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Santa Monica Beach and Pier Tours and Activities

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Santa Monica Beach and Pier
Set along California’s Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica has two claims to fame: the Santa Monica Beach and pier. At Santa Monica Beach, miles of sand host playgrounds, parks, picnic areas, staffed lifeguard stations, and the original Muscle Beach. Nearly 8 million visitors frequent the area each year, most of whom follow the boardwalk to the Santa Monica Pier, whose neon-lit arch and ferris wheel are instantly recognizable from film and TV. 

The Basics
Visit Santa Monica Beach on a hop-on hop-off bus tour and stroll to the end of the pier to see the sweeping arc of Santa Monica Bay, from Malibu to Palos Verdes. Dig your toes in the sand and watch the crowds go by, or get active with activities such as surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, swimming, and beach volleyball. For a bit more mobility, rent an electric bike or join a beach Segway tour. Families can enjoy a multitude of kid-friendly restaurants and shops, pet sea stars and sea urchins at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, or purchase tickets to Pacific Park to take a ride on the ferris wheel. Santa Monica is also a stone’s throw from downtown Los Angeles; visit on a full-day bike or coach tour of the LA area to see highlights such as Hollywood Boulevard and Beverly Hills. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Don’t forget sunscreen, a hat, and water if you plan to spend a long day in the sun. 
  • Smoking is prohibited at the beach.
  • Leashed pets are welcome.
  • Handicap parking is available on the pier. To access the water’s edge, wheelchair users can rent sand wheelchairs from Perry’s Cafe and Beach Rentals. 

How to Get There
Santa Monica is 17 miles (27 kilometers) west of downtown Los Angeles. Parking is plentiful, especially on Main Street, 2nd Street, and 4th Street between Broadway and Wilshire Boulevard. Public transportation via buses is also readily available.

When to Get There
Santa Monica Beach and Pier are open year-round. The weather is mild throughout the year, but summer’s balmy temperatures and sunny skies bring crowds of vacationers. Visit outside of summer for lower prices and more availability. 

Pacific Park and the Pacific Wheel 
Located on the world-famous Santa Monica Pier, Pacific Park is an amusement park packed with rides, games, food, and shopping. The iconic Pacific Wheel has appeared in more than 500 movies, television shows, music videos, commercials, and magazine editorials. Come nightfall, the wheel is illuminated by more than 174,000 LED lights that display dynamic, computer-generated light shows.
Address: 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California 90401, USA
Hours: Daily
Admission: Admission to the beach and pier is free, although some attractions may charge for entry.
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Private Full Day Tour of LA: Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Venice

Private Full Day Tour of LA: Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Venice

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Ideal for visitors with a limited amount of time in the city, this tour allows you to see the highlights of Los Angeles in a single day. Visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame, get a good view of the “Hollywood” sign, cruise Rodeo Drive, walk on the Santa Monica Pier, and much more. A private guide picks you up and returns you to your hotel or Airbnb and offers insight about the city throughout the day.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$195.00
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Perfect 5 ½ Hour LA & Hollywood Tour from Santa Monica

Perfect 5 ½ Hour LA & Hollywood Tour from Santa Monica

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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.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.25
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$89.25
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Full-Day Iconic Sights of LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Beaches and More

Full-Day Iconic Sights of LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Beaches and More

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From the Hollywood sign to the celebrity mansions of Beverly Hills, Los Angles is so full of iconic sights it can be tricky to see them all. This guided tour seamlessly transports you by coach to all of the city's top attractions—from Santa Monica Pier to the Sunset Strip—so that you don't need to worry about missing a thing.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.00
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$89.00
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Santa Monica and Venice Beach Tour from Los Angeles

Santa Monica and Venice Beach Tour from Los Angeles

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See the hotspots around Santa Monica and Venice Beach on this tour by air-conditioned coach. Led by a local guide, make stops at the Third Street Promenade, the Santa Monica Pier, Venice’s Muscle Beach, the luxury homes of Malibu and more. Your guide provides fun and factual commentary about Los Angeles as you take in the views and top attractions.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$159.00
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$159.00
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Private Coastal Tour of Santa Monica, Venice Beach and Malibu

Private Coastal Tour of Santa Monica, Venice Beach and Malibu

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If you’re staying in inner-city LA and on a tight schedule, it can be difficult to find the time to get out to the city’s vibrant coastal neighborhoods. Instead of hiring a car or planning a complicated chain of buses and trains, this flexible sightseeing tour fits into any schedule. Get picked up at a time that works for you and drive around Santa Monica, Venice Beach, and Malibu in a luxury SUV, your guide on hand to point out the quirky and beautiful highlights of each neighborhood.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$243.56
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Los Angeles Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour

Los Angeles Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour

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Discover Los Angeles on your own terms thanks to this convenient hop-on, hop-off bus excursion covering the city’s top highlights. Enjoy the sun from the open top of your bus, offering 360-degree vistas of the surrounding landmarks. Best of all, your hop-on, hop-off excursion covers more than 50 locations throughout the city, including Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Hollywood and downtown L.A. You can also choose between a 24-, 48-, and 72-hour ticket options and plenty of convenient departures, thanks to its 365-days-a-year operation schedule.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.00
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$49.00
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The Best of LA Tour from Anaheim or LA: Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Beaches

The Best of LA Tour from Anaheim or LA: Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Beaches

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Explore Hollywood, Los Angeles, and beyond on this all-day guided excursion from Anaheim, downtown L.A., or North Hollywood. After a convenient hotel pickup, head out with a knowledgeable guide and experience classic sites and neighborhoods like the Hollywood Sign and the Walk of Fame, Memorial Coliseum, Griffith Observatory, Venice Beach, and Santa Monica Pier.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.00
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$89.00

The Ultimate Los Angeles Bike Tour

The Ultimate Los Angeles Bike Tour

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Get an intimate look at the diverse neighborhoods of LA during this small-group cycling exploration. Join a group of no more than 10 riders for a 32-mile (51-kilometer) adventure through areas like West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Bel-Air, and Beverly Hills, listening to insightful and entertaining stories from your guide as you cycle. During the trip, you’ll also stop in Venice Beach, where you can buy lunch, and take a guided walking tour of historic Greystone Mansion. A hybrid road bike, safety equipment, and bottled water are also included.
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  • 6 hours
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Private Luxurious Tour of Los Angeles

Private Luxurious Tour of Los Angeles

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Experience Los Angeles in style and sophistication on a private tour, ideal for travelers seeking a personalized experience. During this custom tour, tick off iconic LA sights such as Venice Beach, the Hollywood Sign, Santa Monica Beach and Pier, Sunset Strip, and many more. Amend your itinerary according to your preferences and stop for as long or as little as you like at iconic Los Angeles landmarks. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$265.65
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Los Angeles Highlights Tour

Los Angeles Highlights Tour

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Discover the best of Los Angeles during this 7-hour highlights trip covering Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Santa Monica and Venice Beach. Skip the hassles of driving in traffic as your expert guide helps you sample all that LA has to offer. First head to the beach to explore Santa Monica Pier and counterculture vibes of Venice. Then spend the afternoon discovering iconic Hollywood sights like the Walk of Fame and TCL Chinese Theatre. Finish the day amidst the designer boutiques and celebrities of Beverly Hills. A guide, snacks and air-conditioned minivan transport are included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$199.00
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Santa Monica Private Tour with Restaurant and Bar Stops

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Santa Monica Private Tour with Restaurant and Bar Stops

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Eat and drink like a Hollywood VIP during this 5-hour restaurant and bar tour in Santa Monica aboard an electric-powered Cadillac Escalade limo. Join a small group of no more than 14 guests as you’re whisked to the restaurant of your choosing for lunch or dinner. After your meal, continue the fun with a stop at your choice of bar or lounge in this fun-filled neighborhood. A local guide, live on-board commentary during your drive and round-trip hotel transport are covered.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$347.85
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$409.24
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Private Customized Layover Tour of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica

Private Customized Layover Tour of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica

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Customize your tour during and make the most of your layover in Los Angeles. Your tour guide meets you at the airport and takes you to discover the city in just 4 to 5 hours. Explore 3 iconic locations: see Beverly Hills, Griffith Observatory, Hollywood Boulevard or any other destination on the list. Your guide makes sure you’re dropped off in time for your connecting flight.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$400.00
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Private 3-Day Los Angeles Tour: Downtown LA, Hollywood and Santa Monica

Private 3-Day Los Angeles Tour: Downtown LA, Hollywood and Santa Monica

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Explore the best of L.A. with this 3-day tour. In downtown Los Angeles, visit the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Bradbury Building, the Central Library, and more. Lunch in the Farmer’s Market and see the city skyline. On day 2, visit Rodeo Drive, The Grove, Sunset Strip, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Stroll along the Santa Monica Pier and admire coastal views on the final day of your tour.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$633.34
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3 Hour Venice Beach Bike Tour

3 Hour Venice Beach Bike Tour

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Spend three hours pedaling around Venice Beach like a local: on a beach cruiser. With the bike, helmet, water, and bike basket to store your belongings, you can follow your guide on a tour designed to show you the best of the area. Ride along the Santa Monica bike path, making stops to see the highlights and learning about the area's history and culture through guided commentary.
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  • 3 hours
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$70.77
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2 Hour Venice Beach Bike Tour

2 Hour Venice Beach Bike Tour

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Bohemian Venice Beach is a city within a city, home to artists and writers, bodybuilders and techies. To really experience this quirky neighborhood, try this guided Venice Beach bike tour, and check out the neighborhood's top sights, in just a couple hours. See everything from the Pacific Ocean and canals, to street vendors and Muscle Beach. Add an optional craft beer and hors d'oeuvres experience at the Venice Beach Suites for a tasty end to your ride.
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  • 2 hours
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$60.52
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VIP Hollywood and Beverly Hills Day Tour

VIP Hollywood and Beverly Hills Day Tour

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Have Fun Tours has been in business for over 12 years. As native Californians, we have extensive knowledge of local tourist spots and hidden gems. We leverage our familiarity with the places where we tour to create a one-of-a-kind VIP experience for you and your loved ones. We tap into our network of reputable companies, popular theme parks, and influential people in Hollywood and surrounding areas to provide you with exclusive travel deals. Aside from public tours, we offer special private trips that feature once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. We always come up with new ways to design tours that match your thirst for adventure. With the Hollywood Tour, the coup d'etat is our stop by the live outdoor taping of a TV show, Access Hollywood, hosted by our dear friend, Mario Lopez. This is limited to Wednesdays through the end of the year until January 1, 2020 when it will be available M - F. We also offer SPANISH speaking tours.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$130.00
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Los Angeles Highlights Full-Day Guided Tour

Los Angeles Highlights Full-Day Guided Tour

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Explore one of America’s coolest cities on a highlights tour of Los Angeles. During this 7-hour tour, visit cool neighborhoods such as Venice Beach, Hollywood, and Santa Monica as well as iconic landmarks like the Chinese Theater and the Hollywood Sign. Drive around the ‘City of Angels’ in an air-conditioned coach and listen to live commentary on board from your guide.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$183.59
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Classic Car Tour of Los Angeles

Classic Car Tour of Los Angeles

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Hit the Los Angeles roads feeling like you’re in a Hollywood movie on this one-of-a-kind private tour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Drive around Tinseltown in a 1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertible, the wind in your hair as you explore these glossy neighborhoods and stop for photo ops at landmarks like the Hollywood Sign, the Chinese Theater and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Hear stories about the famous people that made this city, and the celebrities that live here now, from your dedicated guide.
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  • 2 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$615.39
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Private Tour of Los Angeles in a Luxury SUV/Minivan. Experienced Tour Guides.

Private Tour of Los Angeles in a Luxury SUV/Minivan. Experienced Tour Guides.

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We invite you to spend a day in Los Angeles on a private tour in a luxury minivan which can seat up to 7 passengers with energetic and charismatic tour guide. Unwind and relax as you passing through the mansions of celebrities in Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. Your dreams will come true as you drive through scenic streets of LA to see Hollywood sign, find your favorite stars on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood and and get a cup of coffee or juice at a celebrities' hot spot. This will be a tour you will remember forever. It's a private tour, so you can customize it however you want. We always consider our clients' interests in special requests.
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  • 2 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$610.26
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Full Day Private and Custom Los Angeles Beaches and City Tour

Full Day Private and Custom Los Angeles Beaches and City Tour

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If you want to see it all during your visit to Los Angeles, this private and fully customizable 7-hour full day tour is the perfect opportunity.  On the city-side, see Hollywood, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills.  Then travel west to take in the scenic beauty of Venice Beach, Santa Monica and Malibu.  You're guaranteed a tried and true highly-rated industry professional guide that's fully licensed and passionate about showcasing our amazing cities. *In the tour details listed above, there are few options that best describe timeframes for stops and drive-by introductions. Plus, there are a handful of locations not listed in available "Attractions." Some attractions may not be accessible on certain days of the year. This tour is a solid 7 hours, and we've laid out a guesstimate on stops and travel time. Remember, this is a private tour, so you're also welcome to fully customize your time.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$568.30
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$568.30
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LA Iconic Coast Tour and Beach Day/Scenic Hike: Venice, Santa Monica, Malibu

LA Iconic Coast Tour and Beach Day/Scenic Hike: Venice, Santa Monica, Malibu

This private tour for up to 6 guests is a unique blend of sightseeing along the most naturally beautiful parts of Los Angeles and seaside relaxation. There are excellent photo opportunities at every location, gorgeous beaches, plenty of time to enjoy the sea, and a guide to let you know more about the special history of these mythical seaside neighborhoods. You can stay or stop in famous seaside attractions according to your interests while having the guide's full attention to your needs. Start your tour at the Venice Canals and Boardwalk, take a walk through picturesque Santa Monica Pier, go to Malibu Pier and Surfrider Beach for a taste of the Malibu lifestyle, then have a relaxing afternoon by the sea at Point Dume, which offers beaches, hiking trails and incredible views. This private tour includes free pickup from your hotel or AirBNB, use of a cooler with snacks and drinks, beach chairs and towels to enjoy the sea, and live tour commentary from your personal driver guide.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$189.75
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$189.75
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 7-Hour Tour of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Malibu

7-Hour Tour of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Malibu

You're private tour guide is Michael Raines who has worked for a number of limo companies as a driver and bodyguard to some of the biggest celebrities in the world. A TV personality on his own rite, Michael Raines has starred in two survival shows on Discovery and other Film and TV roles in the past 20 years. Just to hear his celebrity stories is worth the price of the ride!! You will ride in style in 6 passenger Lincoln town car with a duel bar setup for wine, beer and liquor with mixers, chocolates and nuts all complementary. A bluetooth stereo so you can use your playlist on your phone, with IPhone and android chargers with cables on the rear deck. Your tour is completely customizable, Hollywood, Venice Beach, Santa Monica you tell us what you want to see and we will take you there in style.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$780.00
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Greater Los Angeles: See & Experience it ALL in 3 Days, 1st Class Tour

Greater Los Angeles: See & Experience it ALL in 3 Days, 1st Class Tour

Like we at CharlieTheTraveler have done for thousands of others, you will be given the experience of a lifetime: famous hangout spots, popular attractions, lively restaurants & a lot of personal charm. A boring tour guide is a drag. A geeky tour guide is irritating. A lively & youthful but equally reliable tour guide makes all the difference in your experience. Below are just some examples of what you will see, do and have on this tour: ► Watching Performers, Fortune-Tellers & Artists on Venice Beach ► Seeing California’s Most Visited & Energy-Fueled Beach, Santa Monica ► Hanging Out at a Converted Summer House, Now Arguably California’s Most Popular Outdoor Lounge/Bar ► Views of the City & Hollywood Sign from Griffith Observatory ► Walking the “Walk of Fame,” Featuring Celebrities’ Handprints & Signatures ► World Famous Rodeo Drive ► Exploring Greater LA’s 3 Best Outdoor Shopping & Entertainment Complexes ► Checking Out Celebrity Homes ► Enjoying an Authentic Farmer’s Market
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  • 3 days
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$908.72
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Private Photo Walk in Los Angeles - with Personal Photographer and Color Stylist

Private Photo Walk in Los Angeles - with Personal Photographer and Color Stylist

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On this unique photo walk you will not only see most beautiful iconic places of Los Angeles, you’ll create your own LA Story! Your photographer will capture the precious moments and you will get memorable pictures that will tell your story, portray you as a personality, show your wanders in La La Land. Exclusively for this photo walk, you can choose the location, the topic, colors and the mood for the photoshoot – whether it is a fine-tuned classic Melrose avenue, or the lush scenery of Santa Monica, or glitz and glamor of Rodeo Drive, urban vibes of Downtown, or charming historic streets of Pasadena with its old vintage ambience. Free coffee/tea in the best coffeeshop is included. You’ll indulge in a signature drink in the hottest coffee/tea place in LA: whether it is an exotic tea blend like Morning Rain, or a signature coffee blend with warmth of brandy and notes of allspice.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$384.62
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Santa Monica Beach and Pier hours of operation?
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Santa Monica Beach and Pier hours of operation: Daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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What's the best way to experience Santa Monica Beach and Pier?