Enjoy some time in the exciting “City of Angels,” one of the most influential areas in the entertainment industry and home to many of the Hollywood elite. On a city tour, get a chance to see the handprints and footprints of famous stars at Mann’s Chinese Theatre as well as the home of the Academy Awards, the Kodak Theatre. In Beverly Hills, you’ll get the opportunity to experience the glamorous lifestyle of celebrities on Rodeo Drive. Next, you’ll get an insider perspective on the famous parade by attending an exclusive evening viewing of the magnificent, hand-decorated floats before watching the unforgettable spectacle of the 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade your personal grandstand seat. Witnessing the splendor of each festive float, the merry music of marching bands and the pageantry of high-stepping horses in person is truly a memorable experience before heading into Nevada and Arizona. See one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Grand Canyon and stop in the entertainment capital - Las Vegas. This trip is not to be missed!
(Friday, December 30, 2011) - Arrive in Los Angeles, CA:
Your fantastic Rose Parade adventure begins as you arrive in sunny Southern California via your regularly scheduled airline. Tour guests, who have purchased their airline arrangements with YMT Vacations, please meet your YMT representative in the baggage claims area for meet and greet services and the transfers to your hotel. Enjoy the evening on your own, or join us on an optional evening outing to make new friends with your fellow travelers.
(Saturday, December 31, 2011) - Leisure Day (half day) or Optional Tours to J. Paul Getty Museum or Reagan Library-YMT Exclusive evening event with Float Viewing in Pasadena
The morning until the early afternoon is yours to enjoy as you wish, and Los Angeles offers you no shortage of sights and activities from which to choose! You may decide to join an optional tour to the Getty Museum or the Reagan Library. At the Getty Center, towering high over Los Angeles, you’ll be able to witness amazing architecture and fine artistry such as Van Gogh’s Irises. Created by architect Richard Meier, the modernistic Getty was designed as a way to highlight both the culture within the buildings as well as the natural beauty surrounding it. Whether it is the 16,000 tons of travertine stone used in the architectural design, the beautiful Central Garden filled with over 500 different plants, or the spectacular view from the hillside, you are sure to remember the extraordinary Getty Center!
Alternatively, you may choose to head to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, home to over 50 million pages of presidential documents from the Reagan Presidency. After opening its doors in 1991, over one million visitors have traveled to the Reagan Library for an interesting glimpse into the 40th President’s life through documents, photographs, videos, artifacts and vehicles from his years spent in the White House. One of the highlights of the exhibit is the Airforce One Plane of the Reagan Presidency which you will be able to see inside and out up close.
After you have returned to your hotel for a brief rest, we will take you to Pasadena for the first time during this trip. In the evening, you will have a unique, one-of-a-kind glimpse into the world of float-building at an exclusive float viewing at the Pasadena Rosemont Pavilion. We will start the night in YMT’s own VIP tent 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. Afterwards, you will have the exclusive chance to see the floats up close in the making and enjoy all the details and appreciate the hard work that goes into making these magnificent works of art about 48 hours before the Parade starts-an opportunity almost as exciting as the Tournament of Rose Parade, itself!
(Sunday, January 1, 2012) - Los Angeles, CA City Tour
While January 1st is normally the traditional Rose Parade Day, every seven years (minus leap years) it falls on a Sunday and cannot proceed. 2012 is such a year and the parade will move to the next day. After a leisurely morning at your hotel, we will take you on a city tour of Los Angeles and Hollywood, giving you a glimpse into the many sites within the “City of Angels.” Along the way, view the Los Angeles downtown business district, the City’s Music Center with Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the modern Disney Hall, as well as the theatre district. 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. Then, drive 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.
(Monday, January 2, 2012) - The 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade:
There’s nothing like viewing this parade in person! Watch in wonder from your reserved Grand Stand seats as the floats, spectacularly decorated with millions of colorful flowers and ornaments, pass by. Listen to marching bands as they high step down Colorado Boulevard, playing show tunes, college fight songs and holiday themed music. It’s an overall thrilling spectacle! Return to your hotel for an afternoon of leisure.
(Tuesday, January 3, 2012) - Travel to Laughlin, NV:
Today you’ll traverse the desert to Laughlin, Nevada. Situated on the shores of the Colorado River, Laughlin represents one of the fastest growing gambling areas in the states. Not only does Laughlin have the hotels and casinos that beckon visitors, but its location on the shores of the great Colorado River offers visitors a unique setting. Use your leisure time in the afternoon to ride a riverboat, visit a casino, shop the unique boutiques, or cross the river to visit Bull Head City, Arizona.
(Wednesday, January 4, 2012) - Tour to the Grand Canyon South Rim
Today we visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Grand Canyon! At its deepest, the Grand Canyon is 6,000 feet from river to rim, and is nearly 277 miles long. Once you have arrived at the National Park, you’ll follow the canyon’s South Rim to the various spectacular view points, including the Yavapai (or Bright Angel) Observation Station and its panoramic views of the brilliantly colored gorge carved by the Colorado River 5,000 feet below. Be sure to keep your camera ready; no matter what angle, you’ll be dazzled by this awe-inspiring location! Then we will enjoy a served lunch close to the rim, before you have some leisure time to enjoy the spectacular scenery. Perhaps you will enjoy a short hike along one of the easy trails at the rim or take an optional helicopter flight to see the Canyon from the bird’s eye view - either way this day will be a great experience!
(Thursday, January 5, 2012) - Scenic Drive to Las Vegas, NV:
Today we will travel to Las Vegas. Your short journey begins as you depart your hotel and travel through the mesmerizing and colorful Mojave Desert. Covering more than 25,000 square miles of southeastern California and southern Nevada, the Mojave hosts over 200 endemic plant species, including Mojave Yucca, Desert Spanish Bayonet, Creosote Bush, and Shadscale. After traveling through the ever-changing Mojave Desert landscape, you’ll arrive in Las Vegas, the “Entertainment Capital of the World.” With a multitude of activities, attractions, and dining options, you’ll soon see that Las Vegas is always open! In the evening, enjoy a night tour that shows off all the glittering lights and attractions of the city and/or a Las Vegas show (both optional).
(Friday, January 6, 2012) - Las Vegas, NV Leisure Day or Optional Tour to Zion National Park:
The day is yours to enjoy on your own in and around the Las Vegas area, or you may decide to join an optional tour to Zion National Park. Utah’s oldest National Park, Zion’s 229 square miles offers a fascinating landscape of deep canyons and soaring cliffs sure to amaze you. From cool pine covered plateaus to scorching deserts, Zion is a geologic showcase that is full of surprises. The massive canyons walls ascend toward a brilliant blue sky, and these unique sandstone cliffs range in an array of color spectrums, transitioning from cream, to pink, to red. Guests participating in this optional will enjoy an included lunch.
(Saturday, January 7, 2012) - Las Vegas, NV Leisure Day or Optional Tours to Death Valley National Park:
Take the day to explore Las Vegas at your leisure; great entertainment awaits you, from the gaming tables to extravagant shows, and it’s all for your enjoyment. Or, take time to see an area of breathtaking beauty and join an optional tour to Death Valley National Park and Furnace Creek Resort. Visit one of our newest National Parks, where “Old West” history comes to life among the hills and salt flats of Death Valley. Almost 3,000 square miles, Death Valley National Park is renowned for basins that are 300 feet below sea level at their lowest, making it the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. In the midst of this incredible National Park is Furnace Creek Ranch, a beautiful resort oasis surrounded by graceful palms that includes an excellent buffet lunch during your optional tour.
(Sunday, January 8, 2012) - Depart Las Vegas, NV for Home:
Say farewell to new-found friends, take your memories and souvenirs of your Rose Parade and your Grand Canyon and Las Vegas tour, and depart Las Vegas for home.
December 29, 2011
From $1,149.00 per person double occupancy.
From $400.00 single room supplement.
- Based on twin/double accommodations in a luxurious Los Angeles Airport area hotel, upgraded hotels in Laughlin and Las Vegas downtown.
- 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). Also, on your day excursion to the Grand Canyon you will enjoy an included lunch.
- Free baggage allowance is up to 50 pounds per person, to be contained in a single suitcase, while on the land portion of this vacation. Please check with your airline regarding checked baggage policies and fees.
- Enjoy the service of a professionally trained and accredited tour driver-guide who is licensed, bonded, and insured. They are knowledgeable on the local area and provide you with a wealth of information. Their 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.