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Dearly Departed: The Tragic History Tour of Los Angeles

Highlights
  • 2.5-hour Dearly Departed's Tragic History Tour of Los Angeles
  • Discover where Michael Jackson, River Phoenix and Whitney Houston spent their final moments
  • Learn about stalkers, celebrity-gangsters, addictions, murder and scandal as you pass by Hollywood’s infamous spots
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Dearly Departed: The Tragic History Tour of Los Angeles
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12:00 pm Departure - Explore the dark side of Los Angeles on this Hollywood ‘death tour,’
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3:00 pm Departure - Explore the dark side of Los Angeles on this Hollywood ‘death tour,’
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12:15 pm Departure - Explore the dark side of Los Angeles on this Hollywood ‘death tour,’
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Overview
Explore the dark side of Los Angeles on this Hollywood ‘death tour,’ a 2.5-hour multimedia bus excursion investigating the infamous homes and locations where the city’s most famous stars met their demise. During your visit you'll check out well-known sites in Beverly Hills, Hollywood and the Sunset Strip where some of the world’s most famous celebrities passed away. This macabre Los Angeles excursion, featured by both Anthony Bourdain’s ‘The Layover’ and E!’s ‘Hollywood Death Trip’ is a great way to learn about the city’s twisted past.
What to Expect
Take a deep dive into the sordid history of Los Angeles on the Dearly Departed tour, a 2.5-hour multimedia bus trip focusing on the tragic end of some of the city’s most iconic celebrities. Anyone with a love for celebrity scandal or a dark sense of humor will appreciate this trip through the seamy dark side behind Hollywood’s glamorous façade.

Begin your trip around midday from a location on Sunset Boulevard. Join your trip’s guide, also known as the “Director of Undertakings,” as you delve into the history behind decades of murder, scandal and good, clean fun. Once your trip, um, departs . . . you’ll be regaled with plenty Hollywood horror stories from inside the comfort of your luxurious bus, also known as the “Tomb Buggy.”

Over the course of your trip you’ll cover more than 75 sites of interest. Though the trip’s exact stopping points change from day to day, a few of the typical highlights include:
  • The infamous locations of the deaths of River Phoenix, Bela Lugosi, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston
  • The grisly murder sites of Sal Mineo, Dominique Dunne, Rebecca Schaeffer and Bugsy Siegel
  • The hotels where John Belushi and Janis Joplin made their “last stay”
  • The setting for Sharon Tate’s “last supper”
  • Scandalous locations from the lives of Chris Brown and Rihanna, Halle Berry and Hugh Grant
During your trip, you’ll also have the chance to see crime-scene photos, hear 911 phone calls and review paperwork that the general public usually doesn’t have a chance to see, adding further context to these tales of death and deceit.

You’ll also visit the intimate cemetery where Natalie Wood, Farah Fawcett, Marilyn Monroe and other high-powered icons were laid to rest. Take a stroll through the grounds to pay your respects and to read their poignant and often humorous epitaphs.

Finish your trip back at your original starting point, where you can browse the Dearly Departed Gallery. Among the exhibits on display are unexpected memorabilia related to dead celebrities. Among the items you will see are pool tiles from the site where Rolling Stones drummer Brian Jones drowned, along with the Rolodex of Rock Hudson, which includes the phone number for Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor.
Reviews (221)
1 - 5 of 28 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
meh

was not going to write a review because it was just negative but was encouraged by my friends to help someone not be disappointed like i was. this tour was not what i thought it was going to be, im sorry to say. if youre...More

Thank Vlad M
DearlyDeparted, Owner at Dearly Departed Tours and Artifact Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Truly I'm very sorry about your negative experience. We try really hard to do the right thing and do it well. Clearly we've got to move quickly and make our tour a better experience. We take this feedback very seriously. Thank you for your honesty.

Reviewed 4 October 2018
Okay tour

This was an okay tour. Narrator provided some interesting information but was mixed with too many personal stories.

Thank Adventure266893
DearlyDeparted, Owner at Dearly Departed Tours and Artifact Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Your honest feedback is very much appreciated. This is taken very seriously. Thank you.

Reviewed 26 September 2018
What a great time

Our tour guide was amazing, she was so friendly and outgoing. She definitely knew the area. My favorite part of the tour is the cemetery stop. Could have spent so much more time there. We fortunate enough to meet Mel Torme's friend the day we...More

2  Thank Cindy P
DearlyDeparted, Owner at Dearly Departed Tours and Artifact Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you, Cindy. I'm really glad you enjoyed your tour. Jonesey was your guide and the wonderful Paul behind the desk. I'll make sure they hear about your kind words.

Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile
Brilliant tour

Great tour yet again. Really cannot recommend enough. You get to learn so much history about dark Hollywood. The museum is well worth a visit also. I will be back again for Halloween tour.

Thank karenfanti
DearlyDeparted, Owner at Dearly Departed Tours and Artifact Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much. Returning to take the tour is the highest compliment we could get! Much much appreciation.

Reviewed 19 July 2018 via mobile
Awesome Tour!

This is a must do tour if you’re in Los Angeles! Our tour guide Richard, was awesome! You get to see a lot of murder sites, as well as other famous sites. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. We got to see Micheal Jackson’s house,...More

Thank Connie G
DearlyDeparted, Owner at Dearly Departed Tours and Artifact Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2018

Thanks, Connie. Richard is awesome, I'm glad you agree. Thanks for coming!

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RMG75
28 August 2018|
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Response from T5356VKbarbarah | Reviewed this property |
Maybe 20-30 minutes. The cemetery is really interesting.
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Shirley M
19 April 2018|
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Response from Greg S | Reviewed this property |
There was one stop at the cemetery in Westwood that you could and walk around
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Shirley M
19 April 2018|
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Response from Gary C | Reviewed this property |
The van usually stops in front of the sites and info is shared. We did get out at the cemetery where Marilyn Monroe and many others stars are buried. They have a cool museum of memorabilia where the tour begins too. Enjoy!
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