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TOURNAMENT OF ROSES PARADE
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.
Irvine is a master-planned city in Orange County, California, in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The Irvine Company started developing the area in the 1960s and the city was formally incorporated on December 28, 1971. The 66-square-mile cityhas a population around 276,176.
A number of corporations, particularly in the technology and semiconductor sectors, have their national or international headquarters in Irvine. Irvine is also home to several higher education institutions including the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Concordia University, Irvine Valley College, the Orange County Center of the University of Southern California (USC), and campuses of California State University Fullerton (CSUF), University of La Verne, and Pepperdine University.
The Gabrieleño indigenous group inhabited Irvine about 2,000 years ago. Gaspar de Portolà, a Spanish explorer, came to the area in 1769, which led to the establishment of forts, missions and cattle herds. The King of Spain parceled out land for missions and private use.
After the Mexican-American war the land was divided one on the owners was James Irvine. The land was used for Sheep grazing then later tenant farming. His son James Irvine II took over the ranch and incorporated it into the Irvine Company. His son Myford ran the company. In 1959 the University of California asked The Irvine Company for 1,000 acres for a new university campus. The Irvine Company sold the requested land for $1. William Pereira, the university’s consulting architect, and The Irvine Company planners drew up master plans for a city of 50,000 people surrounding the new university. The plan called for industrial, residential and recreational areas, commercial centers and greenbelts.
The 131st Rose Parade presented by Honda begins at 8 AM on January 1, 2020, and will feature floral floats, spirited marching bands and high-stepping equestrian units along the 5 1/2 mile route down Colorado Blvd. Experience—in person—the magic of New Year’s Day in an unrivaled celebration, exclusive to the streets of Pasadena!
As a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization the Tournament of Roses® Association brings people together to create premier events and entertainment celebrating the New Year. The Tournament of Roses enriches the lives of the many people and organizations it touches by providing satisfying, meaningful, and rewarding experiences.
Experience the magic of the floats before they make their debut in the 2020 Rose Parade. During the final stages of preparation, a variety of seeds, bark, fruits and vegetables, grasses and of course, flowers are being applied to the floats by experienced professionals as well as hard working volunteers.
Beverly Hills is a city in California’s Los Angeles County. Home to many Hollywood stars, it features the upscale shopping street of Rodeo Drive. The expansive Beverly Gardens Park has fountains and rose gardens, plus an illuminated Beverly Hills sign. The 1920s Greystone Mansion is the backdrop for many films. Known as a celebrity haunt, The Beverly Hills Hotel is set in tropical gardens and has a poolside cafe.
Tour Hollywood is situated inside Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank close to Hollywood. It offers visitors the chance to glimpse behind the scenes of one the oldest and most popular film studios in the world.
Universal City Walk, Hollywood is a three-block entertainment, shopping and dinning promenade.
More than 30 places to eat, a hot nightclub, 19 screen theater with state of the art IMAX® and more than 30 unique shops. It’s LA’s favorite place to play. CityWalk is located directly next to Universal Studios Hollywood.
Relaxing island living is just an hour away. Cruise over to Catalina Island to enjoy crystal clear ocean snorkeling, dining, shopping, and 360 degree ocean views. The island’s never looked better and she’s in picture perfect shape. Cruise across the beautiful Pacific Ocean from the Port of Long Beach to the magical island of Catalina. Slow down, relax and enjoy all the things you love to do.
Catalina Island Activities: Explore the oceanfront shops in Avalon. Dine on local island cuisine. Tour the island’s vast interior to see wild buffalo and dramatic coastline vistas. Hike trails to hidden harbors and inlets or discover the crystal blue waters teeming with colorful fish by kayak, sailboat or snorkel.
It’s all waiting for you on Catalina. Just an hour away from Long Beach. When you’re on Island Time, you’re always having the time of your life.
How do you get to Catalina Island?Catalina Express gets you from Long Beach to the island in only an hour. Making as many as 30 trips a day, the boat gives passengers a scenic view of Southern California from the water during the convenient journey.
How far is Catalina Island from Long Beach?
The trip from the mainland of Long Beach out to Catalina Island is 22 miles under the glorious Southern California sun. It will take about 1 hour by boat to travel from Long Beach to the island.
How big is Catalina Island?
Catalina is 22 miles in length and, at its widest point, 8 miles across.
How long do you need to explore the Island?
You can come out to Catalina for just a couple hours, enough time to fit in a hike and still have plans later in the day back in Long Beach. You can also make a day trip for the express purpose of a new adventure and easily make it back to the mainland before nightfall.
What is there to do on Catalina Island?Explore the island on an open-air tour in a Jeep, a Hummer, or a Segway. Get an underwater perspective of Catalina on a scuba expedition. Take to the sky while parasailing. Hike the Trans-Catalina Trail or try ziplining or paddleboarding for something truly unique and exciting. There’s plenty of commercial appeal to be found, as well as tons of shopping to be done, in the Avalon section of Catalina. The island also boasts multiple spas and beaches for those visitors looking to relax and unwind.
Whats the weather like on Catalina Island?The weather on the island stays warm throughout the year, with a climate considered mild subtropical. The water usually hits an average of 70 degrees in August, the warmest off of California’s coast.
What is the history of Catalina Island?Catalina Island, officially Santa Catalina Island and originally called Pimu by its first inhabitants, has seen many changes over the decades. The island has been utilized for purposes as diverse as mining for gold and filming for Hollywood. The resort area of Avalon was developed by famed chewing gum industrialist William Wrigley Jr.
No matter how you arrive, how much time you spend, or what you do once you get here, you’ll be happy to have visited Catalina Island. Pack your favorite swimsuit and plan a trip today.
Let the moonlit waters and salty sea breeze take you and your date on a memorable cruise around the harbor. Turn up the glam with an elegant dinner cruise brimming with delectable eats, fine wine, and dancing.
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.
• 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
Irvine, CA: Hotel Irvine (5 nights)
Stay: Hotel Irvine, Irvine, CA
Float Barn, Beverly Hills Lunch
New Year’s Eve
Meals: B, D
Tournament of Roses Parade
Meals: B, L
Showcase of Floats, Hornblower Dinner
Meals: B, D
- 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.
- 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.