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Frequently Asked Questions
I didn’t receive the confirmation email after making a booking. What should I do?
A confirmation email is automatically sent whenever a booking is made (separate from a receipt). If you don’t see it in your email inbox please check your junk/spam folder, as it sometimes ends up there. If you still can’t find it email us with the booking details and we’ll resend it.
Do you have a guided tour of Rodeo Drive/Beverly Hills?
No, but we do have a free self-guided tour of the area which you’re welcome to use!
Do you have a stars’ houses tour?
No. We never have and we never will. Nearly all the companies that offer stars’ houses tours are giving completely wrong information to their guests. Celebrities live all over the Los Angeles area and a true stars’ houses tour would take all day, you’d be getting stuck in traffic and you wouldn’t see any of the houses anyway, because most of them are set behind enormous walls or hedges. Do yourself a favor and don’t waste your money on one of these “tours”.
Do you offer tours in a language other than English?
Unfortunately no, we only offer tours in English at this time. Keep an eye on our website though – in the future we hope to introduce tours in different languages.
Can I bring my children on a tour?
Absolutely, we love kids. Just remember, though, that we can’t change the content of any of our group tours to suit your children.
I’m an educator. Can I book a private tour for students from my school?
We can accommodate High School students (i.e. 15+ y.o.) and we’re proud to have organized dozens of tours for school groups. Please check our Private Tours page for more info.
Is my tour canceled if it’s raining/very hot?
We never cancel a tour due to the weather. If it’s raining bring an umbrella. If it’s hot bring water and sun block. You’ve only got a few days to experience Los Angeles – you’re not going to let the weather stop you, are you?
Can you pick me up from my hotel/the airport/my Airbnb apartment etc?
Regrettably, no. That would mean we would have to charge more for our tours and we want to keep them as affordable as we can.
Where’s the best place to park for my tour?
For a city built around the personal motor vehicle there is, as you’d expect, a lot of parking. Prices vary, hour by hour, so we can’t tell you at any given point how much it cost to park at any particular location. Check this website for up to date info, but remember to allow plenty of time to find parking AND to walk from your car to the tour meeting point.
There is another option though – take the Los Angeles Metro; it’s clean, mostly reliable and very affordable. All of our tours start and end near a Metro station or bus stop. Use this helpful trip planner or read our guide to using public transport in Los Angeles for more information.
Or you could use a ride sharing service (like Uber or Lyft), it’s often cheaper than paying for parking anyway. If you don’t have roaming allowed with your cell phone provider you can always use the wifi service at the neighborhood Starbucks. If you don’t have the app consider downloading it. Uber and Lyft operate in many countries around the world and if you travel even a little you’ll find other opportunities to use their services.
What happens if I’m running late for my tour?
Los Angeles is big, traffic is bad, stoppages on the LA Metro do occur and other events are always happening. The best way to avoid being late for the tour is to allow PLENTY of time to get to there. Our guides are at the designated meeting point, checking-in guests, from 15 minutes before each tour begins. All tours start on time and 5-10 minutes after that they leave the meeting point. Once that happens THERE IS NO OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN THE GROUP and there are no refunds within 48 hours of the tour. Our office is unable to guide guests to the meeting point, by phone or email. We cannot contact the guide – because they’re doing the tour.
We operate up to five tours a day, in different locations around Los Angeles, sometimes with as many as a hundred guests. It’s impossible, for any tour company, to make multiple staff members available throughout the day to respond to direction requests in a timely fashion. We’ve organized an amazing tour for you, the guide is at the meeting point, you have all the information you need to find them. Please don’t miss the tour because you didn’t allow enough time to get there.
Can I get the guide to change the tour content/itinerary to suit me and my interests?
Unfortunately, no. Our tours are designed by us to suit a wide range of people who are interested in history, culture and architecture and guides are extensively trained on them. It’s impossible, at short notice, to change a tour based on what any guest requests at that moment. Nevertheless all our guides are very knowledgable and passionate about Los Angeles, so you’re more than welcome to ask them all the questions you like, on any topic that interest you, during your tour. We love questions!
Should I tip my guide? How much should I tip my guide?
It’s customary in America to give a gratuity to the guide if you enjoyed the tour and you thought they did a good job (15-20% is standard). If you’re a little confused about why, when and how much to tip read our helpful guide to tipping in the U.S.
Have a question not answered in our FAQs?
Write to us using the email address at the bottom of every page and we’ll get back to you within 48 hours with an answer.