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  • Location:Los Angeles, California
  • Duration:7 hours (approx.)

Los Angeles Highlights Tour: Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Hollywood and Beverly Hills

Los Angeles is a sprawling metropolis that's impossible to see in a day, but you can visit its top attractions and suburbs on this full day of sightseeing that combines a morning tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beach with an afternoon tour through Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Leave the driving to an expert guide who will deal with the city's infamous traffic while you sit back and enjoy visits to the Third Street Promenade, Venice Beach Boardwalk, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Sunset Boulevard, Rodeo Drive and more.


  • 7-hour tour combining the beach towns of Venice and Santa Monica with the highlights of Hollywood and Beverly Hills
  • Stroll along the Santa Monica Pier, Third Street Promenade and Venice Beach Boardwalk
  • See Hollywood landmarks like TCL Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Drive by the movie-star mansions of Beverly Hills
  • Hear informative commentary on LA history from a knowledgeable guide
  • Enjoy chips and bottled water, and stop to purchase lunch at The Grove

What You Can Expect

Los Angeles Highlights Tour: Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Hollywood and Beverly Hills

Los Angeles Highlights Tour: Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Hollywood and Beverly Hills

Meet your guide in central Los Angeles to begin your full-day tour of the city's top attractions and suburbs by air-conditioned minivan. You’ll begin with a morning tour of LA beaches followed by an afternoon tour of the landmarks of Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

Your first destination is the century-old Santa Monica Pier, which provides expansive views of the sandy coastline and the Pacific Ocean. Learn about the history of the amusement rides before taking a stroll along the Third Street Promenade, an open-air shopping district filled with boutiques and name-brand stores in downtown Santa Monica.

Back aboard the minivan, drive to another waterfront favorite — the Venice Beach Boardwalk, birthplace of extreme skateboarding and a hotbed of counter-culture quirkiness. Enjoy people watching and soak up the bohemian vibe as you admire more ocean views and watch the many street performers. Your guide will regale you with stories about Venice’s former inhabitants like Jim Morrison while you take note of Muscle Beach's eccentric crowd.

Next, take a 1-hour break for lunch (own expense) at The Grove shopping center next to LA's popular Farmers Market, and then start the afternoon portion of your tour.

Learn about the entertainment industry en route to Hollywood, where you’ll set eyes on the Dolby Theatre (formerly known as the Kodak Theatre), home to the Academy Awards. Stop at the opulent TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly called Grauman’s Chinese Theatre) on the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame, where more than 2,500 stars line the sidewalk. Pass the 4,310-acre (1,740-hectare) Griffith Park and the restored movie palace of El Capitan Theatre, and enjoy views of the downtown skyline and the Hollywood Sign, a cultural icon marking the Hollywood Hills.

As you drive down the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, glimpse the Viper Room — a legendary nightclub — and the world-famous Whiskey a Go Go, former host to rock bands like Led Zeppelin and The Doors. Cruise past the notorious Chateau Marmont, a celebrity favorite, on Sunset Boulevard as you make your way to Beverly Hills.

While you drive down the palm-lined avenues, your guide will point out the mansions of the rich and famous, as well as the legendary hotels they frequent like the Beverly Hilton, the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Beverly Wilshire, featured in the movie Pretty Woman. Then cruise down Rodeo Drive and past the designer stores of the Golden Triangle on Wilshire Boulevard.

Your tour ends when you return to your starting point.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tour, was only 2 of us there which meant to was more customised. Knowledge guide, would recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Best tour guide ever! Thanks Joshua! Very small group of 7 and the tour was well organised and on time. We saw everything we wanted and had some flexibility, which was great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was amazing. Everything I wanted to see in Los Angeles was included. The tour guide was very informative

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Highly Recommended! Had a great day, the tour guide was excellent as well

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2015

A nice personal tour but we did not get to Venice beach. Tour guide Hal was very knowledgeable and friendly

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2015

We saw a lot of sights from inside the van, but only got out at Santa Monica pier, Farmer's Market and Hollywood Blvd. Too much time spent parking. At times, felt hurried. Many landmarks were pointed out, but more information about the landmarks would have been nice. Disappointed in not seeing more mansions and rodeo drive.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better August 2015

I didn't feel this tour was good value for money, only went to a couple of places and didn't have any free time at any of the attractions. Did not visit Venice beach or third street promenade and most of the attractions listed in the tour such as Sunset Boulevard, stars mansions and Beverly Hills, were drive by only. Did not drive by Griffith Park or get a good view of the Hollywood sign. I was very disappointed with the tour guide and the mini van was cramped and difficult to get in and out of through the tour.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better August 2015

The tour was ok but the transportation was very uncomfortable. First, we were driving in a van with little windows and the door was very narrow. People in front had to go out first, then the driver/tour guide had to remove the seat to let people in the back out. It was very hard to hear anything.

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