22 Dec 2015 - 24 Dec 2015
While you definitely won't get to see and do everything LA has to offer, this 3 day snapshot tour will give you time to have a taste of this wonderful city and leave you wanting more.
I arrived midday of the 1st day and decided to walk around Downtown LA (starting from Contiki accommodation at the Miyako Hotel). While only a short stroll from the hotel, I spent a good 6+hours exploring, eating and drinking my way around Downtown.
The 2nd was spent at Universal Studios (the concierge and front desk staff can help you organised a shuttle to the theme park, however, I booked mine through a third party which covered all transportation) and down Hollywood Boulevard, while the 3rd was the day I left for the Grand Southern Contiki.
This Contiki doesn't have a trip manager or any bells and whistles - it's basically accommodation and friendly staff that you're paying for. You can make the most (or the least) out of it by embracing your Wanderlust and venturing out. :)
Review written Feb 2016event 0.3
08 Aug 2014 - 10 Aug 2014
Definitely worth doing before starting a tour! Especially if you're flight is delayed at home and then you miss your connection (yes, this did happen to me!). So instead of having 3 extra days in LA, it was more like 1 & 1/2 with 12 hours wasted in an airport while waiting for another flight!
Still, worth it, otherwise we would've missed the beginning of the Best of USA tour.
Managed to drop some serious money at the Citadel outlets and explore some cool local places to eat.
This tour was pretty much do what you want. No guide.
Stayed at the Figueroa and the staff were pretty rude actually, when I called from Hawaii to say we were delayed 12 hours they pretty much said "Tough shit, we'll give your room to someone else. " Wasn't until the travel agent from home got wind of the hurricane that was destroying the start of our trip and called these assholes to make sure we had somewhere to sleep.
Guess you could say the room wasn't too bad, turned out the only contiki hotel we stayed at that had a mini fridge in it and the included breakfast was pretty awesome.
Review written Feb 2016event 0.3
28 Aug 2011 - 31 Aug 2011
I did this tour last summer in the last week of August. I absolutely loved it! I met a lot of people from different parts of the world and cities from where I'm from (Canada).
The tour itself was structured well. The first day you do a lot of walking with the tour manager, and then get on a coach bus and go to the different parts of L.A. In the night you have free time. This goes the same for the next two days where you have the freedom to do what you like and the tour manager will give advice when you want it. In all I loved this trip, but the downside was that the tour manager never asked the group if we wanted a group photo the first day. Personally, I would've wanted one but he completely skipped over that and I think it was a loss for all the tour members. Other than that, it was a great trip, my first time going alone and I loved it! I definitely recommend it :D
Review written Mar 2012event 0.3
17 Jul 2011 - 20 Jul 2011
Landed into LAX airport walked to the super shuttle bus stop to get to the fabulous Kyoto Grand Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Dropped my luggage off in the room and found my roommate and other tour mates, It was like we already knew each other and it was like old friends catching up.
7pm Pre departure meeting met Kelly our Tour Manager. Signed up for our fun optional's and chose our dinner meal. After wards some of us took the Hotel shuttle (very handy by the way) to LA Live (Staple Center), 10 minutes from the hotel by shuttle, probably a 15-20 minute walk (but i wouldn't recommend on walking). Went to Wolfgang puck bar & grill for supper.
Day 1. 7am, walking tour with "Mike the Poet" - very entertaining tour guide and very passionate about his city. Arrived back at the hotel 10am, climbed onto the Contiki coach and drove around Los Angeles.
Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills., Hollywood Blvd, Drove down Hollywood Walk of Fame, Kodak Theatre., Chinese Theatre., Santa Monica., Sunset Blvd., Venice Beach.
Venice Beach, you either like or you don't. It was a very dirty part of Los Angeles.
Had our Dinner included then onwards with the Hollywood Pub Crawl. Went to four bars, One of the four bars is a book bar… or is it a library? No it’s a bar, with books! Oh and did you know they sold candy in the womens washroom, No Lie! Seriously they do!
The last nightclub we went to was on a rooftop overlooking Los Angeles. It was truly HOLLYWOOD STYLE! Drai's Hollywood.
Day2. Tour of the star homes and Hop on Hop off was on the agenda for this day. Tour star homes, SAVE YOUR MONEY. I do not recommend it. Driving through Beverly Hills, the homes might have been fabulous looking but you couldn’t see anything. The Bus tour guide would point out – oh that is Jennifer Aniston’s Roof (like seriously? i paid to see this!), or that chimney over that's Beckham’s.
After that tour, great place to eat is, Johnny Rockets… An old style diner!
Next, Hop on hop off - an easy way to see the city. Taxis are not CHEAP in LA.
Day3. Universal Studios
Tip: Get there right when it opens and buy the 72$ Front of the Line Pass. Because by Noon the line ups will be insanely huge and take forever to get on one ride, so bare the hassle and spend the extra cash on the Front of the Line Pass. WELL WORTH YOUR MONEY. Studio Lot Tour - Fabulous, My favorite part!
Day4. Time to say good bye to your new friends but not to the Holiday.
Picked up my rental car. Picked up my other Contiki friend (Contiki Reunion).
Driving in Los Angeles is not what people say it is. Downtown yes, horrible. But the freeways are nice!
Places I went to after LA Explorer Tour: Griffith Observatory, Burbank to NBC studios to attend a taping of Jay Leno show (tickets are free, based on a lottery system), and Piano Piano in Glendora, Newport Beach, Anaheim, and Six Flags.
Good Bye Los Angeles... And Thanks Contiki for making it a Memorable, Amazing Birthday Celebration
Review written Oct 2011event 0.3