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  • Location:Los Angeles, California
  • Duration:2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Dearly Departed: The Tragic History Tour of Los Angeles

Explore the dark side of Los Angeles on this Hollywood ‘death tour,’ a 2.5-hour multimedia bus excursion investigating the infamous homes and locations where the city’s most famous stars met their demise. During your visit you'll check out well-known sites in Beverly Hills, Hollywood and the Sunset Strip where some of the world’s most famous celebrities passed away. This macabre Los Angeles excursion, featured by both Anthony Bourdain’s ‘The Layover’ and E!’s ‘Hollywood Death Trip’ is a great way to learn about the city’s twisted past.

Highlights

  • 2.5-hour Dearly Departed's Tragic History Tour of Los Angeles
  • Discover where Michael Jackson, River Phoenix and Whitney Houston spent their final moments
  • Learn about stalkers, celebrity-gangsters, addictions, murder and scandal as you pass by Hollywood’s infamous spots
  • See almost 75 sites in one afternoon, making this tour the best bang for your buck
  • Don’t miss this highly rated tour voted one of the ‘1,000 Things To Do Before You Die!’
  • Stop at the legendary cemetery and pay your respects to Marilyn, Natalie, Farrah and dozens more.

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Hear actual 911 recordings and police interviews on this ghoulish tour. Enjoy a winning combo of humor and history throughout the ride from an operator considered an authoritative celebrity death source.

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What You Can Expect

Dearly Departed: The Tragic History Tour of Los Angeles

The 'George Michael' Bathroom

Take a deep dive into the sordid history of Los Angeles on the Dearly Departed tour, a 2.5-hour multimedia bus trip focusing on the tragic end of some of the city’s most iconic celebrities. Anyone with a love for celebrity scandal or a dark sense of humor will appreciate this trip through the seamy dark side behind Hollywood’s glamorous façade. 

Begin your trip around midday from a location on Sunset Boulevard. Join your trip’s guide, also known as the “Director of Undertakings,” as you delve into the history behind decades of murder, scandal and good, clean fun. Once your trip, um, departs . . . you’ll be regaled with plenty Hollywood horror stories from inside the comfort of your luxurious bus, also known as the “Tomb Buggy.”

Over the course of your trip you’ll cover more than 75 sites of interest. Though the trip’s exact stopping points change from day to day, a few of the typical highlights include:
  • The infamous locations of the deaths of River Phoenix, Bela Lugosi, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston
  • The grisly murder sites of Sal Mineo, Dominique Dunne, Rebecca Schaeffer and Bugsy Siegel
  • The hotels where John Belushi and Janis Joplin made their “last stay”
  • The setting for Sharon Tate’s “last supper”
  • Scandalous locations from the lives of Chris Brown and Rihanna, Halle Berry and Hugh Grant
During your trip, you’ll also have the chance to see crime-scene photos, hear 911 phone calls and review paperwork that the general public usually doesn’t have a chance to see, adding further context to these tales of death and deceit.

You’ll also visit the intimate cemetery where Natalie Wood, Farah Fawcett, Marilyn Monroe and other high-powered icons were laid to rest. Take a stroll through the grounds to pay your respects and to read their poignant and often humorous epitaphs.

Finish your trip back at your original starting point, where you can browse the Dearly Departed Gallery. Among the exhibits on display are unexpected memorabilia related to dead celebrities. Among the items you will see are pool tiles from the site where Rolling Stones drummer Brian Jones drowned, along with the Rolodex of Rock Hudson, which includes the phone number for Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor.

Customer Reviews

Elaina K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour had lots of good information and will keep you engaged! I am glad we took advice from other reviews and booked this!

However, the tour did not start until 1:00 and that's what's printed on the sign they put out front everyday, even though the ticket said 12:00 so double check so you don't have to kill an hour!

Rachael B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was loads of fun, Scott and Brian were fantastic, highly recommend this tour, it does not disappoint.

Mrs D J Joice J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Bryan was a fantastic tour guide. He took us to many interesting spots and kept us well informed throughout the whole tour. Lots of quirky facts included!

Cecile P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

More than what we expected: we didn't know we had a chance to visit a Hollywood cemetery. The tour guide satisfied our curiosity about many celeb tragic deaths. Can't say it was repectful or tasteful, but the tour was a lot of fun.

janet p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This has to be the best tour in LA. The driver was very informative and funny. Not only did we go to places where the rich and famous met their end, we were treated to the history of some very gruesome murders. The tour also took us to Beverly Hills to see the houses of the very rich. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and would recommend to any Brit visiting LA.

peter.f17

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great tour, never thought i would be wondering around a cemetery with a camera ,but i was.
unusual and left field subjects, need to concentrate because the history and facts come thick and fast.
I loved it.

Karen F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour was amazing. Bryan was hilarious and well informed on all of what he was talking about. A great way to see the city from a different angle. Really enjoyed it, and highly recommend it!

Aida L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our tour guide was fabulous!

Clarence H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

enjoyable, different tour. included a lot of the standard tour locations

Yelitza H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Lots of sites visited! Loved the shop too!

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