December 29, 2023
Since 1890, the Tournament of Roses has produced America’s New Year Celebration, bringing the traditions of the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game to Pasadena and the world for nearly 130 years.
Stop and smell the roses as AAA Travel invites you to join us in Pasadena, California for the spectacular 136th Tournament of Roses Parade. This one-of-a-kind annual event features magnificent floral floats that you get a chance to help decorate, spirited marching bands from across the nation, high-stepping equestrian units and much more. (Optional Rose Bowl game tickets available.) In the days before the parade, visit some the area’s best-known sights including Paramount Studios and lunch on the Queen Mary (if not attending the game), plus ring in the New Year over dinner with your fellow travelers. Don’t miss the pageantry, excitement and thrills of attending one of America’s oldest and most revered events.
*Fares are per person, land, based on double occupancy. Rose Bowl Game tickets are an additional cost, check with your AAA Travel Advisor. The deposit is $300 per person. Game tickets must be paid in full at time of request and are non-refundable. Fares, itineraries, hotels, events, programs and policies are subject to change. Airfare, taxes & fees are additional. Travel must be booked through AAA Travel to receive savings and AAA Exclusives. Tour, itinerary and exclusive amenities are capacity-controlled, based on minimum number of passengers traveling together and may be modified, withdrawn or canceled. Other restrictions may apply. The Auto Club Group is not responsible for errors or omissions in the promotion of this tour.
Upon arrival in Los Angeles, you will be transferred from the airport to your hotel. A meet & greet host will be waiting for you at baggage claim. Suggested arrival is prior to 3:00pm. Upon arrival at the hotel please check into the AAA Hospitality Desk for important information. This evening enjoy a reception at the hotel where you can get to know your fellow travelers as well as your AAA Tour Manager.
Meals: Reception with appetizers
Hotel: Renaissance Long Beach Hotel – 4 Nights
After enjoying a full American Buffet Breakfast, we will head to the Tournament of Roses Bandfest. Experience spirited marching bands from across the nation who have been selected to participate in the Rose Parade to showcase their musicianship and unique talents.
After lunch, we will have an experience like few others ever will! You will help decorate one of the floats that will be in the Tournament of Roses Parade. Experience the magic of the floats before they make their debut in the Parade. During the final stages of preparation, a variety of seeds, bark, fruits and vegetables, grasses and of course, flowers are applied to the floats, and you will get the opportunity to bring the float to life.
After lunch at a local restaurant, you will return to the hotel where the remainder of the day is free to explore on your own.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
After breakfast, travel from the hotel to visit Paramount Studios for a tour. Paramount is the longest operating and only remaining studio in Hollywood. During their 110-year history they have served as the production site for thousands of notable movies and TV shows. During your tour you will visit iconic locations like the Bronson Gate, New York Street Backlot and the Prop Warehouse.
Next, embark on a Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Pacific Ocean city tour before returning back to the hotel. Enjoy some free time before getting ready to usher in 2025.
This evening ring in the New Year early at a New Years Eve dinner at the hotel with a glass of wine and a Champagne toast!
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Happy New Year 2025!
After an EARLY breakfast we head to the 136th Tournament of Roses Parade. The Rose Parade’s elaborate floats have come a long way since the Tournament’s early days, and the Rose Parade has stayed true to its floral beginnings. Every inch of every float must be covered with flowers or other natural materials, such as leaves, seeds or bark. The most delicate flowers, including roses, are placed in individual vials of water, which are set into the float one by one.
After the parade, those of you who have purchased Rose Bowl Game tickets will depart for the game and then return to the hotel. The rest of the group will head to the Queen Mary for lunch and a tour. From her groundbreaking construction and royal launch as the most luxurious and technologically advanced ocean liner of her time, to her duty as a troopship during WWII, to her golden days of the 1950s, to her earning the nickname, the “haunted ship,” the Queen Mary’s history is full of action, adventure, romance, and paranormal activity.
The remainder of the day is free to explore on your own.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
This morning, transfer from the hotel via Town Car to the airport for your flight home, taking with you wonderful memories!
AAA EXCLUSIVE HIGHLIGHTS:
- Round-trip transfer from the Los Angeles airport via Town Car on start and end dates of tour only
- 4 nights’ hotel accommodations at Renaissance Long Beach
- Tournament of Roses Bandfest
- Tournament of Roses Float Decorating
- Los Angeles, Beverly Hills & Pacific Ocean city tour
- New Year’s Eve Dinner with Champagne Toast
- Paramount Studios Tour
- Grandstand Seating for Tournament of Roses Parade on Colorado Blvd.
- Queen Mary for Tour and Lunch (For those not attending the Rose Bowl Game)
- Transportation via motorcoach
- Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
- Tips for included meals
- Luggage handling (1 suitcase per person)
- Porterage included at hotel and airport transfers
- Services of a Professional Tour Director; Hospitality Desk, Tour Staff
- Services of a AAA Tour Manager
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