What are Real Los Angeles Tours?

Our guests are interested, curious people who want an authentic experience of Los Angeles. That’s why we do walking tours and cycling tours and use the Metro, because it’s the best way to see and learn about LA – and the most eco-friendly too. Since we began our Los Angeles tours in 2013 over 11,000 guests have joined us on more than 2,000 tours and we’ve been awarded TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence every year. This is what we do:

LA in a Day Tour: We’re pioneers of the all day Metro and walking tour of Los Angeles. It starts in Hollywood, then we jump on the Red Line to DTLA (for lunch at Grand Central Market), before ending the tour in lovely Santa Monica (10am daily).

The Real Hollywood Tour: On our tour of Hollywood you’ll learn the neighborhood’s fascinating history and see its hidden corners, so you truly discover the myth and the place (10am daily).

Santa Monica and Venice Bike Tour: Just a fantastic experience – cycling the beautiful beach neighborhoods of Los Angeles, visiting hidden spots and learning all about the area’s history (10am daily).

LA: Food + History + Design Tour: Experience the best of Los Angeles – the great food we have here in SoCal, the fascinating history and the beautiful architecture (12pm Sunday).

Central Downtown LA Tour: We were the first company to offer daily tours of historic downtown, where Los Angeles was founded in 1781. Join us and discover the heart of LA (1pm daily).

Mount Hollywood Hike: One of the best things in L.A. is Griffith Park. Now you can experience it too as we take you to the top of Mount Hollywood and down to the Griffith Observatory (3/4pm daily).

Hollywood Speakeasy Bar Tour: Join us on a journey back into the hallowed history of Hollywood, while enjoying era-appropriate cocktails in some of the area’s best bars (6pm Thursday).

DTLA Murder Mystery Ghost Tour: From infamous unsolved murders to being home to several serial killers, downtown has some incredibly horrible history. We go on a noir investigation (6pm Saturday).

All of our experiences can be booked as private tours.

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The Real Los Angeles Tours has over 400 reviews on TripAdvisor, more than 90% of which have five stars.

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We have Los Angeles tours for all budgets: free self guided tours, group tours from just $35 pp & private tours from just $210 for a group of up to 10.

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Our expert guides create entertaining & engaging tours, which will transform your understanding & appreciation of L.A. & California

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We get off the beaten track to reveal the hidden beauty of Los Angeles, meaning you have a truly memorable & enjoyable experience.

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Our Story

I love travel. In the past there was nothing I enjoyed more than visiting a city and getting lost wandering its streets. However, during a trip to Europe in 2012, I discovered a guided walking tour and realized that it’s a much better way get to know a city. I got a quick history lesson, saw most of the best sights and was able to ask all the vital questions I had (like where to have lunch) from a local expert. It was the highlight of my trip and I began doing walking tours in every city I visited.

When I returned to Los Angeles I looked for a walking tour, but all I found were bus tours of Beverly Hills, which isn’t where the “stars” live nowadays, and Rodeo Drive, where Angelenos like me never go. So, as a historian, traveler and lover of LA, I decided to start a new company, offering totally different tours, that would allow visitors to properly experience this amazing city and learn its fascinating history. I was also passionate about creating eco-friendly tours, to raise money for environmental causes.

The Real Los Angeles Tours launched in 2013 with one tour and I was the only guide. Since then we’ve grown a lot – we now have eight tours and six guides and in 2020 we launched Real San Francisco Tours. However, one thing has never changed and that’s our mission, which is to give our guests a genuine and entertaining experience of the real Los Angeles. Join us on a tour and we promise it will be the highlight of your trip.

– Damien, founder of The Real Los Angeles Tours

Morning & all-day tours


10am daily, Pantages Theatre

$100 pp (inc Metro travel)

8 hours


10am daily, Pantages Theatre

$35 pp, under 12 y.o. free

2 hours


10am daily, Santa Monica

$65 pp (inc bike rental)

2 hours


12 midday Sunday, Union Station

$80 pp (inc food)

3 hours

Afternoon & evening tours


1pm daily, Grand Park

$45 pp, under 12 y.o. free

3 hours


3pm Winter/4pm Summer daily, Griffith Park

$45 pp (inc water), 7 - 12 y.o. free

3 hours


6pm Thursday, Pantages Theatre

$80 pp (inc food)

3 hours


6pm Saturday, Pershing Square

$45 pp

3 hours

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