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What You'll Get

Without exploration, people never would have found the South Pole, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, or that $3.47 worth of change between the couch cushions. Expand your horizons while discovering your surroundings with today's Groupon: for $29, you get your choice of informative sightseeing trips from Esotouric Bus Tours (a $58 value). The company started offering a tour based around the mysterious Black Dahlia murder, but has branched out to explore additional historic crimes, architecture, and the lives of LA authors.

Every tour is hosted by a passionate, hilarious guide who provides a unique look at LA. Even if you're well-versed in historical bus-tour sights, you'll get a fresh perspective thanks to Esotouric's commitment to unearthing unusual factoids. The tours last approximately four hours and include unique stops for unique snacks, including a Chinese dumpling picnic as part of a true-crime tour. During the ride, the bus monitors display pertinent documents and fascinating photos to enhance the experience.

We've done extensive testing, and it turns out that knowing fascinating anecdotes about our city is far superior to every other parlor trick we examined (nickel behind the ear, drinking beer out of naval, etc.). Become the life of your next party with fascinating historical tidbits that are sure to impress. Or share the knowledge and get another ticket to bring a friend or relative for a fun outing. Tours take place most Saturdays and some Sundays throughout the year, except around holidays. Check the website for upcoming tour dates.

Pick-up location varies with each tour and will be provided once you book a tour via phone or email.


Esotouric Tours has received a lot of press from a variety of outlets. LA Weekly blog, the Toronto Star featured it, and the British Guardian mentioned it. About.com reviewed it:

  • Esotouric offers the most fascinating bus tours in Los Angeles, and they’re certainly one of our favorite tour companies nationwide. Their tagline reads, “Bus Adventures into the secret heart of LA.” Just a tip: LA’s secret heart is covered in blood. – Steven, USA Travel Guide

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Dec 23, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 5 guests on tour. Reservation required. 72-hour cancellation notice or Groupon is forfeited. Valid ID required. Not valid for special events. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Esotouric Bus Adventures

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.

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