Dearly Departed Tours

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Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.8  488 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 57 146 2 = 144 96% 4.7
Last 6 months 102 269 2 = 267 98% 4.8
Last 12 months 181 490 2 = 488 99% 4.8
All 1,866 4,820 43 = 4,777 99% 4.8
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History Tour 360 99% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Helter Skelter Tragical History Tour 101 100% 4.9 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Hollywood Movie Tours! 15 100% 5.0 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Nasty Nellie Oleson Tour 12 83% 4.3 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Sort Descending Group Type?
Rating: 5
Dearly Departed Tour
Fri, Sep 28, 12   1:00 PM Ladysil Female 50-59 Combination Family Without Children
Highly recommend this tour. The driver was funny, very informative which made the tour very interesting. There were 3 generations of my family on this tour, and each one of us enjoyed it immensely.
Rating: 5
Best way to spend several hours in LA
Mon, Sep 17, 12   1:00 PM brittybritt Female 20-29 Combination Group of Friends
I had a blast on this tour! I made my friend go with me and she was not very enthusiastic beforehand ("Bus tours are tacky"), but once we got going, she was really into it and told me later she enjoyed it a LOT more than she thought she would. Our bus driver was awesome and he knew a lot of Hollywood insiders, as he was a part-time actor, so we got a lot of gossip from him as well. He was funny and answered any questions we had. I LOVED seeing places that I was not expecting to see on this tour, such as the place where Chris Brown beat up Rihanna and the restroom where George Michael became famous for more than just his music. There was the perfect balance of history, pop culture, and violence. I also liked how they played movie and audio clips to tell us a bit more about the areas we were visiting. I also highly recommend buying or renting the documentary made by the owner of Dearly Departed Tours on Amazon. I watched it before I came to LA and got me extra excited for the tour. By the way, the "museum" of memorabilia in the office is quite interesting too, if not odd.
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
Fun, interesting and informative
Sun, Apr 22, 12   1:15 PM kaycolthup Female 60-69 Combination Other
I have been on this tour at least 5 times with visiting friends from the UK. It is fun, interesting and informative, because we not only hear about "the dearly departed", but lots of other things are shown and told to us by the tour guides. The guides are extremely friendly and funny, and the buses are comfortable and just the right size to allow all the customers the opportunity to interact with each other (if they want to). So by the end of the tour everyone is on friendly terms, which adds to the enjoyment. I highly recommend this tour.
Rating: 5
Great Tour!
Sun, Sep 18, 11   1:00 PM sukaphish Female 40-49 Combination Other
Brian was a great tour guide. Very knowledgeable about Hollywood past and present. I'd recommend this tour to people that live in LA as well as tourists.
Rating: 4
Very fun tour
Thu, Jul 7, 11   1:00 PM kleiber10 Male 30-39 Combination Family With Children
The tour actually ended up going almost three and a half hours, but that was just fine. The family had a lot of fun. The Black Dahlia and Albert Dekker stories aren't suitable for kids, so know that ahead of time. But for those interested in hearing those type of stories, it was very interesting. Our sixteen year old handled it well, but I wouldn't have wanted to take her if she were younger. Although the tour is focused on the sites of death and scandal in Hollywood and Beverly Hills, the tour points out plenty of celebrity homes and other sites. I was a little skeptical before the tour, especially about whether or not the family would be interested. They had a blast, though, so everything turned out very well.
Rating: 5
Crazy Fun and Unexpected Awesomeness!
Fri, Jun 3, 11   1:00 PM daniahali Female 30-39 Combination Family Without Children
Wanted to do something different for my mom's 60th birthday... started by looking into the cheesy Hollywood tours that take you around and show you the giant bushes and front gates of the stars homes. Too much money for not enough excitement. Somehow I stumbled upon the Dearly Departed Tour description and did my usual investigation and review reading. How could I pass up the opportunity to have someone drive me around Hollywood and adjacent areas pointing out the dark seedy side of all the locations? We booked. And we loved it. Brian is AWESOME!! And so much fun. He is clearly well versed on the creepy happenings of Hollywood and obviously loves what he does. His passion rang true from the minute he started the tour until we arrived back at the drop-off three and a half hours later! Side stories, jokes, FYI tidbit comments tossed in here and there. I couldn't get enough. Mom had a blast - what a great way to spend a 60th birthday - posing for a picture with a Death Hag bumper sticker! Big kudos to Brian for not only keeping us informed, entertained, and involved... but he cleverly and very meticulously navigated Hollywood traffic while doing all of the above. I'm happy if I get a big enough break in the cars to cut in... and I certainly can't talk, point, and laugh while doing it. Brian is the master. I'm trying to recruit some local friends to go with me - I want to go again! We had so much fun the first time... I want to hear it all again... see it all again. And I'm sure each experience is dependent on the passengers each time... so why not go for an all new experience? Don't miss Dearly Departed. Its a blast. And ironically, what makes Hollywood so Hollywood.
Rating: 5
Murder and scandal have never been so much fun
Fri, Mar 25, 11   1:00 PM nicolel80 Female 30-39 Combination Group of Friends
The tour was funny, smart, interesting and absolutely fascinating. While the spots were great, and the original tour full of great tidbits, our tour guide had so much knowledge on every Hollywood subject that I could have listened for hours more. Well worth the money, and something I will recommend to locals and tourists alike.
Rating: 5
loved it!
Sun, Oct 3, 10   1:00 PM mmaymond Female 30-39 Combination Family Without Children
I absolutely loved this tour. I have recommended it again and again. I plan on returning soon!
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.