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Beverly Hills and Hollywood: Helicopter Tour

1. Beverly Hills and Hollywood: Helicopter Tour

Enjoy an exciting tour in a private helicopter over Beverly Hills and Hollywood. On this tour, you'll get an intimate look into the lives of celebrities, while listening to true stories from your friendly pilot. Begin your tour at the world-class Burbank Airport, a stone's throw from Universal and Warner Bros Studios. All guests are asked to arrive at least thirty minutes before the start of their tour in order to check-in with the flight team and get situated for their exclusive sightseeing experience. Lift off from the ground and soar through the air as you climb over the Hollywood Hills and across the LA basin. As you pass over Universal Studios, you might just make out the small crowds lined up for butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or see the gentle smoke rising from the stunt shows and animal experiences. Your tour will pass right by the iconic Hollywood Sign, offering you an opportunity to snap a photo (or a selfie if you're quick) from a vantage point view that few others get to see. From there, it's over Mulholland Drive and around Laurel Canyon, an exclusive, historical enclave once home to some of the greatest names in the music industry. Pass over Beverly Hills and the ultra-wealthy Bel-Air, and see the $90-million dollar mansion purchased by Jay-Z and Beyonce in 2017. Every seat is the best seat on a tour that includes noise-canceling headphones that allow you to listen along to your pilot's running commentary as you whirl through the air on this exclusive celebrity helicopter adventure. For an additional fee, you can book out the tour as private or include the sunset option to add a world-class sunset to the already incredible experience.

Marina Del Rey: Kayak and Paddleboard Tour with Sea Lions

2. Marina Del Rey: Kayak and Paddleboard Tour with Sea Lions

Start your tour at Mother's Beach. Your guide will provide information about the local environment and marine life, kayaking/paddle-boarding techniques, and safety while enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of Los Angeles boaters realm. Then board your kayaks and paddle towards the main channel of the Marina. On the way, observe the beautiful and extraordinary boats. Begin your search for sea lions, birds, dolphins, and other marine life.

Santa Catalina Island: Nautilus Semi-Submarine Cruise

3. Santa Catalina Island: Nautilus Semi-Submarine Cruise

Join the captain and crew and set off on a 45-minute exploratory mission through Lover's Cove, a State Marine Conservation Area sanctuary. Traverse amazing undersea gardens and ocean habitats in a semi-submersible vessel designed after America's first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, on a trip that is both educational and entertaining. Let your imagination descend into the depths of the ocean as you explore the magic and wonder of undersea life on the Nautilus. Venture into the ocean and through the kelp forest in a state-of-the-art vessel. Learn about what you see with the crew and research team, and let them entertain you with their stories. As you learn and explore, interact with the fish through a specially designed feeding system. Launch fish food torpedoes right from your seat (at an additional cost) and instigate feeding frenzies right outside your personal porthole.

Los Angeles at Night 30-Minute Helicopter Flight

4. Los Angeles at Night 30-Minute Helicopter Flight

Climb aboard a helicopter for a panoramic 30-minute flight over the city center of Los Angeles. Departing from Bob Hope Airport in Burbank just north of the Santa Monica mountains, set off for breathtaking views of the Downtown skyline. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of Staples Center, LA’s multi-purpose sports center. Swoop over Hollywood, with panoramic views of the Kodak Theatre and Hollywood Sign on the Hollywood Hills. Enjoy views of Dodger Stadium, Universal Studios, and many more of Southern California's notable landmarks. It’s truly amazing to see the shimmering lights of the city at dusk, and the tour is perfect for couples, families, or friends. Even if you are a native of Los Angeles you will see city sights you have never seen before.

Santa Monica and Venice 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

5. Santa Monica and Venice 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

Try something new on your trip to Los Angeles and ride an electric bicycle around the neighborhoods of Santa Monica and Venice. Hop on a colorful Pedego electric bicycle for a relaxing ride in the sunshine, where you can enjoy the mild warm temperatures of Los Angeles. This 3-hour active and fun bicycle ride lets you choose whether to pedal or not, and takes you to places in the city often unreachable by car or bus. From the cushy seat of your cool comfortable Pedego beach cruiser you will ride along Santa Monica’s award-winning beach to the Marion Davies Guesthouse, Under the Santa Monica Pier, and through Venice to the Venice Canals. You will be accompanied by a storytelling guide with interesting facts about the local art, architecture, and history of the area while you soak in the sun, surf, sand, and ocean breezes. The bicycle allows you to choose your own comfort level between pedaling with 6 gears, using the electric motor power which puts the power completely in your control, or both. All bikes are equipped with state of the art disc brakes. The lithium power assist will ensure that you are never far behind. This 3-hour tour operates daily and is designed for bicycle riders aged 14 years and up who appreciate the joy of riding a bicycle with a surprisingly fun added option.

California Coastline Helicopter Tour

6. California Coastline Helicopter Tour

Glide through the melting sunset over the California Coastline, sweep over the Santa Monica Mountains, or get great views over the exclusive homes of the Pacific Palisades. This is a unique and thrilling 30-minute helicopter tour exploring the Los Angeles Coast. The California Coastline tour is available at any time during the day and is a must for anyone who loves the ocean. Take off from the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, heading south to fly over the Santa Monica Mountains and drop down into the spectacular coastal homes of Pacific Palisades. Fly low-level along the world famous beaches of Santa Monica, the Santa Monica Pier, and Venice. On your way back to the Airport, you'll fly over the new Getty Center, with its grand architecture appearing ever more dramatic from the sky.

Venice Beach: 2-hour Group Surfing Lesson

7. Venice Beach: 2-hour Group Surfing Lesson

Meet your guide at Venice Beach, one of the most famous and lively beaches in California. Take part in a 2-hour group surfing lesson which is ideal for everyone from beginners (even first timers!) to upper intermediate levels.  Start the lesson by getting geared up with the wetsuits and surfboards. Head down to the sand with your group of 5-6 fellow students. Spend the first 30-40 minutes training on the beach and learning all the important aspects of surfing. Your professional certified instructors will teach you how to pop up on the board, educate you about the ocean and end the land lesson with the most important part - safety. After that, enjoy 40 minutes with an instructor(s) in the ocean getting coaching and helpful pushes. The remaining time will be yours to practice your skills and have fun in the water. After the class, an instructor will lead you to an outdoor public shower where you will be able to rinse off. Don't worry about your belongings, as you will be able to leave everything locked in the surf school van. 

Los Angeles: 2-hour Private Surfing Lesson

8. Los Angeles: 2-hour Private Surfing Lesson

Experience a fully private surf lesson which is great for people who have always wanted to learn to surf or who just want to improve their surf game.  Even first-timers are welcome to join and with a private tour, you'll be able to learn at your own pace.  Learn from your professional certified instructor, who will help make you more comfortable on the surfboard and in the water. This lesson will meet in the world famous Venice Beach, where people of all ages gather to enjoy the beautiful Southern California sun and surf. Before your lesson, get outfitted with a wet suit and surfboard before heading down to the beach. Depending on your level, either go straight to the line up with the instructor or have an extended training session on the sand as you learn all the important aspects of surfing. Your instructor will teach you how to pop up on the board, educate you about the ocean and end the land lesson with the most important part - safety. After that, spend the remaining time with the instructor in the ocean. After the class, follow the instructor to an outdoor public shower where you will be able to rinse off. This private lesson can be booked for 1 or 2 people and basic swimming skills are required in order to join. You don't need to worry about your belongings, which will be securely stored in the locked surf school van. If you've always been interested in surfing and you prefer a private, customized experience, then this is the lesson for you!

Los Angeles: Santa Barbara Wineries & Vineyards

9. Los Angeles: Santa Barbara Wineries & Vineyards

Enjoy a private and customizable full-day guided wine or beer tasting tour from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. Admire the highlights of Santa Barbara like the Old Mission of Santa Barbara, Stearns Wharf, and the Santa Barbara Harbor.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Los Angeles and sit back and relax on the drive in a spacious and air-conditioned Mercedes high top Sprinter van. Take in views of gorgeous vineyards, sweeping coastlines, and mountain scenery.  Have the option of going on the suggested itinerary which includes sampling local wine at countryside winery in the morning before heading to the coastal city of Santa Barbara to admire its Spanish colonial buildings with red-tile roofs. Stop to try some fine Californian wine while overlooking the ocean, followed by another tasting at the historic Presidio park, or head to the Funk Zone brewery to try some tasty craft beers. Craft your own unique itinerary to sights like the suburb of Montecito, or the former military post of Presidio. Choose to see sights like the Old Mission of Santa Barbara and the storied wooden Stearns Wharf. Have the option of viewing the yachts in the Santa Barbara Harbor, or visiting the boutique shops and hip cafes on State Street. Return to your accommodation in Los Angeles at the end of your tour. 

From Orange County: Hollywood and Beverly Hills Van Tour

10. From Orange County: Hollywood and Beverly Hills Van Tour

Explore Hollywood and Beverly Hills on a van trip from Orange County. See the iconic Hollywood sign on the mountain and famous sites in the city, enjoying some free time to roam by Hollywood Boulevard. Head stories from your local guide along the way. Begin your tour with a morning hotel pickup and head to your first stop, the famous Hollywood sign seen in many movies and TV shows. Listen to your guide point out landmarks and tells stories and fun facts as you drive. Once there, take the time to marvel at the Hollywood Sign, Walk of Fame, Dolby Theater (Oscars), TCL Chinese Theater, and some shopping at the La La Land souvenir shop. Continue on to Hollywood Boulevard, where you can stroll around at your own pace to discover the area. Then, continue to the famous Sunset Strip where you will see Johnny Depp’s Viper Room, Whiskey a Go Go, Rainbow Bar & Grill, Chateau Marmont Hotel, and much more. Carry on to Beverly Hills, where you can spot celebrity homes, the Beverly Hills Sign, Rodeo Drive, Beverly Wilshire Hotel, and the Shopping District. From here, head to Farmers Market for lunch before returning to Orange County.

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4.6 / 5

based on 84 reviews

I booked this tour as a birthday present for my boyfriend. We had such a fun time. I highly recommend. Although the listing says that this tour could be with up to 6 people, we were the only 2 people on our tour with two surf instructors/organizers. They picked us up at our Airbnb and drove us out to a couple view points along the Malibu coast, including a walk out on the Malibu pier where we were able to grab a coffee. Since we are very much beginners, we headed to a quieter surf spot farther up the coast where the hosts gave us some surf tips and gave us wetsuits and surfboards. We had about 2 hours of surfing before lunch (hot dogs, chips, soda/water). They kindly were even able to accommodate my dietary restrictions (gluten free) and also had vegetarian options if needed. We were able to shower off at the beach and then headed back to our Airbnb in Venice. It was such a unique experience (we loved the van) and we had so much fun!

Very exciting. Thanks to kind guides, i had a good time. That was my first surfing. My surfing starting is very good. I maybe try to surf anywhere. If i travel to LA again, i will register this class. Thank you for all.

It was just fabulous! The pilot was so professional and great, thanks to him we had a full picture of LA, really unique experience I’ve recommend for everyone!!

Amazing way to see the Hollywood sign and Beverly Hills! Isaac was an great pilot! Could not recommend more!!

Everyone who we interacted with was so friendly and helpful. Great experience overall!