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Los Angeles: Small Group Sightseeing Tour with Hotel Pickup

1. Los Angeles: Small Group Sightseeing Tour with Hotel Pickup

Welcome to the most comprehensive city tour in Los Angeles! Begin your exciting adventure in the heart of Downtown. The first stop will be at the historic Olvera Street where one of the oldest churches in Los Angeles “The Plaza Church” is located. From there you will be transported back in time to explore the world famous Union Train Station which is known as the "Last of the Great Railway Stations." The route will continue through downtown, passing by Chinatown, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, the Civic Center, Broadway, and the city skyline. You will see the fashion district (which consists of over 1,000 stores), some film locations from famous Hollywood productions, and the Staples Center Arena before heading northwest toward Griffith Park. Griffith Park offers the best view of the city as well as the world famous Hollywood Sign; the views are simply breathtaking. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is the third major stop on this tour and is among the most popular stops in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Walk of Fame will give you the opportunity to walk among the “stars” that have made significant contributions to film, radio, television, theater, and the recording industries. The legendary Chinese theater located alongside the Hollywood Walk of Fame hosts movie premieres as well as other special events. You never know, you may be able to witness a red carpet premiere while there. After many attractions, you deserve a break. Next, you will stop at the historic Farmer's Market, which is one of the greatest places in Los Angeles to enjoy a variety of foods and beverages. "The Grove” which is located next to the Farmer's Market will not go unnoticed. You can take a ride on a historic 1950’s trolley and enjoy the features of a large center garden that includes an animated fountain with many shopping opportunities. Now that you've had time to relax and eat, you will be whisked off in the early afternoon to another world! From the Sunset Strip, you'll pass by iconic locations such as the Whisky a Go Go and the Chateau Marmont, before reaching Beverley Hills. While in Beverly Hills you will experience the charm of Rodeo Drive and may even feel like a star yourself. You'll soon see how varied and diverse this metropolis really is as you get an insight into what life is like once you've been discovered by the Hollywood Studios. Back on Sunset Boulevard heading west will bring you past the Getty Center. From there you will finally feel the breeze of the ocean. The Santa Monica Pier is a landmark of the city and has served for many backdrops in countless Hollywood films. Finally, round off a fascinating day with a nice walk along Venice Beach where you will be entertained by many different artists and showmen. “See and be seen” is the motto here. You will not be disappointed! With countless attractions in the most exciting city in the world, you will finally be brought back to your hotel or to a prearranged drop-off location by late afternoon. You won't sit on a big sightseeing bus on this tour. Capped at a maximum of 14 people, a familial atmosphere always develops during the tour. The tour makes frequent stops, allowing you to discover everything at a relaxed pace.

Los Angeles: Downtown Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour

2. Los Angeles: Downtown Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour

Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of beautiful and interesting parts of downtown Los Angeles while following clues on your smartphone and solving interesting puzzles along the way. Play with your group as the game guides you through the city. Score points for correct answers and try to get a high score on the leaderboard. See major attractions as well as less-known gems of Los Angeles on this unique interactive tour. Work together with your group to solve the 21 challenges on the scavenger hunt as you walk approximately 2 miles. Play any time that fits your schedule. Explore downtown LA at your own pace. See the happening Olvera Street, the historic Pueblo, Union Station, Pico House, Little Tokyo, and many other interesting and lesser-known sights. Enjoy fun challenges with family and friends that are perfect for all ages.

Los Angeles: City Highlights Guided Bus Tour

3. Los Angeles: City Highlights Guided Bus Tour

Discover the highlights of Los Angeles on a guided sightseeing tour by bus and on foot. Explore famous sights throughout neighborhoods like Chinatown, Downtown, Grand Avenue, and Hollywood Boulevard. Begin your tour at Plaza Olvera, and head to the Chinatown district. Take a short walk with your guide as you learn about the history of the area and stroll along the oldest street in the city, Olvera Street. Admire wonderful views of its iconic temples, museums, streets, and squares. Then, ride along the famous Grand Avenue until you reach the memorable Walt Disney Concert Hall, also noted for its contemporary architecture. Wander among the skyscrapers of Downtown, and see its City Hall or the Cathedral of Our Lady of Los Angeles. Head next to the Griffith Observatory, where you will enjoy one of the best views of the city. From this beautiful building, gaze in awe Los Angeles skyline from above, or if you prefer, take a picture with the iconic Hollywood sign in the background. Travel down Hollywood Boulevard to discover the outstanding Walk of Fame. See the Chinese Theater, where the movie premieres take place, or the Kodak Theater, where the Oscars are held every year. You will also see the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, where Marilyn Monroe stayed for a time. To disconnect a bit from the big city, head towards the coast until you reach the charming city of Santa Monica. Enjoy some free time to stroll along its well-known pier, discover Pacific Park, or walk along the iconic Venice Beach while appreciating the incredible views of the sea, where the tour will conclude.

Los Angeles: Downtown Historic Highlights Bike Tour

4. Los Angeles: Downtown Historic Highlights Bike Tour

Hop on your dutch style bike and head off on a historic cycle of downtown Los Angeles. Pedal past the area's top sights and hear stories of each location from your local guide. Feel like a total local on your 8-speed Pure bike, exploring downtown. Embark on a round trip tour from Grand Central Market. Begin your bike tour in front of Angel's Flight, a functioning, iconic 1901 funicular. Saddle up on your 8-speed Pure bike, and start exploring like a local. First, ride through the Historic Core's vintage Vaudeville theater district, fast becoming a shopping and nightlife spot. Next make your way through LA's more modern neighborhood of South Park to the LA Live Sports and Entertainment Complex with a stop at Crypto Arena, home of the Lakers. Ride along Figueroa St. shopping destinations, past LA's tallest skyscraper, and stop at the eery Cecil Hotel of horrors and hear the mysterious goings on. Cruise through the Civic Center to Olvera Street, the city's oldest neighborhood, now full of quaint shops and food kiosks. Next head up to Union Station and its Mission Revival splendor that was the backdrop to the 2020 Oscars Ceremony. Ride through Grand Park up to Grand Avenue with its cultural spots like the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Broad Museum. See hidden gems you'd never see from a car, bus, or a walking tour. And after a mild workout, finish up at Grand Central Market, just in time for lunch.

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What people are saying about Olvera Street

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 261 reviews

We really enjoyed the tour with Sandra and Dennis. Even beforehand, communication with Sandra was excellent. The pick-up at the agreed meeting point also worked without any problems. Dennis was super nice and constantly provided us with data and facts about the city. Of particular note was the interactive way Dennis included both images and videos. There was also a small guessing game during the journey. What was also particularly refreshing was the fact that the tour was in German, which was a welcome change compared to many other tours. We would unreservedly recommend the tour to anyone. Just great!

Very great tour! Dennis really informed us very well in the eight hours and gave us a lot of tips. Also, we made many stops with enough time! You can see all the major sights of Los Angeles! In between there was always free water. We can only recommend this tour to everyone. It's best to do it right at the beginning of your stay in LA so that you have enough time if you want to look at something again.

Everything is perfectly organized from booking to the end. Very personable, nice guide. The city tour was absolutely worth it and is highly recommended. It never got boring. We were entertained very well during the trips to the sights. Sufficient time at the stops was also planned. Not too much and not too little. Top.

Great, Dennis made it very entertaining with lots of tips and interesting stories. You get a very good overview of all areas of LA that are worth seeing.

I had a personal tour as the other guest pulled out - very knowledgeable guide -& I got a great overview of the historic downtown area