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March 15, 2014 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

Los Angeles is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Beaches, shopping, dining, celebrities, attractions, museums – the city has it all. Now Starline Tours, the city’s oldest tour operator has designed custom itineraries to help visitors find their favorite places using the CitySightseeing Hop-Off Hop-Off transportation system.

569611“Guests who are planning a vacation will find that it is easy to build a dream trip for one person or an entire group using the Starline itineraries,” said Vahid Sapir, president. “The company has spent almost 80 years showcasing the area to millions of people from all around the world. These new itineraries are designed to make vacationing in Los Angeles easy and fun.”

A special itinerary features celebrity dining and another showcases Movie and TV sights. Shoppers may select from the Vintage, Discount or Shopping itineraries. Two family itineraries offer parents, grandparents, toddlers and teens options for more than one day of exploration. An LGBT Tour provides an insider’s guide to the many LGBT faces of LA.

And best of all – for the visitor who has decided where they want to spend their time and what places they should visit will discover that Starline’s Hop-On Hop-Off bus offers the perfect transportation solution. No driving, parking or navigating the streets. Visitors may board one of the buses — complete with comprehensive commentary in nine different languages – at any one of the over 70 stops across the city, and then set off to explore and enjoy.

The 100-mile CitySightseeing Los Angeles Hop-On Hop-Off Service, the world’s largest tour of its kind, offers four different color coded tour routes which combine to stretch across the entire city. The Green Route covers the beach cities of Santa Monica, Venice and Marina del Rey. The Yellow Route connects Santa Monica with Westwood, Century City and world-famous Rodeo Drive. The Red Route showcases Hollywood, West Hollywood and parts of Beverly Hills. Downtown Los Angeles is the centerpiece of the Purple Route. Itineraries featuring the best of each color-coded route are also included.

Where should we go? What will we see? The choices are numerous. Here is just a small sample from the themed itineraries:

  • FAMILY FUN. Venice Skate Park is the right spot to practice skateboarding tricks. It is located in Venice, where skateboarding began. (Green Route, Stop 76 or 84)
  • FAMILY FUN. Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is the attraction that Nickelodeon calls the best for family bonding in Los Angeles. (Green Route, Stop 81)
  • FAMILY FUN. La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum is the home of more than 1 million fossils from the last ice age. The Tar Pit is still active. (Red Route, Stop 10)
  • SHOPPING. Beverly Center is a must-do for fans of luxury shopping. Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co. are just some of the places to spend your money. (Red Route, Stop 9)
  • SHOPPING. The Grove is a great outdoor setting with more than 60 shops. This is where you will find the area’s only American Girl Store. (Red Route, Stop 11)
  • DISCOUNT SHOPPING. Fashion District in Downtown is one of the bargain spots for everyone – clothing, shoes and accessories. You can spend an entire day there scooping up amazing finds.  (Purple Route, Stop 42)
  • MOVIES/TV. Hollywood History Museum features the most extensive collection of Hollywood memorabilia in the world. (Red Route, Stop 1)
  • CELEBRITY DINING. BOA investors include Ryan Seacrest and this is where TMZ often photographs celebrities. Great steaks are topped with very special rubs or house made sauces.  (Red Route, Stop 5.)  At the next stop is Millions of Milkshakes in West Hollywood is the first location of this now famous outlet where celebrities can create their signature version.  (Kim Kardashian’s is strawberry, banana and whipped cream while her sister Kourtney combines Cap’n Crunch and Nutella topped with whipped cream.)  A live Twitter feed tells visitors where stars are being spotted in the area.  (Red Route, Stop 6.)
  • CELEBRITY DINING. FIG in Santa Monica has one of the best Sunday Brunches in town, often frequented by celebrities.  Located at the Fairmont Hotel, the food is flavored with herbs and vegetables grown on the property. (Yellow Route, Stop 59.)
  • VINTAGE SHOPPING. Decades is the mother lode of vintage shopping. Designer fashions from yesterday are the favorite of many dedicated fashionistas. (Red Route, Stop 12)
  • LGBT ITINERARY. ONE Archives Gallery and Museum, the largest repository of LGBT materials, features exhibits. (Red Route, Stop 6)

Complete Starline itineraries are available at www.citysightseeingla.com where discounted tickets may be purchased in advance for 24, 48 or 72-hour use. There is also an online special where 48-hour tickets can be purchased at full price ($59 for adults and $35 for children, 3-11) and each ticket then comes with a complimentary admission ticket to Madame Tussauds Hollywood (a saving of up to $27). An added bonus with every Starline CitySightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off ticket is the Show & $ave program – which turns the bus ticket into a savings pass at many attractions, with several offering 2 for 1 admission (details can be found online or on the brochure map). Tickets may also be purchased directly from the driver, so the fun can begin any place.

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