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Dearly Departed Tours
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Dearly Departed: The Tragic History Tour of Los Angeles
Ranked #16 of 252 Tours in Los Angeles
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: We're a light-hearted look at the Dark Side of Hollywood. Since 2004 Dearly Departed Tours has provided a 3 hour tour of the Deathstyles of the Rich and Famous. 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 on Ghost Adventures, Anthony Bourdain's The Layover, E! 20 Most Horrifying Hollywood Murders and The Girls Next Door. In 2017 we opened our Artifact Museum which includes a piece of The Hindenburg, Rock Hudson's death bed, Natalie Wood's prescription bottle and Jayne Mansfield's 1966 Buick death car.
Reviewed 22 October 2011

Well worth the money. You not only see the death sites of famous people, but an overall tour of the city, complete with celebrity homes. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, and the 2.5 hours completely flew by. Highly recommended!

Thank am84
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Reviewed 14 October 2011

We took the dearly departed tour on the 10/12 with the superbly knowledgable Brian Donnelly and it was a highlight of our five week holiday in the USA. Brian is so knowledgeable and a really funny guy he makes the tour really enjoyable. Dearly Departeds tours are extremely well researched and accurate and you travel in a very comfortable mini bus. The history of Hollywood presented is fascinating. Dearly Departed also present very well.

We took a tour with another company where the info about Hollywood was wrong and the bus was very uncomfortable and dirty.

Do yourself a favor and go on a Dearly Departed tour. They're superb!!!

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Reviewed 30 September 2011

I just love Brian!! The Dearly Departed Tour was a great highlight to my vacation!! We got to see all kinds of places like Sunset Blvd and even celebs homes like Simon Cowell. I want to go on the tour again because it is never quite the same tour each time. It is not grusome or dark but very informative!! Brian is very entertaining and so much fun to talk to!! Do the tour!!! :)

1  Thank Jasmine808
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Reviewed 6 September 2011

Went with a few colleagues while in town. I grew up in the LA area, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but we thought we'd give something different a try. It turned out to be a very fun and interesting tour with Scott as our tour guide. The 14 passenger bus/van is air conditioned, comfortable, and clean. Lots of great fun facts and interesting stories along the way. The 2.5 hours was the perfect length of time for this tour. The tour stops halfway through to give everyone a chance to walk around and stretch and visit the restroom. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to do something other than the traditional tourist thing in LA.

Thank MartinJLD
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Reviewed 20 August 2011

I took the Helter Skelter tour with Scott Michaels. I had an amazing time on the tour and couldn't have asked for a better guide. Scott was very informative and witty and there was never a dull moment. If you tired of the old tours that visit celebrity homes, and are interested in the darker side of Hollywood you will surely enjoy this tour.

Thank M C
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