On starting to plan next year's holiday I realised I had written up my review for this company but completely forgot to post it ..... so here we go, this review is for August 2013.
We took two tours with this company. The first was the OC Beach Bus Tour on the red Woody bus. When we got to Huntingdon we all got out for photos and a rest room stop and the driver (I'm afraid I can't remember his name but he was great fun) asked then if anyone wanted to spend time there. No one did so we went on to Newport where we had a couple of hours before he picked us up to take us to Laguna Beach where I think we had about three hours. At Newport we ate lunch at Ruby's on the pier but I believe you can book a harbour cruise ahead of time through the website although I don't think it's necessary, there were loads of boat trips in the harbour. Each time the driver shows you exactly where he'll pick you up and at what time and yes, he was on time. He commentated the whole time too, telling us all about each neighbourhood (there were 9 of us on the bus and we were British and Australian) and playing Beach Boys music - great fun!
There's no need to know in advance where you want to spend your time - if you want to spend time at Huntingdon then you can say at the time, you'll just end up with less time elsewhere. We really enjoyed this tour - we live by the beach in England but my daughters wanted to see the 'Hollister' beach and as luck would have it, the life guards were training in the surf whilst we were there, a very welcome sight!
The other tour we did was the Warner Bros/LA combo - as luck would have it we were the only ones on this tour which Tom himself drove - what a nice man, very professional but he immediately put us at ease and it was like being shown round by a friend. We picked this tour for the Warner Bros studio because our daughters are huge Friends fans but we all enjoyed looking round it, especially seeing the Harry Potter memorabilia.
I can't really specify any highlights (apart from seeing the iconic Hollywood sign) for the rest of the day because it is ALL good - Tom is very knowledgeable and takes you to places you'd never visit on your own and is able to impart info that you'll never find in a guide book.
I can't recommend Tom and his company enough - we are coming back just as a couple next year (daughters are now off doing their own thing!) and are definitely going to book with Tom again, I like the look of the Walt Tour and hope this will be running next summer.
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