The sights and sound of the Tournament of Roses Parade is an experience of a lifetime. The beautiful pageantry and tradition of magnificent floral floats, high-stepping equestrians and spirited marching bands highlight this popular holiday event. Go behind the scenes in Pasadena and get an insider perspective on this famous parade and see how the floats are decorated and readied for their debut. Ring in the New Year at America’s favorite New Year’s Celebration!
Highlights:Tournament of Roses Float Construction • Rose Bowl Parade with grandstand seating • New Year’s Eve Dessert & Champagne Reception • Visit to Huntington Museum & Gardens • Tour of Warner Brothers Studios
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY 2019:
DAY ONE – Sunday, December 29, 2019 -Upon arrival at Los Angeles International Airport, transfer to your Long Beach hotel. The day is yours to enjoy at leisure. This evening join your Tour Guide and fellow travelers for a welcome reception at your hotel. (R)
DAY TWO – Monday, December 30, 2019 -Travel to Pasadena, where you will be fully immersed in the excitement around the Tournament of Roses. Learn about float construction and see how the professionals, as well as hard working volunteers prepare and add last minute touches to the magnificent floats. Afterwards enjoy your first viewing of the talented bands performing at the Tournament of Roses at Bandfest. Later enjoy a local lunch then back to the hotel for a free evening at leisure. (B, L)
DAY THREE – Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - After breakfast you'll head out to see the iconic Hollywood sign. Next, feel like a movie star for the day with a visit to Warner Brothers Studio for a tour and time to participate in their interactive soundstage. The tour will give you access to props, costumes and sets all while you explore the phases of the film and television production process. We now head back to Long Beach for a tour and lunch on the iconic Queen Mary. Explore the ship from bow to stern and learn how she earned her nickname the "Haunted Ship". Then onto the hotel to prepare for the big night. Ring in the New Year during our dessert and champagne reception* complete with dancing. (B, L, R)
Note: The New Year’s reception will celebrate the New Year on East Coast time as departure for tomorrow’s festivities are quite early.
DAY FOUR – Wednesday, January 1, 2020- HAPPY NEW YEAR! Today will be an early morning start and the highlight of your trip. The Tournament of Roses Parade is the parade of all parades and one of America's favorite New Year’s Day Celebrations. More than one million spectators will line the streets of Pasadena to view this spectacular event and you will join them with prime viewing from reserved grandstand seats! Take in the aroma of the giant floral floats as they go by and enjoy an up-close view of the talented marching bands and dancers. This is true Americana. After the parade, a box lunch will be served then a visit to the Huntington Museum for a wonderful historic and horticultural experience. The Botanical Gardens is an ever-changing exhibition of color, covering 120 acres with more than a dozen specialized gardens. (B, L)
DAY FIVE – Thursday, January 2, 2020 - Your tour ends today with unforgettable memories of an iconic American tradition and your visit to California. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, R = Reception
NOTE:The order of visits and sightseeing may change and is at the Tour Manager’s discretion.
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