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“TOUR LA with Tourist GUIDE MARK!!!”

VIP Tours of California
Ranked #158 of 251 Tours in Los Angeles
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Reviewed December 29, 2010

Wow!! Words alone cannot express the royal VIP treatment received from Mark while touring Los Angeles.

Prior to or after arriving to your hotel, check with your concierge and ask for a V I P TOUR of California..You will be given a brochure to select the package of your choice. My personal preference would be the "New Package" which consists of Los Angeles City Tour as well as seeing some of the Movie Star Homes. After making your selection, you will pay part of the deposit at your hotel and the remaining will be collected after you arrive to a centralized location. Trust me it is WELL WORTH IT!!!

Mark our tour guide was absolutely unbelievable.. He was a wealth of knowledge. Very acclimated with the city, well connected with us as tourist, and clearly loves what he does..To visit LA and not do a TOUR will be utterly ridiculously on your part, as you will miss the greatest experience of using VIP Tours with tour guide MARK.

He will make your experience memorable as well as an exciting time. He communicates with clarity by informing you in advance of each upcoming attraction and on top of that he pauses so pictures can be taken for your memoir. Personally there are not enough GREAT words in the dictionary to describe MARK and VIP Tours as being one of the greatest services that a tourist could ask for while visiting their state.. If I did nothing else in LA, touring with MARK/VIP Tours were enough for me..

Lastly, if you don't know the LA area or never traveled to LA ,there is no way a person could see or do everything that we experienced, if VIP tours were not offered.

Thank you and more importantly - thank for you having a person like MARK as tour guide.

Thank RSCalifornia88
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Reviewed December 28, 2010

Hmm - Am I writing about the same tour company as everyone else? Because our experience was much different. We had fun! Pick up was 9.00am as promised and the tour company was just around the corner from the hotel - Hilton LAX. If we had known how close it was or where it was, we wouldve walked. We got there about 1min later and there was a huge crowd of people so we had to wait about 10mins in the queue to pay for our chosen tour and there were several tours to choose from depending how much time you had. We had the whole day so did the city and universal studios tour. $55 per person (including ticket to the studios) bargin!. All the mini buses that picked up people were assigned to different tours. The people at the counter recommended to have lunch at the Farmers market so you dont waste time at the studios looking for food and to do the train tour ride first, all very good advice and I'm glad we did just that. About 9.30am we were on the road. Friendly people on the bus and the driver was very friendly. He was a brilliant tour guide, informative, helpful and funny. We saw alot of the sights and its a good taster and preview of the city if we decide to return. Farmers market we ordered Oysters and chips, we love seafood and I have honestly never seen oysters as big as those. They came from Washington - amazing. To many chips though, probably couldve lived on chips all week with the portions they give. Lots of shops but we decided to drink a glass of wine and watch the dancing water fountain - it was great. Last stop was Hollywood Blvd and where we swapped buses for the studios. They did get this wrong and the bus left without us however about 10mins later they sent another one to pick us up and we were in the studios by 2.30pm. The buses returned to pick us up at 7.00pm, prompt and we were back in the hotel about 40mins later. We had a fabulous day, maybe because we had good company, a great tour guide and the sun was shinning. LA was actually really really hot!

2  Thank Merlotsheep
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Reviewed November 13, 2010

The decision to book a tour to Disneyland with this company was a big mistake.
The pick up car never came and when I rang up the office I was subjected to extremely rude customer service.
They did send another van which took us directly to Disneyland but I found the whole experience a pain. On the same van was another couple who also were left behind.
Give these people a wide berth

Thank Alexdolezal
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Reviewed November 9, 2010

We did the full day city sights plus Universal studios. After going to the office after being picked up, our tour started 90 minutes after our hotel pickup. All the staff are extremely un-friendly.

The city sights part was ok, kinda boring, you get to get of the bus a few times which is nice but not for long.

We got to universal studios at around 2:30pm. On three separate occasions VIP staff had told us it shuts at 7pm and we would get a minimum of 4 hours at the park.

We were kicked out of universal at 5pm as that is their actual closing time. So we didnt get to go on any rides as we saw 3 shows.

universal studios was Awesome and we were so annoyed that we didt get the time there that was promised to us. We called the company and they were just rude to us and said it was our fault and we should have read the brochure better. They did not care at all and hung up on us.

Avoid at all costs!

2  Thank Mat D
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Reviewed October 21, 2010

Just came back from LA where we had to fill in 7 hours before our flight. Chose the 4 1/2 hour LA tour which took us to the Canals, Venice Beach, Beverley HIlls, Hollywood Blvd and Farmers' Market. For the $55 I found it excellent value. We had 3 stops - the main one being at the interesting Market. Our driver was Donald who was very personable, we found the bus very comfortable, great windows and not too big. Contrary to other reviews it was clean, our driver was knowledgeable and he only mentioned the tip briefly at the end. The pickup from the LAX hotel was on time as was our delivery back to the hotel and the central depot is right near the airport so there's not much waiting around. It was a good quick way to get an overview of the city of Los Angeles especially if you are waiting for a flight.

Thank maroro
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