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The 131st Tournament of Roses Parade blooms down Colorado Blvd. We’ll enjoy this two-hour festival of flowers, marching bands, and equestrians from under our blanket in Pasadena, California. Almost 1000 white-suited volunteers spend 80,000 hours to pull off the most gorgeous way to spend New Year’s Day.

Visit the Float Barn before the parade to see the magnificent floats’ finishing touches. Drive the beaches, shop, and have lunch in Beverly Hills. Take in Hollywood, the Universal Citywalk, and Warner Bros. Studio, or spend your time on small and romantic subtropical Catalina Island (where Marilyn Monroe lived when she was Norma Jean). Dine and dance in a Monte Carlo casino and raise a glass to toast the New Year.

Begin 2020 as you see the Showcase of Floats and Downtown Disney during the day, then come together for a special farewell dinner aboard the Hornblower Dining Yacht in Newport. Sail the handsome harbour of mansions with champagne, music, and dancing as this magical night turns into one of stargazing from the Hornblower’s deck.

• Float Decorating Barn (watch finishing touches being put on the floats)
Lunch in Beverly Hills
• Choose between these full day excursions: Warner Bros. Studio Tour, Universal Citywalk and Hollywood city tour or spend a full day on Catalina Island
• New Year’s Eve Celebration: enjoy the fun of a live “Monte Carlo” style casino with elegant dining, a live band, dancing, prizes and a champagne toast!
• Tournament of Roses Parade
• Showcase of Floats
• Farewell dinner aboard Hornblower
• Dining Yacht in Newport

Return flight from Toronto, deluxe motorcoach transportation, 5 nights accommodation, 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.

Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and HST does not apply. If booking your own airfare reduce price by $900.

Irvine, CA: Hotel Irvine (5 nights)


Fly to Los Angeles, CA

Fly to Los Angeles and enjoy a welcome dinner at Hotel Irvine, our accommodations for the next five nights.

Stay: Hotel Irvine, Irvine, CA
Nights: 5
Meals: D


Float Barn, Beverly Hills Lunch

After a buffet breakfast, we’ll spend the morning touring the Float Barn to see the finishing touches being put on the floats for the Tournament of Roses. Next, indulge in a prime rib lunch at Lawry’s in Beverly Hills followed by an afternoon beach drive. Free time is yours to relax the rest of the day and a shuttle is provided for the Irvine Spectrum Shopping Center.

Meals: B, L


New Year’s Eve

It’s New Year’s Eve! You have your choice of two excursions this morning:

Warner Bros. Studio Tour, Universal Citywalk, and Hollywood City Tour

Warner Bros has been churning out classics, horrors, superheroes, wizards, sitcoms, and talk shows since 1923. Universal Citywalk is a hot hub for shops, clubs, concerts, and food spots. A tour of Hollywood is a top-ten Los Angelas chart-topper!


Full Day on Catalina Island

This was Marilyn Monroe’s island when she was still Norma Jean. It’s a lovely subtropical island away from it all with a rich history of war, movies, and romance. Located 22 miles south southwest of LA, the two towns of Avalon and Two Harbors (and the wilderness of the Catalina Island Conservancy between the two) easily fill a dreamy day.

An elegant evening is ahead. Dine in a Monte Carlo casino and dance to a live band. Party hats, party favours, a draw for exciting draw prizes, and a champagne toast rings in 2020!

Meals: B, D


Tournament of Roses Parade

Today the 131st Tournament of Roses Parade blooms down Colorado Blvd. Enjoy this two-hour festival of flowers, marching bands and equestrians that has brought in the new year in Pasadena for more than 100 years. With your souvenir program and blanket, enjoy the results of what takes almost 1,000 volunteers in white suits over 80,000 hours to organize. Return to the hotel for a special Southern California Backyard BBQ. The rest of the evening is yours, but we’ll come together for a special movie night under the stars.

Meals: B, L


Showcase of Floats, Hornblower Dinner

We’ll head back to Pasadena this morning to see the spectacular Showcase of Floats. After lunch on your own, you can spend some time in Downtown Disney or return to the hotel. We’ll come together as a group for a special farewell dinner aboard the Hornblower Dining Yacht in Newport. Enjoy dinner with champagne, music, dancing, and stargazing from the Hornblower’s deck as it sails around the harbor!

Meals: B, D


Return Flight Home

After a buffet breakfast at the hotel, we’ll transfer you to the airport for you return flight home.

Meals: B


  • Sunscreen is an essential product to have, regardless of the climate. Since UV exposure is unavoidable, a hat and sunglasses are also suggested for your protection, even in the winter.
  • Mosquito repellent can prove useful in wooded areas or in the evenings in some regions.
  • Comfort is important when on vacation. Bring comfortable walking shoes. And loose, casual clothing is suggested to keep you cozy.
  • Pack extra batteries and memory cards for your camera.
  • Always pack an extra jacket or sweater in case of inclement weather or cooler evenings. DeNureTours recommends you dress in layers, so you can add or remove layers if the temperature rises or drops.
  • Use every corner, nook and cranny of your suitcase when packing. Rolled sweaters and bulky clothing occupy less space, but clothing that wrinkles easily should be laid flat. Roll socks or underclothing and pack them into shoes, and slip smaller items into side pockets.
  • Use sample-sized toiletry items and always transport containers of creams and liquids in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Keep an extra set of keys for your luggage.
  • Always prepare for the possibility of rain. An umbrella, or rain jacket will easily fit in your luggage, and could prove to be the most useful article you pack. When travelling as a couple, bring two so neither person gets half wet.
  • Pack your bathing suit.
  • Pack a good book, or a deck of cards to keep you busy during free time.
  • Leave items of monetary or sentimental value at home. Costume and faux jewelry always travels well.
  • If you require corrective lenses, pack an extra pair of glasses or contacts.
  • If you wear dentures, and have a second set, pack them just in case. You’d be surprised how often these important items end up where they shouldn’t.
  •  Not all hotel rooms are equipped with alarm clocks. While most hotels offer wake-up calls, a small travel alarm clock might prove useful.
  • Couples travelling together may find it wise to split their belongings between two suitcases. If one suitcase should go missing, neither person is left without a change of clothes.


  • Remember to pack any medications or prescriptions in your carry-on and not in your suitcase in case of emergency or luggage misplacement. Medications should be packed in their original containers for security reasons.
  • Keep a listing of your recent medical history with you, including medications you currently take, prescription or otherwise, as well as allergies you suffer from, and any medical conditions you have. Carry the listing in your wallet, and leave a copy with your emergency contact person at home.


  • Identify your luggage with an identification tag as well as your DeNureTours luggage tags.
  • If you carry travellers’ cheques, record the numbers of the cheques and keep this list in a separate location. When travelling as a couple, put some cheques in your partner’s name so you both have access to funds.
  • Always carry your travel insurance policy with you, and read it carefully before you leave.
  • Always carry your passport, or other important identification on your person. Make a photocopy to keep in your suitcase.
  • Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date. This is a requirement for entering certain countries.
  • Always check the spelling of your name on all documentation you receive. Often, your travel documents must match your passport or birth certificate. It is imperative that your legal name be listed correctly on your documents. Failure to comply may result in your being denied entry to a country, or boarding on an airplane or cruise ship. Name changes on documents may be subject to a change fee.
  • Use extra copies of your travel itinerary and hotel listing to distribute to friends or relatives, so you can be reached in case of emergency.
  • Keep a log of your purchases, including what you paid in foreign currency and the equivalent in Canadian dollars. This will assist you in filling out customs forms. Keep all receipts.

General Travel

  • Secure your home before you leave. Arrange for a friend or neighbour to pick up mail and check in periodically. Have someone cut your lawn (or shovel your driveway) and care for your property. Set automatic timers on the lights and television. Empty the refrigerator of perishables. Lower your thermostat to save on energy.
  • When flying, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and limit your intake of caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
  • To avoid circulatory problems on a plane or coach, walk up the aisle every hour or so. Periodically, stretch your legs, arms, shoulders and neck.
  • Arrive early for flights. DeNureTours recommends to check-in 90 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights, or 2-3 hours prior for international flights.
  • An inflatable travel pillow can make you more comfortable on long coach rides or flights. The U-shaped pillow keeps your head from rolling during travel, reducing the risk of neck pain.
  • Avoid the use of perfume or scented sprays on the coach or an airplane. These are confined spaces, so be courteous to your fellow travellers who may be allergic or sensitive to scents.
  • Get as much rest as possible before you leave.
  • Try your best to be flexible. Unexpected things can happen. Your holiday will be more enjoyable if you are open-minded.


Tips to waiters, taxi drivers, step-on guides, tour directors and drivers are a tangible way for you to express your appreciation for jobs well done. This practice, though customary, is voluntary and is not included in tour prices. As a guide to the amounts to tip, the following amounts are suggested:

  • Taxi Drivers – Drivers should be tipped 10% of the taxi fare.
  • Waiters – For meals that are not included in the tour price, tip waiters between 15% and 20% of your bill, but never less than $1.
  • Tour Directors and Drivers – A gratuity of $4 per person per day is suggested.

The pace of a tour varies by itinerary, as each destination, its sightseeing and the activities are unique. Pacing is often subject to personal interpretation, but our trip pace indicator on each tour page may assist you in determining if a tour is suitable for you.
Day-by-day itinerary descriptions can be found on our website or requested from our office. Generally, the more activities included, distance travelled in a day, or number of hotel changes, will increase the pace of a tour.
Some of the most unique sightseeing is found in locations that can be a challenge for motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend packing walking shoes so you fully enjoy every aspect of your holiday.
Tours with the highest “On-the-go” ratings require a level of activity that is not suitable for those who use either walkers or wheelchairs. If a trip pace is not ideally suited for you, our reservations team will be happy to help you find your perfect vacation.

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