LA Adventure Specialist - 1:53 2 March 2011

The Urban Escape Review

“Take it from me. As a concierge, I’ve had the chance to experience Los Angeles in many unique and memorable ways and Elite Adventure Tour’s Urban Escape tops the list. I use to think helicopter tours were reserved for places like Hawaii or the Grand Canyon but not anymore! Hover over skyscrapers in downtown LA and see the Hollywood Walk of Fame like you’ve never seen it before. Get a better glimpse of your favorite celebrity Beverly Hills mansion. No amount of hedge and ficus can cover up your amazing view from above!  On your way to Malibu, wave at the surfers as you zoom along the beautiful pacific coast a’la Bay Watch. Finally, you’ll feel like Donald Trump as you land on the grassy knoll of a stunning private Malibu Estate, where you’ll sample wine from their award-winning vineyard and enjoy a charming gourmet picnic. Need I say more? ”

– Brandon Michael Perkins, Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel

“The Urban Escape is one of the most exciting and comprehensive tours available in Southern California. Quite simply, there is nothing else like it.  Even after years as a concierge, one doesn’t realize just how exciting it is to tour LA in a helicopter.  From ruining shots above the Desperate Housewives set at Universal, to getting so close to the Hollywood Sign you can almost touch it, to a bird’s eye view of The Playboy Mansion, to soaring up the Malibu coastline at 150 miles an hour and buzzing ridges in the Zuma Canyons, it is both thrilling and a whole new way to appreciate this fabulous city.  Choppering into a vineyard for a wine tasting is one thing, but being transported to a vast mountain valley oasis where buffalo, zebra and camel roam the land with over 150 horses and dozens of other animals as well, well that’s a once in a lifetime experience.  Where vines of decorative lights cascade down from ancient oaks in one of the most romantic settings I have ever seen in person.  God forbid I ever meet a woman that makes me want to settle down and get married, but if I want to make sure she says yes, I know where I’m taking her!”

– Jordan Contratto, Concierge, Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel

“For my birthday my two friends and I took the Urban Escape helicopter tour with Elite Adventure Tours. Three months later I’m still talking about it. Truly one of the coolest experiences of my life. And what a bonus to have Elite Adventure Tours capture it all on film with their on-staff professional photographer. L.A. has never looked so good! As if seeing the city by air wasn’t amazing enough, to land at Saddlerock Ranch, a private vineyard in Malibu, and take a wine-tasting tour around the grounds, makes this experience the one to beat. Elite Adventure Tours is VIP all the way, between their custom made vehicles where every passenger has their own leather seat, to the lavender scented hot towels we get to wipe our hands before lunch, our needs were attended to every step of the way. Thank you isn’t enough but it’s all I’ve got. Thank you Elite Adventure Tours!”

– Lauren Vosbein, Concierge, Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel

* Just one of many Private Los Angeles helicopter tours

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