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clock-o2 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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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 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.

Reviews

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K
, Oct 2018

Our guide was very knowledgeable on a tour that takes you to the dark side you could say of Los Angeles and celebrities!

M
, Jul 2018

awesome tour, the guide was really helpful and they take you to places you will not normally go.

M
, Jul 2018

awesome tour, the guide was really helpful and they take you to places you will not normally go.

K
, Jul 2018

Usually a tour totally depends on the guide and this tour by the time it finished I wished I had been the dearly departed because I had lost the will to live as did the five other people I had taken with me and recommended the tour to based on previous reviews on here and elsewhere. The tour guide could not understand the meaning of taking a pause when talking and rambled on and on about nothing and who he met that was famous and the video footage he took of one star who was drunk but at the time he was employed in a capacity of trust but decided to film her on his mobile anyway, and may consider releasing it for money which he thought was funny, it wasn't, only a scumbag would do that. So there's the company we were in. This tour is tasteless and disrespectful and they seem happy to hide behind the fact that we all knew what we were in for. We couldn't have envisioned the pain we endured inside that bus for three hours. It thrives on the misery of others and think its somehow funny. This tour could be improved on, reduced by an hour, but our guide destroyed it. Terribly disappointed.

S
, May 2018

Loved this, want to do some of their other tours in the future.

A
, Mar 2018

A very interesting tour, with a very informative and knowledgable tour guide. It was also sad and creepy as would be expected on a tragic history tour.

S
, Mar 2018

Our Tour Guide Richard was awesome! a nice mix of scripted and off the cuff. He delivered a well researched tour, with lots of personal stories which made it fun! There was a nice mix of old and new crime stories, but not terribly macabre or sinister. The tour of the city was incredible as well! I learned a lot about Los Angeles in general. I would highly recommend this tour, and will take many more from them when I return to Los Angeles!

K
, Feb 2018

Highly Recommended! Great guide very knowledgeable!

A
, Jan 2018

We were very grateful and thankful that Dearly Departed tours honored our scheduled tour, as there was only three of us on the tour. We truly enjoyed every min. of this tour. Brain was great, very informative and exciting. We were very lucky that the fires in LA did not block any of our sites. Brain was very capable, animated and enjoyable, we learned/saw so much, not your usual run of the mill tour. Very happy we took this tour.

c
, Jan 2018

Fun and informative!


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