When visiting Los Angeles DO NOT use LA Sightseeing tours, they are in my opinion the worst tour company I have ever known.
I booked the Grand City Tour in October 2013, as with most tour companies in LA they take you from your hotel to their depot where you then start the tour.
An open sided, dirty van turned up, the seats were wet, it was a cool October morning as this wreck rattled it’s way to the depot at Santa Monica. I asked the driver if this was the van we were doing the tour on? because if it was we would stay at the hotel and not take the tour, he said he didn’t know, that was a deliberate lie as he knew perfectly well these were the tour vans.
Frozen ,shivering and wet we arrived at the depot in Santa Monica, a dingy little office, I explained to the receptionist we were not happy with the van, particularly as my wife had been very poorly with flu prior to going to America and an open sided van on a cool October morning just wasn’t good enough, we said we would prefer not to take the tour, only to be told we would have to pay the full price and they couldn’t take us back to our hotel in LA, basically they would take our money and abandon us in Santa Monica.
Reluctantly we got back on the yellow wreck, they drove around the corner stopped and off we got to go and see Santa Monica Pier, first stop on what was to be a terrible day.
The tour was awful, we saw hardly any of the stars homes, the commentary was poor, had short stops at places of interest like the Chinese theatre and long stops at other god knows where stops.
The fumes and smell of the vans engine was disgusting.
This tour was so bad that at one stop I tried to join another tour companies bus, I was willing to pay to get off this tour but unfortunately the driver could not get us on.
Finally we were to get taken back to the depot, hurtling along in this wreck , getting colder and colder with the wind howling into the open van, the driver then collided wing mirrors with an on coming truck and was more preoccupied with phoning the depot than his passengers , who could have been injured by flying glass from the mirror. Even with the drivers mirror shattered this idiot continued to drive at frightening speeds back to the depot.
I have included photo to highlight how filthy this van was.
Never ever will I use this tour company again and I would advise anyone visiting Los Angeles to avoid this company at all costs.
Thankfully for the rest of our stay in Los Angeles I had booked a good tour company ( VIP Tours ) whom I would recommend without hesitation.
Don’t waste your money on LA Sightseeing tours, the yellow wreck company.
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