Dearly Departed Tours

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Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.7  587 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 76 174 7 = 167 96% 4.5
Last 6 months 127 300 8 = 292 97% 4.6
Last 12 months 242 597 10 = 587 97% 4.7
All 2,038 5,239 51 = 5,188 99% 4.7
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History Tour 443 97% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Helter Skelter Tragical History Tour 136 100% 4.9 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Hollywood Movie Tours! 6 100% 5.0 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Nasty Nellie Oleson Tour 2 50% 3.5 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type? Sort Descending
Rating: 4
Interesting way to kill a few hours
Wed, Feb 17, 10   1:00 PM afreeman74 Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Overall, my wife and I had a good time. I was surprised by how much of the tour was NOT something morbid or tragic ("Here is Sean Hayes' house!"), but we still got our fair share of the darkside of Hollywood. I was also pleased with how relatively current some of the sights were, such as the house where Michael Jackson died.
Rating: 5
Loved it!
Sat, Feb 13, 10   1:30 PM hopkinshotel Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
A nice mix of creepy and fun. Loved visiting Marilyn Munroe House and Florist. Our hotel was on the tour (Magic Castle). Hotel never told us about the Ghost. They should! as its a good selling point. Very friendly guide, very informative. Had a brilliant tour. A real highlight of our trip. Will take the Nasty Nellie Tour next time. Helter Skelter may be a bit full on for us. If you ever decide on an old time Movie Tour I'm there. Loved all the stuff re Judy, Marilyn, May etc. We will be back. Thankyou.
Rating: 5
Fri, Feb 12, 10   1:00 PM shannoncapps Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Whatever you do if you go to Los Angeles, TAKE THIS TOUR. This was the 2nd time I took it and it is WONDERFUL! It is so fun, informative, macabre, everything and then some. You see all the places where the famous lives ended and and other famous places. It is so neat to see it in person and you go to so many places its hard to remember them all. You would be hard pressed to go to all the places they take you on the tour by yourself. The tour guide is wonderful, funny and knows EVERYTHING about hollywood. Dont walk, RUN!
Rating: 5
Very Entertaining and a fun day!
Sat, Feb 6, 10   1:30 PM mackidz Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Lots of good stuff here. Some things missing (which may be related to distance)

OJ house

Beverly Hills madam

Sharon Tate home

Laurel and Hardy stairs from the Music Box
Rating: 5
Fun for locals and visitors!
Sun, Jan 24, 10   1:00 PM MurielOwen Unspecified 40-49 Local Family Without Children
Driver on time...comfortable van....driver personable and interested

in our personal comfort, informed, available for questions.

Fun day.
Rating: 4
Very nice 3 hour tour
Fri, Jan 8, 10   1:00 PM JIMDSB Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Was picked up on time at Farmers Market. There were 3 couples and 3 additional guys. Our tourguide / driver Richard was quite entertaining and the audio tapes further enhanced the scenes we visited. We were lucky to see an outside taping of 90210 in the Beverly Hills park made famous by George Michaels. This was an additional treat. The tour was quite intensive, however, I would have liked to see less of the 'Dearly' and more of the 'Departed'. While we did see the Labianca home, I would have liked to have seen the Sharon Tate home as well, the O.J.Simpson / Nicole Brown saga locations. All in all I would recommend this tour and guide / driver to anyone who would like to spend a few hours on something out of the ordinary Hollywood star home tours. As a side note, there is a wonderful Italian restaurant next to the pickup / dropoff location called Maggiano's. Come hungry.
Rating: 5
Steve Knows Where All The Bodies Are Buried
Thu, Jan 7, 10   1:00 PM glopackard Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Our excellent guide, Steve, showed us locals Hollywoodian lore that even we fans of old time Hollywood didn't know. He is extremely knowledgeable about Hollywood history both old and new. You will enjoy your tour very much. We must have visited 50 places and he will even take you to some you ask to see if he has the time.

Thank you Steve!
Rating: 5
Fantastic Tour
Thu, Dec 31, 09   9:30 AM TDay0165 Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Well done, our tour was a great mix of recent Hollywood event and events, tales of days gone by. What I like about this tour is that it is not a huge group of people, it's small and interactive. I have been on a lot tours around the world including many domestic tours, Dearly Departed Tours does it right, quality at affordable rates. Thank you! Tim D. Washington, D.C.
Rating: 5
Don't miss this tour!
Tue, Dec 29, 09   1:00 PM jsaint Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Our very friendly and amiable tour guide led us nonstop through hours of delightful destinations on our Dearly Departed Tour. We saw where people have lived and where some have died. We learned inside information and saw inside documents on dozens and dozens of Hollywood grand names. All of us loved it!
Rating: 5
Amazing to see what you've read about
Sat, Dec 12, 09   9:00 AM stannerg Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
If you've read the book Helter Skelter, seen any of the TV movies or documentaries, followed the case, are a crime buff or just a tourist take this tour.

Scott Michaels does an excellent, excellent job of showing you where all the mayhem took place in the summer of 1969.

You go up Cielo Drive, up Benedict Canyon. Scott shows you exactly where the killers stopped to wash off after the murders, the exact spot where the garden hose still is today.

Then there's the spot where they threw the clothes off the side of the road, plus a TV news clip from 1969 taken at the spot you're at.

Then he shows you where the gun was tossed.

You will later see the LaBianca house and Scott pretty much takes you step by step what happened that night.

I've been doing my own sightseeing of Manson sites in LA since 1981 and I've never seen it like Scott showed it to me.

There's so much more. I've driven by Jay Sebring's hair salon location many times not knowing the history there.

Highly recommended. Scott knows his stuff, has worked hard to make sure what he shows you in 100 percent fact and he knows the ins and outs of the roads, especially in the hills above LA.

I cannot recommend this tour enough.

As Dudley Moore said about Bo Derek in the movie "10" - I give it an 11.
Rating: 5
Fri, Nov 27, 09   2:00 PM Briarbruin Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
This was a high energy, fun and informative tour. The amount of planning to develop this tour must have been extensive because the details and experiences were truly one of a kind. Imagine cruising down a street while watching the same scene simultaneously on the screen - except the scene is from a classic movie! This tour made many areas of LA/Hollywood come alive for me, and it was fascinating to learn how some scenes were manipulated with special effects, while viewing the actual filming location. Our tour guide Brian was obviously passionate about Hollywood and movies and his spirit gave the tour the high energy I mentioned. Even if you are a local and know a lot about movies this tour was a delight. We took this tour after taking the Tragical History Tour and I would highly recommend either.
Rating: 5
I highly recommend this tour & the tour guide.
Wed, Nov 25, 09   1:00 PM brucebrill Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Our tour guide, Richard Sebastian, was EXCELLENT !!!! GREAT !!!!!!! and many more

praise worthy adjectives that I don't have the time to write down.

On my next visit to L.A. I am planning to take another tour & hope I have Richard for

my guide.

Thank you so much,

Bruce Brill
Rating: 5
fun and informative
Sun, Nov 22, 09   9:30 AM donnal1 Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
This tour showed many more homes of movie stars, current and departed, than another company's movie star homes tour we took. The homes were also more visible,not just fences or gates as the other company's tour.

Our guide was entertaining, and gave us a lot of interesting inside information about the stars and places of interest around L.A.
Rating: 5
Great Tour
Mon, Oct 26, 09   1:00 PM Arrenall Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
This was my second DD tour and I very much enjoyed it again. (My last was probably 3 years ago) The one thing I was not so happy about was missing Scott. I would have liked to have been told when I bought my tickets that Scott was not doing the tour anymore.

Richard was very good, knew his stuff and was very personable. I was just expecting Scott and was disappointed. Nothing against Richard at all.

Having said all that, I thought the tour leaned a little more to the history side and less to the murder and mayhem side. Missing were several famous murder/death scenes- Nicole Brown Simpson, Sal Mineo. The black dahlia was mentioned, but the crime scene was ignored. Likewise Cielo Drive and Wonderland. This seemed to lean a little heavier on the celebrity houses and famous buildings. Not sure where the Grease Finale site is relevant. I'd like to see the tour go a little more back to its roots. It seemed to be just a tad "vanilla'd" down.

Still, enjoyed it, and the person with me who had not been before had a fabulous time. Thank you.
Rating: 5
Not for the celeb spotters!
Sun, Oct 25, 09   1:00 PM Duffy76 Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
So, we (My mom, aunt, hubby and 85 tear old grandmother in law) took out tour with Richard. It worked out, since we had missed the 9:30 tour by 10 minutes. The people in the office (INCLUDING Scott!) were able to get us onto the 1:00 tour. I loved how our driver, Richard, knew ALOT about everything. he even knew stuff my hubby didnt, which is hard to do. i'm glad we got to see the homes of Billy Bob and Melanie....but seeing Lana's house, The Black Daliah, DeeDee Ramoes house and the House of Davids just rounded out the tour.