DoubleTree Torrance – Tournament of Roses Parade
The sights and sounds surrounding the annual Tournament of Roses Parade combine to produce a truly unique and memorable travel experience. From your visit to Pasadena seeing the floats being constructed and readied for their parade debut and throughout the Rose Parade, you will be astonished by the colors and fragrances of thousands of flowers and plant materials that cover these massive works of artistry. Dr. Robert B. Miller, as President & Chairman of the Board for the 2021 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, wants to celebrate education and has chosen the parade theme of “Dream. Believe. Achieve.” An optional post-parade viewing of all the Rose Parade floats can be added at a nominal cost. Every year the comments from our guests are that they have always dreamed of personally being at the Rose Parade and that it was on their “Bucket List” of things to do!
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 – Arrive Los Angeles (Welcome Reception)
Welcome to Los Angeles and Cartan’s 2020/2021 Tournament of Roses Parade celebration! Cartan Tours will be providing complimentary transfers from the Los Angeles International Airport to the DoubleTree Hotel Torrance between 10:00AM and 4:00PM. The hotel is just 20 minutes from the Los Angeles International Airport. When you arrive at the hotel, a Cartan staff member will be waiting to welcome you and assist with your check-in arrangements. The DoubleTree is a wonderful place to stay! There are many restaurants and shopping within walking distance of the hotel. The time between your busy Rose Parade activities finds you in comfortable and spacious surroundings. This evening, join your Cartan representatives for a welcome reception with light refreshments. Here you will meet other members of your group and be introduced to your Cartan Tour Managers. A Cartan representative will review your activities and schedule for the days ahead and answer any questions you might have. Dinner is on your own.
Wednesday, December 30, 2020 – Float Construction Viewing, Fanfest, Warner Bros. Studio Tour (B, L)
Most mornings, you will be treated to a full American buffet-style breakfast. Today is a busy day, but sure to be filled with wonderful memories. Following breakfast we are on our way to Pasadena to enjoy the activities surrounding the Rose Parade. The viewing of the floats up-close and in living color has always been an exciting activity. This is your chance to see the detail of the vast array of flowers, seeds, and natural plant materials that cover these massive floats. “Fanfest” activities vary from year to year, but they always provide some tasty food and provide a chance to buy official Rose Parade souvenirs. After an included lunch, your afternoon activity will include a visit to Warner Bros. Studio, including a 2+ hour guided tour on 12 passenger electric carts with various stage stops made along the way (participants must be 8 years or older for the Warner Bros. tour.) We will return to the hotel with plenty of time to freshen up for dinner. Dinner tonight is on your own, and there are numerous restaurant choices near the hotel.
Thursday, December 31, 2020 – Greater Los Angeles Sightseeing Tour, Farmer’s Market (B)
Los Angeles is a fascinating place. Today you take a look at many of the places that Southern Californians call home. Santa Monica, Bel Air and Beverly Hills showcase every style of home from humble bungalows to breathtaking estates. See Rodeo Drive all dressed up for the holidays, then stop at Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Have your picture taken with a movie character or look for your favorite performer’s star. There are plenty of souvenir shops with unique products to keep you entertained as well numerous places to get a snack.
Our next stop is Los Angeles “famed” Farmer’s Market. The Farmer’s Market has been in continuous operation for over 70 years and boasts of shops with merchandise and food you will not find anywhere else! For example, the “senior doughnut makers” at Bob’s Donuts start work at 4:30AM in order to make at least 30 different varieties, serving about 1,000 doughnuts daily. “The Grove” is located across the street from the Farmer’s Market and features upscale shopping in a very pretty setting. Designed to make you feel like you are in a small town, an old world trolley gets you from one end to the other. Beautiful holiday decorations and a huge Christmas tree make this a very festive place to spend some time. We will return to the hotel with plenty of time to freshen up for dinner. Dinner tonight is on your own, and there are numerous restaurant choices near the hotel. If later in the evening you decide to see how Californians welcome the New Year, you will find a number of nightspots close to the hotel.
Friday, January 1, 2021 – Rose Parade (B, L)
An early morning is in order, as you do not want to miss a moment of the 132nd Tournament of Roses Parade! Cartan’s Rose Parade package always includes top- category, reserved grandstand seats on West Colorado. This puts you at the start of the parade, with the sun at your back. The bands are in tune, the floats are ready and you are about to experience the thrill of watching the Rose Parade! After the parade, enjoy a delicious boxed lunch as we return to the DoubleTree Hotel. This afternoon, we will offer those who are interested a visit to one of the local beach communities. The coaches will stay a couple of hours, so you will have a chance to see the ocean and walk along the boardwalk.
Purchase our optional Post-Parade Showcase of Floats package:
This is a limited opportunity to view the floats after they’ve completed the parade route. Following the parade, we will take you to this special viewing at Victory Park. The viewing of the floats is a self-directed walking tour. Guests who elect to purchase this package should note that our motorcoaches will depart Pasadena about 4:00PM. It will be a long day, but for flower-lovers, a rewarding one. A limited amount of tickets are available.
Post-Parade Showcase of Floats Package Cost – $35.00 per person
Purchase our optional Rose Bowl Game package:
After the parade we return to the bus to enjoy a boxed lunch that will be waiting for you. It is then a short drive from our parade parking to the Rose Bowl Stadium. You will arrive in plenty of time for the kickoff and pre-game festivities! Cartan Tours offers reserved corner end zone seating that include seat backs. After the game, you will be transferred to your hotel. A limited amount of tickets are available. **NOTE** Please refer to the FAQ section for what is allowed to be taken into the stadium.
Game Ticket Package Cost – $TBD per person
Saturday, January 2, 2021 – Departure (B – time permitting)
Breakfast will be offered at the hotel’s normal operation time. Cartan will have complimentary transportation from the DoubleTree Hotel Torrance to the Los Angeles International Airport starting at 6:00AM and continuing until 2:00PM. If your scheduled flight departs before 9:00AM, you will need to take a taxi on your own to the airport. Thank you for traveling with Cartan Tours on this “Trip of a Lifetime!”
Should you want to extend your stay in Los Angeles, we can assist you with pre or post nights at the DoubleTree Hotel Torrance. If you decide to stay an extra night, consider the following day tour Cartan Tours is offering:
NEW! Optional Rail Day Tour: Saturday, January 2, 2021 – San Diego
Stay an extra day in sunny California after the Rose Parade and join us on a California rail tour! We will leave the hotel early for our delightful excursion departing on Amtrak in business class from Fullerton Station. The train departs for San Diego at 9:15AM, with a light snack aboard. The 2 1/2 hour ride hugs the dramatic landscape along the coast. Upon arrival into San Diego , we will quickly taxi to Seaport Village for the start of our panoramic trolley tour, including a visit to Coronado. Following the tour, the trolley will return to Seaport Village where we will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Then it is back to the train station for our return journey to Fullerton, followed by a transfer back to our hotel with an estimated arrival time of 10:00PM.
Tour Highlights – 5 days & 4 nights
- Complimentary arrival transfer from Los Angeles International Airport to the DoubleTree Hotel Torrance
(provided between 10:00AM & 4:00PM on Dec 29, 2020)
- 4 Nights – DoubleTree Hotel / Torrance-South Bay
- Breakfast daily
- Welcome reception
- Visit to the float barns to see select floats as they are being constructed
- Warner Bros. Studio VIP Tour (participants must be 8 years or older)
- Tour of greater Los Angeles – Including: Santa Monica, Bel-Air/Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Farmers Market
- Top category grandstand seats on West Colorado (with the sun at your back!)
- Official Tournament of Roses Parade Program
- Souvenir stadium seat cushion
- Optional tours: “Post Parade-Showcase of Floats”, Rose Bowl Game, Business class rail day tour to San Diego, 4 Night San Diego Extension
- Boxed Lunch on Rose Parade Day
- Transportation to and from all included activities
- Complimentary departure transfer from the DoubleTree Hotel Torrance to the Los Angeles International Airport (provided between 6:00AM and 2:00PM on Jan 2, 2021)
- Service of a Cartan Tours Staff Member
- Hotel taxes, entrance fees on all included services
Rooms & Rates – Rates are in US Dollars, per person
|December 29, 2020 – January 2, 2021|
|1 King bed or 2 Double beds, 2 adults||$1749|
|2 Double beds, 3 adults||$1499|
|2 Double beds, 4 adults||$1399|
|Children under 18
(if sharing a room with 2 adults)
|Post Parade – Showcase of Floats||$35|
|Rose Bowl Game Package||$TBD|
|Round trip rail day tour to
San Diego with Trolley Tour
|$399 – business class|
If you require additional hotel nights or are interested in our San Diego tour after the parade, please let us know. We will be happy to assist you with the arrangements.
COMING SOON: This section will include detailed information about the hotels in this tour, along with a PDF of the hotel brochure.
Is there much walking or standing in lines involved?
The float construction barns are close to where we park; however, there will be some standing in line. Other activities scheduled are dependent on the event itself. Our city highlights tour has a few stops with minimal walking. On parade day it is about 2 city blocks (a little uphill) to the seats. If you take the Post Parade Float viewing option, it is a self-guided walking tour where you choose how much to see.
Where are our seats at the parade and are there toilet facilities?
The seats are located on W. Colorado Blvd. Our seats are where they make the turn onto Colorado. The cameras are located there as well. The sun is to our backs. Porta-Potties are located beneath the bleacher seats.
What are the seats like and what can I bring?
The seats are bleacher-style, much like at a little league baseball game. Although the seats can be high there are NO bad seats. Space is tight and there are no backs to the seats. Stadium seats with backs are frowned upon by your neighbor. We provide you with a souvenir cushion. Bring your camera! Do not bring any large bags! There is no room to store them. No umbrellas at the parade. If it is raining we will provide ponchos.
What about meals and dietary needs?
Breakfast is included daily. There are other meals that are included throughout the tour. We will do everything we can for those who have allergies or medical conditions. Please let us know well ahead of time and please understand we are at the mercy of the vendors.
Is there handicap seating available?
Yes. We have a limited amount of handicap (wheelchair) seating with a companion ticket.
Please advise us as early as possible. If you are able to climb stairs to the seats but need a wheelchair to the seating area, there is a place under the bleachers to leave your wheelchair during the parade.
What about tipping?
All tips for the Cartan Staff, step-on guides, bus drivers and meals are included. A small token to the housekeeping staff may be left at the end of your stay. As always use your discretion for exceptional service.
How does the airport/hotel transfer work? (DoubleTree Hotel – Torrance / Ayres Hotel – Hawthorne)
On December 29th a complimentary LAX Airport shuttle is available 10:00AM – 4:00PM. We have partnered with a shuttle company which will provide a 9 passenger van for a shared ride. A detailed transportation confirmation will be included with your documents. Once you have arrived and gathered all of your luggage, you will call them and they will give you a Van # and instructions on where to meet your driver. The wait time for your driver may range from 5 – 30 minutes depending on airport traffic, security, weather or flight delays. The return shuttle on January 2nd is available 6:00AM – 2:00PM for flights departing 9:00AM or after (we recommend that you depart a minimum of 3 hours prior to your flight). Shuttle time to the airport is approximately 20 minutes. If your arrival or return flight is outside of these times you will need to make arrangements at your expense. There is no refund for unused complimentary transfer service.
What should I pack?
Casual clothes along with comfortable shoes are suggested. None of our functions are dressy affairs. Mornings and evenings can be cool, while daytime temperatures can be warmer. We suggest dressing in layers, especially on Parade Day when we leave VERY early. Bring a pair of gloves for Parade Day. We will supply ponchos in case of rain.
Are transportation and admission fees included?
We provide transportation to and from all included activities. Upon arrival at your hotel, there will be a Cartan Tours desk where you will receive your tickets for the events you have chosen. You will be instructed as to which events need a ticket, and which events we will be admitted to as a group without an individual ticket.
Do I have to attend all activities or functions?
No, however you have paid for everything and there are NO refunds. If you cannot or wish not to attend a function or activity, please let your tour manager know so that we are not spending valuable time looking for you and holding up the rest of the group. Please note, any changes you make are at your own personal cost.
What restrictions are there for the football game?
The Rose Bowl Stadium has implemented a clear bag policy for all events at the Rose Bowl Stadium. We encourage fans to conform to the policy prior to arriving at the Rose Bowl Stadium.
• 12″ x 6″ x 12″ Clear Plastic Bag
• 1 Gallon Plastic Freezer Bag
• Clutch with Shoulder Strap (clutch may not be larger than 4.5″ X 6.5″)
• Clutch with Wrist Strap (clutch may not be larger than 4.5″ X 6.5″)
• Diaper Bag, as long as accompanied by a child
• Camera Case
• Mesh Bag
• Clear Backpack
• Tinted Plastic Bag
• Oversized Tote Bag
• Printed Pattern Plastic Bag
• Fanny Pack
• Binoculars Case
How far is Pasadena from our hotel?
It is generally a 45 minute ride, depending on traffic it could be longer.
How far are the hotels from Los Angeles International Airport?
What age group generally attends this tour?
All ages are welcome; however, there are age restrictions for Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Studios.
Can I extend my trip?
Yes, and we will do our best to assist you. We have wonderful extension packages!