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Dearly Departed Tours
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Dearly Departed: The Tragic History Tour of Los Angeles
Ranked #15 of 251 Tours in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Murders, Deaths, Scandals and fun things happened all over Los Angeles. But it's light hearted. Promise. Dearly Departed Tours is a 3 hour tour of the Deathstyles of the Rich and Famous. Legends from Mae West and Bela Lugosi, to Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson. With a side of Hugh Grant and Chris Brown and Rihanna thrown in for good measure. "Creepy, Hilarious, but not for kids or the prissy." - Lonely Planet Also available, The Helter Skelter Tour - based solely on the Manson Murders. Join Scott Michaels, the host of the documentary, The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter will unravel this bizarre time in American History. American Horror Story based their "Eternal Darkness Tour" on us and we've been featured in Anthony Bourdain's The Layover, E! 20 Most Horrifying Hollywood Murders and The Girls Next Door. Hundreds of unedited positive reviews online, Tripatini, Yelp, Yahoo Travel and Tripadvisor. *** Because of our recent move, the MUSEUM is closed until mid to late April.
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“the best tour Iv Seen”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

love , love , loved it. My daughter, spouse and myself took this tour. I learned so much on this one. Our guide knew every street and building and people that worked or died in it. that's awesome. I highly recommend this tour and do dine at the Kitty and the fiddle which is right across the street. Also best place ever.

Visited January 2013
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35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“The best tour in LA”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

I went on the Dearly Departed tour and had Brian Donnelly as my tour guide. Brian has a fantastic wealth of information and is a wonderful tour driver (the best in LA - no joke). He encourages passengers to get out of the bus to take photos. I have photos outside the Viper Room and the George Michael Memorial Bathroom. Brian has such a keen interest in movies, TV and celebrities and he knows his information. They also supply a folder of the places and stories and this helps if you take a photo of the page in the folder and then a photo of the attraction so you don't forget what you took a photo of. This was the best tour that I did in LA and it was a highlight of my trip. Brian also makes an effort to learn everybody's names and back stories and he's very genuine in his love of customers and he encourages passengers to add to the commentary. The Dearly Departed shop front has some wonderful and weird memorabilia and Brian and Scott are more than happy to have a chat about the items. They both love their jobs and it shows in how the tour is organised. I can't recommend this enough. If you do one tour in LA, make it this one.

Visited December 2012
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Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
Level 6 Contributor
80 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“An excellent evening, money well spent :o)”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

Brian our guide rocked our tour! We are native San Diegans but decided to have a mini staycation in SoCal and ended up making reservations for this tour. Yes, it's true, you must have a somewhat "odd, perverse,weird" streak in you to enjoy this tour but if you do, you won't be disappointed.

There are other reviews here better and more detailed than mine but know this...we are an older couple, me with bad knees and a bladder the size of a peanut. The walking was minimal, there was a bathroom stop and we were seriously engaged the entire time.

Afterwards, tip well, I think they must count on those little goodies but it was easy to do with such an awesome guide. Stop at Skooby's Hot Dogs down the way to have a killer hot dog and maybe drive the short distance to the Museum of Death on the same street but opposite side...oh what a date night you'll have "oD

Visited October 2012
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Alta Loma, California
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77 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed December 28, 2012

The dearly departed tour was awesome.Scott was our tour guide and he was totally entertaining.We learned so many interesting facts about L.A. and Hollywood . Hear about tragedies,see movie stars homes and even architecture. Can't wait to take another tour. Definitly worth the money.

Hats off to Dearly Departed Tours

Visited December 2012
1 Thank Denise T
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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99 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Worth it”
Reviewed December 23, 2012 via mobile

You get your money's worth on this tour. A lot is packed in to the time and no time is wasted like other tours. Would highly recommend. Richard was very knowledgeable.

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