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Dearly Departed: The Tragic History Tour of Los Angeles

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Overview

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.
  • 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 Travelers Choose This Tour

Unusual police interviews and 911 recordings make this tour ideal for those interested in LA’s darker side.
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 GrantDuring 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.
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Dearly Departed Tours
Our museum is jam-packed with artifacts of old Hollywood buildings, personal items, true crime and the Jayne Mansfield Death Car.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included

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Guides stories were great
Julie_C
, Mar 2020
The guide was knowledgeable and had a lot of information about deaths in LA and we visited a lot of sights, but really driving past a building and saying someone died there really meant nothing. The cemetery visit was an anti- climax
star-5
Great fun & facts!
Natalie_T
, Mar 2020
It was a dreary day, but still had fun on the tour! So many locations and facts. Thanks for making my day!
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So fun!
iriechic2002
, Feb 2020
We had such a fun time on our Dearly Departed tour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Our tour guide Brian was very knowledgeable and funny. We saw so much in the 3 hour tour. The van was very comfortable and it was easy to see and and hear. You can get out on some stops and take pictures. Very worthwhile. #Recommend
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Dearly Loved Dearly Departed
Anhackett
, Jan 2020
Excellent job, learned lots and all done with a good sense of humour! It really filled you in on all the goings on in tinsel town over the years and reminded us about all the stars we watched and loved.
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A very pleasant experience
William S
, Oct 2019
Very well planned, lots of sights packed into the 2.5 hrs. Over 75 sights pointed out a Very knowledgeable Tour Guide. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Thank you so much!
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Great tour- very unique and interesting
Kim F
, Aug 2019
The tour covered a lot of places and interesting facts and history. We saw different locations and heard different stories about real people. It was fun and interesting.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you, Kim, very much.
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Emotional and full of information.
Dianna M
, Aug 2019
I enjoyed the tour very much. My three granddaughters however, really did not know about 90% of the people we were talking about. They were still interested, just not connected with remembering the actual people. Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining.and I would recommend the tour more to adults that have have Hollywood and movies in their history.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Hi there! Thank you for your kind review. We do try to mix it up with current people - Rihanna and Whitney, but our focus most certainly is on the Tragical History. I'm glad your granddaughters (and you of course!) enjoyed the tour. We always have our eyes and ears wide open for more stories to add.
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Fascinating Tour
jenniferrJ8575IZ
, Jul 2019
If you are in LA, this is a great tour to take. My teen daughter loves to read mysteries and thrillers, this was right up her alley! The tour guide was knowledgeable, professional, and funny! The tour van was clean and comfortable. We truly enjoyed the tour!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed the tour.
star-5
Spookily entertaining
melthomp1
, Jun 2019
Great trip and full of amusing stories from our guide who was knew so many facts and was able to answer all sorts of obscure questions from the group.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Thank you very much! We're so glad you had a good time
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Cool Tour
michelle936
, Jun 2019
The tour was cool with the visits to the cemetery and historical sites. Great story telling and fun facts to support the tour. The stop at the cemetery could've been about 10-15 minutes longer. Some of the photographs were a bit morbid, yet we received the warning in the tour guide (not so much in the museum.) I believe this was the tour that advertised a multi media van...there were no videos shown and only audio was used, which was cool but I guess I expected the video also.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Thank you for your kind review. We appreciate it!

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