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The Real Los Angeles Tours

Los Angeles, CA, USA
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About The Real Los Angeles Tours
On our tours we walk the streets, cycle the city & ride the Metro so YOU can authentically experience L.A. We have tours of Hollywood, downtown L.A., Santa Monica & Venice. We have all day tours, layover tours, Ghost tours, bicycle tours, private tours and even free self-guided tours. Join us if you like to immerse yourself in the city you're visiting!
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The Real Hollywood Tour

Uncover the history of Hollywood that you might not have heard on this tour around some of central LA’s glittery highlights and hidden historical landmarks. Starting at the glamorous Pantages Theater, tour sights like the Capitol Records Building, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the iconic Egyptian and Chinese Theaters. But it’s not just popular tourist stops on this tour: learn about Hollywood before it became Hollywood at Jane’s House, and hear all sorts of stories old and new from your guide.
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2 hours
from $35.00

LA in a Day Tour

Los Angeles is a sprawling city, with its top attractions spread far and wide. With this tour, pack in three city neighborhoods—Hollywood, Downtown, and Santa Monica—in one day. Avoid cramped tour buses and generic commentary, and get a more intimate view of LA by exploring at street level in the company of a guide.
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8 hours
from $115.00

Central Downtown LA Tour

Los Angeles is always changing and you’ll witness it on our Central Downtown LA tour. Thought LA doesn’t have a downtown? It does and it’s the most dynamic, interesting part of the city.

Many tourists don't know of DTLA (as it’s known here), but Angelenos do and they’re voting with their feet, as every week new restaurants, bars, Apple stores and apartment blocks open here. Many people don’t realize it’s also the best-preserved historic downtown of any major city in America (with great architecture).

Join our Central Downtown LA tour and learn about the neighborhood where the city was born. We also stop for lunch at Grand Central Market (one of the best places in the U.S. for food according to Bon Appetit).

* Tour starts 1pm daily
* Children under 12 y.o. gain free entry
* There’s a big range of food options and all types of diet can be accommodated (vegan, gluten-free etc)
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3 hours
from $45.00

Reel to Real: Hollywood & Downtown LA Tour

First-time visitors can uncover the history and culture of Los Angeles on this walking tour through two must-see neighborhoods: Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles. Learn about the beginnings of the movie business, see famed Tinseltown sights, and spot the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the TCL Chinese Theater. Then you're whisked via metro to enjoy the art nouveau elegance of LA's bustling downtown before breaking for lunch—at your own expense—at one of the city's foodie hubs, Grand Central Market.
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6 hours
from $90.00

DTLA Murder Mystery Ghost Tour

Investigate the seedy underbelly of downtown LA's past on this murder mystery ghost tour. Listen to your guide's commentary to learn about the city's dark past while visiting stops such as the Biltmore Hotel, Clifton's, the Alexandria Hotel, the Halls of Justice, and the Los Angeles Pueblo, among others. You'll also stop in a few haunted bars to purchase some cocktails.
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2 hours 30 minutes
from $40.00

Santa Monica & Venice Bike Tour

Let us do the work by joining our Santa Monica and Venice Bike Tour, letting you relax and enjoy the quintessential L.A. pastime, cycling the area on a Beach Cruiser. That way you can experience the famous boardwalk and canals, go to some hidden spots that only locals like us know of and learn about the history of the famous neighborhoods you’re passing through.

We’ll have your bicycles ready when you arrive for the Santa Monica and Venice Bike tour, then we’ll head down to the beach. The tour passes by famous Santa Monica Pier, before stopping at Muscle Beach. Then we cycle to the beautiful canals. There’s a stop on hip Abbot Kinney Boulevard for juice or coffee, before we head up Main St. Our final stop is Santa Monica City Hall and Tongva Park.

* Tour starts 10am daily
* Bicycle hire included in price
* Children under 5 y.o. can go in a child’s seat for $10 on the day (no ticket required)
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2 hours
from $70.00

Mount Hollywood Hike

For the Mount Hollywood Hike we’ll meet you by the Greek Theater. You’ll then hike up through the Bird Sanctuary and into the Hollywood Hills as we tell you about the first inhabitants of the Los Angeles area, the Tongva. As we climb the hills you’ll see LA spread below you, so it’s a great way to get an understanding of how the city developed and how the different areas connect with each other. From the summit of Mount Hollywood you can see almost the whole of Los Angeles. From there we’ll follow the trails down, stopping at some of the best spots to get photos of the Hollywood Sign, to the Griffith Observatory. We’ll finish your Mount Hollywood Hike by giving you a quick tour of the Observatory, before leaving you to enjoy this fantastic free museum.

Great exercise and unforgettable memories!

* Tour starts 3pm (Winter) or 4pm (Summer) daily
* Free bottle of water included in price
* Children between 7-12 y.o. gain free entry
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3 hours
from $50.00

Hollywood Speakeasy Bar Tour

We start at the famed Frolic Room (at the Pantages Theatre). Since the 1930’s the bar has been used by the actors that graced the stage next door. Next we’ll visit a recent arrival from France, Mama Shelter, and her rooftop bar. From there we can look over the roofs and see all the way from the iconic Hollywood Sign to the towers of downtown LA. After that we’ll discover a speakeasy bar that’s hidden in the oldest house in Hollywood, before ending the tour at a glamorous restaurant used by the stars from 1919 to today.

Over the evening we’ll regale you with stories detailing how this small farming town in the became the most famous place on earth. By the end of the tour you’ll have learned Hollywood history, enjoyed cocktails that fitted each location and eaten some good food.

Join us on the Hollywood Speakeasy Bar Tour and have the adventure of a nighttime.

* Tour starts 6pm, Thursday
* Food included
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3 hours
from $85.00

LA: Food + History + Design Tour

Why do the LA: Food + History + Design Tour?

Food: From French newcomers in the nineteenth century, to Italian immigrants of the early twentieth century, to waves of migration from China, Vietnam and Thailand in the last fifty years, each culture has left its mark on the LA culinary landscape. And we haven’t mentioned Latin America or Japan!

History: Los Angeles has a fascinating story. Many of its oldest buildings, from when the tiny pueblo was just a farming town in the Wild West, are still standing and you’ll go inside them on this tour.

Design: DTLA has many iconic buildings – City Hall, the Walt Disney Hall and the Eastern Columbia Building to name just three. You’ll also experience many beautiful interior spaces, from the Bradbury Building, to Union Station to an Art Nouveau hotel lobby.

* Tour starts 12 midday, Sunday
* Food included
* Children under 12 y.o. gain free entry
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3 hours
from $85.00
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Molly B wrote a review Oct 17
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Damien was a great tour guide! Great date night idea. Found the tour through Fever who did not advertise as a walking tour. Highly advise good walking shoes and a bottle of water. Really enjoy true crime and this tour had A LOT of it. Had fun getting to explore the city and learn more of its history. Thank you to The Real Los Angeles Tours team!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Beikaaa wrote a review Sep 2020
New York City, New York68 contributions13 helpful votes
We had Chris as a tour guide and he was excellent. Fun tour around DTLA. Would definitely recommend to others. He even keeps extra masks incase you sneeze in yours!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Laura B wrote a review Jun 2020
Raleigh11 contributions10 helpful votes
We r so grateful that Damien gave us a tour during this COVID19 time. He is an enthusiastic historian of deaths in DT LA. Be advised you will spend a lot of time around the homeless population.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Danielle O wrote a review Mar 2020
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This was an awesome evening downtown! Our tour guide was great, and we visited some really cool locations both inside and out. Getting to sit at the bars and have a drink at the places we just learned all the mysterious history about was an added perk! If you like mysteries, true crime, ghosts, or just want to see some nice architecture around the city, I would definitely recommend this!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Tim D wrote a review Mar 2020
Shanghai Region, China16 contributions12 helpful votes
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Chris was an amazing tour guide and we had a great time. The locations were fun to see and the stories were amazing. I would highly recommend to anyone and everyone who wants to know more about the history of LA and loves True Crimes :). We cannot wait to go on another tour with this group!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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