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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 28 December 2016

Fog Spares the Pier

The fog comes to Santa Monica but spares the Santa Monica Pier

Beautiful Views of the Bay on This Helicopter Tour of L.A.

We go on and on here about how perfect the Los Angeles weather is and how much our Los Angeles private tour guests appreciate the warm, clear days that greet them all through the year.  What we have learned is that even on days where we complain of a little rain or fog our guests still think the weather is extraordinary.  It is all relative.  Our extremes of weather do not range very far so we see cool days as a threat to our existence.  We have to wear jackets and caps?  Oh, no.  We need to find the umbrella.  Heaven help us!  Ok, admittedly we are weather sissies here in Southern California.  Thankfully our guests bring some sense to what variations in weather mean.  They are ready for a tour of Hollywood on a day when the thermometer in the SUV tells us it is only 64º by wearing shorts, t-shirts and sandals.  They think it is beach weather.  They look down from our luxury helicopter to an encroaching fog bank along the bay and only notice how beautiful the sight is.  The Santa Monica Pier rises up where the fog seems to part and spread around but not over this funtastic beach entertainment center.  They want to visit the pier when we complete our aerial tour to experience for themselves the attractions built on this local landmark.  We will also take them to the Third Street Promenade to enjoy a city street turned into an outdoor shopping and entertainment mall.  We are delighted they are enjoying the winter weather.  After we drop them back at their hotel we can stop for a lavender hot chocolate at Demitasse.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 16 December 2016

Good morning, Mr. Giraffe

This is a happy giraffe we see at a local Malibu winery

A Giraffe on Our Wine Tasting Tour in Malibu

Meet Stanley.  He just one of the happy folk that we get to visit when we take our Los Angeles private tour on a wine tasting expedition to one of our favorite Malibu wineries, Malibu Family Wines.  We know he hears us coming because we like to fly in on one of our luxury helicopters and land in his back yard.  He does not seem to mind unless we disturb his kickball exercise.  We think he understands that despite the disturbance there will be Stanley the giraffe bends them like Beckham as we arrive at his winerysome fawning attention and food treats to come.  Smart animals, giraffes are.  Smart people our guests are who allow us to bring them up here into the Santa Monica Mountains above the Pacific Ocean to sample some extraordinary local wines.  We fill up the picnic table with a fine gourmet lunch to accompany the wine and encourage them to explore the grounds filled with movie props and a happy and friendly menagerie of beasts.  Of course, there are vineyards to marvel at on this relaxed wine expedition so close to the sprawling metropolis that is Los Angeles.


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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 14 December 2016

Hotel Fit for the King

That's the Ritz-Carlton Marina Del Rey seen from our luxury tour helicopter

The Marina del Rey Ritz-Carlton is Perfect for Our Private Tour Guests

Los Angeles is fortunate to have not just one but two Ritz-Carlton hotels to serve visitors to our part of Southern California.  We love them both.  The downtown Ritz-Carlton is a central part of the new L.A. Live center in the southern part of the city core where all new buildings and activities have been springing up of late.  Restaurants, museums, theaters are making downtown alive even after hours and one weekends.  For a more placid stay in the area there is also the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey (“MDR”), right on the ocean.  The luxury hotel is walking distance to Venice Beach and the bohemian seashore energy that has always been there.  Or guests can enjoy the offerings of the largest man-made marina in the U.S.  We run our yacht tours up and down the coast and to Catalina Island from here which makes it very convenient for our guests staying at the Ritz-Carlton MDR.  The hotel is also close to the Santa Monica Airport where we can board one of our spacious twin-engine helicopters for an aerial sightseeing adventure up to Malibu and then over Beverly Hills and Hollywood to downtown before circling back.  We notice at this time of year that the NBA teams here to play the Lakers or Clippers seem to like the Ritz (is it the large beds or the nutritious servings in the hotel restaurant, the Cast and Plow).  If you are planning a visit to Los Angeles you should consider staying where tours by land, sea and air are equally convenient.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 5 December 2016

Los Angeles by Helicopter

That is downtown Los Angeles and the ocean beyond

The Most Exciting Helicopter Tour of Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a sprawling city.  500 square miles of urban expanse from the ocean toward the desert with mountains to the north and south.  We call it the Los Angeles basin.  About 18 miles from the sea is downtown Los Angeles (“DTLA”).  Believe it or not there is a river running through it that was the historical location of the first settlement that would become the City of Angels long before Los Angeles was so closely associated with Hollywood and Beverly Hills.  Today there are skyscrapers including the tallest building in the west (the new Wilshire Grand Center).  At the top of the former tallest building, the U.S. Bank Building, there is a new glass sliding board.  Just for thrills.  We think the best thrill, though, is our private helicopter tour of the city that begins on the top of one of downtown’s tall buildings.  Or concludes there.  Or both.  That is up to our guests.  However, we have this landing pad as a choice among other heliports in the area to satisfy the curiosity and thrillseeking of those with us choosing to see Los Angeles by air.  Even better, we can combine the aerial portion of the tour with a ground tour of three hours (or more) and visit closeup some of the wonderful sights we saw from above as we flew over the city, the sea, the forests, the mountains and the beaches.  We will also see some pretty extraordinary buildings including movie stars’ mansions and remarkable structures that are museums, office buildings and businesses.  We are delighted to inform, entertain and excite our visitors who are just getting to know this magnificent city.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 14 November 2016

Hollywood and Vine at Sunset

The sun sets early now and our helicopter tour sees the lights coming on in Hollywood

Our Helicopter Tour at Sunset Above Hollywood

Now that Daylight Savings Time is over for the winter our Los Angeles sunset comes very early.  A private custom tour late in the afternoon will get to enjoy our beautiful sunsets.  Even more exciting is the view from above from one of our luxury helicopters.  We can look down on the landmark intersection of Hollywood and Vine just above the cylindrical Capitol Records building on Vine Street.  That is the Pantages Theater just above and to the left of Capitol Records.  The Redbury Hotel is the red building across the street.  The historic Knickerbocker building gets our attention when we drive by on the ground tour portion of our sightseeing expedition.  A good thing about this time of the year is that with cooler weather the air is clearer and visibility is excellent.  From this point above Hollywood we can see Catalina Island (25 miles off the coast) and the entire length of Sunset Boulevard and Wilshire Boulevard (and other major roads we will show you) from the beach to downtown Los Angeles.  Set your sights high and enjoy a combination aerial and ground tour of Los Angeles when you visit.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 11 November 2016

Salute to the USS Iowa

We are flying over the USS Iowa near Los Angeles in our private tour helicopter

We Get Many Old Seadogs on a Private Tour to the USS Iowa

There are two historic seagoing vessels berthed near us in Los Angeles and available as a sightseeing destination on a private tour if Hollywood is not tops on our guests’ minds.  One is the Queen Mary cruise ship (now a hotel and convention center as well as a terrific museum).  The other is the USS Iowa.  This grand battleship was commissioned in 1943 and served in the Pacific Theater with distinction in World War Two and later in Korea.  Nine hundred feet long and sailing with a compliment of almost 2,800 officers and seamen, the battleship now serves to educate and remind us of the service and sacrifices of our Naval personnel throughout our history.  The Iowa was decommissioned in 1990 and is now berthed in the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro just south of the city.  Seeing it moored amidst the company of today’s cargo vessels plying the port’s waterways never ceases to impress our guests many of whom have never seen a warship.  Of course, former Navy sailors with us are familiar with the vessel and its operation but still in awe of its power and place in naval history.  Walking the passageways below deck when visiting the Iowa Museum moves our guests, and us, to think of the young men so dedicated to our American ideals that they volunteered to man the ship in wartime.  On this Veteran’s Day we thank and pay our respects to everyone, those who served and their families, for making this a county we can all be proud of.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 3 November 2016

Helicopter Smiles in Los Angeles

Our girl group poses with their helicopter before taking off on their tour of Los Angeles

Our Los Angeles Helicopter Tour Has Everyone Smiling

It is Ladies Day as we prepare for takeoff from a local heliport with our Los Angeles private tour group.  These besties are celebrating with a visit to Los Angeles that includes, with us, a helicopter and ground tour of the city.  The aircraft is very comfortable for everyone and there will be some exciting views of famous buildings and avenues that make Los Angeles the entertainment capitol that it is.  Not just buildings, but homes and mansions that are distinctive and important to our sightseeing guests.  Not only that, but mountains, woods, parks and Malibu beaches, too.  A small Malibu beach might be worth hiking to after we spot it on our helicopter tourMaybe even some L.A. wildlife like coyotes, whales, seals and porpoises.  Every day is a new surprise and a special adventure.  After the flight we will drive back to some of the important places that our guests picked out on their flight over the city.  Probably Hollywood or Beverly Hills but maybe a particular celebrity home or a special beach location.  We leave it up to them.  It is their adventure tour of Los Angeles.


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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 13 October 2016

Los Angeles Tour – Fly and Drive

The street sign says Hollywood as we arrive here on the ground portion of our private tour

Combine Flying and Driving in a Los Angeles Tour Adventure

There are many ways to travel in and around Los Angeles.  Cars and buses, of course.  Bikes, skates, skateboards, horses and various sea vessels along the coast.  And by helicopter.  For a truly magnificent sightseeing adventure we always suggest a combination of air and ground.  Specifically, we like to customize a tour for our guests that consists of a one-hour aerial tour around Los Angeles (downtown to the beaches and all the surprising and interesting sights in between) combined with a 3+hour ground tour to see up close some of the sights seen from our luxury twin-engine jet helicopter as we flew over Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Bel-Air.  What’s more, we offer several heliport locations to suit our guests’ wishes and, unlike no other tour company, a helipad in downtown Los Angeles on top of a skyscraper.  So, sit back and let us do all the driving and flying.  You just soak in the warm sunshine, the glamor and mystique of the City of Angels.  Your guide will take an album’s worth of photographs of the places you see and visit.  We promise you will remember this private tour of Los Angeles forever.

We always fly past the Hollywood Sign in our private tour helicopter

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 10 October 2016

The Throne of Los Angeles Football

The Los Angeles Coliseum, home of the USC Trojans and the Los Angeles Rams

Our Private Tour Guests Get an Aerial View of the Los Angeles Coliseum

Football season is here and this is a very special season for us.  Professional football, the NFL, is once again playing in Los Angeles.  We used to enjoy two professional football teams, the Rams and the Raiders, at one time over 20 years ago.  For two decades Los Angeles football fans have only had the option of the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins for adult-level live action football.  Football purists will argue that college football is decidedly different though equally exciting.  Now, thanks to the gods of football, the pro game is back in town and so are the Rams.  They will be playing at the Los Angeles Coliseum (former home of the LA Raiders) until the new stadium is completed for the 2019 season which will be in Inglewood about 3 miles away as our luxury helicopter flies.  This particular private Los Angeles tour has us circling above the historic stadium which remains home to the USC Trojans.  Remember that two Olympics (1932, 1984 and maybe a third in 2024) have been staged here, a baseball World Series (1959), Super Bowls I and VII and a long list of other notable sporting and cultural events since the stadium opened in 1923.  It is really a pretty sight as we hover just south of downtown Los Angeles where we can also see near the Coliseum the University of Southern California campus as well as Exposition Park.  Obviously this is not a weekend as we fly over because the stadium is empty and quiet.  Plan your visit to Los Angeles over a weekend when either football or professional football is being played at the Los Angeles Coliseum.  You should note that we have a downtown Los Angeles skyscraper helipad where we can land that is quite close to the Coliseum. We can also help you to get tickets to any Coliseum game or event.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 5 October 2016

Go Dodgers! Hail Vin Scully

Dodger Stadium ready for the post-season

Our Private Tour Learns Some Sports History in Los Angeles

Nothing is better for a city than when its team makes it into the post-season competition.  Even transitory fans get into the excitement and begin rooting for the local team to progress through the contests on their way to a world championship. It is too early to say how far the Los Angeles Dodgers will get but we are behind them.  That means driving by the stadium and, even better, flying over on a helicopter tour of Los Angeles.  The helicopter means we don’t have to hurry past but can really take in the beauty of this storied ballpark set pristinely above the downtown city center, on a hilltop, above a small valley, with extraordinary and beautiful views for its fans.  Sadly, though, we talk to our guests about the voice of the Dodgers, Vin Scully, who retired after the regular season.  We all grew up listening to his voice and think of him in Dodger blue as much as any player arriving in Los Angeles to help the team win.  We avoid thinking about next season without him and concentrate our attention and love on this season’s team making it to the World Series.

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