Had pre booked this in a hurry before we left Australia. As we were not on the hotel list I stated we would walk to the nearest nominated hotel which was a good 2 kms away. We confirmed the day before as requested on the voucher. Told pick up would be at 5. Got to the pick up early as you never know. Well pick up wasn't until 5:45, so by then my 11 year old son was quite eager to say the least. Small mini van, very nice friendly driver who finally explained he was taking us to meet the main group. He explains about tipping and as he was nice (& I fell for his struggling Hispanic family man story) I did tip him $8. Next we wait around with a bunch of people at the headquarters. the staff are all older sleazy men. On to the bus finally and the bus driver starts his banter on LA, we head for Century Walk at Universal studios and given 20 minutes, to us a waste of time as had been to Universal Studios the day before. Then through the city, pointing out some sights and telling us how lucky we were to be on the tour on a Saturday as no traffic. Then to the Hollywood hills to see the sign, you are given 2 minutes to hop out, take a photo then off we go again. Then to Hollywood were you are "given" a voucher for a free gift. A tiny pen if you buy something at nominated shop. You have 20 minutes or so there, crowded and full of people "dressed" up in costumes wanting you to take a photo with them for a fee of course, not a pretty place at all but good to see it I guess and the stars on the sidewalk. Then to Rodeo Drive, most people didn't even get off the bus here, shops were closed and probably of no interest to anyone anyway. But you could use the rest room in a local club. So this is where he gives you the lecture and points to the sign. He then go around to each person with his bag open, now I knew this was coming but thought I would get money out of atm at next stop however this was the last stop before the long drive to drop each party at there hotel. I told him I had none left. He was quite rude to most people. I didn't want to tip him anyway as they were late picking up and I had paid $127 AU (one adult, one child)for the privilege of this tour. It really left a sour note with all on the bus as he was a bully. I do tip when I think they are worthy and don't bully for it. This tour was a complete waste of our time. If you only have one day or night in LA and have never been there before maybe a tour like this would suit however try a different company please!
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