Experience the pageantry of the world-famous 130th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade, up close and personal! Let the music echo through your body, the fragrance swirl around you in a way that is palpable and exciting. You’ll be astonished to discover how wholly different the real Rose Parade spectacle is from any televised event. Enjoy amazing street-level access for watching the floats go by and prizewinning bands perform, and even opt to arrive early and help decorate one of the floats yourself! Plus, explore sunny Southern California—dine aboard the elegant Queen Mary off vibrant Long Beach, visit Hollywood, and more. Pre-tour and post-tour extensions also available. Enjoy a stress-free holiday and sunny winter "me-time," perfectly paced.
- Dinner aboard the classic and grand oceanliner, Queen Mary
- Exclusive presentation by Dr. Tommy Cairns, Tournament Judge, past President of the American Rose Society, and editor of The Ultimate Rose Book
- New Year’s Eve Celebration: After a delicious dinner and a 9PM New Year’s Toast in the hotel
DAY 1–DEC 29, 2018–WELCOME TO LONG BEACH!
Your exciting Rose Parade Holiday begins the moment you arrive in Long Beach, which blends urban sophistication with the relaxed atmosphere of a beachside community. You’ll meet with your Discoveries Director, settle into your California crafted guest room with all of the modern amenities and relax a bit before the festivities begin.
DAY 2–DEC 30, 2018–BANDFEST/A JUDGE’S VIEW/ FLOATS PAST & PRESENT/NEW YEAR’S EVE
Today in Pasadena, “march to the drumbeat” of the Rose Parade Bands at the highly entertaining Bandfest. At lunch today, you’re in for a real treat. Meet Dr. Tommy Cairns, a long-time Tournament of Roses Parade Judge and past President of the American Rose Society. He will share his experiences judging the Tournament floats and what he looks for when he’s appointed to this task for this world-famous event. Then watch a presentation of past award-winning floats. This afternoon, the magic comes to life with an up-close preview of the parade’s amazing floral floats. This evening we return to Long Beach and you are free to explore the area. B, L
DAY 3–DEC 31, 2018–HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Today we explore the City of Angels. A local guide joins us for a tour of the Los Angeles. We’ll see such landmarks as The La Brea Tar Pits, Mann’s Chinese Theater, the Walk of Fame and Rodeo Drive. Enjoy lunch on your own and people watch (you never know who you’ll see!) at the Original Farmer’s Market in Los Angeles. Tonight join your fellow travelers at for a joyful New Year’s Eve Celebration Dinner and champagne toast! B, D
DAY 4–JAN 1, 2019–TOURNAMENT OF ROSES/QUEEN MARY
You’ve seen it on TV...Now feel all the electricity and excitement of the real thing! The grandstand seats we’ve reserved for you provide a spectacular streetside experience of the 130th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade. (Especially if you joined our Petal Pushers pre-tour, you’ll know the thrill of seeing a float you helped decorate compete on TV!) Tonight at our farewell dinner, “cruise” back in time to the Golden Age of travel aboard the Queen Mary. B, D
DAY 5–JAN 2, 2019–HOME
Your energizing New Year’s getaway comes to a close after a hot breakfast. It’s been a wonderful winter escape creating great memories…filled with roses and cheer. B
December 29, 2018-January 2, 2019*
Price Per Person: Double: $1,577; Single: $1,855
Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $158/night
Dec. 27-28, 2018
Price Per Person: $497 Double; $625 Single
Don’t just watch the parade – be a part of it! Arrive early, roll up your sleeves, and help more than 4,000 Petal Pushers® volunteers decorate floats you can see featured in the Tournament of Roses Parade live and on television. The exhilaration of then watching your own beautiful creation glide through the procession cannot be described! Then, meet many of the Equestrians you will see in the 2018 Rose Parade at Equestfest! Beautiful horses and talented riders perform drills and dances, and demonstrate trick riding and roping at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank. Attendees can shop in the vendor court, stroll through the stables, talk to the riders, learn about the various tack and the many different breeds. Great music as well as food and beverage concessions are also on site.
“Catalina Island” Post-tour Extension
Jan. 2-3, 2019
Price Per Person: $397 Double; $465 Single
Stay another day to sail a high-speed luxury catamaran to the enchanting seaside village of Avalon on Catalina Island (pictured right)--named one of AARP's Top 10 Best U.S. Places 2016. Board a private tour of the beaches and hillside nature reserve, then visit famed Avalon Ballroom to relive big band swing’s heyday and dine at a quaint seaside restaurant.
high 64°/low 48°
Schedule to arrive at our starting hotel by 5:00 p.m. on December 29. If you are taking the Pre-tour extension Float Decorating & Equestfest, you may schedule to arrive at our starting hotel by 4:30 p.m. on December 27.
Schedule your flight home to depart anytime after breakfast on January 2. If you are taking the Post-tour extension to Catalina Island, you may schedule your flight home anytime after breakfast on January 3.
Complimentary shuttle service from Long Beach or LAX airports.
Complimentary parking available for the duration of tour.
Moderate walking is required to fully enjoy this tour. You must be able to manage "stadium-like stairs" for elevated grandstand seating at Parade & Bandfest.
Hair dryers, irons, ironing boards & coffee makers at the hotel. Laundry, exercise room and swimming pool available.
Hotel is an ocean-front property.
Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further information approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing your final documents.
Updates to this document are available from our Discovery Reservations Team, and will be posted online at CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/ROS.
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