5 Days • 4 Nights • 7 Meals
December 29, 2017-January 2, 2018*
Depart/Return: Los Angeles, CA
Price Per Person: Double: $1,547; Single: $1,815
Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $158/nt
About the Tour
Experience the pageantry of the world-famous 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! This year's theme: "Making a Difference"! 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 some a stress-free holiday and sunny winter "me-time," perfectly paced.
Itinerary & Info Sheet
- 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 9:00 p.m. New Year’s Toast in the hotel ballroom
- Take in the sights from the top of Skyspace LA, the newest and tallest open-air observation deck in California
- Fun New Year's Day LA Tour of such famed sites as La Brea Tar Pits, Mann’s Chinese Theater, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive, Chinatown and more
3 Days/2 Nights - Rose Parade “Petal Pushers”/Equestfest Pre-tour Extension
Dec. 28-29, 2017
Price Per Person: $477 Double; $595 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 2017 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, 2018
Price Per Person: $397 Double; $455 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°
Time Zone: Pacific
Arrival Time: 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.
Departure Time: 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.
Airport-Hotel Shuttle: Complimentary shuttle service from Long Beach or LAX airports.
Vehicle Parking: Complimentary parking available for the duration of tour.
Walking Distance: 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.
Currency: US Dollar
Hotel Amenities: Hair dryers, irons, ironing boards & coffee makers at the hotel. Laundry, exercise room and swimming pool available.
Travel Protection Available?: Yes, see About Travel Protection.
Terms & Conditions: Tour reservations are subject to the terms and conditions outlined by Country Travel DISCOVERIES on our website at Terms & Conditions.
Groups: Have a group? We can make your group's vacation cost-effective and easy, with discounts for groups as small as five and other benefits. Learn more at Country Travel DISCOVERIES for Groups.
Additional Information: 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.
By Discoveries Director Donna Hackler
The diversity of destinations, local cultures and settings, seasonal experiences, and my fellow travelers makes my job one of the most stimulating and gratifying imaginable. But over the years, I’ve really come to appreciate and look forward to the special feeling and flavor of our Holiday Discoveries...
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Images on this page (from top): Rose Parade float (2005 Tournament of Roses); Volunteers help decorate a Rose Parade float (Jim Leuenberger); Casino (Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce); Long Beach Boardwalk (Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau)