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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...more
happy to book this tour after its long hiatus. we took the gamble and called jonathan (even if its listed as closed on trip advisor) and voila, he's back in the biz.
we booked the basic + venice canals tour (3 hours) and its super...More
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
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
happens under the warm California sun with sprawling views of sand and sea. Heading east, the main drags of Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Main Street are lined with boutique shops, some major retail stores, art galleries and restaurants. Here the ambiance is more relaxed and upscale than the frenetic boardwalk area. Venice is a mostly walkable (and certainly bikeable) neighborhood, full of areas to explore.