Rose Parade & Coastal California Tour

From $1399 (was $1849)

per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

10 Days
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Experience the spectacular stagecraft and creativity of the 131st Rose Parade before traveling up the California coast from Los Angeles to San Francisco, exploring beloved landmarks like Santa Barbara, Hearst Castle, Cannery Row, and Pebble Beach. You’ll never have another New Year quite like this!

Check out our Travel Blog for more tips and ideas for your Rose Parade & Coastal California Tour! 

Trip Includes

  • Los Angeles
  • Pasadena
  • Santa Barbara
  • Solvang
  • Hearst Castle
  • Monterey
  • San Francisco
Complimentary Gift Bag
  • Official Rose Parade Program
  • Official Rose Parade Pin
  • YMT Seat Cushion
  • YMT Tote Bag
Hotel Accommodations
  • 9 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
  • A professionally trained local tour director who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.
Baggage Handling
  • To and from your hotel room throughout your land tour for one piece of Checked Baggage per person.

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Trip Highlights

  • Experience the 131st Tournament of Roses Parade from reserved grandstand seats
  • Enjoy a pre-parade viewing of the Rose Parade floats in Pasadena
  • Tour Los Angeles and see the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Chinese Theatre, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Enjoy breathtaking views along the scenic California coastline
  • Walk the halls and tour the expansive grounds of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst’s palatial Hearst Castle
  • Cross the San Francisco Bay for a tour of the infamous Alcatraz Prison

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Rose Parade & Coastal Californa Tour

Tours Starts: Los Angeles, CA

Tours Ends: San Francisco, CA

Day 1

Arrive in Los Angeles

Welcome to LA! Guests who have booked their air with YMT will be greeted by a representative and transferred from the airport to your nearby hotel. After the informative briefing on the days ahead, you are free to enjoy the evening on your own. Take advantage of the free shuttle that will be available for guests who wish to travel to the nearby Manhattan Beach area for dinner on your own.

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Day 2

Los Angeles Leisure Day

Enjoy this morning at leisure or join one of our fantastic optional tours to the California Science Center or the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, at an additional cost. This evening, you're in for a real treat—YMT's float viewing event with dinner. In this amazing tour held in Pasadena, you'll go behind the scenes to see the floats and flowers up close, with plenty of time to talk to and ask questions of the White Suiters, the Rose Parade volunteers who famously wear white uniforms. Then, enjoy a casual dinner in the official Rose Parade event tent with a presentation about the history and traditions of the Rose Parade presented by the Tournament of Roses Committee. (D)

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Day 3

Los Angeles City Tour

Today we take a guided tour of Los Angeles and Hollywood, seeing many of the can’t miss highlights of the City of Angels. View the iconic metal curves of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the ornate TCL Chinese Theatre, the Dolby Theatre—annual home of the Academy Awards—Beverly Hills, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The evening includes a festive New Year’s Eve reception with elegant appetizers and a sparkling cider toast. Ring in the New Year along with all the folks in Times Square at 9 PM local time (midnight in New York City).

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Day 4

131st Tournament of Roses Parade

Witness the 131st Tournament of Roses Parade! Watch in wonder from your comfortable reserved grandstand seats as the resplendent floats covered in millions of leaves and fragrant petals pass by. Watch equestrian units stride along, and listen to marching bands as they make their way down Colorado Boulevard. “America’s New Year’s Celebration” is an institution that you’ll love even more after experiencing it in person.

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Day 5

Santa Barbara, Solvang, and San Luis Obispo Area

Visit Santa Barbara—the American Riviera—and enjoy its Spanish mission style architecture, mild Mediterranean climate, and stunning ocean views. Situated on El Camino Real, the historic route connecting California’s chain of 21 missions, this once humble Catholic outpost has transformed into an upscale seaside resort that remains a popular escape for wealthy Angelenos. We'll have a brief stop at the lovely Santa Barbara Mission, where you can enjoy an included self-guided tour. Continue your tour up the scenic road to Solvang, a charming Danish replica village situated in the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley. Be sure to taste the exquisite baked goods prepared by Solvang’s renowned bakeries before traveling north to end the day in the San Luis Obispo area.

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Day 6

Pismo Beach, Hearst Castle, and Monterey

In the morning, tour famous Hearst Castle. The sprawling, beautiful former estate of media mogul William Randolph Hearst offers splendid views of the coast. Enjoy a 45-minute guided tour of the grand rooms inside the famous castle, with time to stroll the garden and pool areas while enjoying panoramic views, before heading to Elephant Seal beach and Ragged Point. Keep your eyes out for California Gray Whales migrating south along the coastline— catching a spouting whale in the distance is an experience you’ll never forget! Overnight in Monterey, home to the waterfront street immortalized by John Steinbeck’s classic novel, Cannery Row. Enjoy the evening at leisure in this former fisherman’s community.

Hilton Garden Inn Hotel or similar

Day 7

Monterey Leisure Day

Enjoy a leisurely day in this charming seaside town. Monterey is known throughout California for its excellent clam chowder (best in a bread bowl—and do ask for extra oyster crackers) and bustling Old Town Historic District. Monterey’s beaches are perfect for strolling, especially for guests hoping to run into a colony of chatty seals or sea lions. Join an optional tour to participate in a unique local activity, or simply explore Monterey at your own pace.

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Day 8

Monterey to San Francisco

This morning, head down the breathtaking 17-Mile Drive. Enjoy views of Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove, taking the opportunity to snap a picture of the famed Lone Cypress on a quick stop before arriving in San Francisco. Enjoy the city on your own, or join your fellow travelers on an optional night tour followed by dinner in famed Chinatown.

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway or similar

Day 9

San Francisco - Alcatraz Visit

This morning, take the ferry to the notorious prison island of Alcatraz for an included visit. Situated on a small island just off the coast, the federal penitentiary that operated from 1934 to 1963 brought a dark mystique to “the rock.” The presence of infamous inmates like Al "Scarface" Capone, and the "Birdman" Robert Stroud helped to establish the island's notoriety. To this day, Alcatraz is known as one of the world's toughest prisons. Then, we discover the bustling “City by the Bay” during a comprehensive city tour of San Francisco. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge, see Nob Hill, catch a glimpse of famed Lombard Street, and see many more exciting sights!

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway or similar

Day 10

Depart for Home

Today your vacation comes to an end, but you'll depart home with new friends and memories to reflect on for years to come! If you purchased air with YMT, your transfers to the airport will be included.

Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tours vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.

YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

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Tour Rating:

We have been on a lot of trips ( traveling by ourselves) and on several other group tours. Although this was a larger group tour than we usually take, we were very pleased with the trip. We would rate it as one of our best vacations! We felt the price we paid was a great value for all that we were able to see and do during the ten day tour. We were very happy with everything on the trip. The YMT staff was great and the accommodations were very nice. Plus, we saw a lot more than if we had traveled by ourselves, because we have been to California four other times on road trips and saw more this trip than ever before.

Barbara S., OH

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Our trip was informative and well planned

Cindy H., IA

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We enjoyed the trip, our tour guide and bus driver were excellent.

George W., ON

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One of best trips we've had. Hotels, California coast, side trips to local spots, and extra trips were great. Appreciated the knowledgeable tour guide, and the high presence of many of the company office people. Know who I am talking with on the phone when next calling. Would have liked more time in Solvang as it was somewhat crowded but a place with so much to see. Looking forward to our Fall trip this year.

Holly R., AZ

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This was our second tour with YMT Vacations. Both experiences were very pleasurable. A great vacation at a reasonable price. We celebrated our 50th anniversary in Feb. 2015 on YMT's 4 Island Hawaiian Tour. The Rose Parade had been on our bucket list for a number of years. YMT's prices allowed us to take both of these trips. We have been very satisfied with our experiences traveling with YMT Vacations.

Jay Z., IL

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We thoroughly enjoyed the history and behind the scenes on the parade. It made the parade so much more fun to watch.

Judith R., PA

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Barb was the most excellent tour guide ever experienced. Gracious, knowledgeable, sense of humor, smart and willing to go out of her way to help everybody and answer all questions. She is a gem. Smooth problem free vacation. All expectations were met.

Mary B., WI

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The optional tours were really nice and very well organized. We felt that we were able to see more than if we were trying to find it ourselves Thank you for some great choices on our tour. We have really enjoyed both YMT vacations and have told a lot of friends and family so I hope some of them contact you. Thank you for our personal evening before the parade. The meal was great and so was the information on the parade. We were impressed you helped at the parking lot and that we got to meet you!

Tony G., IA

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I just want you to be aware that I really did enjoy this tour...The Rose Parade experience was excellent, especially the viewing before parade day, and the rest of the trip heading north to San Francisco was really fun.

Wanda T., KY

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Great tour for the value.

Kristie B., PA

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