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The Tragical History Tour

This multimedia bus tour takes you to the homes and locations throughout Hollywood, Beverly Hills and the Sunset Strip where your favorite celebrities died.  From Bela Lugosi’s modest death home to the pay phone  in front of The Viper Room used for the 911 call from and listen to the call from River Phoenix’s overdose. Other locations include Michael Jackson’s death house, Whitney Houston, Rebecca Schaeffer, Dominique Dunne, the Menendez Brother’s family mansion and the rumored murder house of the Black Dahlia.  You’ll also learn about forgotten stars who’s demise is nothing less than spectacular – that’s the Tragical History bit.

Warning: Due to the graphic nature of some crime scene photos and descriptions this tour is not recommended for children under 12. Parental discretion is advised!  Read unedited reviews on Yelp.

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This 3+ hour tour visits the sites of the brutal Tate and LaBianca murders carried out by the Manson Family. We reconstruct the lives of both killers and victims in the hours leading up to these horrific crimes. Anyone who followed the Manson Murders and ensuing repercussions knows that this subject continues to shock and fascinate. Learn why, on this tour. Ticket price includes a piece of rock from the Tate house fireplace acquired by Michaels when the house was razed in 1993.
$5 of purchase price is donated to The Doris Tate Crime Victim Foundation. Advance purchase is required. Tours usually sell out quickly.

Warning: This tour is not recommended for children.

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The Doors LA Tour – Strange Days with LA Woman Tours

The Doors emerged during a once-in-a-lifetime music scene. In the mid- to late-1960s, Los Angeles was the epicenter of a music and cultural revolution. Rock music changed after The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.  As the dust began to settle, the City of Angels emerged at the forefront of what was new in music. Nightclubs popped up all over the city, with their highest concentration located along the world-famous Sunset Strip. The Doors were just one of the countless bands performing, but they “broke on through” to become one of the biggest.  Influenced by jazz, the blues, early rock and literature, The Doors sounded like no other band performing on the Strip—or anywhere else. And now you can see where it all went down.

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The Nasty Nellie Oleson Tour

nastienellietourYou know her best as nasty Nellie Oleson from Little House on the Prairie! Take a tour with Alison Arngrim and learn what it was like to grow up as a child actor in Hollywood. From going to elementary school with Michael Jackson to tales to tell about Liberace, Paris Hilton and the Manson Family, she has seen it all! Tour includes Q&A, an autographed photo of Alison and your very own photo opp – so bring your camera!

Due to Alison’s schedule, this tour is subject to her availability.

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LA Rock ‘N’ Roll Circus Tour

The Rock ’N Roll Circus is a tour that celebrates the music that came out of LA and its enduring legacy. In fact, Los Angeles has one of the richest musical centers in the world. Now, music fans, history buffs and all-around nerds can see the sites where their favorite rock stars performed, recorded, threw TV sets out of windows and slept. The Rock ’N Roll Circus tour celebrates L.A.’s unique musical and cultural past, present and future and puts guests

right in the center of where everything happened. 

Learn about such artists as The Doors, The Mamas & Papas, Frank Zappa, Van Halen, Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue, The Go-Go’s, Love, The Runaways, The Monkees, Led Zeppelin, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Byrds, John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, The Buffalo Springfield … and so many more!

This isn’t a wide-eyed innocent tour, this is it, warts and all.

* The infamous Sunset Strip

* Musical Landmarks including recording studios, record companies, night clubs and hangouts where legends made history.

* The Legendary Laurel Canyon, and the homes of some of the greatest singers and songwriters in LA History.

* The Many Bars and Strip clubs where musicians (and groupies!) blew off steam

* You’ll learn about the great success stories as well as the users, boozers and losers that made this city  

Dearly Departed Tours is proud to partner with LA Woman Tours to offer this amazing afternoon.

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Horror Film Location Tour

Just for October, Dearly Departed Tours will take you on a tour through spooky film madness, with a Halloween tour devoted to the famous horror film locations! Your guide will be decked out in Michael Myers gear, ready to pose with you at several of the locations, while these films play on our Movie Theater on Wheels!  See locations from Halloween (1978 and 2007), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Zombieland, Scream 2 (1997), Michael Jackson’s Thriller (1982), Ed Wood (1994), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), and MORE!  You’ll also see home where Bela Lugosi died in real life and receive an actual copy of his death certificate!  Please keep in mind, this tour is devoted to horror films only. They are scattered about town, so we’ve done our best to make this tour as succinct as possible.  This tour runs in limited engagement. Advance purchase is required. Tours usually sell out quickly.

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The CarpenTour

On February 4, 1983, Karen Carpenter became a Star in Heaven.

To commemorate the Anniversary of her passing, every Superbowl Sunday, we offer a tour of Karen Carpenter locations in Southern California.
The non-comprehensive, just for fun (and love) tour will last no less than 4 and no more than 5 hours.
It is jam-packed with more Karen and Richard than you can beat off with a stick.

As far as we know this is a once in a lifetime (or at least pretty rare) opportunity.  A portion of the ticket money for this tour will be donated to the National Eating Disorders Association.

  • We’ll meet at the Dearly Departed Tours office where you can ooh and ahh over the bathroom sink from Karen’s last home.
  • We’ll then depart for some of the Carpenter’s LA haunts, favorite restaurants, recording studios and performing spots.
  • We’ll travel to Downey to see the home that Karen and Richard bought for their parents, and where Karen collapsed on the morning of her death.
  • We’ll then travel to the hospital, funeral home and church where Karen’s funeral took place.
  • At some point we’ll stop for a quick bite to eat at the scene of one of Karen’s last meals.
  • Then we’ll hit the road to Thousand Oaks to pay our respects to the lady herself.
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