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Humorous, well-informed guides use original research on themed tours of LA’s history, illuminating crime, literature, cinema & architecture

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Promotional value expires Oct 12, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per visit. 72hr cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price may apply at appointment. Not valid for special events. Extra fee for "Blood & Dumplings" tour. Must use in 1 tour. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Like a pet parrot or an amnesiac leading a game of Simon Says, history always repeats itself. Learn from the past with today's Groupon: for $58, you get tickets for two to any regularly scheduled upcoming bus tour from Esotouric (a $116 value). Today's Groupon must be used by two people attending the same tour.

Orating original research and startling observations, the humorous and well-informed guides at Esotouric traverse LA's neglected neighborhoods in search of outlandish and little-looked-at locations. History hounds can sniff out sinister deeds with Esotouric's Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice tour that re-creates a world of old-time tattoo parlors, burlesque shows, and night stalkers. The Blood & Dumplings tour feeds guests well-seasoned criminal tales and tasty Chinese dumplings (extra $5 fee for dumplings per person). Esotouric also offers literary odysseys through the haunts of Raymond Chandler and Charles Bukowski, as well as the cinematic landscape of James M. Cain's classic films, the actors who starred in them, and the finger puppets from which they derived inspiration.


Many people feel an indescribable urge to follow in the footsteps of celebrities long passed—hoping that a connection to their genius or charm still lingers in the air of their apartments and favorite pubs. The guides of Esotouric understand and share this urge, though they prefer to roam the paths of history by bus. After scouring the famed neighborhoods of Los Angeles in search of interesting and outlandish locations, they share their findings on bus adventures that retrace the trails blazed by local artists, filmmakers, writers, and actors.

Esotouric's odysseys wind through haunts such as Raymond Chandler's favorite breakfast spot and the salon Charles Bukowski visited for his weekly knuckle-hair perm. Coloring their tours with anecdotes about the films adapted from his noirish stories, guides also visit locales captured in the cinematic landscapes of James M. Cain. Various tours explore Southern California’s culture, literature, and architectural sides, giving history hounds the chance to sniff out sinister deeds in old-time tattoo parlors, burlesque shows, and crime scenes.

Customer Reviews

Great tour! Going again soon.
Chanell C. · September 11, 2016
Very entertaining.
A C. · September 5, 2016
All of the trips are great!
Joe M. · March 13, 2016
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    Downtown Los Angeles

    923 E 3rd St

    Los Angeles, CA 90013

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  2. 2

    South Pasadena

    1017 Fair Oaks Ave

    South Pasadena, CA 91030

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    West Adams

    2413 2nd Ave

    Los Angeles, CA 90018

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