Museum tours, canal cruise and guided walking tours are some examples of popular sightseeing tours among tourists, especially in European countries. However, if you’re looking for a breath of fresh air or something off the beaten path, we can recommend three unusual tours you can sign up for in Europe.
- Turin Chocolate Tour
Now this is a tour that chocoholics can’t afford to miss when they travel to Europe. Famous for its confectionery, patisserie and chocolate shops, Turin is a large city in northwestern Italy known as the city that gave the world the first saleable hard chocolate, as well as Italy’s most iconic car, the Fiat. Take a self-guided chocolate tasting tour of Turin’s famed chocolatiers where you can taste delicious specialty chocolates and learn about the importance of chocolate in this European city.
- Paris Underground
Explore the other side of one of the most romantic European cities, Paris, on this unusual tour to the underground part of the city. And by that, we don’t mean the complex underground train system, but the underground ossuaries, simply known as The Catacombs. An extensive network of tunnels which spans around 280 km in length this is where the skeletons of countless people were laid to rest after exhumation from city churchyards and cemeteries.
- Irish Prisons
In Ireland, you don’t have to commit crimes to end up in a prison. Believe it or not, Dublin’s historic Kilmainham Prison not only accepts visitors, they also arrange tours which are available in more than a dozen languages. This former prison is known for housing prisoners from the 1916 Easter Rising. It’s currently a museum run by the Office of Public Works, an agency of the Ireland Government, complete with wax figures, furnished cells and sound effects to show tourists what prison life was once like. Include a visit to this castle-like European prison into your list if you’re planning to travel to Ireland!