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Reviewed November 26, 2015

I attended a conference in Riverside. On my way home I had only three hours in LA before I had to cue up for the pre-flying procedures. I live in Norway, had never been to LA and do not know if I will happen to go there again in my life, so I wished to see a few things. Since my three hours were really early in the morning when no group tours were available, I decided to book a private tour. I'm happy I did. First I had thought I would have four hours, which I had booked, but then the airport announced increased security controls and that one should come earlier. Therefore, I had to cut down my tour by one hour. I informed American Riviera tours only ten hours before the tour was scheduled, and the cut was accepted friendly, without ado and without charge. I was picked up at the hotel and driven to the airport after the trip. My tour guide Yuriy Altshul was friendly, spoke perfect English despite the foreign name, and I felt save driving with him. He was careful to always leave the car together with me when we stopped. He clearly knew the place very well and had an amazing span of knowlege on diverse aspects, areas and the development of culture in LA, and shared his views. I probably was a rather unusual customer with a lack of interest for Rhodeo drive and the associated brands, despite I am female, and with rather below-average interest for stars. But he adopted great, talking abour botany, culture and technology instead (and a bit about stars), even though I am sure he knew a lot about the brands and other stars as well. While driving e.g. through downtown, Beverly Hills, the Mullholland drive and to Santa Monica Beach, we had touched the topics of the great fig trees and other tree streets, how the creative hotspot California might have come into place, the working culture and tax system, the development of the movie industry/culture, how to build houses and skyscrapers in an earthquake region, the water situation and system and more. He also knew what I had to expect from the airport in terms of walking distances and the like. Thank you!

Date of experience: November 2015
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Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

We booked this company for a full day tour of LA and also as a car service to take us where we needed to go around LA. The service was excellent and Yuri, our driver was fab! Will definitely be using again when we visit LA next :)

Date of experience: October 2015
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Reviewed October 31, 2015

Private limo tour to Santa Monica for lunch and all the sights of LA.
Our driver was very obliging and informative. A very relaxing and enjoyable 6 hour tour before our 14 hour flight back to Australia.

Date of experience: October 2015
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Reviewed October 4, 2015

Our cruise ended in LA and we had a full day to see LA. With nowhere to leave our luggage we arranged to be picked up at the pier for a 9 hour tour of LA. We were met on time by Yuri who was to be our guide for the day. This guy certainly knows his way around LA, he is very friendly, fun, knowledgeable and nothing was a problem. We visited downtown LA, Olvera Street (birthplace of LA), Venice, Santa Monica pier, Beverley Hills, Rodeo Drive, Farmers Market (lunch), Sunset strip, Hollywood, views of LA, walk of fame and Chinese theatre etc. We never felt rushed, travelled in air conditioned comfort (it was a hot day!), entertained with a great selection of applicable videos/music to watch during the drive. Thank you Yuri for a memorable day in La La land. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Date of experience: September 2015
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Los-Angeles-Tours, Manager at American Riviera Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2015

Thank you George for your kindness! We love LA and want to make sure every customer has the best sightseeing experience.

Come back again and bring your friends!

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Reviewed September 28, 2015

Yuriy was our tour guide for a custom 5 hour private tour of LA. This was a fantastic way to see the many sights surrounding LA and Yuriy was the perfect guide for this tour. He is extremely knowledgeable not to mention very personable and funny. We enjoyed every minute of it and never felt rushed at any point during the tour. I highly recommend this tour! Thanks again Yuriy for a wonderful day in LA!

Date of experience: September 2015
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