A visit to Southern California is not complete until you spend some time touring the neighborhoods that movie and television stars call home. Most Hollywood tours offer similar packages, which mean you pretty much see the same points of interests. The guest services professionals at Hollywood Inn Burbank believe two Hollywood tour companies stand out, not only for what you get to see, but also the tours are led by Hollywood experts that have conducted Hollywood tours for decades.
Access Hollywood Tours
The two-hour interactive and highly informative tours put on by Access Hollywood Tours offer a fully guided and narrated insider’s look into the lifestyles of the rich and famous. An open top van allows you to soak in the scenery, as well as cool you with crisp Southern California air. Aptly named Access Hollywood Tours enters secluded neighborhoods in posh areas such as Bel Air and Beverly Hills, which differs from the tour itineraries created by other local tour companies.
Every guided tour offered by Access Hollywood tours stops by iconic Hollywood landmarks, with the tour guide providing a detailed historical account of each landmark. Famous landmarks include the Dolby Theater which hosts the annual Academy Awards. Enjoy learning about the rich history of Capitol Records, and the Chinese Theater. Access Hollywood Tours also take you down Sunset Strip past Whiskey a Go Go, The House of Blues, the Viper Room, and Chateau Marmont. Towards the end of your tour, you have the opportunity to get a close-up view of the venerable Hollywood Sign, which towers more than 50 feet high.
Tour guides encourage questions throughout the tours that drive by the current and former homes of renowned celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Katy Perry, Madonna, Mick Jagger, Ozzy Osborne, Bruno Mars, and Elvis Presley. You even get to see the legendary Playboy Mansion.
Access Hollywood Tours recommend that you bring along a camera; you never know when you will run into a Hollywood star. The tour hour tours begin at 6541 Hollywood Boulevard and the tours run every hour from 10:30am until 6:00pm. Access Hollywood Tours operate daily throughout the year. Tours cost $49.00 for visitors over the age of 12 and $29.00 for children between 4 and 11 years old.
Ultimate Hollywood Tours
Like Access Hollywood Tours, Ultimate Hollywood Tours spend considerable time passing historically significant landmarks. In addition to driving buy some of most posh shops in the world located on Rodeo Drive, you also get to spend time learning about cultural landmarks such as Sunset Plaza, the Greystone Mansion, the Beverly Hills sign, and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Enjoy cruising in an open van through the neighborhood celebrities such as Dr. Phil, Jackie Chan, Johnny Galecki, Justin Timberlake, and Taylor Swift call home. While Access Hollywood Tours pay homage to several retired Hollywood Legends, Ultimate Hollywood Tours take you past the homes of the hottest current stars in show business.
Ultimate Hollywood Tours offer hotel pickups, including a stop at Holiday Inn Burbank. All you have to do is call a customer service representative to book a hotel pickup. Tickets for Ultimate Hollywood Tours run $44 for adults and $34 for children. If you decide to start the tour from company headquarters, you make a short drive from Holiday Inn Burbank to 6600 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA.