Dearly Departed Tours

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Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.8  493 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 33 97 0 = 97 100% 5.0
Last 6 months 76 216 0 = 216 100% 4.9
Last 12 months 184 493 0 = 493 100% 4.8
All 1,787 4,618 41 = 4,577 99% 4.8
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History Tour 363 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Helter Skelter Tragical History Tour 92 100% 4.9 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Nasty Nellie Oleson Tour 19 100% 4.9 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Hollywood Movie Tours! 19 100% 4.9 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Sort Descending Group Type?
Rating: 5
Hooray for Hollywood and Dearly Departed!!
Sun, Aug 15, 10   1:00 PM luneely Female 50-59 Combination Family Without Children
Wanted to give my visiting sister a taste of Hollywood without playing tour guide myself. WOW! This tour did it ALL!! Not only did we travel around in a nice air conditioned van with wide windows for viewing, Richard, our tour guide, was the BEST! He is an awesome guide and REALLY KNOWS his stuff! He doesn't just rattle off a bunch of rehearsed dribble! Richard took our group to a few places that weren't even on the tour. We asked him where we might have a chance of a celebrity sighting and took his advice to stop by the Chateau Marmont for afternoon cocktails. Our jaws dropped when we were taken to our courtyard table and seated right next to Javier Bardem & Penelope Cruz!!! REALLY...I'm not making this up!! And we owe it all to you, Richard.

Now I'm spreading the news and all of my friends can't wait to take the tour! :-)
Rating: 5
Thu, Aug 5, 10   1:00 PM ericarose83 Female 20-29 Combination Group of Friends
Got to see some stuff I expected and some surprises as well! Highly recommended!
Rating: 5
Thu, Jul 22, 10   1:00 PM jnmarten Female 20-29 Combination Group of Friends
Just wanted to say how much I appreciated EVERYTHING that Brian showed us! He was the best tour guide I have ever had...and I have been on so many tours lately!

He took the time to explain everything he showed us and was super enthusiastic about it. You know he loved his job and made sure everyone was happy.

I would recommend this tour to EVERYONE AND ANYONE! It was seriously amazing, and would do it again in a heartbeat!

Thanks soo much to Brian he was the best.
Rating: 5
A diamond in the rough!
Sun, Jul 4, 10   10:00 AM Abcole Male 60-69 Combination Other
A nicely planned tour. The highlight, however, is the enthusiasm and knowledge of the host (Brian). It is exhilarating to see someone so passionate about his adopted home, especially since LA comes under so much criticism these days.
Rating: 5
Wealth of informaiton!
Fri, Feb 19, 10   1:00 PM mindycharles Female 40-49 Combination Group of Friends
My friend & I thoroughly enjoyed our tour. The next time I am in town, I will be taking another Dearly Departed tour. I will be recommending to everyone!
Rating: 2
All Filler No Meat
Thu, Dec 31, 09   9:30 AM Spigbra Male 20-29 Combination Group of Friends
Going into this tour we were very excited hearing all the buzz and hype. My friends and I are if you will "death connoisseurs" and since its the dearly departed tour we were sure to amazed. Once on the over 3 hour tour were were surprised that it soon became a tour of the stars homes as if it were a star maps tour! I really dont care where Billy Bob Thorton, David Schwimmer or Cher live or where Lindsay Lohan crashed her car or where Britney Spears met K-Fed, so on and so on. There are a handful of cool things where actually deaths occoured and stories of the golden age actors and actresses which are wonderful but overall not what it is set out to be. You are better off making a list of all your own murder and death related mysteries google them and make your own adventure. I would highly not recommend this tour if you are looking for the death aspect of it. It seems like it was all just stuff to fill three hours with a few awesome things.
Rating: 5
What fun!!
Sun, Dec 6, 09   9:30 AM PURSER2BEAT Male 40-49 Combination Group of Friends
We knew the tour was a bit 'off the path' but what a great time it was. Our guide, Brian made it all the better!!! Thanks for a great time. We'll be back other tours.
Rating: 5
Sat, Nov 28, 09   1:00 PM jmalinky Male 50-59 Combination Unspecified
The tour guide displayed an amazing knowledge of all types of fascinating details related to the lives and deaths of various Hollywood personalities. The tour itself was extremely well organized and supplemented with various audio-visual materials(recordings of 911 calls, photographs of various people at the sites on the tour, etc). I learned more in three hours about the subject at hand than I ever thought I would (or could). This tour should not be missed by anyone who wants to see a very different side of Hollywood.
Rating: 3
Nice Tour Driver---Not Enough Tragedy
Sun, Nov 8, 09   9:30 AM MarkG5059 Male 50-59 Combination Other
My visiting brother from the east coast and I took this tour on October 8, 2009 and although Richard the tour guide was very nice guy and informative, I'd be lying if I said we weren't disappointed in many of the stops we had.....and many stops we should have had.

There were too many non-tragedy locations while many interesting nearby "death" stops were missed.

For example..... Mae West's and Judy Garland's old homes weren't of any interest.......The Paramount Gates? Who cares? If we wanted a routine Hollywood Tour, we would have taken any number of the regular tour buses.

After our tour was over, we ended up taking my car and visiting two classic locations that we were amazed weren't in the Dearly Departed Tour....especially since they were right in the same area of town the tour traveled.....The home on Benedict Canyon where George Reeves killed himself and the condo on North Kings where Jack Cassidy burned to death.

The tour needs more death and less of the Hollywood "queens."
Rating: 5
The Dearly Departed still entertained us!
Thu, Oct 22, 09   1:00 PM Glacier2 Female 50-59 Combination Other
Fun facts delivered by an intelligent guide. The tour around the Hollywood homes and neighboring business areas was a delightful introduction into the "business" side of L.A. My adult daughter and I enjoyed the tour and all of the fun-facts the guide shared with us. I would highly recommend this to someone who wants a quick tour of Hollywood with a little quirkiness thrown in!
Rating: 4
Enjoyed this tour
Fri, Oct 2, 09   1:00 PM cfindon Female 40-49 Combination Group of Friends
This tour is true to it's title - it does take you on a tour of the "departed". however it also includes other homes, etc of the stars which I liked (the orphanage Marilyn Monroe lived at). Steve, the tour guide, was great. He was enthusasitc but not too much so. Also if you tell him who/what you like he'll make a point of showing you something on the tour regarding this if it's near where you are. For instance I am a huge entourage fan and he pointed out where Jeremy Piven lived since we were driving through that neighboorhood.

there is also a short guide book with photographs that accompanies the tour. I thought this added to the experience.
Rating: 5
I recommend this to every pop culture fanatic!
Wed, Sep 23, 09   10:00 AM mrmagic Male 30-39 Combination Group of Friends
I absolutely loved every single minute of the tour. Every bit of information made he city just come alive.
Rating: 4
Not that happy.
Sat, Jul 18, 09   9:30 AM Butcrackjack Male 50-59 Combination Family With Children
The van was uncomfortable. We were cramped together. It would have been nice to know the George Michaels stop was the only restroom stop. I thought he was giving us the photo books and took no pictures because they were in the books. We passed the Hollywood sign so quick we could not take photos anyway. The sites were great and the driver was very informative. The tour needs a more comfortable vehicle and some clarity. I would still recommend it.
Rating: 5
This tour was a hoot.
Mon, Jun 29, 09   1:00 PM DebbiTurner Female 50-59 Combination Group of Friends
This was my second time taking the tour. I had out of town guests with only 1 afternoon to sightsee. I felt that within 3 hours my guests could really get a feel of the geography, architecture, pop culture (past and present), and of course the tragical aspects from Hollywood's history.

What I didn't realize is how the tour is a work in progress, with updated information included since my last tour. So although it was my second time around, much of where we went and what was discussed was new to me, which I appreciated.

The middle of the tour, the time from the rest stop at the Will Rogers Park to the end of the tour was too long. I noticed a few people nodding off just from the motion of the bus for so long. I would recommend the stop in the middle of the time or two stops. Although the driver offered a second stop, no one took him up on it and in a group setting, some people are hesitant to speak up for what they would really prefer.

My out of town guests loved the tour and were amazed at how much they learned. This was certainly easy on me as a host. Thank you.

I felt that the cost of the tour provided very good value for the money.

One more thing that was mentioned to me by my guests was that there were a few seats on the bus that didn't provide easy viewing; there was a wall instead of a window next to them so they had to cran their necks to see throughout most of the tour's mentions on one side of the bus.

Zerve was also easy to use and not a costly fee.
Rating: 5
Great for seeing a different side of Hollywood
Thu, Jun 18, 09   1:00 PM JoeCanchola Male 30-39 Combination Family Without Children
My family was out from Chicago. I am a local, but decided to take my family from Chicago to see "a different side of Hollywood" and surrounding areas. It was very informational and Richard was very knowledgeable. Although there were a few spots where we were looking through the trees and could barely see what he was referring to, most of the 3+ hour tour was not like that. The reference books he pulls out with photos of how things were then is a plus because you get to compare how they looked then to how they look now; it is a very interesting tour. The audio recordings that includes 911 calls or the background information about the sites he shows you was very well put together.