Santa Monica

Perfect 5 ½ Hour LA & Hollywood Tour from Santa Monica

Santa Monica, United States

From US$90.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Visit many of Los Angeles’s highlights and landmarks on one fun and convenient outing. Learn about LA history and culture—its historic filming locations and crime scenes, celebrity homes and trendy restaurants—from a narrator as you traverse the city in a convertible bus. Stop at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive, a farmer's market for lunch, and the Hollywood Sign on this easy and affordable tour.
  • Experience Los Angeles’s top highlights on a four-stop convertible bus tour
  • Visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive, and the Hollywood Sign
  • Enjoy a delicious fresh lunch at one of LA’s famous farmer’s markets
  • Make the most of limited time with this fun and affordable excursion

What's Included

  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Safe Luggage Storage Available
  • Cost of Lunch Not Included

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • 1654 Ocean Ave
    1654 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA

    Meet us at Poseidon Surf Shop, just a block south of the Santa Monica Pier on Ocean Ave.

Pickup points

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End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

***PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR PICKUP TIME- IT IS PRIOR TO THE TOUR DEPARTURE TIME*** Pickup times vary based on hotel you are located. --Marina Del Rey Hotels are picked up 40 minutes before tour start time. --Venice Beach Hotels pickup 30 minutes before tour start time. --Local Santa Monica Hotels are picked up roughly 15 minutes before tour start time. Please call us with any questions.

What To Expect

Surf City Tours

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Hollywood Walk of Fame

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Hollywood Sign

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

TCL Chinese Theatres

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

SUR Lounge (Pass By)

Sunset Strip (Pass By)

Rodeo Drive

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

The Viper Room (Pass By)

Whiskey-a-Go-Go (Pass By)

The Roxy (Pass By)

Hollywood Bowl (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Walking is Recommended at stops, but not required.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Foldable wheelchair can be stored on vehicle, however wheelchair lifts are unavailable and passenger must be able to get in and out of vehicle with assistance from family, friends.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 52 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

There are better tours but they cost more and/or take more time.
An excellent tour of the major tourist attractions if you are short on time.
Sitting in back was very chilly and windy on freeway Moved up front, much better.


796 reviews
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Highly recommend! Our...
Dean_S, May 2023
Highly recommend! Our tour guide was helpful and entertaining! We got to experience a lot in 5.5 hours.
Good but expensive tour
aditi_l, May 2023
Good experience tour guide, knowledge guide. Only thing was open bus was airy and your was expensive interns what was shown . Also our tour finished earlier then 5 1/2 half hours in less than 5hours. We felt something was missed .
You need to be into celebrity to enjoy this tour
Sarah_O, May 2023
In hindsight we were not the celebrity seekers that would enjoy this tour. There was limited time to see the Hollywood sign (or be anywhere near it) and the walk of fame. The majority of the tour was driving round the homes of the rich and famous and onto Rodeo Drive. You also get an hour for food at the farmers market In all a waste of time for us but could see why some would enjoy it
Worthwhile trip
Lee_B, May 2023
The guide was very friendly and informative. Interacting with customers all the time. Farmers market was good too see for lunch. Good too see LA if you dont want to hire a car.
Fantastic tour
Benford_G, Apr 2023
Our tour guide was amazing, she was very knowledgeable about the area. Whole tour was great . …………😀
Wayne_U, Apr 2023
The actual tour delivered as expected,& the time length of the tour was about right. Just one disappointment;we found the Tour Guide average at best,he didn't really give a personal touch with the passengers,& his jokes started wearing a bit thin after a while.
LA Tour
Tiesha_D, Apr 2023
Had a great ride while our guide B was very knowledgeable and delivered an enthusiastic tour. We all learned and had an exceptional experience.
Frustrating Experience
Chay_C, Apr 2023
Sadly we were hugely disappointed with our tour on 4th April which we’d organised for the day of my Mum’s 70th birthday. We did an LA city tour 14 years ago and had such a fantastic time, we wanted to bring our parents to experience the same. Unfortunately the tour guide just wasn’t our cup of tea. He didn’t introduce himself, mostly only talked to the people in the row behind him, and he spent way too much of the 6 hours talking about his life story… 29 years living in a rent-controlled apartment which cost $1,000 when it was really worth $3,000; the saga of his landlord trying to evict him multiple times and the stressful process of legal litigation; his previous life working as a chauffeur which he clearly misses; his political views on Kamala Harris, the local city councils and way too much talk of Hell, Hades and ‘unaliving’ (i.e. suicide) which just wasn’t appropriate for our 13 Yr old son to hear, and nothing to do with an LA tour. The balance of the tour wasn’t right in our opinion… 4.5 hours driving around LA but only 30 mins at Rodeo drive (not enough time given we were parked 10 mins walk away; other tours give you more time there), 30 mins at the Hollywood Walk of Fame (also not enough time); no stop at the Hollywood Bowl or Rockwalk/ Guitar Centre on Sunset Blvd for music fans and too much focus on home of stars and studio executives/directors/producers of old old Hollywood (1920s-1960s) and less time on more contemporary stars from the 1970’s onwards. The Farmers Market for lunch was great and the view of the LA valley was spectacular, although other tours give passengers way better photo opportunities of the Hollywood sign and also give people an opportunity to get out at the Hollywood Bowl and take pictures too. Also the tour bus is open air… fine when the weather is great but on the day we did the tour it was cold and extremely windy which also made it difficult to enjoy the tour… we were looking at the ‘Day In LA’ tour buses which are enclosed and wishing we were on those. At the end of a very cold and very disappointing/ frustrating day, for the last 40 mins we had to listen to him giving the family in the front row directions to get across LA for their journey later that evening. Despite being angry and fed up we gave him a minimal tip as he at least dropped us off at our hotel at the end of the day. Our biggest regret was not cutting our losses earlier in the day and getting a taxi back, although we had to endure the tour guide for over 4.5 hours before we got to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame/ Hollywood sign (other tours do those first) so that wasn’t an option either. Lots of other great reviews of this tour so I don’t think our experience was by any means typical (more an issue with the particular tour guide), but given it was booked to celebrate my Mum’s 70th birthday it will unfortunately always be remembered for all the wrong reasons.
Great tour of LA - highly recommend!
Laura_B, Apr 2023
What a great tour! We saw and learned so much. Knowledgeable guide and all staff were friendly and caring . Highly recommend!
Mateo_D, Apr 2023
My girlfriend and I booked this tour as we were flying out of LA and didn’t have much time. The tour itself is alright. However, we experienced a lot of “I’m not sure” from the tour guide as well as a lot of “… used to live here but not anymore” or “… lives not in this one but a few blocks in”.. in this sense, we didn’t see the celebrity house but the house that’s 3-4 houses before.. also, when they said they would take us to the Hollywood sign I was expecting to get a little closer, they take you to a lookout where you can see it, but it’s so far away you won’t see it when you take the picture. Other than that, they take you around LA and Hollywood which is good and the tour guide is quite friendly. Good to get you driven around if short of time
Getting historical...
Maria_W, Mar 2023
Getting historical information to go with the tour. Josh was very informative and flexible, keeping our interest even with bad weather.
The first word will be WOW!
Perry_H, Mar 2023
My family and I had a great time. Bee was very knowledgeable and funny the whole time. It was very relaxing to sit back and enjoy the sites. I would highly recommend taking this tour!
Great tour- satisfied customers
jean_m, Mar 2023
It was a very informative tour. We learned a lot about the area and Josh made it really fun. He has a very warm and engaging personality. I learned a lot about Santa Monica, Beverly hills, and Hollywood. Great way to learn about the city and not have to fight traffic. I wish they would make it a little more clear when they're going to pick you up at the hotel before the tour begins. Josh came to the hotel at 11:30 to pick us up and I wasn't expecting him until 12:00 so that was a little confusing. Overall it was a great tour and Josh made it a great day. We were truly impressed with how much research he's done to acquire the kind of knowledge he has about the area. He was amazing!
Geo is the Man!
Lori_B, Mar 2023
I have used Viator tours in the past when traveling in Europe, so I am familiar with them. When my Mom came for a visit from NY, my first thought was to take a Viator tour of LA and Hollywood! It did not disappoint! We traveled up from Orange County and parked at nearby Santa Monica Pier. We met with our tour guide, Geo, before hopping onto our windowless tour bus. I would note that it was chilly that morning....I'm glad we dressed appropriately! Geo was super friendly and funny. We had terrific conversation as he was very infomative about the places we visited and gave ample time for taking pictures and wandering around. And, if you are into fast cars, he know his stuff! We passed many on the streets as we traveled along. He actually made conversation with a guy driving a Bugatti Chiron! The guy played along as we tried to race him, lol! It was great and everyone on the bus enjoyed it! All and all the 5 1/2 hours flew by and a wonderful day was had! I highly recommend!
Good tour, needs a few touches
Raj_R, Mar 2023
Knowledgeable guide, well spoken, understandable, took care of us One bad thing was with no windows and a strong wind, it became pretty cool and the blankets looked terrible
Fantastic tour, great host, entertaining
Henry_M, Mar 2023
Fantastic tour of Hollywood and Beverley hills with B. Such a Fun day out and her stories are so entertaining. We had a fab day. Would recommend to anyone, especially from Scotland.
Could have been better
Jess_P, Feb 2023
Bus needs some TLC, not in the best shape. Not the best guide for this tour - nice, funny but quickly became annoying. Guide pulled a few illegal turns which was worrisome
Basic tour. We enjoyed our day.
Jacey_J, Feb 2023
It was a good tour. We'll worth the money. It was a stress-free and entertaining experience. It was cold on our tour day and they supplied blankets to us. We got to see lots of iconic sights in one day. There was lots of time at each stop to explore on our own. I would definitely do it again. My only notes would be that the tour guide was a little PG at times which we didnt mind. He was funny. But I'm not sure I would find it funny as a parent. The vehicle was very dated and seats stained.
Worth it!
Logan_A, Feb 2023
It was a great experience, everything major between cities you get to see, staff very knowledgeable and also give great recommendations for places in the areas, plenty of time to explore. Great cost wise, saves on you having to drive through each town and the tour gives some hidden gem places!
Great Tour
Ilyssa_I, Jan 2023
We had a blast! Our driver knew his stuff, was funny and super accommodating! We would and will suggest to friends.

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