Tidbits on Travel from Cartan Tours


10 Top Reasons to go to the Rose Parade

1) We have been doing this for over 50 Years! Cartan Tours has been in business since 1899 and we have offered the Rose Parade Tour for over 50 years. We listen to the comments from our guests to make … Continue reading

NEW TOUR: Explore Portland, Oregon by Train

Recently I was in Portland, OR to do a training session for a company that Cartan Tours works with. This was my first visit to Portland. (In fact, I have not been to Portland, ME either but it is on … Continue reading

Los Angeles Sightseeing during the Rose Parade

Each year as part of our fabulous Rose Parade tour, clients from both the Ayres Hotel and the DoubleTree Hotel are taken on a sightseeing tour of greater L.A. that includes downtown Hollywood, the Farmer’s Market/Grove shopping mall and the … Continue reading

City Spotlight: Toronto

I have been to Toronto at least once a year since the late 1970’s.  When I worked for Air Canada, it was multiple times a year.  So, what brought me to Toronto and why keep going back?  Well for one, … Continue reading

SPECIAL OFFERS: New Senior Discounts on Select Trans Canada Tours

Cartan Tours is announcing DOUBLE the regular senior discount on the following Summer Trans Canada Tours: Winter and Summer Canada By Rail Classic Canada by Rail Classic with Jasper Canada by Rail with Rockies from Toronto Canada by Rail with … Continue reading

An evening with Straight No Chaser

Both the Ayres Hotel and Doubletree Hotel Rose Parade Tour packages have a slightly different itinerary on just one day.  While the Doubletree Hotel guests enjoyed an afternoon at Warner Bros. Studio and then a night off to enjoy dinner … Continue reading

2014 Tournament of Roses Parade Winners

Cartan Tours is excited to share some of our pictures of the Float Trophy Winners from the 125th Anniversary Tournament of Roses Parade: The Mayor’s Award for Most Outstanding City Entry – National or International:  Sierra Madre Rose Float Association … Continue reading

Warner Bros. Studio Tour, VIP style with Cartan Tours

Being a movie and television enthusiast, I was especially excited to get to participate in the Warner Bros. Studio Tour as part of the DoubleTree Hotel’s Rose Parade Package itinerary.  Honestly, using the word “enthusiast” might be a little of … Continue reading

Ayres Hotel Hawthorne: 10th Anniversary with Cartan Tours

In 2003, Cartan Tours had outgrown the hotel that we had been using for our Rose Parade tours and needed to find a new venue.   At that time, I was searching to find something that would not only fit … Continue reading

Tournament of Roses Parade – Join Us in 2015!

Happy New Year from the staff of Cartan Tours!!   We are live from Pasadena right now and just finished enjoying the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade.  It was spectacular! Cartan Tours brought a sold out group to this amazing event … Continue reading

Top 5 Winter Activities in Banff / Lake Louise

As a seasoned traveler and someone who has been in the travel industry for over 30 years, I have my favorite things to do during the winter months in different destinations.  The Banff and Lake Louise areas of Alberta, Canada … Continue reading

I love Pasadena and the Tournament of Roses Parade

I’m not someone who’s interested in rushing through the holiday season.  Heck, I can’t believe that it’s not even Thanksgiving and the Christmas decorations are everywhere! That is why I am looking forward to leaving the cold of Chicago behind … Continue reading

You CAN Travel to Cuba from the USA

People, in general, do not like to be told that they can’t do something.  I definitely fall in to this category.  When I was young, I was told not to ride my bike past a certain boundary.  Why?  Was there … Continue reading


Grand Marshal for 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade Announced

Hall of Fame broadcaster and Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully has been officially named the Grand Marshal for the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade. Celebrating its 125th Anniversary on January 1st, the Tournament of Roses Parade is a beautiful … Continue reading

Welcome to Cartan Tours!

Welcome to the redesigned Cartan Tours website and our new blog! Here you will find detailed, in-depth stories about our tours from the personal experiences of our highly-trained and well-traveled staff. We will highlight Cartan Tours unique offerings throughout Canada, … Continue reading