Dearly Departed Tours

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Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.8  579 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 45 115 0 = 115 100% 4.8
Last 6 months 90 234 3 = 231 99% 4.8
Last 12 months 225 586 7 = 579 99% 4.8
All 1,650 4,244 41 = 4,203 99% 4.7
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History Tour 454 99% 4.7 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Helter Skelter Tragical History Tour 104 97% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Nasty Nellie Oleson Tour 18 100% 5.0 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Hollywood Movie Tours! 3 100% 4.0 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Rating Date Attended Reviewer Sort Descending Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Highly Recommend
Sat, Oct 10, 09   1:30 PM MelodyNewell Female Unspecified Local Other
This is my second time to go on this tour - the first time for my daugher Cindy. It was as good or even better the second time as the first time. When we headed over to meet our guide, I told my daughter that I was hoping Scott would be the guide and luckily it was him, as there is no one better at this than him. I also took the regular Dearly Departed Tour with Scott last year with my daughter Cindy and her husband and again he did an outstanding job of keeping it interesting with multiple little details that other tours just simply don't have - never a dull moment. Scott takes his time, has restroom stops, is patience with all of the group's questions, etc. - again, I can't say enough good things about him and the tour in general - I don't know if anyone knows more about the Manson family and those events of August 1969 than Scott does. This tour also provides the best music from 1969 and truly takes you back to that year. I have been on other tours of the LA area about various subjects, movie star homes, etc. with other tour guides who appear to be completely uninformed when compared to Scott. Scott's tours are by far the very best. I can't say enough about how happy that I am with both of his tours and hope to take his new Hollywood Movie Tour in the next few months and may repeat the Dearly Departed Tour again before too long. My daughter Shelley and I will be going on one of them in November, and my daughter Lisa and I are already looking forward to stopping in LA to take one of his tours next summer when we head up to San Francisco. He's the very best and the tour was positively amazing!
Rating: 5
Sun, Jul 27, 08   1:00 PM MelodyNewell Female 60-69 Unspecified Family Without Children
The tour was full of large and little details - never a boring lapse. The guide was extremely knowledgable and shared with all of us.
Rating: 5
Loved every minute of it!
Sat, Aug 20, 11   1:00 PM Melkel2000 Female 20-29 Local Couple on a Date
This tour is perfect for anyone that is fascinated by the dark side of Hollywood. Our guide Brian was so knowledgeable! You could tell that he eats and breathes this stuff. It was a perfect birthday treat for me! You learn more about some of the most famous Hollywood crimes as well as learning a ton about other celebs. I wouldn't recommend this for families or people with young children as some details and photos are graphic. Don't miss out!
Rating: 5
Dark and Delightful
Sat, Mar 13, 10   2:00 PM melissaadaum Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Not for those with a conventional sense of humor. If you enjoy things dark, ironic, screwed up, and creepy, this is the tour for you!
Rating: 5
Great Tour!
Sun, May 11, 08   1:00 PM melcb98 Female 20-29 Local Group of Friends
I went on the tour last Sunday, and I was very impressed. Scott knew his way around, knew what he was talking about, and was very enthusiastic about it. There was so much information, and the visual aids he handed out were helpful. It was a lot of fun!
Rating: 5
Sat, Jan 30, 10   1:30 PM Melaine Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
I've known about Dearly Departed Tours for a long about it on My (31 yr old) daughter and I have often talked about going on one of the tours. I finally bought the tickets for her birthday and we were both glad I did! Richard, our guide, was terrific. Chock full of information, funny, and very personable. He's also an incredible driver...navigating some of those streets is an art. Loved seeing & learning about many events and places I've always wondered about....and so much more! Highlights would be seeing the Rebecca Shaefer, Menendez, & La Bianca houses. Mixed in are also a variety of other celeb homes which was fun. So much history in Hollywood and Richard did a great job of sharing it. Lowlights would be........gee, can't think of a single one. It was a great day and let me say a great value. $40 for 3 1/2 hrs. of personalized, fun & interesting entertainment. I'm planning on doing the Manson tour in the near future. Two thumbs up!
Rating: 4
Worth it
Tue, May 29, 12   1:00 PM melagire Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Cool tour, nice way to spend a few hours cruising around Hollywood while learning about its deep, dark secrets.
Rating: 2
Not what I expected
Sat, Jul 14, 12   1:15 PM MeganRoy9 Female 20-29 Local Group of Friends
I was very excited to go on this tour and was very disappointed by the end of my experience. First off, they did not answer their phones even though they were supposed to open at 11:am. My cousin and I both tried calling many, MANY times and left multiple voicemails. We were told 2 tickets would be held for us but wanted to confirm. Because they never picked up or returned our call, the 2 other people who were supposed to be coming on the tour with our group did not end up coming. However, they lucked out! I would have probably left the tour before it ended if I had that option. It was absolutely not what I expected. The majority of it was a typical Hollywood tour; showing celebrity homes, hot spots, and typical tourists spots. I was hoping for and expecting more of the "dark side" of Hollywood...the crimes, deaths, etc., as that's what this tour is adveristed to be. Another huge issue I had with the tour was it's lack of disclaimer. It should be made clear that anyone below 50 would not know 80% of the celebrities they even discussed! The few crimes/deaths that were discussed in the tour were celebrities from 30+ years ago. My group and I who were between the ages off 22-30 had no clue who the tour guide was mentioning most of the time. I have never not tipped for any type of service in my life, and I did not tip for this tour. If you are looking for a tour consisting of more of the criminal/dark side of Hollywood and you are younger than 50, DO NOT GO ON THIS TOUR!
Rating: 5
Sat, Aug 4, 12   9:00 AM meg1521 Female 20-29 Local Group of Friends
This tour was amazing, worth the money and extremely information. Scott definitely knows what he's talking about, and it's apparent that he has a love for what he does. Don't spend any time questioning your decision. Buy a ticket, and GO. I would even go again. Thanks, Scott for an excellent tour! My group loved it :)
Rating: 5
Great Tour
Sat, Mar 27, 10   1:00 PM mecummin1035 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
This was one of the most fun things we did while in sunny California. Our tour guide was very knowledgable and informative about what we were looking at. If i had one criticism, it would be that the tour needed to be longer!
Rating: 4
Fun but lengthy
Fri, Feb 5, 10   1:00 PM Meaghanhunte Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We enjoyed the tour and thought there were some great destinations, but the trip length of 3.5 hours seemed extremely long. However, a lot of this is due to inevitable traffic, and the tour guide did a good job during the downtime between sites, telling stories and pointing out random spots. I would highly recommend for a rainy day (which is what we did) when you aren't going to mind being stuck in a bus for 3+ hours.
Rating: 5
A great tour...
Sun, Mar 22, 09   1:00 PM MDutton Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
We enjoyed the entire tour. It's a must for fans of the entertainment world.
Rating: 5
Great way to spend 3.5 hours!!!
Sun, Apr 20, 08   1:00 PM mdkarp229 Male 30-39 Local Group of Friends
You will learn so much about Hollywood and the crazy history that exists in this city - you can't make this stuff up!!! Scott is a tremendous tour guide. He's very knowledgable and loves his job. I highly recommend this tour!
Rating: 4
Very good tour
Wed, Aug 8, 12   9:00 AM MDalbor Male 50-59 Combination Unspecified
I am very familiar with the case, so there wasn't much new for me personally. Another problem is that the Cielo residence is long gone, and the LaBianca residence has changed somewhat with more high shrubs and security fencing (thanks to Mr. Manson). However, Scott Michaels is an expert (even though he denies it). He is a super nice guy and is very respectful of the victims and their families. He adds to the tour by showing video snippets (Jay Sebring in Batman, bad Sharon Tate movies, etc.) that I found interesting. He also provides a rare souvenir at the end of the tour.
Rating: 5
Knowledgeable and Entertaining
Thu, Mar 28, 13   1:00 PM mcohron Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Great tour with entertaining history facts and stories. Would book the trip again in a heart beat.