In recent years, Dark Tourism, otherwise known as black tourism, has gained a large following, resulting in an increase in supply to cover this curious demand.

Murders, drug trafficking, or nuclear disasters are some of the topics that thousands of people have focused on when organizing their trips, seeking out destinations that have been marked by some grisly event and now offer experiences related to violence or tragedy.

In response to this new trend, Civitatis, a leading provider of guided tours, excursions and free Spanish-language tours, has created seven Dark Tourism-themed excursions to take visitors to learn about the temples of crime and organized crime around the world.

Mafia tour in Palermo

Palermo is one of the great cradles of the Italian Mafia. Famous for film and literature, it has become a tourist attraction for lovers of the best noir.

Seven medievals that gave rise to everything, martyrs killed by the Mafia, corrupt politicians, and scenes in which the most famous faces of La Cosa Nostra walked. In this journey through Palermo’s darker side, not a single detail of the bloodiest episodes in its history is missing.

Dark Tourism - Mafia Tour in Palermo
Dark Tourism – Mafia Tour in Palermo

The Catacombs of Paris

Located in the 14th arrondissement, next to Montparnasse Cemetery, the Catacombs of Paris are a sinister underground cemetery composed of numerous ossuary galleries.

These tunnels contain the remains of more than six million Parisians crammed into the walls. Next to them, macabre sculptural assemblages made from skeletons add the final touch of sordidness to the macabre scene.

Who said that Paris is the city of light?

Tour of Pablo Escobar

What is the reality behind the myth of Pablo Escobar? The intent of this tour is to explain to travelers who Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria was and how he affected the lives of millions.

Dark Tourism - Tour of Pablo Escobar
Dark Tourism – Tour of Pablo Escobar

The release of several series and films about Escobar in recent years has led to a growing interest in the figure of the most famous drug trafficker of all time. With this tour, you can take a journey into the heart of his organization and understand its dimensions beyond television fiction.

Visit to the Mob Museum in Las Vegas

If you want to enjoy one of the most curious exhibits in Las Vegas and delve into the underworld of organized crime, this ticket to the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, better known as the Mafia Museum, is just the ticket for you.

Dark Tourism - Mob Museum in Las Vegas
Dark Tourism – the Mob Museum in Las Vegas

Here you can see Mafia highlights such as the 1929 Valentine’s Day Massacre (when Al Capone ordered the killing of Moran clan members) and see the actual wall where they were killed.

There is also a large collection of weapons, recordings obtained by the FBI during wiretaps, and other items belonging to the leaders of various organizations.

Path of Jack the Ripper

It could not miss a tour of the most famous serial killer in history.

This route follows the footsteps of Jack “the Ripper” through all the nooks and crannies of Whitechapel. This is where it all began, with the body of a woman outside the doors of a store. It was August 31, 1888. And from then on, the terror grew until it shaped the legend of a monster that, to this day, has no face. We know only his ruthless work. And the name he signed those terrifying letters with: Jack…

Dark Tourism - On the Trail of Jack the Ripper
Dark Tourism – On the Trail of Jack the Ripper

Yakuza Tour in Osaka

This night tour delves into Osaka’s local culture to show its hidden side.

For three hours, gambling houses, warehouses and speakeasies take center stage, completely transforming the city to fill it with a thousand anecdotes and bring to the stage the importance of the yakuza, the fearsome Japanese mafia, in the development of Japan’s history.

Dark Tourism - Yakuza Tour in Osaka
Dark Tourism – Yakuza Tour in Osaka

Crimes, rituals, robberies, and ancient honor codes. The story of this organization continues to arouse enormous curiosity around the world. Now you can find out for yourself (and with dinner included at one of its sanctuaries).

Excursion to Chernobyl and Pripyat

Chernobyl and Pripyat are infamous for the nuclear disaster that occurred on April 26, 1986, when an explosion at the nuclear power plant’s No. 4 reactor released large amounts of radiation into the atmosphere. Its effect was 400 times more powerful than that of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

Dark Tourism - Excursion to the ghost town of Chernobyl
Dark Tourism – Excursion to the ghost town of Chernobyl

With this excursion to Chernobyl from Kiev, travelers have the opportunity to visit a ghost town and see the havoc wreaked by the nuclear meltdown and the fallout that followed, spilling over thousands of square kilometers of Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus.

About Civitatis

Civitatis is the leading online distributor of guided tours, excursions and activities in Spanish in major destinations around the world, with more than 70,000 activities in 3,200 destinations in 150 countries.


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