You’ve got your map to the homes of the stars, you’ve got your camera, but you don’t know where to start or how to tackle the sprawling mass that is Beverly Hills and Hollywood. It might even come as a surprise that Hollywood Boulevard has a very dodgy side to it too. This might well be the moment to consider a guided tour.
Naturally there are more than just a handful of tours to Hollywood and Beverly Hills and finding the best one can be something of a chore, so we have saved you some time and corralled the top five, taking into account everything from quality of experience to reviews left by those who have taken the tour previously.
FROM $219/per person
Glitz and glamour are the name of the game in Hollywood, and nothing says superstar like a privately customized tour of the city’s hotspots. For six hours you could get an insight into the famed landmarks with a personal guide such as the Chinese Theatre, Sunset Strip, Bel-Air and Rodeo Drive. If you’re in a group, this tour can accommodate up to 15 people, while learning where is best in L.A. to hang out, shop and drink.
From $79/ per person
A sightseeing tour with a modern twist, a 32 inch TV plays footage of the history of the regions through which you pass, Tinseltown and all, while a guide gives live narration about what you are seeing, including all the gossip and star-spangled stories that go with the sights. After all, Hollywood is as much about the ‘who did what where’ as it is about the landmarks. Over four hours you will manage to see all the major spots and learn all about them.
From $30/ per person
There’s no use trying to hide it, if you’re looking to do a tour of Beverly Hills, you’re probably just a teensy bit curious to see where the stars are living. There is no shame in it. In fact many people have seen a business opportunity in it and that is why the Hollywood star tour is a good option. The open topped van meanders around Beverly Hills for two hours allowing you the best possible glimpses of some star homes, the walk of fame and Mulholland Drive among many other recognisable spots.
From $59/ per person
This Hollywood tour is a great option for anybody interested in seeing more than just the usual sights. Over three and a half hours, downtown L.A. is also on the itinerary with sights like the Walt Disney Concert Hall, with information provided about the history via Olvera Street and the iconic Chinatown. Then head to Hollywood to check out the Oscar venue, Dolby Theatre before seeing out the tour with the obligatory passing of top celebrity homes.
From $152/ per person
When seeing where the stars live isn’t enough, it’s just as well there’s a tour to show you where they work too. The studios are where the real magic of Hollywood takes place. Explore the Warner Bros. Studio back lot, where the shows that made you fall in love with L.A. in the first place were made. And New York too, in the case of Friends, which was filmed here. The tour then loops around the mansions of people like Tom Cruise and Halle Berry up towards the Hollywood sign, hoping to glimpse the stars themselves.