Stop and smell the roses at the 135th Rose Parade tour. Always a favorite, this tour highlights a behind-the-scenes look at the fantastic Rose float construction, reserved seating at the Parade, a Warner Brothers Studio tour and a guided visit to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library!
A Premier Bucket-List Event!
In 1890, Valley Hunt Club members, led by Charles Frederick Holder, sponsored the first Tournament of Roses. The abundance of flowers, even in the midst of winter, prompted the club to add a parade before the competition, where entrants would decorate carriages with hundreds of colorful blooms. More than a century later, the parade floats are a marvel of state of the art technology, all tucked away beneath flowers and other all-natural materials. Every New Year, visitors experience the beauty of the floral floats along with spirited marching bands and high-stepping equestrian units along the 5 ½ mile route down Colorado Boulevard. The Rose Parade is an iconic New Year’s Day tradition! Tournament of Roses
- Reserved seating for the 135th Rose Parade
- Visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame
- Have lunch at the Reagan Library under Air Force One
- See Rose Parade float decorating
- Warner Brothers Studio Tour
DAY 1—WELCOME TO LOS ANGELES!
After arriving to the "City of Angels", check into the comfortable and centrally located full-service Renaissance Los Angeles hotel for a five-night stay. D
DAY 2—REAGAN LIBRARY
Take a scenic drive along the coast and over mountains to Simi Valley for a visit to the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum. The exhibits are designed to honor his accomplishments and patriotic spirit. Tour the museum, view a full-size replica of the White House Oval Office, the office in which President Reagan never took off his suit jacket, and walk onboard the actual Air Force One aircraft, tail number 27000, which flew seven US presidents. B, L
DAY 3—GETTING TO KNOW LA!
Go behind the scenes to see how the Rose Parade floral floats are constructed and decorated. The volunteers are thrilled to let you discover the final stages of float decorating before their debut in the parade! Then, spend the day sightseeing the City of Angels with a local expert. See the Hollywood Bowl, Mann’s Chinese Theater, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive and so much more. B, D
DAY 4—BEHIND THE PARADE SCENES/WARNER BROTHERS
Go behind the scenes to see how the Rose Parade floral floats are constructed and decorated. The volunteers are thrilled to let you discover the final stages of float decorating before their debut in the parade! Enjoy lunch on your own before a guided tour of the legendary entertainment mecca, Warner Brothers Studio Tour. You’ll get closer than ever before to iconic backlots and soundstages of today’s hottest TV shows and movies. Then, take in the City of Angels at the Griffith Observatory on the slope of Mount Hollywood. Grab a telescope and see why Mr. Griffith said, “If all mankind could look through that telescope, it would change the world.” Return to the hotel to be ready to rise early the next morning for the celebrated Rose Parade. B, D
DAY 5—TOURNAMENT OF ROSES PARADE
Enjoy a great view of the Tournament of Roses Parade from your reserved seating - you can’t help but get caught up in the excitement of the crowd as the striking floats and well-rehearsed marching bands pass by! Chat about the parade over lunch then kick off the New Year with free time to relax or explore LA at your leisure. B, L
DAY 6—FLY HOME
After a delightful final breakfast together, we depart L.A. and journey home. B
Nights 1-5: Renaissance Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Dec 28, 2023-Jan 2,2024
Price Per Person:
Pre/Post Tour Hotel:
Los Angeles, CA
Free airport shuttle or hotel parking
Welcome Dinner and meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Fees and tips for included attractions and meals
Luggage handling of one suitcase per person at hotels
Free bottled water on coach
24-hour emergency call service
Our Welcome Dinner on Day 1 is at our hotel, Courtyard by Marriott, starting at 6:30pm. We recommend scheduling your flight to arrive by 4:00pm.
Schedule your flight home to depart the Los Angeles Airport any time after 12:00pm (noon) on Day 5.
Airport Transportation / Vehicle Parking
Our starting hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to/from the Los Angeles Airport. If you are driving to the starting location, they also offer complimentary parking for the duration of the tour.
Moderate to moderately extensive walking is required to fully enjoy this tour. Some walking can be on uneven surfaces. While walking canes are allowed, we are unable to accommodate travelers using other mobility devices, including walkers and wheelchairs.
High 64°, low 48°
Each hotel has a hair dryer, iron, ironing boards, and a coffee maker. Laundry, exercise room and swimming pool available
A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour, including information sent upon receipt of your reservation.
Travel Protection Available?
Yes, see CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/TravelProtectionPlan.