Half day Tour: Santa Monica, Beverly Hills & hollywood
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A great tour, takes in all the LA sites and a bit extra. The guide picked us up from our hotel and then deviated to show myself and 2 teenage daughters The Venice Canals. We met up with others at Santa Monica and were greeted with coffee and doughnuts, then went on to Venice Beach. Following this stopped at Rodeo Drive and the farmers market (for amazing fish tacos). Off then to Hollywood spotting lots of celebs homes, Griffith Park (Hollywood Sign) and then Sunset Strip. Definitely one of the highlights of our time in California and because the bus is small you get to know your fellow travelers too. Would do it all again
Marie - Los Angeles Tour Review
I researched a few tours on TripAdvisor, but none had such rave reviews for the tour operators themselves and now and I can see why. I was touring with a friend and my two children (under 3). First, Jake was incredibly patient with the children and helped at every stop to take out the stroller and make sure they were safely off-boarded and on-boarded. Second, he was knowledgeable about the area in a way that was interesting and current. Third, he kept a nice pace with the perfect number of stops and perfect amount of time in each place. There is no possible way we could have navigated LA by ourselves to see what he showed us. This is a fantastic tour for anyone who has just 1 day (or a few days) in LA. Highly recommend!
Jenny - Los Angeles Tour Review
My husband and I were staying in Palm Springs for a week and decided to take a day trip out to LA to see the main sites. Having only one day in LA, we decided to look for a tour that would show us the most sites. This tour did that and a lot more! Jake was an amazing tour guide!! Very funny and entertaining and played amazing music the whole time (we regret not asking him for his playlist afterwards!). He showed us everything we could've wanted to see and also had so many stories to share about his own personal experiences with stars in the area. His knowledge of the area was also very helpful when we had to take detours due to traffic. He always kept the bus moving and got us everywhere quickly. It was fun to hear some of crazy hollywood stories about the stars and see sites that most tours woudn't tell you about ("this is where Lindsey Lohan crashed her car", "this is where Mel Gibson was arrested for drunk driving"!). Even though it was an action packed day, nothing felt rushed. We had sufficient time to explore Rodeo Drive, Hollywood Blvd and Griffith Park on our own. I still can't believe how cheap this tour is as we would've paid a lot more for it! Even though we only had the one day in LA, we really feel like we saw everything there. I will recommend this tour to anyone going to LA. Thanks for a fantastic day Jake!!
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“Excellent tour at an unbeliveable price”
Our family of 7 (2 adults and 5 kids aged 6-15) had a wonderful time on this tour. We started and ended in Santa Monica and travelled all over the city, with several stops to explore. We visited Venice, drove by the stars' homes, stopped at Graystone, Griffith Park, Hollywood Boulevard, and a lunch stop at the Farmer's Market. Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and entertaining, The tour lasted from 9:45 until about 5pm, and our guide was full of information, yet gave us some time to just take in the scenery, She welcomed questions. And yes, the price was $94. I think that many people may suspect that this tour may be inferior to others due to the low price. The Rastabus is simply a great tour which just happens to be a great deal.
“Book it. Book it NOW! :)”
With only one day to see the LA area, my husband and I decided to book this tour. We looked over A LOT of other tours online, but we found this one to be the most well-rounded. After having now completed the tour, I can attest that it didn't disappoint!
Our guide, Jake, was HILLARIOUS! He was fun, kept the tour upbeat, and made sure to answer any questions we had. A total rock star! The time spent at each stop wasn't necessarily long, however we spent the most time at the places that were most interesting - the grove, the strip, and the Griffith Observatory.
After the tour, we received an email asking for feedback. To which, they actually responded to - you don't see that these days so kudos to them! We're excited to hear that they're looking into providing different tours.
We'd love to book with them again, but wouldn't want to do the one we already did (great general/overview tour). We're hoping to narrow do one in future that appeals to our specific interests - that way, we can spend more time at the spots we'd enjoy most :)
I could go on and on about how great this tour is. We were a party of 9 and ended up getting a private tour with Brian. He was absolute wonderful and showed us parts of LA that we never would have seen or known about if we tried to do it on our own. One of the greatest things about this tour is seeing so much without having to deal with traffic or directions. Griffith park, Rodeo Dr, Grauman's. Farmer's Market, Malibu, so much more and we even snuck in a side trip to the La Brea tar pits. There is no way we could have seen so much on our own. Absolutely, hands down recommend it and would do it again!
Great bargain and excellent tour. I cannot think of any must-see stops in greater LA that were missed. Our guide was patient, knowledgeable and entertaining. He made adjustments to the schedule to personally accommodate the desires of our group. Ours was a very international group representing England, New Zealand and Canada. If you are looking for a quiet tour without interacting with others, this isn't for you. But if you don't take yourself seriously, enjoy a laugh, and don't mind people staring as you drive around in this colorful bus you couldn't make a better choice....click here for the rest....
All in all a most wonderful experience.
Foys VA - Los Angeles & Hollywood Tour Review
Great time on the Rastabus! My husband & I went so we could see all the best sites in one day. Aaron, our guide, picked us up at our hotel & dropped us off~~no scurrying around to try & make it to the bus stop on time in an unfamiliar city! Saw all the things sites we wanted to without maps, cab rides, getting lost, etc.. It was so chill-a great way to sight see. Loved the Farmer's Market in LA for lunch! Thanks so much Aaron!! You were a fun & entertain guide! Defiantly recommend this tour!!!!
Why meeting us in Santa Monica is generally preferred by guests:
There is minimal downtime. The tour begins at 9:45 AM at 1400 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, 90401 and we'll have you back around 5pm. Also, before and/or after the tour you can spend time sightseeing on the Santa Monica Third Street Promenade (a bustling street filled with street performers / bars / shops and restaurants which is only 2 blocks away from our pickup/drop off spot) and check out the world famous Santa Monica Pier (also a block away) and watch the sunset. If you are driving, there is a parking garage about a block away on 2nd street in between Santa Monica Blvd. and Arizona at 1301 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA, 90401 with affordable all day rates ($9 - $14). Click here for the google maps of our main Santa Monica pickup location and parking garage.
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If you are requesting HOTEL PICKUP please read the following carefully before booking:
If we pick you up you will be part of other hotel pickups, which can be up to 2 hours before the tour and 1 hour after the tour (meaning you will be on the bus for quite some time before any sightseeing begins and after the sightseeing completes). This can make for a very long day. Additionally, you will not have time to explore Santa Monica. Hollywood drop-offs are done before returning back to Santa Monica. Click here for a list of hotels we pickup at!
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Trish H. - Los Angeles Tour Review
My husband and I were traveling with my sister and 82 yr old Mother and wanted a tour that would allow us to see as much of LA in a day as possible. This was 'the ticket!" The guide was excellent driver and very knowledgeable. We had many many stops that allowed rest room visits continually. This was a concern for us, but was never a problem. The small size of the bus afforded us easy maneuverability on streets that the larger double-decker buses could never navigate. 4 of us and 5 others was a nice group with plenty of room for comfortable ride. We loved the tour and our guide took us to places that we requested beyond the regular itinerary. Great time! Picked up and dropped off at Santa Monica Pier! great location and parking ramp right there! Thanks Aron! You R_O_C_K!
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Tammy - "This is how tours are supposed to be!"
We had a blast! Our guide was perfect. She blended knowledge of the area with great humor! She was born for this type of career. The tour is a great value! You get to do so much for so little. We even had a date mix up for our day. The company was so professional and handled it perfectly. You owe it to yourself to see this beautiful area with theses amazing people. The bus is comfortable, the destinations are just what you want, and the price is more than right! ( You will get to see that too!)
Tooling around LA on the Rastabus is a great way to be introduced to LA in a short amount of time. Our guide was a whole lot of fun, and very knowledgeable about the city. You get to see all the main tourist destinations, and some gossip on some of the celebrities who live there. The Farmer's Market is a great place to stop and have lunch, and it is great to start the day in beautiful Santa Monica. If you are only in LA for a short time, this is a really good way to make sure you don't miss anything.
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Dale's Los Angeles tour review
A full day tour...This is the best value for tours in LA. I booked this for the first day of my vacation in LA. The tour takes you to the most popular areas... the stars homes, Beverly Hills, Hollywood etc. etc... with stops along the way to get out and take pictures and explore. I had planned a day trip to Beverly Hills, but the stop on the tour was all I really needed ... gave me an extra day on my vacation. The tour is very personable, our guide was witty and there was 9 of us from 4 different countries all laughing and joking. You see the other tours going by, everyone looking like statues with headphones on. I'd book it quick!
Visited March 2012
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"We went on the LA tour with Rastabus and thoroughly enjoyed it. The bus was not jam packed like others ive been on so everyone talked to each other. The guide was knowledgeable and constantly kept us informed on where we were going and info about the place - he also answered any questions anyone had. We pretty much covered all the spots that everyone wanted to see and our driver did ask if there was anything in particular we wanted to see then to just let him know, so that was good. We stopped at each place for just the right amount of time, not too long to get bored but just long enough to see what was needed. The trip lasted the whole day and i would definitely recommend if you are visiting LA."
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