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Vintage Venice Reel to Real Tours

1601 Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90291-5110
+1 424-999-8687
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Fascinating for Film, History, Architecture, + Pop Culture Buffs!

You might not think a 3-hour walking tour of Venice Beach could hold your interest ... but it did... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2016
Reel to Real Tours

Great introduction to the Venice area on the first day of our holiday. Jonathan very informative... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2016
Marlow, United Kingdom
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Los Angeles Magazine's "Best Walking Tour of 2012" invites you to experience the only tour using 102 years of movie clips on an iPad. Spend the day with Charlie Chaplin, Jim Morrison and other past Venetians as you watch long-gone canals, roller coasters, piers and movie stars return to life before your eyes. In addition to famous attractions like the Skate Park, Muscle Beach and Canals, you’ll be led by a 17-year Venetian into parts of Venice only the locals go and discover what even they don't know.
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13 Feb 2016
“Fascinating for Film, History, Architecture, + Pop Culture Buffs!”
5 Jan 2016
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1601 Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90291-5110
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Reviewed 13 February 2016

You might not think a 3-hour walking tour of Venice Beach could hold your interest ... but it did ours ... and all our tour companions. Guide Jonathan Kaplan has lived in Venice Beach 20 years, researched its amazing history, and put together a good...More

Thank visuality
Reviewed 5 January 2016

Great introduction to the Venice area on the first day of our holiday. Jonathan very informative and interesting. Good seeing all the film clips of the areas in films.Really takes you back to those early hollywood days.

Thank mark19619
Reviewed 19 December 2015

We took the historical tour and were fascinated by the stories and photos of old Venice. Venice is a town steeped in musical and Hollywood history and Jonathan brought it to life for us. Thank you Jonathan!

Thank nairbsnave
Reviewed 25 August 2015

This was an absolutely fabulous tour! I had no idea that Venice had such a rich history. I've never actually considered myself a history buff but Jonathan made it so interesting and so entertaining that I now have a greater appreciation for it. I'm even...More

1  Thank D W
Reviewed 15 August 2015 via mobile

I am a native of the area & took this tour because I thought it would be a cool way to learn about my own backyard. This tour was so informative! The guide knew so many great background stories of Venice. I appreciated that he...More

Thank Boots J
Reviewed 5 August 2015

Jonathan really loves Venice and the tour gives him an opportunity to share his vast knowledge about the unexpected history of this quintessential California beach town. I've been there and driven through it for years without realizing its well hidden secrets.

Thank VacayPropertyPrtners
Reviewed 17 July 2015

Vintage Venice is a walking tour of Venice California. Over a span of 4 hours Jonathan Kaplan tells you everything you always wanted to know about Venice, California. From the early history of the area to today, the story of the beautiful canals and their...More

Thank TableCape
Reviewed 4 February 2015

This 3+ hour tour takes you back to the beginning of the 1900s in Venice, California via photos, maps, and movie clips, and brings it all back to life. Jonathan is a wonderful guide who uses his knowledge and wit to entertain and educate. I've...More

1  Thank TerryTraveler63
Reviewed 12 January 2015

I have lived here 25 years and never knew the fantastic world of canals, gondolas and amusement parks that existed in Venice at the turn of the century. Jonathan's tour is so well researched, so well presented that it blew me away. There's history and...More

Thank Michael W
Reviewed 7 January 2015

I think every visitor to LA should include this on their trip. It's informative, fascinating and the guide, Jonathan is informative and really knows his stuff. You not only get the history of Venice, which is so interesting, but a walking tour around the Canals,...More

Thank EllaJ2010
Venice has always danced to its own beat as the
epicenter of bohemian culture in Los Angeles. Along
the boardwalk there are street performers and local
craftsmen selling their wares. Original paintings,
souvenirs, and jewelry are on display. Crowds of
visitors marvel at the sites while weightlifting
enthusiasts pump iron in plain view, and skateboarders
do their tricks around the skate park. All of it
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25 October 2015|
Response from Jonathan K |
Hi. The tour does run on Sundays. There's a two-hour version and a three-hour version that includes the Canals. You can find more specific info on the "Tours" page of the website. Please let me know if you have any other... More
jim l
9 July 2015|
Response from TerryTraveler63 | Reviewed this property |
I believe the posted price was $40,but there seemed to be some discounts available, i.e. a group rate, a small discount for cash, etc. We did tip him well!