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“haunted footsteps not what it used to be”

Haunted Footsteps & Salem Historical Tours
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$22.00*
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Salem Walking Tour Combo: Daytime Tour Plus Haunted Evening History Tour
Ranked #13 of 30 Tours in Salem
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: We are Salem’s Premiere Walking Tour Company and home to everyone's favorite, the Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour – Salem’s original ghostly stroll. We are the ones who started ghost tours in 1997 making us the oldest established professional walking tour company in the Witch City. We provide ghost tours every night. We also deliver an incredible array of historic themed strolls that are considered the best in the city. We provide an entertaining and informative interpretation of Salem's vast and varied history. Our tours have the WOW factor! You'll hear stories that will stick with you for a lifetime. And we provide you with the latest theories on the Witchcraft Hysteria of 1692. Since 1997 we have enjoyed sharing Salem's unique history with the world. Step into the past with our knowledgeable and charismatic local guides and experience nearly 400 years of Salem's remarkable history. From storied architecture to our signature Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour, Salem Historical Tours' numerous acclaimed tour selections represent the very best that Salem has to offer. Accompany us on Salem's Original ghostly tour and experience why our highly acclaimed lantern lit stroll has been a "Witch City" institution since 1997. Setting the bench mark for similar tours, Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour - Salem's preeminent evening activity - is the most established and recommended tour in the city. Our engaging and often ghostly guides creatively convey Salem's authentic haunted history. Delve into Salem's macabre past as our knowledgeable and charismatic guides regale you with true tales of documented paranormal activity, chilling cemeteries and centuries old murder.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
North Providence, Rhode Island
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“haunted footsteps not what it used to be”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2014

Wow, talk about two extremes. My family and I took this tour back in 2008 and were very happy with it. So of course when we went back last month (06/2014) we bought tickets. What a change a few years makes. We were very close to simply walking away mid way through it because we were so bored. Our guide was just sort of discussing what "a friend of a friend saw once a few years ago" there was more information in the free "visit Salem" guidebook that there was on this tour. I don't know if the problem was our guide or if the ownership/management has changed but based on our most recent tour we will never take this tour again.

Visited June 2014
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SalemHistoricalTours, Owner at Haunted Footsteps & Salem Historical Tours, responded to this review, July 15, 2014
So sorry you had a bad experience. We have been training some new guides and perhaps someone had an off night. If anything, we have been accused of providing too much information instead of too little because we all get into the stories. So don't go throwing out the baby with the bath water. We strive to be the best in the city and have been the model for all the other tour companies since 1997 as we are the Witch City's oldest established professional walking tour company. Since you have been coming to Salem for the last decade, we would like to offer you a free tour of your choice when you make the trek East again. Feel free to email us at info@salemhistoricaltours.com to make arrangements and to open up a dialogue.
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“Ghost Tour Walk”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2014 via mobile

I was there just recently...Friday the 13th in fact....it was also a full moon...solar flares were happening, and as we arrived at the cemetery, a black cat walked through! How much more could you ask for? It was such a great tour...finding out just how 'haunted' Salem is! We even got a few pictures, capturing some of the paranormal! Pretty awesome tour...and I can't wait to go back! :)

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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Quintessential Halloween!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2014

I have lived in Massachusetts most of my life, yet never experienced Salem during Halloween till recently. I finally made the trek, and Salem is definitely a trip during pumpkin season.

Crowds, haunted houses, parties in different places. At first blush, we felt a little lost at sea. But the experience that made the experience richer and more authentic was this Salem Historical Tour with the current owner, Giovanni.

He was knowledgable, friendly, and entertaining. I can easily say it was the best part of our Salem trip. We went by the home used in Hocus Pocus and went through the history of Salem's ghostly roots.

The tour was fun, interactive, and price effective. I've been on tours like this before, and they can be boring or uninteresting or full of fluff. Not our tour with Giovanni. It felt like part historical tour, part stand up routine. We laughed a great deal and just had a great time overall.

I don't just highly recommend this tour. I think it's a Salem must-do, especially if it's your first time there. The tour will complete your Salem experience and make you feel like you did what you came to do: experience America's Halloween town.

Visited October 2013
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