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Be a part of the historic Tournament of Roses Parade, an event that has continued for over 130 years! Witness from your reserved seats the beautiful floral floats, spirited marching bands, and high-stepping equestrians. You’ll also have an opportunity to step behind the scenes of the parade to see how it all comes together. Your tour also includes Catalina Island, dinner on the historic Queen Mary, and much more. It will be a great way to ring in the New Year!

Itinerary

Day 1 | December 29 | Long Beach, CA

This morning you’ll fly to sunny Southern California to experience what may be the most colorful New Year’s celebration around. Upon arrival, you’ll travel to your home for four nights at the beautiful Westin Long Beach. This 4-star hotel is steps from restaurants, shops, attractions, and the waterfront. Tonight enjoy a welcome dinner with the group. Westin Long Beach * Dinner Included

Day 2 | December 30 | Long Beach, CA

Today you’ll get to view the Rose Parade floats before the big event! See these magnificent floral floats in their final stages of preparation for the Rose Parade while visiting one of the major float building sites. We’ll see a variety of fruit, seeds, bark, grasses, and breathtaking flowers being applied to the floats by hard-working volunteers and professionals. Afterwards you’ll visit The Huntington, an oasis of art and culture set amidst 150 acres of breathtaking gardens. The Gallery contains the most comprehensive collection of British 18th and 19th century art outside of London. The outside is just as pretty as the beauty found inside of the library. The 130-acre gardens consists of 14,000 varieties of trees and plants and is home to the largest public collection of camellias and azaleas in the world. The evening is at your leisure to explore Long Beach. Westin Long Beach * Breakfast & Lunch Included

Day 3 | December 31 | Long Beach, CA

This morning board a Catalina Express ferry for a one-hour cruise to the island. The vessel offers indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a snack bar and restroom facilities on board for your comfort. As you approach the island, the misty, green peaks of Catalina Island will begin to emerge. As you get closer, you’ll see the gleaming buildings climbing the hillside above the Mediterranean-style port of Avalon and its legendary casino. We’ll sail into the thriving harbor, active with pleasure boats and the occasional cruise ship. Upon arrival, the day is yours to get acquainted with the storybook town of Avalon, which is packed with boutiques, restaurants, and activities. You might want to take a cruise aboard the Glass Bottom Boat, tour the historic Casino, take a guided tour of Avalon, or rent a golf cart or bicycle to sightsee on your own this afternoon. Tonight we’ll enjoy a New Years Eve Dinner! Westin Long Beach * Breakfast & Dinner Included

Day 4 | January 1 | Long Beach, CA

This morning you’ll travel to Pasadena where you will enjoy reserved, premium grandstand seats. This will be the perfect spot to watch the famous Rose Parade make its way down Colorado Boulevard. A souvenir program and blanket are included. After the parade, return to the hotel for the remainder of the afternoon. This evening you’ll step back in time and board the famous Queen Mary. Once a luxury ocean liner, this historical landmark now offers a full service hotel, museum, and many restaurants. Your farewell dinner on board the ship will be a memorable occasion. Westin Long Beach * Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 5 | January 2 | Home

After breakfast bid farewell to new friends as you transfer back to the airport for your flight home. Breakfast Included

 

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Mode of Travel

Pricing Per Person

  • $3,120 – Double
  • $3,420 – Single

 

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Departure Date

12/29/2019

Return Date

01/02/2020

Tour Highlights

  • Float Decorating Tour
  • Huntington Library & Botanical Gardens
  • Catalina Express Ferry with Catalina Island Visit
  • Queen Mary Dinner
  • Tournament of Roses Parade
  • 4 Breakfasts / 2 Lunches / 3 Dinners
Tour Price Includes: Round-trip Transfers by Southwest Tour and Travel from Guaranteed Departure Points, Round-trip Flights from Minneapolis or Sioux Falls, Round-trip Airport Transfers in California and Itinerary Items as Noted
Items Not Included in Tour Price: Travel Protection, Airport Baggage Fees, Optional Excursions and Tours and Gratuities
Activity Level-   Active
This tour will require guests to be able to walk longer distances, climb several flights of stairs and navigate steps and uneven terrain. Your itinerary will include a higher number of longer travel days with morning and/or evening activities.