If you see black shuttle vans in the Los Angeles area, watch out for their frequent stops. V.I.P. Tours makes lots and lots of them in the same day. For example, their “Beaches and Shopping” tour, which I encounter regularly, stops and lets its passengers out at Fisherman’s Village in Marina del Rey, Venice Beach, the Santa Monica Pier, the 3rd Street Promenade, and then heads over to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, followed by the Beverly Center, for what can only be termed “Shop After You’ve Dropped.”
V.I.P. Tours looks like a well-run and classy operation, and I guess the breakneck pace of some (but not all) of their tours is desirable for some folks who are only in the L.A. area for a day or two. But when it comes to my friends and loved ones who visit our area, I strongly suggest that they pick no more than 1 or 2 places per day — for example, the Getty Center — and carve out plenty of time for relaxing outdoors over a beverage or a meal in our famous California sunshine.
What about you? Where do you send your L.A. area tourists, and to how many places per day?