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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 2:58 30 November 2012

Rick Baker – Special Effects and Makeup Master – Gets Star

Photo of Rick Baker, Makeup and Special Effects MasterWe are not certain that any of Rick Baker‘s werewolf or other monster creations, even a gorilla in our midst, will be likely seen at the grand celebration of his years of extraordinary service to the film industry as a master of makeup and special effects.  This morning at 11:30 a.m. Rick receives his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Guinness World Records Museum on Hollywood Boulevard at Highland.  We do know that Barry Sonnenfeld will be among the guest speakers at the ceremony.  We do know that all of our Hollywood private luxury tours will be timing their visit to Hollywood to coincide with the star-studded celebration to spot faces and revel in the acknowledgment of a great filmmaker (7 Academy Awards).  What better sightseeing destination in Los Angeles than a streetside ceremony honoring a Hollywood star?

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:03 29 November 2012

Let’s Talk Skeet (Shooting)

Photo of our guests before takeoff to their shooting adventure One of our favorite “adventure” tours is the helicopter ride to a nearby range for a private skeet shooting lesson.  This tour became quite popular this year for us and we had numerous and varied groups flying to the shooting range for lessons and experience with a number of shooting options.  It really is fun!

Photo of our guests after skeet training

Our guests here, the Hunters, a father and son team, joined us from the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica and loved their flight inland to the shooting range.  They saw a lot of Los Angeles from the comfortable Eurocopter TwinStar helicopter they were flying.

Women enjoy the shooting experience as much as the guys do which does not surprise us much.  This is a great fun thing to do in Los Angeles and a fine addition to a visit filled with sightseeing tours around Hollywood and Beverly Hills, which we are more than happy to provide for you.

Take a moment to enjoy this video we made of the Hunter’s Sporting Clays flying and shooting adventure and join us some time for an adventure of your own (we’ll even film it for you if you want).

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 2:40 28 November 2012

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Photo of the Christmas lobby of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel

The Beverly Wilshire Hotel is all ready for Christmas this year.  As the holidays approach we will be seeing numerous lovely Christmas, Chanukkah and Kwanza displays in hotel lobbies, restaurant foyers, and around celebrity homes and mansions along our private luxury tour routes in Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood, and downtown.  Oh, and there will be holiday lights up and down the coast as we pass by during sunset while enjoying late afternoon and early evening tours.  The sightseeing only gets better as Santa’s arrival nears.  We will post more holiday photos throughout the month.  Please standby…

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:13 27 November 2012

Spooky Lighthouse on Palos Verdes

Photo of the lighthouse on Palos Verdes, CA

This is a great view on a perfect warm and clear November day of the Point Vicente Lighthouse in Palos Verdes, CA, just north of the Terranea Resort and south of Marina del Rey.  The photographer, our tour guide Jeff who, incidentally, grew up in Palos Verdes, loves to tell his private luxury tour guests seeing this exquisite part of the Los Angeles coastline the story of the spirit.

I remember seeing the apparition as a child.  It looked like a woman in a long flowing gown holding a lantern with an outstretched arm following the beam as it went around the tower.  The story was that she was the wife of sailor lost at sea awaiting his return. In those years that part of the hill was isolated and lonely, especially at night.  Sadly, when the lighthouse was renovated and the glass surrounding the lamp was changed, she disappeared.

Was the lady of the lighthouse an optical phenomenon caused by light from the 3rd degree Fresnel lens in its original 1926 glass housing or was it a spirit pining for its lover?  We’ll keep an eye on the structure during our future coast tours and let you know if we learn anything.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:17 26 November 2012

Fireboat No. 2 in San Pedro

Photo of a Los Angeles Fire Department Fireboat

It looks like a vista point overlooking the busy (busiest in the U.S.) Port of Los Angeles but it is really the widely windowed Los Angeles Fire Department Station No. 112 wherein is berthed the magnificent Fireboat #2 (the Warner L. Lawrence).  You would not believe, or even understand, the specifications of this nautical wonder but you must admit it is certainly an amazing vessel.  Located along the waterway servicing the cruise ship terminal and U.S.S. Iowa as well as the Los Angeles Maritime Museum and Ports o’ Call Village, we often bring our private luxury tour guests who express interest in the Los Angeles ports, harbors and shoreline down to Long Beach and San Pedro to show off the great seagoing capacities and history of Los Angeles.  There is much sightseeing and many things to do on our private coastal tours.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 2:37 25 November 2012

A Sunset Hiking Tour in Hollywood

Photograph of couple watching sun set in Hollywood Hills

Our private luxury tour guests couldn’t wait to get going on their custom hiking tour with us.  Angie and Kevin, being fit and adventurous and wanting to explore some of the 4,300+ acres of Griffith Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country, enjoyed a little Hollywood sightseeing before heading over to Los Feliz and a trailhead we like.  We hiked up around the Griffith Park Observatory and reached a small summit where we snapped this great photo of the setting November sun with the Hollywood Sign in the background.  The beauty of our cooler autumn and winter days is the clear skies with great visibility.  We might not be able to see forever, but you can see Catalina Island and the Palos Verdes Peninsula easily from all around Los Angeles, especially up in the local mountains.  It is the perfect time for our fitness tours and some fun hiking adventures!

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:20 24 November 2012

The One-Eyed Gypsy Will Get you Tipsy in Los Angeles

Photo of The One-Eyed Gypsy, a downtown Los Angeles bar

This eye-catching building is one of the great nightspots around downtown Los Angeles.  The One-Eyed Gypsy offers good bar food and excellent drinks and along with the lively live music make the inside of the building as entertaining as the outside.  Operated continuously since the turn of the last century, mostly as a bar but with other more sordid incarnations along the way, this spot rocks in the evening and is symbolic of the revitalization of downtown Los Angeles.  Located on East 1st Street at the foot of one of those decorative bridges rising over the concrete flow of the Los Angeles River, it is just outside Little Tokyo and near Union Station.  In other words, it is easy to get to and worth investigating.  When we have our private luxury tour guests aboard our custom van and are sightseeing with them through downtown Los Angeles, one of the things we like to do is find the interesting buildings — interesting either architecturally or historically.  The One-Eyed Gypsy is both — a unique construction and a history in the form of ghosts of a dark past.  The One-Eyed Gypsy also fits in well with our Dark Side Tour.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:01 23 November 2012

The Watchtower of Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles

Photo of watchtower marking Little Tokyo in Los Angeles

The WATCHTOWER structure in downtown Los Angeles’ historic Little Tokyo district makes it easy to locate the quaint shops and excellent restaurants in this area.  There are also museums and exhibits throughout the district that warrant examination for anyone interested in the colorful and multiethnic history of Los Angeles.  Many of our private luxury tour guests ask us when we are customizing their tours to see downtown Los Angeles.  This always means we will take them to Little Tokyo to explore the district and maybe enjoy a light meal and tea.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 2:52 22 November 2012

Happy Thanksgiving from Elite Adventure Tours

Photo of beach writing that reads Happy Thanksgiving

From our sunny autumn beaches here in Los Angeles, we at Elite Adventure Tours wish you all a very happy, very filling and very gracious Thanksgiving.  We love holiday tours and are happy to join you in your visit to southern California over any holiday to fulfill your sightseeing needs: Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Malibu, Bel Air and all the interesting points and celebrity homes in between.  Traffic is light so a private luxury tour is an even more fun thing to do during your visit here.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 2:26 21 November 2012

Fly Away From (To) Here – Aerosmith at Staples Center

Aerosmith concert poster - Staples Center in Los Angeles on December 3rd

Coming our way on December 3rd, AEROSMITH, at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.  Steven Tyler and his gang of well judged musical heroes are bringing their Music from Another Dimension tour to southern California.  A great way to arrive at the concert in style is to enjoy a helicopter sightseeing tour of Los Angeles that lands atop a downtown skyscraper near the Staples Center from where we will drive you the short distance over to the main entrance of the auditorium in our luxury custom van.  It is fun and luxurious and makes a special concert evening even more memorable.

Listen to Aerosmith’s FLY AWAY FROM HERE: Fly Away From Here

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