17-Day Rose Parade Tour and Mexican Riviera Cruise

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  • Group Tour
  • Starting Price: $1,599
  • Length: 17 days
  • Operator: YMT Vacations
  • 800-922-9000
    Destinations: North America, Mexico, United States, California
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Tour Description

Some time to explore Los Angeles, the glamorous “City of Angels,” offers you posh Beverly Hills and star studded Hollywood. Enjoy an exclusive evening viewing of the magnificently hand-decorated floats before witnessing the 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade from your personal grandstand seating - truly spectacular! Next, depart Los Angeles for Palm Springs made famous in the 1930s by movie stars flocking to the resort town for some clean air and sunshine. After some fun in the sun, we take a trip down the coast to the seaside city of San Diego before boarding Holland America’s ms Oosterdam. Enjoy entertaining onboard activities, delicious cuisine, and the great experience of Holland America’s 5-star luxury service can offer as you cruise the Mexican Riviera. Enjoy the beautiful beaches of Puerto Vallarta, where narrow, cobblestone streets add charm to the local color; go ashore in Mazatlan and do some bargaining at their large city market; and visit beautiful Cabo San Lucas, one of the finest sport fishing locales in the world before making your way back to San Diego for your final day before returning home.

  • Los Angeles, California, including exclusive evening float viewing and attendance to the 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade
  • Palm Springs, California
  • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (port of call)
  • Mazatlan, Mexico (port of call)
  • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (port of call)


Day 1

(Friday December 30, 2011) - Arrive in Los Angeles, CA:

Arrive at Los Angeles International Airport for your tour to beautiful and sunny California and Mexico. Take a short transfer to your hotel close to the airport, where you will be met by the knowledgeable YMT event team that will brief you about the details of the eventful days laying ahead on this trip. Guests who book the airfare through YMT will enjoy a meet greet service at the airport and transfer assistance as an inclusion in their package. Enjoy the evening on your own, or join us on an optional evening outing to make new friends with your fellow travelers.

Hotel: Marriott Los Angeles Airport (or similar accommodations)

Day 2

(Saturday December 31, 2010) - Leisure Day (half day) or Optional Tour to J. Paul Getty Museum or Reagan Library, then YMT Exclusive evening event with Float Viewing in Pasadena:

Today you may decide to join a YMT optional tour to the Getty Museum or the Reagan Library. At the Getty Center you’ll be able to view world renowned fine artistry such as Van Gogh’s Irises in an architecturally stunning setting towering high over Los Angeles offering spectacular views on the city. Alternatively, you may choose to head to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, home to over 50 million pages of presidential documents as well as the retired Airforce One plane from the Reagan Presidency. Set on beautiful grounds, the Library is also the final resting place of the president where you may pay your respects. After you have returned to your hotel for a brief rest, we head out to Pasadena, home of the Rose Parade. This evening, you will have a unique glimpse into the world of float building at an exclusive float viewing at the Pasadena Rosemont Pavilion, after the crowds of the daytime visits have passed. We will start the night in YMT’s own VIP tent for the night with an audio-visual presentation on the history and the traditions of the Rose Parade, presented by the organizers of the Parade itself: The Tournament of Roses Committee. Among many things, you will learn about the Parade’s history, its volunteers the “White Suitors” and what the rules for float building are. Afterwards, you will have the chance to see the floats up close in the making, enjoy all the details and appreciate the hard work that is going into making these magnificent pieces of art. At about 48 hours before the parade starts you will be able to feel the tension “to complete it all” as work will continue through the night “this is an amazing opportunity to witness this, almost as exciting as viewing the Parade, itself!

Hotel: Marriott Los Angeles Airport (or similar accommodations)

Day 3

(Sunday January 1, 2012) - Los Angeles City Tour:

The Tournament of Roses is a tradition full of traditions, one of which is the “Never on Sunday” policy. In 1893, officials decided to move the parade to Monday, January 2 to avoid frightening horses tethered outside local churches and thus interfering with worship services. This tradition has remained until today and so still in 2012, the parade will not proceed on a Sunday New Year’s Day but instead the following day. Therefore, after a leisurely Sunday morning at your hotel, we will take you on a city tour of Los Angeles and Hollywood showing you the many facets of the “City of Angels.” Along the way, view the City’s Music Center with the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the modern Disney Hall. Head into Hollywood and see Mann’s Chinese Theatre-famous for its permanent collection of handprints, footprints, and signatures from a multitude of movie stars, including Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe-as well as the Academy Awards’ home, the Kodak Theatre, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. You will surely not want to miss the photo opportunity of the world famous Hollywood sign! Then, head into Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive to see where the stars shop. We will return to the hotel in the early evening to give you enough time to prepare for a very early departure to the Rose Parade the next morning.

Hotel: Marriott Los Angeles Airport (or similar accommodations)

Day 4

(Monday, January 2, 2012) - The 123rd Rose Parade:

There’s nothing like viewing this parade in person- Approximately 47 Mio Americans will watch the parade on TV, but you will be able to join the about 700 000 onlookers in Pasadena! Watch in wonder from your reserved grandstand seats as the floats, spectacularly decorated with millions of colorful flowers pass by. This year’s theme will be “Just imagine” and it does not take a lot of imagination to picture that the floats will be especially spectacular to view! Each float’s entire surface must be covered using a variety of flowers, seeds, bark, leaves and other natural materials, their 2.5 hours presentation will be accompanied by the best marching bands from throughout the country entertaining you with music, dance, flag waving and acrobatics - Truly a spectacle that you must see in person at least once in your lifetime!

Hotel: Marriott Los Angeles Airport (or similar accommodations)

Day 5

(Tuesday, January 3, 2012) - Los Angeles - Palm Springs:

This morning depart for beautiful Palm Springs, Since the 1930’s movie stars have been flocking to this resort town seeking clean air and sunshine. Today the town has grown significantly with beautiful condominiums, mansions and manicured golf courses but still retains its kick-back attitude. En route you will see the famous windmills that create alternative energy from the desert winds of the area. Once we arrive in early afternoon, you may partake in an optional excursion aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which lines up the World’s Largest Rotating Tramcar. You will be able to experience a breathtaking journey up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon in just 10 minutes. The tram will take you from elevation 2,643 ft. to 8,516 ft and afford you wonderful vistas of the landscape. The night is at leisure. We will stay at a beautiful resort hotel for two nights that offers you plenty of the laid-back-atmosphere that Palm Springs is known for.

Hotel: Westin Mission Hills Resort (or similar accommodations)

Day 6

(Wednesday, January 4, 2012) Palm Springs:

Continue to enjoy the amenities of our resort or play a round of golf on one of the area’s renowned courses, your concierge will be happy to set one up for you(on own). Perhaps you would like to join your driver/guide in an optional excursion to the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, that offers you also opportunity for some short and easy hikes through the beautiful Desert Flora and Fauna. The technical savvy may enjoy an optional excursion to the famous desert windmills and learn about their impressive technology. Otherwise you may enjoy some shopping time along Palm Springs’s famous shopping avenues or the nearby outlets malls.

Hotel: Westin Mission Hills Resort (or similar accommodations)

Day 7

(Thursday, January 5, 2012) Palm Springs - San Diego:

Today we will depart the moderate desert climate of the season back to the shores of the ocean and will continue to San Diego. En route we will travel through Temecula county, California’s southernmost wine region. We will arrive in the early afternoon in San Diego, when you will be able to enjoy a comprehensive city tour of the area that includes the Gaslamp district, Coronado Island, Seaport Village and Balboa Park amongst other. After check in at your hotel the evening is at leisure.

Hotel: Paradise Point Resort (or similar accommodations)

Day 8

(Friday, January 6, 2012) San Diego:

You may choose to discover San Diego on your own or join into one of many Optional Tour opportunities for the day. We will offer tours to Sea World or the world famous San Diego Zoo as an example.

Hotel: Paradise Point Resort (or similar accommodations)

Day 9

(Saturday, January 7, 2012) Embarkation of MS Oosterdam:

Today you will leave land and venture to sea onboard of your elegant Holland America Oceanliner MS Oosterdam for the start of your Mexican Riviera cruise. You’ll cruise in pampered luxury for the next several days, enjoying the 5-star, Signature of Excellence service that only Holland America can provide.

Days 10-11

(Sunday, January 8th-Monday January 9th, 2012) - At Sea:

Breathtaking views form an ever-changing backdrop as you relax in the lap of luxury. Nothing beats the lavish sparkling pools and hot tubs, ice-cream bar, fitness center, jogging/walking track and spa. The MS Oosterdam offers you a multitude of different activities, dining options, and services-be sure to take full advantage of the “good life” while cruising to your first exciting port of call.

Day 12

(Tuesday, January 10, 2012) - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (8:00 AM-8:00 PM):

When Puerto Vallarta first entered the public’s consciousness, John Huston’s 1964 movie, The Night of the Iguana, depicted it to be an almost mythical, tropical paradise. Today, it is the quintessential Mexican resort overflowing with the charm of Old Mexico. Narrow cobblestone streets, lined with shops and galleries, provide perfectly shaded patios where you may sample Carne Asada as a mariachi band plays. Then, step into the solitude of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe or stroll across the beautiful sands of Playa del Sol-both are crowd pleasers. You can bargain with local merchants for great souvenirs, or find an activity available along the over 25 miles of golden, sandy beaches.

Day 13

(Thursday, January 11, 2012) - Mazatlan, Mexico (8:00 AM-5:00 PM):

A cosmopolitan beach resort, Mazatlan offers opportunities for both fun and relaxation. Stroll through the shops and local markets; perhaps sample shrimp in a local café - Mazatlan is home to the largest shrimp fleet in the world! You may also choose to golf, go horseback riding or bird watching in this tropical Pacific coast paradise.

Day 14

(Friday, January 12, 2012) -Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (8:00 AM-5:00 PM):

This region has become one of Mexico’s most popular coastal getaways, with deluxe hotels, championship golf courses, and some of the finest sportfishing in the world. According to legend, pirates found the tip of Baja an ideal lookout for spotting Spanish galleons traveling from the Philippines to Spain’s empire in central Mexico. Search as you may for plundered gold, today’s treasures are found in the record-breaking gamefish of “Marlin Alley” and in the black coral jewelry fashioned by local artisans. Explore Cabo San Lucas on your own, or opt to enjoy an optional shore excursion available through Holland America.

Day 15

(Friday, January 13, 2012) - At Sea:

In addition to the seemingly endless array of activities and entertainment available, you-re sure to be impressed with the Holland America’s service and gracious staff on hand to comply with all your requests. Now’s your last chance to take full advantage-be sure that you try something you haven’t yet!

Day 16

(Saturday, January 14, 2012) - Disembark in Port of San Diego:

After a bittersweet farewell to your cruise ship, you will disembark in San Diego once more. We will tour the Mission San Juan Capistrano and the Cabrillo Monument before you will be transferred to your hotel for the last night by YMT representatives. The afternoon and evening is at leisure for shopping and dining in beautiful downtown San Diego or the Gaslamp District.

Hotel: Days Hotel at Hotel Circle (or similar accommodations)

Day 17

(Sunday, January 15, 2012) - Depart home:

This morning bid farewell to newfound friends and depart back home with plentiful memories and souvenirs. If you have arranged your airfare with YMT, you will be enjoying included transfers this morning.


Pricing Information

December 29, 2011

From $1,599.00 per person double occupancy.

From $877.00 single room supplement.

Journey Includes

  • Hotel Accommodations: Based on twin/double accommodations in luxurious Los Angeles Airport area hotel and first-class hotels in Palm Springs and San Diego
  • Sightseeing: Special events and sightseeing as listed. You will enjoy the Rose Parade viewing from reserved Grand Stand seats and will receive a complimentary YMT seat cushion as well as an official Rose Parade program (New! Value is $20).
  • To your room baggage handling: Free baggage allowance is up to 50 pounds per person, to be contained in a single suitcase, while on this land tour. Please check with your airline regarding checked baggage policies and fees.
  • Service: Enjoy the service of a professionally trained and accredited tour driver guide who is knowledgeable on the local area and will provide you with a wealth of information. This friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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