Dearly Departed Tours

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Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.8  575 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 43 111 0 = 111 100% 4.8
Last 6 months 88 230 3 = 227 99% 4.8
Last 12 months 223 582 7 = 575 99% 4.8
All 1,648 4,240 41 = 4,199 99% 4.7
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History Tour 451 99% 4.7 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Helter Skelter Tragical History Tour 103 97% 4.9 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 Gender Age Where From? Sort Descending Group Type?
Rating: 5
Money welllllllllllllllllll spent.
Thu, Nov 21, 13   1:00 PM johnhakel Male 60-69 Local Group of Friends
Having be a resident in Southern California.... for 30 years I thought I knew a lot about celebrities but I was "DEAD" wrong. Would recommend this tour for any age. Fun and informative! John
Rating: 5
Great Fun!
Sun, Nov 17, 13   9:30 AM gailare5052 Female 60-69 Local Other
This was so much fun - and very interesting historically. Scott was wonderful as our tour guide. Very knowledgeable.
Rating: 5
Amazing tour for locals
Sat, Nov 16, 13   1:00 PM dmor2013 Female 20-29 Local Group of Friends
Having been born and raised in Los Angeles, I've never taken, nor considered taking a tour. I've been a fan of for years and am SO HAPPY I took this tour! Hollywood is much more seedy than it appears and its so engaging to hear it and see it with guidance from such knowledgeable staff. Highly recommended for the L.A. history novice, or the history buff looking to test their knowledge.
Rating: 4
Fun and informative.
Wed, Nov 13, 13   1:00 PM creightonjam Male 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
The wife wanted to go on the tour for her birthday. Learned a lot about LA's underbelly and they even pointed out a few living celebrity homes. Good stuff.
Rating: 5
So much fun!
Sun, Nov 10, 13   1:15 PM BrianUT1 Male 30-39 Local Family Without Children
I live in Los Angeles and my mother was visiting from my hometown in Texas. I knew by its description and excellent reviews this tour would be perfect for her. She loved it, as expected, but I was surprised that I loved it just as much! Brian was a wondeful tour guide -- he was friendly, knowledgeable, and made sure everyone had a great time with no pressure or hassle. I unequivocally recommend the tour to out-of-towners and locals alike.
Rating: 5
Great tour - everyone must take
Sat, Nov 9, 13   1:00 PM princessad Female 40-49 Local Family Without Children
This was a great tour. As soon as we entered into DDT office, interesting information was already being given to us. our tour guide, Brian was great. He was very knowledgable with great details and humor. I would dfinitely recommed this tour and it should be taking more than once!
Rating: 5
Fri, Nov 8, 13   1:00 PM izzie1 Female 30-39 Local Individual
I love this tour so much that I have been on it four times. Scott and Brain are awesome. They are so friendly and have so much knowledge that they are happy to share. HIghly recommend this tour
Rating: 5
Great Halloween fun!
Wed, Oct 30, 13   1:00 PM cootspice Female 30-39 Local Group of Friends
I decided my group of friends and I should do something fun to get in the spirit of Halloween! I had seen this on "the girls next door" and it looked like fun! WELL IT WAS!!! The tour guide was great, fun, and personable! We learned a lot of things about LA that we didn't know. One of my friends has lived in LA her whole life and she was amazed at how many things she didn't know! They pass out binders of pictures to go along with the info they give you on the tour, so that was pretty near! It was a beautiful day, and the tour was most entertaining!! A wonderful Halloween treat!!
Rating: 5
Had a fabulous time!
Sat, Oct 26, 13   1:00 PM susannperry Female 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
I would highlt recommend this ttour to everyone. Richard our driver/guide was so full of information..he really made the trip! Thanks..had a blast!!
Rating: 5
Fun Halloween outing
Fri, Oct 25, 13   1:00 PM crkgriffith Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
We arrived early for our 1:00 tour, public parking was $5. Had lunch across the street at Cat and Fiddle, which has a great atmosphere and is supposedly haunted. Didn't see any ghosts. Got to Dearly Departed office with time to explore their mini-museum of oddities. Our van held 13 guests. If you are a large person, be forewarned that the seats are narrow so choose a single rather than a double. Our tour ran over and we arrived back at the office a little after 3:00. Our tour guide talked the entire three plus hours and was so full of information and funny personal stories that I actually took some notes for later reference. We had a short stop at Farmer's Market for a potty break and a quick purchase from a bakery which we gobbled down because they don't like you to eat in the van. Fair enough. All in all, we had a fun day seeing new and different sights in our own big city. Plus, we came home with some good stories.
Rating: 5
Perfect for a Little House fanatic
Tue, Oct 22, 13   4:30 PM pandisoo Female 30-39 Local Individual
I am a wannabe prairie girl that finally got to meet the most famous prairie bitch - who actually turns out to be a perfectly delightful, personable woman. Alison took extra care to make sure we had a good time and to add some Halloween touches to our tour, especially since thematically it's not exactly...spooky. It's so nice to have a small group so you each get individual attention and can ask all the questions you want, and take as much time with the photo opp as you need (I got 4 photos, 2 different poses). I wish there was actually more opportunity to get off the bus and maybe go into places, but it's a bus tour, I get it. Unfortunately, because of the time of year and late start time, it was a bit too dark out to be able to actually see any of the sites from inside the bus, but Alison's narration was engaging and charming - and informative and funny! - so that helped. You don't have to have read her book or seen her show beforehand (I hadn't) but I don't think this particular tour will be very compelling to anyone who's never watched "Little House on the Prairie."
Rating: 1
Very disappointing
Fri, Oct 18, 13   1:00 PM wiebke52 Female 30-39 Local Group of Friends
I had a friend visiting from out of town. Last year we did a food tour and had a great time. I wanted to do something more "Halloween-themed" this year so chose this one. I also invited another friend from LA to join us. We arrived early. Scott seemed very nice and knowledgeable. Brian was the tour guide for us. We sat on the bench in the back with 2 other people. It was very tight and very uncomfortable. The web site says that the van is climate-controlled, but it was really unbearable. It was in the upper 80's outside and while a fan was blowing air it was not cool in the least. Brian commented that he leaves the seat up front open for anyone that might get car sick because "inevitable someone gets sick on every tour." I understand why. The combination of body odor swirling around in the hot air with the way he drives the van was a recipe for disaster. Brian likes to slam on the gas to move 5 feet and then repeatedly pump the brakes. So 15 minutes in I was sweating and nauseous. But that wasn't the worst part. The worst part was that Brian talked about himself the ENTIRE time. We learned about his hatred of cilantro and how if you, too, are one of the many people that hate it, it is because you are allergic to it and it tastes like soap. We learned about how he only likes music up through the mid-70's and everything else is crap. We learned about how he irritated the Scientologists by taking photos of the celebrity center and they are paranoid. We learned that he thinks all organized religion is cultish. And so on... There were two parts at the beginning where Scott told stories via recording. Brian would stop them to give his own commentary. It was irritating. It was a miserable experience. The tour was supposed to last 2.5 hours. 30 minutes into the tour I looked at my watch and wished I could fast forward in time. Both of my friends were miserable and I felt bad about choosing this tour for us. I ended up paying for all of us because I felt so guilty. $150 down the drain. We stopped for a bathroom break at the Grove and we didn't get back on the tour. I told another tour attendee to let Brian know that we weren't feeling well and wouldn't be getting back on the bus. And that was the truth. All the stopping and starting without any a/c had given me a massive headache and a queasy stomach. One of my friends on the tour has cancer and spends a lot of time nauseated as it is so this certainly didn't make her feel better. I could NOT put her back on that bus. Brian seems like a perfectly nice person but I didn't pay $45/person to listen to his opinions on EVERYTHING. I came on the tour to learn "tragical history." It was a huge disappointment and I will not consider taking another tour with them.
Rating: 5
Best Day Ever
Sat, Oct 12, 13   12:45 PM prufrock5150 Unspecified 30-39 Local Other
This was the best day on the planet. From Joni Mitchell's paved paradise to the cursed bungalows, you wouldn't believe me if I told you how great this tour is!
Rating: 5
Sat, Oct 12, 13   9:00 AM THEATRICALME Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
The van is very comfortable and clean, the tour guide is the actually star of the document "6 degrees of helter skelter" and he is such a great host. There is so much history and strange irony that weI learned in this tour. We really liked that they play sound bites of the music of that era, and you get to see actually news footage as it really happened. There is so much to say about this very intriguing tour. Also you feel so welcomed when you enter their establishment. They really make you feel very appreciated as a guest in their house, so to speak. Thank you Dearly Departed Tours and all 4 of our group feel the same way. A++
Rating: 5
amazing information!
Thu, Oct 10, 13   1:00 PM Rchinaberr Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
This tour is amazing and informative. The tour operators have really done their homework and know what they are talking about. The information is presented in an entertaining and lively way. You will have a GREAT time and then you'll be recommending it to everyone you know!