Thank you in advance for reading this post and your replies. I promise I have researched these boards thoroughly, but some of my questions remain unanswered.
Hubby and I are arriving ~10am at LAX on October 4th. We need to be at San Pedro port ~11am Oct 8th. We are staying at Orchid Suites Hollywood. We have no intention of hiring a car as we're from a very small city that drives on the other side! That's the only stuff we have set in concrete at this stage. We do have a rough plan but have some questions I'd like answered please.
1. LAX to Orchid Suite transfers. Our preferred option is shared shuttle. I wouldn't mind booking in advance but none of the websites explain how to find the shuttles once you arrive and whether if your plane arrives late you forfeit your prepaid fare etc :(
My question is: can the shuttle be arranged on arrival at LAX?
2. Our rough plans are:
Arrival day - check in to hotel, go to Farmer's Market/Grove, La Brea Tar Pits, arrange City Tour for next day - evening unknown
Second day - do organised city tour in morning, afternoon/evening unknown
Third day - Santa Monica, Venice Beach & Third St Promenade
Fourth day - Universal Studios during the day, City Walk in the evening
My questions are:
a) If we purchase the Universal Studios plus shuttle option from Starline tours will we still have time to check out City Walk in the evening (I can't find return shuttle times anywhere)
b) I'd prefer to do the LA City tour in an open-air bus/trolley if possible - are there any reputable companies who offer this?
c) I don't want to travel far in the evenings as we will be reliant upon public transport. Are there any organised tours in the evening other than the one that Starline offer? (I don't really want to do that as it seems too similar to the daytime tour we'll do with them) A pub-crawl style tour that took us to the Viper Room, Whisky-a-go-go, The Comedy Store etc would be right up our alley, but I haven't found any!
d) we don't mind paying a bit extra for convenience: would you recommend HOHO or buses/rail to go to the places I've mentioned.
e) if there aren't any evening tours available, can you please recommend places we would be safe to walk to from Orchid Suites?
Mega-thanks in advance :)