Zone, a 20-mile area that is still off limits except to those on special tours. They are then taken to the the Chernobyl Power Plant and are able to get within 100 feet of the contaminated Reactor #4, the cause of the horrible catastrophe.
On the way to the power plant the tour group stops at the almost entirely buried village of Kopachi, where they get to enter an eerie Kindergarten classroom where dust-covered toys await children who will never return. Though on the creepy side, this tour shows exactly how fragile human lives can be. (Source | Photo)
8Have a Real Criminal Lead You Through an Actual Prison: San Pedro Prison, Bolivia
San Pedro Prison is an unusual prison in which the families of the inmates may choose to live inside the lock-up with their law-breaking relatives. Those who are confined must pay rent on their prison apartments, and this prison is filled with a mixture of decent living conditions for those with money and rat infested hovels belonging to the very poor. Another interesting thing about this Bolivian prison is that guards can only be found on the outside of the gates. They are not allowed inside to police the criminal population.
The San Pedro Prison tour takes a lot of trust and courage. Paying to be locked behind bars with criminals for an unguarded tour surely sounds adventurous, but hopefully there is someone waiting with a key when the tour is finished.
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9Go Behind the Scenes of a Bollywood Movie: Bollywood Tours, Mumbai, India
Several companies in Mumbai, Bollywood's film center, offer behind-the-scenes looks at the colorful musical world of one of India's most prolific businesses. Bollywood produces over 800 films a year, over twice as many as Hollywood. Most of the movies are formulaic love stories including song and dance numbers which feature over 100 choreographed dancers.
On the Bollywood tour, groups can watch these elaborate dance rehearsals and often pose with India's top actors and actresses on set. It's a unique way to get a view into India's love of pop culture. (Source | Photo)
10Get a Stinky Whiff of Underground Paris: Paris Sewer Tours, France
That's exactly what you'll find on the strange and eclectic Paris Sewer Tour. See the ignored metropolis under the City of Lights and learn about a different kind of Paris history. Walk these underground streets and see things from a truly unconventional viewpoint. The Eiffel Tower, The Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Louvre may certainly have a lot to offer, but this down and dirty tour is sure to be a conversation starter. (Source | Photo)